New CDs in stores include Cry, the fifth studio album from county music megastar Faith Hill; and 10 from old-school rapper L.L. Cool J.
New on video and DVD: Insomnia, starring Al Pacino and Hillary Swank as detectives racing to solve the murder of a small-town Alaska teen; Life or Something Like It, starring Angelina Jolie as a reporter who interviews a homeless man for a story and changes her life after he tells her she will die in a few days; and Sorority Boys, the crude comedy about three frat brothers who dress as women and pledge a sorority after being kicked out of their fraternity house.
Ani DiFranco and Toshi Reagan will perform at 8 p.m. at The Classic Center in Athens, Ga. Tickets are $26.50. For more information, call (404) 524-7354.
The International Association of Culinary Professionals Foundation is accepting scholarship applications for formal culinary education and independent research. For more information or to get an application, e-mail program coordinator Trina Gribbins at email@example.com or send a request to 304 W. Liberty St., Suite 201, Louisville, KY 40202.
The Western Carolina State Fair hits the Aiken Jaycees Fairground for a 10-day run. General admission is $5, but a $15 ticket covers the cost of rides and parking. Tickets are available online at tixonline.com or by calling 278-4TIX. For more information, call 279-8017.
New movies opening today include The Ring, starring Naomi Watts as a cynical detective trying to figure out the link between a disturbing video and her niece's death; and Abandon, starring Katie Holmes as a stressed-out college student who begins to have visions of her former boyfriend who disappeared.
If you go to school in Richmond County, think of your teachers. They have to work today for staff development, but you get the day off.
The German Friendship Club and Easter Seals of Georgia will sponsor Oktoberfest from noon to 10 p.m. today and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Julian Smith Casino on Broad Street. The festival will feature German music, dancers, singers and cultural foods. For more information, call 863-2383.
Thankful Baptist Church will hold an Afternoon of Music beginning at 4 p.m. It features performances by Creative Impressions Choral Ensemble, The Voices of Solidarity and the Paine College Gospel Choir. Tickets are $15. For more information, call 724-2187.
The American Idols Live tour will hit Atlanta's Philips Arena at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $27 to $47.
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