The Masquerade stage will be awash in feathers, rhinestones and sequins JUNE 15 when the national tour of BURLESQUEFEST loosens its corset and spills its bubblies for the ogling crowd. The show features popular performers of the neo-burlesque movement, including Catherine D'Lish, Kitten on the Keys, Miss Kitty Crimson (right), and glam-drag icon Mz. Adrien Cormier, along with the trapeze talents of Oracle Dance. $15. 8 p.m. (doors). Masquerade, 695 North Ave. 404-577-8178. www.masq.com.
Ladies take a load off
EstroFest Productions take a comedic look at lesbians, relationships and therapy with the JUNE 12 premiere of DYKES WITH BAGGAGE. The production is based on the book of the same name edited by Riggin Waugh, and features material by Atlanta writers Laura A. Vess and C.C. Carter. Heather Starkel, Deisha Oliver and Melissa Travis (left) take on all roles, playing a bevy of school therapists, zombie therapists, naked therapists and more. Following the June 14 performance, Waugh leads a workshop on writing and publishing lesbian work. Through June 22. $10-$12. Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. 5:30 p.m. PushPush Theater, 1123 Zonolite Road. 404-797-0489. www.estrofest.org.
-- Jerry Portwood
Come away to Chastain
Hmm, NORAH JONES is coming to Atlanta JUNE 14. Didn't she win a Grammy? Gillian Welch is opening? I just loved her on the Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack. And isn't it the 30th anniversary season of "Classic Chastain"? The background music will be nice, don't-ya think? Sold out. 8 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive. 404-733-5000. www.classicchastain.org.
A day of suds
On JUNE 14, Fado; Irish Pub celebrates BLOOMSDAY, the fictional 24-hour time frame in James Joyce's Ulysses. And since there aren't a whole heck of a lot of people who've actually read the tome (or can tell you what it's about), Theatre Gael performs a one-hour show celebrating the life and works of the writer. Limericks will be read every hour, with judges deciding the best at midnight. Beer sampling $20. Theatre Gael performance begins at 2 p.m. Fado; Irish Pub, 3035 Peachtree Road. 404-841-0066. www.fadoirishpub.com.
Those with strong stomachs can try the dunking booth between sips at the DUNWOODY BEER FESTIVAL JUNE 14. Otherwise, stick to sipping more than 130 international brews from your collector's pint glass. Money raised benefits Camp Twin Lakes. $20. 2-8 p.m. In front of the Royal Oak, Perimeter Point, 1155 Mount Vernon Highway. 770-671-9758.
June 12 Thursday
The Atlanta Film Festival presents ANIMATION EXTRAVAGANZA, a program of 12 animated shorts. Included in this year's lineup are local artists Joseph Peragine's "Three Small Deaths" and Jennifer Drummond's "The F.E.D.S." Other highlights: "Atomic Love" and "Parking," by the always odd, always funny Bill Plympton. $8-$10. 7 and 9:30 p.m. Lefont Garden Hills Cinema, 2835 Peachtree Road. 404-266-2202. www.imagefv.org. (JP)
June 13 Friday
The Contemporary presents its SUMMER SOLOS, featuring sculpture, painting and works on paper by artists James Barsness, David Isenhour and Jeff Sonhouse. All artists draw inspiration from pop culture, so opening night's "Karaoke Meltdown" ought to keep things from getting too stuffy. Free. 7-9 p.m. The Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, 535 Means St. 404-688-1970. www.thecontemporary.org. (JP)
June 14 Saturday
Exercise your freedoms of speech and assembly at the FLAG DAY CELEBRATION at Dad's. The late-night evening of patriotism includes poetry readings by Linda Costa, Melisa Dubois, Samia Ellis and Jamie Warde, paintings and storytelling by Marty Renee, and music by Les Follies Noires and Powersuit. Free-$5. Midnight. Top Shelf, Dad's Garage Theatre, 280 Elizabeth St. 404-523-3141. www.dadsgarage.com. (JP)
June 15 Sunday
The Georgia Shakespeare Festival raises the curtain on its 18th summer season with the Elizabethan screwball comedy MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, directed by Kenny Leon. Nothing rotates in repertory with Moliere's rhyming comedy School for Wives beginning June 26, and with the rarely produced romance Cymbeline starting July 10. $10-$32. June 11- Aug. 10. In repertory, call for exact dates and times. Georgia Shakespeare Festival, Conant Performing Arts Center, Oglethorpe University, 4484 Peachtree Road. 404-264-0020. www.gashakespeare.org. (Curt Holman)
June 16 Monday
Whether you think PETER GABRIEL's latest studio album in 10 years, Up, is a sonic masterpiece or just cerebral crap, one thing's for sure: There's not a "Sledgehammer"-style hit in the lot. Expect to be both entertained and bored. $60-$90. 7:30 p.m. Chastain Park Amphitheatre, 4469 Stella Drive. 404-249-6400. (JP)
June 17 Tuesday
Screen on the Green's third installment is the Bette Davis/Joan Crawford camp classic WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE?. It may just unleash your inner bitch. Free. Sunset. Piedmont Park, at the ball fields near the 14th Street entrance. 404-875-7275. www.digitalcity.com/screenonthegreen.
June 18 Wednesday
Carolina folky country-rock chanteuse TIFT MERRITT and her band, THE CARBINES, always turn out a rootsy show elevated by the heartfelt grace of Merritt's Emmylou Harris-style croon. Chatam County Line open. $14. 8 p.m. Red Light Cafe, 553 Amsterdam Ave. 404-874-7828. www.redlightcafe.com. (JP)