1 THE MAPPING PROJECT D. Patton White, artistic director of Beacon Dance, has a genius for dance of epic scope and intellectual proportion. His latest project travels time and space in a series of compelling site-specific works in south DeKalb County. The year-long, community-based project takes place outdoors in natural settings and strives to bring folks together through a shared experience in the creative process.
Gresham Park, Wed., Aug. 31, 6 p.m.; Davidson-Arabia Mountain/Nature Preserve, Sun., Sept. 25, 3 p.m.; Lucious Sanders Recreation Center, Thurs., Sept. 29, 11 a.m.; Shoal Creek Park, Sat., Oct. 22, 3 p.m.; Briarwood Recreation Center, Sat., Nov. 19, 3 p.m. Free. 404-377-2929. www.beacondance.org.
2 ANNIE LEIBOVITZ: AMERICAN MUSIC One of the biggest names in magazine photography, Leibovitz has dunked Whoopi Goldberg in milk and photographed a nude John Lennon on the morning of his death. Her sexy, iconoclastic snaps have re-envisioned some of the most overexposed faces, many of the shots produced during her long stints as the in-house photographer for Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair magazines. The exhibition illustrates the kaleidoscopic range of American musicianship, from the White Stripes to Iggy Pop, B.B. King to Emmylou Harris.
Jackson Fine Art, 3115 E. Shadowlawn Ave. Sept. 9-Oct. 22. 404-233-3739. www.jacksonfineart.com.
3 BUG With skin-crawling chills -- and plenty of skin to go with it -- Actor's Express' thriller Bug depicts the doomed romance between a drug-weary waitress (Sherman Fracher) and a paranoid Gulf War veteran (local favorite Daniel May) as they try to escape paroled ex-lovers and flesh-eating insects. Obie-winning playwright Tracy Letts penned Actor's Express' must-see redneck noir tale Killer Joe from last year, and Bug, directed by Artistic Director Jasson Minadakis, promises to be even more intense.
Actor's Express, 887 W. Marietta St. Sept. 15-Oct. 29. Wed.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 5 p.m. (2 p.m., Sept. 25 and Oct. 16). $10.75-$26.75. 404-607-7469. www.actorsexpress.com.
4 OASIS The band emerged in 1994 as the self-proclaimed heirs to the throne of the Beatles, but watching the enfant terrible stage antics of the battling Gallagher brothers was like taking a frying pan to the bollocks. But damn if the melodies didn't make you immediately forget whatever else made you wince. Half the bands of the mid-'90s had their days stalking off stage in a huff, but they didn't write "Champagne Supernova" or "Wonderwall," did they?
HiFi Buys Amphitheatre, 2002 Lakewood Way. Tues., Sept. 27. 7 p.m. $25-$49.50. 404-443-5090. www.hob.com/venues/concerts/hifibuys/.
5 JOHN BERENDT We're guessing the Savannah Chamber of Commerce won't pimp Berendt's latest book with the same enthusiasm that fueled Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. But we're looking forward to hearing the author read from his true-crime travelogue, The City of Falling Angels, about the torching of a Venetian opera house.
Margaret Mitchell House, 990 Peachtree St. Sat., Oct. 8. Reception, 7 p.m.; lecture, 8 p.m. $5-$12. 770-578-3502. www.gwtw.org.
6 BEIJING MODERN DANCE COMPANY American modern dance has become so closely associated with African dance traditions that the two have nearly become synonymous. But what happens when modern dance philosophy mixes with Asian dance traditions? Why, the Beijing Modern Dance Company performing Rear Light to Pink Floyd's The Wall, that's what.
Ferst Center for the Arts, 349 Ferst Drive. Fri., Oct. 28. 8 p.m. $24-$40. 404-894-9600. www.ferstcenter.gatech.edu.
7 RAYMOND LOEWY: DESIGNS FOR A CONSUMER CULTURE Design fans and retro junkies won't want to miss this retrospective at downtown's Museum of Design Atlanta. Some consider Loewy (1893-1986) to be the founding father of American industrial design. Among his iconic designs: the Greyhound bus, the Shell logo, the 1947 Studebaker Starlight Coupe and the Lucky Strike cigarette pack.
Museum of Design Atlanta, 285 Peachtree Center Ave., Marquis II Tower. Nov. 3-Dec. 23. Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free; donations accepted. 404-688-2467. www.atlantainternationalmuseum.org.
8 GWEN STEFANI Seeing compact, composed and charismatic Stefani raises the question, Where are her wings? Because the dewy diva must have just fallen from heaven. But this love angel is all about the music, baby. Cheesy come-on's aside, Stefani may be über-fashionable, but she and her entourage aren't afraid to work up a sweat as they deliver their brand of glam nouveau-wave pop.
Arena at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway. Tues., Nov. 8. 7:30 p.m. $35.50-$65.50. 404-249-6400. www.gwinnettcenter.com.
9 LAURIE ANDERSON The avant-garde musician and multimedia performance artist's latest work, The End of the Moon, is drawn from her experience as the first artist-in-residence at NASA. Anderson continues her artistic investigation into cutting-edge technology, but this time in a low-tech way, tapping into the perennially human interest in storytelling and our seemingly innate desire to gaze out at the cosmos and contemplate our own puny insignificance.
Ferst Center for the Arts, 349 Ferst Drive. Fri., Nov. 11. 8 p.m. $30-$40. 404-894-9600. www.ferstcenter.gatech.edu.
10 U2 Way before politics threatened to overshadow the personal, there was U2 the musical quartet, and an arena remains the best way to experience the Dublin musicians' rousing rallying cries. Even in the post-punk days, the band's songs -- full of barely contained righteous indignation -- rang most true from ramparts and rooftops. Now U2 is a bit more adult contemporary, and Bono is a global spokesman, but seated before the songs it's obvious the heart is still in the right place.
Philips Arena, 1 Philips Drive. Fri.-Sat., Nov. 18-19. 7:30 p.m. 404-878-3000. www.philipsarena.com. Sold out.
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