Music brings people together. This mantra is the foundation for FODFEST, which honors the life of Daniel Pearl, the Wall Street Journal reporter and musician who was kidnapped and beheaded in Pakistan in 2002. Though Pearl's life ended tragically, his memory and love for music is kept alive by comrades of his art. FOD ("Friends of Danny") musicians will travel to 17 cities and include both personal friends of Pearl and those simply inspired by his story. Smith's Olde Bar will present this unique musical experience as part song swap, jam session and concert, perfect for those weary of the norm. Donations only. 8 p.m. 1578 Piedmont Road. 404-875-1522. www.smithsoldebar.com. (Mary Moore)
Atlantans are pulling together to stage the BOBBY UBANGI BENEFIT ART AUCTION for B Jay Womack (aka Bobby Ubangi, singer and guitarist for local bands the Lids and Bobby and the Soft Spots), who was recently diagnosed with stage four brain and lung cancer. Several local artists have donated pieces for the auction, and proceeds will be donated toward B Jay's living and medical expenses while he undergoes treatment. Atlanta power-pop icon Gentleman Jesse and local punk group Predator will perform. Suggested $10 donation. 9 p.m. Doo Gallery, 205 Holtzclaw St., Unit J. www.doogallery.com. (Alicia Wages)
Whether you want to be a rage-injected zombie with supersonic speed or the slow-moving, brain-dead zombie of classic horror films, the choice is yours. Get in your nicest evening garb, bloody it up and dance the night away at the ZOMBIE PROM at the Graveyard Tavern. Become a zombie and join the party for $15; stay human, and it'll cost you $5 extra. The event helps raise money for the Breast Cancer 3-Day. Proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure and National Philanthropic Trust. Must be 21 and over. $15-$20. 9 p.m. 1245 Glenwood Ave. 404-622-8686. www.eav-prom.eventbrite.com. (Samantha Mach)
What is PECHA KUCHA? Literally, the name derives from a Japanese term for the sound of conversation ("chit-chat"). And that's an integral part of the formula that makes up the fast-paced art forum taking place at Octane, one of 143 global locations. Each presenter is allowed 20 images, each shown for 20 seconds. Early comers will enjoy a boost in the form of espresso to help gear up for the show. Free. 7 p.m. 1009-B Marietta St. 404-815-9886. www.atlantapechakucha.com. (Caroline Burke)
OCT 22-25 ATLANTA HORROR FILM FEST Flits from Five Spot to Youngblood Gallery & Boutique to Drunken Unicorn. festivalleague.com.
OCT. 24 DOLLY PARTON Performs at Chastain Park Amphitheater. www.ticketmaster.com.
OCT. 24 BEN KWELLER Drops by the Earl. www.badearl.com.
OCT. 25 TV ON THE RADIO Visits the Tabernacle. www.livenation.com.