December 26 Friday
Castleberry Hill is hosting its next installment of the 4th Friday Art Stroll with LOFTS IN LIGHTS, when residents light up the neighborhood by decorating their buildings. No need to travel to New York's Tribeca to experience culture. Atlanta's historic arts district opens the doors to eclectic galleries and businesses. Stroll through the community and hop between welcoming galleries and local restaurants, and maybe buy a loft in the spirit of the holidays. Free. 7--11 p.m. Walker and Peters streets. 404-399-7320. www.castleberryhill.org. (Christie Jarrett)
December 27 Saturday
Taking a cue from Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, Silver Scream Spook Show mashes the holidays up with all things Halloween for a horror fest not to be missed. Professor Morte and his right-hand man Retch present a rare 35 mm print of the Rankin-Bass animated classic MAD MONSTER PARTY, featuring the voices of Boris Karloff, Phyllis Diller and Allen Swift. A 1 p.m. matinee welcomes the little ones, while 10 p.m. ushers in adults. Costumes – and characters – encouraged. $7-$10. Plaza Theatre, 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave. www.myspace.com/silverscreamspookshow. (Amber Robinson)
December 27 Saturday
It's been two years since the dynamic duo of Mike Keenan and Jeph Burgoon, aka AIROES, played a show of noisy and convulsive dance-punk blips, chirps and clatter. Burgoon promises the show will be nothing short of an operatic NASCAR theatrical event, complete with new songs and lots of new costumes. Nihilistic art-punk trio Skin Problems plays a no-wavey skulk. High Marks, featuring Drew Haddon from Suitcases, open with a set of bleak, minimal synth squalls. $5. 10 p.m. 529, 529 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-228-6769. (Chad Radford)
DEC. 31 ASO NEW YEAR'S EVE Ring in the New Year with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, soprano Teri Dale Hansen and tenor Eric Van Hoven. www.atlantasymphony.org.
DEC. 31 DOWNTOWN COUNTDOWN Cracker and Young MC headline at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. www.downtowncountdown.net.
DEC. 31 LIL WAYNE Rolls into Philips Arena with Gym Class Heroes, Keri Hilson, T-Pain and Keyshia Cole. www.ticketmaster.com.
DEC. 31 ZOROASTER Gets down and dirty at the Clermont Lounge. www.clermontlounge.net.