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


Maria By Callas. Tom Volf’s documentary follows the life of the opera legend through never-before-seen performances, interviews, home movies, family photographs, private letters and unpublished memoirs. Opens November 23. Midtown Art Cinema and The Springs Cinema & Taphouse.

(Courtesy of Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History)

African Americans in Times of War. The Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) in collaboration with the Friends of the Auburn Avenue Research Library host a film screening and discussion that explores the role and contributions of African Americans to the many war efforts in American history. November 24 at 1 p.m. Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History. 

Noirvember: Mildred Pierce. Founded in 2010, Noirvember is a month-long celebration of all things film noir. Based on a novel by James M. Cain, Mildred Pierce follows a single mother and the struggle of raising children on her own. Throw a murder investigation into the mix and it’s bound to be an interesting tale. November 20 at 7 p.m. Plaza Theatre. 

Classics Series: Romancing the Stone. The next screening of the classics saga at Landmark tells the tale of a romance novelist that is thrown into a real-life adventure that is anything but the fantasy she writes about. Be prepared for treasure maps, gun fire, mudslides, poisonous snakes and fortune tellers. November 20 at 7 p.m. Landmark’s Midtown Art Cinema.


SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film presents Cinematic Couture, on display through March 3. (Courtesy of SCAD FASH)

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. Opens November 20. Through March 3, 2019. SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film. 

Christmas at Callanwolde Designer Showhouse. Visitors of all ages are invited to tour the 27,000-square-foot historic mansion elaborately decorated by Atlanta’s top interior and floral designers, as well as professional holiday displays, an expansive artists’ market and other activities. Opens November 23. Through December 9. Callanwolde Fine Arts Center. 


Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theatre: The Nutcracker. New costumes, new choreography and more than 150 local students bring this classic to life. The company will host a special free preview showing for local families of children with special needs and foster care families. November 23–25. Jennie T. Anderson Theatre.

Northeast Atlanta Ballet: The Nutcracker takes the stage of Infinite Energy Center November 23–25. (Courtesy of Northeast Atlanta Ballet)

Northeast Atlanta Ballet: The Nutcracker. Guests are invited to follow Clara and her Nutcracker prince as they set out to battle the mouse king and travel through the Land of the Snowflakes and Kingdom of the Sweets. The production features the familiar classical music of Tchaikovsky, costume designs by Barbara Mock and MJ Designs and scenery created by Jolen Bain. November 23–25. Infinite Energy Center. 


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. Opens November 23 at 8 p.m. Through December 29. Dad’s Garage Theatre Company. 


Artist Talk: Tom Clavin on Valley Forge. Co-author of the New York Times bestselling The Heart of Everything That Is discusses his latest book, Valley Forge. November 20 at 7:15 p.m. Decatur Library (downstairs). 

Collin Kelley and Katie Farris: Midnight in a Perfect World. The author, Kelley, debuts his latest book of poetry and a co-reading with Farris. November 20 at 7:30 p.m. Charis Books & More.

Family + Festivals

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. Opens November 23 at 11 a.m. Through December 23. Atlantic Station. 

Artist-Made Gifts. The largest gallery in Atlanta debuts a holiday art fair to shop for the gift that keeps on giving. Available for purchase are prints, original works, handmade quilts, cookware, jewelry, decorative objects and more. November 23–25. Mason Fine Art. 


Love Actually in Concert with ASO will be performed November 23–24 at 8 p.m. at the Atlanta Symphony Hall. (Courtesy of ASO)

Love Actually in Concert with ASO. The romantic comedy that explores the rollercoaster ride that is a romantic relationship during the holidays will be screened while the ASO performs the film score. November 23–24 at 8 p.m. Atlanta Symphony Hall. 

David Lowery: Songs of Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven. The guitarist, vocalist and songwriter who founded the alt-rock band Camper Van Beethoven and cofounded the band Cracker takes the stage for a solo performance. November 23 at 7 p.m. Eddie’s Attic. 

A Gospel According to Jazz. GRAMMY award-winning saxophonist Kirk Whalum kicks off his 7th-annual Christmas concert tour in ATL with special guests. November 24 at 7 p.m. Center Stage Theater. 


The cult classic comes to life every Friday at midnight. (Courtesy of Plaza Theatre)

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.

Vernacular Modernism: The Photography of Doris Ulmann. The first complete retrospective of the work of photographer Doris Ulmann, including her early pictorialist photographs, her studio portrait production, her focus on the rural craftsmen and women of Appalachia, and her work on the African American and Gullah communities of coastal South Carolina and Georgia. Through November 25. Georgia Museum of Art, Athens.

The latest exhibition at the Hammonds House features decades of work by Tim Fielder that explores visual directives in the “Age of Afrofuturism.” (Courtesy of Hammonds House Museum)

Black Metropolis. The latest exhibition features decades of work by Tim Fielder that explores visual directives in the “Age of Afrofuturism.” Obviously ideas of afrofuturism will be on display, but not-so-obviously “comics, music, animation, decapitated chickens, heroes, villains, and negroes” will also be part of the mix. Through November 25. Hammonds House Museum.

Chimera: Andy Warhol through the 1980s. A new exhibition curated by Carlos Museum’s curator of works on paper Andi McKenzie shows Polaroids, silver gelatin prints and screenprints from the museum’s collection. Through November 25. Carlos Museum.

Picturing Justice. As part of Atlanta Celebrates Photography, Atlanta Legal Aid Society hosts an exhibition of photographs reflecting on themes of social justice, featuring work by Dustin Chambers, Daniel Edwards, Melissa Golden, Andrew Lichtenstein, Robin Rayne and Beate Sass. Through November 30. Atlanta Legal Aid Society.

Ghada Amer: The Breakthrough. Georgia State University shows an exhibition by the Cairo-born, New York-based artist, who creates work that deals with social issues, female identity and Islamic culture. Through December 3. GSU’s Welch School Galleries.

Music to My Eyes. Photography by Al Clayton, Arnold Newman, Herb Greene, Herb Snitzer and Tim Barnwell will be on display. The works contain portraits of musicians across the spectrum — from Johnny Cash to Janis Joplin. Through December 7. Lumiere Gallery. 

Transformers. A new exhibition curated by Dorothy Moye shows work by artists who transform everyday objects and ordinary materials in their work: Temme Barkin-Leeds, Chakaia Booker, Sonya Clark, Elyse Defoor, Bryant Holsenbeck, Jess Jones, Susan Lenz, Eddy Lopez, Pam Longobardi, Amy Orr, Joe Peragine, Karen Searles, Gregor Turk, Naomi Wanjiku Gakunga and John Westmark. Through December 8. Dalton Gallery.

Zanele Muholi: Somnyama Ngonyama, Hail the Dark Lioness. Spelman Museum presents the U.S. premiere of an acclaimed exhibition featuring more than 70 photographs by South African artist Zanele Muholi. Through December 8. Spelman College Museum of Fine Art.

When East Meets West: Three Centuries of Artistic Discourse. A new exhibition considers the cross cultural influences between Japanese and Western artists between the late 17th and late 19th centuries. Through December 9. Oglethorpe University Museum of Art.

Knead. Written and performed by Mary Lynn Owen, the show presents a woman’s bread-baking experience that leads to an unpredictable experience. Ingredients of time and memory interfere, and everything is pulled into question. Through December 9. Alliance 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 unveils this Friday. Through December 16. Notch8 Gallery.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

¡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. 

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.

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.

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. 

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)

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, 2019. High Museum of Art. 

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