ATLANTA QUEER LITERARY FESTIVAL Fourth annual event will feature open mic events, panel discussions, readings and book signings around town. Oct. 13-16. atlqueerlitfest.blogspot.com.
CHUCK KLOSTERMAN Chances are you've never met Klosterman, but if you've read his collections of essays and nonfiction, you know what it would be like to drive cross country in a rented Ford Taurus searching for the house where Kurt Cobain killed himself or hang out with the members of a Guns 'n Roses cover band. Few writers are as capable of parsing the schizophrenic nonsense of pop culture with such clear and confessional insight. Free. Thurs., Oct. 7. 6:30-8 p.m. SCAD Atlanta, 1600 Peachtree St. www.acappellabooks.com.
DECATUR BOOK FESTIVAL The festival showcases fresh voices of contemporary Southern authors. See more here.
NATASHA TRETHEWEY Pulitzer prize-winning poet and Emory professor latest work, Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf, explores her and her family's (they're from Mississippi) post-storm experiences. Free. Sun., Sept. 5. 1:15 p.m. Decatur Book Festival, First Baptist Decatur Carreker Hall Stage, East Ponce de Leon Avenue and Church Street, Decatur. www.decaturbookfestival.com. Thurs., Oct. 28. 4 p.m. Cave Canem reading with poet Kyle Dargan. Spelman College, Cosby Academic Center Auditorium, 350 Spelman Lane. www.spelman.edu.
POETRY ATLANTA NIGHT Conquering Venus author Colin Kelly hosts an evening of local poets including JC Reilly, Eve Hoffman, Bob Wood, Ann Lynn and Jenny Sadre-Orafai reading their latest works. Thurs., Sept. 30. 7:15 p.m. Decatur Public Library, 215 Sycamore St. 404-370-8450. www.georgiacenterforthebook.org.
RICHARD BAUSCH Bausch is no less than a contemporary master of the short story. A Georgia-born writer of precise ear and profound economy (he whittled his first short story from the shape of an 800-page manuscript), Bausch continues his much celebrated and awarded career with his latest collection, Something is Out There. Free. Mon., Nov. 15. 6:30 p.m. Joseph W. Jones Room, 311 Woodruff Library, Emory University, 1365 Clifton Road. www.creativewriting.emory.edu.
WILLIAM GIBSON The legendary science-fiction writer defined the cyberpunk aesthetic with his 1984 debut novel, Neuromancer, a fluorescent trip through a place he called "cyberspace." He'll discuss past accomplishments and latest novel, Zero History. Free. Mon., Sept. 20. 6:30-8 p.m. SCAD Atlanta, 1600 Peachtree St. www.acappellabooks.com.
AMERICAN MUSCLE A dance concert and live music performance party "about the will, wild and wonder of America" by choreographer Blake Beckham and musical director Stephen Wood. $12. Thurs., Sept. 11. 8 p.m. Eyedrum, 290 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive S.E. www.eyedrum.org.
BLACKBIRD Brooks and Company Dance's multimedia dance theater performance centers on the $36 billion dollar-per-year industry of commercial child trafficking and sexual exploitation, a large part of which takes place in Atlanta. Nov. 12-14. Balzer Theater at Herren's, 84 Luckie St. 678-528-1500. www.brooksandcompanydance.org.
CORAZON ABRIENDO (HEART OPENING) CORE celebrates its 30th anniversary season this year with programming that includes a restaging of Corazon Abriendo, a multimedia performance based on Mayan weaving traditions. November 19-20. 8 p.m. Balzer Theater at Herren's, 84 Luckie St. 678-528-1500. www.severaldancerscore.org.
IDEAS AT GARDENHOUSE DANCE Garden House Dance director Nicole Livieratos' most recent work includes video, a dance collaboration with Patricia Henrtize, and a piece "investigating night-time monkey brain." Free. Sat.-Sun., Sept. 18-19. 4 p.m. Gardenhouse Studio, 2752 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Suite A, Decatur. www.gardenhousedance.org.
LUMINOCITY Lauri Stallings' next major performance will be the "largest site-specific art work both for gloATL and the city of Atlanta." Lumincoity will include 11 site-specific performances throughout downtown. Nov. 26-Dec. 11. www.gloatl.com.
MOULIN ROUGE – THE BALLET Atlanta Ballet channels the famed Parisian cabaret and its high-kicking Cancan dancers for its season opener. Oct. 22-31. $20. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway. 800-982-2787. www.atlantaballet.com.
STAIBDANCE, VEGA STRING QUARTET AND WILLIAM RANSOM: IN CONCERT Contemporary dance paired with classical and neo-classical music from artistic director and Emory dance program faculty George Staib, and Emory's Vega String Quartet. Sept. 23-25. $10-$25. Schwartz Center for Performing Arts, Dance Studio, 1700 N. Decatur Road. 404-727-5050. www.arts.emory.edu.
DRIVE INVASION Annual rock 'n' roll movie extravaganza moves from the hot and crowded labor day weekend to a new October date. Oct. 10. Starlight Six Drive-In Theatre, 2000 Moreland Ave. 404-627-5786. www.starlightdrivein.com.
LATIN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL 25th annual festival featuring 15 contemporary films outstanding recent films from Argentina Mexico, Peru, Chile, Brazil, Colombia and Uruguay. Sept. 25-Oct. 30. $6-$7. 8 p.m. High Museum of Art, Rich Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St. www.high.org.
OUT ON FILM The annual GLBTQ "celebrating PRIDE at the movies" enters its 23rd year. Oct. 1-7. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, 931 Monroe Circle; Ansley Park Playhouse, 1545 Peachtree St. www.outonfilm.org.
THE CIRCUMFERENCE OF A SQUIRREL The Lawrenceville playhouse's black box space hosts Daniel May in this off-beat sounding monologue play, which touches on themes such as microbiology and anti-Semiticism. Sept. 16-Oct. 3. $15. Thurs.–Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m. Aurora Theatre, 128 Pike St., Lawrenceville. 678-226-6222. www.auroratheatre.com.