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Attend: Things to see and do around Atlanta, January 3-11

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Food journalist Susan Puckett signs copies of her new Mississippi travel guide/cookbook/photo essay Eat Drink Delta at Manuel’s Tavern at 7 p.m. on January 8. Puckett takes readers beyond the classic cuisine, exploring both the nouvelle southern chefs who might brine chicken in sweet tea and such idiosyncracies as dill pickles marinated in Kool-Aid and Elvis’ favorite Memphis barbecue pizza. Samples will be served. (No promises on the pickles.)

JANUARY 3

CINEMA: To the Arctic. Last chance to see this polar bear-laden IMAX documentary that tours the region at the so-called top of the world. 10 a.m., noon, 2 and 4 p.m. January 3. Fernbank Museum of Natural History.

JANUARY 5

ART + DESIGN: In Unison. Opening reception for a group exhibition organized by William Downs; it features works by A.L. Steiner and Atlantans Michael Gibson and Sarah Emerson, among many others. 7–10 p.m. January 5; exhibition through February 16. Get This! Gallery.

ART + DESIGN: The Ocean Casts the Greatest Shadow. A reception for painter and bricoleur E.K. Huckaby’s latest solo exhibition. 7–9:30 p.m. January 5. {Poem 88}.

THE ARTS: Shen Yun. This traditional Chinese performance troupes brings together music, costuming, dance and narratives dating back to the dynastic era. 7:30 p.m. January 5; 1 and 6 p.m. January 6. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

JANUARY 6

MUSIC: Big Band Swing With Joe Gransden. Atlanta vocalist-trumpeter and singer Taryn Chidebelu-Eze offer an afternoon of old-school jazz. 2:30 p.m. January 6. Woodstock City Center Auditorium.

JANUARY 9

BOOKS: Michelle Alexander. Author of the provocative nonfiction work The New Jim Crow talks about what she terms the United States’ “[redesigned] racial caste” system. Airport Marriott.

JANUARY 10

ART + DESIGN: Searching for Beauty. Opening reception for a show of new works by painter Tom Ventulett. 6–9 p.m. January 10. Through February 23. Swan Coach House Gallery.

BOOKS: Elmore and Peter Leonard. The author of such best-sellers as Rum Punch and Get Shorty appears with his novelist son to discuss their “family business.” 6:30 p.m. January 10. Savannah College of Art and Design (1600 Peachtree St. campus).

ART + DESIGN: Glenn Ligon. In conjunction with “Fast Forward,” which incorporates Ligon’s racially and linguistically attuned work, he delivers a lecture as part of the Conversations with Contemporary Artists series. 7 p.m. January 10. Rich Theatre.

BOOKS: The Meaning of Life. Creative Loafing’s 12th annual presentation/readings by authors of the stories that won, placed and showed in its fiction contest is to include free pizza and a Write Club throw-down. 7–11 p.m. January 10. Highland Inn Ballroom Lounge.

MUSIC: Scheherazade. Pianist Juho Pohjonen joins the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Robert Spano for performances of works by Rimsky-Korsakov and others. 8 p.m. January 10–12. Symphony Hall.

THEATER: Swell Party. “Tokens of Affection” playwright Topher Payne’s latest effort has a new wife, a dead groom and a wedding party that becomes an effort to untangle what happened; directed by Shannon Eubanks.  Through January 27. Roswell Cultural Arts Center.

JANUARY 11

ART + DESIGN: The Dark Pavement and Nice to Meet You. The opening reception for these two exhibitions (of works, respectively, by Alix Pearlstein and by Tony Labat and Tad Savinar) is to incorporate video, multidisciplinary material and local architecture, 7–10 p.m. January 11; Pearlstein delivers an artist talk, 11 a.m.–noon January 12. Atlanta

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