Friday, December 7

35 events


  • Little Kings Shuffle Club

    7:30 p.m. FREE!

    Unsilent Night

    Participate in a public performance of "Unsilent Night." The 45-minute electronic piece, designed "specifically to be heard outdoors in the month of December" by composer Phil Kline, was debuted in New York City in 1992 and is performed around the world. Meet at Little Kings and bring portable music players for a walk around downtown. See story on p. 9.

  • UGA Dance Building

    7–10:30 p.m. $3-5.

    Friday Night Dance Party

    Free beginner Rumba lesson at 7 p.m. followed by social dancing at 8 p.m. No partner required.

  • 8 p.m. $25–50.


    (J's Bottle Shop) Enjoy food, music and over a dozen sparkling wines from around the world. Proceeds benefit the Athens Area Homeless Shelter.

  • Five & Ten

    11 a.m.–1 p.m.

    Eat. Drink. Think.

    The Good Food Media Network presents a food and drink educational experience featuring chef Hugh Acheson, Good Food 100 Restaurants president Sara Brito, and local farmers from Woodland Gardens and The Feral Woman's Garden.

  • Church of the Nations

    Dec. 7–9, 6:30 p.m. FREE!

    Light the Night

    Receive a passport to get stamped as you visit interactive stations around the grounds. Activities include ornament decorating, s'mores, hayrides and a light show.

  • UGA Trial Gardens

    Dec. 6, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. & Dec. 7, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

    Holiday Plant Sale

    (Greenhouse) Wide selection of succulent gardens and several varieties of coleus. 

  • Dec. 6, 5–10 p.m. Dec. 7, 4–9 p.m. Dec. 8, 12–5 p.m. Dec. 9, 12–3 p.m.

    Gingerbread House Competition

    (296 W. Broad St.) See festive constructions competing for first place. Proceeds benefit the Athens Land Trust's Young Urban BUilders program.


  • Treehouse Kid and Craft

    10 a.m.- 6 p.m. $40+.

    Visiting Silhouette Artist

    Tim Arnold creates silhouettes of children, adults and pets. Cuttings can be done from a photograph or from life. Contact Treehouse to make an appointment.

  • Dec. 7, 4–9 p.m. Dec. 8, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. 762-728-0575

    Normaltown Pottery Holiday Sale

    (465 Belvoir Heights) Pottery by Juana Gnecco, Nancy Green and Shawn Ireland. Jewelry by Melanie Morgan. 

  • Lamar Dodd School of Art

    6 p.m. FREE!

    Closing Reception

    The closing reception for "Taping Nature," an exhibition of masking tape sculptures and installations by Paula Reynaldi, will feature performances by Eric Marty and Marielayne Báez-Aquino.



  • Bishop Park

    10–11:30 a.m. $5–7.50. 706-613-3589

    Fantastic Fridays

    Various obstacle courses and activities for ages 10 months–4 years and their parents. Call to register.

  • Madison County Library, Danielsville

    4:30 p.m. FREE!

    Elementary Storytime

    Enjoy books and crafts. Ages 6–10 and their caregivers.

  • East Athens Community Center

    6 p.m. $10-15.

    Paint Night

    Ages 5 & up. Painters will be given an example of what to paint. Registration required. 

  • Barnes & Noble

    7 p.m. FREE!

    Polar Express Storytime

    Special storytime and pajama party featuring The Polar Express, hot chocolate and cookies.

  • Multiple Locations

    Mini Holiday Camps

    "Nutcracker Escapades Holiday Mini Camp," Dec. 26–28, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. at Rocksprings Park. $40–60. 706-613-3602. "Mysteries of Spy Holiday Camp," Dec. 26–28, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. at Lay Park. $25–37.50. 706-613-3596. "Rockin' Around the Holidays Camp," Dec. 31, Jan. 2–4, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. at Rocksprings Park. $40–60. 706-613-3602. "Winter Blast Mini Camp," Dec. 31, Jan. 2–4, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. at Lay Park. $40–60. 706-613-3596. "Ringing in the New Year Camp," Dec. 31, Jan. 2–4. at East Athens Community Center. $40–60. 706-613-3593.

Live Music

  • Caledonia Lounge

    8 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18–20).

    MY CHEMICAL SLOW DANCE DJ My Chemical Bromance spins an "emo prom" set of slow hits and a second standard set.

  • Flicker Theatre & Bar

    10 p.m. $5.

