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AUGUST 18 SATURDAY

Known on the early 20th-century rodeo circuit as the Dusky Demon, Bill Pickett used to corral steer by leaping atop them and biting their lips, a technique he apparently learned from watching ranch dogs. Pickett and his innovative herding technique have long passed, but the name lives on with the BILL PICKETT RODEO. Billed as the only African-American touring rodeo, expect hours of ridin', ropin', bare backin' and bulldoggin'. $18-$21. Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 3:30 p.m. Georgia International Horse Park, 1996 Centennial Olympic Parkway, Conyers. 770-860-4190. www.billpickettrodeo.com. (Andisheh Nouraee)

AUGUST 18 SATURDAY

Come on people now ­– smile on your brother, get together and go to Virginia-Highland today for GREENWOODSTOCK. The outdoor music festival features food from Pickle-Mobile Catering, beer from SweetWater Brewery and performances from the Squirrelheads, the Ramblers (acoustic Grateful Dead covers) and Pride of Red. All these good folks ask for in return is a donation benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. $10 suggested donation. 2-10 p.m. Frederica Hall Condo Complex, 841 Frederica St. www.greenwoodstock.com. (Brian Gilton)

AUGUST 18 SATURDAY

How oblivious can people be when it comes to African-American history? Well, apparently oblivious enough for author (and sometimes CL contributor) RONDA RACHA PENRICE to write African American History for Dummies. The book covers everything from slavery and the evolution of African-American culture to what it's like to be black in the post-Civil Rights era. Penrice makes multiple appearances both this week and next. Free. Sat., Aug. 18, noon, at Nubian Books, 2445 Southlake Mall, Morrow, 678-422-6120; and 5 p.m., Publix, Atlantic Station, 1380 Atlantic Drive, 404-873-5055. Sun., Aug. 19, 2 p.m., at Publix, 3045 Panola Road, Lithonia, 770-322-5480. (David Lee Simmons)

AUG. 23 DAVE CHAPPELLE performs stand-up at the Tabernacle. www.ticketmaster.com.

AUG. 23 FILM LOVE AT EYEDRUM Screens films exploring the link between performance and spirit possession. www.frequentsmallmeals.com.

AUG. 26 FESTIVAL PEACHTREE LATINO ATLANTA Celebrates Hispanic culture for the seventh year. www.festivalpeachtreelatino.com.

AUG. 31-SEPT. 2 DECATUR BOOK FESTIVAL Features 200 authors, including Charles Frazier of Cold Mountain fame. www.decaturbookfestival.com.

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