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.
The annual Snow Ball starts off with a beginner Fox Trot lesson followed by social dancing of all styles. No partner necessary.
(J's Bottle Shop) Enjoy food, music and over a dozen sparkling wines from around the world. Proceeds benefit the Athens Area Homeless Shelter.
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.
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.
(Greenhouse) Wide selection of succulent gardens and several varieties of coleus.
(296 W. Broad St.) See festive constructions competing for first place. Proceeds benefit the Athens Land Trust's Young Urban BUilders program.
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.
(465 Belvoir Heights) Pottery by Juana Gnecco, Nancy Green and Shawn Ireland. Jewelry by Melanie Morgan.
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.
Drag performances by local artists.
Various obstacle courses and activities for ages 10 months–4 years and their parents. Call to register.
Enjoy books and crafts. Ages 6–10 and their caregivers.
Ages 5 & up. Painters will be given an example of what to paint. Registration required.
Special storytime and pajama party featuring The Polar Express, hot chocolate and cookies.
"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. www.accgov.com/leisure
MY CHEMICAL SLOW DANCE DJ My Chemical Bromance spins an "emo prom" set of slow hits and a second standard set.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
MMHMM Nashville-based "modern-day Hee Haw" duo of Raelyn Nelson and Hannah Fairlight.
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.
WINTERVALS Indie-folk band from western North Carolina.
J.C. TOKES Retro-country/Americana one-man band.
SILENT DISCO Dance the night away to two different channels of music.
On Stage Walton presents this comedy. Directed by Laura Griffin.
Friends who have spent their lives working on the factory floor now find their community eroded by layoffs and picket lines.
Oconee Youth Playhouse presents a classic about a hard-knock life.
Rose of Athens presents a live radio format complete with sound effects, old-timey radio ads and surprises. See Theater Notes on p. 12.
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.
Drop by for a cozy reading break with warm drinks and holiday treats.
(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.
Full 20 minute sets. BYOB. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.