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Kit Modus dancers Porter Grubbs and Stephanie Hall in 2019; the troupe will revisit and expand a piece that debuted that year. (Photo by Daley Kappenman)

What to do, see and hear: KAWS PRINTS, Kit Modus, holiday offerings and more

ART+DESIGN

Mason Fine Art has an interesting group show happening at its Miami Circle gallery. It includes work by photographers Vivian Maier and, most notably, P.H. Polk. His black and white portraits are not only technically superb, but feature his strong, thoughtful subjects in almost painterly settings. No surprise: The Alabama-born Polk originally wanted to paint like Van Gogh or Rembrandt. Through December 31.

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Remember rock-paper-scissors? Next time you walk by the intersection of 10th and Peachtree in Midtown, or stop at that traffic light, you’ll get a very big reminder of this fun childhood game. It’s a new sculpture, Conversation Peace, created by artist Kevin Box, in the spot where that up-ended white car sculpture (officially Autoeater) used to be. And we’ll bet you didn’t know that rock-paper-scissors is believed to have originated in Asia in 200 B.C. Oh, you did? 

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High Museum KAW PRINTSThe High Museum of Art’s latest show, KAWS PRINTS, is full of fun and color. Opening Friday, it features the editioned silkscreen prints and other works by KAWS (Brian Donnelly). Since his solo show at the High in 2012, KAWS has exhibited from Europe to Asia to the Middle East. His work unites the worlds of design, popular culture and fine art and this comprehensive exhibition features nearly his entire output of editioned prints. All of them are in the museum’s holdings. 

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DANCE

Founded by Morehouse graduate N.K. Condua in 2019, The Adinkra Project uses oral tradition and creative movement to tell stories of people within the African diaspora. The company’s works also address social justice issues. On Saturday, Adinkra presents Jubilee [Reimagined], an evening of new and familiar works such as Jubilee, Caged Bird and Giovanni. The Windmill Arts Center, East Point. $30. No Covid protocols are listed.

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On Thursday and Friday, the Callanwolde-based contemporary dance company Kit Modus will perform an expanded version of Figment, a work that debuted in 2019. Choreographed by company director and founder Jillian Mitchell, Figment explores the mystery of the creative process through the perspectives of dancer, choreographer and musician. It’s set to Philip G Anderson’s hypnotic score for piano and strings, which Anderson and other musicians will perform live at 7:30 p.m. in the Callanwolde Fine Arts Center outdoor auditorium. $25. Masks are required when walking to and from seating. If the production has to move indoors, masks will be required at all times. 

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THEATER

What do Mr. T, Elmo, Martha Stewart and Jesus have in common? They’ve all made appearances alongside Scrooge in Invasion: Christmas Carol. This annual improvised comedic roasting of the Dickens holiday chestnut has returned to the Dad’s Garage stage for the first time in two years due to Covid. It’s a new show every evening of on-the-fly havoc colliding into scripted theater. Through December 29. Masks and proof of vaccination or negative test within 48 hours required.

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Due to the pandemic, Dominion Entertainment Group presented Black Nativity: A Gospel Music Christmas Experience last year in a pre-recorded version from Elizabeth Baptist Church. That was all well and good, but let’s face it: This is a spirit-rousing production meant to be experienced with people, people! So the beloved Langston Hughes-penned retelling of the baby-in-a-manger Christmas story, which incorporates gospel music and dance, returns for live performances at Georgia Tech’s Ferst Center for the Arts starting Thursday, through December 19. No Covid protocols; masks are suggested.

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For something completely different from holiday fare, consider the production Moving Earthsdescribed as being “between philosophy and theater.” Exploring perceptions of the planet from Galileo to today, the 7 p.m. Friday performance at Georgia Tech’s DramaTech theater is part of the Franco-German series “Climate Crisis & Contemporary Culture” and involves a trio of French collaborators: actor Duncan Evennou; sociologist, anthropologist and science philosopher Bruno Latour; and theater director Frederique Ait-Touati. $15. Click HERE for more information on this and other events in the series organized by the French Alliance, Goethe Zentrum and Villa Albertine along with Georgia Tech’s School of Modern Languages. No Covid protocols; masks are suggested.

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MUSIC

The sacred candlelit service “A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” returns to Glenn Auditorium December 3 at 8 p.m. and December 4 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Started in 1935, the annual concert features classic Christmas choral music performed by members of the Emory University Chorus and Concert Choir. Tickets are $20. All guests must show proof of vaccination or a recent negative Covid test. Masks are required.

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Rachelle McCabePianist Rachelle McCabe performs the music of Bach, Chopin, Debussy and Sibelius Friday at noon in Ackerman Hall at the Carlos Museum. The performance, part of the Cooke Noontime Concert series sponsored by the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta, is free. Seating is limited and registration is required. Masks are required.

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