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Freedom Fête, Aimee Mann and more

September 5 Friday

AIMEE MANN made her MTV debut in 1985 with new wave band 'Til Tuesday, even garnering a Video Music Award for Best New Artist. Since then, the Grammy-winning singer/songwriter has been one busy lady, moving on to create her own record label, SuperEgo Records, all the while building upon an admirable, albeit not necessarily commercially successful, solo career. Though probably best-known for her contributions to Paul Thomas Anderson's Magnolia soundtrack, Mann makes an Atlanta stop in support of her latest, @#%&*! Smilers. The Submarines open. 8:30 p.m. $27.50. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com.

September 6 Saturday

In April, Carroll Street Cafe general manager Christopher Stahle was leaving a restaurant when he was mugged and shot. Stahle has no health insurance and requires extensive medical treatment. To help cover his expenses, several local musicians, including Rizzudo, the Khans and DJ Jordan Jeffares (Snowden), are rallying for the ALL SHOT UP benefit. There will also be a raffle for gift certificates to several restaurants and businesses. $10. 9 p.m. The Drunken Unicorn, 736 Ponce de Leon Place. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net.

September 6 Saturday

Atlantic Station hosts FREEDOM FÊTE: 75 YEARS FROM HARM TO HOME with the International Rescue Committee in honor of 75 years facilitating a safe transition for refugees of war and persecution. The fundraiser features world music, international cuisine and most significantly, an extensive auction including items such as AirTran tickets, a Tybee Island kayak vacation and the opportunity to hear personal accounts that "put a human face on news headlines." $100. 7-10 p.m. Nelson Mullins, 201 17th St., Suite 1800. 404-292-7731, ext. 43. www.theirc.org/atlanta.

September 7 Sunday

OK Productions presents British electro rockers DOES IT OFFEND YOU, YEAH? (XXX). Hailing from Reading, Berkshire, the quartet derives its name from a random quote from the original "The Office" and has played a few opening shows for Nine Inch Nails during their most recent tour. Drawing comparisons to Muse and !!!, Does It Offend You, Yeah? is a group of powerhouse Brits on the front wave of a new invasion. Advance tickets can be purchased at Criminal Records and Decatur CD. $12. 8 p.m. Drunken Unicorn, 736 Ponce de Leon Place. www.thedrunkenunicorn.net.

Upcoming

SEPT. 11-13 NICK DIPAOLO The Emmy-nominated comedian and former "The Chris Rock Show" writer comes to the Punchline. www.punchline.com.

SEPT. 12-14 ATLANTA ARTS FESTIVAL Makes its return to Piedmont Park. www.atlantaartsfestival.com.

SEPT. 13 SILVER JEWS The indie rockers perform at the Variety Playhouse. www.variety-playhouse.com.

SEPT. 15 HOW SWEET THE SOUND Gospel choirs square off in competition at Philips Arena. www.philipsarena.com.

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