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Sunday, December 11

20 events

Art

  • 572 Nantahala Ave.

    Dec. 10–11, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 706-546-7235, www.cartergilliespottery.wordpress.com

    Carter & Friends Pottery Market

    Local potter Carter Gillies is joined by Geoff Pickett, Jeff Bishoff and Kyle Jones for a group sale of woodfired, salt glazed and oxidation fired pots.

  • David Morgan Pottery

    Dec. 10, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. & Dec. 11, 12–5 p.m. 706-795-3418

    Holiday Sale

    Potter David Morgan has been creating functional stoneware for the past 30 years. Shop for new works.

  • Oconee County Library

    3–4 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/oconee

    Artist Reception

    Meet Cathy Standridge, whose artwork is on view in the auditorium this month.

  • 66 Morrison St., Watkinsville

    Dec. 10, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Dec. 11, 12–4 p.m.

    Studio Holiday Art Sale

    The sale will feature glass works by Larry Hamilton, paintings by Leigh Ellis, folk art by Chris Hubbard and pottery by Lynette Phillips.

Events

Kidstuff

  • ACC Library

    3–4 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650, www.athenslibrary.org

    Read to Rover

    Beginning readers read aloud to certified therapy dogs.

  • The Natural Baby

    Events for Moms and Children

    Infant & Toddler Sensory Playgroup is for infants 4–12 months. $2/drop in, $5/month. Fridays, 11 a.m.–12 p.m. Saturday Open Playgroup. Saturdays, 1–3 p.m. MOMs Playgroup. Dec. 6, 13 or 20, 1–3 p.m. Babywearing Lunch & Learn. Dec. 14 or 21, 11 a.m.–1 p.m. info@thenaturalbaby.com, www.thenaturalbaby.com

Performance

  • The Classic Center

    Dec. 10, 8 p.m. Dec. 11, 3 p.m. FREE! (tickets required). www.athenssymphony.org

    Athens Symphony Christmas Concert

    Featuring the Athens Symphony Orchestra. Musical pieces include Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring," Guaraldi's "A Charlie Brown Christmas," selections from Handel's "Messiah" and more.

  • State Botanical Garden of Georgia

    2-3 p.m. FREE! www.uga.edu/botgarden

    New Horizons Band Holiday Concert

    The New Horizons Band is composed of members 50 years of age or older that have learned a musical instrument recently or have returned to their musical instruments from earlier in life. 

Games

Live Music

Theater

  • Elbert Theatre, Elberton

    Dec. 9-10, 7 p.m. & Dec. 11, 2 p.m. $9–16. www.cityofelberton.net

    Always a Bridesmaid

    Encore Productions presents a country comedy in which four friends have sworn to keep their promise from the night of senior prom: be in each other's weddings no matter what. See Story on p. 13.

  • Athens Community Theater

    Dec. 9–10, 15–17, 8 p.m. Dec. 11 & Dec. 18, 2 p.m. $8–15. www.townandgownplayers.org

    Neverwhere

    Town & Gown Players present a play set in a mysterious, magical world of imperiled princesses, cursed warriors, speaking rodents and vile villains. See Story on p. 13.

Monday, December 12

14 events

Karaoke & Open Mic

Kidstuff

  • ACC Library

    10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-613-3650

    Infant Storytime

    Designed to nurture language skills through literature-based materials and activities. Parents assist their children in movements and actions while playing.

  • reBlossom Mama Baby Shop

    Stroller Walk

    Meet in the parking lot and get some fresh air in the company of other parents with young children. Mondays, 9:15 a.m. www.reblossomathens.com

  • Oconee County Library

    4–6 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/oconee

    Visit with Santa

    Meet Santa and take a picture together.

  • ACC Library

    4–5:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650

    Open Chess Play for Kids and Teens

    Teen chess players of all skill levels can play matches and learn from members of the local Chess and Community Players, who will be on hand to assist players and help build skill levels. For ages 7–18. Registration required. 

