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Dungeons and Dragons is a cornerstone of nerd-dom. In the tabletop game, participants role-play as elves, dwarves, wizards and more, slaying dragons, exploring foreign lands and fighting creatures who have less than noble intentions under the careful eye of a dungeon master. 
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While an appreciation for the geeky game is a plus, D&D knowledge isn’t required in order to understand or enjoy the show. At its core, Improvised Dungeons and Dragons — much like regular Dungeons and Dragons — is just funny people telling compelling stories in cool costumes. 
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A three story pagoda stands in Centennial Olympic Park, beckoning people to attend the Chinese Lantern Festival. 25 decorative lanterns illuminate the park, alongside hand crafted flowers and a 200-foot-dragon. Edible sugar dragons will be served. Acrobats, dancers, and theater performers provide nightly entertainment. Opens 6 p.m. Dec. 9. Runs through Jan. 15. 

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›› Gavin Edwards, New York Times bestselling author of VJ:The Unplugged Adventures of MTV's First Wave, documents some of the bizarre adventures of America’s favorite ghost-fighting, Groundhog Day-repeating comedian. Bill Murray once paid a child $5 to ride a bike into a swimming pool and convinced Harvard’s JV women’s basketball team to play a private game of hoops with him. Edwards distills Murray’s offbeat outlook on life into principles anyone can follow in The Tao of Bill Murray. 7 p.m. at A Cappella Book.

ON FRIDAY

›› In Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the Center for Puppetry Arts mounts a family-friendly rendition of the 1964 classic stop-motion flick. Rudolph travels throughout the North Pole in search of somewhere he can be himself, glowing nose and all. Get your picture taken with one of the show’s puppets after the performance. 10 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. at The Center for Puppetry Arts

ON SATURDAY

›› In Lost Without Yule, Highwire Comedy uses sketch comedy to explore the highs and lows of the Christmas season. The show has the trials of gifting a friend a demon, first love, and dealing with awkward family gatherings, all tied up with a bow. Or rather, with standup comedy provided by Hayley Ellman. 8 p.m. at Highwire Comedy. 

ON SUNDAY

›› The Alliance Theatre assembles an all-star cast of Atlanta actors for its rendition of A Christmas Carol. The classic story sees greedy Ebeenzer Scrooge visited by three ghostly interlopers on Christmas Eve. Directed by Rosemary Newcott, it promises to repackage the story’s timeless message in a fresh, delightful production. 2:30 p.m. at the Alliance Theatre. 

ALSO THIS WEEK:

The Snow Queen at Serenbe Playhouse (8 p.m. Thurs.-Sun., Dec. 8-11; 6 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Dec. 10-11)

Improv-A-Hole at Village Theatre (8:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 10)

Christmas with the ASO at the Woodruff Arts Center(8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Dec. 9-10; 2 p.m. Sat., Dec. 10)

Kanye Saves Christmas at Dad’s Garage (10:30 p.m. Fri., Dec. 9)

Libby's at the Express: Ho, Ho Home for the Holidays and a Connie Sue Day Christmas at Actor’s Express (7:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Dec. 10-11)

Wreck The Halls: The Little 5 Points Annual Krampus Krawl at Little Five Points (8 p.m. Sat., Dec. 10)



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A three story pagoda stands in Centennial Olympic Park, beckoning people to attend the Chinese Lantern Festival. 25 decorative lanterns illuminate the park, alongside hand crafted flowers and a 200-foot-dragon. Edible sugar dragons will be served. Acrobats, dancers, and theater performers provide nightly entertainment. [https://www.facebook.com/events/354754028192081/|Opens 6 p.m. Dec. 9. Runs through Jan. 15. ]

__ON THURSDAY__

›› Gavin Edwards, New York Times bestselling author of ''VJ:The Unplugged Adventures of MTV's First Wave'', documents some of the bizarre adventures of America’s favorite ghost-fighting, Groundhog Day-repeating comedian. Bill Murray once paid a child $5 to ride a bike into a swimming pool and convinced Harvard’s JV women’s basketball team to play a private game of hoops with him. Edwards distills Murray’s offbeat outlook on life into principles anyone can follow in ''The Tao of Bill Murray''. [http://www.acappellabooks.com/pages/events/86/gavin-edwards-the-tao-of-bill-murray|7 p.m. at A Cappella Book.]

__ON FRIDAY__

›› In ''Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer'', the Center for Puppetry Arts mounts a family-friendly rendition of the 1964 classic stop-motion flick. Rudolph travels throughout the North Pole in search of somewhere he can be himself, glowing nose and all. Get your picture taken with one of the show’s puppets after the performance. [http://www.puppet.org/programs/family-series/|10 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. at The Center for Puppetry Arts]

__ON SATURDAY__

›› In Lost Without Yule, Highwire Comedy uses sketch comedy to explore the highs and lows of the Christmas season. The show has the trials of gifting a friend a demon, first love, and dealing with awkward family gatherings, all tied up with a bow. Or rather, with standup comedy provided by Hayley Ellman. [https://www-highwirecomedy-com.seatengine.com/events/14378|8 p.m. at Highwire Comedy. ]

__ON SUNDAY__

›› The Alliance Theatre assembles an all-star cast of Atlanta actors for its rendition of ''A Christmas Carol''. The classic story sees greedy Ebeenzer Scrooge visited by three ghostly interlopers on Christmas Eve. Directed by Rosemary Newcott, it promises to repackage the story’s timeless message in a fresh, delightful production. [https://alliancetheatre.org/production/a-christmas-carol-2016|2:30 p.m. at the Alliance Theatre. ]

__ALSO THIS WEEK:__

''''''[http://www.serenbeplayhouse.com/shows-events/current-season|The Snow Queen]''[http://www.serenbeplayhouse.com/shows-events/current-season| at Serenbe Playhouse (8 p.m. Thurs.-Sun., Dec. 8-11; 6 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Dec. 10-11)]

[http://villagecomedy.com/event/improv-a-hole-4-2-4-2015-06-13-2015-06-20-2015-06-27-2015-07-11-2015-12-26/2016-11-05/|Improv-A-Hole at Village Theatre (8:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 10)]

[http://www.atlantasymphony.org/ConcertsAndTickets/Calendar/2016-2017/Christmas-with-the-ASO|Christmas with the ASO at the Woodruff Arts Center(8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Dec. 9-10; 2 p.m. Sat., Dec. 10)]

[https://www.facebook.com/events/1813439328895713/|Kanye Saves Christmas at Dad’s Garage (10:30 p.m. Fri., Dec. 9)]

''''''[https://www.actors-express.com/events/libbys-at-the-express-ho-ho-home-for-the-holidays-and-a-connie-sue-day-christmas-2016|Libby's at the Express: Ho, Ho Home for the Holidays and a Connie Sue Day Christmas]''[https://www.actors-express.com/events/libbys-at-the-express-ho-ho-home-for-the-holidays-and-a-connie-sue-day-christmas-2016| at Actor’s Express (7:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Dec. 10-11)]

[https://www.facebook.com/events/1295608577150137/|Wreck The Halls: The Little 5 Points Annual Krampus Krawl at Little Five Points (8 p.m. Sat., Dec. 10)]



[https://www-highwirecomedy-com.seatengine.com/calendar|Off the Grid at Highwire Comedy (10 p.m. Fri., Dec. 9)]"
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A three story pagoda stands in Centennial Olympic Park, beckoning people to attend the Chinese Lantern Festival. 25 decorative lanterns illuminate the park, alongside hand crafted flowers and a 200-foot-dragon. Edible sugar dragons will be served. Acrobats, dancers, and theater performers provide nightly entertainment. Opens 6 p.m. Dec. 9. Runs through Jan. 15. 

