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Theater
Girls who like boys ... and girls
With Horizon Theatre and Actor's Express both mounting sexy, cabaret-style period-piece musicals, how can one tell them apart? Horizon's CAFE PUTTANESCA (inset) takes place in an Amsterdam cafe in 1948, with French, English and German prostitutes each swapping bawdy stories and offering a Continental tour of festive tavern tunes. Think high heels and garter belts (see Arts, page 61). Set in Chicago of the 1950s, Actor's Express' PULP pays musical homage to hard-boiled lesbian pulp fiction with jazz-flavored tunes. Think drag kings and red-hot red lips.

Cafe Puttanesca: $18-$25. Wed.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 8:30 p.m.; Sun., 5 p.m. Through Nov. 28. 1083 Austin Ave. 404-584-7450. www.horizontheatre.com. Pulp: $10.75-$26.75. Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 5 p.m. Nov. 4-Dec. 18. 887 W. Marietta St., Suite J-107. 404-607-SHOW. www.actors-express.com.-- Curt Holman

Festival
Ohhhh, ladies
The feminist LADYFEST SOUTH does operate under the slogan "Hellfire and Feminism," but it's more a reference to the NOV. 4-7 lineup of rockin' bands and the organization's Southern roots than any sort of bra-burning or man-bashing that may or may not take place. With artists ranging from the slow, organic sounds of locals Hope for Agoldensummer to the punk-induced Burning Idols and the spoken-word stylings of the Athens Boys Choir, the performers offer a mind-expanding experience regardless of your position -- or lack thereof -- on wearing bras and pantyhose. (See Vibes, p. 101.) $15-$40. Times Vary. The Mambo Room at Bridgetown Grill, 689 Peachtree St. www.ladyfestsouth.com.-- Chris Kummer

Music
On the road again
When asked about WILLIE NELSON's upcoming stop in Atlanta NOV. 6, my father said he's the "original outlaw" with "down-to-earth lyrics that still kick ass to this day." Supporting his newest release, It Always Will Be, Nelson's unforgettable Texas twang and sense of rhythm haven't lost a beat since he hit the scene more than 40 years ago -- possibly making him the only man in America with a legacy longer than his ponytails. $45.50. 8 p.m. Arena at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway. 770-813-7500. www.gwinnett center.com.-- CK

Festival
Chow down
Almost nothing goes better with ice-cold beer than a piping-hot bowl of chili. But the combo is made even better at Cabbagetown's CHOMP AND STOMP. The NOV. 6 neighborhood festival and chili cook-off is complete with beer by Sweetwater Brewery, 45 local artisans and live bluegrass music. It's just $5 for all the chili you can eat, but you better show up early -- last year proved so popular that the cooks competing for a $250 first prize ran out of their wares after an hour. $5. 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. Cabbagetown Park, corner of Kirkwood Avenue and Tye Street. 404-931-6712. www.chompandstomp.com.-- Layla Bellows

Short List November 4 - Thursday
He might have become known to millions of Americans as Jay Leno's one-time band leader, but those actually in the know knew BRANFORD MARSALIS as the oldest brother of the musical Marsalis family. His eponymous quartet channels sounds ranging from original ballads to rarely reproduced works by Nat Cole and Billie Holiday. $56. 8 p.m. Emory University Emerson Concert Hall, 1700 N. Decatur Road. 404-727-5050. www.arts.emory.edu. (LB)

November 5 - Friday
The gyrating hips and spectacular musicals of Bollywood have at their heart the ancient and mystical temple dances of Indian culture. GAJAMUKHA is a one-night performance featuring 12 Indian dancers and musicians drawing from the country's traditional dance styles and songs to recount episodes of the elephant-headed deity Lord Ganesha. $26-$52. 8 p.m. Rialto Center for the Performing Arts, 80 Forsyth St. 404-651-4727. www.rialtocenter.org. (LB)

November 6 - Saturday
Beer lover nirvana occurs when Georgians for World Class Beer hosts the GEORGIA CRAFT BREW CHALLENGE. Admission includes 10 six-ounce tastings from a selection of 50 Georgia-brewed craft beers. Additional tastes may also be purchased. $20-$25. 5 p.m. 5 Seasons Brewing, 5600 Roswell Road. 404-255-5911. www.worldclassbeer.org. (Michelle Yoon)

November 7 - Sunday
The feline-obsessed will have a chance to witness the fierce competition and nail-biting drama at the 66th annual COTTON STATES CAT CLUB show. An added bonus: The Friskies performance stage features some of the most death-defying cat stunts ever conceived. $4-$5. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Convention Center at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway. 770-813-7500. www.gwinnettcenter.com. (CK)

November 8 - Monday
Burrito joint CHIPOTLE -- whose hormone-free chicken and Niman Ranch pork has mouths watering across the city -- celebrates the impending opening of its Ponce de Leon location by donating 100 percent of the day's proceeds to Georgia Organics, an organization that promotes sustainable agriculture. Prices vary. 5-9 p.m. 718 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-873-3034. www.georgiaorganics.org. (Andrea O'Rourke)

November 9 - Tuesday
The time of year for dribbling, passing and slam-dunking has returned. The HAWKS play their home opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers, with a pre-game introduction to the team's new ownership, management and coaching. $10-$450. 7:30 p.m. Philips Arena, 1 Philips Drive. 404-827-3865. www.nba.com/hawks. (Alyssa Abkowitz)

November 10 - Wednesday
Featuring signature dishes by such local star chefs as Kevin Rathbun and Guenter Seeger alongside top sommeliers, THE GOURMET WINE CELLAR offers a midweek tasting dream come true for local epicureans. The good tastes are all in the name of a good cause, with proceeds benefiting Project Open Hand Atlanta, which provides fresh meals to seniors and critically ill people. $100. 6-9 p.m. The Foundry at Puritan Mill, 916 Lowery Blvd. 800-679-0397. www.gourmetscoop.com. (AO)

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