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NOVEMBER 16 THURSDAY

Probably most famous as a longtime panelist on "To Tell the Truth," 96-year-old singer and actress KITTY CARLISLE HART brings her one-woman show to Atlanta tonight to regale audiences with backstage stories about the likes of everyone from Jimmy Stewart to the Marx Brothers to Will Smith. Through Nov. 19. $35-$100. Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 5 p.m. 14th Street Playhouse, 173 14th St. 404-733-5000. www.kittycarlisle.com. (CH)

NOVEMBER 16 THURSDAY

Cholene Espinoza chronicles her experiences helping with Mississippi Gulf Coast recovery efforts in her book Through the Eye of the Storm: A Book Dedicated to Rebuilding What Katrina Washed Away. She and other volunteers gather tonight for THANKSFORGIVING: AN ATLANTA BENEFIT FOR KATRINA RECOVERY. The event features a reading, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and free copies of Espinosa's book for guests. $50 suggested donation. 6:30-8:30 p.m. TEW Galleries, 425 Peachtree Hills Ave., No. 24. 404-237-3500. www.tewgalleries.com. (David Lee Simmons)

NOVEMBER 16 THURSDAY

Famed singer/songwriter and activist Holly Near is one of several musicians appearing at tonight's CONCERT FOR SCHOOL OF THE AMERICAS WATCH. The organization monitors and protests the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (formerly called School of the Americas), a combat school in Fort Benning that trains Latin American soldiers in military warfare. Tonight's concert kicks off a weekend of SOAW events designed to raise awareness about the school. You can learn more about the group at www.soaw.org. $10-$20. 7:30 p.m. Eyedrum, 290 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Suite 8. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org. (Mosi Reeves)

NOVEMBER 17 FRIDAY

Many people thought former U.S. Sen. JOHN EDWARDS (above), D-N.C., would have been a more formidable 2004 presidential candidate than Sen. John Kerry. Edwards, after all, is hardly a flip-flopper; rather, he's one of the most articulate champions for middle- and working-class Americans around. Those folks tell their own narratives in his new book, Home: The Blueprints of Our Lives. Tonight, Edwards gives a free lecture and signs books. Free. 7:30 p.m. Jimmy Carter Library & Museum, 414 Freedom Parkway. 404-865-7100. www.jimmycarterlibrary.gov. (John Sugg)

NOVEMBER 19 SUNDAY

It's time to give the kids a Sunday afternoon that doesn't revolve around football and booze. Today's family-friendly JAMARAMA LIVE! KIDSFEST is an interactive musical showcase that includes appearances by children's singer/songwriter Buck Howdy and the cast of Nick Jr.'s "LazyTown." While the show lacks a pigskin, it does offer tumbling, face-painting, singing and dancing, and is a reasonable alternative to spending eight hours on the couch yelling at the TV. $25. 2 p.m. Coca-Cola Roxy Theatre, 3110 Roswell Road. 404-233-7699. www.jamaramalive.com. (Josh Avratin)

NOVEMBER 22 WEDNESDAY

Birthed in the tumultuous '60s, THE WHO's thrashing, maximum R&B influenced everyone from the Clash to the White Stripes. Once a quartet, the British legend behind "My Generation" and "Baba O'Riley" is now just Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey, who released a new album last month titled Endless Wire. Tonight's concert features another sterling rock 'n' roll act: the Pretenders, whose sweet-and-sour hits ("Brass in Pocket," "Back on the Chain Gang") play endlessly on classic radio. $54-$204. 7:30 p.m. Arena at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. 800-224-6422. www.livenation.com. (MR)

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