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October 8 Wednesday

So much happened before Dorothy dropped in. If you're at all curious about the untold story of the witches of Oz, WICKED: A NEW MUSICAL offers a glimpse into the past of Glinda and the "Wicked" Witch of the West. Stephen Schwartz wrote the score for this Tony-winning, box office record-breaking production based on Winnie Holzman's fascinating story. Good seats are still available. Through Nov. 2. $29-$125. Tues.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; Sun., 1 and 6:30 p.m. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. 404-881-2100. www.foxtheatre.org. (Caroline Burke)

October 11 Saturday

In its many years of serving Atlantans, the "Kool Korner" became as well known for its art gallery as it did for its Cuban sandwiches. Here's the bad news, though: The Korner is closing. For good. A tragic victim of development, the space will be sorely missed. But before it's gone, Kool Korner Gallery hosts its GREAT LAST SHOW, a send-off requiem all about the good times, the good art and the good music Atlanta has to offer. The Shanghai Gesture and Will Rogers and Friends will play. Free. 7 p.m. Kool Korner Gallery, 341-A 14th St. 404-875-6444. (Sean Dettman)

October 11 Saturday

Eyedrum, Atlanta's longest-running nonprofit arts venue, is turning 10 years old. To celebrate, they're calling it A 10 YEAR AFFAIR, or an exultation of everything that's helped them become a positive fixture in the community over the last decade. Particulars include a list of more than 30 artists; the first-ever Eyedrum Awards, "The Eddies"; and the premiere of a commemorative DVD chronicling the establishment's history. Performances include 2008 Critics' Pick for Best Local Electronic Act Judi Chicago, No Face and Matthew Proctor. $10, free for members. 8 p.m.-midnight. 290 Martin Luther King Drive, Suite 8. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org. (Sean Dettman)

October 12 Sunday

Billie Jean King and Elton John host the ADVANTA WTT SMASH HITS star tennis tournament. The main event will feature tennis stars Donald Young and Andy Roddick battling it out on the court for a good cause, with proceeds benefitting the Elton John AIDS Foundation and Atlanta AIDS Partnership Fund. Anna Kournikova will also be at the star-studded event along with Martina Navratilova. Advanta WTT Smash Hits has raised more than $8.5 million since its inception. $39.50-$110. 1 p.m. Kennesaw State University, 1000 Chastain Road, Kennesaw. 800-514-3849. www.wtt.com. (Caitlin Roller)

October 12 Sunday

Throw around the phrase "post-punk pioneers" enough and you might get some attention. Fans of London's WIRE, however, know there's more to creating a musical legacy than cheap claims. Since punk's flash point in '76, the band's been pushing boundaries in a genre where experimentation wasn't always nonconforming. Having recently released its 11th studio album, Object 47, the relevance of these art saviors hasn't been revived, it's been reinvented by the group's progressive use of electronics and forward-thinking spunk. $20. 8 p.m. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com. (Scott Irvine)


OCT. 15-19 ATLANTA QUEER LITERARY FESTIVAL Kicks off its second year in the city. www.atlqueerlitfest.com.

OCT. 16 GIRL TALK Talks back at Variety Playhouse. www.variety-playhouse.com.

OCT. 17-18 LITTLE FIVE POINTS HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL Returns to its usual haunt. www.l5phalloween.com.

OCT. 19 PECHA KUCHA The creative forum's in session at Octane Coffee Bar & Lounge. www.atlantapechakucha.com.



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