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DAVID MURRAY OCTET -- Tenor saxophonist Murray combines influences as diverse as Ornette Coleman, Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Albert Ayler and Archie Shepp. In his Spivey show, his octet will emphasize his links to John Coltrane, as demonstrated on last year's dense, vibrant Octet Plays Trane. Spivey Hall (Powell)

RECONSECRATION is an epic weeklong ritual for protection, healing and world peace -- things we all could use. For the DEC. 1-8 event, sponsored by Drepung Loseling Institute and Sensua Gallery, Tibetan monks will construct a sand mandala, laying millions of grains of colored sand in symbolic patterns. The Buddhist art form dates back 15,000 years, and includes the destruction of the work as a lesson in the impermanence of all things. For a hands-on experience, attendees are invited to participate in the construction of a community mandala. Lectures and question-and-answer periods also are part of the event. Free. Dec. 1, 5 p.m.; Dec. 2-7, noon-7 p.m.; Dec. 8, 3 p.m. Sensua Gallery, 660 Irwin St. 404-587-0237. Jerry Portwood

The 25th annual FESTIVAL OF TREES will feel more like Jimmy Buffet than Tiny Tim DEC. 1-9, when thousands of lights, pink flamingoes and palm trees mingle with decorated trees, wreaths and gingerbread houses spread over an area the size of three football fields. A roller coaster and other rides punctuate the holiday amusement park feel. A CHRISTMAS PARADE kicks off the occasion at Centennial Olympic Park DEC. 1, with marching bands, giant helium balloons and, of course, Santa. Proceeds from the event benefit Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Parade: Free. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Festival: $5-$8. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun. noon-6 p.m. Georgia World Congress Center. 285 Andrew Young International Blvd. 404-325-NOEL. -- JP

Deborah Kaszovitz' LOST PLACES, LOST SPACES combines three-dimensional castings made from found objects with images of Atlanta's fragmentary architectural history. Kaszovitz seeks to uncover the forgotten and/or lost history of the urban industrial environment, and she has help from collaborator Jeff Rackley, a "sound artist" whose field recordings highlight the relationship between the natural and the industrial. DEC. 1-JAN. 5. Opening reception 8-10 p.m. Dec. 1. Hours: Wed.-Sat. noon-5 p.m. Eyedrum Gallery, 290 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Suite 8. 404-522-0655. -- JP

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