Thursday, April 24, 2014 · 7:50 p.m.

Weekend Top Five

Ballet Tennessee presents "The Nutcracker" at UTC's Roland Hayes Concert Hall this weekend. (Photo: Sam Howzit, Flickr)

Yee-haw! The weekend is here. checks all the options and gives you our best bets for the top five.

"The Nutcracker"
The holiday season wouldn’t be quite as merry without a performance of "The Nutcracker" from Ballet Tennessee. You have three opportunities to catch the show this weekend at UTC’s Roland Hayes Concert Hall. Ballet Tennessee is funded, in part, by Allied Arts of Greater Chattanooga, Tennessee Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, corporate grants and individual contributions. "The Nutcracker"—choreographed by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, with a score by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky—has been a beloved Christmas tradition since the 1960s. Click here for tickets.

When: Friday, Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 21-22, 2 p.m.
Where: 752 Vine St.
How much: $20 for adults, $17 for students and seniors, $15 for 12 and younger

Diarrhea Planet, etc., at JJ’s Bohemia
When contributor Joshua Pickard previewed their concert, users were a bit taken aback by this Nashville band’s name. Diarrhea Planet? Despite the name, the band is actually VERY good. According to Pickard, the band is known for "frenetic and unpredictable live shows, where the band can be seen flailing around onstage with only a modicum of concern for their own safety." Sounds fun, right? They’ll be performing at JJ’s Bohemia tomorrow, along with No Regrets Coyote and Chad Shivers. Click here for more information.

When: Saturday, Dec. 21, 9 p.m.
Where: 231 E. M.L. King Blvd.
How much: $8

Keith Crisp’s Country Christmas
A showcase featuring some of Chattanooga’s best musicians, including Amber Fults, Matt Bohannon, Ryan Oyer, Okinawa and others, happens tomorrow. The location is Lindsay Street Hall, and you can get in free if you bring a toy or snow globe. Want to up the ante? Wear a version of Keith’s "Canadian tuxedo" (denim on denim on denim) to receive one free beer on the house. Proceeds go to Erlanger Hospital.

When: Saturday, Dec. 21, 8 p.m.
Where: 901 Lindsay St.
How much: $10

"Shock Theatre" presents "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians"
The goal of the Weekend Top Five is to get you out of the house, but it’s almost Christmas and we’re talking about "Dr. Shock" here, so we can make an exception. Halloween meets Christmas when "Shock Theatre" presents the classic "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians" at midnight on Saturday (technically Sunday) on WDEF. Snuggle up to your honey (or cat), and enjoy a new Christmas tradition.

When: Sunday, Dec. 22, 12 a.m.
Where: WDEF-12
How much: Free

Final weekend for the Holiday Market
Have you finished your holiday shopping? Have you even started? There is still hope. The final weekend of the Chattanooga Holiday Market offers the perfect gift for everyone. Expect festive music, food, artisan crafts, jewelry, art and almost everything else. Entertainment will be provided by Sweet Georgia Sound, and even Santa Claus will make an appearance, despite his busy schedule. Click here for a schedule of events.

When: Saturday, Dec. 21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 22, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 1150 Carter St.
How much: Free

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