Soul man GINUWINE is on tour to promote his third album, The Life. His first two albums went double-platinum, and this new release may do the same with a heartfelt "2 Reasons I Cry," about the loss of his parents, and a more upbeat collaboration with Atlanta-based rapper Ludacris titled "That's How I Get Down." Check him out APRIL 12 at the Cotton Club. 7:30 p.m. $10. 152 Luckie St. 404-249-6400.
Atlanta's first PINK SLIP PARTY couldn't have come at a better time. CL gave out its share of one-way tickets to splitsville last week, but we weren't alone -- iXL, Lockheed, CNN and a mess of dotcoms have all jumped on the downsizing bandwagon. With this job fair disguised as a cocktail party, the jobless can talk shop over a Stoli with recruiters and employers who have jobs to fill or commiserate with the out-of-work masses and just hang loose until the unemployment benefits start rolling in. If first impressions go awry, take advantage of the palm readings, shoulder massages and the "Pink Slip Punch." APRIL 12 at 6 p.m. $10. Innovox, 699 Ponce de Leon Ave. RSVP at 888-881-1178 or firstname.lastname@example.org
ROCK EN ESPANOL -- Made in the U.S.A. -- Celebrity Rock Latin Club presents the "Rock En Espanol -- Made in the U.S.A. Tour," which showcases the new sounds of Latin alternative rock music, and features talents that include Orixa (Los Angeles), Cabula (Los Angeles), Volumen Cero (Miami), and Atlanta's own Diestra. This event highlights one of the latest waves of the bilingual, bicultural Hispanic musical phenomenon. Members of the acts performing are immigrants from or have heritage of countries such as Puerto Rico, Mexico, Colombia and Venezuela. Celebrity Rock Latin Club (Morin)
THE VIBRATORS, LUST, THE HELGAS -- Releasing two obscure, long out-of-print American albums a quarter of a century ago (13 other discs remain unavailable in the States), these classic Brit punks amazingly are on a comeback of sorts. It's tough to imagine them pushing 50 and exuding the nervous energy they vibrated with in 1977, but they'll probably work hard to try. Although it would be romantic to think the granddaddy headliners influenced the young, opening local punkers, that's probably not the case. The Masquerade (Horowitz)