Alison Wright, Human Tribe. The National Geographic photographer presents her new book for which she traveled to every continent to capture the diversity of the human race in 160 portraits. November 30 at 7 p.m. Jimmy Carter Presidential Library.
Jimmy Carter Book Signing. Former President Jimmy Carter signs his latest book, as well as other books he has written. December 4 at 5:30 p.m. Jimmy Carter Presidential Library.
Sally Mott Freeman, The Jersey Brothers. The author’s new book tells the true story of three brothers who experienced the most dramatic turning points of World War II and how they joined forces to save one of their own. December 5 at 8 p.m. Atlanta History Center.
Shannon Stewart: Screaming Traps. The New Orleans-based artist shares new movement research as part of the Lucky Penny’s Show Room series. December 1 at 8 p.m. Work Room.
Nehemoyia Young. The Brooklyn-based dancer, choreographer and performing activist presents new work as the inaugural artist of Spelman’s new two-week Artist Incubation Residency. December 1 at 8 p.m. West End Dance Lab.
The Nutcracker. The Georgia Ballet presents its annual production of the holiday classic. December 1–3. Jennie T. Anderson Theatre.
Fall Fieldwork Showcase. The emerging artists, dancers and performers who participated in CORE Peformance Company’s fall Fieldwork development program present a showcase performance. December 3. Dance Studio, Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts.
Callanwolde Presents: An Evening of Three Works. Three Atlanta-based choreographers — Sarah Hillmer, Sean Nguyen Hilton and Jillian Mitchell — present new work on a mixed program. ArtsATL dance critic Cynthia Bond Perry previews the performance. December 2 at 8 p.m. Presser Hall, Agnes Scott College.
National Holidays. Film Love continues with its screenings of the American Music Show, an eccentric but long-lived public access cable television show that centered on Atlanta’s gay and underground scenes of the 1980s and ’90s. December 1 at 7:30 p.m. Whitespace Gallery.
The Breadwinner. A new animated drama based on the best-selling novel by Deborah Ellis tells the story of a girl in Taliban-controlled Afghanistan who must dress as a boy so she can work to support her family after her father is arrested. Opens December 1. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs the score live alongside a screening of the Harry Potter film. November 30–December 2. Symphony Hall.
ART + DESIGN
Kate Breakey: Ghosts and Other Visions. The renowned photographer’s series of hand-colored photographs document the natural world through ethereal prints on Japanese mulberry paper. Through December 31. Brickworks Gallery.
Imaginary Million. Wonderroot’s annual fundraiser has 100 Atlanta-based artists bidding on each other’s work with imaginary money in a high-energy, fast-paced auction. December 1 at 8 p.m. Forum at Defoor.
Leo Gabin: Awesome. Artist collective Leo Gabin recycles digital content into new configurations, creating work from the internet’s proliferation of social networking content and images of celebrities, sex and violence. ArtsATL critic Dinah McClintock reviews the work and other new installations at Atlanta Contemporary. Through December 17. Atlanta Contemporary.
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. 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.
Nancy Floyd: Weathering Time. A new exhibition features selections from photographer Nancy Floyd’s 35-year archive of photographs documenting her daily life. In her review, ArtsATL contributor Deanna Sirlin says that “the passage of time and powerful emotion are clearly written into this work.” Through December 2. Whitespace Gallery.
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 21. 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.
Ronnie Spector’s Best Christmas Party Ever. The legendary singer and Rock-and-Roll Hall of Famer performs a Christmas-themed concert. December 6 at 8 p.m. City Winery.
David Crosby. The two-time Rock-and-Roll Hall of Famer and cofounder of the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash performs music from his soon-to-be-released new album Sky Trails alongside some of his classic songs and greatest hits. December 5 at 8 p.m. City Winery.
Brian Setzer Orchestra: Christmas Rocks. The three-time Grammy Award-winning guitarist, songwriter and vocalist Brian Setzer and his 19-piece orchestra performs a concert full of retro holiday cheer and classic hits. December 6 at 8 p.m. Symphony Hall.
Miss Bennett: 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 Bennett 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 fairytale. Through December 30. Natural Playground at Serenbe.
Cardboard Piano. Actor’s Express presents the Atlanta premiere production of Hansol Jung’s new play about a pair of girls who hold a makeshift wedding in northern Uganda which is interrupted by the arrival of conflict and war. In his review, ArtsATL critic Andrew Alexander says that the “characters and situations will remain in your thoughts long after the show comes to an end.” Through December 3. Actor’s Express.
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. November 24–December 23. 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.