The first Atlanta Independent Cinema Festival will showcase indie movies from local and global filmmakers. April 4-5 at the Rich Auditorium, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St., from noon to 8 p.m. The AICF Awards Ceremony will be held at the Downtown Sheraton, 164 Courtland St., from 4-8 p.m. 404-633-3396.
E.S.P. The Experimental Spoken Word Performance is hosted by Yohannes Sharriff, who provides an exploratory space for the local spoken-word movement. A-HOP, 840 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. Every Wed. night. 404-752-6030.
GOV'T MULE -- Get behind the new Mule as Widespread Panic's Dave Schools fills the bass slot and the beloved, always dependable Chuck Leavell lends his distinctive keyboard touch. They'll add even more class, talent and subtlety to the band's boogie/blues/jam aesthetic. Superb guitarist Warren Haynes leads the charge, and when these talented guys lock together, they kick up serious intensity that leaves other jam-styled bands in the dirt. Georgia Theater/Athens (Horowitz)