Wondering what to get the arts and culture lovers in your life for the holidays? Make your gift one to remember by choosing items that support your favorite Atlanta arts organizations.
The Fox Theatre
Celebrate the Fox’s 80th anniversary with a copy of The Fox Theatre — Atlanta, Georgia: The Memory Maker, a limited-edition art book for sale at the theater’s gift kiosk. The book tells the story of the Fox, from its origins as a Yaarab Shrine Mosque and opening day as a “super” Fox movie palace to its role as a community gathering place, hot dance club, special events venue and premiere Broadway house and concert hall. Go behind the scenes and learn about its astonishing architecture, near death, rebirth, restoration and community outreach programs as well as some of the memories of the Atlantans who have grown up with this atmospheric theater. foxtheatre.org
Share your love of theater by purchasing a Woodruff Arts Center gift card for shows at the Alliance Theatre. Put a little extra on the card and recipients can use the card anywhere on the Arts Center campus, including the High Museum of Art, Table 1280, intermission food carts, gift shops and the Woodruff parking garage. Personalize the gift with specialty covers from thatsmyticket.com or playbillstore.com. alliancetheatre.org
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Symphony Store is a one-stop shop for music enthusiasts. Tucked inside the Woodruff Arts Center, the shop is stocked with CDs, greeting cards, stationery, listener’s guides and other books, pashminas, music apparel and totes, and a wide range of quirky trinkets. For a bigger WOW factor, there are also glass wall clocks, ceramic keyboard serving platters and bronze collectibles of conductors, violinists, trombonists and other musicians. 404-733-4345.
The Atlanta Ballet Boutique is a mix between a ballerina’s specialty shop and a one-of-a-kind of gift boutique. For young ballet aficionados, there are pretty porcelain tea sets, rag doll ballerinas and entertaining and informative books such as Put Your Best Foot Forward: A Young Dancer’s Guide to Life by Suki Schorer and the School of American Ballet. There are also signature nutcrackers depicting the four main characters from the Nutcracker ballet, poised brass ballerina figurines and classy stationery for adults. atlantaballet.com
The Atlanta Opera
Celebrate The Atlanta Opera’s 30th anniversary by giving gift certificates for its 2010 season, which features Aida and The Magic Flute. At operagifts.com there are more opera-specific CDs, DVDs, books, stationery, apparel, jewelry and home décor. atlantaopera.org
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
They may not be located in Atlanta, but Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (AAADT) does return every year. If your children have been captivated by their dancing, purchase an Alvin Ailey Barbie Doll for them to play with. Designed by AAADT Artistic Director Judith Jamison, the doll is part of the Barbie Collector Pink Label. Dance lovers and doll collectors will appreciate the attention to detail, which captures the beauty and grace of the AAADT dancers. The fully posable doll features a pivotal body, with 12 points of movement, rooted eyelashes and wears the white costume from the “Wade in the Water” segment of Revelations. aileyboutique.com