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Comedy
CAPTURED! Once a week, the improv Overlord "Gary releases his captured improviser from their frozen time chamber so they can try and save the world. Dad's Garage Theatre, 280 Elizabeth St. July 13-Sept. 28. 10:30 p.m. $10. 404-523-3141.

DISHMAN The self-proclaimed "most dishturbed comic dishcussionsist, the Dishman presents his one-man show most weekdays outdoors at the William Dobbs Plaza near the corner of Auburn Ave. and Fort St. July 4 to Oct 30. 8 p.m. Free. 404-522-5208.

FUNNY FARM COMEDY CLUB Rik Roberts headlines. 608 Holcomb Bridge Road, Sandy Springs. Aug. 31- Sept. 1. 8:30 p.m. $10-$12.50. 404-467-4242.

LAUGHING MATTERS The South's longest running improv company performs new comedy shows every first Sat. Manuel's Tavern, 602 N. Highland Ave. July 4 to Nov 27. 8 p.m. $10. 404-874-4050.

MOOREPICS CAFE Open-mic comedy list opens at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. $3 for comedians, $5 general admission. 227 Mitchell St., between Forsyth and Spring St. Every Sun. 404-880-0084.

OPEN-MIC COMPETITION Eddie's Attic will hold "Comedy Combat night, at which comics of all skill levels compete for cash prizes or a chance to perform for pay. Hosted by Alyssa Barnett and Jessica Rose. 515-B North McDonough St. Every fourth Tues. $5. 404-386-0431.

THE PUNCHLINE Master impressionist and sound effects afficianado, Pablo Francisco headlines. 280 Hilderbrand Drive. Fri. 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.; Sat. 7 p.m., 9 p.m. and 11 p.m.; Sun. 7:30 p.m. Aug. 31-Sept. 2. $16.50. 404-252-LAFF.

Spoken Word
ARTISTIC EXPRESSION Open-mic charity event features singing, rapping, poetry, readings, etc. Featured poets Yohannes and Marc Marcel, with additional musical artists Copper John, DANJA Michael-Angelo. Fashion show by Miles Creations. Innovox Lounge, 699 Ponce de Leon Ave. Aug. 29. 8-11 p.m. Free. 404-277-9827.

COSMOPOLITAN SOUL Features open-mic and live jazz. The Crescent Room, 1136 Crescent Ave. Every third Mon. 8 p.m. $5. 404-875-5252.

E.S.P. The Experimental Spoken Word Performance is hosted by Yohannes Sharriff, who provides an exploratory space for the local spoken-word movement. A-HOP, 840 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. Every Wed. night. 404-752-6030.

EXPRESSIONS JAZZ CAFE Poetry and open-mic along with jazz every Thurs. Wesley Chapel Road adjacent to 3 Dollar Cafe. Aug 1 to Dec 25. 7 p.m. 404-289-8897.

LOCAL ARTIST SHOWCASE Dillard Enterprises provides a showcase for local artists to perform and network. Contact Robin for details and locations. Ongoing. 404-579-3701.

PENROSE Presents open-mic and live music. 712 Ponce Place. Every third Sat. 10 p.m. $5-$7. 404-892-7352.

PLANET SLAM Watch wordsmiths get wicked as poets battle in a two-round poetry slam. All poets welcome. Call in advance to register. Judges picked from the audience. Moorepics Poetry Planet, 227 Mitchell St. Every other Tues. 877-952-8108.

POET'S LOUNGE Spoken word artist accompanied by live musicians. Open Mic. Shark Bar, 571 Peachtree St. Every Tues. 7-11 p.m. $5. 770-944-6286.

POETRY POD The Decatur Poetry Pod meets every second and fourth Thurs., Joe Coffee on East Lake Road. Call Dwight for more information. Ongoing. 7-9 p.m. 404-377-2405.

Theater: openings
AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' Jomandi Productions begins their 23rd season with Fat's Waller's hit musical featuring swing/blues music from the 1930s. 14th Street Playhouse, 173 14th St. Sept. 1-23. Wed.-Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. 3 p.m. $18-$25. 404-817-8700.

GODSPELL First Metropolitan Community Church of Atlanta performs this musical retelling of the Gospel according to St. Matthew. 1379 Tullie Road. Aug. 31-Sept. 2. 7:30 p.m. Free. 404-325-4143.

Theater: continuing
DINAH WAS Story of the Queen of Blues incorporates songs from the singer's 20-year career. Alliance Theatre Company, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. Through Sept. 23. Tues.-Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. 2:30 & 7:30 p.m. $18-$57. 404-733-5000.

DREAM OF A COMMON LANGUAGE Synchronicity Performance Group presents Heather McDonald's play about women Impressionists in a man's world. 7 Stages Theatre, 1105 Euclid Ave. Through Sept. 2. Wed.-Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. 7 p.m. $12-$15. 404-284-1151.

LES PARENTS TERRIBLES (INDISCRETIONS) Out of Hand theater launches their inaugural season with Cocteau's farce of a family held together through deception and fantasy. 7 Stages Theatre, 1105 Euclid Ave. Through Sept. 16. Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. in Sept. 5 p.m. $10-$25. 404-522-6194.

OUR HOUSE CABARET House Red Theater Company presents an evening of singing and dancing numbers from popular Broadway hits, and orignial music. Experience a night in an old style jazz club at Baci Italian Cuisine, 174 N. Glynn St., Fayetteville. Through August. Seating at 6:30 p.m.; show at 7:30 p.m. $30. 770-460-7778.

PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Andrew Lloyd Webber's story of the figure who lurks beneath the catacombs of the Paris Opera House and falls in love with the young soprano Christine. The Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. Through Sept. 23. Tues.-Sat. 8 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 2 p.m.; Sun. 7:30 p.m. $17.50-$62.50. 404-817-8700.

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