Today’s reality TV has nothing on “Ten Thousand Points of Light,” Atlanta filmmaker George King’s 1991 video about a suburban Atlanta family who annually transformed their Stone Mountain brick ranch house into a pilgrimage-worthy cacophany of Christmas lights and Elvis paraphernalia. 6:30 p.m. December 1. Poem 88.
ART & DESIGN: Crusade for Collecting Tour Kick-off. Win photographic prints by writing about your favorite piece of art on view in this outdoor event presented by Jennifer Schwartz Gallery. 1–4 p.m. November 23. High Museum of Art.
THEATER: The Santaland Diaries. Our dose of yuletide schadenfreude arrives in the form of David Sedaris’ play inspired by his job as a disgruntled Macy’s in-store elf. 8 p.m. November 23. Through December 30. Horizon Theatre.
BOOKS: Amy Pence and Laura Carter. Two Atlanta poets—the authors, respectively, of Armor, Amour and Midheaven Leo, among other works—recite their verse. 12:30–1:30 p.m. November 24. Hodgepodge Coffeehouse and Gallery.
CINEMA: Ganja and Hess and Eraserhead. A double-feature comprising David Lynch’s nightmarish 1977 monument to alienation and Bill Gunn’s 1973 film, whose alternate title is “Black Vampire”; part of “American Indies: Films from MoMA.” 7 p.m. November 24. Rich Theatre.
DANCE: Dance for Reel. A set of “dance for camera pieces,” curated by Seattle-based artist Jeff Curtis and Emory University faculty member Gregory Catellier. 7:30 p.m. November 27. Oxford Road Building.
THEATER: Paul Carter Harrison. Emory University’s Dwight Andrews engages this playwright and director in a discussion titled “What Is Black Theatre?” 7 p.m. November 29. Auburn Avenue Research Library.
BOOKS: Cherie Priest. The former Georgia author who mixed steampunk and zombies in Boneshaker returns to read from her related new novel, The Inexplicables. 7:30 p.m. November 29. Charis Books and More.
MUSIC: Emanuel Ax. Sibelius symphonies and a Brahms piano concerto get the treatment from a virtuoso of the keyboard as he performs with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; Robert Spano conducts. 8 p.m. November 29–December 1. Symphony Hall.
ART & DESIGN: Gordon Parks and Bruce Davidson. Opening receptions for exhibitions by two masters of photography; their subjects, respectively, are Jim Crow and a pair of great cities: New York and Paris. Times TBA, November 30. Jackson Fine Art.
ART & DESIGN: Brian Dettmer. This Atlanta sculptor and biblioclast discusses his solo show “Elemental,” which includes his wryly political bricolage, “Altered States”; 6:30 p.m. reception, followed by the artist talk at 7 p.m. November 29. Read our review. Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia.
MUSIC: Holidays in Dublin: Handel’s Messiah. Georgia Tech’s Chamber Choir joins forces with the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra to perform the 1742 version of a work often called the Hallelujah Chorus. 7:30 p.m. November 30. First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta.
CINEMA: Normal Love. A restored, feature-length version of Jack Smith’s mid-1960s satire of heterosexuality screens. Presented by Film Love. 8 p.m. November 30. Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.
CINEMA: Ten Thousand Points of Light. Atlantan George King’s 1991 documentary about the Townsend family Christmas light display serves as the closing-night cap to a Guy Mendes photography exhibition. 6:30 p.m. December 1. Poem 88.
MUSIC: Japandroids. These hard-playing Canadians—vocalist-guitarist Brian King and drummer-vocalist David Prowse—make a stop on their “Celebration Rock” tour. 9 p.m. December 1. Terminal West at King Plow.