Widespread Panic. The Athens rock band performs a series of New Year’s concerts at the Fabulous Fox. ArtsATL contributor Brenda Stepp interviewed guitarist Jimmy Herring about the band’s bittersweet return to the theater. December 29–31. Fox Theatre.
Rumors: A Tribute to Fleetwood Mac. With costumes, music and vocals, six veterans of the Atlanta music scene pay tribute to the beloved pop band. December 30 and 31. Smith’s Olde Bar.
Michelle Malone. The Atlanta-based singer-songwriter performs New Year’s shows in support of her new album Stronger Than You Think. December 31 at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Eddie’s Attic.
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.
Invasion: Christmas Carol. An irreverent improv version of the Christmas classic from Dad’s Garage has 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.
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.
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.
The Nutcracker. Former Atlanta Ballet artistic director John McFall’s version of the beloved classic takes its final bow. December 28. Fox Theatre.
Holly Black, The Cruel Prince. The New York Times bestselling author discusses her latest fantasy novel about the opposition and intrigue humans face in the High Court of Faerie. January 3 at 7 p.m. Decatur Library.
All The Money in the World. Ridley Scott directs a new film based on John Pearson’s 1995 book about the heirs to the fortune of J. Paul Getty. Opens December 25. Area movie theaters.
ART + DESIGN
Robert Sagerman: Totalizations. The painter’s hypnotic, abstract canvases consist of tens of thousands of dabs of oil paint. Through December 30. Marcia Wood.
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.
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.
Jeffrey Paclipan: Puzzling World. The self-taught Atlanta-based artist uses thousands of found puzzle pieces to create textured, wave-like surfaces on canvas. Through January 13. Hathaway 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.
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.
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.