Today

An Italian Film Festival will be held at the High Museum Thursday through April 6. For more information including running times and film descriptions, visit www.cinemaitaly. com. Call 404-733-5000 or visit www.high.org for tickets.

John Folsom's "Lure of the Low Country," his newest series of photographic works, is showing at Fay Gold Gallery through May 10. This series captures the formerly unvisited territory in Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton, S.C. For more information visit www.faygoldgallery .com or www.johnfolsomonline.com.

Brooks & Company Dance presents "Shorts III" at 8 p.m today and at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday at the DeFoor Centre, 1710 DeFoor Centre Ave. N.W. General Admission tickets are $10, student and senior tickets are $8, children 12 and under are admitted free. For reservations call 404-371-9652.

Atlanta Young Singers of Callanwolde, AYS, announces its 2008-09 Season Auditions. Auditions will be given by appointment only starting on March 24. Group Auditions will be held at each of AYS's three satelllite rehearsal locations. For the Atlanta/Decatur/Emory area auditions will be on April 17 and May 3, for West Cobb on April 24 and for South DeKalb on April 29. Meet new friends, travel the world, learn how music is created and bring music to life with AYS. To schedule an audition or for additional information call 404-873-3365 or visit www.aysc.org.

Saturday

Poets Catherine Pierce, David Welch and Laura Newbern will read their poetry and sign copies of "Best New Poets 2007" at Wordsmiths Books, 141 E. Trinity, Decatur at 2 p.m. Saturday. Call 404-378-7166.

Mudfire Gallery, 175 Laredo Drive, Decatur, will host the exhibit "Line and Color." The opening night reception will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Visit www.mudfire.com or call 404-377-8033.

Attenders of ATLexis 2008, hosted by the Theatrical Outfit, will have the opportunity to participate in an auction for a tour of USA Network's "Monk" set in Los Angeles. Visit www.theatricaloutfit.org.

Mary Jo Slater will present a few poems from her award-winning collection: A Phone Call to the Future: New & Selected Poems. Slater will perform at the Opal Gallery at 7 p.m. Saturday. A Cappella Books is located at 484-C Moreland Ave. Call 404-681-5128 for more information.

Sunday

Poets Louise Morgan Runyon and Rupert Fike will read their poetry at 2 p.m. Sunday at Wordsmiths Books, 141 E. Trinity Place, Decatur. Call 404-378-7166.

Dorothy Allison and Elizabeth Anderson will sign their work and discuss Southern Writing at 6:30 p.m. at the Carter Library Theater.

Monday

The Atlanta Botanical Garden's Art Gallery in the Center for Conservation and Education will feature photographer Marc Del Santo's work "Georgia's Last Wild Places" from Monday to Aug. 4. Visit www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org.

Former New York Times correspondent Adam Clymer, author of "Drawing the Line at the Big Ditch," will discuss and sign copies of his work at 7 p.m. Monday at the Jimmy Carter Library, 441 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta. Call 404-370-8450, ext. 2225.

Tuesday

Marvin S. Arrington, author of "Making My Mark," will discuss and sign copies of his work at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore St. Call 404-370-8450, ext. 2225.

Thursday

Cinderella Della Circus, a unique version of the famous tale, will be performed from April 10 through June 22 at the Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St. N.W., Atlanta. Call 404-873-3391 or visit www.puppet.org.

A French Film Festival, "Yesterday and Today," will be at the High Museum in Atlanta April 10 through 24. Call 404-733-5000 or visit www.high.org.

April 11

Paul Zaloom will present his new show, "Shadow Government" from Aprill 11 to 13 at the Center for Puppetry Arts. Due to strong language and explicit adult content, this show is only for ages 18 and older. Call 404-873-3391 or visit www.puppet.org.

Georgia State University's Jazz Band, in conjunction with saxophonist Jimmy Heath, will present a concert at 8 p.m. April 11 at the Rialto Center for the Arts. Visit www.rialtocenter.org.

