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Weekend best bets: Nov. 11-13

Everybody love Yukon Cornelius, the bearded lumberjack from "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." See Yukon, Rudolph, Santa, Hermie and the rest of the gang at the Center for Puppetry Arts. Photo: Clay Walker / Center for Puppetry Arts

Everybody loves Yukon Cornelius, the bearded prospector from "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." See Yukon, Rudolph, Santa, Hermey and the rest of the gang at the Center for Puppetry Arts. Photo: Clay Walker / Center for Puppetry Arts

FRIDAY
Stage: The beloved Rankin-Bass cartoon “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” comes to life in this puppet-tastic version from Jon Ludwig at the Center for Puppetry Arts. The show continues through Dec. 31.

Stage: “Sex and the Second City” takes a look at relationships in the age of social networking. This production from the acclaimed Second City comedy theatre opens Nov. 11 and runs through Dec. 18 at the Alliance Theatre.

Stage: “The Super Villain Monologues” is a collection of the most powerful, beautiful, diabolical and stupid monologues in the history of masked villainy, as performed by humans and puppets through Dec. 3 at Dad’s Garage in Atlanta.

Stage: Theater Emory offers a new adaptation of Austen’s final novel with “Jane Austen’s Persuasion.” The show continues through Nov. 20 at Emory University’s Mary Gray Munroe Theater.

Stage: Gay and human rights activist and performance artist Tim Miller returns with a look at the state of the union in “Lay of the Land.” Performances continue through Nov. 13 at 7 Stages Theater in Little Five Points.

Music: Stone Mountain Chorus gets its kicks on “Route 66,” paying tribute to America’s Mother Road at 8:30 p.m. Nov. 11 and 3 and 8 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Gwinnett Performing Arts Center in Duluth.

Music: Kirk Franklin, one of modern gospel’s most popular performers,  brings his “Fearless” tour to the Fox Theatre at 8 p.m. Nov. 11. Check out our interview with Franklin in advance of the show.

Stage: “Glimpses of the Moon” is a romantic music and dance extravaganza that follows the jazzy whirl of New York high society in the Roaring ’20s. The Georgia Ensemble Theatre production runs through Nov. 20 at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center.

Stage: CYT Atlanta presents “Cinderella,” Rodgers and Hammerstein’s musical take on the classic fairy tale. Performances continues through Nov. 13 at Milton Center Theater.

Stage: Lionheart Theatre Company presents the Pearl Cleage drama “Blues for an Alabama Sky” through Nov. 20 at  Norcross Cultural Arts and Community Center.

Stage: The Atlanta Shakespeare Company continues its chronological run through Shakespeare’s comedies with “Love’s Labour’s Lost.” See it through Nov. 27 at the New American Shakespeare Tavern.

Visual art, shopping: Browse a working artist studio in historic Inman Park at the Studio 106 Inman Park Artists Holiday Show & Sale at the Little Five Points Community Center 7-10 p.m. Nov. 11 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 12-13.

Music: “War and Eternal Peace: A Veterans Day Concert” features Lauda Musicam of Atlanta performing battaglias, or war tunes, and music of peace as a remembrance to all involved in conflict. At 8 p.m. Nov. 11 at Atlanta’s St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church.

Kids: An Atlanta holiday tradition continues atop the Lenox Road parking deck at Macy’s Lenox Square through Jan. 1, where you can hitch a ride with Priscilla the Pink Pig.

Stage: Return to the days of horses, buggies, corsets and bustles with “In the Next Room or the Vibrator Play.” In this age of electricity, a handy new instrument to treat “hysteria” has Dr. Givings’ patients all aglow and his young wife very curious. This Synchronicity Theatre production continues through Nov. 19 at Atlanta’s Horizon Theatre.

Stage: The murderous musical “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” is presented by Fabrefaction Theatre Company through Nov. 13.

Stage: In “Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them,” 16-year-old Kenny cares for his little sister Edith on an isolated farm in middle America after being abandoned by their father. As Kenny and his best friend Benji begin falling in love, the three form an unlikely family. There are previews Oct. 27-28 and opening night is Oct. 29. The show continues through Nov. 26 at Actor’s Express.

History, visual arts: “Carter’s Quest for Tut,” a fundraiser for the Arts Alliance of Georgia, Inc., has many original Egyptian artifacts, dioramas showing life in days of King Tut, a gift gallery with Egyptian-themed art and souvenirs and more. It continues through Nov. 18 at the Dancentre South facility in Woodstock.

Stage: In “Freud’s Last Session,” Dr. Sigmund Freud and rising Oxford professor C.S. Lewis clash about love, sex, the existence of God, and the meaning of life, just weeks before Freud’s death. The Theatrical Outfit production runs through Nov. 13 at the Balzer Theater at Herren’s in downtown Atlanta.

