Above: John Prine, courtesy of The Fox Theatre

The Arts

Rick Allen: Drums for Peace

Saturday, Nov. 11. Perimeter Mall, 1-3 p.m.; Phipps Plaza, 5-8 p.m. The famed artist and drummer of rock band Def Leppard will be making two special Veterans Day appearances at Wentworth Galleries in two Atlanta area malls to present his collection, “Rick Allen: Drums for Peace,” including originals, limited editions and wearable art. All art is available for acquisition. RSVPs are strongly suggested. RSVP’s are strongly suggested. RSVP for Wentworth Gallery, Perimeter Mall at 770-913-0641 or perimeter@wentworthgallery.com; for Wentworth Gallery, Phipps Plaza at 404-233-0903 or phipps@wentworthgallery.com. Visit wentworth-art.com to learn more.

Senior Day at the MJCCA Book Festival

Monday, Nov. 13, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Active seniors are invited to take part in three activities, ranging from cooking to candle-making. The keynote program is the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta Book Festival presentation featuring Pamela and Henry Gallant. Lunch is provided. Transportation is available upon request. Open to the community and MJCCA members. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 on the day of the event. MJCCA Zaban Park campus, 5342 Tilly Mill Rd., Dunwoody 30338. Go to atlantajcc.org for more info, or contact Earl Finley at 678-812-4070, earl.finley@atlantajcc.org.

The Gift of the Magi

Runs Nov. 16 to Dec. 3. Set in 1950s Atlanta, the play is based on O. Henry’s short story. Adapted and directed by Emil Thomas. Tickets are $10 to $30. Theatre on the Square, 11 Whitlock Ave., Marietta 30064. Visit theatreinthesquare.net for tickets and details.

John Prine

Friday, Nov. 17, 8 p.m. John Prine, Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter, appears with special guest Kacey Musgraves, winner of “New Artist of the Year” at the 2013 CMA Awards. Tickets run $63 to $103. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St., Atlanta 30308. Get tickets and more info at FoxTheatre.org or by calling 855-285-8499.

Radney Foster Acoustic CD & Book Release Party

Saturday, Nov. 18, 8 p.m. Songwriter Radney Foster has written for some of the biggest names in Nashville and Texas. He’s releasing a CD and book, both titled “For You to See the Stars.” Tickets range $20-25. Red Clay Music Foundry, 3116 Main St., Duluth 30096. Visit eddieowenpresents.com for tickets; use promo code ‘GwinnettLibrary’ to receive a $5 discount.

A Christmas Story

Runs Nov. 24 to Dec. 17. A holiday classic, based on the Jean Shepherd film, about a boy and his desire for the ultimate Christmas gift—a genuine Red Ryder rifle. Tickets run $10 to $23. OnStage Atlanta, Company, 2969 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur 30030. For show times, info and tickets, click on onstageatlanta.com.

Sanders Family Christmas

Runs Nov. 30 to Dec. 10. Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 3 p.m. The Cumming Playhouse presents this sequel to the successful bluegrass gospel musical “Smoke on the Mountain.” Set on Christmas Eve, 1941, the Sanders Family Singers are preparing to send one of their own off to war. The show is filled with hilarious and touching stories, as well as 25 favorite Southern Gospel Christmas songs. The Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St., Cumming 30040. Call 770-781-9178 or visit playhousecumming.com for details and tickets.


BH Technology First Annual Ladies Tea

Saturday, Nov. 5, 2-4 p.m. This fund-raising event includes live entertainment. Tickets are $50. Hosted by St. George Village, 11350 Woodstock Rd., Roswell 30022. To RSVP, call 770-696-9808 or email info@bhtechgroup.org.

Thanksgiving Meet and Eat

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 12-2 p.m. Start your holiday season with a festive and fun-filled afternoon with live music from About Time 4Jazz. You’ll also enjoy a delicious meal of turkey, dressing and all the trimmings from Ambrose Culinary Caterers. This is a fundraiser with all proceeds benefitting the C. Freeman Poole Senior Center. $12 for Cobb County residents; $14 for non-residents. Freeman Poole Senior Center, 4025 S. Hurt Rd., Smyrna 30082. Details available at cobbcounty.org or by calling 770-801-3400.

Friends of the Roswell Library Book Sale

Thursday-Sunday, Nov. 16-19. Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sunday 2-5:30 p.m. No scanners on Thursday, please. A large quantity of good quality hard cover and paperback fiction and non-fiction books are offered, organized by category. DVDs, CDs and children’s books also available, as well as an excellent selection of art and coffee table books. Cash or checks accepted. All proceeds go directly to the Roswell Library for materials and community programs. Roswell Public Library, 115 Norcross St., Roswell 30075. To find out more, call 770-640-3075 or email Roswellgafriends@gmail.com.

15th Annual Gobble Jog

Gobble Jog Stovetop Family

Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, Nov. 23, races start as early as 7:30 a.m. MUST Ministries’ largest fundraiser includes timed and untimed 5Ks and 10Ks, as well as a Tot Trot. Marietta Square, 39-75 E. Park Sq., Marietta 30060. See a map and get sign-up info at gobblejog.org.

Learn Something

Veterans Round Table

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 1 p.m., and the second Wednesday of every month. Meet with experts on veterans’ resources. Get help filing VA claims as well as information on medical care, housing and job resources. Gwinnett County Public Library, Buford Branch, 2100 Buford Hwy., Buford 30518. For more information, email cwalker@ging.org.

Veterans’ Hidden Benefits

Thursday, Nov. 16, 1-2 p.m. Do you know what veteran benefits you may be eligible for? During this informative session, you’ll be educated on the hidden secrets of veterans’ benefits by Anissa Pellhum with Nelson Elder Care. Free. Registration required. North Cobb Senior Center, 3900 S. Main St., Acworth 30101. For details, call 770-975-7740 or visit cobbcounty.org.

Home Tours

23rd Annual Virginia-Highland Tour of Homes

Saturday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. & Sunday, Dec. 3, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Eight beautiful properties will be featured in this annual walking tour of one of Atlanta’s most charming neighborhoods. Favorite local restaurants will provide tastings in John Howell Park and at each of the tour homes. Tickets can be purchased online for $25 until the weekend of the tour, when they bump up to $30. Get tickets and details at vahitourofhomes.org.

The Marietta Pilgrimage Christmas Home Tour

Saturday, Dec. 2, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. & Sunday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Several types of tours are available. The Day Tour features six homes and a number of historic public buildings; tickets are $25 in advance, $30 on the day of the tour. The Candlelight Tour, 7-9:30 p.m. on Saturday, showcases three of the six homes, with tickets at $20 in advance, $20 on tour day. A combination ticket is also available for $30 in advance and $35 on the day of the tour. Find out more at mariettapilgrimage.com.

37th Annual Grant Park Candlelight Tour of Homes

Saturday, Dec. 9 & Sunday, Dec. 10, 6-10 p.m. Grant Park is home to one of Atlanta’s best and most eclectic holiday home tours. In addition to the tour, there’s also an Artists’ Market, 4-9 p.m. on Saturday and 6-8 p.m. on Sunday, at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 501 Grant Street, Atlanta 30312. Tour tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on tour weekend. Click on CandelightTourofHomes.com for tickets and more information.