Atlanta ShowGuide — Holiday 2012

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Holiday 2012

Greater Atlanta’s Performing Arts Magazine

On the Cover: “Celebration IV” by Shijun Munns

A Joy of Art: Shijun Munns Art Journey by Charles Munns

Ring in the Holidays with Georgia State University Gala Holiday Concerts by Helene Erenberg

Creative Process: A Young Actor Finds His Voice at Flashdance—The Musical is Act3 Productions by Nicholas Carson Live On Stage by Dylan Adams

November and December at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Offers a Wide Variety of Entertainment Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Returns to the Fox

ShowGuide Spotlights | Performance Guide Nov – Dec 2012 | ShowGuide Venues

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A Joy of Art: Shijun Munns Art Journey by Charles Munns


Creative Process: A Young Actor Finds His Voice at Act3 Productions by Nicholas Carson


Ring in the Holidays with Georgia State University Gala Holiday Concerts by Helene Erenberg


Flashdance—The Musical is Live On Stage


November and December at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Offers a Wide Variety of Entertainment


Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Returns to the Fox


ShowGuide Spotlights


Performance Guide November – December 2012


ShowGuide Venues

by Dylan Adams

Eve’s Orchard by Shijun Munns

Performance guide courtesy of

A Joy of Art:

Shijun Munns Art Journey By Charles Munns


hijun cares about everything that could touch off an old days feeling: ancient poetry with implied meaning, ancient pottery with rough and simple design, flying faeries on the ancient Silk Road. Indeed, Shijun seems to look back into space-time while her paintings spring forward into our time to bring us images of deep and profound souls glimmering in soft, golden light. In Shijun’s art it is impossible to discern the real from the imagined or the ancient from what is now. It may be that Shijun’s quiet life and gentle heart have enabled her to express dreams and emotions lost or hidden to the rest of mankind. She brings forth vivid images of life that draw us deep into thought and wonder and into a realm where we ourselves become lost in worlds full of bright color and soft light. Shijun is blessed with an artist’s eye and a poet’s heart. Whether painting in oil or traditional Chinese painting, she is forever delighted by the results which seem to spring from a deep and ancient well that forms her artist’s palette. Her muse gives her a love for oriental simplicity of form. Shijun was born and raised in Foshan, an old town in the south of China full of history and famous for an active aesthetic nature. She is a graduate of the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts 1987. Shijun is a recipient of numerous awards for her artistic achievements in both painting and art instruction. Shijun has lived in the Atlanta area since early 2003 with her husband and numerous pets. She teaches art classes at Callanwolde Arts Center in Atlanta and at her studio located in Lilburn. Shijun’s friend and art collector Patty Hutton says, “Thank you for your beautiful images. This world of ours needs people like you who create inspiring art that lifts us up. Your paintings will bring me much joy for years and years to come.”,, 4

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By Nicholas Carson


i! My name is Nicholas and I’m 11 years old. I want to tell you about Act3 Productions—what it is, what I’m doing there and why I wanted to do it. Act3 Productions is a theater company that presents all sorts of plays starring adults and kids. This year, Act3 has new classes for children and teenagers, and I’m taking the kids’ musical Nicholas and his teachers: L-R: Joe Arnotti, Michelle Peck, theater class. I’m the only boy in the class, which Nicholas Carson, Aubrey Turnbull and Johnna Mitchell was a little disappointing at first, but we have a male teacher, Mr. Joe, who is awesome, so it’s OK. I signed up because I wanted to feel more comfortable on stage and also because I love drama and performing. We have four teachers. The first is Miss Michelle (Peck). She’s really funny and has a spectacular singing voice. Next is Miss Johnna (Mitchell), who also sings very well, but she’s best at dancing. Miss Aubrey (Turnbull) is the youngest teacher. She’s helping Miss Johnna teach us the dance steps and she’s good. Mr. Joe (Arnotti) is super funny and gets along with everybody. He’s also an awesome dancer, which is kind of surprising, since he’s a pretty big guy. We’re learning how to sing, dance and act. Everyone has a chance to be a soloist. It’s OK if you don’t want to, the teachers are nice to you either way. For the final class, we’ll perform for our friends and family. I’m excited about that! Last week, we had a lesson in Actor’s Perspective and learned about Stage Left, Stage Right and Center Stage. It’s the opposite if you’re in the audience, except for Center Stage, of course. Mr. Joe took the class on a backstage tour and showed us how the actors move from the stage to their dressing rooms. My parents say it’s good for me to try new things and taking the class at Act3 Productions is really new for me. I was a little nervous the first day, but it turned out to be so much fun I felt comfortable very quickly. Maybe you’ll see me on stage some day! 6

