DECEMBER 13 THURSDAY
Not only does A VERY MERRY UNAUTHORIZED CHILDREN'S SCIENTOLOGY PAGEANT offer a spirited send-up of L. Ron Hubbard and Dianetics-obsessed movie stars; not only does it feature a cast of cute and accomplished actors; and not only does the Dad's Garage production offer the perfect antidote for a Christmas overdose; it's also only about an hour long, leaving plenty of time to make merry by other means. Through Dec. 23. $15-$25. Thurs.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Dec. 16 and 23, 5 p.m. 280 Elizabeth St. 404-523-3141. www.dadsgaragetheater.com. (Curt Holman)
DECEMBER 15 SATURDAY
Before making a New Year's resolution, hit this weekend's PSYCHIC FAIR for a 2008 preview. The event, held at local holistic and metaphysical center the Inner Space, features a variety of different psychics from palmists and card readers, to mediums and clairvoyants. If you're not quite ready to chat with great grandma or see what the cards have in store, get a massage or have your chakra balanced instead. Through Dec. 16. Event: Free. Readings: $20-$35. Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m. 185 Allen Road, Sandy Springs. 404-252-4540. www.theinnerspace.com. (Debbie Michaud)
DECEMBER 19 WEDNESDAY
New mom TULIP (pictured) was rescued recently from a North Georgia animal control facility. She is a 1-year-old, 13-pound miniature Pinscher-Dachshund mix with a sleek black-and-brown coat. The cuddly (and housebroken!) pup is curious and loves the outdoors, people, cats and other dogs. Visit Tulip and her friends Tues.-Fri., 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sat., 1-4 p.m. Atlanta Pet Rescue and Adoption, 720 14th St. 404-815-6680. www.atlantapetrescue.org. (DM)
DEC. 20 ANOTHER EVENING WITH THE GARBAGEMEN Supershort story open-mic night at A Cappella Books. www.acappellabooks.com.
DEC. 25 MJCCA FAMILY FUN DAY A Christmas alternative with a moon walk, mini golf, and arts and crafts. www.atlantajcc.org.
DEC. 26 NOOT D' NOOT Plays the Earl's Psychedelic XXX-mas Party. www.badearl.com.
DEC. 29-30 SANDRA BERNHARD Performs at the Fox Theatre. www.foxtheatre.org.