Live Music

  • Little Kings Shuffle Club

    8 p.m. FREE! www.facebook.com/lkshuffleclub

    CHRISTMAS HOOT Sing along with your favorite holiday carols as Tommy Jordan and Dick Daniels play and lead. Klezmer Local 42 also performs.

  • Nowhere Bar

    10 p.m. 706-546-4742

    MUSCLE SHOALS MONDAY Local artists pay tribute to the Alabama hotspot.

Games

Events

Sports

Classes

Tuesday, December 13

32 events

Outdoors

  • State Botanical Garden of Georgia

    7 p.m. $5. www.botgarden.uga.edu

    Full Moon Hike

    See the Garden come alive at night. Each hike will focus on a different topic such as the moon, constellations or nocturnal creatures. Be prepared for a two-mile walk through wooded trails.

Games

Events

  • Heirloom Cafe and Fresh Market

    6 p.m. $20. 706-354-7901, www.heirloomathens.com

    2nd Tuesday Tasting

    This month's theme is "Holiday Sparklers."

  • Athens Country Club

    11 a.m. $25. www.womansclub.uga.edu

    University Woman's Club Holiday Luncheon

    Today features entertainment by Jim McKillip.

  • Sandy Creek Park

    7 p.m. $2 (park), $5 suggested donation. rememberingforward111@gmail.com

    Holiday Stories by the Fire

    The evening features true, 10-minute stories for grown-ups around a warm indoor fireplace. Share your personal holiday stories. Co-hosted by Remembering Forward and Sandy Creek Park.

  • State Botanical Garden of Georgia

    8 p.m. (dance lessons), 9–11 p.m. (open dance). FREE! www.athensswingnight.com

    Swing Dance Night in the Garden

    UGA Swing Dance Club presents a night of dancing in the tropical conservatory. No previous dance experience or partner required.

Kidstuff

DJs

  • The Manhattan Café

    Loungy Tuesdays. 10 p.m. FREE! 706-369-9767

    Loungy Tuesdays

    DJ NATE FROM WUXTRY Spinning an all-vinyl set of rare and classic deep soul, R&B and blues. Every Tuesday!

Lectures & Lit

  • Barnes & Noble

    7 p.m. FREE! www.bn.com

    Terry Kay

    Join local author Terry Kay for a reading from To Whom the Angel Spoke

Support Groups

Live Music

  • 40 Watt Club

    8 p.m. $10. www.40watt.com

    VENUS AND THE MOON "American Galactic country duo."

    KENNETH BRIAN BAND Country-rock four-piece from Decatur, AL. 

    CHRISTOPHER STILLS No info available.

  • The Foundry

    Nuci's Space Benefit. 6 p.m. $10 (adv.), $13 (door). www.thefoundryathens.com

    MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM ATHENS 2 Featuring performances from artists featured in the Nuci's Space documentary that will also screen this evening.

  • Georgia Theatre

    7:30 p.m. $28 (adv.), $30 (door). www.georgiatheatre.com

    THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN Legendary alternative band that has influenced much of today's indie rock. See story on p. 10.

    MARK CROZER AND THE RELS British singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist based out of NYC.

  • Hendershot's Coffee Bar

    8 p.m. FREE! www.hendershotscoffee.com

    VINCE GUARALDI TRIO TRIBUTE Featuring Greg Hankins on piano, Luca Lombardi on bass and Seth Hendershot on drums, along with some guest "Peanuts"-gang singers.

  • Nowhere Bar

    9 p.m. 706-546-4742

    DJ WHOM Local DJ playing a mix of hip hop, '90s and 2000s music.

Theater

Classes

Art

Meetings

  • 6–8 p.m. FREE! www.athensclarkecounty.com/parkplanning

    Tallassee Tract Master Plan Public Input Session

    (ACC Planning Department Auditorium, 120 W. Dougherty St.) View the draft master plan map for the site and provide feedback on the concept. Staff will make a short presentation at the beginning of the session.

