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Daemon-izing the holidays

DAEMON RECORDS gets in tune with the holiday spirit DEC. 11 by showcasing the label's talent while benefiting a good cause. Though Amy Ray, performing the first glimpses of her upcoming full-length, may be the biggest star, she is by no means the evening's only draw. Earth-toned road rockers the Great Unknowns (pictured) celebrate the release of Presenting the Unknowns with a set of coffee-shop pop that's counterbalanced by the transgender Bush-bashing duo the Athens Boys Choir. Other performers include Nineteen Forty-Five, Snow Machine and My Siamese Self. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Sister Love, a Georgia-based nonprofit that focuses on the needs of African-American women who are at risk for contracting HIV/AIDS. $10. 8 p.m. Echo Lounge, 551 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-681-3600. Chad Radford

Oh, Noh!
Three centuries before those upstart 17th-century Italians composed their first opera, the Japanese created Noh. In this highly stylized performing art form, they combined dance, poetry, music and grandly orated dialog to present a generally tragic, larger-than-life story. Kyogen, which started as a subset of Noh but took on its own more dialog-intensive life, provided comic relief. On DEC. 12, the Japan Society and the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs present NOH KYOGEN, a revival of an 1874 performance of Noh and Kyogen that was the first to be seen by an American audience. $26-$52. 7 p.m. Rialto Center, 80 Forsyth St. 404-651-4727. Thomas Bell

Ice, ice, baby

Missing your hockey, eh? Though the NHL won't be suiting up any time soon, the players of the East Coast Hockey League have been going to work every day. The league provides enough hard-checking action to satisfy even the most starved hockey fan, and tickets are way cheap, comparatively. So throw back a Molson Ice, put on your giant foam finger and go watch the GWINNETT GLADIATORS battle the Charlotte Checkers DEC. 10. $10-$19. 7:35 p.m. Arena at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway. 404-249-6400. Coley Ward

The real goodbye?

CHER has figured it out: If you start a farewell tour and never, ever end it, you can keep raking in "last-show-ever" money for years. The blond/black/red-wigged diva rolls her goodbye train through Atlanta again DEC. 14 to say goodbye again to all of her fans, who will, of course, flock to see her again. Because, for all of her "farewell" nonsense, the lady puts on one snazzy show. As an added bonus, the B-52's open. Will they play the ubiquitous hit "Love Shack" again? Of course they will. Will it be fabulous again? You better believe it. $47.25-$127.25. 7:30 p.m. Arena at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway. 404-249-6400. Steve Yockey

Short List

December 9 - Thursday
Despite its name, don't expect any cutesy Santa pictures at Methane Studios' HOLIDAY POSTER SUPERSHOW. The company behind the Echo Lounge's lusted-after posters gives up its stockpile each year at this sale, which also includes original art by Cooper Sanchez and rock photography by Frank Mullen. Free. 8 p.m. 551 Flat Shoals Ave. 404-681-3600. (Michelle Yoon)

December 10 - Friday
Wacky kids' music stars the IMAGINATION MOVERS make their Atlanta debut tonight at the Festival of Trees. The band has been aptly described as a hip Mr. Rogers meets a sanitized Beastie Boys. Included with admission to the Festival of Trees: $5-$10. 7:30 p.m. Georgia World Congress Center, 285 International Blvd. 404-325-6653. or (Lee Valentine Smith)

December 11 - Saturday
When you've gone through the gum, soap bubbles and significant other, and still have nothing else to blow, visit Janke Studios' WINTERFEST '04. The glassblowing center's annual event features master glassblower exhibitions and demonstrations, glass bead-making and kids' crafts. Free. Noon-6 p.m. Studioplex, 659 Auburn Ave. 404-584-0305. (MY)

December 12 - Sunday
For some, the Atlanta Ballet's Nutcracker is a yearly holiday rite, but for the Atlanta Ballet, the holidays just wouldn't be the same without its very own performance of the NUTTY NUTCRAKCER. The original show features such un-Nutcracker characters as Batman, Austin Powers, Scooby-Doo and other pop-culture icons. $24.04-$67.91. 7 p.m. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. 404-817-8700. (MY)

December 13 - Monday
Blame it on a migraine, check out early from work, pack the kids into the car and head to Lake Lanier Islands for the annual MAGICAL NIGHTS OF LIGHTS. The six-mile driving tour is a holiday light spectacle featuring giant, illuminated characters and more than 1 million moving lights. $25-$35. 5-10 p.m. Through Dec. 30. 7000 Holiday Road, Lake Lanier Islands. 770-932-7200. (Layla Bellows)

December 14 - Tuesday
Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company presents a Yule-free family show for the holidays, THE WIZ. An all-youth cast -- ages 7-22 -- stars in the funked-up version of The Wizard of Oz. Preview performances begin tonight as a prelude to its Dec. 16 opening. Call for price. Times vary. Through Dec. 30. 7 Stages, 1105 Euclid Ave. 404-523-7647. (Curt Holman)

December 15 - Wednesday
Expect a show brimming with comedy, choreography and music when the Freddie Hendricks Youth Ensemble of Atlanta spoons out a fourth helping of its musical variety show URBAN HOLIDAY SOUP. $15-$20. Wed.-Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., 7 p.m. Through Dec. 19. 14th Street Playhouse, 173 14th Street. 404-733-4750. (CH)



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