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July 9 Thursday

Remember the earnest pop stylings of Atlanta's late-'90s indie-rock underdogs CHOCOLATE KISS? Of course not, this is Atlanta. But in the beginning (1997), there existed the short-lived Joyce Band that split in half. One half of the group begot the equally short-lived Beale Street Green, which begot Good Friday Experiment, which in turn begot Noot d' Noot. The other half became Chocolate Kiss, and it hasn't performed since 2002. Gold Standard and Small Reactions open. $7. 8:30 p.m. The Earl, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-522-3950. (Chad Radford)

July 9 Thursday

Art Nouveau magazine and Wm Turner Gallery join forces to exhibit the work of two visionaries, Kendrick Daye and Corinne Stevie Francilus, in EXTRAORDINARY MACHINE. Each artist takes a unique perspective on the complications of society, culture and human relationships through the use of pencil drawings, digital media, photography and more. A percentage of sales will be donated to nonprofit organizations benefiting Atlanta communities. Through July 18. Free. Opening reception, 6 p.m.; Wed.-Thurs., noon-6 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 1-8 p.m., and by appointment. Wm Turner Gallery, 112 Krog St., Suite 9. 404-577-4500. (Azia Squire)

July 11 Saturday

Indie power-pop band the BRILLIANT INVENTIONS got the idea for their attention-grabbing name from a billboard spotted during a road trip a few years ago. As the dynamic duo of Josh Lamkin and Eliot Bronson gains recognition throughout the Southeast, the name has been popping up on a lot of marquees. The group has become a staple at Eddie's Attic, where regulars sing along to songs ranging from the comedic musical anecdote "What an Asshole You Were in High School" to the heartfelt "Would You Believe." Jenny Reynolds also performs. $12-$15. 6:30 p.m. 515-B N. McDonough Road, Decatur. 404-377-4976. (Piper Hale)

July 12 Sunday

Since Beyoncé came to Atlanta last week, it's expected that Mr. Beyoncé wouldn't be far behind. Though rapper JAY-Z claimed retirement while still dropping tracks left and right, it was obvious he wasn't going to be able to stay away from the stage for long. Jay-Z will perform at Chastain Park Amphitheatre with dancing machine Ciara. She exploded in 2004 with an anthem about protecting her coveted goodies and has gone on to record No. 1 hits with well-known artists such as Ludacris, R. Kelly and T-Pain. With a blend of R&B and hip-hop thumping under spitfire lyrics, this should make for an exciting show. $53-$253. 7:30 p.m. 4469 Stella Drive. 404-817-8700. (Azia Squire)


JULY 12-AUG. 9 FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF Jasmine Guy directs the True Colors Theatre Company production at Southwest Arts Center.

JULY 17-18 MOE. AND RATDOG Visit the Masquerade.

JULY 17-18 EDDIE IFFT Performs at Laughing Skull Lounge.

JULY 22 WORLD FOOTBALL CHALLENGE AC Milan faces Club America at the Georgia Dome.

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