Arts Agenda 

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THE SANDERS FAMILY CHRISTMAS Theatre in the Square presents a holiday musical about a family of gospel singers. The Alley Stage, 11 Whitlock Ave. Through Dec. 24. Tues.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2:30 and 7 p.m. $17-$30. 770-422-8369.

UH-OH HERE COMES CHRISTMAS The Georgia Ensemble Theatre presents the holiday play examining the spirit of the holidays amid widespread commercialism and chaos. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forrest St., Roswell. Through Dec. 24. Thurs.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2:30 p.m. $18.50-$27. 770-641-1260.

Visual arts: openings
ANTHONY ARDAVIN GALLERY Visionary, paintings by Lawrence Mathis and Ron Richard. Opening reception Dec. 8 from 6-9 p.m. 309 E. Paces Ferry Road. Dec. 8-31. Tues.-Fri. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. noon-5 p.m. 404-233-9686.

ARTRAGEOUS WEEKEND The Buford Artist's Colony presents a show and sale of paintings, sculpture, folk art, pottery and more at open houses of artists' studios on Main St., Buford. Dec. 9-10. Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 1-5 p.m. 770-271-0188.

ATLANTA COLLEGE OF ART GALLERY The annual juried exhibition features artworks by students. Opening reception Dec. 7 from 6-8 p.m. Woodruff Arts Center, 1280 Peachtree St. Dec. 7-Jan. 7. Tues.-Wed. and Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thurs.-Fri. 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sun. noon-5 p.m. 404-733-5050.

ATLANTA INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM Two Perspectives in Form, basketry by Michael Davis and Leon Niehues. Opening reception Dec. 7 from 5-8 p.m. Peachtree Center, 285 Peachtree Center Ave. Dec. 8-March. Mon.-Fri. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $3. 404-688-2467.

BALLROOM STUDIOS Regression, new works by painter Nathan Jackson exploring loss and redemption. Opening reception Dec. 8 from 7-11 p.m. 107 Luckie St. Dec. 8-29. By appointment. 404-522-2709.

BARBARA ARCHER GALLERY Paintings by self-taught artist Toby Ivey. Opening reception Dec. 7 from 6-9 p.m. 1123 Zonolite Road, Suite 27. Dec. 7-Jan. 29. Wed.-Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 404-815-1545.

CITY GALLERY EAST Boundaries, a group exhibition of photography and photo-based artwork by Jill Larson and the Hillside Photographers. Opening reception Dec. 8 from 7-9 p.m. City Hall East, 675 Ponce de Leon Ave. Dec. 8-Jan. 7. Mon.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 404-817-7956.

FAY GOLD GALLERY Works on paper by Gail Foster, paintings by Tony Hernandez and works in glass by Philip Baldwin and Monica Guggisberg. Opening reception Dec. 7 from 6-9 p.m. 764 Miami Circle. Dec. 7-Jan. 3. Tues.-Sat. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 404-233-3843.

FINE ART AUCTION The auction features original oils, watercolors, lithographs, serigraphs and other artworks. Benefits The Corinth Center and The Christian Council of Metropolitan Atlanta. Grace United Methodist Church, 458 Ponce de Leon Ave. Dec. 9. 7:30 p.m. $15-$17. 404-504-7011.

FIRST THURSDAYS ART WALK Downtown galleries host free open houses for visitors to view artworks. Participating galleries include Eyedrum, Ballroom Studios, Arts for All Gallery, The High Museum of Art Folk Art & Photography Galleries and others. Dec. 7. 5-8 p.m. 404-577-0330.

GALLERY DORITA Candelabras & Menorahs, a group show by 25 artists featuring holiday works in bronze, clay and glass. Opening reception Dec. 7 from 6-9 p.m. 3224 Peachtree Road. Dec. 7-Jan. 13. Tues.-Sat. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 404-869-0041.

HAMMONDS HOUSE GALLERIES Hammonds House for the Holidays, works by K. Joy Ballard-Peters and Charlotte Riley-Webb on display. Tour the 19th-century Victorian house decorated for the holidays and enjoy storytelling, food and music. 503 Peeples St. Dec. 10. 4-7 p.m. $3-$5. 404-752-8730.

J. REID GALLERY Sculpture in the Streets, folk art by Charlie Dingler and works in glass by Rozelle Morton-Bush. 75 Main St., Buford. Dec. 9-10. Noon-5 p.m. 770-271-0008.

J. TRIBBLE ANTIQUES Budapest, photographs by Craig Bromley. Opening reception Dec. 7 from 6-9 p.m. 764 Miami Circle, Suite 122. Dec. 7-Jan. 27. Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 404-846-1156.

MARCIA WOOD GALLERY Ex Libris, paintings, artists' books, treasure boxes and other works by Richard Sudden. Opening reception Dec. 8 from 7-9 p.m. 1831B Peachtree Road. Dec. 8-Jan. 13. Tues.-Fri. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 404-351-3930.

SANDLER HUDSON GALLERY A one-man exhibition featuring works by painter/filmmaker James Herbert. Opening reception Dec. 8 from 7-9 p.m. 1831-A Peachtree Road. Dec. 8-Jan. 13. Tues.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. noon-5 p.m. 404-350-8480.

SENSUA GALLERY Alchemy House and Universalculture presents holographic installations, wood and stone carvings, a silent auction, performance art, fashion, film and live music. 660 Irwin St. Dec. 9. 5-11:30 p.m. 404-584-0237.

SHAWN VINSON GALLERY The second annual holiday art show features paintings, drawings, prints and photography by Lynne Burgess, Sergey Cherepakhin, Ruth Franklin, Chris Pig and other gallery artists. Opening reception Dec. 7 from 5-9 p.m. 119 E. Court Square, Decatur. Dec. 7-30. Tues.-Wed. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Thurs. 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 404-370-1720.

SOLOMON PROJECTS Objects that Flicker, artists' videos for the home by Janet Biggs, Michael Dines, David Humphrey, Matthew McCaslin and John Daniel Walsh. Opening reception Dec. 7 from 6-8 p.m. 1037 Monroe Drive. Dec. 7-Jan. 13. Wed.-Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 404-875-7100.

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