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Attend: We help you plan your week, December 6-15

Divas Flattened

The W Atlanta-Midtown will spread holiday cheer on Saturday with an omnibus of arts experiences. Talk photography with dealer Jennifer Schwartz, who will park the 1977 VW bus of her “Crusade for Collecting,” and take home a free photo. Visit the Catlanta Pop Up Shop (through December 21) to pick up the buzzed-about artist’s painted kitten figurines. Watch such holiday film faves as “A Christmas Story” or “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” in the Living Room. Cap the evening with “A Diva’s Christmas,” the cabaret from Serenbe Playhouse featuring Alison Brannon Wilhoit, Kylie Brown and Dasie Thames. Begins at 4 p.m.  Click for details.

DECEMBER 6

ART + DESIGN: Don’t Box Me In! Unusual boxes made of ceramic, wood and other materials by such noted crafters as Akira Satake, Connie Roberts and Kim Kelzer, among many others. Through January 15. Signature Shop.

CINEMA: Holy Motors. Our review says this surreal mash-up of movie genres “rests almost entirely on [the performance of Denis] Lavant” as the strange M. Oscar, who changes his face repeatedly as he tours — and terrorizes — Paris. 1:45, 4:25, 7 and 10:15 p.m. December 6. Midtown Art Cinema.

DANCE: Salon. Core Performance Company’s artistic director Susan Schroeder presents and discusses works-in-progress, including “Secret.” 6:30–8 p.m. December 6. CORE Studios.

THEATER: The Gifts of the Magi. Mark St. Germain wrote this adaptation of O. Henry’s classic story about a couple whose joint yuletide mis/fortunes pretty much define irony. Presented by Theatrical Outfit. Through December 23. The Balzer Theater at Herren’s.

DECEMBER 7

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.

DANCE: The Nutcracker. Atlanta Ballet’s latest production of Tchaikovsky’s holiday favorite taps illusionist Drew Thomas for effects including “flying handkerchiefs [and] dolls that magically appear,” our preview says. Through December 26. Fox Theatre.

THEATER: Holidays With the Chalks. The Hertz Stage becomes a honky tonk while the titular trio of “dysfunctional ‘sisters’ [perform] their ‘greatest hits’ [and share] life stories full of country music-flavored heartbreak,” according to our preview. Through December 23. Alliance Theatre.

DECEMBER 8

ART + DESIGN: Riders on the Blood Storm of Blood. This exhibition comprises work by Georgia State University BFA candidates in drawing, painting and printmaking. Opening reception, 7–10 p.m. December 8. End date TBA. Arts Exchange.

DECEMBER 13

MUSIC: Handel: Messiah. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus welcome guests including soprano Jacqueline Echols for performances of the famed Hallelujah Chorus. 8 p.m. December 13 and 15. Symphony Hall.

THEATER: A John Waters Christmas. In this stage show the maker of transgressive films including “Pink Flamingoes” puts “the X in Xmas.” 8 p.m. December 13. Variety Playhouse.

DECEMBER 15

BOOKS: Tall Tales and Real Man Adventures. Indigo Girl Amy Ray, performer Scott Turner Schofield and author T. Cooper (whose new nonfiction book is titled “Real Man Adventures”) are the line-up for this evening of song and stories; benefits Charis Circle. 7:30 p.m. December 15. Star Community Bar.

MUSIC: Tim Whitehead. Sonic Generator’s pianist goes solo to perform works by composers including Philip Glass and Elliot Carter; part of the “88 Keys” series. 8–9 p.m. December 15. {Poem 88}.

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