The Atlanta Botanical Garden is once again hosting “Garden Lights, Holiday Nights.” Beginning Saturday, the night-time spectacular – one million lights strong – will feature dramatic displays throughout the campus, from the Van Gogh-inspired “Starry Night Walk” to a topiary light show choreographed to holiday music. 5 – 10 p.m. November 17 – January 5. Atlanta Botanical Garden.
ART & DESIGN: Kin. A group show of works by artists related to one another by blood or marriage. Through November 24. Beep Beep Gallery.
ART & DESIGN: Off-the-Wall Pin Up Show + Sale. Members may attend this annual art party, use push pins to affix their art to the museum’s walls and bid on similarly posted work. 6–9 p.m. November 15. Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia.
DANCE: What’s Under There. Using the Laurel Nakadate exhibition as a performance space, members of Zoetic Dance Ensemble explore “constructions of femininity”; discussion follows. 6:30–8 p.m. November 15. Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.
DANCE: Fat Boy. Artist Teo Castellanos takes the role of narrator in this often abstract, “forward-thinking theatrical piece that we see all too rarely in Atlanta” (according to our review). 8 p.m. November 15. Through November 18. 7 Stages.
DANCE: Vault. The Emory Dance Company’s fall concert. 8 p.m. November 15–17 and 2 p.m. November 17. Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.
CINEMA: Design & Thinking. A screening of this documentary, followed by a panel discussion including one of the film’s interviewees, Coca-Cola design head Vince Voron. 5:30–8;30 p.m. Georgia Tech Architecture Building.
THEATER: Tracy Tedesco. Known as “the Cougar Comedian,” this Connecticut-based performer’s specialty is socially observed humor; with headliner Karen Mills and Debra Cole. 7:15 and 9:15 p.m. November 16–17. Aurora Theatre.
CINEMA: Psycho. Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 adaptation of a Robert Bloch novel still thrills like nothing else; with Anthony Perkins and Vera Miles. 8 p.m. November 16. Strand Theatre.
MUSIC: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet. The noted French pianist performs works by Beethoven and Debussy. 3 p.m. November 17 (change to a previously announced time). Spivey Hall.
MUSIC: Dirty Dozen Brass Band. This funk-inflected and dance-infectious New Orleans ensemble makes one its regular Atlanta stops; with Deep Blue Sun. 8 p.m. November 17. Smith’s Olde Bar.
THEATER: The Mountaintop. Playwright Katori Hall (no relation) imagines a hotel-room encounter between the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. and a maid on the eve of his assassination; this matinee includes a post-show discussion with the cast. Read our preview. 2:30 p.m. November 18. Through December 16. Southwest Arts Center.
ART & DESIGN: Dion Neutra. Scion of a famed architecture family is to discuss the legacy of his father, Richard Neutra; part of the Design Conversations series. 6 p.m. November 19. Museum of Design Atlanta.
BOOKS: Anne Lamott. An author known for her personal and perspicacious writings about faith appears in connection with her new book, Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers. 7 p.m. November 19. Presented by Georgia Center for the Book. First Baptist Church, Decatur.
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.