RING IN THE HoLIDAyS WITH GEoRGIA STATE UNIVERSITy GALA HoLIDAy CoNCERTS Saturday & Sunday, December 1 & 2, 2012 at the Rialto Center for the Arts By Helene Erenberg


again feature a special presentation of African dance and percussion by students from the Charles Drew R. Charter School. The School of Music has had a partnership with the Drew Charter School, located in the East Lake neighborhood of Atlanta, since 2006, thanks to a generous, multi-year grant from the Cousins Foundation, Inc. The School of Music/ Drew Charter School partnership has twice been awarded funding through the Race to the Top program to help create one of Georgia’s first STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) models of education. “These annual performances are a way for us to celebrate with our entire GSU family, and the Atlanta community,” said W. Dwight Coleman, director of the School of Music and artistic director of the performances. “What better way to usher in the holiday season than with the glorious sounds of our students, faculty and guests on stage at the Rialto.” Tickets range from $22-$48 (Georgia State students, faculty and staff may receive 1/2 price tickets with ID) and are available in person at the Rialto Center Box Office, by calling 404-413-9TIX or online at Free parking is provided for this event at the Equitable Building deck on Fairlie Street.

he Georgia State University School of Music and the Rialto Center for the Arts present the 15th annual Gala Holiday Concert on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 3 p.m. at the Rialto Center for the Arts. This year’s performances will feature traditional holiday favorites as well as music with an international twist—celebrating the School of Music’s international initiatives and involvement in the community. Over 200 student and faculty musicians will perform as part of this university-wide celebration of the season, including members of the University Symphony Orchestra, Choruses and Jazz Band and faculty and student soloists. Conductors Michael Palmer, Gordon Vernick, Robert J. Ambrose and Deanna Joseph will lead the musicians in a potpourri of works by Duke Ellington, Tchaikovsky, Handel and others. The program will conclude with Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols, a magnificent work written for baritone, chorus, and orchestra. Other selections will highlight the musical traditions of China and Brazil, featuring School of Music students performing works from their native lands. Back by popular demand, the concerts will



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elebrating its 30th Anniversary, FLASHDANCE is donning the torn shirts and leg warmers once again as it leaps off the screen and onto the stage this January. Based on the iconic 1983 movie that revolutionized a generation, FLASHDANCE will launch in Pittsburgh, the Steel City where the story unfolds, and will continue on to over 20 cities during its first season on tour. An additional company will launch on the Great White Way in August of 2013. With dance playing a significant part in today’s culture (Dancing with the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, Glee to name a few), this new stage production couldn’t be more relevant. FLASHDANCE tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of Alex Owens, a working-class girl from Pittsburgh with a dream of becoming a professional dancer. She works by day as a steel mill welder, and a bar dancer at night while aspiring to be accepted at a prestigious ballet academy. When Alex catches the eye of her boss Nick Hurley, their romance shows her the meaning of love and drives her ambition to pursue her dream. The musical features a book by Tom Hedley, who co-wrote the original screenplay, and Robert Cary. In fact, Hedley originally intended for the story to unfold on the Broadway stage thirty years ago before Hollywood snatched up the property. Fellow maniacs, never fear: the show will include iconic songs from the film such as the Academy Award-winning hits, “Flashdance—What a Feeling,” “Maniac,” “Gloria,” “Manhunt” and “I Love Rock & Roll,” as well as 16 new songs for the stage production. Robbie Roth has written the music with lyrics by Cary and Roth. At the helm as director and choreographer is Sergio Trujillo (Choreographer of Jersey Boys, Memphis, and The Addams Family and many others). “There are so many elements that are iconic from the movie that we have assimilated into the production,” said director Sergio Trujillo. “I want audiences to walk away feeling the way I did when I saw the movie—I wanted to dance!” “The new work we’ve already seen Sergio create in the studio is downright brilliant. He’s come up with new ways of storytelling through dance that bring you immediately to the heart of this iconic story of a girl with a dream in a way I’ve never seen,” said producer Marc Routh. “And we all remember where we were when we first heard these hit songs, they bring you back to a place in time. ... We can’t wait for audiences to embrace this new musical across the country.” Set in a world made of steel and stone, this high-impact production filled with all styles of dance is not to be missed. WHAT A FEELING!! 10