ON THURSDAY

›› Gavin Edwards, New York Times bestselling author of VJ:The Unplugged Adventures of MTV's First Wave, documents some of the bizarre adventures of America’s favorite ghost-fighting, Groundhog Day-repeating comedian. Bill Murray once paid a child $5 to ride a bike into a swimming pool and convinced Harvard’s JV women’s basketball team to play a private game of hoops with him. Edwards distills Murray’s offbeat outlook on life into principles anyone can follow in The Tao of Bill Murray. 7 p.m. at A Cappella Book.

ON FRIDAY

›› In Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the Center for Puppetry Arts mounts a family-friendly rendition of the 1964 classic stop-motion flick. Rudolph travels throughout the North Pole in search of somewhere he can be himself, glowing nose and all. Get your picture taken with one of the show’s puppets after the performance. 10 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. at The Center for Puppetry Arts

ON SATURDAY

›› In Lost Without Yule, Highwire Comedy uses sketch comedy to explore the highs and lows of the Christmas season. The show has the trials of gifting a friend a demon, first love, and dealing with awkward family gatherings, all tied up with a bow. Or rather, with standup comedy provided by Hayley Ellman. 8 p.m. at Highwire Comedy. 

ON SUNDAY

›› The Alliance Theatre assembles an all-star cast of Atlanta actors for its rendition of A Christmas Carol. The classic story sees greedy Ebeenzer Scrooge visited by three ghostly interlopers on Christmas Eve. Directed by Rosemary Newcott, it promises to repackage the story’s timeless message in a fresh, delightful production. 2:30 p.m. at the Alliance Theatre. 

ALSO THIS WEEK:

The Snow Queen at Serenbe Playhouse (8 p.m. Thurs.-Sun., Dec. 8-11; 6 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Dec. 10-11)

Improv-A-Hole at Village Theatre (8:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 10)

Christmas with the ASO at the Woodruff Arts Center(8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Dec. 9-10; 2 p.m. Sat., Dec. 10)

Kanye Saves Christmas at Dad’s Garage (10:30 p.m. Fri., Dec. 9)

Libby's at the Express: Ho, Ho Home for the Holidays and a Connie Sue Day Christmas at Actor’s Express (7:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Dec. 10-11)

Wreck The Halls: The Little 5 Points Annual Krampus Krawl at Little Five Points (8 p.m. Sat., Dec. 10)



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Improvisers talk about long-form improv the way authors talk about their latest novel, dropping words like magical realism into the conversation and discussing the effects underlying motives have on a character’s actions. The bones that make up long-form improv are the same that make up planned storytelling. It’s just, you know, everything is created on the spot.Improv can be divided into two general types: long form and short form. As the names suggest, length is the primary difference between the two. Short form usually lasts two to five minutes and often is structured as mechanic-based games akin to those popularized on “Whose Line is it Anyways?” Long form is concentrated on narrative storytelling and generally runs 20 to 40 minutes, though much longer stories aren’t uncommon. Dad’s Garage, for example, has performed Scandal!, its improvised soap opera, in weekly segments for upward of two months. Audience members are given a recap of the past week’s events, in case they were unable to catch the show, but some loyal fans never miss an installation.Long form, in particular a style called the Harold, was popularized in Chicago in the 1960s. In a Harold, improvisers work through a structured format to intertwine three different story lines together. It’s kind of the standard of long-form improv, and the form’s success is one of the reasons Chicago has become an improv mecca. Aspiring actors and comedians head to Chicago with dreams of one day performing on the Second City stage and being recruited by “Saturday Night Live.” Atlanta’s improv scene, mighty, but lacking the pull of more established improv scenes like Chicago, New York City, and Los Angeles, doesn’t really have to deal with such ulterior motives.“I’m sure there are people here who want to advance their careers but generally people are gonna move somewhere else to do that,” says Matt Horgan, associate artistic director of Dad’s Garage. “The people who are really committed to doing improv in Atlanta are doing it because they love it and that’s nice.”Though the art form isn’t new to the city anymore — Whole World Theatre and Dad’s Garage are both in their 20s now — Atlantans still aren’t entirely sure what to expect from improv. Dad’s Garage continues to have people call and ask who their stand-up headliners will be. The lack of preconceived notions gifts performers and show creators freedom to try new things.“A lot of times when people think of long form they think of Chicago. Chicago does the Harold and they do it great, but there’s so much other long form out there that’s not the Harold that’s so fun,” says Amber Nash, a performer at Dad’s Garage. “In Atlanta we can do what we want. There’s no one telling us what to do.”The city’s lack of fidelity to the Harold has made space for a lot of weird and wonderful long-form shows. Atlanta is, in fact, doing what it wants. In Kanye Saves Christmas, the Dad’s Garage ensemble creates a horrific scenario that only Kanye West can fix. Village Theatre’s long-running Improv Assholes show mixes short form, long form, and drinking games. In Highwire Comedy’s Shakespeare, Unscripted, improvisers perform an entire show in iambic pentameter. Atlanta’s seen improvised operas, X-Men, action movies, Star Trek, Broadway musicals, road trips, ’80s films, clown movies, and “Twilight Zone” episodes, to name just a few. When Atlanta does do Harolds — a not infrequent occurrence — it’s usually with some sort of twist. Improv troupe Hip Hop Harold, for example, raps the whole thing.The huge variety of shows is a testament to the community’s creativity and internal trust. Improv theaters overwhelmingly look to the ingenuity of their performers to come up with new formats. “Our ideas don’t all come from the top down,” notes, Highwire founder Ian Covell. “We welcome our community of improvisers to submit ideas and we look at the ones we think are marketable and take it from there.”Improvisers talk about long-form improv the way lovers talks about ideal relationships, citing trust and commitment as the two necessary components to make the whole thing work. Long form lives or dies based on performers’ confidence in one another and the overall show. Ultimately, it’s storytelling steeped in community.
                 

“There’s no better feeling than to be supported by other people and not torn down. We’re here to support each other and make each other look good,” says Chip Powell, artistic director of Whole World Theatre. “I think that’s the most important part of what long form brings to an improv community.”"
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Improvisers talk about long-form improv the way authors talk about their latest novel, dropping words like magical realism into the conversation and discussing the effects underlying motives have on a character’s actions. The bones that make up long-form improv are the same that make up planned storytelling. It’s just, you know, everything is created on the spot.Improv can be divided into two general types: long form and short form. As the names suggest, length is the primary difference between the two. Short form usually lasts two to five minutes and often is structured as mechanic-based games akin to those popularized on “Whose Line is it Anyways?” Long form is concentrated on narrative storytelling and generally runs 20 to 40 minutes, though much longer stories aren’t uncommon. Dad’s Garage, for example, has performed ''Scandal!'', its improvised soap opera, in weekly segments for upward of two months. Audience members are given a recap of the past week’s events, in case they were unable to catch the show, but some loyal fans never miss an installation.Long form, in particular a style called the Harold, was popularized in Chicago in the 1960s. In a Harold, improvisers work through a structured format to intertwine three different story lines together. It’s kind of the standard of long-form improv, and the form’s success is one of the reasons Chicago has become an improv mecca. Aspiring actors and comedians head to Chicago with dreams of one day performing on the Second City stage and being recruited by “Saturday Night Live.” Atlanta’s improv scene, mighty, but lacking the pull of more established improv scenes like Chicago, New York City, and Los Angeles, doesn’t really have to deal with such ulterior motives.“I’m sure there are people here who want to advance their careers but generally people are gonna move somewhere else to do that,” says Matt Horgan, associate artistic director of Dad’s Garage. “The people who are really committed to doing improv in Atlanta are doing it because they love it and that’s nice.”Though the art form isn’t new to the city anymore — Whole World Theatre and Dad’s Garage are both in their 20s now — Atlantans still aren’t entirely sure what to expect from improv. Dad’s Garage continues to have people call and ask who their stand-up headliners will be. The lack of preconceived notions gifts performers and show creators freedom to try new things.“A lot of times when people think of long form they think of Chicago. Chicago does the Harold and they do it great, but there’s so much other long form out there that’s not the Harold that’s so fun,” says Amber Nash, a performer at Dad’s Garage. “In Atlanta we can do what we want. There’s no one telling us what to do.”The city’s lack of fidelity to the Harold has made space for a lot of weird and wonderful long-form shows. Atlanta is, in fact, doing what it wants. In ''Kanye Saves Christmas'', the Dad’s Garage ensemble creates a horrific scenario that only Kanye West can fix. Village Theatre’s long-running ''Improv Assholes'' show mixes short form, long form, and drinking games. In Highwire Comedy’s ''Shakespeare, Unscripted'', improvisers perform an entire show in iambic pentameter. Atlanta’s seen improvised operas, ''X-Men'', action movies, ''Star Trek'', Broadway musicals, road trips, ’80s films, clown movies, and “Twilight Zone” episodes, to name just a few. When Atlanta does do Harolds — a not infrequent occurrence — it’s usually with some sort of twist. Improv troupe Hip Hop Harold, for example, raps the whole thing.The huge variety of shows is a testament to the community’s creativity and internal trust. Improv theaters overwhelmingly look to the ingenuity of their performers to come up with new formats. “Our ideas don’t all come from the top down,” notes, Highwire founder Ian Covell. “We welcome our community of improvisers to submit ideas and we look at the ones we think are marketable and take it from there.”Improvisers talk about long-form improv the way lovers talks about ideal relationships, citing trust and commitment as the two necessary components to make the whole thing work. Long form lives or dies based on performers’ confidence in one another and the overall show. Ultimately, it’s storytelling steeped in community.
                 

