Painted people, velvet in summer, lots of attitude (not to mention Red Bull). Sounds like ARTPARTY 2001. SEPT. 8, be a part of one of Atlanta's largest and most time-honored events, now in its 19th year. Check out cutting-edge art, as well as performances by dance diva Amber, local pop/electronica phenomenon Aerial and eight others. Tickets are $35 and benefit the Contemporary Art Center. For more information, visit www.atlantaartparty.com or call 404-688-1970.
HYDROPHONIC is supposedly inspired by the West Coast hotel parties we in Atlanta haven't a clue about. To catch a glimpse of the action, show up at the downtown Sheraton SEPT. 8, and lounge beside the pool with Atlanta DJs Starboy, Bethany, Daniel Gresham and J-Luv. The party, which starts at noon and runs until 10 p.m., features video projections and "intelligent" lighting. $15 in advance. 165 Courtland St. For more information, visit www.ataricharm.com/hydro_info_tbl.htm
Ego reigns supreme at the annual ACTORSEXPO SEPT. 8. Held at the Rialto Center for the Performing Arts, the event includes forums on topics crucial to an actor's career and help with all those job-hunting necessities -- pictures, resumes, classes, etc. -- is also available. Speakers include Emmy Award-winning casting director Lisa Fincannon, Tommy Futch of Laughing Matters, actor Stuart Culpepper and director George Watkins. A portion of the proceeds from the expo will go to the Steven Petty Memorial Fund, which assists local artists with life-threatening or debilitating illnesses. $20 (discounts for students, ACPA, WIF and union members), $10 for kids 15 and under. 80 Forsyth St. For a complete lineup of the day's events, visit www.actexpo.com
Expect at least one entry in the IRANIAN FILM TODAY showcase, opening SEPT. 8, to pack a serious wallop. Bahman Farmanara's first movie after 20 years in exile, Smell of Camphor, Scent of Jasmine casts the director himself as a widowed, chain-smoking filmmaker. His career slowly dying, he gets in touch with his own mortality while working on a documentary on Iranian burial customs (See Flicks). Sound depressing? 8 p.m. $5 general admission, $4 students, seniors and museum members. Rich Auditorium, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. For ticket information, call 404-733-4570 or visit www.high.org