On a summer morning in 1958, in the streets of Harlem, 57 jazz musicians stood together in front of first-time photojournalist Art Kane. The picture of the unprecedented congregation of so many great jazz musicians is the basis of Jean Bach's documentary A GREAT DAY IN HARLEM. Bach uses the photograph and conversations with musicians present, such as Bud Freeman and Art Farmer, to explore the history of the jazz community. Free-$5. 7 p.m. Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, 535 Means St. 404-688-1970. www.thecontemporary.org. (Wendi Jonassen)
AMERICAN MUSIC CLUB's (right) main man Mark Eitzel and guitarist Vudi (born Mark Pankler) celebrate one more happy return. The group plays the Earl Thurs., May 1, in support of its ninth album, The Golden Age. AMC's tasteful blend of country malaise, mellow punk attitude and folk stride is bursting with heartache and elation. Eitzel's voice is as powerful as ever as he cuts a path through lush and moody tales of woe with literary flair and cathartic wit. $10-$12. 9 p.m. The Earl, 488 Flat Shoals Road. 404-522-3950. www.badearl.com. (Chad Radford)
Celebrating its 20th year, Share Our Strength's TASTE OF THE NATION benefit is continuing its efforts to end hunger in America by uniting the city's most celebrated chefs and throwing one heck of a bash. Tom Colicchio, owner of Craft Restaurants and head judge on Bravo's "Top Chef," will serve as honorary chef alongside more than 50 of Atlanta's culinary elite. Come out for an evening of good deeds and enjoy the auctions, wine tastings, live entertainment and a gourmet menu fit for a king. $250-$350. VIP, 6:30 p.m.; general admission, 7:30 p.m. Georgia Aquarium, 225 Baker St. 770-436-5151. www.atlantataste.org. (Alicia Wages)
Calm down, Michael Jackson fans. ATLANTA THRILLER BOOK FEST is not a celebration of local literature inspired by the gloved one's top-selling 1982 album. It is, in fact, a celebration of thriller genre literature. Free and open to the public, it's a chance for thriller fans to meet and listen to some of their favorite authors, and mingle with fellow fans. At least a dozen authors, including Ridley Pearson, Jeff Long, and Atlanta's Jedwin Smith and Philip Nutman, will appear. Free. Eagle Eye Books Decatur: 11:30 a.m.--7:30 p.m. 2076 N. Decatur Road; Gwinnett Library Collins Hill: 12:30--6 p.m. 455 Camp Perrin Road, Lawrenceville. 404-486-0307. www.eagleeyebooks.com. (Andisheh Nouraee)
MAY 7 SHAKE AT THE LAKE Georgia Shakespeare returns to Piedmont Park with The Servant of Two Masters. www.shakeatthelake.com.
MAY 8 ALTON BROWN The Food Network go-to guy provides fun for the whole family while supporting his book, Feasting on Asphalt: The River Run, with a book signing, Q&A and film screening at Variety Playhouse. www.ticketmaster.com.
MAY 17 KATT WILLIAMS The comedian brings his It's Pimpin' Pimpin' tour to Philips Arena. www.ticketmaster.com.
MAY 30 BUDDY GUY Chicago's fabled pioneer of electric blues kicks off the 2008 SunTrust Concerts in the Garden series at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. www.ticketmaster.com.