LEAVING COUNTRIES Local singer-songwriter Louis Phillip Pelot performs folk and country with the help of some friends.
DOCTOR SQUID Rock/indie-pop quartet from Athens.
THE WARM FUZZIES Local indie quartet that plays hooky, melodic power-pop akin to early Weezer. See story on p. 9.
THE SKIPPERDEES Charming local acoustic sister duo with rich, folky vocal harmonies and a sense of humor.
MADELINE Bell-voiced songwriter Madeline Adams plays endearing songs of smalltown loves, hopes and other assorted torments and joys. See story on p. 10.
FOUR EYES Ukelele strummer Erin Lovett plays sweet, poppy folk.
YO SOYBEAN Local "party-folk" trio featuring upbeat, sing-along numbers with guests on guitar, banjo, mandolin, violin and more.
BRETT VAUGHN Local singer-songwriter plays a set of his orchestral pop tunes.
CHRIS BARNETT Local singer-songwriter performs a solo set.
TAB BENOIT Guitarist native to Louisiana combining a variety of blues styles including Delta, swamp and Chicago blues.
SOL DRIVEN TRAIN Charleston-based groove-rock ensemble.
THOSE DARLINS Tennessee-based country-punk outfit.
MONSOON Female-fronted local post-punk band that dabbles in rockabilly and new wave.
MUSIC BAND Psychedelic garage-rock band from Nashville.
NICK JOHNSON AND THE WORLD CLASS EGGS You've seen Atlanta guitarist Nick Johnson play with Col. Bruce Hampton, Atlanta Funk Society and Lingo. He plays a mix of funk, blues and soul jazz.
DAVE HOWARD Singer-songwriter plays his own material as well as Americana covers.
JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE The talented and astute son of leftist-country king Steve Earle, the younger Earle has earned a spot in the folk pantheon with his earnest, incisive songwriting. See Calendar Pick on p. 19.
JONATHAN BYRD & THE PICKUP COWBOYS The lauded North Carolina-based songwriter performs with the help of his astute backing band.
ELIOT BRONSON Folk songwriter from Atlanta.
EFREN This local band, led by vocalist Scott Low, plays rootsy, rocking Americana. See story on p. 8.
A CELEBRATION OF ARALEE STRANGE Local musicians pay tribute to Strange, a local poet who passed away this year. Featuring Art Rosenbaum, Caroline Aiken, Don Chambers, The Hobohemians, Dodd Ferrelle, Rick Fowler and more. Hosted by actress Lisa Mende ("Seinfeld") and MC Montu Miller.
Throw a lime in your Coors Light and compete!
KARAOKE Hosted by karaoke fanatic John "Dr. Fred" Bowers and featuring a large assortment of pop, rock, indie and more.
BLESS THE MIC Open mic and karaoke night. Every Thursday!
Frequent introductionary courses. "Intro to Mavericks." Dec. 18, 10 a.m. Dec. 9 or Dec. 23, 6 p.m. "IOS 7 Workshop." Dec. 11, 10 a.m. Dec. 16, 6 p.m. "Intro to iPad." Dec. 7, 14 or 21, 10 a.m. FREE! 706-208-9990, www.peachmac.com/training/workshops.php
Easy-to-learn Scottish country dancing. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes (flats, no heels). Every Thursday.
(Danielsville) Learn new techniques and create two different layouts for the holiday season. Bring adhesive, straight scissors, a 12-inch cutter and brown or black ink if possible.
Part one of a three-part course.
Quilting classes for beginner to advanced students cover traditional and modern projects. Every Sunday, 12–4 p.m. 706-247-6143, www.sewcialstudio.com
Become a home composting expert. Participants must complete the training course and volunteer at least 40 hours back to the program. Wednesdays, Jan. 29–Mar. 26, 6–8 p.m. Field trips on Feb. 22 and Mar. 15. $145. 706-613-3640
"Baby Sensory Class" for ages 6–24 months (Wednesdays, 10 a.m. & Saturdays, 11 a.m.), "We Craft" for ages 2–3 (Thursdays & Saturdays, 10 a.m.), "Craft Club" for ages 3–5 (Thursdays, 4 p.m.), "Craft Club" for ages 6–10 (Wednesdays, 4 p.m.), "Family Crafterdays" for ages 4–8 (Saturdays, 12 p.m.). "Craft Inc." for ages 9–14 (Fridays, 4:30 p.m.). $10/class. www.treehousekidandcraft.com
Start a new holiday tradition! Bring the kids to roast marshmallows and make s'mores. Every Thursday. Parental supervision is required.
This three-day mini camp includes field trips around town, healthy cooking activities, games, sports, crafts and other camp fun. For ages 6–13. Register by Dec. 20. Camp is on Dec. 27, 30 & 31, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. $25–40. 706-613-3593
Learn how to use the easy tumbler block to make a holiday stocking. Registration required.
Browse new and used GMOA publications. GMOA will also sell frames and the gift shop will offer special sales.
Over 60 local organizations will march through the streets of downtown. This year's theme is "The Sounds of Christmas." The parade begins at the corner of Dougherty and Pulaski Streets and ends in front of City Hall for the traditional tree lighting ceremony hosted by Santa.
Retired UGA biologist Gary Kochert will describe his adventures as a naturalist aboard an expedition ship that visited the Falkland Islands.
A 19th century French aristocrat, notorious for his scathing memoirs about life in Russia, travels through the Russian State Hermitage Museum and encounters figures from the last 200-plus years.
The Athens Choral Society with brass perform John Rutter's "Gloria" and Randol Bass' "Gloria."
(Athens, GA) Action Ministries is seeking volunteers to help prepare, pack and deliver free lunches to local children eligible for free or reduced lunch. Smart Lunch, Smart Kid expects to feed 300 students a day on Dec. 23, 26, 27 & 30 and Jan. 3. 478-494-7717, email@example.com
"Needle Felting: Ornament Making." Thursdays, Dec. 5–19, 7–9 p.m. $70. www.treehousekidandcraft.com
A support and social group for mothers to find out about upcoming events, community resources and more. Children welcome. Meets every Tuesday & Friday, 9:30–11:30 a.m. www.athensga.motherscenter.org