ART & DESIGN: Crusade for Collecting Tour Kick-off. Win photographic prints by writing about your favorite piece of art on view in this outdoor event presented by Jennifer Schwartz Gallery. 1–4 p.m. November 23. High Museum of Art.
THEATER: The Santaland Diaries. Our dose of yuletide schadenfreude arrives in the form of David Sedaris’ play inspired by his job as a disgruntled Macy’s in-store elf. 8 p.m. November 23. Through December 30. Horizon Theatre.
BOOKS: Amy Pence and Laura Carter. Two Atlanta poets—the authors, respectively, of Armor, Amour and Midheaven Leo, among other works—recite their verse. 12:30–1:30 p.m. November 24. Hodgepodge Coffeehouse and Gallery.
CINEMA: Ganja and Hess and Eraserhead. A double-feature comprising David Lynch’s nightmarish 1977 monument to alienation and Bill Gunn’s 1973 film, whose alternate title is “Black Vampire”; part of “American Indies: Films from MoMA.” 7 p.m. November 24. Rich Theatre.
DANCE: Dance for Reel. A set of “dance for camera pieces,” curated by Seattle-based artist Jeff Curtis and Emory University faculty member Gregory Catellier. 7:30 p.m. November 27. Oxford Road Building.
THEATER: Paul Carter Harrison. Emory University’s Dwight Andrews engages this playwright and director in a discussion titled “What Is Black Theatre?” 7 p.m. November 29. Auburn Avenue Research Library.
BOOKS: Cherie Priest. The former Georgia author who mixed steampunk and zombies in Boneshaker returns to read from her related new novel, The Inexplicables. 7:30 p.m. November 29. Charis Books and More.
MUSIC: Emanuel Ax. Sibelius symphonies and a Brahms piano concerto get the treatment from a virtuoso of the keyboard as he performs with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; Robert Spano conducts. 8 p.m. November 29–December 1. Symphony Hall.