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With thermometers rising ever higher, it should be no surprise that women really are taking off their clothes. The Pink Pony hosts the Exotic Dancer National Championships (right) June 2-4, during which the hottest dancers from around the country shimmy, shake and otherwise jiggle their assets in hopes of being awarded a crown, not to mention cash prizes and the jealousy of their peers. Jokes aside, this is a serious pageant, during which contestants are scored based on beauty, personality and talent. Please take a moment to note that these are virtually the same traits that go into crowning Miss America. $10. 9 p.m. 1837 Corporate Blvd. 404-634-6396. www.showbars.com.
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Scamming and murder will be business as usual for the High Museum this June when Thieves Like Us, a seven-film series devoted to crime cinema, opens June 4. The series debuts with French director Jean-Pierre Melville's classic existential crime thriller The Red Circle, but also includes groundbreaking gems such as Arthur Penn's ultra-violent Bonnie and Clyde (left), hailing from 1967, and Ernst Lubitsch's sublimely witty 1932 film, Trouble in Paradise. Thought Quentin Tarantino invented ultra-violence and glamorous crooks? Fuhgeddaboudit. $4-$5. Fri.-Sat., 8 p.m. Through June 25. Rich Auditorium, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St.
Thanks to the good folks at Turner Classic Movies, the successful SCREEN ON THE GREEN film festival returns to Piedmont Park June 2 for a sixth season, opening with Some Like It Hot. The Billy Wilder-directed comedy about two men who have to dress as women to escape the mob will be introduced by Tony Curtis, who starred in the film alongside Marilyn Monroe and Jack Lemmon. Other Thursday night screenings include To Kill a Mockingbird, The Birds, Mommie Dearest and Grease. Free. Films begin at sunset. Through June 30. The meadow at Piedmont Park, 10th Street and Monroe Avenue. 404-878-2600. www.turner.com/screenonthegreen.
June 2 Thursday
"SINGLE IN THE CITY: ATLANTA" is an eight-part reality series premiering tonight at 10 p.m. on WE, the Women's Entertainment channel. The profiled peaches include Bree Black, Angela Davis, Tracy Diamond, Melissa Gilbert, Saundra Hester, Maya Morrow, Amy Simon, Ashley Taylor, Debra Trawick and Caren West, hailing from Midtown, Buckhead and Inman Park. Only time will tell if the series will be a liberating experience for the ladies and provide quality air-time for the city. (LVS)
June 3 friday
Today, Special Olympics Georgia kicks off a weekend of tournaments that showcase the skills of more than 2,000 of Georgia's disabled athletes. The fanfare begins tonight with a parade of athletes, loads of mascots from local teams and even a dog show by Go Dog Productions. This weekend's competitors include medalist Christopher Currere, a 17-year-old weight lifter, and gold-medal gymnast Katy Wilson. Free. Events begin Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 9 a.m. McDonough Field at Emory University, 616 Asbury Circle. 770-414-9390, ext. 117. www.specialolympicsga.org. (Anthony Wilson)
Pamela Gien's award-winning play the syringa tree returns for a special one-night-only performance. The powerful play explores complex themes of race, national identity and freedom through the intertwined tales of two families in South Africa. Carolyn Cook, as the sole actor, takes on an amazing 24 different roles. $25. 8 p.m. Horizon Theatre, 1083 Austin Ave. 404-584-7450. www.horizontheatre.com. (Daniela Chen)
june 4 saturday
You can look at Virginia-Highland's summerfest one of two ways: If you're broke, it's a great way to get outdoors and look at art while hobnobbing in Va-Hi. If you've got dough to spare, it's a great way to drink beer outdoors, which is what you really wanna do when the weather gets warm, anyway. Aside from drinking and art, a variety of local bands are playing, including Angie Aparo, the Drexlers, Loud American Tourists, Charlie Mars and others. Free. Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Virginia and North Highland avenues. www.vahi.org. www.99x.com. (AW)
june 5 sunday
Want your date to jump into your lap? Take her to the Rock and Roll Monster Bash tonight at Starlight Six Drive-In. Halfway through watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, she'll be so scared that she won't care what you look like (it'll be dark out, anyway). The party gets in gear in the afternoon with music from Grand Moff Tarkin and the Infernals, and burlesque performances by the Doll Squad. $13. Gates open at 1 p.m., bands start at 2, movies at dusk. Starlight Six Drive-In, 2000 Moreland Ave. 404-627-5786. www.starlightdrivein.com. (Rebecca Ford)
june 6 monday
School's out, the weather's warm, and there's no better time to take a trip to the zoo. Visit all the furry, feathered or scaly animal friends that you want to see, but whatever you do, don't forget to drop by and say hello to the zoo's resident giant pandas and most popular couple, Lun-Lun and Yang-Yang. $12-$17. Mon.-Sun., 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 800 Cherokee Ave. 404-624-5600. www.zooatlanta.org. (DC)
june 7 tuesday
Penny-pinching grand master Clark Howard's newest piece of wisdom is to start 'em young. He's in town to sign copies of his latest book, Clark Smart Parents, Clark Smart Kids, in which he dishes out advice for parents intent on getting their kids to appreciate the value of a dollar. Free. 6:30 p.m. Chapter 11 Bookstore, 875 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road, Lawrenceville. 770-822-2650. www.chapter11books.com. (DC)
june 8 wednesday
The Atlanta Film Festival kicks off a little early, with tonight's 2005 IMAGE PREMIERE PARTY AND AWARDS CEREMONY at EarthLink Live. Honorees include plenty of locals, but the real buzz is over Spike Lee, who will be awarded the first Ossie Davis Award for innovation in filmmaking. The star-studded fete is open to the public and celebrates the 29th annual Atlanta Film Festival, which opens June 10. $50-$125. 7 p.m. 1374 W. Peachtree St. 404-352-4225. www.atlantafilmfestival.com. (LVS)