Aurora continues children's series with African storyteller

As part of the Children's Playhouse, the Aurora Theatre will present Kicks for Kids, featuring storyteller Cynthia Watts, on Saturday.

Watts will share stories of African Diaspora, or the tale of how Africans were scattered but retained their traditional roots. Her stories are not only entertaining, but culturally educational.

Each Children's Playhouse program begins with a storytelling song to set the tone of the show. The storytelling event will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Aurora Theatre, 128 Pike St., Lawrenceville. Tickets are $7 each. A Playhouse Pass, good for all 18 performances in the 2007-08 series, is available for $63. Call 678-226-6222 or visit www.auroratheatre.com.

Comedy head-to-head

Their season of "Last Comic Standing" may be over, but two stand-up veterans will again face off in a head-to-head, of sorts, this weekend.

Josh Blue, winner of last season's comedy contest on NBC, will perform today at the Ferst Center for the Arts. Since winning the competition in 2006, Blue has gained attention not only for his triumph over cerebral palsy, but for his hilarious stand-up routines. Blue will perform at 8 p.m. at the Ferst Center, 349 Ferst Drive, Atlanta. Call 404-894-9600 or visit www.ferstcenter.org.

Ultra laid-back comedian Chris Porter will take the stage today though Sunday at the Funny Farm Comedy Club. Just because Porter sees no reason to get up before noon doesn't mean he's a slacker in all aspects of his life. After all, he did come in third on last season's "Last Comic Standing."

Porter will perform at 8 and 10:30 p.m. today and Saturday, and 8 p.m. Sunday at the Funny Farm, 608 Holcomb Bridge Road, Roswell. Call 770-817-4242 or visit www.funnyfarmcomedyclub.com.

Childhood tales with a twist

Storytime darlings Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs are teaming up against the dreaded Big Bad Wolf for the clever puppet romp, "The Big Bad, Little Red, Pig Show."

Performed solely by Lee "That Puppet Guy" Bryan, the show is a unique twist on the beloved stories of childhood. Granny isn't an old lady stuck in a bed, the three piggies are close relatives to Kevin Bacon and Little Red Riding Hood's wardrobe features more than red cloaks. To be sure, this isn't your mother's fairy tale classic.

The show will be performed today through Sept. 9 in the downstairs theater at the Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. in Atlanta. Shows begin at 10 and 11:30 a.m. Fridays; 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Saturdays and 1 and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $14.82 and include the show, a create-a-puppet workshop and admission to the puppet museum. Call 404-879-3391 or visit www.puppet.org.