Wednesday, December 14

30 events

Live Music

  • Caledonia Lounge

    9 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). www.caledonialounge.com

    SCOOTERBABE Scrappy, jangly local noise-pop/emo group.

    NEW WIVES Charming Athens indie rockers with a noisy, melodic edge.

    WF ADDAMS New local indie rock band featuring members of Juna and Malevich.

    HARLOT PARTY Dark, gentle, prog-influenced project.

  • Flicker Theatre & Bar

    10 p.m. www.flickertheatreandbar.com

    SOME KIND OF NIGHTMARE Punk rock band from San Diego.

    THE GRAWKS Punk and garage-inspired local rock and roll band.

    ABOVE REPUTE Punk band from Atlanta.

  • The Foundry

    8 p.m. $12 (adv.), $15 (door). www.thefoundryathens.com

    THE SECRET SISTERS Americana singer-songwriter duo performs as part of its Christmas tour.

    HANNAH MILLER Nashville-based folk-pop singer-songwriter influenced by artists like Neko Case and Norah Jones.

  • The Globe

    8 p.m. FREE! 706-353-4721

    THE HOT HOTTY-HOTS Mary Sigalas, Dan Horowitz, Steve Key and surprise guests play swingin' tunes from the '10s, '20s and '30s.

  • Go Bar

    12 a.m. 706-546-5609

    BEN LAWLESS Atlanta musician performs a set of experimental pop music.

    BEIGE CURTAINS Memphis-based psychedelic rock group.

  • Hendershot's Coffee Bar

    8 p.m. FREE! www.hendershotscoffee.com

    JASON FULLER Local pianist tickles the holiday ivories with some classic Christmas faves and some originals.

    KIP JONES Local singer-songwriter performs holiday classics, with special guests Tony and Damian.

  • Nowhere Bar

    10 p.m. 706-546-4742

    ALEX CULBRETH Edgy alt-country singer-songwriter from Virginia.

  • Porterhouse Grill

    6:30 p.m. FREE! 706-369-0990

    JAZZ NIGHT The longest standing weekly music gig in Athens! Enjoy an evening of original music, improv and standards.

Kidstuff

  • ACC Library

    4:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650

    Teen Council Meeting

    Teens can come together to discuss plans for the ACC Library's teen department's collections and programs. Pick up application forms at the front desk. Ages 11-18.

  • Oconee County Library

    10 & 11 a.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/oconee

    Preschooler Storytime

    Stories, songs, crafts and fun for preschool-aged children and their caregivers.

  • ACC Library

    7 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/athens

    Bedtime Stories

    Children of all ages are invited for bedtime stories every Wednesday.

  • Oconee County Library

    6–8 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/oconee

    Anime Club and PRISM

    Both clubs will combine for a holiday party featuring games, crafts, snacks and activities. Wear your most festive holiday pajamas. Grades 6–12.

  • Bogart Library

    Dec. 13, 12:15–1 p.m. & Dec. 14, 4–5 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/bogart

    Kids Holiday Crafts

    For age 8 and up.

Lectures & Lit

  • ACC Library

    10:30 a.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org

    Talking About Books: Adult Book Discussion Group

    This month's title is The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. Newcomers welcome.

Art

Games

Meetings

  • Four Athens

    12 p.m. FREE! www.fourathens.com

    Lunch & Learn: Tech Team Performance Reviews

    Stephanie Sharp, IT Senior Manager of Web Services at UGA Franklin College, shares performance review processes for tech teams using real world examples. Lunch is provided. RSVP.

Classes

  • ACC Library

    7 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650, www.athenslibrary.org/athens

    Illustrator for Beginners

    Learn how to create graphics with vectors using Adobe Illustrator. This is ideal for logos or artwork you want to print in multiple sizes. Registration required.

