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What to see, do and hear: Swan Coach House, MOCA GA, Michelle Malone, more


The beloved Atlanta blues-rocker Michelle Malone returns to her stomping grounds at Eddie’s Attic for two New Year’s Eve shows at 8 p.m. and then 10 p.m. Malone is readying a new album release for 2022 and, as The New York Times noted, she is “the kind of singer and songwriter who can jolt things into overdrive.” Tickets start at $30. Masks are required when not eating or drinking.



As part of the MOCA GA Working Artist Project, artist Kelly Taylor Brown will be on site weekly, except for calendar holidays, as she works on her new piece Brown is My Favorite Color. She writes brown “is the color of my skin, the clay of the earth, the shell of the peanut. I inherited this deep appreciation, just as I inherited a connection to The Great Dismal Swamp and its Black and Indigenous forbearers who crafted a legacy of making a way out of no way.” A virtual artist talk is scheduled for Tuesday, 7 p.m.


Are Little Things your thing? If so, check out the annual small-works exhibition at the Swan Coach House Gallery, through January 6. The group show features hundreds of artworks by 75 local artists. You’ll see paintings and drawings, sculptures, photography, mixed media and more, plus lots of items in the online shop if you prefer to visit virtually. 


When I was a Little GirlIf you haven’t seen the magnificent Really Free: The Radical Art of Nellie Mae Rowe at the High Museum of Art, run, don’t walk, because it closes January 9. A prolific, self-taught artist, Rowe created hundreds of colorful, highly complex compositions on paper. The exhibit also includes her handmade dolls and chewing gum sculptures along with scaled-down reproductions of her home on Paces Ferry Road in Vinings, where she lived until she died.  



The digital version of Terminus Modern Ballet Theatre’s terrific holiday ballet Marley Was Dead, To Begin With is available to stream through Tuesday. Based on Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol, it gives Marley top billing, not Ebenezer Scrooge, creating a mysterious, contemporary take on the story we thought we knew. $20.