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ovember opens with The Atlanta Opera’s 2012-2013 season on November 10 at 8:00 p.m. with Bizet’s classic, Carmen. Set in sultry Spain, the opera traces Don Jose’s ill-fated attraction to the alluring gypsy, Carmen. When Carmen casts off her ardent lover for the handsome toreador, Escamillo, Jose’s intense jealousy turns to vengeance and dooms the fiery romance to a tragic end. Carmen is full of sizzling opera hits, including the famous “Habanera” and the irresistible Toreador’s song. Late November brings the return of Dave Koz and Friends for his Christmas Tour 2012, part of Jazz Roots: A Larry Rosen Jazz Series, on Friday, November 30 at 8:00 p.m. a cherished holiday tradition marking its 15th anniversary, is an uplifting, high-energy show the whole family will love. Get into the holiday spirit as some of music’s biggest and brightest names jam on fresh, lively arrangements of seasonal favorites, led by multi-GRAMMY® nominee and saxophonist extraordinaire Dave Koz. Joining Dave this year will be GRAMMY-nominated pianist/composer David Benoit, Sheila E. & Javier Colon. Joining these special guests will be singer/songwriter Margo Rey. On December 7 at 8:00 p.m., for the first time ever, Grammy-winning folk duo the Indigo Girls, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers, will embark on a national symphony tour in the US. They will appear at Cobb Energy Centre with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra. For this tour, they’ve brought in musical arrangers Sean O’Loughlin and Stephen Barber to write orchestral charts for a selection of songs spanning their career, from the 1980s through their most recent release, Beauty Queen Sister, on IG Recordings/ Vanguard. Gas South Broadway Series’ – WEST SIDE STORY. Thursday, December 13 – Sunday, December 16 tells the story of star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria as they struggle to rise above the hatred and intolerance that surrounds them. WEST SIDE STORY soars as the greatest love story of all time and remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The Bernstein and Sondheim score is considered to be one of Broadway’s finest and features such classics of the American musical theatre as “Something’s Coming,” “Tonight,” “America,” “I Feel Pretty” and “Somewhere.” For information or to purchase tickets visit 12


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ALVIN AILEY DANCE THEATER RETURNS TO THE FOX lvin Ailey American Dance Theater returns to the fabulous Fox Theatre in 2013 for five exhilarating performances from Thursday, February 14 through Sunday, February 17. As always, Atlanta audiences can look forward to revolutionary choreography and breathtaking performances. In his second year at the helm as Artistic Director, Robert Battle will continue to surprise and delight audiences as he expands his vision for the Company with a thrilling array of premieres, new productions and returning favorites that will showcase Ailey’s phenomenal dancers. The exciting Atlanta premieres and the return of Alvin Ailey’s beloved classic, Revelations, are sure to inspire and entertain every member of your family. Battle’s inaugural season received wide critical acclaim and delighted audiences around the world, launching an exciting new era. He looks forward to building Ailey’s cherished legacy in Atlanta using dance in a moving celebration of the African-American heritage and the human spirit. “I’m thrilled about Ailey’s return to Atlanta and the opportunity to connect and share with the local community,” said Battle. “Atlanta is a city that makes us feel so at home and is one of the highlights on our national tour. It will be exciting to welcome Atlantans to the Fabulous Fox for an unforgettable experience—enjoying new choreographic treasures and the artistry of 30 dancers that are sure to bring audiences to their feet.” Ailey’s engagement kicks off on Valentine’s Day, offering a memorable evening for you and that special someone. The Saturday matinee will be followed by a post-performance Q&A with the dancers and a buy one and get one at 50 percent off ticket offer. Various events are scheduled for the local community and area youth, such as a reunion for AileyCamp Atlanta, Ailey’s summer program for middle-school students and a young people’s performance, on Thursday, February 14 at 10:30 a.m. For additional information about Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the Atlanta schedule or to purchase tickets, starting at $25, visit or



A Celtic Yuletide with Michael Londra

Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012 • 3PM • $40 Renowned in America as Riverdance’s lead singer and the star of the PBS television special Beyond Celtic, Michael Londra evokes the spirit of Christmas in Ireland with an intimate show of heart-warming stories, magical songs, and ageold Celtic airs. Named “Best Irish Tenor” in 2011 by the Irish Music Association, Michael Londra will “transport you into an amazingly beautiful world where every sound has a purpose” (Irish Edition).

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Featuring over 200 student, faculty and community musicians — including the GSU Symphony Orchestra, Choruses and Jazz Band — performing traditional holiday favorites and music with an international twist!

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ATLANTA SHoWGUIDE spotlights Babes in Toyland - an Atlanta Dance Theatre Tradition

Demonstrations of blacksmithing, candledipping, and open-hearth cooking showcase time-honored traditions of the Southeast. Festive holiday crafts, a visit from Santa, live music, and theatre performances provide fun-filled opportunities for families with little ones to create precious holiday memories. Free to members; included in the cost of general admission for nonmembers. For more information, visit Family.

