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Today

Handel's Messiah, a Brookwood High School Performing Arts production, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday at the school, 1255 Dogwood Road, Snellville. The show will also be performed at 2:30 p.m. Sunday and at 7 p.m. Nov. 27.

Kudzu Art Zone presents "Summer in Downtown Norcross" from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Kudzu Art Zone, 116 Carlyle St., Norcross. The exhibit showcases the works of Kudzu Art Zone members. Admission is free. Visit www.kudzuartzone.org or call 770-840-9844.

"Laughing Stock," a Lionheart Theatre Company production, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Norcross Community and Cultural Arts Center, 10 Britt Ave., Norcross. The final show is at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $15, or $12 for seniors or $10 for groups of 10 or more. Visit www.lionhearttheatre.org or call 770-806-0935.

"It's a Wonderful Life," a Collins Hill High School production, will be performed at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the school, 50 Taylor Road, Suwanee. Tickets are $8 per person. Call 770-338-4764.

Saturday

The 15th annual Magical Nights of Lights celebration will open 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday and run through Dec. 30 at Lake Lanier Islands Resort, 7000 Holiday Road, Lake Lanier Islands. The famed attraction boasts six miles of illuminated characters, made up of literally millions of lights. A live nativity scene premieres Dec. 1. Admission is $30 per car from Mondays through Thursdays and $40 per car on weekends. Rates are higher for vans and buses. Call 678-318-7876 or visit www.lakelanierislands.com.

The Blue Man Group will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Arena at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. The performance is part of the group's "How to Be a Megastar Tour 2.1." Ticket rates run from $49.50 to $85. Call 404-249-6400 or visit www.ticketmaster.com or www.blueman.com.

A wine tasting will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Caffe Stella, 1064 Old Peachtree Road, suite 103, Lawrenceville. The charge is $30 per person and a nonrefundable security deposit of $5 is required to reserve a spot. Call 404-429-4515 or visit www.caffestella.com.

Santa Claus will arrive at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Southeastern Railway Museum, 3595 Buford Highway, Duluth. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and $4 for children ages 2-12. Children under 2 are admitted free. Call 770-476-2013.

The Buford Art Stroll will be held from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday along Main Street in downtown Buford. Suwanee oil painter Deborah Pellock will paint live from 1 to 3 p.m. at Carisma Gallery, 15 E. Main St. Call 770-271-7501.

Historic Norcross Merchants' Holiday Open House will be held on Saturday. Most shops in historic downtown Norcross will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. as part of the event, though some will remail open later. Visit www.norcrossga.net.

Sunday

Simon Evening of Giving will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday at Mall of Georgia, 3333 Buford Drive, Buford. Admission is $10. Tickets can be purchased from participating charities or at Guest Services. Proceeds will benefit local charities and the Simon Youth Foundation. Call 678-482-8788 or visit www.mallofgeorgia.com.

Pet photos can be taken with Santa from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Sunday through Nov. 25 and also on Dec. 2 at Gwinnett Place Mall, 2100 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth. Call 770-476-5160 or visit www.simon.com.

Nov. 23

"Christmas Canteen 2007," an Aurora Theatre production, will run Nov. 23 through Dec. 23 at the theater, 128 Pike St., Lawrenceville. Showtimes are at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and matinee shows are at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Ticket prices range from $18 to $25. Call 678-226-6222 or visit www.auroratheatre.com.

"The Nutcracker," a production of the Northeast Atlanta Ballet, will be performed Nov. 23-25 at the Performing Arts Center at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. Showtimes are at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23, 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 24 and 2 p.m. Nov. 25. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Call 770-921-7277.

University of Georgia vs. Georgia Tech "Knight" will be held at 5 p.m. Nov. 23 at Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament at Discover Mills, 5900 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. This inaugural "medieval pep rally" will pit the red and yellow knights against each other while guests can don their respective team's attire and cheer on the corresponding jouster. Tickets are $47.95 per adult and $39.95 per child ages 12 and under. Call 1-888-WE-JOUST or visit www.medievaltimes.com.

Nov. 30

The 25th annual 11Alive Holiday Can-A-Thon will be held from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 30 at Discover Mills, 5900 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. Stop by the "Hall of Arms" at Medieval Times through Nov. 30 with canned food donations to benefit Atlanta's hungry and homeless. 11Alive will broadcast live on Nov. 30 from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call 678-847-5000 or visit www.discovermills.com.

"Ladies Night Out on Main Street" will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Carisma Gallery, 15 E. Main St., Duluth. The event will include jewelry and art demonstrations by Carisma Gallery artists, a wine tasting and refreshments. Call 770-271-7501.

Dec. 1

The Simon Kidgits Club "Breakfast with Santa" event will be held from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Dec. 1 in the food court at Mall of Georgia, 3333 Buford Drive, Buford. Enjoy holiday crafts, breakfast from Starbucks and personal time with Santa himself. Free breakfast for Simon Kidgits Club members. Breakfast for non-members is $5, which includes an annual Simon Kidgits Club membership. Call 678-482-8788 or visit www.mallofgeorgia.com.