Pauline Frommer, author of the "Pauline Frommer's Travel Guides" series, will discuss and sign copies of her works at 7:15 p.m. on April 11 at the Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore St. Call 404-370-8450, ext. 2225.

Reknown architect's , Henri Jova, contemporary home will br open to the public for a Preview Party from 7 p.m - 10 p.m on April 11, and Home Tours from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. onApril 12 and April 13. Tickets are $75 per person for the Preview Party, $15 in advance for the Home Tours and $20 at the door. To purchase tickets visit www.ticketalternative.com. For additional information on the Home Tour call 404-624-1959 or email info@pennhouseproductions.com.

I Still Hear The Mockingbird will be exhibited at Whitespace Gallery from April 11 - May 10. This is comprised of various drawings, paintings and sculptures made by Red Weldon-Sandlin and Mark Sandlin to honor Harper Lee. There will be an Opening Reception on April 11 from 7 p.m - 10 p.m. Call 404-688-1892 for additional information.

Joshilyn Jackson will be signing his novel, "The girl who stopped swimming"; at the Eagle Eye Book Shop, 2076 N.Decatur Rd. Call 404-486 -0307 or email geobkseller@yahoo.com for more information.

April 12

Authors Luca Dipierro and N. Frank Daniels, illustrator Rachel Bradley and musician Danni Iosello will discuss and sign "Santi: Lives of Modern Saints" at Wordsmiths Books, 141 E. Trinity, Decatur. Call 404-378-7166.

Poetry Atlanta presents distinguished poets Beth Gylys, Khadijah Queen and James Iredell at 2 p.m. April 12 at 545 N. McDonough St., Decatur. Call 404-378-7166.

The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur will host the Grand Opening of its first satellite campus, the Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur on April 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome for an interactive Open house: There will be six interactive experience stations in advertising, fashion & retail management,graphic design,interior design,media arts & animation and web design & interactive media in the college labs and studios. The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur is at One West Court Suare in Decatur. Call 1-866-856-6203 or visit www.artinstitutes.edu/decatur for more informaton.

April 13

Wordsmiths Books will host Second Sundays with Working Title Playwrights at 2 p.m. April 13 at 2 p.m, 545 N. McDonough St., Decatur. Call 404-441-2716.

April 14

John Brandon, author of "Arkansas," will discuss and sign copies of his work at 7:30 p.m. April 14 at Wordsmiths Books, 545 N. McDonough St., Decatur. Call 404-378-7166.

April 15

Douglas A. Blackmon, author of "Slavery by Another Name," will discuss and sign copies of his work at 7:15 p.m. April 15 at the Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore St. Call 404-370-8450, ext. 2225.

Richard Cohen will discuss his newest book, "Strong at the Broken Places" which talks about five people' lives and their struggles to cope with chronic illnesses. The discussion will be at 7p.m. at the Carter Center's Cecil B. Day Chapel. This event is free and open to the public.

April 16

Alice Hoffman, author of "The Third Angel," will discuss and sign copies of her work at 7 p.m. April 16 at the Margaret Mitchell House and Museum, 990 Peachtree St., Atlanta. A reception will be held at 6 p.m. Admission is free for members and $10 for nonmembers. Call 770-578-3502 or visit www.gwtw.org.

Lisa Tucker, author of "The Cure for Modern Life," will discuss and sign copies of her work at 7:30 p.m. April 16 at Wordsmiths Books, 545 N. McDonough St., Decatur. Call 404-378-7166.

April 17

Independent radio producer Jay Allison, whose work is heard on NPR, presents "Stories from the Heart of the Land." These radio stories will be presented at 7 p.m. at the Carter Library Theater.

Eugene Robinson will discuss his book "Fight," in which he leads reasders in discovering what fighting is about. This event will take place at A Cappella Books at 7 p.m. A Cappella Books is located at 484-C Moreland Ave. Call 404-681-5128 for more information.

