Follies. The National Theatre in London broadcasts its first-ever production of Stephen Sondheim’s 1971 musical about the Ziegfield Follies dancers as they gather on the stage of the Weismann Theatre the evening before it’s to be demolished. December 10–12. Landmark Midtown Arts Cinema.
Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas. The Center for Puppetry Arts screens Jim Henson’s 1977 television special about an otter and his mother who enter a local talent contest in hopes of using the winnings for Christmas presents for each other. December 9 at 7 p.m. Center for Puppetry Arts.
Tom of Finland. A new biopic depicts the life of gay Finnish artist Touko Valio Laaksonen, better known as Tom of Finland. Opens December 8. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.
ART + DESIGN
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.
Brickworks Gallery First Anniversary Party. The new gallery just off the Atlanta BeltLine Eastside Trail celebrates its first year with a party and a show of works by Howard Kurtzman. December 9 at 5:30 p.m. Brickworks 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.
MINT Gallery’s Postcard Pin-up Show. Atlanta artists sell small, postcard-sized works at affordable prices for the holidays. December 8 and 9. Second Self Beer Company.
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. December 9–22. Poem 88.
The December Show. Whitespace presents its annual end-of-year group show of gallery artists. December 9–30. Whitespace Gallery.
Goat Farm Open Studios and Holiday Sale. Goat Farm artists and craftspeople open their studios for tours and to sell their wares. December 8 and 9. Goat Farm Arts Center.
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.
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 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.
Rickie Lee Jones. The two-time Grammy winner tours in support of her latest album, The Other Side of Desire, written and recorded in New Orleans where Jones lives not far from the street made famous by Tennessee Williams. December 10 at 8 p.m. City Winery.
Unsilent Night. Bent Frequency and Flux Projects host a participatory, strolling soundscape in which audience members are invited to play Phil Kline’s Unsilent Night on boomboxes and smartphones on a walk through the historic West End neighborhood. December 10 at 5:30 p.m. West End beginning at Monday Night Brewing Garage.
Christmas with the ASO. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus perform a concert tradition begun by beloved music director Robert Shaw, this year with special guests the Gwinnett Young Singers and the Morehouse College Glee Club. December 9 and 10. Symphony Hall.
Christmas with Atlanta Master Chorale. The choral group performs traditional Christmas hymns, songs and carols. December 9 and 10. Emory’s Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts.
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. The renowned jazz ensemble performs a holiday-themed show with special guest vocalists Catherine Russell and Kenny Washington. December 8 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.
Twinhead Theatre Holiday Sketch Show. Twinhead celebrates the holiday with sketches, carols and gags, all narrated by Werner Herzog. December 8 and 9. Village Theatre.
Shakespeare on Draught: Romeo and Juliet. Actors perform a laid-back version of Shakespeare’s classic love story in a fun, casual pub setting. December 11 at 8 p.m. Orpheus Brewing Co.
What You Didn’t Know About Me: Donny Hathaway. A new play delves into the life and tragic end of the American soul singer Donny Hathaway. December 8 and 9. South Fulton Arts Center.
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. December 8–24. 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. December 9–17. Actor’s Express.
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. 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 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 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.
The Urban Nutcracker. Atlanta’s Ballethnic company presents its version of The Nutcracker which takes place on Atlanta’s Sweet Auburn Avenue in the 1940s. December 9 and 10. Morehouse King Chapel.
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.
The Nutcracker. Former Atlanta Ballet artistic director John McFall’s version of the beloved classic takes its final bows this year. December 8–28. Fox Theatre.
Sara Camp Milam and Jerry Slater, The Southern Foodways Alliance Guide to Cocktails. In recipes, essays and photos, the authors explore the South’s long love affair with the art of mixology. December 13 at 7 p.m. Atlanta History Center.
Wiley Cash, The Last Ballad. The New York Times bestselling author of A Land More Kind Than Home and This Dark Road to Mercy presents her new novel set in the Appalachian foothills of North Carolina in 1929. December 7 at 7 p.m. Wrecking Bar.
Lit: Books, Booze and Beats. A lively new book club and reading series takes place at popular local brewery Monday Night Brewing. December 12 at 7 p.m. Monday Night Brewing Garage.