By ED HALL email@example.com
DECEMBER 18 – 28
ART + DESIGN Health Is a Human Right: Race and Place in America. U.S. challenges in treatment and inequities in health outcomes along ethnic and racial lines come into focus through an exhibition of objects, documents, photos and video. Through February 28. David J. Sencer CDC Museum.
ART + DESIGN Thomas Hart Benton: Lonesome Road. Watercolors, oil paintings, lithographs and drawings by the revered American Regionalist – focused here on African American rural life as it was lived during his career – constitute this show. Through January 25. Read our review. Alan Avery Art Company.
THEATER Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Based on the 1964 animated TV special, this onstage adventure charts the life of Santa’s lead sleigh-team member; adapted and directed by Jon Ludwig. Through December 29. Center for Puppetry Arts.
CINEMA Hidden Universe. Views of deep space (affectionately known as “astronomy porn”) get the IMAX treatment in producer Tony Wright’s documentary; with narration by Miranda Richardson. Through January 2. Fernbank Museum of Natural History.
ART + DESIGN The Last One. Works by P. Seth Thompson employ images from cinema and television to play with the borders of reality and where they lie. Through December 30. Poem88.
MUSIC Dave Nelson. Alongside Atlanta drummer Marlon Patton, Nelson, an experimental trombonist from Brooklyn, performs a “set of musical fantasias.” 8 p.m. December 18. Goat Farm Arts Center.
CINEMA American Hustle. David O. Russell (“Silver Linings Playbook,” “Three Kings”) directs a period tale inspired by events surrounding the FBI’s wide-ranging ABSCAM sting operation; with Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper and some arresting 1970s fashions. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema.
ART + DESIGN Burning Midnight Oil. Painter Jeffrey Hyde’s new works (“of collage with distemper”) are on view. Opening reception, 7 – 9 p.m. December 20; exhibition through February 1. Stan McCollum Gallery.
MUSIC Christmas With the Georgia Boy Choir. A full orchestra accompanies the ensemble in performances of carols and other holiday songs. 7 p.m. December 20 – 21. Peachtree Road United Methodist Church.
DANCE Gwinnett Ballet Theatre’s Nutcracker. Predrag Gosta leads the company’s orchestra for the dance troupe’s last three 2013 performances of Tchaikovsky’s seasonal favorite. December 20 – 22. Gwinnett Performing Arts Center.
THEATER Peter Pan and Wendy. Although no one flies (don’t tell anyone, but it’s all done with wires usually) in the Synchronicity co-production, our review nevertheless calls it “a passably cute, scaled-down retelling of the famous story for kids.” Through December 29. 14th Street Playhouse.
MUSIC Col. Bruce Hampton. Atlanta’s own storied surrealist rocker appears in concert alongside the Madrid Express; with roots musician Bill Sheffield. 8 p.m. December 21. Red Light Café.
MUSIC Celtic Woman. This all-female Irish ensemble performs Christmas tunes and new material with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. 8 p.m. December 22. Symphony Hall.
ART + DESIGN ArTLab: Holiday. Youngsters and beginners can get an introduction to film photography and basic darkroom techniques here. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. December 27 – 28. High Museum of Art.
THE ARTS BettieFest. Famed mid-20th-century model Bettie Page narrates a documentary about her time as a sex symbol and the years before and after; with a talk by director Mark Mori, music by Aneles and a burlesque tribute by Ursula Undress. 7:30 p.m. December 27. Plaza Theatre.
THE ARTS Shen Yun. The internationally celebrated troupe returns with its combination of Western and Chinese instrumentation, vibrant costuming and elaborate dance that retell tales from myth and ancient history. December 27 – 29. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.
MUSIC Northern Mississippi Allstars. The Grammy-nominated Dickinson brothers (Luther and Cody) head their blues-inflected rock ’n’ roll band as it makes a stop on their “World Boogie Is Coming” tour; with Lightnin Malcolm. 8 p.m. December 28. Buckhead Theatre.