What to see, hear and do this week, December 3–9
ArtsATL calendar editor Lauren Leathers’ weekly roundup of arts events happening around the city.
ART + DESIGN
Student Prize 2018. A juried group exhibition supporting the work of student photographic artists in Georgia. Opening reception December 7 at 6 p.m. Through January 5. The Atlanta Photography Group.
John Burke: Winter Album Release Concert. The piano extraordinaire welcomes the holiday season with a release of holiday tunes that blend jazz, new age and complex rhythms. December 9 at 8 p.m. Eddie’s Attic.
Les Trois Voix. Les Trois Voix singers Erin Garrard, Jenna Gould and Katie Sadler-Stephenson present a night of contemplative joy. The program features songs ancient and modern, focusing on the experiences of Mary, both before and after the birth of Jesus. December 8 at 7:30 p.m. Northside Drive Baptist Church.
The King’s Singers: Christmas Gold. Founded in 1968, the singers — now consisting of Patrick Dunachie, Timothy Wayne-Wright, Julian Gregory, Christopher Bruerton, Christopher Gabbitas and Jonathan Howard — present a vocal performance known around the world. December 8 at 8 p.m. Spivey Hall.
A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. Established in 1935, the annual candlelit service of choral music and scripture readings by the Emory University community lives on. December 7 at 8 p.m. Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts.
Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus: Holly, Jolly and Gay. The wondrous fellas of Atlanta’s Gay Men’s Chorus fill the air with sonic sweetness in the form of holiday songs. December 7 at 8 p.m. and December 8 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. The Cathedral of St. Philip.
Spivey Hall Children’s Choir Program Holiday Concert. By tradition, the children’s choir joyously welcomes in the holiday season with a concert of music in various nationalities and styles. December 7 at 7:30 p.m. Spivey Hall.
The Many Moods of Christmas. The PRUMC Chancel Choir, soloists and orchestra and the Georgia Boy Choir present their Christmas classical performance that will tell the story of Jesus’ birth. December 9 at 5:30 p.m. Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, Sanctuary.
Perfectly Clear: Michelle LeClair on leaving Scientology. The author discusses her latest book, in which she discusses defection from the Church of Scientology, her newly accepted sexual identity and the lengths to which Scientology went to silence it. December 5 at 7:30 p.m. Charis Books & More.
The Thing. The 1982 cult classic follows a group of scientist into Antarctica, where a dog appears to be more than the average mutt. December 3 at 7 p.m. Plaza Theatre.
Blood Rage. Slasher fans can rejoice over the ’80s classic, which follows twins Terry and Todd in their escape from an asylum. December 4 at 5 p.m. Plaza Theatre.
Rise of the Phoenix. The Taylor Academy of Fine Arts presents a reimagined show that illustrates a flight of regeneration through classical ballet and lively imagery. December 8 at 7 p.m. Rich Theatre.
Atlanta Ballet: The Nutcracker. The first new production of the timeless classic, The Nutcracker, in 20 years welcomes the magic it’s always possessed with the latest performance. Opens December 8 at 7:30 p.m. Through December 24. Fox Theatre.
Elf the Musical. The classic comedy brings Buddy the Elf’s adventure from the North pole into the city to life on stage. Opens December 7. Through December 16. City Springs Theatre Company.
A Christmas Carol. Charles Dickens’ classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future comes to life on stage. Opens December 8. Through December 24. Alliance Theatre.
A Christmas Carol: Marietta. The oh, so popular show takes action once again. Starring Palmer Williams Jr. as Scrooge, the story follows the transformation of a grumpy old man to a kinder, wiser soul. Opens December 8 at 7:30 p.m. Through December 24. Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square.
Things We Didn’t Tell. The dramatization follow’s a man who was sexually abused as a child, leading to depression and alcoholism. The production brings awareness to the subject of sexual abuse against males and the lasting impact it has on the victim and those around him. December 7–8. Sewell Mill Cultural Center.
The Ethel Merman Disco Christmas Spectacular. The show transports audiences into what Merman’s unaired 1979 Christmas television special would be like. Opens December 6 at 8 p.m. Through December 22. Out Front Theatre Company.
Curious Holiday Encounters. A show that captures the delicate balance of delight and madness that is the holiday season. December 6–9. 7 Stages Theatre.
FAMILY + FESTIVALS
Sparkle Sandy Springs. The second-annual month-long holiday light and art display welcomes guests to walk through a wonderland of festive six-foot-tall wooden houses painted by local artists and organizations. Additional activities include a Christmas tree and Menorah lighting, a visit from the Coca-Cola Polar Bear and entertainment by School of Rock Atlanta. Through December 31. City Green at City Springs.
The Atlanta Christkindl Market. The month-long holiday event, organized by the German American Cultural Foundation, provides a variety of traditional German products, craftsmanship, seasonal gastronomic specialties and gourmet street food. Through December 23. Atlantic Station.
A Year with Frog and Toad. A show based on the books by Arnold Lobel, two friends of different personalities come together on stage to prove friendship endures all. Opens December 7. Through December 30. Synchronicity Theatre.
