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Things to do in and around Atlanta from Dec. 7-9

There’s a mix of cold rain in the forecast, but that shouldn’t keep you from having some indoor fun.

If you’re in an R&B mood, you can check out Boys II Men and EnVogue and friends at State Farm Arena.

Or. for a little family bonding time, Dove is sponsoring free haircuts for dad and the children.

Boyz II Men, EnVogue, DruHill, Blackstreet and friends

Music lovers are in for a treat Dec. 7 as the night kicks off with a concert with some of the top names in R&B at State Farm Arena.

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The show features Boys II Men, EnVogue, DruHill, Blackstreet, Johnny Gill, Ralph Tresvant, D.J. Kid Capri and others.

8 p.m. Dec. 7. $59-$149.50. State Farm Arena, 1 State Farm Drive. Atlanta. 404- 878-3000. www.ticketmaster.com.

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Get a haircut with dad

As part of a nationwide initiative, Dove Men+Care is teaming up with a  with metro Atlanta’s Bishops Cuts/Color shops to offer  free washes and haircuts to men and their children so they can spend quality time together while also getting fresh cuts.

The event will be held at three locations on Dec. 8.

9 a.m. Dec. 8. Free. 2929 North Druid Hills Rd.; 5070 Peachtree Blvd. in Chamblee; and 1565 Church St. in Decatur. https://bishops.co/

Emory gamelan concert: “Infinite Hope”

Gamelan is traditional instrumental ensemble of Indonesia.

Now, you can experience it at Emory University on Dec. 8.

The evening’s event showcases a full Javanese gamelan set with slendro and pelog tunings. This will be the culminating performance after a three-week residency of master musician Darsono Hadiraharjo . The concert features one of his original compositions, “Ketawang Panembah.”

5 p.m. Dec. 8. Suggested donation is $10. Free for children and students with ID. Emory University Performing Arts Studio, 1804 N. Decatur Rd. 404-727-6445. www.emorygamelan.org.

Lecture on the history and power behind black opera

Naomi Andre, author of “Black Opera: History, Power, Engagement,”  will discuss the history and influence of black opera on Dec. 9.

The event will include performances of “Songs from Prison” by Jamaican-American composer Joel Thompson, harpist Angelica Hairston, tenor Tyrone Webb and soprano Jayme Alilaw.

The audience will learn about opera and its relationship to political activism and social change. The event is hosted by The Atlanta Opera.

3 p.m. Dec. 9. Free. RSVP required. Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, 101 Auburn Ave, N.E. 404-613-4001. www.afpls.org/aarl.

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