Dec. 7 and 8: “Babes In Toyland” showcases the talents of over 70 dancers and actors, and features appearances from Atlanta Workshop Players. A much-loved Atlanta Dance Theatre tradition, this season’s show is full of surprises! You’ll get to know new characters, see dazzling new costumes for Mary Quite Contrary and many of her friends, and delight in choreography updates by Robert Gosnell. Artistic Director, Jonnie Kelley, invites you to bring your friends and family to the Roswell Cultural Arts Center and enjoy! Purchase tickets online at www. or by phone 404-4383028


Fifth Third Bank Broadway In Atlanta brings the best of Broadway to the historic stage of The Fox Theatre. Give the gift of Broadway this holiday season with a mini package…starting at just $89 for select performances. You’ll see the hottest new shows on tour, including “FLASHDANCE The Musical”, the story you know and love with the songs that inspired a generation. The Fox will be rockin’ in March with “MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET”, the Tony Award-winning story of a chance meeting between four legends of rock: Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis. And you’ll close the season giving praise to “SISTER ACT The Musical”, based on the hit film starring Whoopi Goldberg. PLUS…only season subscribers can guarantee their seats for “THE BOOK OF MORMON”, coming to Atlanta in the 2013/2014 Season. More information at or find us on Facebook by searching Broadway In Atlanta.

Agatha’s Murder Mystery Theater

Agatha’s newest holiday show is actually a spotlight on the talent on both sides of Agatha’s stage. Have a Holly Jolly Murder was written by Marc Farley, a star of the new Discovery Science channel TV series “Stuff You Should Know.” His show stars Amber Chaney, who played the Avox girl in “The Hunger Games”, Dan Triandiflo, who’ll be seen in a new Adult Swim live action pilot, Kate Kneeland who starred in A&E’s mini-series “Coma”, and Ryan Girard who was in the summer hit movie, “The Watch”. Maybe this Agatha’s show is something you should watch, too! For more info on Agatha’s visit us at www. or call 404-584-2255 The Holiday Spirit – Atlanta History Center

Capitol City opera’s The Secret Agent

Join the Atlanta History Center Saturday, December 15 from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM for the annual holiday program, “The Holiday Spirit”. Signature activities include flights of time travel exploring holidays past at Smith Family Farm and Swan House through encounters with friendly “spirits” from the 1860s and the 1930s.

Capitol City Opera presents the world premiere of “The Secret Agent”, a new opera by composer Curtis Bryant based on Joseph Conrad’s novel of the same name. With libretto by forensic psychiatrist 16

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ATLANTA SHoWGUIDE spotlights Allen Reichman, The Secret Agent is set in 20th century London at a time of social unrest. With urgent, neoclassical orchestration underscoring the turbulent action on stage, the story follows anarchist Adolf Verloc and his unsuspecting wife Winnie as they navigate a society in chaos while their lives hang in the balance. Conant Center of Performing Arts at Oglethorpe University March 15-17, 2013. Visit for more information.

hard look at some of the big questions, too: Is cheating inevitable in a long-term relationship? Are marriages meant to last forever? What happens when we marry the wrong person? What happens when we make life-long decisions in order to keep “others” happy? Using the lens of marriage, “Choices” examines life circumstances, the choices we make, and their impacts on our lives. TIX: 404-733.5000, www.

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LITTTE WoMEN: A timeless classic. A well loved story. A musical for all.

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FABREFACTION THEATRE COMPANY presents “Little Women” – a musical based on Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 novel of the same title. Set in New England during the Civil War, Reverend March is away ministering to the Federal troops. He leaves behind in Concord, Massachusetts matriarch Mrs. March (Marmee) with their four daughters, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy who through the course of the musical turn from young girls into women. Jo is headstrong, tomboy like, passionate and an aspiring writer. Despite her protestations she works for her wealthy Aunt March as a lady’s companion bringing in much needed funds for the family. In her spare time she writes stories in the little attic room, dreaming of becoming a famous writer. It is Jo who puts pen to paper and weaves the tale of her sister’s trials and tribulations as they grow up experiencing poverty, love, friendship and the importance of family. This well loved story is a celebration of women breaking the mold and achieving success both in work and life. The show explores themes of family, ambition, the struggle of poverty, and well before its time this tale fights for women’s rights to work as well as publish books in their own name. This poignant and timeless classic is the perfect holiday show for the entire family.