Dec. 2

Pet photos can be taken with Santa from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. Dec. 2 at Mall of Georgia, 3333 Buford Drive, Buford. No exotic animals permitted. Call 678-482-8788 or visit www.mallofgeorgia.com.

The Festival of Trees will be held during mall hours Dec. 2-9 at Mall of Georgia, 3333 Buford Drive, Buford, at Gwinnett Place Mall, 2100 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth, and at Discover Mills, 5900 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. On display will be designer trees created to honor patients and families of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Visit www.choa.org/festival.

Dec. 7

"A Christmas Carol," the third annual production of Lawrenceville Community Theatre, opens at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at the Lawrenceville Church of God Youth Center, 329 Grayson Highway, Lawrenceville, building G. Other showtimes are 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 8 and 7 p.m. Dec. 9. Tickets are $10 for adults and $7 for seniors and children under 13. Dinner theater tickets are $30 per person. Visit www.lawrencevilleonstage.com or call 770-855-7005.

Dec. 8

The Grayson Christmas Tour of Homes will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 8, and will begin at the Grayson Arts and History Center, 475 Grayson Parkway, Grayson. Admission is $20 per person, and tickets will be sold until 4 p.m. Dec. 8. Transportation to all homes on the tour will be provided. Call 678-985-7775.

Dec. 9

The Georgia Club Foundation will hold its Christmas Tour of Homes on Dec. 9. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. The Georgia Club is located at 1050 Chancellors Drive, Statham. Call 770-725-8100 or visit www.thegeorgiaclub.com.

Dec. 15

The Infinite Energy Atlanta Slam competition with Andy Roddick and Robby Ginepri will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 at the Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth. Tickets are $34.75 to $89.75. Visit www.gwinnettcenter.com.

Jan. 12

"Lewis Grizzard: In His Own Words," a tribute performance by Bill Oberst Jr., will be held at 8 p.m. Jan. 12-27 at the ART Station Theatre, 5384 Manor Drive, Stone Mountain. Sunday matinee performances are at 3 p.m. Oberst honors the Southern icon with the best of his stand-up comedy and selections from books and columns. Tickets are $26 for adults and $20 for seniors and students. Call 770-469-1105 or visit www.artstation.org.

Feb. 9

Amy Speace will perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Bowman House, 323 Wilcrest Drive, Lawrenceville. Doors open at 7 p.m.. Admission is a $20 donation. Visit www.myspace.com/bowmanhouseconcerts or call 770-979-1314.

Ongoing events

The 60th annual Members Exhibition will be open until Nov. 26 at the Quinlan Visual Arts Center, 514 Green St., Gainesville. The exhibition showcases the work of member-artists from Gainesville, Atlanta and beyond. Admission is free. Call 770-536-2575 or visit www.quinlanartcenter.org.

"Serenity," an exhibit featuring the art of Ann and Victoria Jackson, will be open 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. through Dec. 1. at Carisma Gallery, 15 E. Main Street, Buford. The artists will attend Saturday's opening reception. Call 770-271-7501 or visit www.carismahome.com.

"Big," an art exhibition featuring works measuring at least 6 feet in one dimension, will be on display through Dec. 1 at the Tannery Row Artist Colony, 554 W. Main St. Building C, Buford. Call 678-428-4877.

The Georgia Piedmont Art Center will exhibit its annual Fall Gallery from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday through Dec. 22 at the Georgia Piedmont Arts Center, on East Athens Street at the intersection with Park Avenue in downtown Winder. South African artist Anne Jenkins will be judging the gallery, which will showcase more than 30 area artists. Call 404-202-3044 or visit www.georgiapiedmontartscenter.com.

Three new exhibitions will be on display through Dec. 30 at ART Station Contemporary Arts Center, 5384 Manor Drive in Stone Mountain Village. The gallery will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Admission is by donation. Call 770-469-1105 or visit www.artstation.org.

Stone Mountain Christmas will be open through Dec. 30 at Stone Mountain Park, 6867 James B. Rivers Drive, Stone Mountain. New shows and attractions have been added, including a 20-minute interactive ride on the Polar Express in the 4-D movie theater. Admission is $17 for adults and $14 for children ages 3-11. A parking permit is required for vehicle entry to the park. Call 770-498-5690 or visit www.stonemountainpark.com.

Windows of the Heart, an exhibition of the artwork of Earl Aldridge, is on display through the end of the year at the City of Suwanee Crossroads Center, 323 Buford Highway, Suwanee. A Stone Mountain resident and artist for more than 20 years, Aldridge has experimented with various techniques and mediums in his whimsical works. Call 770-945-8996.

Vines Railroad Garden train museum is open to the public from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday. The train museum is located at 3500 Oak Grove Road, Loganville. Call 770-554-9697 or visit www.vinesgardenrailroad.com.

"Out to Lunch at ART Station" is held from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. on the third Monday of each month at ART Station, 5384 Manor Drive, Stone Mountain. Tickets are $10 and include a boxed lunch. Call 770 469 1105 or visit www.artstation.org.