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CL's picks for the week's best shows



ATLANTA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA & CHORUS Norman Mackenzie conducts the ASO&C with special guests Morehouse College Glee Club and Gwinnett Young Singers. Based on the beloved annual Christmas program created by the late, legendary Robert Shaw, it is unquestionably Atlanta's signature musical tradition for the holiday season. Four performances of the powerful, inspiring, life-affirming program are scheduled, with repeats Fri., Dec. 7, at 8 p.m. and Sat., Dec. 8, at 2 and 8 p.m. $18-$50. 8 p.m. Symphony Hall, Woodruff Arts Center. 404-733-5000. -- Mark Gresham


ATLANTA GAY MEN'S CHORUS "Bells, Brass and Beyond" is the holiday theme, as Kevin Robison makes his debut as the AGMC's first full-time artistic director. Local handbell ensemble the Atlanta Concert Ringers chime in along with a bevy of brass players for a program abounding in time-honored traditions of male choral music, favorite seasonal classics and general joyful gamboling. Repeat performances Sat., Dec. 8, at 2 and 8 p.m. $15-$45. 8 p.m. Cathedral of St. Philip. 404-320-1030. -- MG

CHARLES WALKER & THE DYNAMITES, THE BOOZE If you were around in the '60s and snuck into the downtown's Royal Peacock, chances are you would have seen a few acts like the Dynamites. And Charles Walker is a pioneer, not an imitator. He was there. This is Deep Soul, baby, the kind that Otis, the Godfather and wicked Mr. Pickett made. $12. 9:30 p.m. The Earl. 404-522-3950. -- James Kelly

GEORGE JONES We have lost some good ones this year -- Del Reeves, Porter Wagoner, Hank Thompson, and at 76 one has to wonder how much longer the Possum is going to be able to stay on the road. His voice cracks a bit more these days, and the high notes are a lot harder to reach, but George Jones is still the greatest country singer alive. $43.50. 8 p.m. Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. 770-916-2800. -- JK

JETHRO TULL Ian Anderson's prog/folk/world/rock outfit might be dismissed as dinosaurs, but the band has persevered for four decades through sheer talent and is still regarded as a top-notch live act. The guy who brought the flute to rock leads his merry men through a myriad of styles and genres, often updating the old songs and introducing the audience -- who likely came to play air guitar to "Aqualung" -- to the many hidden gems in the group's bulging, fertile and underappreciated catalog. $60.50-$72.50. 8 p.m. Tabernacle. 404-659-9022. -- Hal Horowitz

PYLON, SUPERCLUSTER, HUGO BURNHAM, THE NEW SOUND OF NUMBERS Tonight, Athens' new-music pioneer Pylon plays its first Athens show since the well-received (its first pressing is already sold out) reissue of Gyrate Plus. The all-star bill includes Vanessa Hay's side-project/supergroup Supercluster and hot new Athenians the New Sound of Numbers, now featuring Pylon's Randy Bewley on guitar. A late addition to the bill and an exciting component of the evening will be special DJ sets from Gang of Four drummer Hugo Burnham, playing stuff from his massive and obscure (but danceable) record collection. $10. 9 p.m. 40 Watt, Athens. 706-353-1666. -- Lee Valentine Smith

THE WOOD BROTHERS Although neither was raised in Atlanta, Oliver Wood became a fixture here for many years as frontman/guitarist for the late eclectic blues/soul/world music outfit King Johnson. Bassist Chris forged his way through New York City's jazz trenches, ultimately finding a home as one third of Medeski, Martin and Wood. Somewhat unexpectedly, the resulting folk/blues duo sounds like neither brother's previous work. Regardless, their debut recording as a unit was widely hailed as one of the finest traditional acoustic albums of 2006. This intimate venue is the best way to appreciate the music's subtleties featuring Chris' inventive bass lines and Oliver's supple guitar work. $17. 9:30 p.m. Eddie's Attic. 770-377-4976. -- HH


DAN ZANES & FRIENDS The former Del Fuego has found a pretty lucrative cottage industry in children's and family music. With his very broad appreciation and understanding of the power of sounds and words, Zanes doesn't simply "dumb down" for the kids. He gives them what works at their level, all the time keeping it entertaining for Mom and Dad. $20, $65 for family four-pack. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Variety Playhouse. 404-524-7354. -- JK

GENTLEMAN JESSE, THE HOWLIES, DOUBLE DYNAMITE, KNIFE AND THE FOURTH WARD DAGGERS OK, pop and garage-rock fans. Go see this show and stop complaining about the death of such events. You know the muscular jangle of Gentleman Jesse, and the Howlies are formerly Moresight, so you've probably seen them at some point. Knife and the pointy Daggers are no strangers. Double Dynamite is an Athens/Atlanta split duo. Drummer Nate Mitchell is a Classic City denizen and Atlantan Matt Kiesner (the Cherry Splits, Thee Crucials) screams and pumps the organ. A loud and primal affair with plenty of '60s hooks. Be friendly with them all. Gentlemen Jesse (, the Howlies (, Double Dynamite (, and Knife and the Fourth Ward Daggers ( $8. 9 p.m. Star Bar. -- LVS


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