DECEMBER 29 SATURDAY
Kwanzaa sits snugly between Christmas and New Year's, just asking for a party. The APEX Museum celebrates with its annual KWANZAA FESTIVAL, which has activities for the whole family, including a Kwanzaa market with African drum and dance performances. The evening's main event, the Kwanzaa Program, features more traditional holiday rituals such as candle lighting and the pouring of libations. Free. 6-8 p.m. 135 Auburn Ave. 404-523-2739. www.apexmuseum.org. (Helen Herbst)DECEMBER 31 MONDAY
Promotion team Liquified takes over the CW Midtown Music Complex for TOASTED, a New Year's Eve dance-music bonanza. A handful of progressive house jocks, including Bronx trance duo Filo & Peri, Australian DJ Phil K and Atlanta's Ian James, command the Loft. In a second room, "Vinyl Classics" features Christian Michael, Rick Sierra and Roland Darragh spinning pop hits. The main room is reserved for Random Rabbit, the organic-electronic band who just released The Book Was Better, in addition to some unannounced special guests. $20-$35. 8 p.m. 1374 W. Peachtree St. 404-885-1365. www.theloftatl.com. (Mosi Reeves)
DECEMBER 31 MONDAY
THE DIXIE SHTICKS' satirical stylings fall into the same category as the song parodies on NPR's "The Capitol Steps" or the theatrical hit Menopause the Musical. The Atlanta-based troupe, consisting of Renee Eilen, Paula Fine, Nancy Mathews, Steve Lewis and Jon Margolis, rings in the New Year – no doubt with musical retrospectives of 2007's major events – at Theatre Decatur tonight. $25. 8 and 10:30 p.m. 430 W. Trinity Place, Decatur. 404-373-5311. www.theatredecatur.com. (Curt Holman)
DECEMBER 31 MONDAY
This year it's Tiger vs. Tiger when Clemson battles Auburn for the CHICK-FIL-A BOWL title in Atlanta. While tickets for the annual ACC/SEC football matchup are long since sold-out, there's still plenty of partying going on outside the Dome. The pregame rally kicks off today with a free parade down Peachtree Street. The FanFest picks up where the parade ends at the Georgia World Congress Center with cheerleaders, bands and mascots from both universities. Parade: 12:30-2 p.m. FanFest: $10. 2-6 p.m. 285 Andrew Young International Blvd. 404-586-8499. www.chick-fil-abowl.com. (Debbie Michaud)
JAN. 4-5 CHINESE NEW YEAR SPECTACULAR Comes to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. www.cobbenergycentre.com.
JAN. 4-5 THE KINGSTON TRIO Performs at Atlanta Symphony Hall. www.ticketmaster.com.
JAN 7-13 NEW YORK TIMES ARTS AND LEISURE WEEK Offers special opportunities at area theaters and museums. www.artsandleisureweek.com.
JAN. 9-13 ANNIE The Theater of the Stars production opens at the Fox. www.foxtheatre.org.