Exhibition, visual art: “The AIDS Memorial Quilt” was founded in 1987 as a poignant memorial, a powerful tool for use in preventing new HIV infections, and the largest ongoing community arts project in the world. With more then 40,000 panels, the blocks on display at the Museum of Design Atlanta will be changed out each month through Jan. 1. See our interview with the curators of the accompanying exhibition, “Graphic Intervention: 25 Years of International AIDS Posters.”

Stage: “Motherhood, the Musical” takes a tuneful and loving look at the blessings and perils of being a mom. The show continues through Nov. 20 at the 14th Street Playhouse.

History: “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing: How the Apollo Theater Shaped American Entertainment” is a multimedia exhibition that spotlights the New York City landmark’s powerful impact on the entertainment business. It  continues through March 4 at the Atlanta History Center.

Visual art: The High Museum of Art explores some of the highlights of the art of the 20th century with “Picasso to Warhol: Fourteen Modern Masters.” the show opens Oct. 15 and runs through April 29. See our review of the show.

SATURDAY
Pets, families: Atlanta Pet Expo is a day of pet-centric vendors, activities and entertainment and includes an appearance by Shorty Rossi, star of “Pit Boss” on Animal Planet. The event starts at 10 a.m. Nov. 12 at the North Atlanta Trade Center in Norcross.

Holiday, families: At Stone Mountain Christmas, Crossroads at the base of Stone Mountain is decked out with more than 2 million lights. The park also offers many more Christmas-themed activities and entertainment options. The season begins Nov. 12 and continues through Jan. 1 at Stone Mountain Park.

Stage, music: The Atlanta Opera opens its season with “Lucia di Lammermoor,” Donizetti’s chilling tragedy about an arranged marriage that leads to murder and madness. Performances are at 8 p.m. Nov. 12 and 18, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15, and 3 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.

Music: Country Music Hall of Famer Reba McEntire is back on the road, but she hasn’t left her acting career behind. Check out our interview with the star, where she talks about
her plans for a return to TV. She headlines a concert that begins at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Gwinnett Arena in Duluth.

Music: Black Crowes frontman brings his latest outfit, the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, to Center Stage in Atlanta at 9 p.m. Nov. 12.

Music: Multi-talented Tony- and Grammy-winning actress and singer Audra McDonald performs at Spivey Hall in Morrow at 8:15 p.m. Nov. 12

Music: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster David Coucheron and Principal Cellist Christopher Rex are the soloists for Brahms’s Double Concerto. Also on the program, Britten’s “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.” Performances are at 8 p.m. Nov. 12 and 3 p.m. Nov. 13 at Atlanta Symphony Hall.

Music: The Georgia Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will perform Symphony No. 4 (“Heroes”) by Philip Glass and Dvorak’s Te Deum at 8 p.m. Nov. 12 and 3 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Murray Arts Center in Kennesaw.

Festival, holiday: Dunwoody United Methodist Church will celebrate the season and raise money for Habitat for Humanity at the 20th Annual Holiday Festival, which begins at 9 p.m. Nov. 12. Shop for holiday gifts from 132 artisans, have your photo taken with Santa, take a pony ride or check out all of the other activities available.

Festival, art: Cherokee Heights Arts Festival showcase the work of the Marietta neighborhood’s resident artists beginning at 9 a.m. Nov. 12 on Etowah Drive.

Festival, literary arts: The Johns Creek Poetry Festival includes a workshop by acclaimed poet and educator Thomas Lux. The event begins at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 12 at the Northeast/Spruill Oaks Library in Johns Creek.

Stage: Conceived and directed by Rosemary Newcott, “The Real Tweenagers of Atlanta” is a new musical created from interviews with ‘tweens in our community. It runs Oct. 29 through Nov. 13 at the Alliance Theatre.

SUNDAY
Stage: The Imperial Acrobats of China’s Chi of Shaolin tells the story of a thief left for dead and found by Shaolin monks. The show uses acrobatics, a fusion of traditional and modern dance choreography and the martial arts skills of the Shaolin monks to relate the story. At 7 p.m. Nov. 13 at Georgia Tech’s Ferst Center for the Arts

Music: It can’t match the real thing, but Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience boasts good genes. Bonham is the son of Zeppelin’s late and legendary drummer, John Bonham. This tribute to one of rock’s greatest bands begins at 8 p.m. Nov. 13 at Center Stage.

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. Follow me on Twitter at@ajchottix and @ajcatlevents for info on tickets going on sale and more upcoming events.

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