Even though we know that Atlanta was a battlefield during the Civil War, the Atlanta History Center’s “War in Our Back Yards” — an exhibition of photos, maps, ephemera, weapons and more — hits home, quite literally. This land in this photo, for instance, is the site of Bag and Cotton Mills in Cabbagetown. Cap a day at the museum with the film “Lincoln”. 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Through December 31. Atlanta History Center.
MUSIC: Emanuel Ax. The keyboard virtuoso makes four appearances with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra personnel: with an ASO string foursome he performs Brahms’ piano quintet, 6:45 p.m. November 29; with the full orchestra he tackles Sibelius symphonies and a Brahms piano concerto, 8 p.m. November 29–December 1. Symphony Hall.
ART + DESIGN: Why Art Galleries Matter. A panel discussion with curator Amy Mackie, dealers Anna Walker Skillman (Jackson Fine Art) and Brian Holcombe (Saltworks), and collector Baxter P. Jones. 6:30–8 p.m. November 29. Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.
BOOKS: Kevin Phillips. This seasoned political commentator turns his attention to the Revolutionary War and its lead-up; he reads from his new nonfiction work, 1775, and signs books afterward. 7 p.m. November 30. Carter Presidential Library.
MUSIC: Carolina Chocolate Drops. As part of its “Leaving Eden” tour, this Grammy-winning threesome rings its trademark changes on Southern black music of the 1920s and ’30s. With the Two Man Gentlemen Band. 8:30 p.m. November 30. Variety Playhouse.
ART + DESIGN: Ayokunle Odeleye: Thirty-Two Years of Public Art. A retrospective exhibition of models, drawings and photographs documenting works by this Atlanta-area sculptor and educator. 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Through January 12. Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia.
DANCE: Generators. George Staib and Zoe Scofield discuss “forging materials for dance”; part of Tanz Farm’s second series, “Winter.” 7–8 p.m. December 4. Goat Farm Arts Center.
THEATER: Story of God. Irreverent long-form comedy that that looks askew at several familiar Biblical stories (including Job as a marijuana fan); not for youngsters. 7:30 p.m. December 4. Through December 15. New American Shakespeare Tavern.
CINEMA: The Host. Somehow, Korea’s top-grossing film is both a terrifying monster movie and a screwball comedy; directed by Joon-ho Bong. 7:30 p.m. December 5. Room 208, White Hall.
BOOKS: Louis Sachar. An appearance by the author of the Newbery-winning novel Holes as part of the 2012 On the Same Page program; presented by Little Shop of Stories. 7 p.m. December 7. Presser Hall.
THEATER: The Play of Herod. Atlanta Camerata Theater presents this traditional take on the birth of Jesus and on reaction to it in the court of King Herod. 8:30 p.m. December 7–8. St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church.
THEATER: Theory of Everything. A new production of this 90-minute set of short plays, whose roster is determined nightly through audience votes; presented by the Collective Project (“The Red Herring”). 8 p.m. December 8. Through December 22. Goat Farm Arts Center.
ART + DESIGN: Baptism by Fire. This show of collaborative material by Michi Meko and John Tindel consists of new paintings, sculpture and works on paper. 11 a.m.–6 p.m. Through January 5. Barbara Archer Gallery.