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AN EVENING OF DELIGHT The Spelman College Children's Dance Theatre presents the holiday show, featuring pieces in ballet, modern, jazz, tap and African dance mixed with acting, singing and storytelling. Clark Atlanta University Student Center, 223 James P. Brawley Drive. Dec. 9. 7 p.m. $25 w/ dinner. 404-223-7597.

ATLANTA BALLET'S NUTCRACKER A holiday tradition with new surprises, the Atlanta Ballet performs the dance classic choreographed by John McFall. The production brings 19th-century Russia to the stage. The Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. Dec. 1-24. Thurs.-Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 2 and 8 p.m., Sun. 2 and 7 p.m., Dec. 13, 19 and 20 at 8 p.m., Dec. 24 at 2 p.m. only. $20-$50. 404-817-8700.

THE GIFT Praise in Motion, a Christian dance company, presents the holiday dance classic about the birth of Jesus and his foretold return. Southern Polytechnic State University, 1100 S. Marietta Parkway, Marietta. Dec. 9-10. Sat. 2:30 and 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2:30 p.m. 770-381-5787.

THE NUTCRACKER The In-town Ballet presents excerpts from the holiday dance classic in a free performance. Northeast In-town YWCA, 957 Highland Ave. Dec. 9. 4 p.m. 404-733-6806.

ANGELUS AD VIRGINEM The Atlanta Schola Cantorum, along with conductor Robert Poovey, perform the program of choral music for the Advent and Christmas season. Dec. 9-10. Sat. 8 p.m. at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 515 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., and Sun. 4 p.m. at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 435 Peachtree St. $5-$10 donation. 404-262-2397.

ATLANTA CONCERT BAND The band teams with the Sax-Chamber Orchestra to perform free holiday concerts Dec. 9 at the Southside Theatre, 20 W. Campbellton St., Fairburn, and Dec. 10 at the Atlanta International School, 2890 N. Fulton Drive. Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 4 p.m. 404-237-9711.

THE ATLANTA FEMINIST WOMEN'S CHORUS The chorus performs the holiday concert, "December Lights, with a culturally diverse selection of music. Dec. 2 at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church, 1790 LaVista Road, and Dec. 9 at Druid Hills Presbyterian Church, 1026 Ponce de Leon Ave. 8 p.m. $13-20. 404-298-5050.

ATLANTA GAY MEN'S CHORUS The chorus performs its annual holiday concert featuring Handel's Messiah, Beethoven's Hallelujah and Britten's Hymn to the Virgin. Cathedral of St. Philip on Peachtree Road in Buckhead. Dec. 8-9. 8 p.m. $15-$35. 404-320-1030.

ATLANTA SYMPHONY YOUTH ORCHESTRA Conductor Jere Flint leads the ASYO in a holiday program for children. Atlanta Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. Dec. 10 and 16. 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. $13-$15. 404-733-5000.

CHRISTMAS WITH THE ASO The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and conductor William Fred Scott perform holiday favorites with the help of the ASO Chorus, Morehouse College Glee Club and Gwinnett Young Singers. Atlanta Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. Dec. 6-9. Wed.-Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 2 and 8 p.m. $19-$52. 404-733-5000.

DECATUR CIVIC CHORUS The chorus performs a free Christmas concert featuring Handel's Messiah. First Baptist Church of Decatur, 308 Clairemont Ave., Decatur. Dec. 10. 3 p.m. 770-388-9536.

THE HIGH'S FRIDAY JAZZ The event features music of the Andes by Vientos Del Pueblo, viewings of art exhibits, cocktails, poetry readings, sketchings, workshops and more. The High Museum of Art, Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. Dec. 8. 5-10 p.m. $10. 404-733-4575.

MIDORI Violinist Midori performs in concert with guest pianist Robert McDonald. Robert Ferst Center for the Arts, Georgia Tech, 349 Ferst Drive. Dec. 7. 8 p.m. $36-$42. 404-894-9600.

NEW GENERATION CONCERT The concert features music by cellist Wolfgang Laufer, pianist Elena Abend and cellist Daniel Laufer with the help of students from the Georgia Academy and Westminster Schools. William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring St. Dec. 10. 3 p.m. $25-$36. 404-870-7684.

ROSWELL UMC CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL CONCERT The concert features a 180-voice choir singing carols, traditional sacred and seasonal music, a candlelight recessional and more. Roswell United Methodist Church, 814 Mimosa Boulevard, Roswell. Dec. 8 and 10. Fri. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 5 and 7:30 p.m. 770-594-0512.

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AGNES OF GOD Atlanta Classical Theatre presents the drama about three different women affected by the tragic death of an infant in a convent. Runs in repertory with Christopher Durang Explains It All. 14th Street Playhouse, 173 14th St. Dec. 9-30. Tues.-Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 3 and 8 p.m., Sun. 2 and 7 p.m. $10-$15. 404-685-8861.

CHRISTOPHER DURANG EXPLAINS IT ALL Atlanta Classical Theatre presents the collection of Christopher Durang's short plays, featuring different selections at each show. Runs in repertory with Agnes of God. 14th Street Playhouse, 173 14th St. Dec. 6-30. Wed.-Fri. 8 p.m., Sat. 3 and 8 p.m., Sun. 2 and 7 p.m. $10-$15. 404-685-8861.

THE SANTALAND DIARIES Horizon Theatre Co. presents David Sedaris' wicked true-life account of his stint as a Macy's Department Store elf. 1083 Austin Ave. Dec. 10-Jan. 2. Sun. 8:30 p.m., Mon.-Tues. 8 p.m. $12-$20. 404-584-7450.

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