Neytiri (Zoe Saldana, right) teaches Jake (Sam Worthington, left) the skills he'll need to survive on Pandora in the movie 'Avatar'

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Neytiri (Zoe Saldana, right) teaches Jake (Sam Worthington, left) the skills he'll need to survive on Pandora in the movie "Avatar"

The American Plague

The American Plague

— Friday, Dec. 11


Knoxville trio The American Plague will celebrate the holidays with a knock-down, drag-out rock'n'roll party at 10 p.m. at the Cider House, 1213 Western Ave., adjacent to the Valarium.

The band is, from left below, bassist Dave Dammit, singer-guitarist James "Jaw" Alexander and drummer Tilmon Navare.

Rock bands Adoration, Luminoth and Kit Fisto will also perform. Admission is $5 in general, $8 for patrons younger than 21.

Saturday, Dec. 12


Poet/vocalist Liza Garza, singer Horace Smith, and the groups Universes and Cloud Eye Control will be the featured artists for the National Performance Networks "Live and On Stage" concert at 7 p.m. at the Bijou Theatre, 803 S. Gay St.

The show goes on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 11 and 12. See our "In Performance" guide for Friday's acts. Admission is $15 each day or $25 for the weekend. For information, visit www.knoxbijou.com or www.npnweb.org.

Sunday, Dec. 13


'The Tennessee Stage Company will present the Shakespeare-inspired comedy "I Hate Hamlet" at 3 p.m. at the Children's Theatre of Knoxville building, 800 Tyson St.

Admission is $15 in general, $12 for seniors and students. For information, call 865-546-4280 or visit www.tennesseestage.com.

Monday, Dec. 14


Eoto mixes electronic DJ techniques with live drums to create improvised breakbeat dance music. The duo is Jason Hann and Michael Travis, also known as members of the String Cheese Incident.

Eoto and Knoxville's Arpetrio will entertain at 9 p.m. at the 90 Proof Night Club, 106 S. Central St. (upstairs from Southbound).

Admission is $8-$10. The show is co-sponsored by the University of Tennessee's student-operated radio station, WUTK 90.3 FM.

Tuesday, Dec. 15


Midday music options for Tuesday range from Tennessee reggae to New York rock 'n' roll.

Knoxville reggae band GaNaSiTa will entertain during the Eleven O'Clock Rock internet show 11 a.m.-noon at 17 Market Square. Listen in person or at www.knoxivi.com.

Around the block, Randy Stern, a rock singer-songwriter from New York City, will perform noon-1 p.m. during the WDVX Blue Plate Special at the Knoxville Visitor Center, 301 S. Gay St. Listen in person, on the radio at 89.9 or 102.9 FM or online at www.wdvx.com.

Tickley Feather

Tickley Feather

Wednesday, Dec. 16


Annie Sachs, above, an offbeat Virgina singer-songwriter and fan of colorful donuts, performs raw, electronic-tinged indie-folk music under the name Tickley Feather.

She will entertain at 10 p.m. at Pilot Light, 106 E. Jackson Ave.

Admission is$5.

Thursday, Dec. 17


Michael Essex and Scott Houston will entertain with acoustic rock and pop tunes at 7 p.m. at Mulligan's, 8923 Linksvue Drive in the Gettysvue Center just off of Ebenezer Road in West Knoxville.

For information, visit www.myspace.com/michaelessex.

Neytiri (Zoe Saldana, right) teaches Jake (Sam Worthington, left) the skills he'll need to survive on Pandora in the movie 'Avatar'

Photo by WETA

Neytiri (Zoe Saldana, right) teaches Jake (Sam Worthington, left) the skills he'll need to survive on Pandora in the movie "Avatar"

Friday, Dec. 18


Paralyzed Marine Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) goes back into action via a remote-controlled, blue-skinned alien body in the new science-ficiton film "Avatar."

Connected to his avatar body via high-tech science, Sully's mission is to infiltrate the alien race of a planet that humans want to take over. Once he is inside the culture, though, he isn't sure which side of the fight he needs to be on.

The film is rated PG-13. The cast includes Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Michelle Rodriguez and Giovanni Ribisi.

Viggo Mortensen in 'The Road.'

Viggo Mortensen in "The Road."


Viggo Mortensen, left, plays a father trying to protect his son in a hostile, post-apocalyptic world in the new film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's "The Road." The cast of the bleak, R-rated drama also includes Kodi Smit-McPhee, Guy Pearce, Robert Duvall, Charlize Theron and Michael K. Williams.

Saturday, Dec. 19


Acoustic swing ensemble Christabel and the Jons will entertain at 9 p.m. at The Square Room, 4 Market Square.

This is a rare hometown show for the group after extensive travels across the south and up and down the east coast this year.

Admission is $10 in advance, $12 at the door. For information, call 865-544-4199 or visit 222.thesquareroom.com.

Sunday, Dec. 20


Folk Soul Revival will entertain at 10 p.m. at Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria, 200 E. Jackson Ave.

The acoustic Americana roots-music ensemble hails from the Appalachian hills of Virigina. For information, visit www.facebook.com/folksoulrevival.

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