Karaoke & Open Mic

  • Boar's Head Lounge

    10 p.m. FREE! 706-369-3040

    Open Mic Night

    LEAVING COUNTRIES OPEN MIC JAM Bands are welcome, backline is provided and the jam rocks until 2 a.m.

  • Go Bar

    10 p.m. 706-546-5609

    Freestyle Cypher Night

    FREESTYLE CYPHER NIGHT Bring your bars. With host Lingua Franca and featured performances from John Ave and Kaedus Hines, Dedric Knowles and Jabbary SouthPaw Stevens.

Events

Thursday, December 15

24 events

Art

  • Athens, GA

    6-9 p.m. FREE! www.3thurs.org

    Third Thursday Art Series

    Seven galleries stay open late the third Thursday of every month. Participating galleries include the Georgia Museum of Art, Lamar Dodd School of Art, ATHICA, Lyndon House Arts Center, Ciné, the GlassCube & Gallery @ Hotel Indigo and The Classic Center.

Karaoke & Open Mic

  • Go Bar

    10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-5609

    Dr. Fred's Karaoke

    KARAOKE Hosted by karaoke fanatic John "Dr. Fred" Bowers and featuring a large assortment of pop, rock, indie and more.

  • The Bar-B-Que Shack

    7 p.m. FREE! 706-613-6752

    Bluegrass Jam

    BLUEGRASS JAM Bring your own instrument! All pickers are welcome every Thursday.

Comedy

  • Bar Georgia

    9 p.m. $5. ghoshehalia@gmail.com

    Comic Strip

    Show-up and go-up comedy open mic. Hosted by Alia Ghosheh and Veronica Darby.

Live Music

  • Caledonia Lounge

    9 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). www.caledonialounge.com

    SOJOURN Emotionally charged local hard rock band.

    THE WARSAW CLINIC Atlanta-based rock band.

    CAMPGROUND New, Athens-based jammy rock band.

  • Flicker Theatre & Bar

    9 p.m. $5. www.flickertheatreandbar.com

    MAD ACE Atlanta-based beat-oriented, hip hop-influenced cellist.

    JIANNA JUSTICE Athens-based indie-folk project with a compelling, summery sound.

    SUMMER PALACE Nashville, TN-based psychedelic pop project.

    SHANKS AKIMBO Psychedelic Knoxville, TN group.
  • Georgia Theatre

    8 p.m. $5. www.georgiatheatre.com

    GIMME HENDRIX Local Jimi Hendrix cover band.

    STROKE The Strokes tribute band.

    SMASHING PUMPKINS JR. Smashing Pumpkins tribute featuring members of Kuroma, MGMT, The Whigs and T. Hardy and the Hardknocks.

    PHYSICAL JERKS Elvis Costello covers courtesy of members of Harvey Milk, The Lanes and more.

  • Go Bar

    8 p.m. 706-546-5609

    ROPE TRICK New project from musicians Paul Thomas and Chris Cogan.

  • The Grotto

    10 p.m. 706-549-9933

    LEAVING COUNTRIES Louis Phillip Pelot plays funky Southern folk rock 'n' roll.

  • Highwire Lounge

    8 p.m. FREE! www.highwirelounge.com

    LIVE JAZZ A group of talented jazz musicians play every Thursday and Friday.

  • Nowhere Bar

    10 p.m. 706-546-4742

    ROBBIE DUDE Local DJ spinning "futuristic, hip hop, electro-soul, funky freshness, wine sippin', bumpin', grindin' bass music."

  • The Office Lounge

    8:30 p.m. 706-546-0840

    REV. TRIBBLE AND THE DANCING MAGNOLIAS Local group led by Athens rock fixture Rev. Conner Mack Tribble.

  • Your Pie

    6:30 p.m. FREE! 706-355-7048 (Gaines School Road location)

    MANNY CORTES Singer-songwriter and acoustic guitarist from Atlanta.

