Thursday, January 9, 8 p.m.
Creative Loafing/Write Club Atlanta's Fiction Contest Word Fight
Highland Inn Ballroom, 644 N. Highland Ave. (Poncey-Highland)
Gather 'round, children: it's storytime. But not quite like the yarns your old Aunt Edna was spinning at the dinner table on Christmas. Celebrate the winners of the annual Creative Loafing fiction contest with readings, brain-battles a la Write Club, small press literature for your perusal from Vouched Books, and — calling all starving writers — free admission.
Deal nearby: JavaVino
Friday, January 3, 6 p.m.
Woodfire Grill Beer Dinner featuring Red Brick Brewing
Woodfire Grill, 1782 Cheshire Bridge Rd.
One of the Southeast's finest restaurants is paying homage to its region's finest brews. Join Woodfire Grill for a five-course feast crafted by Chef Tyler Williams and paired with some of the best local beer that Georgia has to offer.
Friday, January 10, 8 p.m.
Chapbook Release Party for "Before You Were Born"
The Hangar, 151 Sampson St. (Old Fourth Ward)
Think literary readings involve an abundance of tweed, monocles, and haughty hob-nobbing? Allow small-press champions Safety Third Enterprises and 421 Atlanta, along with local wordsmith Daniel Beauregard and a whole slew of equally gifted local writers, to prove you wrong as they celebrate the release of Daniel's brand-new chapbook with an evening of readings and revelry (in an old airplane hangar, no less). Monocle optional.
Deal nearby: Condesa Coffee
Saturday, January 11, 7 p.m.
Ohmpark Fest 2
The EARL, 488 Flat Shoals Ave., and 529, 529 Flat Shoals Ave. (East Atlanta)
You know whose taste we trust when it comes to local music? This guy. So when we heard the music blogger was hosting a second festival chock-full of Atlanta-based goodness, including seminal Scoutmob faves like Little Tybee and Oryx & Crake, we snagged tickets in two shakes of a lamb's tail. If one night jam-packed with local jams tickles your fancy, we suggest you do the same.
Deal nearby: The Graveyard Tavern
Sunday, January 12, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Vida Voce Reading Series
MINT Gallery, 636 N. Highland Ave. (Poncey-Highland)
You may not know it, but ATL is blessed with a bevy of local lady-talent, especially when it comes to putting pen to paper. And the Vida Voce Reading Series, held monthly at MINT Gallery, is doing its damndest to showcase it. Join 'em and witness four go-getter gals unleash their literary prowess upon us.
Deal nearby: Cafe 640
Sunday, January 12, 8:30 p.m.
Fall/Winter DebuTease Ball
7Stages Theatre, 1105 Euclid Ave. (Little Five Points)
It's a coming-out ball, yes, but don't be fooled: these ladies aren't exactly your typical prim 'n proper debs. The latest talent to saunter out of the Atlanta School of Burlesque are putting their education on full display, in their very first full-length performance. A commencement ceremony that actually won't bore you to tears, to say the least.
Deal nearby: Inman Perk