Call Me By Your Name. Luca Guadagnino directs James Ivory’s script based on the 2007 novel by André Aciman about the romantic relationship between a 17-year-old living in Italy and his father’s American assistant. Opens December 21. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.
Incredible Predators. A new 3-D large-screen documentary film explores the variety and determination of nature’s great predators. Through February 8. Fernbank Museum of Natural History.
ART + DESIGN
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 22 beginning at 5:30 p.m. 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.
Fabiola Jean-Louis: Re-Writing History. The Brooklyn-based artist considers traditional European depictions of femininity in lush photographs and paper sculptures. Through January 5. Alan Avery Art Company.
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.
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 renowned 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.
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.
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.
Indigo Girls. The Decatur-based acoustic duo performs two back-to-back shows at Ponce City Market’s City Winery. December 27 at 7 and 10 p.m. City Winery.
Joe Gransden’s Big Band with Francine Reed. The singers team up to perform a Christmas concert full of retro classic hits backed by the big band sound. December 22 at 7 and 9:15 p.m. Eddie’s Attic.
Handel’s Messiah. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Chorus perform the beloved holiday Baroque classic under the baton of director of choruses Norman Mackenzie. December 22 at 8 p.m. Symphony Hall.
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.
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.
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.
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 Bennet, the bookish and often-overshadowed middle sister. Through December 24. Theatrical Outfit.
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.
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.
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.
People Movement Shops. Atlanta dance company glo and choreographer Lauri Stallings offer twice-weekly pay-what-you-can movement workshops for people at all levels. Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m, through December 23. glo Corner Studio, Goat Farm Arts Center.