Kidstuff

Games

DJs

  • Blue Sky

    9 p.m. FREE! 706-850-3153

    Warm Glow Blue Sky Show

    WARM GLOW BLUE SKY SHOW JJC plays disco, funk, soul & cetera. Every Thursday!

Theater

  • Oconee County Civic Center

    Dec. 15–17, 7:30 p.m. & Dec. 17–18, 2:30 p.m. $12. www.brightstoneathens.com

    Christmas at the Five & Dime

    The '40s-style, faith-based Christmas musical follows the families who run a large department store and a mom-and-pop five-and-dime.  

  • Athens Community Theater

    Dec. 9–10, 15–17, 8 p.m. Dec. 11 & Dec. 18, 2 p.m. $8–15. www.townandgownplayers.org

    Neverwhere

    Town & Gown Players present a play set in a mysterious, magical world of imperiled princesses, cursed warriors, speaking rodents and vile villains. See Story on p. 13.

Lectures & Lit

  • Madison County Library, Danielsville

    6:30 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/madison

    Solar Power Night

    Drew Bowen of Turnsol Energy discusses the latest technology and alternative energy options. Andy Hickman will describe his off-the-grid home, an Earthship. This program is held in conjunction with the exhibition "Discover Tech: Engineers Make a World of Difference."

Events

Film

  • Ciné Barcafé

    8 p.m. $20. www.athenscine.com

    The Fourth Phase

    Professional snowboarder Travis Rice undertakes a 16,000 mile mission around the North Pacific Rim. Live performance by soundtrack artist Kishi Bashi.

Friday, December 16

22 events

DJs

  • Go Bar

    10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-5609

    DJ Mahogany

    DJ MAHOGANY Popular local DJ spins freaky funk, sultry soul, righteous R&B and a whole lotta unexpected faves.

  • Little Kings Shuffle Club

    10 p.m. FREE! www.facebook.com/lkshuffleclub

    DJ Reindeer Games

    DJ REINDEER GAMES Athens DJ mixes trap, hip hop, moombahton, '90s hits and indie dance tunes.

Events

  • Go Bar

    9 p.m. $3. www.facebook.com/athensshowgirls

    Athens Showgirl Cabaret

    Tonight's special guests include Kellie Divine, Alice Divine, Jennifer Smilez, Jenn Sparx, Cola Kai and more.

  • Southeast Circle Park

    3:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3801

    Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

    (Southeast Clarke Park, 325 Whit Davis Rd.) The new World of Wonder playground includes 10 slides, a rock wall and more. 

  • Oconee County Library

    Dec. 16, 2–4 p.m. Dec. 19, 6–8 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/oconee

    Cookies & Cider

    Celebrate the holidays with a cookie and cup of warm cider.

Live Music

  • Caledonia Lounge

    Toy Drive. 9 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20). www.caledonialounge.com

    SHEHEHE Local band that draws from old-school punk and arena rock to create a fist-pumping atmosphere.

    MIGHTY Alternative rock group from Atlanta.

    THE GILLS Melodic alt-rock band from Nashville.

    BEHOLD THE BRAVE Popular retro-leaning rock group from Nashville.

  • Flicker Theatre & Bar

    9 p.m. www.flickertheatreandbar.com

    JOHN & KIRAN FERNANDES Father and son team up for an experimental instrumental set.

    BETWEEN NAYBORS Local trio playing folk-based music that ranges from '60s coffeehouse to Richard and Linda Thompson-esque duets to rhythmic, Tom Waits-y rants.

    COUCHLOCKED  New psychedelic/progressive folk duo.

  • The Foundry

    6 p.m. $10. www.thefoundryathens.com

    MEALS ON WHEELS BENEFIT The Athens Community Council on Aging's concert to raise money for the elderly during the holiday season will feature Connor Byers, Zenith Blue, Benjamin Simpson, Simone Zaccaria Jeffers, The Varsity Band and the Voltures.

