Stage: The fanciful and awe-inspiring Cirque du Soleil returns with “OVO.” It continues through Dec. 19 under the blue and yellow Grand Chapiteau at Atlantic Station.
Stage: “The Second City: Miracle on 1280 Peachtree Street” pokes a little fun at Atlanta. The show continues through Dec. 12 at the Alliance Theatre.
Comedy: Anjelah Johnson became an internet sensation with her viral video “Nail Salon” and later, she appeared on MADTv as a series regular, which then spawned another internet sensation Bon Qui Qui. Punchline, 8 p.m. Friday; 6 p.m. Saturday.
Film: The 5th annual Buried Alive Film Festival showcases the best in independent horror films from around the world. Continues through Nov. 13 at the Plaza Theatre.
Music: Actress and Tony-award winning vocalist Idina Menzel performs with The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra at the Woodruff Arts Center, 8 p.m.
Stage: “Strange Snow” concerns a pair of war veterans dealing with their past, present and future. Presented by Lionheart Theatre Company at the Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center. Opening Nov. 5 and continuing through Nov. 14.
Stage: Six adolescent outsiders vie for a spelling championship, under the tutelage of three equally quirky grownups, in “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” Presented by the Georgia Ensemble Theatre through Nov. 21 at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center.
Stage: Get a head start on the holiday spirit with Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas: The Musical.”Through Nov. 7 at the Fox Theatre.
Stage: After returning home from the funeral of an acquaintance, an evening of confessions turns into a nightmare for a married couple in “Albatross.” The latest Actor’s Express production continues through Nov. 20.
Dance: The Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company artistically and inventively marries ancient Chinese forms with American modern dance. 8 p.m. at the Ferst Center for the Arts.
Stage: Love gets dangerous when a young English teacher gets involved in the personal lives of two of her students in Synchronicity Performance Group’s “The Storytelling Ability of a Boy.”Through Nov. 21 at 7 Stages BackStage Theatre in Little Five Points.
Stage: In Pearl Cleage’s “The Nacirema Society Requests the Honor of Your Presence at a Celebration of their First One Hundred Years,” six elegant African-American debutantes are introduced to a world of wealth, privilege and social responsibility. Starring Jasmine Guy and directed by Susan V. Booth. Through Nov. 14 at the Alliance Theatre.
Music: The Grammy-winning artist hailed as “Africa’s premier diva” by TIME, Angelique Kidjo, performs 7 p.m. at Rialto Center for the Arts.
Festival: There’s lots to do to spend the evening at the 35th Annual OVS Hanukah Bazaar at Congregation Or VeShalom on Saturday. Check out handcrafted art, pottery, jewelry, gifts, Judaica, silent auction, book sale, raffle and more. 7 p.m.
Comedy: Chris Hardwick. Web Soup, Comedy Central Presents, The Nerdest, MTV’s ‘Singled Out’, and much more! 8 p.m., various shows through Nov. 14 at the Laughing Skull Lounge.
Music: Enjoy an evening of smooth vocals with the Men of Soul featuring Jeffrey Osborne, Peabo Bryson, Freddy Jackson at the Fox Theatre, 7:30 p.m.
Festival: Holiday gifts from 135 artists, casseroles-to-go, gourmet shop, attic treasures, photos with santa and more. Dunwoody United Methodist Church’s Holiday Festival 2010, 9 a.m. -4 p.m.
Kids, family: This program is packed full of exciting events for aviation enthusiasts of all ages including flight simulator demonstrations and airplane rides. Aviation Career Enrichment 11th Annual Open House, 10 a.m.-4 p.m at Fulton county Airport — Charlie Brown Field.
Books, festival: The 19th annual Book Festival of the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. The festival continues through Nov. 21. $8 -$16; many events are free. The center is at 5342 Tilly Mill Road in Dunwoody.
Film: The Atlanta Film Festival celebrates the 25th anniversary of “The Color Purple” with special guests, a VIP Party and screening at 7 p.m. Rialto Center for the Arts.
Kids, family: The Center for Puppetry Arts brings to life Hans Christian Anderson’s classic “Nightingale.” 1 p.m.
Kids: Children can explore science through hands-on activities at the Science Wondershop with “Dr. Science” at The Children’s Museum of Atlanta at 11:30 a.m.
For more music happenings, check out our Live Music Picks on the Atlanta Music Scene blog. This is just a selective list of events happening around town, so if there’s something going on this weekend that you’re excited about and you don’t see it here, please feel free to share the info in the comments.