• 11/10/2012 (4- 8pm),11/11 (4pm) • Single ticket price $30 in advance; $35 @ door • DreamCatcher Productions • 14th Street Playhouse,173 14th Street NE Atlanta, GA 30318 • TIX: 404-733.5000, “Choices”, from DreamCatcher Productions, delves deep into the journey of two married couples, as they travel through the minefield of infidelity, with all the secrets, thrills, heartbreak and betrayals it brings. It takes a 18

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Holiday crafts, live music, decorations, engaging theatrical performances, and a visit from Saint Nicholas provide fun-filled moments for families to create holiday memories. Featured activities include time travel to explore holidays past at Smith Family Farm and Swan House where guests encounter friendly “Spirits” from the 1860s and the 1930s. Major funding for this organization provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of the Fulton County Arts Council.

ATLANTA SHoWGUIDE spotlights Sounds of Christmas: Spyro Gyra and Empire Brass

performance, composition, music management, music education, recording/technology and jazz studies. The School annually presents over 250 recitals, music workshops and community music concerts including performances by guest artists, faculty and students at the Rialto Center for the Arts and the newly renovated Florence Kopleff Recital Hall. Musical offerings range from jazz ensembles to string quartets— including performances by the University choruses and orchestras. The majority of concerts are FREE and open to the public.

The holidays sparkle at the Ferst Center for the Arts this December! New York’s Empire Brass, one of the world’s top brass ensembles, presents a holiday concert featuring Elisabeth Von Trapp, whose family came to fame in “The Sound of Music”. This December 2 concert is great for the entire family. The season takes on a jazz groove with Spyro Gyra performing their holiday concert “A Night Before Christmas” on December 8. Their signature sound merges jazz with R&B, pop and Latin music for a high energy show. Located in the heart of the Georgia Tech campus, the Ferst Center enriches the audience experience by hosting free discussions before and after many performances. Tickets are on sale now. For tickets and information visit www. or call the Box Office at 404894-9600.

Lee Harper and Dancers Begins 33rd Season in Atlanta

We all know fall is back to school time, but it’s also time for dance students to return to class and begin rehearsals for the upcoming season. No one knows this better than Lee Harper, who is about to open the curtain on her 33rd season of teaching, performing and choreographing in Atlanta. For over three decades, Miss Harper has taught dance to generations of students, and offered her choreographic talents to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Opera, the Alliance Theatre and numerous schools, churches and civic groups. She directs two performing groups, the professional, adult “Lee Harper & Dancers” and the youth company, “Lee Harper & Dancers II”. Here’s what’s on tap for this fall: Sunday, Dec. 9 and Sunday, Dec. 16 – Ring in the holiday season with this Atlanta tradition! Lee Harper & Dancers and Lee Harper & Dancers II will perform with the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra as part of the annual “Kids Holiday” concerts at Symphony Hall at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. This year, the dancers will perform the popular Second Chance Christmas, written especially for the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra by Ric Reitz. (404) 733-5000 Many of the dancers who perform with Lee

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

In its 15th annual year of audiencecaptivating performances at the Fox Theatre, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater’s extraordinary dancers makes their way back to center stage with exciting and always inspiring performances. Tickets go on sale on Oct. 15, starting at $25, and can be purchased online at Show dates and times are as follows: Thursday, Feb. 14 at 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 15 at 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16 at 2 (matinee) and 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 18 at 3 p.m. (matinee). Performances will include dynamic season premieres and Alvin Ailey’s classic, Revelations. Georgia State University School of Music

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ATLANTA SHoWGUIDE spotlights Harper & Dancers have been with company for over a decade. In addition to Miss Harper, they include: Dominique Fewell, Jenny Gould, Keiko Guest, Scott Palma, Millie Rhodes, Katy Roelle, Laura Rossini and Elaine Wadsworth. A Lexus Leader of the Arts, Miss Harper is the recipient of numerous honors including two Choreography Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. Even after more than three decades, she continues to teach, perform and inspire dancers and audiences with the same innovation she has shown throughout the years, and Atlanta is the richer for it. Atlanta Lyric Theatre’s “4-Pack”

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“Rudolph Unwrapped”! Families are in for a special treat this holiday season as Rudolph soars back into town for this faithful adaptation that speaks to the misfit in all of us. After select performances, the Center for Puppetry Arts is offering a rare, live-camera, behind-the-scenes demonstration showcasing how the puppeteers magically perform the story of Rudolph and all his friends. Following “Rudolph Unwrapped,” families can

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ATLANTA SHoWGUIDE spotlights make their very own Hermey the Elf Shadow Puppet to take home! Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer plays November 8 to January 6 at the Center for Puppetry Arts. Details and tickets at DECATUR CIVIC CHoRUS

The Decatur Civic Chorus, one of the oldest continuing choral groups in the Southeastern U.S.,.is celebrating 65 years of outstanding concerts locally and around the world. Directed by Mary Anne Sharp, the Chorus has been heard in concerts throughout Europe, Mexico, and the U.S.A. U.S.. appearances include Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, and our National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. For its commitment to Community and Benefit Concerts, the DCC has been recognized by three U.S. Presidents, two Georgia Governors, the Georgia Senate and House, and the U.S. House of Representatives..

