Rabbit hole to hell
A demonic bunny and the angsty honesty of Jake Gyllenhaal all helped DONNIE DARKO attain cult status after its release on DVD. But very few people ever saw it on the big screen. Madstone Theaters is changing all that with its Friday EXTRA: PREMIERE PIC SERIES, featuring six films that have never been screened in Atlanta. The JUNE 20 showing of Darko also includes a Q&A with writer/director Richard Kelly. Here's your chance to ask him what sort of hallucination conjured up Darko's 6-foot-tall stalker bunny. $5-$8. 7 p.m. Madstone Theaters Parkside, 5920 Roswell Road. 404-252-2000. www.madstonetheaters.com.
-- Jerry Portwood
In the blood
Jack White and sister (not ex-wife) Meg of the WHITE STRIPES are giving Atlanta the ultimate discount. Our fair city will be spared the cost of tickets to the duo's visceral blues-based, cover-heavy, free-flowing live show, provided you are willing to drive to Stone Mountain to see it JUNE 20. In tow are White's coattail-riding pals, Moog-specialists Whirlwind Heat and local boys the Hiss, eager to get their kicks off Flat Shoals for a change. Free. $7 park entrance. 6 p.m. (gates), 7 p.m. (show). The Meadow, Stone Mountain Park. www.99x.com.
-- Nikhil Swaminathan
Who said slackers don't care. The EAST ATLANTA KIDS CLUB BENEFIT JUNE 20-21 includes features a diverse lineup of acts, including the pop-tastic sounds of Sharks and Minnows, and alt-rockers Myssouri. Be sure to leave the kiddies at home for Dames Aflame, as they take just enough off to raise some cash. $6. Fri. 10 p.m.; Sat. 9 p.m. Echo Lounge, 551 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-681-3600. www.echostatic.com/echolounge.
Love and war
It's the classic tale of love and loss set against a peasant uprising in France ... No, wait, that's Les Miserables. It's the classic tale of love and loss set in a 19th-century opera house ... No, that's Phantom of the Opera. MISS SAIGON is actually the classic tale (say it with me, folks) of love and loss set in war-torn Vietnam circa 1975. The sixth longest-running show in Broadway history arrives in Atlanta JUNE 24-29, with a new staging by director Mitchell Lemsky. Don't fret: The signature special-effect sequence still features an enormous on-stage chandelier ... er, helicopter. $20-$55. Tues.-Fri. 8 p.m.; Sat. 2 and 8 p.m.; Sun. 2 and 7 p.m. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. 404-817-8700.
-- Tray Butler
June 19 Thursday
The Reynoldstown Revitalizaion Corporation presents its eighth annual WHEELBARROW SUMMER THEATRE FESTIVAL. Events include a gospel night, poetry slam, comedy slam, cultural gumbo night, parade, health fair and blues night. June 19-21. Free. Call for times. 100 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-525-4130. www.reynoldstown.org. (JP)
June 20 Friday
What's sadder: people lining up to get Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix or everyone donning a disguise to look like the scarred one? The Decatur Public library hosts a Harry Potter look-alike contest to celebrate the release of the final book in the Harry Potter series. But even if you're more of a Hermione or a Hagrid, you're still welcome. Free. 3 p.m. Decatur Public Library, 215 Sycamore St., Decatur. 404-370-3070. (JP)
June 21 Saturday
Seems the PUPPET SLAM bunch is getting a little too big for its britches. Now they've been bumped from the smaller Top Shelf space to the Dad's Garage Theatre main stage to accommodate their fans. And there's nothing funnier than a puppet with a swelled head. Free-$5. Midnight. Dad's Garage Theatre, 280 Elizabeth St. 404-523-3141. www.dadsgarage.com. (JP)
June 22 Sunday
The HARROWER SUMMER OPERA WORKSHOP presents a range of scenes for those who need a shot of opera in the afternoon. Mozart's Le Nozze Di Figaro, Coso; Fan Tutte and Verdi's Rigoletto, Falstaff and Aida are presented alongside Douglas Moore's The Ballad of Baby Doe and many others. Composer Carlisle Floyd is in attendance Sunday. $5-$10; free for GSU students. Fri. 7:30 p.m.; Sun. 3 p.m. Georgia State University, Recital Hall, 10 Peachtree Center Ave. 404-651-1326. (JP)
June 23 Monday
Spoken-word artists come to Buckhead weekly to unload their issues at MESMERIZIN' MONDAZE. Later on, DJ Cashmere spins old-school hip-hop and R&B. $5. 8 p.m. The Living Room, 3069 Peachtree Road. 404-816-1116. (JP)
June 24 Tuesday
Just because the Atlanta Film Fest is over doesn't mean you can't have your 15 minutes. MOE'S FILM FESTIVAL brings burritos and cinema to the masses. Five bucks gets you 10 indie films, a live band, a wine tasting and (you guessed it) a burrito. $5. 9 p.m.-midnight. 863 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404.607.7892. (JP)
June 25 Wednesday
What to say about NEWT GINGRICH? The good ol' boy's written a number of books over the years -- and now he's back to writing fiction. Gingrich signs copies of his latest, Gettysburg: A Novel of the Civil War, a tale about how history would've been different if Robert E. Lee had won. Maybe now he can stop asking himself that same question. Free. 7 p.m. Atherton Square, in front of the Marietta Museum of History, 1 Depot St. 770-528-0431. (JP)