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New Tomorrowland, Alice Walker and more

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MARCH 20 THURSDAY

Get the feeling that art paints a pretty dismal picture of the future? Stephanie Howard and her friends have no intention of changing your mind. The NEW TOMORROWLAND group show includes painting, sculpture, printmaking, performance art and pieces resembling grammar school science-fair projects, all concerned with environmental and technological problems and the future. Those who come dressed up as their own predictions of the future get in free. Free-$5. 8 p.m. MJQ Concourse, 736 Ponce de Leon Place. 678-755-2324. (Wendi Jonassen)

MARCH 20 THURSDAY

As a songwriter, musician and spoken-word artist, local renaissance man Kodac Harrison's list of ambitious accomplishments stretches beyond his reputation. His latest project, REACH FOR THE MOON, merges drama, dance, and both prerecorded and live music. Under the direction of Del Hamilton, Harrison performs alongside other local artists, including Nick Longo, Kristin Markiton, Erin Weller and Blake Dalton. Through March 23. $10-$50. Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 5 p.m. 7 Stages, 1105 Euclid Ave. 404-523-7647. www.7stages.org. (WJ)

MARCH 22 SATURDAY

Get yourself a heaping helping of barbecue and blues at this year's CHICKEN RAID. The two-day music fest and fundraiser pays homage to Georgia's own country/blues pioneer Frank Edwards. Eddie Kirkland and Robert Lee Coleman headline the festivities, but the good times don't stop there – the list of performances by local and regional talents is as tempting as the delectable menu. Proceeds benefit the Edwards estate and local blues trombonist Lil Joe Burton. Through March 23. $15. 3 p.m.-2 a.m. Northside Tavern, 1058 Howell Mill Road. 404-874-8745. www.myspace.com/thechickenraid. (Amber Robinson)

MARCH 22 SATURDAY

The ALL-ALUMNI GREEK STEP SHOW brings the spirit of the Olympic games back to Atlanta today. The event includes dance, song, theatrics and step by National Pan Hellenic Conference sorority and fraternity alumni. The teams' high-energy shouts and distinguished colors (red, black, purple, blue, yellow and pink) demonstrate the individuality of the different fraternities and sororities. Funds raised go to Delta Sigma Theta sorority's Five Point Program Thrust. $25-$35. 7 p.m. Georgia World Congress Center, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd. www.smlacdst.org. (Tiffany Roman)

MARCH 25 TUESDAY

Atlantans were thrilled to learn last December that The Color Purple author and native Georgian ALICE WALKER was going to bring her formidable archive of work to Emory University (which also houses, among others, the works of Langston Hughes and James Weldon Johnson). The Pulitzer Prize winner – and author of the recent Why War Is Never a Good Idea – celebrates the arrival with a reading of a wide range of her writings at Emory. $5-$10. 6 p.m. Glenn Memorial Auditorium, 1652 N. Decatur Road. 404-727-5050. www.arts.emory.edu. (David Lee Simmons)

MARCH 26 STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS Former Pavement frontman continues his solo tour at the Variety Playhouse. www.variety-playhouse.com.

MARCH 28 PAULA POUNDSTONE The offbeat comedian comes to the Ferst Center. www.ferstcenter.gatech.edu.

MARCH 29 EARTH HOUR ATLANTA Raise awareness about climate change by turning off the lights from 8-9 p.m. www.earthhour.org.

APRIL 11 IN DARFUR Opens at the Horizon Theatre. www.horizontheatre.com.

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