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Improvisers talk about long-form improv the way authors talk about their latest novel, dropping words like magical realism into the conversation and discussing the effects underlying motives have on a character’s actions. The bones that make up long-form improv are the same that make up planned storytelling. It’s just, you know, everything is created on the spot.Improv can be divided into two general types: long form and short form. As the names suggest, length is the primary difference between the two. Short form usually lasts two to five minutes and often is structured as mechanic-based games akin to those popularized on “Whose Line is it Anyways?” Long form is concentrated on narrative storytelling and generally runs 20 to 40 minutes, though much longer stories aren’t uncommon. Dad’s Garage, for example, has performed Scandal!, its improvised soap opera, in weekly segments for upward of two months. Audience members are given a recap of the past week’s events, in case they were unable to catch the show, but some loyal fans never miss an installation.Long form, in particular a style called the Harold, was popularized in Chicago in the 1960s. In a Harold, improvisers work through a structured format to intertwine three different story lines together. It’s kind of the standard of long-form improv, and the form’s success is one of the reasons Chicago has become an improv mecca. Aspiring actors and comedians head to Chicago with dreams of one day performing on the Second City stage and being recruited by “Saturday Night Live.” Atlanta’s improv scene, mighty, but lacking the pull of more established improv scenes like Chicago, New York City, and Los Angeles, doesn’t really have to deal with such ulterior motives.“I’m sure there are people here who want to advance their careers but generally people are gonna move somewhere else to do that,” says Matt Horgan, associate artistic director of Dad’s Garage. “The people who are really committed to doing improv in Atlanta are doing it because they love it and that’s nice.”Though the art form isn’t new to the city anymore — Whole World Theatre and Dad’s Garage are both in their 20s now — Atlantans still aren’t entirely sure what to expect from improv. Dad’s Garage continues to have people call and ask who their stand-up headliners will be. The lack of preconceived notions gifts performers and show creators freedom to try new things.“A lot of times when people think of long form they think of Chicago. Chicago does the Harold and they do it great, but there’s so much other long form out there that’s not the Harold that’s so fun,” says Amber Nash, a performer at Dad’s Garage. “In Atlanta we can do what we want. There’s no one telling us what to do.”The city’s lack of fidelity to the Harold has made space for a lot of weird and wonderful long-form shows. Atlanta is, in fact, doing what it wants. In Kanye Saves Christmas, the Dad’s Garage ensemble creates a horrific scenario that only Kanye West can fix. Village Theatre’s long-running Improv Assholes show mixes short form, long form, and drinking games. In Highwire Comedy’s Shakespeare, Unscripted, improvisers perform an entire show in iambic pentameter. Atlanta’s seen improvised operas, X-Men, action movies, Star Trek, Broadway musicals, road trips, ’80s films, clown movies, and “Twilight Zone” episodes, to name just a few. When Atlanta does do Harolds — a not infrequent occurrence — it’s usually with some sort of twist. Improv troupe Hip Hop Harold, for example, raps the whole thing.The huge variety of shows is a testament to the community’s creativity and internal trust. Improv theaters overwhelmingly look to the ingenuity of their performers to come up with new formats. “Our ideas don’t all come from the top down,” notes, Highwire founder Ian Covell. “We welcome our community of improvisers to submit ideas and we look at the ones we think are marketable and take it from there.”Improvisers talk about long-form improv the way lovers talks about ideal relationships, citing trust and commitment as the two necessary components to make the whole thing work. Long form lives or dies based on performers’ confidence in one another and the overall show. Ultimately, it’s storytelling steeped in community.
                 

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Krampus’s last adventure is a testament to the talented people who celebrate a place on Santa’s naughty list. After all, being nice has never been able to stop the horrors of mixed-use developments. 



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The anti-holiday tradition comes to a close due to the creative team’s desire to explore other possibilities. “Recent weeks have caused us to reevaluate our coming season,” notes Haverty, “and reinvest in initiatives that reach out to the most vulnerable of Atlanta’s citizens with our art and our hearts.”

Krampus’s last adventure is a testament to the talented people who celebrate a place on Santa’s naughty list. After all, being nice has never been able to stop the horrors of mixed-use developments. 



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Like most sons, Will Bloom is skeptical of his father’s stories. This might be because his father’s tales include witches and magic catfishes or it might just be because children generally doubt their parents — it’s hard to tell. In Big Fish, Theatrical Outfit stages a family-friendly show about hope, mortality, and how storytelling saves. Opens 7:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 3. 

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›› Scrooge’s regularly scheduled holiday redemption is interrupted by … Paula Deen? In Invasion: Christmas Carol, Dad’s Garage infuses the Christmas classic with a new invader each night. The intruder attempts to derail the tale as the improvisers do their best to keep the story on track. 8 p.m. at Dad’s Garage.

ON FRIDAY

›› Focused on existential ideas and the odd hope that can sometimes be found in them, Cosmic Stew Comics examine the underlying tensions in everyday situations. In one, a man’s relationship insecurities surface when he attempts to pet a stranger’s dog. In another, dinosaur bones joke about the average death rate. Join creators Andrew Catanese and S. Shayne for the closing of their comic exhibition This is it? 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Parlor.

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›› Charis Books celebrates its 42nd birthday with birthday cake cut by author Luvvie Ajayi. The pop culture blogger is known for her sly humor and smart commentary on American culture. In her debut novel I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual, she gives advice on everything from race relations to funeral behavior. 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Charis Books and More.

ON SUNDAY

›› Sailor Moon slides across the ice alongside Link and a man wearing a Christmas sweater adorned with a light-up reindeer. People of all ages and skating abilities are invited to grab their best costumes and hit the ice for MomoCon’s Cosplayers on Ice. 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Centennial Park Ice Rink.

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A Victorian Holiday at Oakland Cemetery (11 a.m. Sat., Dec. 3)

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Improv-A-Hole at Village Theatre (8:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 3)

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›› Scrooge’s regularly scheduled holiday redemption is interrupted by … Paula Deen? In Invasion: Christmas Carol, Dad’s Garage infuses the Christmas classic with a new invader each night. The intruder attempts to derail the tale as the improvisers do their best to keep the story on track. [http://www.dadsgarage.com/shows/season-22/scripted/IXC.aspx|8 p.m. at Dad’s Garage.]

