That's why it's especially nice that this weekend there are some top-notch performances and arts events that have absolutely nothing to do with Christmas. Let's ignore the holiday together, shall we?
On Thursday, December 5, Haitian-American writer Edwidge Danticat will appear at the Margaret Mitchell House at 7 p.m. to read from and discuss her new novel Claire of the Sea of Light. The new work examines how a young girl's disappearance affects the intertwined lives of the people who live in a small town in Haiti.
We're especially intrigued to see new work from dancers Erik Thurmond and Mary Grace Phillips. They perform two new duets, one created by each of them, in Two on Friday and Saturday, December 6-7, at 8 p.m. at the Druid Hills Baptist Church at the corner of Ponce and North Highland. Entry is donation based.
Also on the dance calendar is a weekend of performances from Catellier Dance Projects. The ever-inventive, ever-witty company performs pre-suf-fixes on Friday and Saturday, December 6 and 7, at 8 p.m. with an additional 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, December 8, in Emory's Schwartz Center Dance Studio. The work features pieces from choreographer Greg Catellier's previous works over the past three years examining the elements of dance.
Most kids tend to take to the season, but I'm willing to bet there are a few five-year-olds out there looking at all the decorations thinking, "Christ on a crutch, enough already!" For them, Synchronicity Theatre is presenting Peter Pan & Wendy. The new musical version of the classic story opens this weekend at 14th Street Playhouse and runs through December 29.
Lastly, the renowned Grammy-winning Takács Quartet takes to the stage at Spivey Hall on Saturday, December 7, at 8:15 p.m. Their program includes works by Mozart, Beethoven, and Smetana.
Let this be a Christmas message of hope. You can ignore the holiday, and it will eventually come to an end. It always does.
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