Brian "Spanky Twangler" Rogers – husband, father of two and a long-standing member of Atlanta surf-rock band the Penetrators – was recently diagnosed with stage IV esophageal cancer, which requires aggressive treatment. After learning about his diagnosis, more than a dozen local acts rallied behind the cause to raise money and support for Rogers and his family with a two-night benefit. Bands on the bill include Thee Crucials, the Woggles, the Forty-Fives and many more. Through March 27. $5-$10. Thurs.-Fri., 9 p.m. Star Bar, 437 Moreland Ave. 404-681-9018. www.starbaratlanta.com. (Chad Radford)
The most primitive sport known to man comes to Georgia this weekend in the form of the ING MARATHON & HALF MARATHON. Growing in popularity each year, spectators can cheer on the men and women who brave the elements for a whopping 26 miles. Various cheering zones will supply plenty of inflatable noisemakers and signs, so whether you're an avid race fan or just love making noise, come out and be a part of a great tradition. Free. 7:04 a.m. See website for location details. www.inggeorgiamarathon.com. (Andy Nelson)
Come see what can happen when students get an Apple laptop, digital camcorder and a week to make a five-minute-or-less movie. The CAMPUS MOVIEFEST SOUTHERN REGIONAL GRAND FINALE showcases the top 14 short movies, selected by a regional panel of judges, in the world's largest student film and music festival. Guests have a chance to win prizes, including an iPod and Mac Mini, and enjoy music from student bands. Consider the black-tie-optional red-carpet celebration the Sundance of the Southeast, with host Adam Ferrara of "Rescue Me." $7, or $5 with discount code CMFATLANTA. 7 p.m. Atlanta Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-4900. www.campusmoviefest.com/srgf. (Christie Jarrett)
APRIL 1 THE EXPLORERS CLUB Charleston's poppy seven-piece plays the Earl. www.badearl.com.
APRIL 2 NEKO CASE The fiery-haired alt-country songstress stops by Variety Playhouse. www.variety-playhouse.com.
APRIL 3 SHEN WEI DANCE ARTS The New York-based company, featured in the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics, fuses dance, theater, Chinese opera, painting and sculpture at the Ferst Center for the Arts. www.ferstcenter.gatech.edu.
APRIL 4 MOCA GA GALA ART AUCTION The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia's annual event features both live and silent auctions and the MOCA Market. www.mocaga.org.