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Thursday, November 24

Each Thanksgiving in Atlanta, one humongous tree gets the honor of being all lit up. And for your entertainment pleasure, the 58th lighting of the great tree at Macy's is making a day of it, with performances from the Radio City Rockettes, Jo Dee Messina and Collective Soul, as well as a classical violinist and a holiday choir. Free. Festivities begin at 6:15 p.m. 3393 Peachtree Road. 770-913-5639. (Layla Bellows)

Friday, November 25

Most people know Dolly Parton for evergreen ballads such as "I Will Always Love You," girl-power flicks like 9 to 5, and her, um, physical endowments. But the Tennessee native is not only a "cartoon character" (as she self-deprecatingly referred to herself on an episode of "Biography"), but also a widely admired singer/songwriter with deep roots in folk and country culture. $49-$97. 8 p.m. Arena at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway. 404-249-6400. (MR)

Saturday, November 26

Drive-By Truckers' most recent album, The Dirty South, is dedicated to all the pimps, hustlers and losers that live in your neighborhood. But we wonder, since they haven't been together for 20 years, why are they hosting a "20th anniversary concert"? Sure, group leaders Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley have been hanging out for just about that long, but we surmise that this performance may also be motivated by a warped sense of humor. $25. 8 p.m. Tabernacle, 152 Luckie St. 404-659-9022. (MR)

Sunday, November 27

It's been 13 years since Deacon Lunchbox lost his life in a traffic accident. In a long overdue gesture, Savage Tree Arts Project has decided to end its Touch of Madness Festival with a tribute to the performance artist whose stilted and outrageous diatribes were a double-edged sword that pointed out the absurdity and skewered conventional mores. In addition to Lunchbox video and music memorabilia, musical participants include Hubcap City, Slim Chance & the Convicts, and Kelly Hogan. (For more on Deacon Lunchbox, see Vibes, p. 94.) $10. 6:30 p.m. The Academy Theater, 12 N. Clarendon Road, Avondale Estates. 770-798-1350. (James Kelly)

Monday, November 28

Although a beautiful thing to behold, a sand Mandala is much more than a pretty thing. Between today and Dec. 10, you can watch as Tibetan monks create one at Unity North Atlanta Church. The whole process begins with an intricate line drawing based on sacred geometry, and then continues with the careful application of grains of colored sand. Free. Daily, noon-7 p.m.; closing ceremony Dec. 11, 1 p.m. 4255 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta. 678-819-9100. (LB)

Tuesday, November 29

When it comes to entertaining the kids, PRISCILLA the Pink Pig is always a safe bet. This year, Ms. Priscilla takes children into a 1950s-themed pink tent to ride through the life-size storybook "This Little Piggie Went to Lenox and Three Little Piggies Followed Along." $3-$5. Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 3393 Peachtree Road. 770-913-5639. (LB)

Wednesday, November 30

The Spruill Gallery's annual Holiday artist Market offers many one-of-a-kind arts and crafts. Featuring handmade jewelry, pottery, woodwork, photography and much more, it's a great way to support artist endeavors while finding gifts. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Through Dec. 23. 4681 Ashford-Dunwoody Road. 770-394-4019. (LB)


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