NOVEMBER 15 THURSDAY
DANE COOK has more energy than a 6-year-old with ADHD who just snorted a pack of Pixy Stix. A favorite on college campuses since his record-breaking album Retaliation came out, Cook has become a full-fledged star, even working alongside Kevin Costner and Jessica Simpson on the silver screen. In his stand-up, Cook tells elaborate stories, banters about minutia and concocts ridiculous hypothetical situations. $30-$100. 7:30 p.m. The Arena At Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway. 770-813-7500. www.ticketmaster.com. (Noah Gardenswartz)
NOVEMBER 15 THURSDAY
Not all wine gets better with age. Today the youth craze hits the wine world with a celebration of Beaujolais Nouveau, a fruity red wine from France's Beaujolais region aged only three weeks. More than 64 million bottles are released all over the world each November. At the French American Chamber of Commerce's 21st annual BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU FESTIVAL, francophiles and wine enthusiasts alike gather for live music, fromage and, of course, the world-famous wine. $35-$45. 5:30 p.m. Au Pied de Cochon, 3315 Peachtree Road. 404-846-2500. www.facc-atlanta.com. (Emily Hansen)
NOVEMBER 17 SATURDAY
With the Writers Guild on strike, the nation is hurting for good stories and solace from reality TV. Luckily, it's time for Georgia Storytelling Week's INTOWN TELLABRATION 2007, sponsored by the Southern Order of Storytellers. The event, held concurrently in more than 100 cities worldwide, delights audiences every year on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Now in its 19th year, Tellabration brings the finest local storytellers together to spin yarns of life, love and legend. $10. 8 p.m. Jimmy Carter Presidential Center, 453 Freedom Parkway. www.tellabration.org. (Helen Herbst)
NOV. 23-25 THE NUTCRACKER Local company Ruth Mitchell Dance Theatre performs the Tchaikovsky classic. www.ruthmitchelldance.org.
NOV. 24 GEORGE CLINTON Brings the funk to the Atlanta Civic Center. www.ticketmaster.com.
NOV. 25 THE REUNION COMEDY TOUR Starring Damon Wayans, David Alan Grier and Tommy Davidson comes to the Fox Theatre. www.foxtheatre.org.
NOV. 25 HANDS ON ATLANTA COMMUNITY BENEFIT CONCERT With John Legend and Patti LaBelle at Philips Arena. www.handsonatlanta.org.