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›› Focused on existential ideas and the odd hope that can sometimes be found in them, Cosmic Stew Comics examine the underlying tensions in everyday situations. In one, a man’s relationship insecurities surface when he attempts to pet a stranger’s dog. In another, dinosaur bones joke about the average death rate. Join creators Andrew Catanese and S. Shayne for the closing of their comic exhibition ''This is it?'' [https://www.facebook.com/events/364222893929984/|7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Parlor.]

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›› Charis Books celebrates its 42nd birthday with birthday cake cut by author Luvvie Ajayi. The pop culture blogger is known for her sly humor and smart commentary on American culture. In her debut novel ''I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual'', she gives advice on everything from race relations to funeral behavior. [http://www.charisbooksandmore.com/event/awesomely-luvvies-luvvie-ajayi-celebrates-charis-42nd-birthday|11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Charis Books and More.]

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[https://www.facebook.com/events/107653143045725/|A Victorian Holiday at Oakland Cemetery (11 a.m. Sat., Dec. 3)]

[https://www-highwirecomedy-com.seatengine.com/events/14378|Lost Without Yule at Highwire Comedy (8 p.m. Sat., Dec. 3)]

''''''[http://www.serenbeplayhouse.com/shows-events/current-season|The Snow Queen]''[http://www.serenbeplayhouse.com/shows-events/current-season| at Serenbe Playhouse (8 p.m. Thurs.-Sun., Dec. 1-4; 6 p.m. Sat.-Sun. Dec. 3-4)]

[http://villagecomedy.com/event/improv-a-hole-4-2-4-2015-06-13-2015-06-20-2015-06-27-2015-07-11-2015-12-26/2016-11-05/|Improv-A-Hole at Village Theatre (8:30 p.m. Sat., Dec. 3)]

''''''[https://alliancetheatre.org/production/a-christmas-carol-2016|A Christmas Carol]''[https://alliancetheatre.org/production/a-christmas-carol-2016| at Alliance Theatre (8 p.m. Sat., Dec. 3; 2:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun., Dec. 3-4)]

[http://www.cobbenergycentre.com/event/red-and-green/|Red and Green at Cobb Energy Center (6:30 p.m. Fri., Dec. 1)]

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“Any time you see different local brands working together — and you could argue that an artist is a brand as much as a beer is a brand — I think people see these relationships,” Monday Night Brewing marketing guru Jonathan Baker says. “Those brands then become more personable, more a part of the city, and then more a part of who people associate themselves with.”

Because the partnership is founded on a personal relationship, artists are often given an extensive amount of creative control. Orpheus Brewing gifts the designer chosen to do the artwork for their cans with a brief on the themes considered when brewing the beer, the reasoning behind the beer’s name, and some example pieces of the artist’s own work that the brewers felt fit the artistic vision they want for the can. Artists are then allowed to do as they please.

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For many of the breweries, it offers a chance to give back to a community. Beer is art, after all, and the uncertainty that often plagues artists is familiar to brewers.

“I want to support local people because they supported me,” Santamaria says. “I’m living my dream, and I want to help other people live theirs.”

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“Any time you see different local brands working together — and you could argue that an artist is a brand as much as a beer is a brand — I think people see these relationships,” Monday Night Brewing marketing guru Jonathan Baker says. “Those brands then become more personable, more a part of the city, and then more a part of who people associate themselves with.”

Because the partnership is founded on a personal relationship, artists are often given an extensive amount of creative control. Orpheus Brewing gifts the designer chosen to do the artwork for their cans with a brief on the themes considered when brewing the beer, the reasoning behind the beer’s name, and some example pieces of the artist’s own work that the brewers felt fit the artistic vision they want for the can. Artists are then allowed to do as they please.

“I hire them because I trust their vision, and I tell them that,” says Orpheus brewmaster Jason Pellett, “We are giving up control here, purposely, which is kind of scary.”

Finding the right artist for a particular project becomes imperative. Oftentimes connections are formed through more personal means than one might expect from a work partnership. Eventide hired an artist to design merchandise for them who held his wedding in their fledgling space. Pellet taught sketch artist Sam Parker’s son trumpet lessons before eventually hiring the artist to handle the brewery’s visuals. Second Self saw Patrick Nguyen doodling on a napkin in a restaurant and pegged him to design a mural for the brewery. Other artists were found through Instagram searches, attending art galleries, and noticing the street art Atlanta has started to become famous for.

For many of the breweries, it offers a chance to give back to a community. Beer is art, after all, and the uncertainty that often plagues artists is familiar to brewers.

“I want to support local people because they supported me,” Santamaria says. “I’m living my dream, and I want to help other people live theirs.”

The craft beer-local artist union has other advantages, too — mainly helping to create a brand for Atlanta itself. Atlanta is becoming both a recognizable beer and art city. It’s hard not to feel very Georgian when chugging a Nerd Alert out of a glass embellished with one of R. Land’s signature cartoon creations.

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Pop culture adores the narrative of the alcoholic creator — it’s no secret the creatively-inclined enjoy beer. What might come as a little more of a shocker is that beer is just as big a fan of artists. Atlanta’s thriving craft beer scene is a big supporter of the city’s equally prominent art community.

Breweries are reaching out to local artists for help with logos, advertisements, and other visual content. A CatLanta icon raises its fist (paw?) in the air on one of the pint glasses Monday Night Brewing hired local artists to reimagine its logo for (pictured above). Orpheus Brewing hosts live painting events where staples of the Atlanta art community like Forward Warrior-founder Peter Ferrari paint large canvases available for purchase in their tasting room. Eventide Brewing’s pop-up market gives craftsmen a chance to share their stuff with a new audience. Second Self has been working with Georgia State and the Creative Circus to offer print and digital marketing classes. At the end of the course, Second Self co-founder Jason Santamaria will choose his favorites of the class’s designs for company use.

“I believe in specialists. I know how to make great beer, but I don’t know how to draw,” Santamaria tells CL. “It’s great to be able to draw on the great amount of talent in the city and create something that is creative and unique to the beer on the design side.”

It’s a symbiotic relationship. Artists get the opportunity to design cool labels for use by their favorite alcoholic beverages — and, of course, get paid. Breweries get eye-catching content that reminds people of home and provides their beers with an artistic edge that sets them apart on the shelf. After all, people taste with their eyes first. Both parties get to cross-pollinate their social media platforms and reach new audiences. After posting pictures of the cartoon-inspired mural Atlanta artist sQuishiepuss designed for the Monday Night Brewing office, he started to receive requests specifically for superhero art.

“Any time you see different local brands working together — and you could argue that an artist is a brand as much as a beer is a brand — I think people see these relationships,” Monday Night Brewing marketing guru Jonathan Baker says. “Those brands then become more personable, more a part of the city, and then more a part of who people associate themselves with.”

Because the partnership is founded on a personal relationship, artists are often given an extensive amount of creative control. Orpheus Brewing gifts the designer chosen to do the artwork for their cans with a brief on the themes considered when brewing the beer, the reasoning behind the beer’s name, and some example pieces of the artist’s own work that the brewers felt fit the artistic vision they want for the can. Artists are then allowed to do as they please.

“I hire them because I trust their vision, and I tell them that,” says Orpheus brewmaster Jason Pellett, “We are giving up control here, purposely, which is kind of scary.”

Finding the right artist for a particular project becomes imperative. Oftentimes connections are formed through more personal means than one might expect from a work partnership. Eventide hired an artist to design merchandise for them who held his wedding in their fledgling space. Pellet taught sketch artist Sam Parker’s son trumpet lessons before eventually hiring the artist to handle the brewery’s visuals. Second Self saw Patrick Nguyen doodling on a napkin in a restaurant and pegged him to design a mural for the brewery. Other artists were found through Instagram searches, attending art galleries, and noticing the street art Atlanta has started to become famous for.

