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Weekend to do list: December 18-20

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For the first time in four years and for one night only, Atlanta Ballet will perform "Nutty Nutcracker," a holiday classic spoof to benefit Dancers Resource Fund. The above nutty shot is from 2003. AJC file photo

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.

Music: Christmas with the Devil/666, 9 p.m., 7 Stages Theatre, Atlanta. Read more.

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.

Stage: A Gift of Love: The Ultimate Love Story” opens, 8 p.m., Rialto Center for the Arts, Atlanta. Read more.

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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Hi there

December 18th, 2009
12:56 pm

How about the Atlanta 200 toys for tots party at the Atlanta W on Saturday night. Every year they manange to raise thousands in gifts for the toys for tots and everyone has a great time doing it. Log onto the atlantatwohundred for more info.