Rocky Horror Picture Show. The cult classic comes to life. Our protagonists are stuck with a flat tire during a storm that leads to a series of misfortunate events. Every Friday at midnight. Plaza Theatre.
Ghada Amer: The Breakthrough. Georgia State University shows an exhibition by the Cairo-born, New York-based artist, who creates work that deals with social issues, female identity and Islamic culture. Through December 3. GSU’s Welch School Galleries.
Music to My Eyes. Photography by Al Clayton, Arnold Newman, Herb Greene, Herb Snitzer and Tim Barnwell will be on display. The works contain portraits of musicians across the spectrum — from Johnny Cash to Janis Joplin. Through December 7. Lumiere Gallery.
Robert Chamberlin: Collapse. A solo exhibition utilizes porcelain works in the form of heavily decorated and fragile vase forms as a symbol for the body or as a metaphor for a nation or reign. Appearing as though they are about to cave in, each piece pushes the boundaries of the medium. Through December 8. Marcia Wood Gallery.
Transformers. A new exhibition curated by Dorothy Moye shows work by artists who transform everyday objects and ordinary materials in their work: Temme Barkin-Leeds, Chakaia Booker, Sonya Clark, Elyse Defoor, Bryant Holsenbeck, Jess Jones, Susan Lenz, Eddy Lopez, Pam Longobardi, Amy Orr, Joe Peragine, Karen Searles, Gregor Turk, Naomi Wanjiku Gakunga and John Westmark. Through December 8. Dalton Gallery.
Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness. Spelman Museum presents the U.S. premiere of an acclaimed exhibition featuring more than 70 photographs by South African artist Zanele Muholi. Through December 8. Spelman College Museum of Fine Art.
When East Meets West: Three Centuries of Artistic Discourse. A new exhibition considers the cross cultural influences between Japanese and Western artists between the late 17th and late 19th centuries. Through December 9. Oglethorpe University Museum of Art.
Knead. Written and performed by Mary Lynn Owen, the show presents a woman’s bread-baking experience that leads to an unpredictable experience. Ingredients of time and memory interfere, and everything is pulled into question. Through December 9. Alliance Theatre.
Christmas at Callanwolde Designer Showhouse. Visitors of all ages are invited to tour the 27,000-square-foot historic mansion elaborately decorated by Atlanta’s top interior and floral designers, as well as professional holiday displays, an expansive artists’ market and other activities. Through December 9. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center.
Earthflight. A 3D nature documentary uses state-of-the-art aerial techniques and cameras to document different species of birds on their seasonal journeys. Through December 13. Fernbank Museum.
Sanithna Phansavanh: A ghost within me, waits to be born. The second exhibition of the back-to-back solo shows by the imitable painter unveils this Friday. Through December 16. Notch8 Gallery.
A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol. Set on Christmas Eve in 1943, the show presents a contemporary take on Charles Dickens’ classic tale, A Christmas Carol. The radio show provides a comic amount of mishaps and unexpected turns, whether it be a hard-boiled detective or a Hilteresque villain named Rudolf. Through December 16. Act3 Productions.
A Nice Family Christmas. A young newspaper reporter on the brink of being fired has been assigned a last-chance story about a typical family Christmas — his family’s Christmas. Once the family learns that he’s writing on all of their personal information, things heat up in the best and worst way. Through December 16. Stage Door Players.
Class Pictures. Teresa Bramlette Reeves curates six figurative works from the Zuckerman’s permanent collection paired with the work of five contemporary artists: Melissa Basham, Paul Stephen Benjamin, Aubrey Longley-Cook, Yanique Norman and Don Robson. Through December 21. Zuckerman Museum of Art.
Epic Designs: Tadao Ando & Le Corbusier. Photographer Richard Pare highlights the works of modernist architects Tadeo Ando and Le Corbusier from two recently released books. Through December 21. Lumiere Gallery.
Figure Forward. Sarah Higgins curates three Atlanta-based artists who interrogate the nature of portraiture and identity: Jill Frank, Jamie Bull and William Downs. Through December 21. Zuckerman Museum of Art.
Meghann Riepenhoff and Abelardo Morell. Jackson Fine Art opens two concurrent solo shows of new work by the acclaimed contemporary photographers. Through December 22. Jackson Fine Art.
This Is Our Youth. A living snapshot of the most awkward time in life: the moment between adolescence and adulthood. Through December 22. Pinch ‘N’ Ouch Theatre.
A Christmas Carol. Anthony Rodriguez guides audience members through the traditional tale of Mr. Scrooge and the troop of Dickens’ characters in a one-man presentation of A Christmas Carol with a twist. Through December 22. Aurora Theatre.
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. For more than 20 years, the Shakespeare Tavern has presented its own adaptation of the classic tale of Scrooge’s experience with three ghosts. Through December 23. Shakespeare Tavern.
Christmas Canteen. The show returns to the stage for a 23rd year with all the songs, comic sketches, trips down memory lane and a sprinkle of Christmas magic that it’s always harnessed. Through December 23. Aurora Theatre.
Invasion Christmas Carol. The ensemble at Dad’s Garage will skewer the quintessential Christmas play — A Christmas Carol. You’ll see your favorite characters alongside surprise guests including Mrs. Clause, Colonel Sanders and a T-Rex to create a unique holiday experience. Through December 29. Dad’s Garage Theatre Company.
