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N.E.C., stop-motion and more

January 17 Saturday

The N.E.C. has come into its own, building dense, psychedelic rock and dirty, paisley garage sounds that come from a concise and coherent vision. The burgeoning foursome knows when and where to focus on the art of the song and when to let the wall of noise speak for itself. Anna Kramer and the Lost Cause pervert country music roots with a brash rock 'n' roll jangle. Shannon Mulvaney and Adam Renshaw spin country and long-haired bong-rock records between bands. $5. 10 p.m. 529, 529 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-228-6769. (Chad Radford)

January 17 Saturday

The Center for Puppetry Arts hosts AN EVENING OF STOP-MOTION PUPPET FILMS, with a variety of gems. The main events will be Academy Award-winning "Harvie Krumpet," which documents the life of the endearingly luckless Harvie, and "Haunted Hogmanay," the story of an amateur ghost hunter's exploits in Edinburgh, Scotland. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll be scared by ghosts. Must be over 18. $5-$7. 8 p.m. 1404 Spring St. 404-873-3391. www.puppet.org. (Gloria Love)

January 18 Sunday

Kara Walker makes deceptively two-dimensional art. Often using nothing more than a flat, black-and-white palette, her works evoke a depth of cross-generational narratives and the horrific legacy of slavery. Savannah College of Art and Design's Elizabeth Rowan will present BEYOND BLACK AND WHITE: KARA WALKER'S DIRTY SOUTH, an examination of Walker's work, addressing everything from her technique to her use of 19th-century motifs. Free. 3 p.m. Ivy Hall, 179 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-253-3324. www.scad.edu. (Wyatt Williams)

January 20 Tuesday

Local feminist groups Georgia WAND and Charis Circle are teaming up for CELEBRATING CHANGE: A FEMINIST INAUGURATION DAY GATHERING to revel in the fact that we elected a candidate who has the good sense not to use air quotes when talking about women's "health." The agenda includes relaxing with some food and drinks and watching the Inauguration Day coverage on the big screen. Free. 7-10 p.m. Kavarna, 707 E. Lake Drive, Decatur. 404-371-1113. www.chariscircle.org. (Gloria Love)

Upcoming

JAN. 23 ATLART09 Begins a three-week celebration of visual arts featuring citywide events. www.atlart.com.

JAN. 23-24 COCA-COLA FILM FESTIVAL Returns for a weekend of cinema, wine tastings, and a vintage cartoon and slideshow history lesson at the Fox Theatre. www.foxtheatre.org.

JAN. 24 WORLD'S TOUGHEST RODEO Rope 'em and ride 'em at the Arena at Gwinnett Center. www.toughestcowboy.com.

JAN. 24 GYPSY JAMBALAYA Kicks off Mardi Gras season at the Rialto Center for the Arts with a double bill featuring Les Yeux Noirs and Grammy-nominated Creole music sensation Cedric Watson. www.rialtocenter.org.

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