For many of the breweries, it offers a chance to give back to a community. Beer is art, after all, and the uncertainty that often plagues artists is familiar to brewers.

“I want to support local people because they supported me,” Santamaria says. “I’m living my dream, and I want to help other people live theirs.”

The craft beer-local artist union has other advantages, too — mainly helping to create a brand for Atlanta itself. Atlanta is becoming both a recognizable beer and art city. It’s hard not to feel very Georgian when chugging a Nerd Alert out of a glass embellished with one of R. Land’s signature cartoon creations.

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Carlos Thompson speaks with determination. The artist has a command of his voice that’s inspiring, as if he’s going to use words alone to make you understand exactly what he’s talking about. When he discussed his upcoming art exhibition and military experience with CL, that grit never really left his voice, despite the fact he was attempting to explain things you can’t really understand unless you’ve been through them.

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The Last Scene Comedy Festival is basically a crash course in Atlanta improv. The weekend features an insane lineup of out-of-town and local funny people teaching and performing improv alongside Atlanta comics. Troupes participating include Atlanta-staple Automatic Improv, sloshed sci-fi fanatics The Tipsy Zone, unlikely movie heroes Dark Side of the Room, and beat boxing geniuses Hip Hop Herold. Performances 8-10 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 17-19 at Get Scene Onstage. Workshops 11 p.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 at Get Scene Onstage.

ON THURSDAY

›› Atlanta Symphony Orchestra welcomes guest conductor Donald Runnicles for his season debut, Mahler’s The Song of the Earth. Vocalists Russell Thomas and Kelley O’Connor join the orchestra for the Chinese poetry-inspired symphony. The program starts with Takemitsu’s 1977 composition A Flock Descends into the Pentagonal Garden and concludes with the titler piece, once heralded by composer Leonard Bernstein as Mahler’s “greatest symphony.” 8 p.m. in Atlanta Symphony Hall.

ON FRIDAY

›› In Atlantafication, Cold Tony curates artists’ responses to the city’s constant changes. He explores Atlanta’s past with the hope of creating a positive energy for the future. World Wide Art Federation creator Fabian Williams and photographer Michelle Norris are among those with work on display. The Atlanta Way director King Williams opens the show with a discussion on Southern gentrification. 7 p.m. at the Highland Inn Ballroom.

ON SATURDAY

›› Middle school is hard enough without the added stress of changing countries. Atlanta Photography Group and the Clarkston Community Center teamed up to offer photography workshops to recently settled immigrant children. Students explore their idea of self and home through photos and text. In Juxtapositions, pieces produced in the workshops are displayed alongside an interactive photo booth that encourages attendees to grapple with their own ideas of home. 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Atlanta Photography Group Gallery.

ON SUNDAY

›› Selma director Ava DuVernay documents how the amendment outlawing slavery isn’t as air-tight as people might believe. In The 13th, she explores the way mass incarceration after the Civil War led to a mythology of black criminality. A World Without Police hosts a post-screening movie discussion. 7 p.m. at 368 PONCE.

ALSO THIS WEEK:

Proof at Southwest Arts Center (8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., Nov. 17-19; 2:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun., Nov. 19-20)

Appropriate at Actor’s Express (8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., Nov. 17-19; 2 p.m. Sun., Nov. 20)

Pokémon: Symphonic Evolution at the Cobb Energy Centre (7:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 19)

Botox or Bangs at the Village Theatre (9 p.m. Sat., Nov. 19)

Story Spot at Dad’s Garage (8 p.m. Fri., Nov. 18)

The Nutcracker at Infinite Energy Center (7 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Nov. 18-19; 2:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun., Nov. 19-20)

Design Conversation: Michael Jager Presents Love Beta at the Museum of Design Atlanta (7 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 17)"
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The Last Scene Comedy Festival is basically a crash course in Atlanta improv. The weekend features an insane lineup of out-of-town and local funny people teaching and performing improv alongside Atlanta comics. Troupes participating include Atlanta-staple Automatic Improv, sloshed sci-fi fanatics The Tipsy Zone, unlikely movie heroes Dark Side of the Room, and beat boxing geniuses Hip Hop Herold. [http://thelastseenfestival.com/|Performances 8-10 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 17-19 at Get Scene Onstage. Workshops 11 p.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 at Get Scene Onstage.]

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›› Atlanta Symphony Orchestra welcomes guest conductor Donald Runnicles for his season debut, Mahler’s ''The Song of the Earth''. Vocalists Russell Thomas and Kelley O’Connor join the orchestra for the Chinese poetry-inspired symphony. The program starts with Takemitsu’s 1977 composition ''A Flock Descends into the Pentagonal Garden'' and concludes with the titler piece, once heralded by composer Leonard Bernstein as Mahler’s “greatest symphony.” [http://www.atlantasymphony.org/ConcertsAndTickets/Calendar/2016-2017/CS7-Mahler-Das-Lied-von-der-Erde|8 p.m. in Atlanta Symphony Hall.]

__ON FRIDAY__

›› In ''Atlantafication'', Cold Tony curates artists’ responses to the city’s constant changes. He explores Atlanta’s past with the hope of creating a positive energy for the future. World Wide Art Federation creator Fabian Williams and photographer Michelle Norris are among those with work on display. ''The Atlanta Way'' director King Williams opens the show with a discussion on Southern gentrification. [https://www.facebook.com/events/1863522990550293/?active_tab=discussion|7 p.m. at the Highland Inn Ballroom.]

__ON SATURDAY__

›› Middle school is hard enough without the added stress of changing countries. Atlanta Photography Group and the Clarkston Community Center teamed up to offer photography workshops to recently settled immigrant children. Students explore their idea of self and home through photos and text. In ''Juxtapositions'', pieces produced in the workshops are displayed alongside an interactive photo booth that encourages attendees to grapple with their own ideas of home. [http://www.atlantaphotographygroup.org/events/2016/11/17/exhibition-juxtapositions|6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Atlanta Photography Group Gallery.]

__ON SUNDAY__

›› Selma director Ava DuVernay documents how the amendment outlawing slavery isn’t as air-tight as people might believe. In ''The 13th'', she explores the way mass incarceration after the Civil War led to a mythology of black criminality. A World Without Police hosts a post-screening movie discussion. [https://www.facebook.com/events/178281582633975/|7 p.m. at 368 PONCE.]

__ALSO THIS WEEK:__

[https://truecolorstheatre.org/2016/03/25/proof/|''Proof'' at Southwest Arts Center (8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., Nov. 17-19; 2:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun., Nov. 19-20)]

[https://www.actors-express.com/plays/appropriate|''Appropriate'' at Actor’s Express (8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., Nov. 17-19; 2 p.m. Sun., Nov. 20)]

[http://www.cobbenergycentre.com/event/pokemon-symphonic-evolutions/|''Pokémon: Symphonic Evolution'' at the Cobb Energy Centre (7:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 19)]

[http://villagecomedy.com/event/botox-or-bangs-6/|Botox or Bangs at the Village Theatre (9 p.m. Sat., Nov. 19)]

[http://www.dadsgarage.com/shows/season-22/improv/Story Spot.aspx|Story Spot at Dad’s Garage (8 p.m. Fri., Nov. 18)]

[http://www.infiniteenergycenter.com/events/detail/the-nutcracker-2|''The Nutcracker'' at Infinite Energy Center (7 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Nov. 18-19; 2:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun., Nov. 19-20)]

[http://www.museumofdesign.org/calendar/2016/11/17/michael-jager-of-solidarity-of-unbridled-labour|Design Conversation: Michael Jager Presents Love Beta at the Museum of Design Atlanta (7 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 17)]"
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›› In Atlantafication, Cold Tony curates artists’ responses to the city’s constant changes. He explores Atlanta’s past with the hope of creating a positive energy for the future. World Wide Art Federation creator Fabian Williams and photographer Michelle Norris are among those with work on display. The Atlanta Way director King Williams opens the show with a discussion on Southern gentrification. 7 p.m. at the Highland Inn Ballroom.

