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Thursday, October 27

In the early days of the Jamie Foxx-hosted comedy festival LAFFAPALOOZA, organizers had a hard time drawing decent-sized audiences. Two hit movies and one Oscar later, Foxx's annual stand-up extravaganza is one of the hottest tickets in town. And this year's main event, which features Cedric the Entertainer, will be filmed live for television by Comedy Central. $29.50. Fri., Oct. 28, 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.; Sat., Oct. 29, 8 and 11 p.m. EarthLink Live, 1374 W. Peachtree St. 404-885-1365. Check website for other venues and times. (CH)

Tonight at PushPush Theater, POPfilms, a local film company that also created commercial spots for CL, celebrates the DVD release of the Atlanta production The Last Goodbye. Directed by Jacob Gentry, the movie features a cast of almost all Atlanta-based actors, with the notable exception of Faye Dunaway and David Carradine. $5. 9:30 p.m. 121 New St., Decatur. 404-377-6332. (Layla Bellows)

Friday, October 28

No longer just another brick in the Great Wall, Chinese dance goes modern and anti-establishment when the BEIJING MODERN DANCE COMPANY performs "Rear Light" to Pink Floyd's The Wall. The piece reinterprets Chinese forms through modern dance sensibilities to dramatize the clash between individualism and authority. See Arts, p. 53. $30-$40. 8 p.m. (7 p.m. pre-performance talk with artistic director Willy Tsao). Ferst Center for the Arts, 349 Ferst Drive. 404-894-9600. (Thomas Bell)

Saturday, October 29

Pugs seem to be a little like a potato chip: No one can have just one. Seriously, have you ever seen a pug owner without multiple pups? pugfest, an annual fundraiser presented by Southeast Pug Rescue and Adoption Inc., is a veritable dream-come-true for the squinch-faced. Fiercely competitive pug contests include curliest tail, most wrinkles and longest tongue, plus, with its Halloween timing, many of the dogs are expected to show up in costume. $2.50-$5. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Gwinnett County Fairgrounds, 2405 Sugarloaf Parkway. 770-887-9741. (LB)

Sunday, October 30

Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, may sound scary, but it's actually a joyous day that, according to pre-Columbian and Spanish traditions, allowed participants to reunite with the spirits of loved ones. Today, this celebration for the little ones, presented in conjunction with the Mexican Consulate and Instituto de Mexico, will include ceremonial altars, storytelling, local musicians and, best of all, authentic Mexican food. $7-$12. Noon-5 p.m. Atlanta History Center, 130 W. Paces Ferry Road. 404-814-4004. (R.J. Walker)

Monday, October 31

If the trick-or-treating ended over the weekend and you're working to keep the Halloween spirit alive this evening, Stone Mountain Park and ArtStation offer the annual Tour of Southern Ghosts. The family-friendly event includes a tour through the park's Antebellum Plantation, complete with storytellers spinning yarns about famous and not-so-famous ghosts. $5-$10. Tours begin at 7 p.m. and start every 10 minutes. Tours last 45 minutes. Exit 8, Highway 78. 770-469-1105. (LB)

Tuesday, November 1

Digital technology is neat, isn't it? It lets us carry our entire music libraries in itsy-bitsy MP3 players, and allows talented producers and engineers to turn the most crap-tacular musicianship into hit songs. THE CLIENTELE, on the other hand, feels charmingly analog. On vintage instruments, the trio creates warm, swirling '60s pop that is both haunting and beautiful. $8. 9 p.m. The Earl, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-522-3950. (Heather Kuldell)

Wednesday, November 2

Today, Disney on Ice begins its local performances of its newest show, The Incredibles in a Magic Kingdom Adventure. Children will undoubtedly enjoy watching the Incredible family as it meets Disney's other famed characters, including Mickey and Minnie, and enjoys the Magic Kingdom's famed rides, Space Mountain, the Haunted Mansion, and Pirates of the Caribbean. Through Nov. 6. $14-$75. Times vary. Philips Arena, 1 Philips Drive. 404-249-6400. (LB)

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