The Office of African-American Student Services and Programs at Georgia State University presents DISAPPEARING BLACK NEIGHBORHOODS Fri., JULY 11, a photo exhibit that highlights the pros and cons of gentrifying urban communities in Atlanta and other major U.S. cities. All images were shot by Sistagraphy, an Atlanta-based group of African-American women photographers, and aim to let the viewer conclude whether urban renewal is a good or bad thing. Through July 30. Free. Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 12:30-4:30 p.m. Student Center Lounge, 44 Courtland St., Suite 346. 404-413-1530. www.sistagraphy.org. (Matthew Claiborne)
DIPLO returns to Atlanta to headline what is perhaps one of the craziest mashups of sounds to grace the WhirlyBall court. His penchant for infusing '80s pop, electro beats and crunk hip-hop with a dose of Miami bass is an unlikely but stylistic counterpart to DARK MEAT's (right) primitive and improvised rock jams. Noot 'd Noot opens. Tickets to the show come attached to the sleeve of a 7-inch record that can only be purchased in advance at Criminal Records. $10-$12. 8 p.m. WhirlyBall Atlanta, 608 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell. 770-998-6161. www.whirlyballatlanta.com. (Chad Radford)
JULY 16 AL GREEN The iconic preacher and entertainer rolls into Chastain Park Amphitheater. www.ticketmaster.com.
JULY 17-19 COLUMBINUS Feint Theater Co. explores violence in schools at 7 Stages Theatre. feinttheatre.com.
JULY 18-27 NATIONAL BLACK ARTS FESTIVAL The year-round cultural event celebrates its 20th anniversary with an impressive lineup including Gladys Knight, Alice Walker, Pearl Cleage, Cornel West and more. www.nbaf.org.
JULY 21 DOWNTOWN ATLANTA RESTAURANT WEEK The annual event is back and better than ever, offering fantastic deals on downtown restaurants. www.atlantadowntown.com.