Micah Cash, Dangerous Waters. The photographer discusses his new book documenting the evocative infrastructure of the Tennessee Valley Authority. December 14 at 7 p.m. Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge.
Dar Williams, What I Found in a Thousand Towns. The singer-songwriter reads from and discusses her latest book alongside performances of her songs. December 14 at 7:30 p.m. Eddie’s Attic.
Women Authors: Paths to Publication. A panel discussion featuring authors Libby Ware, Charlene Ball, Trudy Nan Boyce, Lynn Hesse and MaryAnn Hopper focuses on the challenges of publishing as a female writer in today’s market. December 14 at 7:30 p.m. Charis Books.
Miracle on 34th Street. The Fabulous Fox screens the 1947 holiday classic with music from the Mighty Mo organ before the show. December 19 at 7:30 p.m. Fox Theatre.
Bolshoi Ballet: The Nutcracker. The Bolshoi broadcasts choreographer Yuri Grigorovich’s version of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet to movie theaters around the world. December 17. Area movie theaters.
The Other Side of Hope. Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki’s new film tells the story of a former traveling rep salesman who is seeking to break into the restaurant business when he decides to help a refugee from Aleppo. Opens December 15. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.
ART + DESIGN
Fabiola Jean-Louis: Re-Writing History. The Brooklyn-based artist subverts traditional European depictions of femininity in lush photographs and paper sculptures. Through January 5. Alan Avery Art Company.
Pellom McDaniels III: Black: Towards an Afro-Cosmological Understanding. The historian and curator of African American collections at Emory University presents new multimedia work reflecting on African American male identity throughout American history. Through January 7. Hammonds House Museum.
Candlelight Nights. The Atlanta History Center hosts a family-friendly evening for visitors to stroll through the property’s decorated gardens and grounds with puppet shows, games, a Christmas Market with local crafts and a visit from Santa. December 15 and 22. Atlanta History Center.
Carl Linstrum: Humannature. The SCAD-Atlanta professor exhibits new work. Through January 12. Besharat Gallery.
Luminary. A group show exhibits new works created with metallic paint, gold dust and other luminous materials. Through January 28. Markay Gallery.
Garden Lights, Holiday Nights. Colorful light displays transform the garden at night. Through January 7. Atlanta Botanical Garden.
Mettina van der Veen: Jamaican Maroon. A new exhibition displays the Atlanta-based photographer’s images of the Windward Maroons of the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park in Jamaica. Through January 2. Auburn Avenue Research Library.
Krista Clark: Pause of Construction. The recent MFA graduate from GSU creates a new installation of cut paper and drawings. Through December 22. Poem 88.
The December Show. Whitespace presents its annual end-of-year group show of gallery artists. Through December 30. Whitespace Gallery.
Kate Breakey: Ghosts and Other Visions. The photographer’s series of hand-colored photographs document the natural world through ethereal prints on Japanese mulberry paper. Through December 31. Brickworks Gallery.
More Than Self: Living the Vietnam War. A new exhibition highlights the Atlanta History Center’s collection of more than 250 Vietnam War-related oral histories with photographs, documents and artifacts from Atlanta veterans. Through March 18. Atlanta History Center.
Robert Sagerman: Totalizations. The painter’s hypnotic, abstract canvases consist of tens of thousands of dabs of oil paint. Through December 30. Marcia Wood.
Al Taylor: What Are You Looking At? The High Museum presents the first museum survey in the US to explore the career of American artist Al Taylor, with more than 150 sculptures, drawings and prints. In her review, ArtsATL critic Cathy Fox says the exhibition draws “overdue attention to this idiosyncratic artist.” Through March 18. High Museum.
George Long: Sorts. Flux Projects presents a new series of public projections and drawings from the Atlanta-based artist. Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings through December 16. 710 Ponce de Leon Avenue.
Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum. Contemporanea Progetti in collaboration with the Colosseum, Rome, presents a traveling exhibition of more than 100 artifacts, many of them never displayed outside of Italy before, showing the world of the ancient Roman gladiators. Through January 7. Fernbank Museum of Natural History.
Shine Huang: See Me As I Am. In photographic portraits, still lifes and photograms, the SCAD MFA student documents Atlanta’s Ethiopian and Eritrean communities. Through December 30. Mason Fine Art.
“A Fire That No Water Could Put Out”: Civil Rights Photography. An installation of more than 40 photographs primarily drawn from the High’s permanent collection reflects on the 50th anniversary of a tumultuous year in Civil Rights history. Through May 27. High Museum.
The Collector’s Eye: Masters of 20th Century Photography. An exhibition of photographs from the collection of Robert Yellowlees includes work by Berenice Abbott, Ansel Adams, Harry Callahan, Imogen Cunningham, Dorothea Lange, Helen Levitt, Arnold Newman, Alexander Rodchenko, Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Weston. Through December 22. Lumiere.
Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design. A new touring exhibition looks at contemporary African design with works by more than 120 artists including sculpture, prints, fashion, furniture, film, photography, apps, maps and digital comics. ArtsATL critic Kelundra Smith writes about the show and its intriguing new look at an often misunderstood continent. Through January 7. High Museum.
