Wednesday, October 1, 2014 · 12:00 a.m.

Weekend top five

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Chattanooga's Big Kitty plays at JJ's Bohemia tonight. (Screenshot: Staff)

Finally, the weekend is here. Now what? Nooga.com checks out all the options and gives you our best bets for the top five.

Black Friday for real
Maybe you started at midnight or 5 a.m., but Black Friday is finally here. The monthlong cycle of commercials has prepped you for the door busters and the specials occurring on a set timetable, and you’re armed with a detailed plan of attack for scooping up gifts for everyone on the list. Let the Christmas season officially begin.

When: Friday, Nov. 23, all day
Where: Your computer, your phone, the mall ... everywhere
How much: The intoxicating buzz of holiday consumerism

Giving thanks for music
After the first barrage of holiday music hits the radio today, JJ’s Bohemia offers the alternative with a solid, hometown lineup that will have everyone thankful for Chattanooga’s music scene. Big Kitty, Elkmilk and Shark Week take the stage, with Shark Week debuting a handful of new songs.

When: Friday, Nov. 23, 10 p.m.
Where: 231 E M.L. King Blvd.
How much: $7

A theater weekend for the family
The recent unpleasantness aside, the Sesame Street act is still out on the road, and Elmo is still making music to the delight of audiences young and old. The loveable gang will be at the Memorial Auditorium on Saturday and Sunday. North Georgia's own theatre troupe—Closed Door Entertainment—presents the Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol” at the Tivoli Theatre Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

When: Friday, Nov. 23 to Sunday, Nov. 25, evening and matinee performances
Where: 709 Broad St. and 399 McCallie Ave.
How much: Tickets range from $20 to $28.50

Small Business Saturday
Didn’t check everyone off the list with Friday’s excursion, or interested in forgoing the jostling experience at the mall? See what Chattanooga businesses have to offer with a day dedicated just to the local retail world. Frazier Avenue on the North Shore, Main Street on the Southside, Warehouse Row downtown and other neighborhoods are great places for window shopping and finding the right gifts for under the tree.

When: Saturday, Nov. 24, all day
Where: Chattanooga
How much: The warm feeling you’re contributing to the (local) economy

Contranooga
There is swing dance. There is crumping or krumping. There is tap, jazz and ballet. But did you know there is also contra dancing in the Scenic City? This Saturday, All Saints Academy hosts a contra dance—a style that hails from folk and English country dancing—with live band Kaleidoscope. New dancers are welcome and will be paired with more experienced dancers.

When: Saturday, Nov. 24, 7:30-11 p.m.
Where: 310 E. 8th St.
How much: $8 for adults and $5 for students

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