America lost more than a musician when James Brown died last December; it also lost a superpowered, politically righteous emissary of funk. To celebrate Brown and his legacy, the High Museum of Art hosts a veritable symposium of soul – JAMES BROWN: THE MAN, MUSIC AND HIS INFLUENCE, FROM AUGUSTA, GEORGIA TO BAMAKO, MALI – Thurs., SEPT. 27. A panel discussion features Dr. Manthia Diawara, director of Africana studies at NYU, Georgia State ethnomusicologist Dr. Fred Taylor, Georgia Music Magazine editor Bret Love and moderator Stan Woodard of the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. The discussion starts at 6:30 p.m., but if you just want to listen to some tunes and rap about what the Minister of the New New Super Heavy Funk meant to you, there will be ample opportunity from 5-9 p.m. at the Deep Listening Party in the museum's Stent Atrium. $15. 5-9 p.m. Lecture: Hill Auditorium. 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-4444. www.high.org.