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THE SOUND OF PHILADELPHIA -- Locals DRES tha Beatnik and Jay Force revisit their hometown roots when they host a pair of Philadelphia-based underground urban music stars. DJ Rich Medina earned notice producing Philly filly Jill Scott, but is better known as a top hip-hip/funk-soul DJ. While Lady Alma has lent her voice to tracks from King Britt and 4Hero, she hopes to follow Scott to new-soul stardom with her own recordings. DJs Drama, Kemit and Rasta Root (who have no Philly ties that we know of) also spin. Kaya (Sarig)

Reading & signing
In the wake of winning both the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction for his novel, Waiting, Atlanta resident HA JIN winds up his national book tour for The Bridegroom OCT. 17. A collection of humorous and moving short stories addressing the conflicts between Chinese and Western cultures, The Bridegroom's acutely crafted stories show a mastery for the English language, something that the author only learned 12 years ago. Jin reads from and signs copies of his new book at Chapter 11 Emory Commons. Free. 7 p.m. 2091 N. Decatur Road. 404-325-1505.

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