Your Guide To The Arts In Atlanta

ArtsATL calendar editor Lauren Leathers’ weekly roundup of arts events happening around the city.


The Vulgar History of Atlanta. A voyage into understanding the creation and formation of the place we call home. Topics include Terminus, the first local tavern and Marta. December 13 and December 20. Village Theatre. 

Mark Kendall: Cool, Cool, Cool. An experimental comedy show presented by long-form improv duo The Bilgrones Effect. December 15 at 10 p.m. Village Theatre. 


Vivian Maier: The Color Work exhibition opens December 13. (Courtesy of Vivian Maier, 1966)

Vivian Maier: The Color Work. An exhibition that coincides with Vivian Maier’s publication, The Color Work. More than 30 color images from the John Maloof Collection that explore Maier’s 35mm photos are available in the gallery. Opening reception December 13 at 6 p.m. Lumiere Gallery. 

Crystal Desai: Small Enough to Hold. MINT Leap Year artist Crystal Desai shows new work touching on themes of mental illness, ancestral wounds and environmental damage. Through January 12. MINT Gallery.

Winter Bloom. Carolyn Carr, Christina Graham and Adrienne Elise Tarver show new work alongside a project by ZAPAH Lab. Opening reception on December 14 at 7 p.m. Exhibition through January 19. Camayuhs.

The Art Dr. Seuss Collection. Fine art prints and sculptures of unseen drawings and paintings reproduced by Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, will be on display. December 14–16. Ann Jackson Gallery.


Behind the Lens: Kusama Films. The High Museum of Art in collaboration with Film Love debuts the first of its new monthly film series of film screenings. This month’s film captures Yayoi Kusama’s iconic 1960s performances with a more recent film of Kusama singing, performing and reciting poems. December 13 at 7 p.m. High Museum, Hill Auditorium. 

(Courtesy of Center for Puppetry Arts)

The Muppet Christmas Carol. A film screening of the classic tale that follows a troupe of puppet friends within the Christmas Carol story line. December 15 at 7 p.m. Center for Puppetry Arts. 

Brazil. The historic Plaza Theatre screens the 1985 dystopian classic by filmmaker Terry Gilliam. December 14. Plaza Theatre.


Atlanta Women’s Chorus: Holidays Together. AWC fills the air with chorale sweetness in the form of holiday tunes. Special guests include Ford Elementary School children’s chorus and the Atlanta Music Project. December 13 at 7:30 p.m. and December 16 at 3 p.m. Grace United Methodist Church.

La Traviata. The Metropolitan Opera broadcasts its acclaimed new production of Verdi’s classic opera featuring Diana Damrau and Juan Diego Flórez to movie theaters around the world. December 15 at 12:55 p.m. Area cinemas.

Christmas with Atlanta Master Chorale. The group serenades audience members with a roundup of both old and new Christmas tunes. December 10 at 8 p.m. and December 11 at 4 p.m. Emory University’s Schwartz Center. 


Sheila Pree Bright: #1960Now. The author signs copies of her latest book, which sheds light on the parallels between the 1960s Civil Rights Movement and the Black Lives Matter movement of today. December 12 at 6:30 p.m. MOCA GA. 


The Celtic Company takes the stage December 15 and December 16 for Celtic Christmas at the Rialto Center for the Arts. (Courtesy The Celtic Company)

The Celtic Company: Celtic Christmas. The holiday-themed performance celebrates more than 27 years of Irish, Scottish, Welsh and Appalachian music, dance and poetry. December 15 at 8 p.m. and December 16 at 3 p.m. Rialto Center for the Arts.


Sparkle Sandy Springs. The second-annual month-long holiday light and art display welcomes guests to walk through a wonderland of festive six-foot-tall wooden houses painted by local artists and organizations. Additional activities include a Christmas tree and Menorah lighting, a visit from the Coca-Cola Polar Bear and entertainment by School of Rock Atlanta. Through December 31. City Green at City Springs. 

Atlanta Christkindl Market runs through December 23. (Courtesy of Atlanta Christkindl Market)

The Atlanta Christkindl Market. The month-long holiday event, organized by the German American Cultural Foundation, provides a variety of traditional German products, craftsmanship, seasonal gastronomic specialties and gourmet street food. Through December 23. Atlantic Station. 


Rocky Horror Picture Show. The cult classic comes to life. Our protagonists are stuck with a flat tire during a storm that leads to a series of misfortunate events. Every Friday at midnight. Plaza Theatre.

Earthflight. A 3D nature documentary uses state-of-the-art aerial techniques and cameras to document different species of birds on their seasonal journeys. Through December 13. Fernbank Museum.

