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Visit These ATL Cultural Centers This Weekend

By Caroline Perrott | January 4, 2021 | Lifestyle

Atlanta’s performing arts centers are part of seasonal traditions for many, and a year without them just wouldn’t be the same. Luckily, these alternative art offerings will help you keep tradition alive.

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1. Atlanta Ballet

The elegance and whimsy of seeing The Nutcracker live is something Christmas dreams are made of. Hopefully one day we can get back to those performances, but in the meantime, Atlanta Ballet cordially invites you to behold The Nutcracker 2020 Experience. From a drive-in viewing event at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre to on-demand access of prerecorded live productions and a 30 Days of Nutcracker series on social media, audiences will get their daily dose of whimsy from Thanksgiving to Christmas Day.

2. Alliance Theatre

Drive-in experiences seem to be hitting a new heyday. Join Alliance Theatre as it goes outside the physical venue with A Christmas Carol: The Live Radio Play. Watch from the comfort of your heated car parked in Atlanta’s Summerhill neighborhood as the streets of Victorian England materialize before you and the begrudged Ebenezer Scrooge begins his ghost-laden journey to Christmas enlightenment. Friends and family of all ages can enjoy Charles Dickens’ cherished tradition of oral history while staying safe. You’ll go home with a renewed sense of the Christmas spirit. Dec. 4-23, 18 Georgia Ave. SE

3. Museum of Design Atlanta

Although its doors are closed, Museum of Design Atlanta’s virtual doors are wide open. Explore a virtual exhibition entitled The Design of Dissent, which explores the essential democratic need for dissent and the responsibility we have as citizens to create a dialogue around social and political concerns. After a tough political year and election, this experience is more relevant than ever. For something with more levity, there’s Learning from Nature: the Future of Design, which includes art pieces that champion how designers in our decade are finding sustainable solutions for clothing and beyond via nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies. 1315 Peachtree St. NE

Photography by: by Momodou Jallow