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Thursday, September 15

Actor's Express begins previews of its much-anticipated bug on SEPT. 15. The tale of a pair of star-crossed lovers who face a bug invasion in an Oklahoma City motel features nudity, graphic violence and strong language. Yum. Preview performances: $10.75. Sept. 15-17, 8 p.m. Regular performances: $21.50-$26.75. Wed.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 and 5 p.m. Through Oct. 29. 887 W. Marietta St., Suite J-10. 404-607-7469. www.actors-express.com. (LB)

Friday, September 16

Art expo is kind of like a one-stop shop for people looking to fill their home with art. The now annual event, which offers work from more than 200 galleries, publishers, independent artists and photographers, is a white-walled, gallery-style setting. $10-$12. Fri., 2-6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Georgia World Congress Center, 285 Andrew Young International Blvd. 888-608-5300. www.artexpos.com. (LB)

Saturday, September 17

Although named FIVE MEN ON A STOOL, this quartet considers their "fifth man" to be their rhythm section. Based in Atlanta, Leonard Julien III (vocalist), Hank Stewart (poet), Antonio Allen (saxophone) and Ken Ford (violinist) make up this group that brings jazz, R&B and spoken word together in The Next Level. $26.50-$35. 8 p.m. Martin Luther King Chapel, 830 Westview Drive. 877-754-2349. www.fivemenonastool.com. (Lisa Pruitt)

Sunday, September 18

It's too late to sign up to walk in the Atlanta 2-day walk for breast cancer, but not too late to participate by cheering on the ladies whose teams have raised up to $1,000 each for local breast cancer organizations. Specific cheering stations have been set up along the 30-mile path through the city. Sunday's cheering stations are at Thrashers Park and Peachtree Parkway Plaza in Norcross. For further information, visit www.2daywalk.org or call 404-531-4111. (LB)

Monday, September 19

Candace Bushnell's coming to town, but don't try to force-feed her any Cosmos. The Sex and the City author says she now prefers Cristal. Times have changed, and yet Bushnell just keeps writing about the same thing: successful New York women. Lipstick Jungle, her latest, is about a trio of fortysomething gals in the fashion/film/magazine industries. Naturally, we'll be there to check out Bushnell's shoes. $5-$10. 7 p.m. Margaret Mitchell House, 990 Peachtree St. RSVP: 770-578-3502. www.gwtw.org. (Tray Butler)

Tuesday, September 20

If you're in the mood for British epic pop, the thing you should ask yourself is: Pianos or guitars? If your answer is pianos, head to KEANE for Coldplay-ish sweeping ballads. If you prefer guitars, check out DOVES for the Verve-esque brooding and blissful ditties. Keane: $25-$27.50. 8 p.m. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. Doves: $20. 8 p.m. Roxy Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road. 404-249-6400. www.atlantaconcerts.com. (HK)

Wednesday, September 21

BRET EASTON ELLIS, the famously self-absorbed author of Less Than Zero and American Psycho, returns with a novel about ... Bret Easton Ellis, a wildly successful novelist trying (sort of) to break his drug addiction, connect with his son, and settle down in big-bucks suburbia while he fights off evil bird dolls and tries to figure out why all the neighborhood boys are disappearing. Ellis reads at Outwrite Bookstore. Free. 8 p.m. 991 Piedmont Ave. 404-607-0082. www.outwritebooks.com. (Thomas Bell)

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