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The Athena Cinema is located on 20 S. Court St. (FILE)

Weekender Briefs: Christmas festivities take over Court Street; Benefest begins this weekend


Elf — The Musical Jr. at 7:30 p.m. at Stuart’s Opera House, 52 Public Square, Nelsonville. Based on the popular Christmas film starring Will Ferrell, ABC Players will present the musical beginning Dec. 1 and throughout the weekend. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite. Admission is $12 for adults and $8 for students.

Holiday Bazaar at 3 p.m. at the Dairy Barns Art Center, 8000 Dairy Lane. Buy unique handcrafted gifts from regional artists Friday and Saturday. There will also be children’s arts and crafts activities, a drawstring bag-making session and a raffle. Admission is free.

Ohio University Basketball vs Coppin State at 7 p.m. at the Convo. Support OU Bobcats as they take on Coppin State. Tickets can be purchased through the Ohio Athletics page. Admission is $15, but students can get in free with their OU student ID.

Freak Mythology, In The Pines and Blue Moth at 8 p.m. at Casa Nueva, 6 W. State St. The three bands will be performing at Casa with various styles of rock music. Admission is $3 for ages 21 and above and $5 for ages 18-20.


Elf at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at The Athena Cinema, 20 S. Court St. As part of its Holiday Film Series, the Athena will screen popular Christmas movies throughout December, including the 2003 film Elf, a story of a man who was raised as one of Santa Claus’ elves. Complimentary snowflakes cookies will be provided to patrons. Admission is a minimum donation of one canned or nonperishable food item per person. Cash donations are also accepted.

Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides at 11 a.m. on Court and Washington streets. Join Athens’ Uptown for the Holidays event and experience riding a horse-drawn wagon around Uptown. Admission is free.

Tone of Life Open House at 4 p.m. at Tone of Life, 12 Franklin St., Amesville. The healing arts center will be opening its doors to the public for a grand opening celebration. Meet the practitioners at the center and enjoy refreshments and a music performance. Admission is free. 

Benefest at 9 p.m. at The Union, 18 W. Union St. The 7th annual music event will take place from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2 and will be featuring more than a dozen local artists. Admission is free, but donations are highly encouraged.

Word of Mouth Jazz Band at 6 p.m. at Casa Nueva. The Word of Mouth Jazz Band will return to Casa and perform its expertise as jazz musicians. Imported bottled and cans of beers will have a discount of $1. Admission is free.

Fire! Friend, foe and metaphor at 7 p.m. at ARTS/West, 132 W. State St. Enjoy SATB’s choir concert dedicated to raising funds for the Athens Fire Department. Admission is free, but donations of $10 per person and $15 per family are encouraged.

Gaffes with Gals at 8 p.m. at The Front Room. Blue Pencil Comedy is hosting a show featuring female-identified performers. Individuals interested in performing stand-up comedy are invited to perform and must attend its pre-show meeting on the same day at 7 p.m. in Baker 341. Admission is free.

Arsenic and Old Lace at 8 p.m. in Baker Theatre. The Lost Flamingo Company will perform Joseph Kesselring’s 1939 black comedy play Arsenic and Old Lace. The play follows a man as he deals with his homicidal family as he attempts to decide if he should marry the woman he loves. Doors open at 7:30. The play will also be performed Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. Admission is $5.


Annual Holiday Craft Swap at 3 p.m. at ARTS/West. Come join the 6th annual craft swap and buy fun gifts for your loved ones. Attendees are recommended to bring cash. Most items range from $5 to $10. Snack and drinks are provided. Admission is free.

Advent Festival of Readings and Music at 4:30 p.m. at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 64 University Terrace. The church choir will present its annual event followed by a reception and attendees can purchase seasonal items as part of its Holiday House event. Admission is free.

Breakfast with Santa at 9 a.m. at Ohio University Inn, 331 Richland Ave. Families are invited to enjoy beverages and a breakfast buffet while their children take photos with Santa. Reservations are highly recommended and can be made by calling (740)593-6661. Admission is $17.95 for adults and $9.95 for children ages 12 and below.


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