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Weekend best bets: Nov. 19-21

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The Center for Puppetry Arts presents director Jon Ludwig's adapatation of the beloved animated television special "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." Hermey, the elf who'd rather be a dentist, is among the show's many memorable characters. Photo: Clay Walker / Center for Puppetry Arts

Stage: Center for Puppetry Arts Artistic Director Jon Ludwig’s faithful adaptation of the beloved animated holiday special “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” includes characters such as Hermey, the elf who wants to be a dentist, and the discarded playthings on the Island of Misfit Toys. The show continues through Jan. 2 at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta.

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.

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.

Comedy: Actor and comedian Nick Cannon has been in show business for many years, but many still know him best as Mariah Carey’s husband. He’ll be at the Punchline in Sandy Springs Nov. 19-20.

Comedy: Improv show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” helped put comedian Greg Proops on the radar. Catch him at the Midtown’s Laughing Skull Lounge Nov. 19-21.

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.

Stage: Love gets dangerous when a young English teacher gets involved in the personal lives of two of her students in Synchronicity Theatre’s “The Storytelling Ability of a Boy.” Through Nov. 21 at 7 Stages BackStage Theatre in Little Five Points.

Christine Baranski (left), Meryl Streep and Julie Walters in "Mamma Mia." A sing-along screening of the film takes place at the Strand Theatre in Marietta Friday, Nov. 19. Photo: Universal Studios.

Christine Baranski (left), Meryl Streep and Julie Walters in "Mamma Mia." A sing-along screening of the film takes place at the Strand Theatre in Marietta Friday, Nov. 19. Photo: Universal Studios.

Movie: Don’t miss the sing-along screening of “Mamma Mia,” the joyous cinematic spectacle based on the music of Abba and starring Meryl Streep. It happens at the Earl Smith Strand Theatre in Marietta at 8 p.m. Nov. 19.

Stage: The Atlanta Shakespeare Company presents “Timon of Athens,” the Bard’s tale of an Athenian nobleman whose former friends desert him when the money runs out. The show continues through Nov. 28 at the New American Shakespeare Tavern in Atlanta.

Art, shopping: Find the perfect gift at the Spruill Gallery’s Holiday Artists Market, which continues through Dec. 21 at the Spruill Center Gallery in Dunwoody

Holiday, shopping: Get a head start on that holiday list at the Nutcracker Holiday Market, happening Nov. 19-21 at the Cobb Galleria Centre.

Convention, shopping: Are you ready to rock? Then head to the 25th annual Cobb County Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show. Nov. 19-21 at the Cobb County Civic Center in Marietta.

Art, music: Spend the evening with some music and art at the High Museum of Art’s monthly Friday Jazz celebration at 5 p.m. Nov. 19.

Light display: It’s a bit of a drive from most of the metro Atlanta area, but the beautiful holiday displays at Fantasy In Lights are worth the trip. The sparkling yearly event begins Nov. 19 and continues through Dec. 30 at Callaway Gardens, at the intersection of Ga. 18/354 in Pine Mountain.

Music: Pianist Ingrid Fliter joins the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for a visit to Spain through works by de Falla (”Nights in the Gardens of Spain”), Debussy (”Iberia”)  and Ravel (”Bolero”). Nov. 19 and 21 at Atlanta Symphony Hall.

Music: Arias will fill the air at the Kennesaw State University Opera Gala. It begins at 8 p.m. Nov. 19 in the university’s Bailey Performance Center.

Music: Macon-born violinist Robert McDuffie returns to his home state with “The Seasons Project.” He’ll be accompanied by the Venice Baroque Orchestra in this performance of Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” and the Philip Glass Violin Concerto No. 2 (”The American Four Seasons”). The latter was was written for McDuffie, who performed the world premiere with the Toronto Symphony in December 2009. 8 p.m. Nov. 19 at Emory University’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.

Stage: Theatre Emory continues its season of Pulitzer Prize-winning plays with the Kaufman and Hart classic “You Can’t Take It With You.” Through Nov. 21 at the Mary Gray Munroe Theater in the Dobbs University Center on the Emory campus.

Stage: Take a visit to small-town Texas for the holidays with Theatre in the Square’s production of “A Tuna Christmas.” Through Jan. 2.

Comedy: It’s a big comedy weekend for Atlanta and the biggest stage in that arena is occupied by funnyman Kevin Hart, an actor and comedian who was in a couple of the “Scary Movie” parodies, “Death at a Funeral” and “Soul Plane,” among others. He’ll be at the Fox Theatre at 8 p.m. Nov. 19.

SATURDAY

Music: Metropolitan Opera Guild District Auditions take place at  10 a.m. Nov. 20 in the Bailey Performance Center on the campus of Kennesaw State University.

Music: Take a musical journey to the Emerald Isle with Celtic Thunder at 2:30 and 8 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Fox Theatre.

Books, festival: The 19th annual Book Festival of the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. The festival wraps up with appearances by Martin Fletcher and Gene Wilder. $11-$16; many events are free. The center is at 5342 Tilly Mill Road in Dunwoody.

Music: Macon’s country hitmaker Jason Aldean returns to the Gwinnett Arena with a new album,”My Kinda Party.” It debuted at No. 2 this week. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20.

Music: Emory Mastersingers will lift their voices at 4 p.m. Nov. 20 at Emory University’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts

Music: Ludwig Symphony Orchestra offers A Beethoven Fall Fiesta at 8 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Performing Arts Center at Gwinnett Center in Duluth.

Music: Four voices from north of the border join together as the Canadian Tenors. They’ll perform at Atlanta Symphony Hall at 8 p.m. Nov. 20.

Lecture, food: The Travel Channel’s crusty, globe-trotting gourmand Anthony Bourdain comes to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center on the heels of his latest book, “Medium Raw.” The show begins at 8 p.m. Nov. 20.

SUNDAY

Music: Handel gets an update as “Messiah Rocks “ comes to the Fox Theatre at 7 p.m. Nov. 21.

Music: Violinist David Coucheron will perform as part of the Emory Chamber Music Society of Atlanta Emerson Series. At 7 p.m. Nov. 21 at Emory University’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts.

Music: Singer, songwriter and piano man Ben Folds heads to town to tout his latest project, a collaboration with author Nick Hornby called “Lonely Avenue.”  He’s at the Tabernacle at 8 p.m. Nov. 21.

Comedy: Young comedy sensation Bo Burnham brings his tuneful, politically incorrect comedy to the Variety Playhouse at 8 p.m. Nov. 21.

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.

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2 comments Add your comment

Hi, I'm bob

November 19th, 2010
8:15 am

First!!! And I keep hearing about Kevin Hart and Callaway Gardens, but Damn! These events are too EXPENSIVE!!!!!

Middle School Football

November 19th, 2010
2:32 pm

The Georgia Middle School Athletic Association (GMSAA) will hold their Championship and All-Star Games Saturday, November 20th at Lassiter High School in Marietta, GA. The day will showcase six (6) exciting football games, including League Championships and All-Star Games for 6th, 7th and 8th Grade teams. The GMSAA is 30 youth football programs with 3,380 Middle School athletes from Cobb, Cherokee and North Fulton Counties. GMSAA member football teams are aligned with their respective area High Schools. For details visit http://www.eteamz.com/GMSAA2010