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May 9 Friday

After achieving wide success in Florida, Barry Hand brings his comedy THE DENIED MOTHER to Atlanta just in time for Mother's Day. Mrs. Plasy McGhee, an aging baby boomer, seeks refuge in her wealthy son's home after being displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Annoyed by the presence of her mother-in-law (as well as her entourage of several other relatives), the son's wife, Iris, convinces her husband that Mrs. Plasy must go. The ensuing action will surely provide some laughs while also touching on a serious subject – the care of aging baby boomers. Through May 11. $25. Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat., 2:30 and 7 p.m.; Sun., 4 p.m. Alliance Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-5000. www.alliancetheatre.org. (Kelly Vines)

May 10 Saturday

Technology has made it easier than ever to access nude and graphically sexual images. While this has led some to demand ever-more-extreme sex-themed media, others have gone backward, adopting a less-is-more sexual aesthetic. Hence the enduring appeal of burlesque, a once defunct 19th-century mix of striptease, light comedy and music, now in its second decade of revival. SYRENS OF THE SOUTH bring their saucy punk- and rockabilly-inflected burlesque to the Five Spot tonight. The troupe is accompanied by the Sam Pherson Trio jazz band. $10-$15. 9 p.m. 1123 Euclid Ave. 404-223-1100. www.syrensofthesouth.com. (Andisheh Nouraee)

May 10 Saturday

Nearly 21 million Americans suffer from diabetes – 6 million of whom don't even know it. Last year, RIDE TO LIVE raised $250,000 for the American Diabetes Association with an earth-shaking, heavily Harley, police-escorted, 1,000-motorcycle procession. The drive is on again in 2008, and funds raised are earmarked for diabetes research, advocacy and education. After the ride there's food, music and a motorcycle raffle, as well as an opportunity to talk about and gawk at hundreds of motorcycles. $15-$40. Sign-in, 9 a.m.; ceremony and ride, 10:30 a.m. Hooters of Gwinnett, 3550 Gwinnett Place Drive, Duluth. 404-320-7100, ext. 3034. www.diabetes.org. (AN)

May 13 Tuesday

Is DEVOTCHKA (pictured) a band of mariachis or Eastern European gypsies? The answer is both and neither. The Denver-based quartet is best-known in American pop culture for performing the film score to director Jonathan Dayton's Little Miss Sunshine. But DeVotchKa's true genius lies in finding common ground amid sounds from both south of the border and across the pond. The group's unlikely marriage of panethnic musical flavors is as catchy as it is exotic. $17.50-$20. 8 p.m. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. (Chad Radford)


MAY 15 THE HIVES The Swedish rock band performs at Center Stage. www.ticketmaster.com.

MAY 17 SOCO MUSIC EXPERIENCE Returns to Centennial Olympic Park. www.southerncomfort.com/scmxatl.

MAY 18 AUGUSTEN BURROUGHS The author reads, signs and discusses his new memoir, A Wolf at the Table, at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse. www.outwritebooks.com.

MAY 24 KIDS IN THE HALL The Canadian comedy troupe brings its shtick to Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. www.ticketmaster.com.



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