Happy alm0st-holiday weekend! I suspect there will be tons of shopping going on this weekend, but that’s long past the point of being fun. Why not go do something with the family instead? Everybody will remember a PG-13 “Nutcracker” spoof, a bird-spotting adventure or a live Nativity scene more, anyway. So here’s a list of what’s going on around Atlanta this weekend — check out the Atlanta Music Scene blog or this holiday concert story for more info about live shows. As always, suggestions and ideas for what to do this weekend are welcome in the comments! – Jamie G.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18
Books: Southern Children’s Authors Day book signings, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Eagle Eye Book Shop, Atlanta. FREE.
Comedy: “Chelsea Lately” regular Natasha Leggero performs, 8 p.m., Laughing Skull Lounge, Atlanta.
For families: “Gold” exhibition continues, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Atlanta.
Holiday: Magical Nights of Lights continues, 5 p.m., Lake Lanier Islands, Buford.
Music: OurSong, Atlantas Gay and Lesbian Chorus, performs holiday concert, “Luminescence,” 8 p.m., Emory University Cannon Chapel, Atlanta.
Sports: Atlanta Hawks vs. Utah Jazz, 7:30 p.m., Philips Arena, Atlanta.
Stage: “Sanders Family Christmas” continues, 8 p.m., Theatre in the Square, Marietta.
Stage: “Cavalia” continues, 8 p.m., The White Big Top at Atlantic Station, Atlanta.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19
Art: Winter Soulstice, a Groovemuse-sponsored benefit concert for WonderRoot, 5 p.m.-midnight, Smith’s Olde Bar, Atlanta.
Christmas: Live Nativity, 7-9 p.m., Johns Creek United Methodist Church, Johns Creek. FREE.
Dance: Ballethnic Dance Company presents “Urban Nutcracker Wonderland,” 3 p.m., Georgia International Convention Center, Atlanta.
Film: Screening of “The Botany of Desire,” 1 p.m., Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell.
For kids: “Joyland: A Children’s Christmas Musical,” 3 p.m., Porter Sanford Center for the Performing Arts, Decatur.
For kids: “Polar Express” Party, 2 p.m., Little Shop of Stories, Decatur. FREE. RSVP requested.
Holiday: “A Colonial Christmas” event, 5-8 pm., Fort Morris Historic Site, Midway.
Outdoors: New Manchester History Hike, 1 p.m., Sweetwater Creek State Park, Lithia Springs.
Sports: Georgia men’s basketball vs. Illinois, 7 p.m., Gwinnett Arena, Duluth.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 20
Comedy: Hypnotist Ricky Kalmon performs, 8 p.m., The Punchline, Atlanta.
For families: Atlanta Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count, 9:30 a.m., Kennesaw Mountain Visitor Center, Marietta.
For families: New Disney Live!, noon, Philips Arena, Atlanta.
History: “Scripture for the Eyes” exhibition continues, noon-4 p.m., Emory University’s Michael C. Carlos Museum, Atlanta.
Holiday: Atlanta Ballet performs “Nutty Nutcracker” for one night only, 7 p.m., Fox Theatre, Atlanta.
Music: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert Series continues, 8 p.m., Atlanta Symphony Hall, Atlanta.
Stage: “Felice Ramadan: A Holiday Vaudeville,” 2:30 p.m., Academy Theatre, Avondale Estates.
Stage: “A Christmas Carol” continues, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Alliance Theatre, Atlanta.
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