Waits To Be Born part two is on display at Notch8 Gallery through December 16. (Courtesy of artist, Sanithna Phansavanh)

Sanithna Phansavanh: A ghost within me, waits to be born. The second exhibition of the back-to-back solo shows by the imitable painter. Through December 16. Notch8 Gallery.

A 1940s Radio Christmas Carol. Set on Christmas Eve in 1943, the show presents a contemporary take on Charles Dickens’ classic tale, A Christmas Carol. The radio show provides a comic amount of mishaps and unexpected turns, whether it be a hard-boiled detective or a Hilteresque villain named Rudolf. Through December 16. Act3 Productions. 

A Nice Family Christmas. A young newspaper reporter on the brink of being fired has been assigned a last-chance story about a typical family Christmas — his family’s Christmas. Once the family learns that he’s writing on all of their personal information, things heat up in the best and worst way. Through December 16. Stage Door Players. 

Elf the Musical. The classic comedy brings Buddy the Elf’s adventure from the North pole into the city to life on stage. Through December 16. City Springs Theatre Company. 

Class Pictures. Teresa Bramlette Reeves curates six figurative works from the Zuckerman’s permanent collection paired with the work of five contemporary artists: Melissa Basham, Paul Stephen Benjamin, Aubrey Longley-Cook, Yanique Norman and Don Robson. Through December 21. Zuckerman Museum of Art.

Epic Designs: Tadao Ando & Le Corbusier. Photographer Richard Pare highlights the works of modernist architects Tadeo Ando and Le Corbusier from two recently released books. Through December 21. Lumiere Gallery.

Figure Forward. Sarah Higgins curates three Atlanta-based artists who interrogate the nature of portraiture and identity: Jill Frank, Jamie Bull and William Downs. Through December 21. Zuckerman Museum of Art.

The Ethel Merman Disco Christmas Spectacular. The show transports audiences into what Merman’s unaired 1979 Christmas television special would be like. Through December 22. Out Front Theatre Company. 

Meghann Riepenhoff’s and Abelardo Morell’s exhibitions run through December 22. (Courtesy of Jackson Fine Art)

Meghann Riepenhoff and Abelardo Morell. Jackson Fine Art opens two concurrent solo shows of new work by the acclaimed contemporary photographers. Through December 22. Jackson Fine Art.

This Is Our Youth. A living snapshot of the most awkward time in life: the moment between adolescence and adulthood. Through December 22. Pinch ‘N’ Ouch Theatre.

A Christmas Carol. Anthony Rodriguez guides audience members through the traditional tale of Mr. Scrooge and the troop of Dickens’ characters in a one-man presentation of A Christmas Carol with a twist. Through December 22. Aurora Theatre. 

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. For more than 20 years, the Shakespeare Tavern has presented its own adaptation of the classic tale of Scrooge’s experience with three ghosts. Through December 23. Shakespeare Tavern.

Christmas Canteen. The show returns to the stage for a 23rd year with all the songs, comic sketches, trips down memory lane and a sprinkle of Christmas magic that it’s always harnessed. Through December 23. Aurora Theatre. 

A Christmas Carol. Charles Dickens’ classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future comes to life on stage. Through December 24. Alliance Theatre. 

A Christmas Carol: Marietta. The oh, so popular show takes action once again. Starring Palmer Williams Jr. as Scrooge, the story follows the transformation of a grumpy old man to a kinder, wiser soul. Through December 24.  Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square. 

Atlanta Ballet: The Nutcracker. The first new production of the timeless classic, The Nutcracker, in 20 years welcomes the magic it’s always possessed with the latest performance. Through December 24. Fox Theatre.

Invasion Christmas Carol. The ensemble at Dad’s Garage will skewer the quintessential Christmas play — A Christmas Carol. You’ll see your favorite characters alongside surprise guests including Mrs. Clause, Colonel Sanders and a T-Rex to create a unique holiday experience. Through December 29. Dad’s Garage Theatre Company. 

Madeline’s Christmas. Ludwig Bemelmans’ classic tale of Madeline and her friends comes to life with more than 24 actors from the Atlanta Children’s Theatre Company. Through December 30. Horizon Theatre Company. 

Waffle Palace Christmas. Yes, this is real. Waffle House Southern humor takes the stage — inspired by true events, served up over easy and just in time for Christmas. Through December 30. Horizon Theatre. 

Waffle Palace provides scattered, smothered and covered Southern humor through December 30 at Horizon Theatre. (Courtesy of Greg Mooney)

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. The holiday cult classic hits the stage to follow the story of a rejected reindeer, a wannabe dentist and other misfits that come together. Through December 30. Center for Puppetry Arts.

A Year with Frog and Toad. A show based on the books by Arnold Lobel, two friends of different personalities come together on stage to prove friendship endures all. Through December 30. Synchronicity Theatre.