Christmas with Jennifer Nettles & the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. The Georgia-native singer performs songs from her holiday album To Celebrate Christmas backed by the ASO. December 20 at 7:30 p.m. Symphony Hall.
Madrigal Singers. Capitol City Opera’s Madrigal Singers present an evening of traditional a cappella holiday songs from the Renaissance and Baroque periods in period costume. December 17 at 7:30 p.m. Highpoint Episcopal Community Church.
Janet Jackson: State of the World Tour. We call her Miss Jackson. December 17 at 8 p.m. Phillips Arena.
A Very Merry Holiday Pops. The Atlanta Symphony performs its annual family-friendly holiday pops concert featuring the Joe Gransden Big Band, Broadway’s Allison Blackwell, the Atlanta All-City Choir, choirs from the Greenforest Community Baptist Church of Atlanta and a visit from Santa. December 15 and 16. Symphony Hall.
Celtic Christmas. Fiddlers, dancers, harpists, singers, Highland pipers and bards from the Irish, Scottish, Welsh and Appalachian traditions perform holiday classics. December 16 and 17. Rialto Center for the Arts.
Leslie Jordan: Exposed! Will and Grace‘s Leslie Jordan performs his one-man show based on his eccentric Tennessee upbringing and subsequent adventures in film and television. December 14–16. Out Front Theatre.
John Waters Christmas. The Hairspray director, raconteur and self-appointed “King of Bad Taste” returns to Atlanta to perform his one-man Christmas show. December 15 at 8 p.m. Variety Playhouse.
A Christmas Carol. The Alliance Theatre’s popular annual production of Charles Dickens’ classic tale moves to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre while the company’s home venue at the Woodruff Arts Center undergoes major renovation. Through December 24. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.
Invasion: Christmas Carol. An irreverent improv version of the Christmas classic from Dad’s Garage has new characters such as Mrs. Claus, Colonel Sanders or a T-Rex invading the story to create a whole new holiday experience at every performance. Through December 30. Dad’s Garage.
The First Noel. True Colors’ Christmas musical tells the story of three generations of a Harlem family that receives an unexpected visitor bringing some long-absent Christmas joy after the loss of a loved one. Through December 24. Ferst Center for the Arts.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The Center for Puppetry Arts presents its popular annual puppet-show version of the classic stop-motion television special. Through December 31. Center for Puppetry Arts.
Libby’s at the Express: Ho, Ho, Home For The Holidays and A Connie Sue Day Christmas. Atlanta cabaret favorite Libby Whittemore reprises her annual holiday show. Through December 17. Actor’s Express.
The Santaland Diaries. Atlanta playwright Topher Payne performs in David Sedaris’ now classic tale of working as an elf during the busy Christmas season at Macy’s in Manhattan. In his review, ArtsATL critic Curt Holman says the show delivers a Christmas moment “that feels sincere without selling out the rest of its caustic comedy.” Through December 31. Horizon Theatre.
Heidi. Synchronicity Theatre presents a new musical version of the classic 1881 book by Johanna Spyri, with book by Martha King De Silva and music and lyrics by Joan Cushing. In his review, ArtsATL‘s Jim Farmer says both kids and adults will enjoy the show’s “simplistic, nostalgic vibe.” Through December 31. Synchronicity Theatre.
Christmas at Sweet Apple. Stage Door presents Atlanta playwright Phillip DePoy’s Christmas play based on the writings of beloved Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Celestine Sibley. Through December 17. Stage Door.
Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley. Decatur-native playwright Lauren Gunderson’s new play imagines the characters from Pride and Prejudice at Christmas shortly after the action of Jane Austen’s novel and centers on Mary Bennett, the bookish and often-overshadowed middle sister. Through December 24. Theatrical Outfit.
Black Nativity. The play, originally written by Langston Hughes in 1961, tells the nativity story from an African-American perspective with soulful gospel music. Through December 17. Southwest Performing Arts Center.
The Snow Queen. Serenbe Playhouse presents its annual site-specific outdoor production of Hans Christian Anderson’s classic fairy tale. ArtsATL‘s Andrew Alexander reviewed the play, calling it “a return to tradition that feels like a wonderful, bracing, chilly breath of fresh air.” Through December 30. Natural Playground at Serenbe.
A Christmas Story. OnStage Atlanta presents a stage version of the classic 1983 Jean Shepherd holiday film about Ralphie Parker, who just wants a Red Ryder 200-Shot Carbine Action Air Rifle for Christmas. Through December 17. OnStage Atlanta.
Christmas Canteen 2017. Lawrenceville’s Aurora Theatre relaunches its most popular Christmas tradition, a nostalgic musical revue featuring sketch comedy and songs of the season. Through December 23. Aurora Theatre.
Atlanta Chinese Dance Company. The company performs costumed traditional dances from China’s diverse ethnic groups. December 16 at 11 a.m. Clarkston Library.
glo Works-in-Process. Atlanta dance company glo opens its doors to the public to show and discuss new works in progress for 2018. December 16 at 3:30 p.m. Goat Farm Arts Center.
The Nutcracker. Former Atlanta Ballet artistic director John McFall’s version of the beloved classic takes its final bows this year. Through December 28. Fox Theatre.