Atlanta Tattoo Arts Festival, Bye-Bye Buckhead Block Party and more


Stella Grassman, the tattoed woman, toured as a freak-show attraction in the 1920s. The tradition continues this weekend at the 11th annual ATLANTA TATTOO ARTS FESTIVAL. More than 50 studios and artists compete for awards including "Best Male Tattoo" and "Best Small Tattoo," and participate in seminars on tattoo-gun building, portraiture and realism. Through June 17. $35. Fri.-Sat., noon-midnight; Sun., noon-6 p.m. Crowne Plaza Hotel, 6345 Powers Ferry Road. 770-806-0054 and 404-222-8385. (Selena Lawson)


Pretty soon the Buckhead strip that was a haven for so many Hotlanta club kids will be demolished to make way for high-end retail stores and super-classy apartment complexes. What better way to celebrate its legacy than to remember Buckhead's '90s heyday when it was the ATL hotspot for booty shaking? Sports Radio 790 The Zone hosts a BYE-BYE BUCKHEAD BLOCK PARTY featuring performances from the Freddy Jones Band, the Gin Blossoms and a bunch of tribute bands. Through June 16. $10-$15. Fri., 6 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 1-11 p.m. Bolling Way and Buckhead Avenue. 404-355-6949. (Casey McIntyre)


British singer MIKA (pictured) follows in the footsteps of the Scissor Sisters, except without the disco. On his album Life in Cartoon Motion, he makes operatic songs that aspire toward Supertramp-sized gloriousness. His best-known track, "Grace Kelly," finds him deciding whether to be like Grace Kelly or "a little Freddie" ... as in Freddie Mercury. If you like '70s progressive-rock in-jokes, then Mika is for you. $20-$22. 8 p.m. Center Stage Atlanta, 1374 W. Peachtree St. 404-885-1365. (Mosi Reeves)


Someone alert Lou Dobbs. The country is set to be invaded by an Asian man who performs slick, poppy R&B similar to domestically produced superstars Usher and Justin Timberlake. Korean singer/actor JI-HOON ­– formerly known as RAIN – kicks off his first U.S. tour in Atlanta tonight. While his loose grasp of English probably limits his broader U.S. appeal, he remains a multimedia superstar in Asia and within some Asian-American communities. $67-$282. 8 p.m. Philips Arena, 1 Philips Drive. 404-878-3000. (Andisheh Nouraee)

JUNE 23 GOSPEL CELEBRATION Descends on Stone Mountain Park with local church choirs, step teams, spoken word and national gospel acts.

June 23-24 ATLANTA PRIDE FESTIVAL The Southeast's largest LGBT festival takes over Piedmont Park.

JUNE 24 HARRY CONNICK JR. Plays Chastain Park Amphitheatre.

JUNE 27-JULY 1 U.S. SOCIAL FORUM Convenes to rally for peace and justice.



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