¡NUEVOlution! Latinos and the New South. An exhibition considers the contributions and history of Latinos in the South. Through December 31. Atlanta History Center.

Little Things. The annual exhibition welcomes more than 100 local artists across all mediums to display works available for purchase. Artists include Lisa Alembik, Liz Anderson, Steven Anderson, Linda Armstrong, Maria Artemis, Rose M Barron and many, many more. Through January 4. Swan Coach House Gallery. 

Student Prize 2018. A juried group exhibition supporting the work of student photographic artists in Georgia. Through January 5. The Atlanta Photography Group.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. A new exhibition allows kids to play, sing, explore and pretend in some familiar places from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Through January 6. Children’s Museum.

Masters in Print: Faith Ringgold & David C. Driskell w/Master Printer Curlee Raven Holton. Raven Fine Art Editions has teamed up with September Gray Fine Art Gallery to present a collaboration of three talented creatives. Through January 10. September Gray Fine Art Gallery

Treasures of the Frederic Remington Art Museum & Beyond. A new exhibition brings together more than 60 works spanning Remington’s career across various media including bronze sculpture, paintings, illustrations, watercolors and writing. Through January 13. Booth Museum.

Ted Kincaid: Even If I Lose Everything. The Texas-based artist has spent the past 30 years using the medium and history of photography to subvert systematically the notion of an objective photographic record. The exhibition focuses on his digital dissections of skyscapes from his own photographs, as well as skies from the paintings of historical artists. Through January 13. Georgia Museum of Art, Boone and Georgi-Ann Knox Gallery II.

Design for Good. Architect and author John Cary curates an exhibition showcasing the work of designers who create buildings with and for the people who use them. Through January 20. Museum of Design Atlanta.

Michi Meko: It Doesn’t Prepare You for Arrival. An exhibition that seeks silence and the comfort of solitude but brings attention to the countless reasons black people feel unwelcome in natural outdoor spaces. Through January 26. Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia. 

Marc-Antoine Coulon: Unapologetic Lines. SCAD FASH presents the first museum show of the acclaimed French fashion illustrator. Through January 27. SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion and Film.

Beautiful features photography by Elizabeth Jones and paintings by artist Craig Hawkins. (Courtesy of Still Point Gallery)

Elizabeth Jones and Craig Hawkins: Beautiful. Featuring photography and paintings, the exhibition allows viewers to bear witness to remarkable beauty in the face of suffering and raises global awareness of burn victims in India. Through February. Still Point.

Building Emory’s African American Collections: Highlights from the Curatorial Career of Randall K. Burkett. A new exhibition shows acquisitions from throughout the more than two-decade career of Randall K. Burkett, Emory’s first curator for African American collections. Through February 3. Woodruff Library, Emory University.

Richard Hunt: Synthesis. The exhibition focuses on formative periods in the career of the African American sculptor. More than 130 public commissions in more than 24 states have made him a legendary figure in modern and contemporary sculpture. Through February 3. Georgia Museum of Art, Athens.

One Heart, One Way: The Journey of a Princely Art Collection. An exhibition shows the storied collection of fine and decorative arts dating from ca. 1660 to 1952 belonging to the family of the Russian Princes Belosselsky-Belozersky. Through February 10. Georgia Museum of Art, Athens.

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors. Organized by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the show that’s been taking ATL by a storm is finally on display. Visitors are taken across six decades of Kusama’s, the 89-year-old Tokyo-based artist, creative output and will explore the development of six kaleidoscopic environments as well as sculptures, paintings, works on paper, film excerpts, archival ephemera and additional large-scale installations. Through February 17. High Museum of Art. 

SCAD FASH: Cinematic Couture. The exhibition presents more than 50 costumes that focus on the art of costume design through the lens of film and popular culture. Films represented in the exhibition depict five centuries of history, drama, comedy, fairy tale and adventure through period costumes worn by well-known film stars. Through March 3. SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film. 

William Christenberry: Time & Texture. The exhibition includes more than 100 photographs by Christenberry that span over four decades beginning in the 1960s — including photographs of vernacular architecture and rural landscape of central Alabama on an annual basis, creating a prolonged study of place and the passing of time. Through April 14. High Museum of Art. 

Barbecue Nation. In celebration of National Barbecue Month, an exhibition explores barbecue’s enduring place at the American table. Through September 29. Atlanta History Center.

Out of the Darkness: Light in the Depths of the Sea of Cortez. Artist Rebecca Rutstein uses UGA marine sciences professor Samantha Joye’s research to create an interactive sculptural installation and several large paintings. Through October 27. Georgia Museum of Art, Athens.

Time & Texture on view at the High Museum of Art (Courtesy of William Christenberry)

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