Here’s an antidote to all that holiday cheer. “Black Glass”, PushPush Theater‘s daringly experimental new show, offers a mind-bending and, says our critic Andrew Alexander, “a darkly compelling meditation on the human cost of corporate greed.” 8 p.m. December 20–22 at Goat Farm Arts Center.
BOOKS: Hemingway in the Veneto. Last chance; photos of Papa (excerpted from a volume published in Italian) during his time as a resident of Venice. 8 a.m.–6 p.m. December 20. Second Floor, Georgia State University Library South.
ART + DESIGN: Mary Engel. This self-titled show enlarges the sculptor’s menagerie of object-encrusted creatures and introduces a sense of playful interaction to her work. Through January 26. Marcia Wood Gallery.
THEATER: Madeline’s Christmas. Spring Mason directs this musical for youngsters, which adapts the enduring Ludwig Bemelmans picture book of the same title. Through December 30. Horizon Theatre.
ART + DESIGN: AZF Zine Calendar Release. Contributors of art to this 18-month calendar include Edie Gonzalez and Nikita Gale; with DJ/video installation by Elise + Diego. 7–10 p.m. December 20. Hodgepodge Coffee House and Gallery.
MUSIC: Celtic Woman. The Irish ensemble performs with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra under the baton of guest conductor John Page. 8 p.m. December 20. Symphony Hall.
THEATER: Invasion: Christmas Carol. Audience members choose what unlikely entity (Honey Boo Boo? A purple people eater?) is to improvisationally encroach upon each evening’s production of the Dickens classic. Through December 23. Dad’s Garage.
CINEMA: Any Day Now. Alan Cumming won a best actor prize from the Seattle International Film Festival for his portrayal of a drag queen named Rudy, who seeks to adopt the neglected teen next door. Through December 27. Midtown Art Cinema.
THE ARTS: ’Til the End of Krog. Brian Bannon and Bill Taft end their monthly Krog Tunnel centenary celebrations in Cabbagetown with one devoted to apocalyptic themes. 8:30–10 p.m. December 21. Krog Street at Wylie Street.
MUSIC: Invent Room Pop. This monthly showcase brings together six musicians and combines them at random in twos and threes over the course of the evening; presented by Eyedrum (on whose executive board I serve, please note). 9 p.m. December 21. Beep Beep Gallery.
MUSIC: Know Your Rights. The four-member British alt-rock band plays a tribute to Joe Strummer on the 10th anniversary of this Clash co-founder’s death; with a screening of the documentary “The Future Is Unwritten” and reggae classics from DJ Sars. 8 p.m. December 22. The EARL.
ART + DESIGN: ‘For I Am the Black Jaguar’: Shamanic Visionary Experience in Ancient American Art. Two more weeks. These objects from the permanent collection reveal how — and how well — ancient cultures translated “vivid, fluid inner experience into the motionless sculptural or pictorial form” according to our review. Through January 5, 2013. Carlos Museum.
ART + DESIGN: Christmas Eve at the High. Help the High Museum unwrap its gift to Atlantans — free admission — a day early. 10 a.m.–4 p.m. December 24.