Atlanta Young Singers of Callanwolde,AYS, announces its 2008-2009 Season Auditions. Auditions will be given by appointment only starting on March 24. Group Auditions will be held at each of AYS's three satelllite rehearsal locations. For the Atlanta/Decatur/Emory area auditions will be on April 17 and May 3, for West Cobb on April 24 and for South DeKalb on April 29. Meet new friends, travel the world, learn how music is created and bring music to life with AYS. To schedule an audition or for additional information call 404-873-3365 or visit www.aysc.org.

April 18

Herschel Walker, former Dallas Cowboys football player, will sign his new biography "Breaking Free." To reserve a place in the signing line, you have to pre-purchase the book form A Cappella Books by phone, online or at the store. Walker will only sign books purchased from A Cappella Books. The event will be form 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Carter Museum Lobby. For more information call 404-681-5128.

April 21

Elizabeth Strout, author of "Olive Kitteridge," will discuss and sign copies of her work at 7 p.m. April 21 at the Margaret Michell House & Museum Visitors Center, 990 Peachtree St., Atlanta. Call 770-578-3502 or visit www.gwtw.org.

April 22

Celebrate Earth Day at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Admission will be half price, and a series of informative educational activities will be offered. Visit www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org.

Kevin Phillips,author of "American Theocracy", will discuss the consequences of our economic policies, our collapsing house market, and the end of American domination of world markets. This will take place at the Carter Library Theater at 7p.m.

April 23

Former President, Jimmy Carter, will sign copies on "A Remarkable Mother", a biography about his mother. This event will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the Carter Museum Lobby. There is not admission cost. Call 404-865-7109 if you need more information.

April 24

Frances Richey, author of "The Warrior: A Mother's Story of a Son at War," will discuss and sign copies of her work at 7 p.m. April 24 at the Margaret Michell House & Museum Visitors Center, 990 Peachtree St., Atlanta. Call 770-578-3502 or visit www.gwtw.org.

Tom Key, Theatrical Outfit Executive Director and actor, will perform Atticus Finch's summary statement, from Harper Lee's "To Kill A Mockingbird", at Whitespace Gallery, 814 Edgewood Avenue. A discussion will follow the reading.

A Cappella Books and The Chattahoochee Review present the third quarterly Ballroom Book Bash. Hadjii will be discussing his new book "Don't Let My Mom Read This:A SOuthern Fried Memoir." This event will take place at the historic Highland Inns ballroom, 644 N.Highland Ave. NE. Tckets are only $15 , this includes a copy of th book.

The Performing Arts at Dunwoody United Methodist Church presents: Jospeh and the Amazing Tehnicolor Dreamcoat" from April 24- April 26 at 7 p.m. and April 27 at 3 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Tickets cost $15, they can be purchased online at www.dunwoodyumc.org or at the church on Wednesdays and Sundays. The Dunwoody United Methodist Church is located at 1548 Mt. Vernon Road. Call 770-394-9675 for additional information.

Atlanta Young Singers of Callanwolde,AYS, announces its 2008-2009 Season Auditions. Auditions will be given by appointment only starting on March 24. Group Auditions will be held at each of AYS's three satelllite rehearsal locations. For the Atlanta/Decatur/Emory area auditions will be on April 17 and May 3, for West Cobb on April 24 and for South DeKalb on April 29. Meet new friends, travel the world, learn how music is created and bring music to life with AYS. To schedule an audition or for additional information call 404-873-3365 or visit www.aysc.org.