The Chorus Annual Christmas Concert is Sunday, Dec. 9,, 3:00 PM, at the First Baptist Church of Decatur. The Gifts of the Magi

• By Mark St. Germain • Music by Randy Courts 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 will kindle the holiday spirit in the heart of Atlanta. Starring Nick Arapoglou, Caroline Freedlund, Adrienne Reynolds, Jeff McKerley, Glenn Rainey, and Bernardine Mitchell. Tickets: 1.877.725.8849 or www.

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Lee Harper & Dancers and

Lee Harper & Dancers II,

a children’s dance company – Grades 4 - 12

Creative Movement · Modern · Ballet · Pointe · Tap


404-364-9555 Get information about Ms. Harper’s book, Lee Harper & Dancers... Since 1980, on her updated website,

Lee Harper named a 2002 Lexus Leader of the Arts. 33 Years of Teaching and Performing in Atlanta

Don’t worry about the weather forecast — it’s going to be a “White Christmas” at Atlanta Lyric Theatre! Based on the beloved Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye film, this merry musical tells the tale of two famous song-and-dance men who stage a show in a scenic, snow-topped Vermont inn — and end up finding love with two singing sisters under the mistletoe. With laughter, crazy plot turns, Broadway-size production numbers, and the unforgettable music and lyrics of the legendary Irving Berlin, “White Christmas” is a brightly wrapped holiday gift. And, yes, the forecast calls for snow at The Strand in December! 117 N Park Sq. NE


Marietta, GA

The Nutcracker


November 30 –

December 16 Four exciting shows each weekend

Gwinnett Ballet Theatre

Tickets: $13.50 to $29.50 770-813-7600

Gwinnett Performing Arts Center 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, GA 30096

Christ mas with Atlanta Sacred Chorale with special guests The Gary Motley Trio

Sat. Dec.15 8:00 p.m. Sun. Dec. 16 4:00 p.m. Emory University Schwartz Center for Performing Arts Tickets: $25 Adult $20 Senior/Student

Group Discounts call 404.727.5050

ATLANTA PERFORMANCE GUIDE holiday October Theatre MACBeth 10/4 -10/28 Prices: $13 to $45 Georgia Shakespeare Conant Performing Arts Center Oglethorpe University 4484 Peachtree Rd. NE tIX: 404-504-1473 MACBeth 10/4 - 10/28 Prices: $15 to $36 Atlanta Shakespeare Company New American Shakespeare Tavern 499 Peachtree St. NE tIX: 404-874-5299 AssAssIns 10/18 - 11/11 Prices: $18 to $27 Fabrefaction Theatre Company Fabrefaction Theatre 999 Brady Ave. tIX: 404-876-9468 two drInK MInIMuM 10/24 - 11/18 Prices: $15 to $40 Theatrical Outfit Balzer Theater at Herren’s 84 Luckie St. NW tIX: 678-528-1500

Music Theatre neXt to norMAl 10/17 - 11/11 Prices: $25 to $55 Alliance Theatre Alliance Theatre’s Main Stage 1280 Peachtree St. NE tIX: 404-733-5000

Concerts student ConCert serIes 9/21 - 11/2 Prices: free! neoPhonIA new MusIC enseMBle: grAssroots 10/23/2012 only Prices: free! oCtuBAfest 2012 10/29/2012 only Prices: free! JAzz CoMBos 10/30/2012 only Prices: free!

PAulo gAzzAneo 10/31/2012 only Prices: free! Georgia State University School of Music Kopleff Recital Hall at GSU 10 Peachtree Center Ave. NE tIX: 404-413-5901 ConCert In the PArK 10/27/2012 only Prices: free! Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra Atlanta Athletic Club 1930 Bobby Jones Dr. Johns Creek tIX: 678-748-5802

Kids Shows Artful storIes At the MuseuM 9/15 - 11/3 Prices: reservations required Michael C. Carlos Museum 571 South Kilgo Circle tIX: 404-727-0519 the heAdless horseMAn of sleePy sIlly hollow 10/24 - 11/4 Prices: Adults: $16.50; Children (under 2): free! Center for Puppetry Arts 1404 Spring St. NW tIX: 404-873-3391 the reAl tweenAgers of AtlAntA: the fInAl AsseMBly 10/27 - 11/3 Prices: Adults: $20; Children (12 and under): $15 Alliance Theatre Woodruff Arts Center - Rich Auditorium 1280 Peachtree St. NE tIX: 404-733-5000

