ArtsATL and Atlanta PlanIt bring you the most complete guide to arts and cultural activities in the metro area. Pair Atlanta PlanIt’s comprehensive calendar (click on the green logo) with our weekly highlights, listed below.
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Solar Heresies. Curated by Meredith Kooi and John Lloyd Hannah, this multi-media group show features work from artists including Andrew Boatright, Stephanie Dowda, Nikita Gale and Michael E. Stasny. Through December 28. Mammal Gallery.
Fahamu Pecou. The Atlanta-based artist unveils his first museum show. Through February 14. The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia.
Make a Joyful Noise. Three marble panels from sculptor Luca della Robbia’s famed organ loft, the Cantoria, trace the Renaissance master’s growing skill during the seven years it took to complete the project. A first in the U.S. Through January 11. High Museum of Art.
In the Remembering. Atlanta artist Mario Petrirena’s new solo exhibition includes mixed media sculpture, photo assemblage and site-specific installation. In his review, ArtsATL critic Jerry Cullum notes some of Petrirena’s recurring symbols which appear alongside some curious new departures. Through January 2. Sandler Hudson Gallery.
Blurred Lines: Contemporary Self-Taught Meets the Masters. The exhibit pairs 65 works by such self-taught artists as Thornton Dial, Sr. and Jimmie Lee Sudduth with Modern Masters such as Claes Oldenburg and Pablo Picasso. In his review, ArtsATL critic Jerry Cullum writes that the Hudgens’ under-appreciated permanent collection “has probably never been presented in a more illuminating context.” Through December 30. Hudgens Center for the Arts.
Cézanne and the Modern. The High Museum presents an exhibition of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and modern art from the collection of Henry Pearlman, including more than 50 works from Manet, Pissarro, Degas, Gauguin, van Gogh, Lipchitz, Soutine and Modigliani. In his review, ArtsATL critic Jerry Cullum praises Pearlman’s distinguishing eye and the “significant and striking” art in his collection. Through January 11. High Museum of Art.
The December Show. An annual group show, plus Karley Sullivan’s cosmical exhibition, MoOning, Scratch, and Ziyi Zhan’s installation Brilliance II. Through January 3. Whitespace Gallery.
Where the Wild Things Are. Preliminary sketches, finished artwork and interactive displays tell the story of the creation of children’s author and illustrator Maurice Sendak’s most famous work. Through July 5, 2015. William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum.
Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker. The annual performance of the holiday classic, replete with mischievous mice, sparkling snowflakes, the Sugar Plum Fairy and, of course, the eponymous Nutcracker. In his preview story, ArtsATL critic Scott Freeman profiles ballet dancer Peng Yu-Chen and her triumph over a mid-performance injury two years ago. Cynthia Bond Perry wrote this review. Through December 28. Fox Theatre.
Into the Woods. A new film version of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s classic musical about the dark side of familiar fairy tales stars Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt and Johnny Depp. Opens December 25. Atlanta area movie theaters.
Atlanta Sacred Harp Singers. The group performs hymns from the Southern shape-note tradition in the specially-created performance space adjacent to the exhibition of Luca della Robbia’s Cantoria. December 21 at 3 p.m. The High Museum.
A Very Merry Holiday Pops. Conductor Michael Krajewski leads the ASO in a concert of beloved holiday classics, this year featuring the All-City Chorus and Reginald Smith, Jr. as the Grinch. December 19-20. Atlanta Symphony Hall.
Celtic Christmas. Fiddlers, harpers, pipers, singers, dancers and poets from the Irish, Scottish, Welsh and Appalachian traditions help ring in the season at this annual holiday show. December 20-21. Rialto Center for the Performing Arts.
A Christmas Carol. The Alliance’s 25th-anniversary staging of the beloved Dickens classic with a new Scrooge. Through December 24. Alliance Theatre.
A Christmas Memory. Theatrical Outfit Artistic Director Tom Key performs his own one-man dramatic adaptation of Truman Capote’s semi-autobiographical tale about a seven-year-old Alabama boy and his unique friendship with his elderly eccentric cousin. December 22-23. Theatrical Outfit.
Black Nativity. Langston Hughes’ classic gospel-inflected Christmas show tells the nativity story from an African-American perspective through song and dance. Through December 21. Southwest Arts Center.
A Christmas Carol. The Aurora Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director Anthony Rodriguez performs a one-man version of Dickens’ Christmas story. Through December 21. Aurora Theatre, Lawrenceville.
Krampus Xmas. This 21-and-up rock-and-roll show is held in honor of a slightly different holiday tradition, that of Krampus, a terrifying beastlike demon from traditional Alpine folklore who was said to take bad children away in his sack at Christmastime. Through December 20. 7 Stages.
The Snow Queen. Serenbe Playhouse unveils its first holiday show, a world premiere adaptation by Rachel Teagle of Hans Christian Anderson’s tale “The Snow Queen.” Through December 21. Serenbe.
Not Ready to Make Nice: Guerrilla Girls in the Artworld and Beyond. A new exhibition highlights the iconic work of the Guerilla Girls, who famously championed feminism and social change through institutional interventions in the ’80s and ’90s. Through March 1, 2015. Georgia Museum of Art, Athens.
North Georgia Tinplate Trackers. Model train enthusiasts from North Georgia lay down their elaborate, holiday-themed tracks at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta. Interactive push-buttons will allow spectators to operate various model railroad accessories such as crossing gates, beacon towers, handcars and trolleys. Through December 20. The Children’s Museum of Atlanta.
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