7 Stages presents the world premier of "In the Solitude of Cottonfields," a translation of "Dans La solitude des Champs de Coton" by French playwright Bernard-Marie Koltes. "In the Solitude of Cottonfields" Eric Vigner depicts the various forms of discrimination. This productions is the beginig of THE U.S. KOLTES PROJECT, a 10 year project established to bring onto the AmericanStage six f Koltes' plays. "In the Solitude of Cottonfields" wil be performed on the Mainstage at 7 Stages Theatre, 1105 Euclid Ave. from April 24- May 18, Thursdays thorugh Saturdays at 8 p.m. and sundays at 5 p.m. With additional performances on April 28 at 8 p.m., May 1 at 10 a.m., May 3 at 2 p.m. and May 7 and May 14 at 6 p.m. Ticjes cot $10 for previews on April 24 and 25, $25 for all other performances, $20 for Students, seniors, educators and artists. For more information call Sydney Ellis at 404-522-4755 or email her at sydney@7stages.org. To purchase tickets visit www.7stages.org or call 404-523-7647.

April 25

Georgia State University Opera presents Leonard Bernstein's CANDIDE on April 25 at 8 p.m. and April 27 at 3p.m. There wil be a free pre-opera lecture at 6:30 p.m. for the first performance and at 2 p.m. fpr the csecond performance. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $10 for students with ID. Call 404- 413-9849 or visit www.rialtocenter.org.

April 26

The Atlanta Radio Theatre Company is presenting an audio adaption of Robert A. Heinlein's "The Man Who Traveled in Elephants" at Stage Door Players, 5339 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody at 8 p.m. April 26. Call 770-396-1726.

Ippolito's will host a fundraising gala for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at 6 p.m. April 26 in the Bocce Room at Ippolito's Italian Restaurant, 2270 Holcomb Bridge Road. Proceeds will benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Call 770-416-7707.

The Atlanta Opera is presenting Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro" on April 26 and 29 and May 2 and 4 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta. Purchase tickets by calling 404-817-8700 or visiting www.ticketmaster.com

April 27

Prioleau Alexander will discuss his book, "You Want Fries With That?" at 2 p.m. at A Cappella Books. His book tells Alexander'sstory of leaving his executive job in order to take several minimum-wage jobs. A Cappella Books is located at 484-C Moreland Ave. Call 404-681-5128 for more information.

April 29

Katie Crouch, author of "Girls in Trucks," will discuss and sign copies of her work at 7:30 p.m. April 29 at Wordsmiths Books, 545 N. McDonough St., Decatur. Call 404-378-7166.

Atlanta Young Singers of Callanwolde,AYS, announces its 2008-2009 Season Auditions. Auditions will be given by appointment only starting on March 24. Group Auditions will be held at each of AYS's three satelllite rehearsal locations. For the Atlanta/Decatur/Emory area auditions will be on April 17 and May 3, for West Cobb on April 24 and for South DeKalb on April 29. Meet new friends, travel the world, learn how music is created and bring music to life with AYS. To schedule an audition or for additional information call 404-873-3365 or visit www.aysc.org.

May 3

"Sculputure in Motion: Art Choreographed by Nature" will be on display May 3 through Oct. 31 at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Visit www. atlantabotanicalgarden.org.

Atlanta Young Singers of Callanwolde,AYS, announces its 2008-2009 Season Auditions. Auditions will be given by appointment only starting on March 24. Group Auditions will be held at each of AYS's three satelllite rehearsal locations. For the Atlanta/Decatur/Emory area auditions will be on April 17 and May 3, for West Cobb on April 24 and for South DeKalb on April 29. Meet new friends, travel the world, learn how music is created and bring music to life with AYS. To schedule an audition or for additional information call 404-873-3365 or visit www.aysc.org.

May 8

Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark will sign and discuss copies of their new novels at the Atlanta History Center, 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta.

May 10

AYS Choirs will perform Innovation and Creation at 8p.m. at Dunwoody United Methodist Church, 1548 Mt.Vernon Road.

May 12

The SoCo Music Experience will be held at Centennial Olympic park on May 17 featuring a mix of national and local performers such as Queens of the Stone Age and Bang Camaro.

