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Saturday, December 20

27 events

Games

  • Tyche's Games

    12 p.m. FREE! 706-345-4500

    Pathfinder Society Event

    Fantasy RPG. Bring your imagination.

Performance

  • The Classic Center

    Dec. 20, 3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21, 3 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." See Calendar Pick on p. 22.

  • The Classic Center

    Dec. 20, 3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21, 3 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." See Calendar Pick on p. 22.

  • Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall

    Dec. 20, 7 p.m. & Dec. 21, 2 p.m. $32–47. www.pac.uga.edu

    Handel's Messiah

    The Knights chamber orchestra from New York City, UGA's Hodgson Singers and four professional soloists join forces under the direction of Daniel Bara for a rare, complete performance of Handel's masterpiece.

Events

  • Memorial Park

    7:45–8 p.m. (lesson), 8–11 p.m. (dance). FREE! (under 18), $8. www.athensfolk.org

    Contra Dance

    Presented by Athens Folk Music & Dance Society. This month's dance band will be Free Association and the caller will be Andrea Nettleton.

  • 2 p.m. $25. 706-353-1820

    Holiday Spirits Museum Mile Tour

    (Various Locations) This tour focuses on period holiday traditions spanning the 19th century by exploring four historic houses from the Federal, Greek Revival and Victorian periods. Participating houses include the Church-Waddel-Brumby, T.R.R. Cobb, Taylor-Grady and Ware-Lyndon Houses. The tour includes a theater vignette, live music and refreshments. See Calendar Pick on p. 24.

  • Bishop Park

    8 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE! www.athensfarmersmarket.net

    Athens Farmers Market

    Local and sustainable produce, meats, eggs, dairy, baked goods, prepared foods and crafts. Live music by Amy Andrews (10 a.m.). A Seedling Club educational activity will be held for kids. This is the last market of the year!

  • Oconee County Courthouse

    8 a.m.–1 p.m. www.oconeefarmersmarket.org

    Oconee Farmers Market

    (Watkinsville) Locally grown produce, meats, grains, flowers, soaps, birdhouses, gourds and more.

  • West Broad Market Garden

    10 a.m.–2 p.m. www.athenslandtrust.org

    West Broad Farmers Market

    Featuring fresh produce, honey, crafts, soaps, baked goods, cooking demos, children's activities, yoga (11 a.m.) and live music.

  • VFW

    8 p.m. $20–25. 252-394-8397, www.wvsj.org

    WVSJ Christmas Cabaret

    Women Veteran Social Justice host an evening with an ugly sweater contest, DJ and giveaways. Bring your own meal. Proceeds benefit the WVSJ's 2015 Women Veterans Conference.

  • The Classic Center

    Dec. 20–21. $3 (general admission), $12 (ice skating). www.classiccenterchristmas.com

    Christmas at the Classic Center

    Come see decorated Christmas trees and gingerbread houses, shop at the Handmade Holiday Market, go ice skating in the indoor rink, and take pictures with Santa. See Calendar Pick on p. 22.

  • 1000 Faces Coffee

    11 a.m.–2 p.m. www.1000facescoffee.com

    Holiday Open House

    1000 Faces Coffee hosts an open house where guests and purchase gifts, ask about the coffee or check out a new brewing method.

Art

  • Bendzunas Glass

    10 a.m.-5 p.m. FREE! 706-783-5869

    Bendzunas Glass Annual Winter Open House

    The family-run glassblowing studio hosts extended holiday hours on Saturdays and Sundays with live glassblowing demonstrations until 3 p.m.

  • Bishop Park

    9 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE! www.athensfarmersmarket.net

    Athens Farmers Market: Holiday Market

    In addition to the markets regular selection of local produce and prepared treats, a special holiday market will feature locally made wares like jewelry, soap, knitwear, carving, cutting boards, toys and more.

Live Music

  • Bishop Park

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

    AMY ANDREWS Melancholy folk singer-songwriter.

  • Caledonia Lounge

    10 p.m. FREE! www.caledonialounge.com

    MATT HUDGINS & HIS SHIT-HOT COUNTRY BAND Local band playing "songs about drinking, jail, love and death, all done in the popular 'country and western' musical style." This is a special holiday show. 

  • 40 Watt Club

    8 p.m. $7. www.40watt.com

    CLASSIC CITY LEGENDS VOL. 1 Featuring the return of acclaimed Athens MC Ishues, as well as Versatyle Tha Wildchyld, Elite Tha Showstoppa, Whisper, Tony B, Duddy Ken, Backwood Slick, Dictator and Blacknerdninja

  • Go Bar

    10 p.m. 706-546-5609

    FLIGHT MODE USA Kenny Aguar and Leslie Grove lead a trip down new-wave memory lane, with faithful homages to the dark, minimal pioneers of punk and synth-pop. They'll be performing the classic New Order LP "Movement."

    KUSA87 Local experimental band creating visual soundscapes through tapes, pedals, vinyl and more.

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

  • Green Room

    10 p.m. www.greenroomathens.com

    BLASTING CAP Supergroup featuring members of Guadalcanal Diary, The Woggles, Hillbilly Frankenstein, the Swimming Pool Q's and Method Actors.

    NATE & THE NIGHTMARES Garage-rock act fronted by Cars Can Be Blue's Nate Mitchell and featuring members of Free Associates and Mother the Car.

  • Hendershot's Coffee Bar

    8 p.m. www.hendershotscoffee.com

    HEIDI HENSLEY Local folk-rock singer performs a set of original music.

  • Nowhere Bar

    10 p.m. 706-546-4742

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

  • The Office Lounge

    7–10 p.m. $7. 706-546-0840

    THE NORMALTOWN FLYERS The long-running Athens-based band that labels its sound as "pickup truck rock and roll" performs for the Office's Christmas Party.

Kidstuff

DJs

Ending Saturday, December 20

 

Help Out

Word on the Street

  • Athens Christmas Bird Count

    Every year, volunteers across the Americas survey the birds overwintering in their areas. This information is compiled and used by scientists for bird conservation efforts. Athens will participate on Dec. 20. www.oconeeriversaudubon.org