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Jazzanova, Pilobolus, Streetstage Atlanta Festival and more

OCTOBER 18 THURSDAY

Let your naughty inner sixth grader out for a night to enjoy the raunchy limericks and songs of John Valby, aka DR. DIRTY. He picks on the audience and speaks his mind (no-holds barred) from behind his piano, and keeps the crowd howling with every "there once was a man from Nantucket ..." composition. $20. 8 p.m. 280 Hilderbrand Drive. 404-252-5233. www.punchline.com. (Noah Gardenswartz)

OCTOBER 18 THURSDAY

German dance collective JAZZANOVA's (picture 2) name perfectly describes the group's music. Since the late '90s, it has updated jazz – specifically the complex free jazz of the early and mid '70s – with jagged broken beats, punchy keyboard melodies and funky house tracks. Through its record label Sonar Kollektiv and albums such as 2002's In Between, it has wielded a huge influence on contemporary dance music. Jazzanova's Alex Barck spins records during Midtown hot spot Django's three-year anniversary party tonight. $10. 9 p.m. 495 Peachtree St. 404-347-8648. www.djangoatlanta.com. (Mosi Reeves)

OCTOBER 19 FRIDAY

Contemporary dance company PILOBOLUS (picture 1) was formed in a student dance class at Dartmouth in the '70s. The group's choreography combines a weight-sharing technique with acrobatics to create moving human sculptures. The company's imaginative approach to movement has been praised for its surprising humor and intricate configurations, which result in visually stunning tableaus of bodies. $36-$46. 8 p.m. Ferst Center for the Arts, 349 Ferst Drive. 404-894-9600. www.ferstcenter.org. (Adina Fleming)

OCTOBER 19 FRIDAY

The STREETSTAGE ATLANTA FESTIVAL (picture 3) takes over Woodruff Park this weekend with eye-catching performances from break dancers, tumblers, clowns, artists, fire dancers and more to benefit Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Special guests include b-boys the HBO Crew, "Calypso Tumbler" Dr. Juice and Avner the Eccentric. Through Oct. 21. Outdoor performances: $1, tipping encouraged. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Woodruff Park, 51 Peachtree St. Evening shows: $15-$20. 8 p.m. Georgia-Pacific Auditorium, 133 Peachtree St. 404-261-8375. www.streetstageatlanta.com. (Stephanie Junca)

OCTOBER 20 SATURDAY

Castleberry Hill epitomizes industrial chic. Its cavernous buildings house some of the city's most cutting-edge residential, art and business spaces. This weekend curious eyes are invited to explore the neighborhood's loft culture at the sixth annual CASTLEBERRY HILL LOFT TOUR (picture 4). Last year, more than 5,000 people showed up, so come early. Event proceeds benefit neighborhood improvements. $12-$15. Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. Peters and Walker streets. 404-307-8127. www.castleberryhill.org. (Katy Wood)

OCTOBER 20 SATURDAY

Today the Southwest Arts Center hosts BOOK IT: A TEEN READER'S FESTIVAL in honor of National Teen Read Week and to promote African-American teen literacy. The event features an author's panel, writer's workshop and appearances by local young-adult fiction writers, including L. Devine, author of the Drama High series, and Mitzi Miller, author of Hotlanta and contributing editor at Essence magazine. Free. 4-9 p.m. 915 New Hope Road. 404-805-3220. www.intheloopprogram.com/bookit.html. (Emily Hansen)

Upcoming

OCT. 25-NOV. 3 NETHERWORLD HAUNTED HOUSE Exploits your worst fears in a giant warehouse. www.fearworld.com.

OCT. 25-NOV. 4 SCRATCH AND BURN Dance theater exploring Zulu war and funeral rituals. www.7stages.org.

OCT. 26-27 COPPELIA ... THE REAL STORY A modern twist on the traditional ballet. www.woodruffcentertickets.org.

OCT. 30 THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS Perform at the Variety Playhouse. www.variety-playhouse.com.

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