  • Georgia Theatre

    On the Rooftop. 9:30 p.m. FREE! www.georgiatheatre.com

    FEATHER TRADE This local band plays lush, moody post-pop.

    CROWE A beat-matched hour of industrial hits for your stomping pleasure.

    DJ WARDADDY Spinning darkwave, classic goth, death rock, witch house and everything in between.

  • Highwire Lounge

    8 p.m. FREE! www.highwirelounge.com

    LIVE JAZZ A group of talented jazz musicians play every Thursday and Friday.

  • Nowhere Bar

    10 p.m. 706-546-4742

    THE VINYL SUNS Athens-based blues-rock five-piece.

  • The Office Lounge

    6 p.m. 706-546-0840

    REV. CONNER MACK TRIBBLE Tribble is a Georgia rock and roll fixture. Every Friday!

  • Saucehouse Barbeque

    7 p.m. FREE! www.saucehousebbq.com

    JULIE HOLMES Local singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist who specializes in acoustic jams. 

  • Terrapin Beer Co.

    4:30 p.m. www.terrapinbeer.com

    JUST JAY One-man acoustic cover band from Philadelphia.

  • The World Famous

    10 p.m. $5. www.facebook.com/theworldfamousathens

    THE PAUSES Orlando-based pop group led by singer-songwriter Tierney Tough.

    OAK HOUSE Melodic and complex post-rock group from Athens and Atlanta.

Kidstuff

  • Lay Park

    6:30–8:30 p.m. $10–15. www.athensclarkecounty.com/leisure

    Flashlight Candy Cane Hunt

    Children can bring their flashlights and hunt for hidden candy canes. Cookies and cocoa will be provided. Ages 4–12. 

  • Barnes & Noble

    7 p.m. FREE! 706-354-1195

    Meet the Author

    Meet Kaitlin Bevis in celebration of Love & War, the fifth book in the teen fantasy series "Daughters of Zeus." 

  • ACC Library

    6 p.m. FREE! plewis@athenslibrary.org

    Afterhours

    Learn about spheros and eat pizza at the "Jingle Balls Sphero Challenge!" Ages 11–18. Registration required.

  • Lay Park

    10 a.m.–12 p.m. $5–7.50. www.athensclarkecounty.com/leisure

    Gingerbread Pals

    Participants will make a memory keepsake, sing songs and read a holiday story. Ages 2–4. 

Theater

  • Oconee County Civic Center

    Dec. 15–17, 7:30 p.m. & Dec. 17–18, 2:30 p.m. $12. www.brightstoneathens.com

    Christmas at the Five & Dime

    The '40s-style, faith-based Christmas musical follows the families who run a large department store and a mom-and-pop five-and-dime.  

  • Athens Community Theater

    Dec. 9–10, 15–17, 8 p.m. Dec. 11 & Dec. 18, 2 p.m. $8–15. www.townandgownplayers.org

    Neverwhere

    Town & Gown Players present a play set in a mysterious, magical world of imperiled princesses, cursed warriors, speaking rodents and vile villains. See Story on p. 13.

Performance

  • Dec. 16 & 17, 7 p.m. Dec. 17, 2 p.m. Dec. 18, 3 p.m. $10. 706-335-7543

    Christmas Spectacular

    (Commerce Cultural Arts Center, 232 Cherry St. Commerce) The 12th Annual Spectacular will feature Act II of The Nutcracker and a Rockette style tap-and-jazz selection. 

Saturday, December 17

25 events

Live Music

  • Bishop Park

    Athens Farmers Market. 10 a.m. FREE! www.athensfarmersmarket.net

    MALARKEY BROTHERS Celtic folk-rock group.

  • Caledonia Lounge

    9 p.m. www.caledonialounge.com

    DOUBLE FERRARI This local band plays virtuosic, high-speed, instrumental rock.

