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December 15 Thursday

They don't call it the Wild West for nothing. Civilian militias have taken the law into their own hands along the U.S.-Mexican border in southern Arizona. The documentary Walking the Line depicts the senseless deaths that occur along the border, where changes in policy have forced immigrants to cross a deadly desert, only to run into deadly weapons if they make it. Free. 7:30 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, 450 Auburn Ave. 404-352-4225. (Layla Bellows)

December 16 Friday

The Lowe Gallery's James Dean & Roy Schatt: The Mirrored Psyche exhibits photography of James Dean taken by Roy Schatt, who photographed the legendary hottie for a Life magazine photo essay. Dean's only request to agree for the shoot? A photography lesson from Schatt. Once thought lost, Dean's photography was recently found and is also included in the exhibition. Free. Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Continues through Dec. 31. 75 Bennett St., A-2. 404-352-8114. (LB)

December 17 Saturday

Last year's "Rock Lottery" took a handful of local band members, broke 'em up, shook 'em up, and had them quickly write original songs and perform them in something like a mere 24 hours. This year's version is called HAPPENSTANCE and involves band members from Luigi, the Roy Owens Jr., Day Mars Ray, Young Hot Priest and many more. Proceeds go to the New Orleans Musicians Hurricane Relief Fund. $7. 9 p.m. The Earl, 488 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-522-3950. (Heather Kuldell)

December 18 Sunday

If the season's requisite retail selections of "Jingle Bells" and "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire" have you feeling out of the season's spirit, the Atlanta Celtic Christmas concert could cure your holiday blues. Tonight is the final night to see the concert that, for 13 years now, has brought together Celtic and Appalachian music, dance, poetry, song and story in celebration of the Christmas season. $10-$25. 8 p.m. Schwartz Center, Emory University, 1700 N. Decatur Road. 404-727-5050. (R.J. Walker)

December 19 Monday

That giant government-looking building on Decatur Square is actually an old courthouse. To be exact, it's called the Old Courthouse on the Square. Monday through Friday, you can learn a little bit about DeKalb County's history with weekly tours through both the courthouse and the accompanying Jim Cherry Museum, which tracks the evolution of DeKalb County from hand-carved soapstone bowls to its first electric light bulb. Scavenger hunts and prizes are included to entertain the wee ones. $2. Reservations required. Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 101 E. Court Square, Decatur. 404-373-1088. (LB)

December 20 Tuesday

For 30 years now, the Atlanta Young Singers of Callanwolde have sung in the season with a holiday performance. The 30th Annual Music of the Holidays is an anniversary celebration complete with music from Callanwolde's Apprentice and Performance Choirs, Youth and Alumni Chorales and several other groups performing songs for Christmas, Hanukkah and the winter season. $12-$15. 8 p.m. Druid Hills United Methodist Church, 1200 Ponce de Leon Ave. 404-873-3365. (RW)

December 21 Wednesday

Rest your credit card for the day and give a gift that costs nothing. Every year on the Wednesday before Christmas, the Wheat Street Baptist Church, in conjunction with the Atlanta Community Food Bank, hosts a holiday dinner. Call the organization to find out how you can help with today's meal, or ask them about being matched up with a family to sponsor for Christmas. 359 Auburn Ave. 404-643-5705. (RW)



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