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Act3 Productions releases their winter show lineup, which includes the classic Guys and Dolls.

Act3 Productions releases their winter show lineup, which includes the classic Guys and Dolls.

ACT3 PRODUCTIONS WINTER SHOWS
Nov. 6-21, Dec. 4-19
Act3 Productions
6285 Roswell Road N.E.
Sandy Springs 30328
770.241.1905
act3productions.org

Theatrical performances make for fun family-friendly holiday activities, and Act3 Productions’ winter show lineup promises that and more. Guys and Dolls, a classic romantic comedy about gambler Nathan Detroit and his attempts to set up the biggest craps game in town, performs Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. from Nov. 6 to 21. The Last Night of Ballyhoo, is set in Atlanta in December 1939. At a time when Hitler is invading Poland and Gone with the Wind is debuting in theaters, the elite German Jewish families of Atlanta are thinking about the social event of the season, Ballyhoo. The play begins in December and runs Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. from Dec. 4 to 19. Tickets are priced from $15 to $30.


Shop for a cause at the Elegant Elf Marketplace, benefiting the Sandy Springs Society. Photo: Courtesy of Georgia Center for Child Advocacy

Shop for a cause at the Elegant Elf Marketplace, benefiting the Sandy Springs Society. Photo: Courtesy of Georgia Center for Child Advocacy

ELEGANT ELF MARKETPLACE
Nov. 7-8
Lake Forest Elementary School
5920 Sandy Springs Circle N.E.
Sandy Springs 30328
470.223.5411
sandyspringssociety.org/elegant-elf

Once the Halloween spirit subsides, it’s time for holiday shopping, and the Elegant Elf Marketplace wastes no time. On Nov. 7 and 8, peruse products aplenty at Lake Forest Elementary School in Sandy Springs to check off your holiday shopping list. With more than 70 local and national vendors selling handmade crafts, home decor, children’s goods and gourmet foods, finding the perfect gift will be easy. Plus, proceeds go toward the Sandy Springs Society to support education, arts, the environment, preservation efforts and social services in the community. Shopping begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. on Sunday, and the event closes at 5 p.m. each day. Special events also run throughout the day, such as a cinnamon bread pudding cooking demonstration and book signings. Admission is $5.


CHASTAIN PARK ARTS FESTIVAL
Nov. 7-8
Chastain Park
4469 Stella Drive N.W.
Atlanta 30327
404.873.1222
chastainparkartsfestival.com

On Saturday, Nov. 7, and Sunday, Nov. 8, the Chastain Park Fall Arts Festival returns for its sixth year. More than 185 artists will gather in picturesque Chastain Park to display and sell paintings, sculptures, photographs, leather goods and metal crafts. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, and admission is free. In addition to artist booths, artist demonstrations, live music and hands-on art projects will be part of the fun.


The Atlanta Speech School celebrates its 42nd Language and Literacy Gala. Photo: Sara Hanna Photography

The Atlanta Speech School celebrates its 42nd Language and Literacy Gala. Photo: Sara Hanna Photography

LANGUAGE AND LITERACY GALA
Nov. 15
Capital City Club
53 W. Brookhaven Drive N.E.
Atlanta 30319
404.233.5332
atlantaspeechschool.org/gala2015

Each year, the Atlanta Speech School impacts more than 1,400 children and adults in need of language and literacy services through its four schools, five clinics and summer program. The school’s holiday fundraiser— now in its 42nd year—is the Language and Literacy Gala, held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, at the Capital City Club in Brookhaven. In addition to a cocktail reception, dinner and dancing, the evening will culminate in silent and live auctions. Last year, a golden retriever puppy was auctioned off, making for the cutest auction item in the school’s history. Tickets start at $100.


JULIE NOVARESE PIEROTTI LECTURE
Nov. 18
Oglethorpe University Museum
of Art
4844 Peachtree Road
Atlanta 30319
404.364.8555
museum.oglethorpe.edu

Winter in Atlanta can be a satirical season, whether it be the impending doom of snowpocalyptic events or the sense of humor one needs to brave the Lenox Square parking lot around the holidays. In 19th century France, politics, social norms and art combined to create a series of satirical perspectives. At 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18, Julie Pierotti, curator at Dixon Gallery and Gardens in Memphis, will delve into that subject in her lecture “Jean-Louis Forain: La Comedie Parisienne.” Forain was a French impressionist painter and caricaturist who lived in Paris through the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Pierotti will discuss the impact Forain had on his contemporaries, which included such notables as painter Edgar Degas. Admission is $5.


LIVINGSTON LECTURE
Nov. 18
Atlanta History Center
130 West Paces Ferry Road N.W.
Atlanta 30305
404.814.4000
atlantahistorycenter.com

The story of Lady Bird Johnson, wife of President Lyndon Johnson, goes deeper than her former first-lady title. At 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 18, Betty Caroli will regale an audience at the Atlanta History Center about her book Lady Bird and Lyndon. Although history remembers Lady Bird as a wildflower-enthusiast and wife who put up with her husband’s affairs, Caroli reveals the Texas native had a level of ambition and knack for persuasion that rivaled President Johnson’s. Caroli has written about several former first ladies in her books The Roosevelt Women and First Ladies: From Martha Washington to Michelle Obama. Admission is $10.


HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS DESIGNER SHOWHOUSE
Nov. 20 to Dec. 13
Millwood Manor
1150 West Garmon Road
Atlanta 30327
atlantaholidayhome.com

If decking the halls gets your holiday spirit swirling, you can’t miss the Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse. Outfitted by Harrison Design and built by Sheehan Built Homes, Millwood Manor is located on the corner of West Garmon Road and Northside Drive. The house, which was inspired by Scotland’s Stonefield Castle, will remain open Thursdays through Sundays from Nov. 20 to Dec. 13. A portion of the funds raised from ticket sales will benefit The Children’s Learning Gardens at the Southeastern Horticultural Society. Admission is $25 in advance; $30 at the door.


ATLANTA GAY MEN’S CHORUS HOLIDAY CONCERT
Dec. 4-5
Cathedral of St. Philip
2744 Peachtree Road N.W.
Atlanta 30305
404.320.1030
voicesofnote.org

The Cathedral of St. Philip will once again host the Atlanta Gay Men’s Chorus 35th annual holiday concert on Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 5 at 2 and 8 p.m. The event has taken place at St. Philip’s since the late 1990s, and the beautiful interior of the cathedral combines with the ringing acoustics to create a joyous and memorable event. Admission is $35; VIP tickets (preferred seating) are $45 each.