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For the ladies

The old Groove Yard, a distinctive '90s alternative music room positioned above the Bridgetown Grill on Peachtree Street, has recently reopened and is now known as the Mambo Room. The cozy club was once host to many of Atlanta's brightest musicians and welcomed and nurtured an impressive string of both local and national acts. Thanks to the efforts of a group of hard-working local activists, the venue will once again reverberate with music.

Ladyfest South, a nonprofit, Southern-based, four-day fete that, according to its organizers, "celebrates all aspects of the artistic talents of women in order to raise money for social service projects that assist women," will be headquartered at the Mambo Room for four action-packed nights beginning on Thursday. The first Ladyfest South was held in Atlanta in 2002. This time, the festival will once again mix activism and education fused with music, spoken word and a healthy dose of fun. The show aids a slate of worthy causes. Beneficiaries for 2004 include DeKalb Rape Crisis Center, YouthPride (Atlanta), and Women's Resource Center to End Domestic Violence.

Originally conceived by Doria Roberts, Taylor Gammage, Ami Mattison, Angela Mitchell and Christine Regan, Ladyfest South is now headed by Nancy Lambert and Ronnda Cadle, with Charlotte Butts and Katie Klemcheck. "The Mambo Room graciously donated their venue, and [the location] offers a greater chance of a more diverse audience," says Cadle. A full schedule can be found at www.ladyfestsouth.com, but a few of the many local highlights include performances from Hope for Agoldensummer, Modern Marriage and Three5Human on Friday; Barb Carbon and Moe Loughran (with Cadle on guitar) on Saturday; and music and entertainment with Diane Durrett, Emily Kate Boyd, Sue Witty, Liz Melendez and Athens Boys Choir on Sunday.Ladyfest runs from Thurs.-Sun., Nov. 4-7. Tickets are $15 at the door each night or $40 for a four day pass. Mambo Room at Bridgetown Grill, 689 Peachtree St. 404-873-5361.