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›› Selma director Ava DuVernay documents how the amendment outlawing slavery isn’t as air-tight as people might believe. In The 13th, she explores the way mass incarceration after the Civil War led to a mythology of black criminality. A World Without Police hosts a post-screening movie discussion. 7 p.m. at 368 PONCE.

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›› Torn the latest exhibit from SCAD-grad and multidisciplinary artist Brandon Sadler is, essentially, his personal diary. The exhibit uses some of Sadler’s own poetry alongside Kendrick Lamar lyrics, symbols, and text to explore the artist’s personal demons. Sadler’s work can be seen on giant murals around town. This time around he sketches the fear, depression, and anxiety common to the modern age. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Notch8 Gallery.

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›› Breaking Bad’s Badger — better known as Matt Jones — and his improv partner Dave Hill join the Dad’s Garage ensemble for the weekend. In the first half of the comedy show, Jones and Hill improvise with the regulars from Dad’s. In the second half, they perform their traveling two-man improv show. 10:30 p.m. at Dad’s Garage.



›› CL won’t do your holiday shopping for you but we’ll make the whole experience a lot easier. We’ve gathered some of the coolest local and regional independent crafters together so you can find unique gifts for everyone on your Christmas list. Oh, and we’ve mixed in craft beer so that the whole thing’s as stress-free as possible. 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Atlantic Station.
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›› Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Love Jones with the musical stage adaptation of the classic movie. Love Jones chronicles the love story of two black creatives in Chicago, intertwining songs by Chrisette Michelle, Musiq Soulchild, Marsha Ambrosius, MC Lyte, Raheem Devaughn and Dave Hollister. 7:30 p.m. at the Fox Theatre.

ALSO THIS WEEK:

Proof at Southwest Arts Center (8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., Nov. 10-12; 2:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun., Nov. 11-12)

Appropriate at Actor’s Express (8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., Nov. 10-12; 2 p.m. Sun., Nov. 13)

Shakespeare Unscripted at Highwire Comedy (8 p.m. Fri., Nov. 11)

Fernbank forest bird walk at Fernbank (9-11:30 a.m. Sat., Nov. 12)

News Flash at Village Theatre (9 p.m. Sat., Nov. 12)

Silent Night at Cobb Energy Centre (8 p.m. Fri., Nov. 11; 3 p.m. Sun., Nov. 13)

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__ON FRIDAY__

›› ''Torn'' the latest exhibit from SCAD-grad and multidisciplinary artist Brandon Sadler is, essentially, his personal diary. The exhibit uses some of Sadler’s own poetry alongside Kendrick Lamar lyrics, symbols, and text to explore the artist’s personal demons. Sadler’s work can be seen on giant murals around town. This time around he sketches the fear, depression, and anxiety common to the modern age.[https://www.facebook.com/events/749641838507425/| 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Notch8 Gallery.]

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›› ''CL'' won’t do your holiday shopping for you but we’ll make the whole experience a lot easier. We’ve gathered some of the coolest local and regional independent crafters together so you can find unique gifts for everyone on your Christmas list. Oh, and we’ve mixed in craft beer so that the whole thing’s as stress-free as possible. [https://www.facebook.com/events/311424105904253/|12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Atlantic Station.]
__ON SUNDAY__

›› Celebrate the 20th anniversary of ''Love Jones'' with the musical stage adaptation of the classic movie. ''Love Jones'' chronicles the love story of two black creatives in Chicago, intertwining songs by Chrisette Michelle, Musiq Soulchild, Marsha Ambrosius, MC Lyte, Raheem Devaughn and Dave Hollister. [http://foxtheatre.org/events/love-jones-the-musical/|7:30 p.m. at the Fox Theatre.]

__ALSO THIS WEEK:__

[https://truecolorstheatre.org/2016/03/25/proof/|''Proof'' at Southwest Arts Center (8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., Nov. 10-12; 2:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun., Nov. 11-12)]

[https://www.actors-express.com/plays/appropriate|''Appropriate'' at Actor’s Express (8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., Nov. 10-12; 2 p.m. Sun., Nov. 13)]

[https://www-highwirecomedy-com.seatengine.com/shows/45226|Shakespeare Unscripted at Highwire Comedy (8 p.m. Fri., Nov. 11)]

[http://www.fernbankmuseum.org/visit/calendar-of-events/fernbank-forest-bird-walk-november/|Fernbank forest bird walk at Fernbank (9-11:30 a.m. Sat., Nov. 12)]

[http://villagecomedy.com/event/news-flash/|News Flash at Village Theatre (9 p.m. Sat., Nov. 12)]

[http://www.cobbenergycentre.com/event/the-atlanta-opera-silent-night/|''Silent Night'' at Cobb Energy Centre (8 p.m. Fri., Nov. 11; 3 p.m. Sun., Nov. 13)]

[http://plazaatlanta.com/new_website2/52hz-i-love-you-1212-at-430pm/|''52hz, I Love You'' at the Plaza Theatre (4:30 p.m. Sat., Nov. 12)]"
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›› CL won’t do your holiday shopping for you but we’ll make the whole experience a lot easier. We’ve gathered some of the coolest local and regional independent crafters together so you can find unique gifts for everyone on your Christmas list. Oh, and we’ve mixed in craft beer so that the whole thing’s as stress-free as possible. 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Atlantic Station.
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›› Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Love Jones with the musical stage adaptation of the classic movie. Love Jones chronicles the love story of two black creatives in Chicago, intertwining songs by Chrisette Michelle, Musiq Soulchild, Marsha Ambrosius, MC Lyte, Raheem Devaughn and Dave Hollister. 7:30 p.m. at the Fox Theatre.

ALSO THIS WEEK:

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“Crazy” Southern families come in many different flavors — Arkansas-crazy doesn’t quite look like Georgia-crazy. In Actor’s Express’s Arkansas-based Appropriate, no one says “y’all” and there isn’t a single “bless your heart” muttered in any of the many arguments (which contain a multitude of “bless your heart” moments). One of the characters mistakes Washington D.C. for being part of the South, however, and everyone — on- and off-stage — chuckles. It’s a moment of good ol’ fashioned Southern pride before the show forces the audience to confront its pitfalls.

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Appropriate serves as a captivating, heart-wrenching reminder that explaining away racism is a luxury afforded only to white people.



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“Crazy” Southern families come in many different flavors — Arkansas-crazy doesn’t quite look like Georgia-crazy. In Actor’s Express’s Arkansas-based ''Appropriate'', no one says “y’all” and there isn’t a single “bless your heart” muttered in any of the many arguments (which contain a multitude of “bless your heart” moments). One of the characters mistakes Washington D.C. for being part of the South, however, and everyone — on- and off-stage — chuckles. It’s a moment of good ol’ fashioned Southern pride before the show forces the audience to confront its pitfalls.

''Appropriate'' reunites the three “casually dysfunctional” Lafayette siblings for an estate sale. An old photo album full of horrifying pictures surfaces, amplifying all of their family issues as the siblings speculate about whether or not their late father was racist.

       

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ script is a goliath. For the most part, Actor’s Express’s production matches its brilliance. Jan Wikstrom (Kennesaw State University acting professor) shines as Toni, consistently revealing contradictory layers as the oldest sibling. The crowd vacillates between hate and sympathy toward the matriarch, though her actions are always understandable. Cynthia Barrett as family interloper Rachael and Devon Hales as smart teenager Cassidy also stand out in an all-around magnificent cast.
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''Appropriate'' serves as a captivating, heart-wrenching reminder that explaining away racism is a luxury afforded only to white people.