May 14

Tony Horowitz, author of "A Voyage Long and Strange" will discuss and sign copies of his work at 7:00 p.m. March 31 at the Margaret Michell House & Museum Visitors Center, 990 Peachtree St, Atlanta. Call 770-578-3502 or visit www.gwtw.org for more information.

John Sandford will be discussing his novel, Phantom Prey, at 7p.m. at the Barnes & Noble in Buckhead, 2900 Peachtree Rd. NE. Call 4040-261-7747 for additional information.

May 17

"Wild One Night," the 2008 Beastly Feast to benefit Zoo Atlanta will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Zoo Atlanta. The black tie gala aims to top $1 million for the 11th year running to aid the zoo's education and conservation mission. A 2008 Mustang GT Deluxe Coup and a safari for two in South Africa will be raffled off. Raffle tickets are available online at www.zooatlanta.org and it isn't necessary to be present to win. Other festivities include a silent auction, a live auction, seated dinner and dancing. Tickets are $400. Call 404-624-5908.

Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre will hold the Super Summer Art & Music Celebration from 4-10 PM. This art and music festival is a fun, family-friendly event filled with various performers, including Reggie Hines and Melvin Miller. Admission is free but table reservations are available. All profits will benefit the programs offered by the South Cobb Arts Alliance. The Mable House Barnes Amphitheatre is located at 5239 Floyd rd, Mableton 30126. For more information call 770-819-3285.

May 18

The Decatur Civic Chorus will give its Annual Spring Concert on May 18 at 3 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Decatur, 308 Clairemont Ave, Decatur. Call 770-388-9536 or visit www.decaturcivicchorus.org.

May 20

Ellen Gilchrist, author of "A Dangerous Age" will discuss and sign copies of her work at 7:00 p.m. March 31 at the Margaret Michell House & Museum Visitors Center, 990 Peachtree St, Atlanta. Call 770-578-3502 or visit www.gwtw.org for more information.

May 22

Alexandra Fuller, author of "The Legend of Colton H. Bryant" will discuss and sign copies of her work at 7:00 p.m. March 31 at the Margaret Michell House & Museum Visitors Center, 990 Peachtree St, Atlanta. Call 770-578-3502 or visit www.gwtw.org for more information.00

May 24

The Atlanta Caribbean Carnival Bandleaders Association presents the 20th Annual Atlanta Caribbean Carnival, a festive celebration of the eclectic Caribbean culture with the theme "Unity through Diversity." The carnival will be in Downtown Atlanta. A parade of bands will begin in fron of the MARTA Statio in West Peachtree Ave. and ending at the historic Auburn Ave., with ongoing festivities between Jesse Hill Jr. and Hilliard St. Call 404-587-5195 for more information or visit www.atlantacarnival.org.

May 27

"Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street" will be showing from MAy 27 until June 1 at the Fox Theatre. Tickets cost $19- $55, they can be purchased at the Fox Theatre box office, Ticketmster or by calling 404-817-8700. For more iformation visit www.sweeneytoddtour.com.

June 9

The Golden Dragon Acrobats will perform in the Pearce Auditorium. The acrobats, from Hebei, China, combine acrobatics, traditional dance, ancient and contemporary music and theatrcal techniques to present a fantastic show. The show will begin at 8 PM. Tickets are $35 for adults, $32 for seniors and $28 for students. Call 770-534-2787 to purchase tickets.

June 15

Celebrate Father's Day at the Atlanta Botanical Garden with a frog-themed Father's Day Festival from 1PM-5PM. The festival will include froggy arts and crafts, ride-on train, live frog display and face painting. Admission for dads is half-price all day. Visit www.atlantabotanicalgarden.org for additional information.

June 17

Katie Hickman, author of "The Aviary Gate" will discuss and sign copies of his work at 7:00 p.m. March 31 at the Margaret Michell House & Museum Visitors Center, 990 Peachtree St, Atlanta. Call 770-578-3502 or visit www.gwtw.org for more information.

