Things To Do

Things To Do In Atlanta This Weekend – Nov. 9-11

By Nick Devlin 

Sunday is Veterans Day, which was originally called Armistice Day, so in that spirit, suspend any impending onslaught you had scheduled for your enemies and enjoy these weekend activities around Atlanta.

Tonight, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" opens at the Center for Puppetry Arts. Relive your childhood with a show based on the classic TV special you’ve seen about 436 times, the one with Burl Ives and Hermey and The Island of Misfit Toys. Having been deceased for about 17 years, Burl probably won’t make it out, but the rest of the gang will be there in full force throughout the show’s run, culminating in early January.

Also on Thursday, the BronzeLens Film Festival opens. Celebrating the contributions past, present and future contributions to film by people of color, you can find out why Atlanta is a burgeoning mecca of media production. After catching one of the festival’s many screenings, you might be inspired to put together a contribution of your own for 2013.

On Saturday night, catch the opening of "Carmen"as part of the Atlanta Opera’s 2012-2013 season. Set in Seville, the show chronicles the rise and fall of the eponymous gypsy, legendary for her ability to seduce any man in her path. If you miss the show at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, you’ll have a few more opportunities in the ensuing week.

And finally, we’d be remiss not to mention a holiday activity to remember those who have protected our country. The Veterans Day Parade gets under way on Saturday at 11:11 a.m. on Peachtree south of Ralph McGill. It winds its way through downtown before cruising past the reviewing stand on Baker Street between The World of Coca-Cola and the Georgia Aquarium.

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Photo by Clay Walker

Nick Devlin writes for the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau

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