[https://www.actors-express.com/plays/appropriate|Appropriate. ''$21.60-$30.24. 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., Nov. 4-5; 8 p.m. Wed.-Sat, Nov. 9-19; 2 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 6-20. Actor’s Express, 887 West Marietta St. N.W. 404-607-7469. www.actors-express.com.'']"
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Halloween is over, so it’s basically already Christmas. Get into the holiday spirit early (or right on time, depending on your perspective) with the Atlanta Opera’s Silent Night. In 1914, German, French, and British soldiers declared a Christmas truce during the height of World War I, halting the war to sing carols and play soccer. Directed by Atlanta Opera artistic director Tomer Zvulum, the 2012 Pulitzer prize for music winner champions hope during hard times. Did we mention the opera is based on actual events? 8 p.m. Sat., Nov. 5, at the Cobb Energy Centre.

ON THURSDAY

›› Poetry@Tech continues to combat Georgia Tech stereotypes. The organization hosts the McEver poetry reading, bringing together three distinguished poets for an evening of free literary fun at the engineering school. James May is the author of Unquiet Things and winner of the Poetry Society of America’s 2016 Cecil Hemley Memorial Award, while Anya Silver is the 2015 Georgia Author of the Year, and namesake Bruce McEver’s work has appeared in numerous anthologies, including Ploughshares, Westview, and The Atlanta Review. 7:30 p.m. at the Robert C. Williams Museum of Paper Making.

ON FRIDAY

›› Life at the Kit Kat Klub is good — at least, that’s what those who frequent it want you to think. Outside, pre-War War II Germany lingers and the problems of the Klub’s main talent, Sally Bowles, encroach on her nightclub life. Cabaret is a Broadway masterpiece, haunting theaters with songs about the discrepancy between appearances and reality as well as its sly political commentary. Oh, and it stars Pace Academy graduate Randy Harrison. 8 p.m. at the Fox Theatre.

ON SATURDAY

›› Saturday is your last chance to catch Democracy Achieved: An Ode to the Perfection of American Politics. Dad’s Garage’s hilarious sketch show is a celebration of the marvelous mess that is our local and national political systems. There’s appearances by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump alongside skits about the Atlanta streetcar that are equally as long as its route. 8 p.m. at Dad’s Garage.

ON SUNDAY

›› They say nice guys finish last … but what about nice clowns? 7 Stages and Israeli clown Ofir Nahari team up for an unconventional mile-long race where the winner crosses the finish line last. Also, participants must dress up as clowns. There’s a host of rules that make the race more difficult than it might initially seem — you can’t move sideways or backwards, you can’t stay in the same place, you can’t use vehicles — but ultimately, it’s just about clowning around. 2 p.m. at Park Tavern. 

ALSO THIS WEEK:

The Sleepy Hollow Experience at Serenbe (8 p.m. Thurs.-Sun., Nov. 3-6; 10:30 p.m. Nov. 4-5)

Proof at Southwest Arts Center (8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., Nov. 3-5; 2:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun., Oct. 4-5)

Ladie’s Night at the Village Theatre (10:30 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 3)

Let’s Be Friends: a print show at Hi-Lo Press (7 p.m. Sat., Nov. 5)

BURNAWAY Studio Soirée at Day & Night Projects (6 p.m. Fri., Nov. 4)

Cowboy at 7 Stages (8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., Nov. 3-5; 5 p.m. Sun., Nov. 6)

Comedy Central Presents: Road to Roast Battle at the Laughing Skull Lounge (8 p.m. Sat., Nov. 5)

Appropriate at Actor’s Express (8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., Nov. 3-5; 2 p.m. Sun., Nov. 6)"
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Halloween is over, so it’s basically already Christmas. Get into the holiday spirit early (or right on time, depending on your perspective) with the Atlanta Opera’s ''Silent Night''. In 1914, German, French, and British soldiers declared a Christmas truce during the height of World War I, halting the war to sing carols and play soccer. Directed by Atlanta Opera artistic director Tomer Zvulum, the 2012 Pulitzer prize for music winner champions hope during hard times. Did we mention the opera is based on actual events?[http://www.cobbenergycentre.com/event/the-atlanta-opera-silent-night/| 8 p.m. Sat., Nov. 5, at the Cobb Energy Centre.]

__ON THURSDAY__

›› Poetry@Tech continues to combat Georgia Tech stereotypes. The organization hosts the McEver poetry reading, bringing together three distinguished poets for an evening of free literary fun at the engineering school. James May is the author of ''Unquiet Things'' and winner of the Poetry Society of America’s 2016 Cecil Hemley Memorial Award, while Anya Silver is the 2015 Georgia Author of the Year, and namesake Bruce McEver’s work has appeared in numerous anthologies, including ''Ploughshares'', ''Westview'', and ''The Atlanta Review''. [http://www.iac.gatech.edu/news-events/events/2016/11/mcever-poetry-reading/582597|7:30 p.m. at the Robert C. Williams Museum of Paper Making.]

__ON FRIDAY__

›› Life at the Kit Kat Klub is good — at least, that’s what those who frequent it want you to think. Outside, pre-War War II Germany lingers and the problems of the Klub’s main talent, Sally Bowles, encroach on her nightclub life. ''Cabaret'' is a Broadway masterpiece, haunting theaters with songs about the discrepancy between appearances and reality as well as its sly political commentary. [http://www.clatl.com/culture/article/20836013/pace-academy-alum-stars-in-national-tour-of-cabaret|Oh, and it stars Pace Academy graduate Randy Harrison.] [http://foxtheatre.org/events/cabaret/|8 p.m. at the Fox Theatre.]

__ON SATURDAY__

›› Saturday is your last chance to catch Democracy Achieved: An Ode to the Perfection of American Politics. Dad’s Garage’s hilarious sketch show is a celebration of the marvelous mess that is our local and national political systems. There’s appearances by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump alongside skits about the Atlanta streetcar that are equally as long as its route. [http://www.dadsgarage.com/shows/season-22/scripted/Democracy Achieved.aspx|8 p.m. at Dad’s Garage.]

__ON SUNDAY__

›› They say nice guys finish last … but what about nice clowns? 7 Stages and Israeli clown Ofir Nahari team up for an unconventional mile-long race where the winner crosses the finish line last. Also, participants must dress up as clowns. There’s a host of rules that make the race more difficult than it might initially seem — you can’t move sideways or backwards, you can’t stay in the same place, you can’t use vehicles — but ultimately, it’s just about clowning around. [https://www.facebook.com/events/1707976592855435/|2 p.m. at Park Tavern.] 

__ALSO THIS WEEK:__

''[http://www.serenbeplayhouse.com/shows-events/current-season|The Sleepy Hollow Experience]''[http://www.serenbeplayhouse.com/shows-events/current-season| at Serenbe (8 p.m. Thurs.-Sun., Nov. 3-6; 10:30 p.m. Nov. 4-5)]

''[https://truecolorstheatre.org/2016/03/25/proof/|Proof]''[https://truecolorstheatre.org/2016/03/25/proof/| at Southwest Arts Center (8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., Nov. 3-5; 2:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun., Oct. 4-5)]

[http://villagecomedy.com/event/ladies-night-sketch-comedy-2016-2016-03-03-2016-11-03/|Ladie’s Night at the Village Theatre (10:30 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 3)]

''[https://www.facebook.com/events/159722764488296/|Let’s Be Friends: a print show]''[https://www.facebook.com/events/159722764488296/| at Hi-Lo Press (7 p.m. Sat., Nov. 5)]

[https://www.facebook.com/events/609963409187401/|BURNAWAY Studio Soirée at Day & Night Projects (6 p.m. Fri., Nov. 4)]

''[http://www.7stages.org/shows/cowboy/|Cowboy]''[http://www.7stages.org/shows/cowboy/| at 7 Stages (8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., Nov. 3-5; 5 p.m. Sun., Nov. 6)]

[https://www-laughingskulllounge-com.seatengine.com/shows/45576|Comedy Central Presents: Road to Roast Battle at the Laughing Skull Lounge (8 p.m. Sat., Nov. 5)]

''[https://www.actors-express.com/plays/appropriate|Appropriate]''[https://www.actors-express.com/plays/appropriate| at Actor’s Express (8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., Nov. 3-5; 2 p.m. Sun., Nov. 6)]"
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Halloween is over, so it’s basically already Christmas. Get into the holiday spirit early (or right on time, depending on your perspective) with the Atlanta Opera’s Silent Night. In 1914, German, French, and British soldiers declared a Christmas truce during the height of World War I, halting the war to sing carols and play soccer. Directed by Atlanta Opera artistic director Tomer Zvulum, the 2012 Pulitzer prize for music winner champions hope during hard times. Did we mention the opera is based on actual events? 8 p.m. Sat., Nov. 5, at the Cobb Energy Centre.

