July 3 Thursday
Take a break from $10 movie tickets and loud Hollywood special effects for The Lion Mountains: A Journey Through Sierra Leone History, a documentary about 25-year-old Louis Buckley's journey. Buckley, a Jamaican-English man born and raised in England, visits Africa to learn more about his roots. But upon finding Sierra Leone war-torn, Buckley treks to discover the country's past. The screening is part of MOVIES WITH A MISSION, a monthly series that aims to promote positive images and counter myths about people of African decent. Free. 6 p.m. APEX Museum, 135 Auburn Ave. 404-523-2739. www.apexmuseum.org. (Michelle Ye Hee Lee)
July 4 Friday
The world's largest 10K since the 1970s, the PEACHTREE ROAD RACE takes place on Independence Day. After months of training, 55,000 athletes of all ages and levels will line up near Lenox Square Mall for the 39th running of this annual event, and begin the 6.2 mile route that will lead them to the new finish line at the intersection of Juniper Street and Ponce de Leon Avenue in Midtown. Thousands of dollars in prizes will be awarded to the top finishers. 7 a.m. Peachtree Road at Lenox Square Mall. 404-231-9064. www.atlantatrackclub.org. (Alicia Wages)
July 5 Saturday
"We're going to the Deep South where they still love a man who wears red pants and they make him feel welcome," TOM WAITS says on his website. The legendary singer, composer and actor, who's been rocking since the early '70s, will bring his distinctive voice and unique infusion of blues, jazz, rock and vaudeville to the Fabulous Fox Theatre for his Glitter & Doom Tour. $65-$105. 8 p.m. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. 404-249-6400. www.ticketmaster.com. (Darren Benda)
July 8 Tuesday
Got a craving for a classic Southern meal? SAVOR THE SOUTH: FARM TO TABLE combines entirely local ingredients and traditional Southern flavors into a great dinner. Bluffton, Ga.'s White Oak Pastures brings grass-fed beef for the main-course flank steak and braised short ribs. Side dishes include a Kirkwood-grown heirloom tomato salad, Athens' Red Mule blue cheese grits, Decatur's Moore and Friends' horseradish gremolata and mustard green bruschetta, and black cherry clafoutis from Forrest Park's Hatcher Bros. $50, excluding tax and gratuity. 7 p.m. Parish Foods and Goods, 240 N. Highland Ave. 404-681-4434. www.parishatl.com/home.php. (Jamal Hayes)
JULY 9 MATISYAHU The Brooklyn resident and reggae rapper rolls in to Lakewood Amphitheatre with an assortment of other artists for the Vans Warped Tour. www.ticketmaster.com.
JULY 12 CHRIS ROCK The comedian returns to the Fox Theatre in support of his No Apologies Tour. www.ticketmaster.com.
JULY 12 THE FOUR TOPS AND TEMPTATIONS This combination bill stops in at Chastain Park Amphitheater. www.ticketmaster.com.
JULY 15 THE COLOR PURPLE Oprah Winfrey's production of the Alice Walker classic opens at the Fox Theatre. www.ticketmaster.com.