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Thursday, December 8

Rather than cursing people out for stealing your parking spot and elbowing them to grab that last Xbox 360, maybe it's time to take a night off and see Atlanta Lyric Theatre's musical version of the gifts of the magi, O. Henry's tale of a wife and husband who sell their most precious possessions to purchase one another presents. $25. Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. Through Dec. 18. Byers Studio Theatre at the Lyric, 1705 Commerce Drive. 404-894-9600. (Layla Bellows)

Friday, December 9

Although most recognized for her part in "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" and current host of "The Biggest Loser," Caroline Rhea is also a popular stand-up comedian (which may be why she was a judge on "Last Comic Standing"). The blond, blunt and funny lady also happens to be a Canadian. $22.50. Thurs., 8 and 10 p.m.; Fri., 7, 9 and 11 p.m.; Sat., 8 p.m. The Punchline, 280 Hilderbrand Drive. 404-252-5233. (LB)

Saturday, December 10

If tales of Christmas virtue have you feeling blue, infuse your weekend with a shot of PushPush Theater's expecting carol II: Dick 'n' carol. The latest in PushPush's annual topsy-turvy take on Charles Dickens' classic, the production follows Dick in the wake of the numerous demands of the holiday season. $16. Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 5 p.m. Through Dec. 31 (no shows Dec. 24 or 25). East Decatur Station, 121 New St. 404-377-6332. (LB)

Sunday, December 11

Between their turrets and little shingles, how could the homes of Grant Park not make you think of gingerbread houses? And here's the secret -- the historic and restored Victorian and craftsman houses are even sweeter on the inside. Get a peek during the Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes, which takes visitors through private residences in the glow of candlelight. $12-$15. 6-10 p.m., Also on Dec. 10. 404-688-7501. (LB)

Monday, December 12

Sometimes film is art, but sometimes visual art can also be on film. VidéoFresnoy, productions/projections brings the work of 11 French video and film artists to the campus of Emory University. The artists featured in the exhibit experiment with the medium in a way similar to that of painters or sculptors manipulating color or form. Free. Through Jan. 7. Visual Arts Gallery, 700 Peavine Creek Drive. 404-727-6315. (LB)

Tuesday, December 13

It's been a long time since Babyface dominated the R&B scene with electric slow jams such as "Whip Appeal" and "When Will I See You Again." But he still has a considerable following, judging by the top 10 showing of his most recent album, Grown & Sexy, when it was released in July. $40-$55. 7:30 p.m. Atlanta Civic Center, 395 Piedmont Ave. 404-523-6275. (MR)

Wednesday, December 14

When the High Museum expanded, it didn't just increase its collection of artwork for grown-ups. The family learning gallery is the museum's brilliant interactive children's gallery, complete with art-making and learning stations like "Building Buildings," "Sculpting Spaces" and plenty of other places for children to make marks inspired by the artwork they've seen. $10-$15. Tues.-Wed., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thurs.-Fri., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 10-5 p.m. 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-4444. (LB)


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