    THE POWDER ROOM Local sludgy noise-rock trio.

    ART CONTEST Math-rock band from Athens via South Carolina.

  • 40 Watt Club

    8 p.m. $5. www.40watt.com

    THE HEAP Funky indie-soul band based here in Athens with a killer horn section and fronted by Bryan Howard's low, bass growl.

    STONI TAYLOR & MILES OF STONES Atlanta-based funk-rock outfit.

    THE TAXICAB VERSES Local group/recording project inspired by Jim Wilson's time spent doing field recordings and collaborating with musicians in Ghana.

  • The Globe

    7:30 p.m. $8 (adv.), $10 (door). www.jazzathensga.org

    GREG ROBBINS & COLIN MANKO Local jazz guitarist Manko is joined by Atlanta singer Robbins and bassist Jon Strength to play fresh arragements of old classics in a Sinatra style.

  • Go Bar

    10 p.m. FREE! 706-546-5609

    KARAOKE Hosted by karaoke fanatic John "Dr. Fred" Bowers and featuring a large assortment of pop, rock, indie and more.

  • Hendershot's Coffee Bar

    8 p.m. www.hendershotscoffee.com

    THE DARNELL BOYS The three Darnell brothers play and sing country blues originals backed by upright bass, singing saw and junkyard percussion.

  • Live Wire

    1 p.m. FREE (with toy donation), $10 (door). www.livewireathens.com

    ATHENS' LARGEST CHRISTMAS PARTY A Toys for Tots and Nuci's Space benefit show featuring Universal Sigh, Harvey Funkwalker, Sunny South Blues Band, The Voltures, Sacred Hollow, Jaclyn Steele Band, Breathing Kansas and Jesse Mariah Williams. Plus, a raffle with prizes and gift certificates from local businesses.

DJs

Performance

  • The Classic Center

    Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18, 2 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. $15–35. 706-542-4400, www.classiccenter.com

    The State Ballet Theatre of Russia's The Nutcracker

    A yearly favorite tale of holiday adventure through a fantasy world of fairies, princes, toy soldiers and an army of mice. The authentic Russian production features Tchaikovsky's beloved music, including "Waltz of the Flowers" and "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy."

  • Dec. 16 & 17, 7 p.m. Dec. 17, 2 p.m. Dec. 18, 3 p.m. $10. 706-335-7543

    Christmas Spectacular

    (Commerce Cultural Arts Center, 232 Cherry St. Commerce) The 12th Annual Spectacular will feature Act II of The Nutcracker and a Rockette style tap-and-jazz selection. 

Events

  • Memorial Park

    7:30 p.m. (lesson), 8–11 p.m. (dance). $8 (adults), $4 (ages 11–17) FREE! (ages 11 & under). www.athensfolk.org

    Contra Dance

    A dance presented by Athens Folk Music & Dance Society with live music by Mike Robinson and Friends. Live calling by Janet Shepard.

  • West Broad Market Garden

    9 a.m.–1 p.m. FREE! www.athenslandtrust.org

    West Broad Farmers Market

    Shop for fresh and affordable produce and prepared foods. The market also includes kids activities, cooking demonstrations, educational booths and entertainment.

  • Healing Arts Centre

    3–7 p.m. FREE! 4humanrights2016@gmail.com

    Nasty Women Knit

    Knit and crochet items to sell for funding toward the Women's March on Washington. 

Kidstuff

  • Memorial Park

    9–9:45 a.m. or 10-10:45 a.m. $5-8. 706-613-3580

    Breakfast with Santa

    Eat breakfast, get a photo with jolly old St. Nick, make crafts and participate in holiday-themed activities.

  • Rocksprings Community Center

    9:30 a.m. $6–9. 706-613-3602, www.athensclarkecounty.com/leisure

    Breakfast with the Grinch

    Dine with the Grinch, take photos and make a Whoville craft. Registration required.

