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Weekend to do list: December 11-13

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Performers in the "Black Nativity" at the Southwest Arts Center keep the show going this weekend, and through Dec. 27. AJC/Hyosub Shin

It’s another busy weekend in Atlanta: puppy parades, Pulitzer Prize winners, Pokemon tournaments. You know, the usual.You can find a huge list of things to do on AccessAtlanta.com, here’s a list of fun stuff to do to help guide you. If you’re looking for more info on holiday shows, check out this blog post from last week. And if you’re looking for live music, I recommend a visit to the Atlanta Music Scene blog.

As always, suggestions for weekend events are welcome in the comments! Enjoy! – Jamie G.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11

Art: Castleberry Hill Art Stroll, 7 p.m., Castleberry Hill neighborhood, Atlanta. FREE.

Books: Foodie Nigella Lawson signs her books, 12:30 p.m., Borders-Buckhead, Atlanta. FREE.

Books: Author Thom Bierdz signs “Forgiving Troy,” 7:30 p.m., Outwrite Bookstore and Coffehouse, Atlanta. FREE.

Books: Authors Rick Bragg and Sonny Brewer discuss and sign books, 7 p.m., Georgia Perimeter College, Clarkston. FREE.

Dance: Atlanta Ballet’s “Nutcracker” opens, 7:30 p.m., Fox Theatre, Atlanta.

For kids: Tea party with Bloomingdale’s Holiday Bear, 3:30 p.m., Bloomingdale’s-Lenox Square, Atlanta. FREE.

For families: Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog” opens, various theaters. Read more.

Music: Army Ground Forces Band holiday concert, 8 p.m., Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, Atlanta. SOLD OUT.

Sports: GHSA Football State Finals, 5 p.m., Georgia Dome, Atlanta.

Stage:Black Nativity: A Holiday Gospel Celebration,” 8 p.m., Southwest Arts Center, Atlanta.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 12

Art: The 4th Postcard Pinup Show, 8 p.m., MINT Gallery, Atlanta. FREE.

Exercise: Atlanta Santa Speedo Run to benefit CHRIS Kids, 1 p.m., Dark Horse Tavern, Atlanta.

For families (and dogs!): Reindog parade, 10:30 a.m., Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta.

For kids: The Toymaker’s Workshop, Westin-Buckhead, Atlanta. Reservations required.

For gamers: Pokemon card game tournament, noon, Galactic Quest Comics, Lawrenceville.

History: “Gone With the Wind” movie 70th anniversary celebration continues, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Road to Tara Museum, Jonesboro. FREE admission, discounted bus tours.

Music: Holiday Jazz Vespers featuring hostess S. Epatha Merkerson and the Atlanta Jazz Chorus, 7:30 p.m., Rialto Center for the Performing Arts, Atlanta.

Outdoors: A Fort Yargo Christmas, 3 p.m., Fort Yargo State Park, Winder.

Sports: Atlanta Thrashers vs. Montreal Canadiens, 7 p.m., Philips Arena, Atlanta.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 13

For families: Madeline’s Christmas” continues, 3:30 p.m., Horizon Theatre, Atlanta.

For families: Children’s Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Booth Museum of Western Art, Cartersville.

Holiday: Fayette Festival of Carols, 4 p.m., Heritage Christian Church, Fayetteville.

Holiday: 2009 Big Chicken Chorus presents “Have yourself a Merry-etta Christmas,” 3 p.m., Cobb County Civic Center, Marietta.

Opera: Amahl and the Night Visitors” opens, 2:30 p.m., the Balzer Theater at Herren’s, Atlanta.

Outdoors: Guided Nature Hike, 3 p.m., Chattahoochee Nature Center, Atlanta.

Sports: Atlanta Falcons vs. New Orleans Saints, 1 p.m., Georgia Dome, Atlanta.

Sports: Atlanta Hawks vs. New Jersey Nets, 5 p.m., Philips Arena, Atlanta.

Stage: It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play,” 3 p.m., ART Station, Stone Mountain.

Tour: Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes, 6-10 p.m., Grant Park neighborhood, Atlanta.

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4 comments Add your comment

Jamie Gumbrecht

December 11th, 2009
5:40 pm

Thanks for the recommendations! Great info!

bbb

December 11th, 2009
11:06 am

Another great thing this weekend is the North Atlanta Christmas Festival at Mount Pisgah in Alpharetta. There is dancing, singing, and the GA Tech drum corp will be there too! Tickets are $7-$10 and shows are tonight at 7pm, tomorrow at 3:30 and 7, and Sunday at 7pm. It is great for the whole family and also has a fantastic nativity scene. See you there!

JoeV

December 11th, 2009
10:28 am

The Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes is a must see! My wife and I did it last year and it was fantastic! Wonderful people welcoming you into their beautiful homes is really a treat. We’re going again this weekend despite the awful weather forecast.

A Fan

December 10th, 2009
8:11 pm

Another great performance this weekend is the 34th Annual Music of the Holidays presented by The Atlanta Young Singers of Callanwolde. There are two performances, one at 3pm and one at 8pm, on Saturday Dec. 12. at The Catholic Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Please visit http://www.aysc.org for more information.