Here for now
ANI DIFRANCO, the ever-touring goddess of indie, arrives in Atlanta OCT. 9 to receive worship and promote her latest album, Evolve. And worship her you should. Averaging an album a year for the past decade, DiFranco has earned a rabidly devoted fan base with her politically charged, sex-infused folk-pop. And if every once in a while, you can't understand her through all the growls and heavy breathing -- just wait. She'll be back around to the chorus soon enough. $28.50. 8 p.m. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. 404-659-9022. www.atlantaconcerts.com.
-- Steve Yockey
The Peaches State
PEACHES just doesn't give a fuck. Her new album, Fatherfucker, the follow-up to her electroclash/sex-rap debut, The Teaches of Peaches, takes visceral pleasure in flipping off anyone who disses her punk-princess-meets-porn-DJ aesthetic, which is definitely an acquired taste. The Canadian-born, Berlin-based bad girl may be one of the most sexually bold (and ambiguous) acts on stage today, a gender-bending dominatrix who'd gladly don a strap-on and send Britney back to Disneyland. She comes to town OCT. 13 with Electrocute, Berlin electro-tramps who mix classic Shangri-Las vocals with subversive garage beats. Freaky. $12. 9 p.m. Echo Lounge, 551 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-681-3600. www.echostatic.com/echolounge.
-- Tray Butler
Dial down the middle
OK, so CARROT TOP was never really funny. But his props were. Remember the stuff in the old trunk? The Buffalo-Bills-helmet-turned-tissue-holder, the Tonya Harding skate with the butcher's knife for a blade? Ever since Chairman of the Board (his movie -- remember?), Carrot Top has been a C-list celebrity at best. But donate some cash to vegetable boy OCT. 11, and maybe we'll see less of him hocking that phone number and leering at ditzy babes on TV. At least John Stamos has a hot wife. $36. 8 p.m. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. 404-659-9022. www.atlantaconcerts.com.
-- Nikhil Swaminathan
Local poetry buffs get a double-shot of verse with two high-profile readings this week. The SECOND ANNUAL BOURNE POETRY READING at Georgia Tech imports the talents of Edward Hirsch, Marilyn Nelson and Ellen Bryant Voigt for a free reading OCT. 9. And Callanwolde continues its literary series with a celebration of WORLD POETRY DAY OCT. 15. Guest poets Memye Curtis Tucker and Stephen Bluestone appear at the Callanwolde Conservatory, followed by open-mic readings. Both events free. Bourne Poetry Reading: 7:30 p.m.; DuPree College of Management Building in Technology Square, Georgia Tech campus, 800 W. Peachtree St.; www.iac.gatech.edu/poetry.html. World Poetry Day: 8:15 p.m.; Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, 980 Briarcliff Road; 404-872-5338; www.callanwolde.org.
Oct 9 - Thursday
So do you: A) go to L5P to check out BUILT TO SPILL, a band that hasn't been around in a few years, or B) head to Buckhead for INTERPOL, a band making its third swing through North Georgia in the past year? Depends on how you like your indie rock -- quirky and poppy or dark and layered. Built to Spill: Solace Bros. and the Delusions open; $15; 8:30 p.m.; Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave.; 404-524-7354; www.variety-playhouse.com. Interpol: $18-$20; the Roxy, 3110 Roswell Road; 404-233-7699; www.atlantaconcerts.com (NS)
Oct 10 - Friday
Don't let his perpetual co-star status fool you. JEFF GARLIN is chock full o' talent. Not only does the cuddly lug hold his own with Larry David in "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and Eddie Murphy in Daddy Day Care, he's the directing power behind specials for Denis Leary and Jon Stewart. $17.50. Thurs. 8:30 p.m.; Fri.-Sat. 8 and 10:30 p.m. Funny Farm, 608 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell. 770-817-4242. www.funnyfarmcomedyclub.com. (Heather Kuldell)
Oct 11 - Saturday
You know how much everyone loves Radiohead? That's how much Radiohead's Thom Yorke loves R.E.M., who roll into town to plug the release of a new compilation spanning 15 years. Pete Yorn opens. $47-$67. 8 p.m. Philips Arena, One Philips Drive. 404-878-3000. www.philipsarena.com. (NS)
Oct 12 - Sunday
The ATLANTA GREEK FESTIVAL features performances by Troupe Hellas, music by Alpha-Omega Sound and Pavlo, wines from Crete, an outdoor market, and big, fat, delicious food. $1-$3; free Thurs.-Fri. until 6 p.m. Thurs.-Sat. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sun. noon-7 p.m. Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 2500 Clairmont Road. 404-633-6988. www.atlgoc.org/festival.htm. (HK)
Oct 13 - Monday
THE ETRUSCANS: AN ANCIENT CULTURE REVEALED explores the spirituality, environment and lifestyle of the first advanced civilization on the Italian peninsula. The exhibit includes jewelry, common tools and sacred objects. $10-$12. Through Jan. 4. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. noon-5 p.m. Fernbank Museum of Natural History, 767 Clifton Road. 404-929-6300. www.fernbank.edu/museum. (Chris Browning)
Oct 14 - Tuesday
IG MUSIC, ART AND FILM FESTIVAL kicks off with it's opening-night festivities. In just one evening be treated to art exhibits Baby Invasion and i, Seaberg's Acrobatic Poetry Reading, a Downstream Films presentation, and a variety of musical performances. Free with five-day $30 wristband; $5 donation without wristband. Eyedrum, 290 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Suite 8. Wristbands may be purchased at The Earl, www.badearl.com, or Echo Lounge, www.echostatic.com/ echolounge/. For IG info, visit www.indiega.org. (HK)
Oct 15 - Wednesday
THE SPOOKY PUPPET HORROR SHOW III is not for kids. Seriously, do not bring kids. Armed with a new bag of ghoulish pranks and sexually explicit material, Psycho Bunny, The Fiend and She-Devil go down to Georgia for a scary and hilarious two-week romp. $16-$20; 18 and up. Through Nov. 1. Wed.-Fri. 8 p.m.; Sat. 8 and 11 p.m. Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. 404-873-3391. www.puppet.org. (CB)