Dec. 6. Spirited—A Visitation from Jonathan and Janet. Author and columnist Jonathan Richard Cring and his partner, musician Janet Clazzy, have just completed a 30-state tour and are now traveling across America throughout December with a program of humor, music, singing and enlightenment—with a Yuletide twist.
Cring will read from his book Mr. Kringle’s Tales…26 Stories ’til Christmas, which he describes as “an Advent calendar of essays which mingle the best of my upbringing of Santa and Jingle Bells with the more heartfelt parts of my faith of Jesus and the angels.”
The Christmas tour comes to Living Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1812 Cooledge Road, Tucker at 7 p.m. There is no admission fee, but freewill donations to defray expenses will be accepted.
Dec. 6 & 7. Decatur Holiday Candlelight Tour of Homes. The tour showcases the neighborhoods along Decatur’s original main thoroughfare. The tour features seven homes and two points of interest all decorated for the holidays. Tickets are $20 in advance $25 at the door. Tickets are available for sale now at select retail locations and online at TicketAlternative.com. Tour is scheduled from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. each night.
Dec. 7. 13th Annual Jubilee of Reading Book Club Conference. Registration is now open for the book conference that takes place Dec. 7 at Wesley Chapel-William C. Brown Library from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The conference is intended to provide an outlet for book clubs to share ideas and meet well-known authors. A list of titles offered through DeKalb County Public Library’s Book Group Take-Out service and tips on how to maintain and sustain a successful book club will be provided. Registration deadline is Nov. 14. To register, go to www.dekalblibrary.org/shelf-help/jubilee-of-reading.html. The library is located at 2861 Wesley Chapel Road in Decatur.
Dec. 7. Holiday in Smoke Rise. This craft show features 100 artists, crafters, and holiday vendors from all over Georgia and Tennessee. Art, home accessories, baked goods, clothing, garden art, glass/copper works, ornaments, scarves and shawls, wearable artwork, gourmet foods and more are available. A number of eco-friendly vendors with natural spa products are also expected to be on hand. The show takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Smoke Rise Elementary Charter School, 1991 Silver Hill Rd., Stone Mountain. Parking at the school is limited. Look for the signs to overflow parking areas. Free shuttle service will be provided. For more information on the show, go to http://www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/smokerise/holiday.html
Dec. 7. Breakfast with Santa. The Stone Mountain United Methodist Church is where Santa makes an appearance for a hot mal from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Cost is $6 per person and children younger than 3 eat free. The church is located at 5312 W. Mountain St., Stone Mountain.
Dec. 7, 14 and 21. Visit with Santa Claus. Santa makes multiple visits to Oglethorpe University in December from 1 to 4 p.m. The exhibition HADDON SUNDBLOM: Santa Paintings, courtesy of The Coca-Cola Company, will be on display. Exhibition general admission: $5/free for OUMA members and with a Petrel Pass. Children younger than 12 are free. For information contact (404) 364-8555. The museum is located at 4484 Peachtree Road NE in Atlanta.
Dec. 12. AARP Driving Class. Refresh driving skills and learn defensive driving techniques at this class held from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Doraville’s Civic Center, 3770 Central Ave., Doraville. Cost is $12-$14. For more information, call (770) 936-3850 or go to www.doravillega.us/events/
Ongoing. Tours of Callanwolde Mansion. Area residents can experience Callanwolde’s 27,000-square-foot Gothic-Tudor mansion located on 12.5 acres in the Druid Hills neighborhood of Atlanta. Those on the tour see how the Candler family of Coca-Cola fame lived as they stroll through the formal and native gardens, view artists at work and learn more about Atlanta history.†Callanwolde, located at 960 Briarcliff Road NE in Atlanta, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Tours are available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Tickets are $8-$12. For more information, go to www.callanwolde.org.
Horizon Theatre Company
1083 Austin Ave., Atlanta
The Santaland Diaries–
Through Dec. 31
This holiday season Horizon Theatre Company turns “ho ho ho” into “ha ha ha” as it reprises its popular production of The Santaland Diaries by award-winning satirist David Sedaris.
Sardonic, satirical and sarcastic, the merry misanthrope, played for the 15th year by Harold M. Leaver, recounts the tale of his stint as a Macy’s Department Store elf named Crumpet. Out of work and middle-aged, a writer in need of holiday cash decides to employ his gift for insightful observation in the trade of elfdom at Macy’s. Besieged by bratty kids with overzealous parents and donning a humiliating costume, he finds that his cynical self and his elfin alter ego, Crumpet, are not exactly compatible. His remedy for the saccharine overdose he endures in his never-endingly exuberant job is to tell all – giving us a backstage pass to the secret lives of Santas and elves. Though definitely not your traditional stocking stuffer, this caustic Christmas carol is a laughter-spiked antidote to the holiday blues. Performances are Tuesday through Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 8:30 p.m., and Sunday at 6 p.m. There will be a performance on Christmas Eve. Tickets are $25-$40.