November Theatre tItus AndronICus 11/1 - 11/25 Prices: $15 to $36 Atlanta Shakespeare Company New American Shakespeare Tavern 499 Peachtree St. NE tIX: 404-874-5299 wolves 11/7 - 12/2 Prices: $15 to $45 Actor’s Express King Plow Arts Center 887 W. Marietta St., Suite J-107 tIX: 404-607-7469


ATLANTA PERFORMANCE GUIDE holiday the MountAIntoP 11/13 - 12/16 Prices: $20 to $60 True Colors Theatre Company Southwest Arts Center 915 New Hope Rd. SW tIX: 404-613-3220

CArMen 11/10 - 11/18 Prices: $25 to $75 The Atlanta Opera Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy. tIX: 404-881-8801

A ChrIstMAs CArol 11/23 - 12/23 Prices: $21 to $60 Alliance Theatre’s Main Stage 1280 Peachtree St. NE tIX: 404-733-5000

dIsney’s BeAuty And the BeAst 11/27 - 12/2 Prices: $30 to $75 Braodway in Atlanta Fabulous Fox Theatre, The 660 Peachtree St. NE tIX: 1-800-745-3000

lIttle woMen 11/28 -12/23 Prices: $15 - $30 Company Name: Fabrefaction Theatre Company 999 Brady Avenue tIX: 404-876-9468

the nutCrACKer 11/30 -12/16 Prices: $13.50 - $29.50 Gwinnett Ballet Theatre, Gwinnett Performing Arts Center 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth tIX: 770-813-7600 www;

the gIfts of the MAgI 11/29 - 12/23 Prices: $20 to $40 Theatrical Outfit Balzer Theater at Herren’s 84 Luckie St. NW tIX: 678-528-1500

holIdAys wIth the ChAlKs 11/30 - 12/23 Prices: $20 to $45 Alliance Theatre’s Hertz Stage 1280 Peachtree St. NE tIX: 404-733-5000

ChArles dICKens’ A ChrIstMAs CArol 11/29 - 12/23 Prices: $15 to $36 Atlanta Shakespeare Company New American Shakespeare Tavern 499 Peachtree St. NE tIX: 404-874-5299

Concerts frAnKIe vAllI 11/1/2012 only Prices: $52 to $122 adv CeltIC thunder 11/4/2012 only Prices: $47 to $72 adv The Fabulous Fox Theatre, The 660 Peachtree St. NE tIX: 1 -800-745-3000

lIttle woMen 11/29 - 12/23 Prices: $18 to $27 Fabrefaction Theatre Company 999 Brady Ave. tIX: 404-876-9468

georgIA teCh syMPhonIC BAnd And ConCert BAnd 11/1/2012 only Prices: $14 Georgia Tech School of Music Holiday Concert 11/29/2012 only Prices: $15 Ferst Center Presents Ferst Center for the Arts 349 Ferst Dr. NW tIX: 404-894-9600

Music Theatre legAlly Blonde the MusICAl 11/ 2 - 11/17 Prices: $15-$23 Act3 Productions 6285-R Roswell Road, Sandy Springs,(behind Trader Joe’s) tIX: 770/241-1905

wArsAw PhIlhArMonIC 11/2/2012 only Prices: $80 Guitarists Sergio and Odair Assad 11/10/2012 only Prices: $45 Arts at Emory Emory’s Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts 1700 North Decatur Rd. tIX: 404-727-5050

MArK AdAMo’s lIttle woMen 11/9/ - 11/10 Prices: $10; seniors/students: $5 Georgia State University School of Music Kopleff Recital Hall at GSU 10 Peachtree Center Ave. NE tIX: 404-413-5901


Atlanta Pops “ Sounds Of The Season” 11/11/12 only Prices: $10 Patrons of The Centre Newnan Performing Arts Centre 1523 Lower Fayetteville Rd., Newnan TIX: An Evening with Melissa Etheridge 11/12/2012 only Prices: $37.50 to $102.50 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Woodruff Arts Center Symphony Hall 1280 Peachtree St. NE TIX: 404-733-5000 Ray LaMontagne 11/28/2012 only Prices: $37.50 to $60.50 adv Dave Koz & Friends Christmas Tour 11/30/2012 only Prices: $38 to $76 adv Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy. TIX: 770-916-2852

Holiday Events Healin Fa De Soul: Readings from the Gullah Bible facilitated by Historian Ron Daise 11/04/2012 Prices: Free, pre-registration required NBAF, Auburn Avenue Research Library 101 Auburn Avenue Northeast Atlanta, GA 30303 TIXS: 404-224-3464 Tastes of a Continent Community Lecture facilitated by Culinary Historian Dr. Jessica Harris 11/18/2012 Prices: Free, pre-registration required NBAF, Auburn Avenue Research Library 101 Auburn Avenue Northeast Atlanta, GA 30303 TIX: 404-224-3464