  • ACC Library

    11 a.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/athens

    Hanukkah Craft Time

    Celebrate the season of lighs with crafts and stories. Ages 3–11. 

  • Entourage Warehouse

    6:30 p.m. www.entourageclothing.com

    Stan Mullins & Santa

    (Entourage Clothing, 2095 S. Milledge Ave.) Artist Stan Mullins will read from his illustrated children's book Codalino: A Shepard Dog's Little Tail. The book signing will be followed by milk and cookies with Santa. Attendees are encouraged to donate to the Boys and Girls Club of Athens.

  • Bogart Library

    2–4 p.m. FREE! www.athenslibrary.org/bogart

    Cookie Decorating

    Decorate cookies to give to the Athens Homeless Shelter. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

Art

  • Georgia Museum of Art

    7 p.m. FREE! www.georgiamuseum.org

    Thursday Twilight Tour

    View selections from the permanent collection on a tour led by docents.

  • Bishop Park

    8 a.m.–12 p.m. athensfarmersmarket.net

    Holiday Craft Markets

    The Athens Farmers market will include its Holiday Craft Market featuring ceramics, jewelry, textiles, woodworking and more. 

  • Athens Institute for Contemporary Art: ATHICA

    5–7 p.m. www.athica.org

    Opening Reception

    The gallery hosts its first annual "Members' Exhibition," sharing 2-D and 3-D artwork by its supporters.

Theater

  • Oconee County Civic Center

    Dec. 15–17, 7:30 p.m. & Dec. 17–18, 2:30 p.m. $12. www.brightstoneathens.com

    Christmas at the Five & Dime

    The '40s-style, faith-based Christmas musical follows the families who run a large department store and a mom-and-pop five-and-dime.  

  • Athens Community Theater

    Dec. 9–10, 15–17, 8 p.m. Dec. 11 & Dec. 18, 2 p.m. $8–15. www.townandgownplayers.org

    Neverwhere

    Town & Gown Players present a play set in a mysterious, magical world of imperiled princesses, cursed warriors, speaking rodents and vile villains. See Story on p. 13.

Sunday, December 18

8 events

Performance

  • The Classic Center

    Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18, 2 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. $15–35. 706-542-4400, www.classiccenter.com

    The State Ballet Theatre of Russia's The Nutcracker

    A yearly favorite tale of holiday adventure through a fantasy world of fairies, princes, toy soldiers and an army of mice. The authentic Russian production features Tchaikovsky's beloved music, including "Waltz of the Flowers" and "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy."

  • Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall

    3 p.m. $31-72. pac.uga.edu

    Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Chorus

    The program will open with Vivaldi's "Gloria," and includes the "Christmas portion and "Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel's Messiah.

  • Dec. 16 & 17, 7 p.m. Dec. 17, 2 p.m. Dec. 18, 3 p.m. $10. 706-335-7543

    Christmas Spectacular

    (Commerce Cultural Arts Center, 232 Cherry St. Commerce) The 12th Annual Spectacular will feature Act II of The Nutcracker and a Rockette style tap-and-jazz selection. 

Live Music

Kidstuff

  • Madison County Library, Danielsville

    3–4 p.m. FREE! 706-795-5597

    Read to Rover

    Beginning readers read aloud to a certified therapy dog.

  • Madison County Library, Danielsville

    2:30 p.m. FREE! 706-795-5597

    Family Holiday Movie

    Bring the whole family in for a movie, crafts and popcorn.

Theater

  • Athens Community Theater

    Dec. 9–10, 15–17, 8 p.m. Dec. 11 & Dec. 18, 2 p.m. $8–15. www.townandgownplayers.org

    Neverwhere

    Town & Gown Players present a play set in a mysterious, magical world of imperiled princesses, cursed warriors, speaking rodents and vile villains. See Story on p. 13.