Erykah or Morrissey?
At first thought, the choice between ERYKAH BADU's performance at DeKalb Atlanta Centre or MORRISSEY's concert at the Tabernacle OCT. 22 may seem an easy one. After all, one is the foremost songstress of neo-soul while the other is the quintessential character of Brit pop. Despite their disparate musical styles, closer inspection reveals these two cultured personalities share more in common than one may initially think.
Both singers steer clear of our friends in the animal family, with Badu leaning toward vegan while dating Andre 3000 and Morrissey conceiving the '80s LP Meat is Murder.
While the charming man was struggling with poor reviews and critical pans in the early '90s, Badu was struggling to find herself, leaving college and working as a teacher and part-time singer in Dallas before her 1994 breakthrough opening for D'Angelo.
Early on, Badu's signature hair wraps left more than a few wondering what lay beneath. Midway through his career, Morrissey's signature, nipple-concealing Band-Aid left more than a few wondering what was going on.
Both artists possess a melancholy seriousness and are known for stout opinions, with Morrissey starring in a stint against Margaret Thatcher's politics, and Badu's name often being synonymous with strong, pro-female lyrics.
Though both still use their given names to a small degree, Erica Wright chose to alter the spelling of her first name and change her last to Badu (a reference to the scat music that influenced her), while Stephen Patrick Morrissey chose to go the lone-name Madonna route.
Erykah Badu: $35. 7 p.m. 3595 Clairmont Road. 404-892-0989. www.dekalbatlantacentre.com.
Morrissey: $55-$65. 9 p.m. 152 Luckie St. 404-659-9022. www.atlantaconcerts.com.
-- Layla Bellows
Now in the final weeks before the presidential election, those still seeking a political documentary fix have the pick of the litter OCT. 21, with both FAHRENHEIT 9/11 and the lesser-known HIJACKING CATASTROPHE: 9/11, FEAR & THE SELLING OF AMERICAN EMPIRE closing their run at GSU's Cinefest. While the former's fiery polemic stole the lion's share of attention, the latter offers a more straightforward take on many of the same controversies surrounding Bush's administration. Simultaneously, Image Film & Video hosts a special screening of BUSH'S BRAIN, a documentary highlighting the unseen influence of Bush's political adviser, Karl Rove (see Flicks review, p.67). Post-screening, filmmaker Michael Shoob will answer questions. Fahrenheit 9/11 and Hijacking Catastrophe: $3-$5. Times vary. GSU University Center, 66 Courtland St. 404-651-3565. Bush's Brain: $8. 9:30 p.m. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, 931 Monroe Drive. 404-352-4225. www.imagefv.org.-- Chris Kummer
1) Get go-go boots and blond wig for femme-bot costume.
2) See the LITTLE FIVE POINTS HALLOWEEN PARADE, along Moreland and Euclid avenues OCT. 23 beginning at 5 p.m.
3) Check out Creative Loafing next week for the See & Do guide to Halloween parties.-- LB
Little Five Points Halloween Festival and Parade: Oct. 22-23. Corner of Euclid and Moreland avenues. For complete schedule, visit www.littlefivepoints.net.
October 21 - Thursday
BAD RELIGION has thrown its collective hat into the political-rock ring with its latest album, The Empire Strikes First. Don't let the catchy, punk tunes confuse you: Songs including "Los Angeles Is Burning" carry fierce, informed lyrics that come out against environmental rape and attacks on the Bill of Rights. $20. 8 p.m. The Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. 404-659-9022. (Cary Jones)
October 22 - Friday
There's a reason why Jack Skellington's ghoulish visage adorns merchandise in Hot Topics stores throughout the country: He's the most inexplicably appealing claymation skeleton ever to grace the silver screen. Gear up for Halloween and other holidays with a midnight showing of THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS. $8.50. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, 931 Monroe Drive. 678-495-1424. www.landmarktheatres.com. (CJ)
October 23 - Saturday
HOGS, HAIR & ART is the latest in a long line of fall benefits elevating the Harley-Davidson to do-gooder du jour. But the real money-raisers at Soda Salon's benefit will be the art, most notably the playful canvasses of John Tindell, that will be available for purchase through a silent auction benefiting Hogs Against Multiple Sclerosis. Free. 6-9 p.m. 597 Atlanta St., Roswell. 770-642-1392. www.sodasalon.com. (Andrea O'Rourke)
October 24 - Sunday
Bring your little monsters to the Atlanta Botanical Garden for GOBLINS IN THE GARDEN. The kids costume party includes candy and games as well as the annual exhibit, Scarecrows in the Garden. $7-$12. 2-6 p.m. 1345 Piedmont Ave. 404-876-5859. www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org. (AO)
October 25 - Monday
MONICA's long-delayed latest, After the Storm, will bring plenty of listening pleasure to the Nu Jazz Festival, regardless of whether you decide to show up for her ill-paired opening act, Kevin Lyttle. $25. 8 p.m. EarthLink Live, 1374 W. Peachtree St. 404-885-1365. www.earthlinklive.com. (CJ)
October 26 - Tuesday
We're still digging the catchy rhymes of JURASSIC 5's not-so-new Power in Numbers, so we'll likely make a repeat trip to the Nu Jazz Festival to check 'em out. $25. 8 p.m. EarthLink Live, 1374 W. Peachtree St. 404-885-1365. www.earthlinklive.com. (CJ)
October 27 - Wednesday
Ever wondered what it would look like if chic designer Ferragamo moved from pricey shoes to over-the-top table settings? Get an eyeful at BUBBLE BLAST. Sponsored by Taittinger, the precursor to chi-chi Dining by Design offers champagne and hors d'oeuvres aplenty as well as a sneak peek of said tables. Proceeds benefit various AIDS organizations. $50. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Mason Murer Fine Art, 199 Armour Drive. 770-377-2681. www.diffa.org. (LB)