Kid Shows Stone Soup: An Operatic Fable in One Delicious Act 11/6/2012 only Prices: $7 The Atlanta Opera Decatur High School 310 N. McDonough St. Decatur TIX: 404-881-8801 I Give Myself Away 11/17 - 11/18 Prices: $20 IGMA, Inc. and DJ Creative Productions Strand Theatre, The 117 North Park Square Marietta TIX: 770-293-0080

December Dance So You Think You Can Dance - Live Tour 12/1/2012 only Prices: $37.50 to $63 Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy. TIX: 770-916-2852 Babes in Toyland -An Atlanta Dance Theatre Tradition 12/7 -12/8 Prices: $12.50 -$23.50 Atlanta Dance Theatre, Roswell Cultural Arts Center 950 Forrest Street, Roswell TIX: 404-438-3028 Atlanta Ballet’s Nutcracker 12/7 - 12/26 Prices: $20 to $88 Atlanta Ballet Fabulous Fox Theatre, The 660 Peachtree St. NE TIX: 1-800-745-3000 Fieldwork Showcase 12/9/2012 only Prices: : $7 at the door CORE Emory’s Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts 1700 North Decatur Rd. 404-727-5050

Music Theatre White Christmas 12/7 - 12/23 Prices: $25 to $50 Atlanta Lyric Theatre at The Strand Theatre 117 North Park Square Marietta TIX: 404-377-9948 West Side Story 12/13 - 12/16 Prices: $17 to $60 Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy. TIX: 770-916-2852

Concerts Christmas Gala and Holiday Pops Concert 12/1/2012 only Prices: Adults: $30; Seniors: $23.50; Students: $16.50 Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra St. Benedict Church 11045 Parsons Rd. Johns Creek TIX: 678-748-5802


ATLANTA PERFORMANCE GUIDE holiday eMPIre BrAss feAturIng elIsABeth von trAPP: the sound of ChrIstMAs 12/2/2012 only Prices: $36 to $46 sPyro gyrA 12/8/2012 only Prices: $40 to $65 Ferst Center Presents Ferst Center for the Arts 349 Ferst Dr. NW tIX: 404-894-9600 welCoMe ChrIstMAs 12/2/2012 only Prices: $20 adv, $22 at the door; seniors/ students: $15 adv, $17 at the door The Michael O’Neal Singers Roswell United Methodist Church 814 Mimosa Blvd. Roswell tIX: 770-594-7974 MorrIssey 12/3/2012 only Prices: $37 to $53 adv Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre 2800 Cobb Galleria Pkwy. tIX: 770-916-2852 AtlAntA PoPs “ sounds of the seAson” 12/08/12 only Prices: $20 - $25 Century Bank Entertainment Series at the The Grand Theatre 7 N. Wall St., Cartersville tIX ChrIstMAs ConCert 12/9/2012 only Prices: free Decatur Civic Chorus, First Baptist Church of Decatur 308 Clairemont Ave, Decatur Ga tIX: 770-388-9536 AtlAntA PoPs “ sounds of the seAson” 12/09/12 only Prices: $10 Georgia Military College Goldstein Center for the Performing Arts 201 E.Greene St., Milledgeville tIX:

lIBBy’s At the eXPress 12/15 - 12/23 Prices: $40 Actor’s Express King Plow Arts Center 887 W. Marietta St., Suite J-107 tIX: 404-607-7469 A CeltIC yuletIde wIth MIChAel londrA 12/16/12 only Prices: $40 Spivey Hall Clayton State Uni. Clayton State University, Morrow GA. tIX: 678-466-4200

Holiday Events MArIst sChool AdMIssIons oPen house 12/02 only Prices: free Marist School 3790 Ashford Dunwoody Road NE, Admissions office#: 770-936-2214 KwAnzAA Korner CoMMunIty worKshoP fACIlItAted By dr. Collette hoPKIns 12/08/2012 only Prices: free, pre-registration required NBAF, Auburn Avenue Research Library 101 Auburn Avenue NE tIX: 404-224-3464 the holIdAy sPIrIt 12/15/2012 only Prices: free Atlanta History Center tIX:

Kids Shows MAdelIne’s ChrIstMAs 12/8 - 12/30 Prices: Adults: $15; Children (12 and under): $12 Horizon Theatre 1083 Austin Ave. NE tIX: 404-584-7450

ChrIstMAs wIth AtlAntA sACred ChorAle 12/15/2012 only Prices: $25 Arts at Emory Emory’s Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts 1700 North Decatur Rd. tIX: 404-727-5050

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