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Weekend Arts Agenda: Get off your couch. November 13 2009

As usual, here are a few arts events to add to your weekend roster. Also, don't forget about the Hense exhibition at The Rail Yard and the Kvares show at Beep Beep. This weekend's art scene is chock-full so enjoy.

FRIDAY (Today)

Head to Castleberry Hill's tattoo parlor/art gallery City of Ink to check out John Hairston Jr.'s vivid, realistic graffiti-style art. His latest work, Hollywood Africans, celebrates the life and career of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Walk away with a unique perspective on one of the world's first African American art greats and maybe even some new ink. Free. City of Ink. 404-525-4465. www.thecityofink.com/.__

Fresh from the NYC fashion scene House of Diehl's Style Wars hits Atlanta runways. Watch designers battle head-to-head and make killer creations in 5-minute knock-out rounds. It's Project Runway on crack! $15-$20 7:30 p.m. Opera. 404-874-0428. www.houseofdiehl.com/stylewars.

SATURDAY

Eyedrum's First Annual Ear Ball is sure to satisfy all your aural cravings. The event–originally conceived as a fund raiser–is a showcase of the works of a diverse pool of local sound artists. Whether you're into jazz improv or are looking for some electronic soundscapes Eyedrum's got you covered. Pay what you can. 12 p.m.-2 a.m. Eyedrum. 404-522-0655. www.eyedrum.org.

Get This! Gallery is housing Atlanta neopop artist Fahamu Pecou's first solo show. Whirl Trade was inspired by Pecou's travels in Africa and explores the interpretations and misconceptions of blackness in African-decended communities. Through images that are arranged as faux magazine covers he sends a powerful message about popular media and the power of influence. Free. 7-11 p.m. Get This! Gallery. 678-596-4451. Gethisgallery.com.

SUNDAY

It's Pecha Kucha time! Volume 14–the last of the fall season–is titled Back to Basics. The diverse roster (including CL favorite Danielle Roney and former mayoral candidate Kyle Keyser) promises to provide some tasty food for thought and make for lots of candid conversation. Free. 7 p.m. Octane Coffee Lounge (Westside). www.atlantapechakucha.com.



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