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Comedy
Funny ha ha

Because of his excruciating stage fright, stand-up comedian MITCH HEDBERG (shown) always wears sunglasses and talks through a wall of highlighted hair when he takes the stage. Despite his Cousin It demeanor, Hedberg cracks up audiences with his non-sequitur string of stoner observations like, "Why do you need a receipt for a doughnut?" And, "Why can't koalas infest apartments instead of cockroaches?" His most audience-pleasing material is the tried-and-true stuff from his CDs, but don't be surprised OCT. 8 when he flips through his notebook of new material with one hand and knocks back a cocktail with the other during his set. Co-headliner STEPHEN LYNCH is a singing funnyman whose repertoire includes songs "What If that Guy from Smashing Pumpkins Lost His Key?" and "HermAphrodite." $36.50. 8 p.m. Roxy Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road. 404-233-7699. www.atlantaconcerts.com/roxy.html. -- Heather Kuldell

Festival
Opa!

Thank you, Greece. Thank you for hosting this year's Olympics, thank you for birthing Socrates and Hippocrates, but thank you mostly for spanakopita and baklava. And, finally, thank you for the ATLANTA GREEK FESTIVAL. The four-day homage to the country that gave us phyllo dough in all its fantastic forms kicks off OCT. 7. Aside from food galore, the event will also feature dancing by the award-winning Troupe Hellas, whose dance moves include flips and kicks bordering on gymnastics. The troupe will also team up for a special show with 18-year festival veterans Alpha-Omega, a band that plays traditional and contemporary Greek music. $1-$3. 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.-- Andrea O'Rourke

Symposium
2 percent

When Dove soap launched a global study on women's attitudes toward beauty, it was impossible to not immediately wonder what sort of marketing scheme was next on the horizon. But when the company partnered with the respected Woodhull Institute, whose co-founder, Naomi Wolf, is the feminist author of The Beauty Myth, the whole thing started to sound a little less marketing-ploy and a lot more socially conscious. Wolf, along with Fear of Flying author Erica Jong and WSB-TV anchor Monica Kaufman will present REAL BEAUTY FOR THE 21ST CENTURY, a symposium OCT. 8 that explores the findings of the global report, which revealed that only 2 percent of the women studied consider themselves beautiful. Free. 7 p.m. Wyndham Atlanta, 160 Spring St. 646-495-6060. www.woodhull.org.-- Layla Bellows

Books
Super fly

Slouching down Peachtree in the crisp autumn air, a hapless Atlanta man is spotted wearing a -- gasp -- sweatshirt over pleated khakis. "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy's" CARSON KRESSLEY to the rescue! The gratuitously touchy-feely (no, really, Carson, my fly doesn't need any more adjustment) fashion crusader is coming to Atlanta OCT. 9 to read from and sign his new book, Off the Cuff: The Essential Style Guide for Men and the Women Who Love Them. Free. 7 p.m. Outwrite Bookstore, 991 Piedmont Ave. 404-607-0082. www.outwritebooks.com.-- Thomas Bell

Short List

October 7 - Thursday
Eric Jerome Dickey's best-selling novel-turned-play FRIENDS AND LOVERS explores the romantic ups and downs that two sets of best friends face when they pair off into couples. Starring Leon, Monica Calhoun, Miguel Nunez and Maia Campbell, the stage version offers Thursday night entertainment more interesting than "Joey." $25.50-$42.50. 8 p.m. Through Oct. 10. Atlanta Civic Center, 395 Piedmont Ave. 404-523-6275. www.atlantaciviccenter.com. (LB)

October 8 - Friday
He's been compared to Harry Connick Jr., and not just because of his crooning. Twenty-one-year-old PETER CINCOTTI's boyish charm permeates his blend of jazz standards and original material, and he'll likely have women citywide clamoring for a ticket to his performance with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. $21-$53. 8 p.m. Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-5000. www.atlantasymphony.org. (AR)

October 9 - Saturday
No-kill, cage-free cat shelter Good Mews offers rescued felines the opportunity to actually enjoy life while they patiently await permanent homes. You can support Good Mews' efforts at THE FURR BALL, its annual fundraiser. The event includes the Top Cat Auction, a silent auction, dinner and carnival-esque performances by mimes, jugglers, magicians and fortune-tellers. $95. 7-11 p.m. Renaissance Waverly Hotel, 2450 Galleria Parkway. 770-499-CATS. www.goodmews.org. (LB)

October 10 - Sunday
Ruby Red, the self-described "house diva" at Blake's on the Park, says you don't have to be gay to enjoy the BIG TIME DRAG REVIEW. This week's theme, "Duets," puts Janet Jackson (aka Shabazz) and Gwen Stefani (aka Jealouse) together onstage for a live mash-up. Free. 9:30-11 p.m. 227 10 St. 404-892-5786. (Chris Kummer)

October 11 - Monday
With Sex, Love and Rock 'n' Roll, SOCIAL DISTORTION emerges from an eight-year hiatus wielding a groove for grown-ups. The downtime brought maturity to frontman Mike Ness' sneering lyrics, but the new songs revisit the punk friction of Social D's days gone by. $25. 7 p.m. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. 404-659-9022. www.atlantaconcerts.com. (Chad Radford)

October 12 - Tuesday
Explore your hipster roots at the second-to-last performance of ON THE ROAD WITH JACK, an original play produced by Jack in the Black Box Theatre that combines theater, poetry and jazz in an attempt to capture the spirit of Kerouac and the eternally hip Beat generation. $12. 8 p.m. Actor's Express, 887 W. Marietta St. 404-432-9847. www.actors-express.com. (Cary Jones)

October 13 - Wednesday
So, a little band called the Pixies is playing, but tickets are sold out and the ones they'll be peddling outside the door will cost you a whole lot more than the shirt off your back. Instead, check out Creative Loafing's POLITICAL PARTY. Live and local and just before the presidential debate, the latest installment includes Republican Rep. Earl Ehrhart and Libertarian Senate candidate Allen Buckley, among others. Free. 7:30 p.m. Dad's Garage Theatre, 280 Elizabeth St. 404-523-3141. www.dadsgarage.com. (LB)

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