    THOLLEM'S GREATEST HITS Legendary avant-garde figure Thollem McDonas performs a set of reworked material from his vast catalog. See Calendar Pick on p. 25.

    ELECTRIC CONFLUENCE Thollem McDonas performs a set of solo synthesizer compositions.

    JOHN & KIRAN FERNANDES Father and son perform a duet featuring American primitive guitar, piano, clarinet and more.

  • 40 Watt Club

    8 p.m. $5.

    STEVE COUGHLIN & PROBABLE CAUSE Smooth Americana group from Hartwell.

    CARLA LE FEVER AND THE RAYS Old-school funk covers and originals and sweet, sappy pop covers and originals.

    MONDAY'S ALIBI Local band specializing in '70s and '80s rock and roll.

  • The Foundry

    8 p.m. $8 (adv.), $10 (door).

    CRESTON MAXEY BAND Group from Winder playing a mix of country and Southern rock.

    HOLMAN AUTRY BAND Described as "a little bit of Hank, a little bit of Metallica and a healthy dose of Southern rock." 

  • Georgia Theatre

    7 p.m. $5.

    REV. CONNER TRIBBLE Local artist playing old-fashioned rock and roll with a sprinkle of good-humored irreverence. Farewell show!

    CHECK THE SIGNS Uplifting local family band with pop, jazz and rock influences.

  • Go Bar

    9:30 p.m. $6. 706-546-5609

    PEARL & THE OYSTERS Electropop group from Gainesville, FL with DIY production and sunny melodies.

    BABY TONY & THE TEENIES Local band plays doo-wop-inspired pop songs about wasting time and having crushes.

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

  • Nowhere Bar

    10 p.m. 706-546-4742

    MMHMM Nashville-based "modern-day Hee Haw" duo of Raelyn Nelson and Hannah Fairlight.

  • The Office Lounge

    Empty Stocking Fund Benefit. 6 p.m. $10. 706-546-0840

    STRUNG OUT LIKE THE LIGHTS The 10th annual holiday fundraiser features music from Bloodkin, Five Eight, Dangfly, David Barbe, Betsy Franck, Klezmer Local 42, Dodd Ferrelle, Deja Vu Light, The Welfare Liners, Clay Leverett and Scott Baxendale. See story on p. 9.

  • Terrapin Beer Co.

    8 p.m. FREE!

    WINTERVALS Indie-folk band from western North Carolina.

  • Terrapin Beer Co.

    5 p.m. FREE!

    J.C. TOKES Retro-country/Americana one-man band.



  • On Stage Walton

    Dec. 14–15, 8 p.m. Dec. 16, 2 p.m. $15.

    Father of the Bride

    On Stage Walton presents this comedy. Directed by Laura Griffin.

  • Athens Community Theater

    Dec. 13–15, 8 p.m. Dec. 16, 2 p.m. $12–20.


    Friends who have spent their lives working on the factory floor now find their community eroded by layoffs and picket lines. 

  • Oconee Youth Playhouse

    Dec. 14–15, 7 p.m. Dec. 15–16, 2 p.m. $15–20. 706-769-2677


    Oconee Youth Playhouse presents a classic about a hard-knock life.

  • Rose Hall

    Dec. 5–9, 8 p.m. $15. Dec. 8–9, 3 p.m.

    A Christmas Carol Live Radio Play

    Rose of Athens presents a live radio format complete with sound effects, old-timey radio ads and surprises. See Theater Notes on p. 12.


  • Memorial Park

    Dec. 21–23, 5:30–7:30 p.m. $5.

    Deck the Hollow

    Celebrate the season with a self-guided walk through the holiday lights in the zoo. Activities include live music, animal encounters and photo opportunities in the illuminated zoo. 

Lectures & Lit

  • Madison County Library, Danielsville

    10 a.m.–6 p.m FREE!

    Chill Out and Read

    Drop by for a cozy reading break with warm drinks and holiday treats.

  • Avid Bookshop

    6–7 p.m. FREE! 706-352-2060

    Play Like a Girl: Girl Empowerment Panel

    (Prince Ave.) Strong Girls Serve will present a panel of female athletes such as Kate T. Parker, Keturah Orji, Emily Cameron and more to discuss female empowerment. 


  • Veronica's Sweet Spot

    7 p.m. $5.

    Laughs and Lattes

    Full 20 minute sets. BYOB. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.