High on 'grass
Just when it seemed Brit-pop might've been dealt a lethal dose of Heathen Chemistry (see: Oasis), the boozy blokes from SUPERGRASS come along and goose the sorry, comatose excuse for a sub-genre back to life. The band comes to Atlanta MARCH 12 brandishing a fantabulous new CD, Life on Other Planets. Supergrass' fourth album is a freaked-out moon-age daydream (apologies to David Bowie) of ultra-vivid scale, its glam-rock posturing, celestial hooks and hapless high-school humor (some favorite topics: weed, Spinal Tap and vomit) applied with all the subtlety of a black-light KISS poster. And rumor has it these guys can drink Oasis' Gallagher Brothers under the table. $16. 8 p.m. eleven50, 1150-B Peachtree St. 404-249-6400. www.eleven50.com.
-- Hobart Rowland
Cirque du Suburbia
"Varekai," the name of CIRQUE DU SOLEIL's latest touring production, means "wherever" in the Romany language of gypsies. Producers of the show seem to have taken that philosophy of "wherever" to heart, because this time around they've plopped down the blue-and-yellow Grand Chapiteau smack dab in the middle of the 'burbs. Beginning MARCH 6, Cirque sets up camp at Cumberland Mall. It's closer to the largely family-fueled clientele, but the move is still a blow to intown boosters. Reports say that "Varekai" follows a more succinct storyline than "Dralion," the last Cirque production to tumble through town. But expect more of the same dynamic aerial acrobatics, surreal European-styled clowning and outlandish -- often stunning -- costumes. The show is a climax of sorts for a city that's been inundated by big tops of late, with three competing "traditional" circuses happening at once. Through April 6. $31.50-$65. Premiere week March 6-9: Thurs.-Fri. 8 p.m.; Sat. 4 and 8 p.m.; Sun. 1 and 5 p.m. Regular show times: Tues.-Wed. 8 p.m.; Thurs.-Fri. 5 and 9 p.m.; Sat. 4 and 8 p.m.; Sun. 1 and 5 p.m. Cumberland Galleria, I-75 at Cumberland Boulevard exit. 800-678-5440. www.cirquedusoleil.com.
-- Tray Butler
To get you in the mood for the March 23 Academy Awards, the Rialto and Turner Classic Movies turn back the clock with the OSCAR'S LEADING LADIES film festival MARCH 8-9. The double-features begin Saturday with Suspicion, It Happened One Night, Roman Holiday and Funny Girl (go Babs!). Sunday kicks off with Mildred Pierce and A Streetcar Named Desire; then Patricia Neal introduces Hud, for which she won a Best Actress Oscar in 1963. The evening concludes with Klute. $6 per film; double-feature $8. 2-9:30 p.m. Rialto Center for the Performing Arts, 80 Forsyth St. 404-651-4727. www.rialtocenter.org.
-- Jerry Portwood
Gotta love France
It's unfortunate timing for FRANCOPHONIE 2003, the fourth annual festival celebrating the French-speaking world, which continues through APRIL 17. What with world politics in their current state, there may be more closeted Francophiles than usual. But the event promotes the language -- not the politics -- so there's no reason to be embarrassed.
First up are the films. WINGS OF COURAGE screens MARCH 6 in the IMAX large-format at Fernbank. The story of three legendary French aviation pioneers -- including Antoine de Saint-Exupery (author of The Little Prince) -- the drama centers on the first airmail flights made across the Andes Mountains in 1930s Argentina. The High Museum's FRENCH FILM YESTERDAY AND TODAY continues MARCH 8 with Nicolas Philibert's documentary, To Be and To Have. Philibert spent a year observing the progress of 13 students, ages 5-11, at Georges Lopez's one-room school in the farming community of Auvergne (see Flicks, p. 53). Wings of Courage: $15. 8 p.m. IMAX Theatre, Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road. 404-875-1211. www.afatl.com. To Be and To Have: $4-$5. 8 p.m. Rich Auditorium, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-5000. www.high.org.
March 6 - Thursday
Ballethnic Dance Company presents its 11th annual production of THE LEOPARD TALE, combining ballet, jazz, modern and African dance to portray the leopard's struggles to survive -- with tights. $25. Thurs. 7:30 p.m.; Fri. 8 p.m.; Sat. 2 and 8 p.m.; Sun. 2 p.m. Robert Ferst Center for the Arts, 349 Ferst Drive, Georgia Tech. 404-894-9600. www.ballethnic.org. (JP)
Chicago's Neo-Futurists return to Dad's Garage with their long-running experimental theater piece TOO MUCH LIGHT MAKES THE BABY GO BLIND, attempting 30 plays (ranging from sad to funny) in 60 minutes; the audience decides the order of performance. Oh, and if the show sells out, they order pizza for everyone -- so start thinking about your toppings. Through March 15. $15. Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m. Dad's Garage Theatre, 280 Elizabeth St. 404-523-3141. www.dadsgarage.com. (JP)
March 7 Friday
For the latest DAILIES screening, each artist was asked to come up with a film based on the same photograph. See the results at "BackStory/BackImage," which answers the question, "What kind of films grow out of a single photo's content and structure?" $10. Fri.-Sun. 8 p.m. PushPush Theater, 1123 Zonolite Road. 404-892-7876. www.pushpushtheater.com. (JP)
March 8 - Saturday
For the "QUEER AS FOLK" second-season DVD release, the Buckhead Borders turns its two-story store into Babylon (the fictional nightclub, not the fabled city), with a DJ/dance area, a bar serving "mocktails" and a drag cabaret. Cast members Hal Sparks (Michael Novotny), Randy Harrison (Justin Taylor) and Robert Gant (Ben Bruckner) sign merchandise. Free. 7-9 p.m. Borders Buckhead, 3637 Peachtree Road. 404-237-0707. (JP)
The One O One Alliance is a self-described community effort dedicated to promoting the urban art scene. Their latest event, ELEMENTS OF CULTURE, showcases graf artist Totem as well as works by John Tindel, Maurice Evans and Dante. To compliment the images, you gotta have the vibe -- and that includes the Bay-area Zion I Crew, and local hip-hop acts Scienz of Life and Psyche Origami. $15-$17. 9 p.m. Club 708, 708 Spring St. 404-874-8125. www.101alliance.com. (JP)
March 9 - Sunday
With its elaborate set-pieces and period costumes, Sondheim's Sunday in the Park With George is a bitch to stage. But the music is as extraordinary as the artist -- George Seurat -- it celebrates. Hear for yourself when Onstage Atlanta presents SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE: IN CONCERT. Through March 16. $15. Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. 4 p.m. Onstage Atlanta, 2597 N. Decatur Road, Decatur. 404-897-1802. www.onstageatlanta.com. (JP)
March 11 - Tuesday
For its latest monthly salon, MEET AND GREET: MAC COSMETICS, IMAGE Film & Video's focuses on the film industry's behind-the-scenes illusion-makers, offering various tips and resources for training and networking. Free. 7-8:30 p.m. Red Light Cafe, 553 Amsterdam Ave. 404-352-4225. www.imagefv.org. (JP)