Madeline’s Christmas—Dec. 7-31.
Madeline’s Christmas returns to Horizon Theatre Company this holiday season for the sixth year. A production for the entire family, Horizon in collaboration with The Atlanta Children’s Theatre Company reprises the musical adaptation of Ludwig Bemelmans’ classic book.
“In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines lived twelve little girls in two straight lines,” begins the story of Madeline. This holiday season will be unlike any other for Madeline and her friends. While on their morning walk with Miss Clavel, the girls come down with the flu, and as they take to their bed, many wonder if they will be able to go home for Christmas. With the arrival of a mysterious stranger, Madeline and the other girls get a holiday adventure beyond their wildest dreams.
Based on one of the most popular children’s book characters of all time, the production features 24 local girls performing alongside professional actors in two irresistibly adorable casts. Madeline and her friends are sure to enchant audiences of all ages with their holiday adventure filled with laughter, magic, and newfound friends.
Performances are weekends at 1 and 3:30 p.m. with additional school day matinee and holiday week show times. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children.
The Balzer Theater at Herren’s
84 Luckie St., NW, Atlanta
The Gifts of the Magi—
Through Dec. 22
In this Christmas musical, Jim and Della are out of work and penniless during Christmas in New York. To afford presents for each other, both secretly part with their most precious possessions. In O. Henry’s classic holiday story, the two lovers’ gesture of giving creates a warm and intimate Christmas in the cold, unfriendly city. Set to the music of Randy Courts, this charming and transcendent musical aims to kindle the holiday spirit in the heart of Atlanta.
1280 Peachtree St., Atlanta
A Christmas Carol—Through Dec. 29
The Alliance Theatre’s rendition of the beloved Charles Dickens story A Christmas Carol has become a favorite Atlanta holiday tradition. The production is a Broadway-scale spectacular featuring widely known Atlanta actors on a gorgeous set with breathtaking special effects.
For those who have seen this production before, no matter when, there’s a good chance that the Atlanta actor portraying Scrooge was the one and only Chris Kayser. He’s been in the Alliance production almost since the beginning and he’s played Scrooge just about ever since. This year, his 20th, will be his last playing literature’s most iconic humbug.
2969 East Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur
Sanders Family Christmas–
Through Dec. 22
It’s Dec. 24, 1941, and America is going to war, so is Dennis Sanders of the Sanders Family Singers. Join Pastor Mervin Oglethorpe and the rest of the Sanders Family as they send Dennis off with hilarious and touching stories and 25 Southern Gospel Christmas favorites.
5384 Manor Drive, Stone Mountain
770 469 1105
A Broadway Christmas Carol—
A Broadway Christmas Carol is returning to the ART Station stage after a five- year hibernation. A good rest refreshes everything, so expect a jazzed up Christmas classic that’s never been funnier. This family favorite, based on Charles Dickens’ story of Ebenezer Scrooge is mixed with hilarious song parodies of favorite Broadway show tunes. New surprises in this year’s production make this a don’t-miss holiday treat.
The Dunwoody Nature Center is soliciting assistance to help Eagle Scout candidate Reilly Friedman of Troop 467 who is building a greenhouse for the center made out of recycled plastic bottles. The center is requesting donations of clean, rinsed out 2-liter plastic bottles for the projects. The Dunwoody Nature Center is located at 5343 Roberts Drive in Dunwoody. For more information call (770) 394-3322.
Dec. 22. Quilting Guild Meeting. The Brown Sugar Stitchers Quilting Guild meets the third Saturday of each month. Funding is provided by the Friends of the Wesley Chapel-William C. Brown Library. Meetings are 10 a.m.-5 p.m.†The Wesley Chapel-William C. Brown Library is located at 2861 Wesley Chapel Road, Decatur. For more information, call (404) 286-6980.
Nami Mental Health Support Group. Meets every second, third and fifth Monday, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Agnes Scott College, Hopkins Building Wellness Center, 141 E. College Ave. For more information, call (404) 604-2350 or www.nami.org.
West African dance classes. Classes are taught by master West African dance instructor Assane Kouyate. Open to participants of all ages and levels who are ready for a fun-filled, energy packed class. Traditional and modern dances are taught. In addition, participants can develop an awareness of how song traditions work hand in hand with dance movement as a means of expression and communication of daily life in West African cultures. Thursdays; Beacon Hill Centre Theatre (corner Electric and W. Trinity Place–inside Ebster Rec Center at the back), 404 West Trinity Place, Decatur, 7 – 8:15 p.m., Cost: $12. For more information, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.sekhousenegal.com/westafricandance.
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