Madeline’s Christmas. Ludwig Bemelmans’ classic tale of Madeline and her friends comes to life with more than 24 actors from the Atlanta Children’s Theatre Company. Through December 30. Horizon Theatre Company.
Waffle Palace Christmas. Yes, this is real. Waffle House Southern humor takes the stage — inspired by true events, served up over easy and just in time for Christmas. Through December 30. Horizon Theatre.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The holiday cult classic hits the stage to follow the story of a rejected reindeer, a wannabe dentist and other misfits that come together. Through December 30. Center for Puppetry Arts.
¡NUEVOlution! Latinos and the New South. An exhibition considers the contributions and history of Latinos in the South. Through December 31. Atlanta History Center.
Little Things. The annual exhibition welcomes more than 100 local artists across all mediums to display works available for purchase. Artists include Lisa Alembik, Liz Anderson, Steven Anderson, Linda Armstrong, Maria Artemis, Rose M Barron and many, many more. Through January 4. Swan Coach House Gallery.
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. A new exhibition allows kids to play, sing, explore and pretend in some familiar places from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Through January 6. Children’s Museum.
Masters in Print: Faith Ringgold & David C. Driskell w/Master Printer Curlee Raven Holton. Raven Fine Art Editions has teamed up with September Gray Fine Art Gallery to present a collaboration of three talented creatives. Through January 10. September Gray Fine Art Gallery
Treasures of the Frederic Remington Art Museum & Beyond. A new exhibition brings together more than 60 works spanning Remington’s career across various media including bronze sculpture, paintings, illustrations, watercolors and writing. Through January 13. Booth Museum.
Ted Kincaid: Even If I Lose Everything. The Texas-based artist has spent the past 30 years using the medium and history of photography to subvert systematically the notion of an objective photographic record. The exhibition focuses on his digital dissections of skyscapes from his own photographs, as well as skies from the paintings of historical artists. Through January 13. Georgia Museum of Art, Boone and Georgi-Ann Knox Gallery II.
Design for Good. Architect and author John Cary curates an exhibition showcasing the work of designers who create buildings with and for the people who use them. Through January 20. Museum of Design Atlanta.
Michi Meko: It Doesn’t Prepare You for Arrival. An exhibition that seeks silence and the comfort of solitude but brings attention to the countless reasons black people feel unwelcome in natural outdoor spaces. Through January 26, 2019. Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia.
Marc-Antoine Coulon: Unapologetic Lines. SCAD FASH presents the first museum show of the acclaimed French fashion illustrator. Through January 27. SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion and Film.
Elizabeth Jones and Craig Hawkins: Beautiful. Featuring photography and paintings, the exhibition allows viewers to bear witness to remarkable beauty in the face of suffering and raises global awareness of burn victims in India. Through February, 2019. Still Point.
Building Emory’s African American Collections: Highlights from the Curatorial Career of Randall K. Burkett. A new exhibition shows acquisitions from throughout the more than two-decade career of Randall K. Burkett, Emory’s first curator for African American collections. Through February 3. Woodruff Library, Emory University.
Richard Hunt: Synthesis. The exhibition focuses on formative periods in the career of the African American sculptor. More than 130 public commissions in more than 24 states have made him a legendary figure in modern and contemporary sculpture. Through February 3. Georgia Museum of Art, Athens.
One Heart, One Way: The Journey of a Princely Art Collection. An exhibition shows the storied collection of fine and decorative arts dating from ca. 1660 to 1952 belonging to the family of the Russian Princes Belosselsky-Belozersky. Through February 10. Georgia Museum of Art, Athens.
Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors. Organized by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the show that’s been taking ATL by a storm is finally on display. Visitors are taken across six decades of Kusama’s, the 89-year-old Tokyo-based artist, creative output and will explore the development of six kaleidoscopic environments as well as sculptures, paintings, works on paper, film excerpts, archival ephemera and additional large-scale installations. Through February 17. High Museum of Art.
Barbecue Nation. In celebration of National Barbecue Month, an exhibition explores barbecue’s enduring place at the American table. Through September 29. Atlanta History Center.
Out of the Darkness: Light in the Depths of the Sea of Cortez. Artist Rebecca Rutstein uses UGA marine sciences professor Samantha Joye’s research to create an interactive sculptural installation and several large paintings. Through October 27. Georgia Museum of Art, Athens.
SCAD FASH: Cinematic Couture. The exhibition presents more than 50 costumes that focus on the art of costume design through the lens of film and popular culture. Films represented in the exhibition depict five centuries of history, drama, comedy, fairy tale and adventure through period costumes worn by well-known film stars. Through March 3, 2019. SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film.
William Christenberry: Time & Texture. The exhibition includes more than 100 photographs by Christenberry that span over four decades beginning in the 1960s — including photographs of vernacular architecture and rural landscape of central Alabama on an annual basis, creating a prolonged study of place and the passing of time. Through April 14, 2019. High Museum of Art.
To share your upcoming art events with ArtsATL, email email@example.com.