Today

Paul Zaloom will present his new show, "Shadow Government" today through Sunday 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. 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. at the Decatur Library, 215 Sycamore St. Call 404-370-8450, ext. 2225.

Reknown architect's, Henri Jova, contemporary home will be open to the public for a preview party from 7 to 10 p.m, and home tours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. 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, e-mail info@pennhouseproductions.com.

"I Still Hear The Mockingbird" will be on display at Whitespace Gallery today through May 10. This includes various drawings, paintings and sculptures made by Red Weldon-Sandlin and Mark Sandlin to honor Harper Lee. There will be an opening reception today from 7 to 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 Road. Call 404-486-0307 or e-mail geobkseller@yahoo.com for more information.

Saturday

Join puppeteer Paul Zaloom at the Center for Puppetry Arts, 1404 Spring St., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for "A Theatre of Trash." Bring a minimum of six objects that will be assembled into puppets and explore improvisation, free association, humor, child's play as process, the nature of objects and puppetry in general. Cost is $25 for non-members and $20 for members. Visit www.puppet.org or call 404-873-3089.

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. Saturday 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 Saturday 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 and retail management, graphic design, interior design, media arts and animation and web design and interactive media in the college labs and studios. The Art Institute of Atlanta-Decatur is at One West Court Square in Decatur. Call 866-856-6203 or visit www.artinstitutes.edu/decatur for more informaton.

A Vibe Called Fresh performs every second Saturday of the month at Lenny's Bar, 486 Decatur Street, Atlanta. A Vibe Called Fresh patrons will be able to receive $3 off their $15 admission at the door by donating food, household items (blankets, towels, toiletries) or articles of clothing. All the donations collected will be distributed to tornado victims in the Cabbagetown and Vine City neighborhoods. Advance tickets for the April 12 show may be purchased for $10 online by visiting www.ticketalternative.com.

Sunday

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

Monday

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

Tuesday

Douglas A. Blackmon, author of "Slavery by Another Name," 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.

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

Wednesday

Alice Hoffman, author of "The Third Angel," will discuss and sign copies of her work at 7 p.m. Wednesday 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 non-members. 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. Wednesday at Wordsmiths Books, 545 N. McDonough St., Decatur. Call 404-378-7166.

Thursday

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 readers 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 announces its 2008-09 season auditions. Group Auditions will be held at each of AYS's three satelllite rehearsal locations. For the Atlanta/Decatur/Emory area auditions will be on Thursday 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.