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With its newest exhibition, Picturing the South: 25 Years, (above) the High Museum of Art commemorates the 25th anniversary of the museum’s renowned “Picturing the South” series, which commissions photographers to create new bodies of work inspired by the American South for its collection. The show brings together for the first time nearly 200 works from all the past commissions and includes work by Sally Mann, Richard Misrach and Dawoud Bey, as well as new work by the latest photographers commissioned for the series: An-My Lê, Jim Goldberg and Atlanta-based Sheila Pree Bright. $16.50.

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The Marietta Cobb Art Museum presents an artist talk by award-winning photographer and humanitarian Randy Bacon, whose exhibit The Road I Call Home: Portraits and Stories of the Homeless is on display through December 19. His work tells the stories of an often-forgotten population through a lens of compassion and love, embracing them as fellow travelers on the journey of life. Bacon will also be signing copies of his book, available for purchase at the museum. Saturday, 4-6 p.m. Free.

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MUSIC

Ten rising songwriters will showcase their work at the Writer’s Block concert at Eddie’s Attic Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Writer’s Block was founded in 2017 in Los Angeles by the In Flight Music Group, and hosts similar showcases in New York City and Nashville. The aspiring songwriters and performers hope to catch the ear of record labels, song publishers and the audience. Masks are required when not eating or drinking. $15.

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Atlanta Chamber Players

The Atlanta Chamber Players (above) kicks off its 46th season, and a return to in-person concerts, Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta with the world premiere of the Covid-inspired “Notes From Inside” by Benjamin Krause, the winner of the 2021 Rapido! national composition contest. The program will also feature works by living American composers, including Jessie Montgomery, Kenji Bunch and Jennifer Higdon. The 4 p.m. concert will also be live-streamed. For in-person audience members, masks are required. $25.

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BOOKS

The Red Clay Writer’s Conference returns this weekend with a virtual event that focuses on the art and craft of writing. The event includes a roundtable discussion on arts journalism that includes ArtsATL Editor-at-Large Kelundra Smith and ArtsATL writer Beth Ward. Other workshops will be led by Laekan Zea Kemp, Jakob Guanzon and Oritte Bendory. The keynote will be delivered by Anna Qu, author of Made In China: A Memoir of Love and Labor. The event on Saturday and Sunday is hosted by the Georgia Writers Association. Tickets start at $80.

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DANCE

On Friday at 7:30 p.m. T.Lang Dance / BLACK ENDURANCE Community Engagement Programming presents Black Dance Cypher  hosted by Juel D. Lane, Lonnie Davis and T. Lang at The Movement Lab ATL, now located in Studio B1NW at the Goat Farm Arts Center. The Community Programming’s mission is to provide meaningful opportunities for artistic expression, collaboration, innovation and equality, and to magnify the unique talents and inventive performance styles offered by Black women and their allies in and around Atlanta. Free.

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Full Radius Dance

The physically integrated company Full Radius Dance presents Up Close & Personal, an evening of original works outdoors in the Atlanta Contemporary pavilion. The six dancers, three of them wheelchair users, will perform intimate solos, duets and trios and one group work choreographed by founder Douglas Scott and the dancers themselves. Activists as well as artists, the dancers challenge the idea of what dance is and who can perform it. In case of rain, the performance will take place inside the Contemporary. Masks are required inside the building, optional outside. Free. Performances 7-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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THEATER

It’s already beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Alliance Theatre, but there will be much new about A Christmas Carol. With previews starting Friday, the staging directed by Leora Morris will feature a new adaptation by David H. Bell, new costumes and a reconceived set by Tony Award-winner Todd Rosenthal. Atlanta actor Andrew Benator, who has portrayed Jacob Marley, takes a star turn as Ebenezer Scrooge. Through December 24. Masks required, as is proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test for audience members 12 and older.

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We might need Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson to not only figure out who killed Sir Charles Baskerville but how five actors are going to play 40 parts in Ken Ludwig’s Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes MysteryOpening Wednesday at Theatrical Outfit, the fast-paced mystery-comedy will feature veteran local actors Lala Cochran, Robin Bloodworth and Gina Rickicki, joined by Atlanta newbies John Keabler and Katie Tkel. Through December 19. Masks required, as is proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test 48 hours prior to entry for audience members 12 and older.

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Georgia Ensemble Theatre has returned to the stage at Roswell Cultural Arts Center for its first show since March 2020 with Ain’t Misbehavin, the Fats Waller musical. In the playbill, Artistic Director Anita Farley says she hopes audiences will recognize in Waller’s music “the heart of this man who was in search of love, had great highs and lows, a playful side, a serious side, a longing to be the best he could be.” Through November 21. Masks required, as is proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test within 72 hours of the performance (or from a rapid antigen test taken within six hours of showtime).

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