ON THURSDAY

›› Poetry@Tech continues to combat Georgia Tech stereotypes. The organization hosts the McEver poetry reading, bringing together three distinguished poets for an evening of free literary fun at the engineering school. James May is the author of Unquiet Things and winner of the Poetry Society of America’s 2016 Cecil Hemley Memorial Award, while Anya Silver is the 2015 Georgia Author of the Year, and namesake Bruce McEver’s work has appeared in numerous anthologies, including Ploughshares, Westview, and The Atlanta Review. 7:30 p.m. at the Robert C. Williams Museum of Paper Making.

ON FRIDAY

›› Life at the Kit Kat Klub is good — at least, that’s what those who frequent it want you to think. Outside, pre-War War II Germany lingers and the problems of the Klub’s main talent, Sally Bowles, encroach on her nightclub life. Cabaret is a Broadway masterpiece, haunting theaters with songs about the discrepancy between appearances and reality as well as its sly political commentary. Oh, and it stars Pace Academy graduate Randy Harrison. 8 p.m. at the Fox Theatre.

ON SATURDAY

›› Saturday is your last chance to catch Democracy Achieved: An Ode to the Perfection of American Politics. Dad’s Garage’s hilarious sketch show is a celebration of the marvelous mess that is our local and national political systems. There’s appearances by Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump alongside skits about the Atlanta streetcar that are equally as long as its route. 8 p.m. at Dad’s Garage.

ON SUNDAY

›› They say nice guys finish last … but what about nice clowns? 7 Stages and Israeli clown Ofir Nahari team up for an unconventional mile-long race where the winner crosses the finish line last. Also, participants must dress up as clowns. There’s a host of rules that make the race more difficult than it might initially seem — you can’t move sideways or backwards, you can’t stay in the same place, you can’t use vehicles — but ultimately, it’s just about clowning around. 2 p.m. at Park Tavern. 

ALSO THIS WEEK:

The Sleepy Hollow Experience at Serenbe (8 p.m. Thurs.-Sun., Nov. 3-6; 10:30 p.m. Nov. 4-5)

Proof at Southwest Arts Center (8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., Nov. 3-5; 2:30 p.m. Sat.-Sun., Oct. 4-5)

Ladie’s Night at the Village Theatre (10:30 p.m. Thurs., Nov. 3)

Let’s Be Friends: a print show at Hi-Lo Press (7 p.m. Sat., Nov. 5)

BURNAWAY Studio Soirée at Day & Night Projects (6 p.m. Fri., Nov. 4)

Cowboy at 7 Stages (8 p.m. Thurs.-Sat., Nov. 3-5; 5 p.m. Sun., Nov. 6)

Comedy Central Presents: Road to Roast Battle at the Laughing Skull Lounge (8 p.m. Sat., Nov. 5)

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Ronald Lockett grew up in the old steel town of Bessemer, Alabama in 1965, in the wake of desegregation. He didn’t fit the traditional masculine role of the steel factory worker Bessemer boys were expected to fill. Instead, he was reserved and showed artistic promise early on. Acclaimed artist Thorton Dial Sr. — who was also Lockett’s cousin — took the young artist under his wing. When Lockett debated going to art school, Dial told him his artistic education would be better served if he just focused on making art. Thus Lockett fell into the school of self-taught artists working in Bessemer and Birmingham.

“Self-taught artists show anyone who encounters them there’s no prescribed way to become a great visionary who has something interesting to say about the world,” Katherine Jentleson, High Museum curator of self-taught art, tells CL.

Lockett’s work incorporates found objects into paintings and metal objects. In one painting, a deer with branches for legs leaps away from water. In another Lockett remember his late aunt with a quilt made out of metal scraps. He often used deer to symbolize feelings of entrapment motivated by his identity as a black male. Later pieces demonstrate a belief in moral uncertainty, spurred on by his HIV diagnosis. 

“His art is a source of self discovery and a kind of therapeutic endeavor,” Jentelson says. “It helps him come out of intense feelings of loneliness and depression.”

He died of AIDS-related pneumonia in 1998. Lockett produced over 300 works in his relatively short career — a little over 10 years.

The High Museum hosts Fever Within: The Art of Ronald Lockett, the first retrospective on Lockett’s work. Forging Connections: Ronald Lockett’s Alabama Contemporaries, an exhibit exclusive to the High featuring large-scale sculptures from Lockett’s Birmingham and Bessemer contemporaries will be shown alongside the traveling exhibition. Pieces from artists Thornton Dial Sr., Lonnie Holley, Joe Minter, and others are on display.

Fever Within: The Art of Ronald Lockett. $14.50. On display through Jan. 8. High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St., N.E. 404-733-4444. www.high.org.http://www.high.org.

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“Self-taught artists show anyone who encounters them there’s no prescribed way to become a great visionary who has something interesting to say about the world,” Katherine Jentleson, High Museum curator of self-taught art, tells ''CL''.

Lockett’s work incorporates found objects into paintings and metal objects. In one painting, a deer with branches for legs leaps away from water. In another Lockett remember his late aunt with a quilt made out of metal scraps. He often used deer to symbolize feelings of entrapment motivated by his identity as a black male. Later pieces demonstrate a belief in moral uncertainty, spurred on by his HIV diagnosis. 

“His art is a source of self discovery and a kind of therapeutic endeavor,” Jentelson says. “It helps him come out of intense feelings of loneliness and depression.”

He died of AIDS-related pneumonia in 1998. Lockett produced over 300 works in his relatively short career — a little over 10 years.

The High Museum hosts ''Fever Within: The Art of Ronald Lockett'', the first retrospective on Lockett’s work. ''Forging Connections: Ronald Lockett’s Alabama Contemporaries'', an exhibit exclusive to the High featuring large-scale sculptures from Lockett’s Birmingham and Bessemer contemporaries will be shown alongside the traveling exhibition. Pieces from artists Thornton Dial Sr., Lonnie Holley, Joe Minter, and others are on display.

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Lockett’s work incorporates found objects into paintings and metal objects. In one painting, a deer with branches for legs leaps away from water. In another Lockett remember his late aunt with a quilt made out of metal scraps. He often used deer to symbolize feelings of entrapment motivated by his identity as a black male. Later pieces demonstrate a belief in moral uncertainty, spurred on by his HIV diagnosis. 

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He died of AIDS-related pneumonia in 1998. Lockett produced over 300 works in his relatively short career — a little over 10 years.

The High Museum hosts Fever Within: The Art of Ronald Lockett, the first retrospective on Lockett’s work. Forging Connections: Ronald Lockett’s Alabama Contemporaries, an exhibit exclusive to the High featuring large-scale sculptures from Lockett’s Birmingham and Bessemer contemporaries will be shown alongside the traveling exhibition. Pieces from artists Thornton Dial Sr., Lonnie Holley, Joe Minter, and others are on display.

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