August 1

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will close the 2008 Arts Council Peace Series at 8 PM at the Arts Council Smithgall Arts Center. Call 770-534-2787 to purchase tickets.

September 12

The 2nd Annual Atlanta Arts Festival will be returning to in Piedmont Park. The festival will run form Sept. 12 until sept. 14. Tickets cost $15 (in advance ) for the Friday Preview Party, $20 at the door, Saturday and Sunday admission is free. Call 404-577-8686 for more information or info@360media.net.

Ongoing events:

"The Lion King" will be performed at the Atlanta Civic Center Thursday through May 4. Visit www.ticketmaster.com or call 404-817-8700.

"Vanishing Barns" opens at Anne Irwin Fine Art with a cocktail reception with the artist from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today. The exhibition is on view until April 11. Visit www.anneirwinfineart.com or call 404-352-1855.

"Menopause the Musical" will be performed at the 14th Street Playhouse, 173 14th Street, Atlanta, through April 20. Tickets are $42.50. Call 404-733-4738.

"Embodying the Sacred in Yoruba Art" will be on display through April 20 at the High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. Call 404-733-5000 or visit www.high.org.

"Street Life: American Photographs from the 1960s and '70s" will be on display through April 20 at the High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. Call 404-733-5000 or visit www.high.org.

"The Eye of Josephine" will be on display through May at the High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. The exhibit is part of the Paris at the Woodruff and Louvre Atlanta series. Call 404-733-5000 or visit www.parisatthewoodruff.org.

"The Louvre and the Ancient World" will be on display through Sept. 7 at the High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St. N.E., Atlanta. The exhibit is part of the Paris at the Woodruff and Louvre Atlanta series. Call 404-733-5000 or visit www.parisatthewoodruff.org.

The Atlanta History Center, located at 130 W. Paces Ferry Road in Atlanta, features exhibits on Georgia history, Southern folk art and the Civil War and is home to the Centennial Olympic Games Museum and two historic homes. The center's hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $15, $12 for senior citizens and students 13 and over, $10 for ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 and under. Call 404-814-4000 or visit www.atlantahistorycenter.com.

The Carter Library and Museum, which is located 441 Freedom Parkway in Atlanta, houses President Carter's papers and permanent displays on his life and administration. Admission is $8, $6 for students and senior citizens and free for ages 16 and under. Call 404-865-7100 or visit www.jimmycarterlibrary.org.

The Georgia Aquarium, which includes more than 100,000 fish, is located at 225 Baker St. in Atlanta, across from Centennial Olympic Park. Daily admission to the aquarium is $22.75 for adults, $19.50 for those 55 and up and $17 for ages 3 to 12. Call 404-581-4000 or visit www.georgiaaquarium.org.

Peachtree TV presents Screen on the Green, a free summer outdoor movie festival at Centennial Olympic Park. A different movie will be featured each Thursday starting May 29 through June 26. The annual movie fest has moved from its usual Piedmont Park location due to drought conditions, but will return once conditions subside. Call 404-575-6313.

The Center for Puppetry Arts presents the Teatro SEA's "The Encounter of Juan Bobo and Pedro Animal" April 1-8. After the show, visit the Create-A-Puppet Workshop and Museum and special exhibits tour. Tickets are $14.82 plus tax and children under two are free. Advanced purchase is recommended. Order tickets online fee-free at www.puppet.org or call 404-873-3391.

Tickets for the National Black Arts Festival, which takes place July 18-27 in and around Atlanta, are now on sale. Visit www.nbaf.org or call 404-733-5000.

Open casting calls for the "The Lion King" will be April 11-14 at Studio Dionne School of Dance and Music, 524 Plasters Ave. Performers of all cultural backgrounds are encouraged to try out. For details visit www.lionkingcasting.com.