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Thursday, December 29

Tonight, Young Blood gallery hosts a book launch party for KnitKnit Issue #6, the sixth installment of an artist periodical dedicated to the resurgence of crafts. Through interviews, such as one with former Atlanta artist Hope Hilton from the Atlanta craft collective True Heart Collaborations, as well as reviews, profiles and articles, KnitKnit explores the current rise of homemade utilitarian objects over slick, mass-produced items, as well as how-tos on making your own creations. Free. 7-9 p.m. 629 Glenwood Ave. 404-627-0393. www.youngbloodgallery.com. (Layla Bellows)

Friday, December 30

For the second year in a row, True Colors Theatre Co. counter-programs against tired, uncool yuletide fare with The Wiz, a funky, urban retelling of The Wizard of Oz. Directed by Kenny Leon, the all-youth, multicultural cast chimes in to such upbeat numbers as "Everybody Rejoice," "Slip Some Oil to Me" and the justly famed "Ease on Down the Road." $26. Dec. 30, 2:30 and 8 p.m.; Dec. 31, 2:30 p.m. Rialto Center, 80 Forsyth St. 404-730-0176. www.truecolorstheatrecompany.com. (Curt Holman)

Saturday, December 31

Atlanta quartet MASTODON is a leader of progressive metal, a sub-genre that mixes hard rock with jazz-influenced drumming, experimental rhythm and other disparate influences (think Metallica circa And Justice for All). Tonight the band slams the door on 2005 with a big showcase at Masquerade. Bullshit-free rawk bands Artimus Pyledriver, Gonzalez and Cinjed open. $15-$20. 7 p.m. 404-577-8178. 695 North Ave. www.masq.com. (Mosi Reeves)

Sunday, January 1

Regardless of what you celebrate during the winter season, chances are that it involves lights -- be they candles or the twinkling kind on trees. Take the young'uns to Celebrate the Season of Lights at Imagine It! The Children's Museum of Atlanta. Today is the final day of the festival that uses children's literature and hands-on art projects to teach the traditions of Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa. $11. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.--4 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive. 404-659-5437. www.imagineit-cma.org. (LB)

Monday, January 2

Couldn't get tickets to today's Sugar Bowl? Well, you're certainly not alone. The W Atlanta Hotel is offering the New Year's Eve Stay-dium Weekend just for folks like you. Both on Dec. 30 and today, the swanky spot hosts viewing parties of the big games complete with a football-themed menu. And for the ladies drug along: We recommend a selection from the martini list. Free to view. Cash food and bar. 111 Perimeter Center West. 770-396-6800. www.whotels.com. (LB)

Tuesday, January 3

Papier-mâché sculptures and collages made from Little Golden Books and vintage paint-by-numbers all sound so delightfully gleeful. But in Marcus Kenney's exhibition Happily ever After ... at Marcia Wood Gallery, those parts come together to form creepy canvases that, despite their bright colors, leave you feeling that the characters' world is almost certainly coming to an end, if it hasn't already. Free. Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Through Jan. 28. 263 Walker St. 404-827-0030. www.marciawoodgallery.com. (LB)

Wednesday, January 4

Three giant bluebirds made from Christmas garland and singing songs of despair make for a creepy collision of sweetness and tragedy in the haunting exhibition Rough Magic and Dark Lullaby at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. Though Cindy Loehr and Rachel Lowther's work evokes fairy tales and myth, it's anything but a walk on the sunny side of the street. $3-$5. Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Through Jan. 7. 535 Means St. 404-688-1970. www.thecontemporary.org. (Felicia Feaster)

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