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by YES! Staff

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Christmas Eve All over the world Since roughly Halloween this night has been looming in your mind. You’ve planned, you’ve shopped, you’ve decorated. The Christmas cards have all been sent out. The pies are ready to be cooked. The relatives are on their way, or maybe they’re in your house right now, sleeping on your couch. Get out and see the lights, or go to a party, or sit by the fire with a mug full of something. Tomorrow’s a big day.


Christmas Bus Stop reunion The Blind Tiger; 2125 Walker Ave., Greensboro; 336.272.9888;; 11 p.m.; $TBA Chances are that if you remember Bus Stop, those local boys who made good back in the ’80s and ’90s, you’re grown enough to go out and check out some music on Christmas night. Tonight the Tiger’s smoky stage will see Evan Olson, Chuck Folds and Eddie Walker recreate their misspent youth. The question remains: Will Chuck’s moderately more famous brother be in town for Christmas?

FRIDAY, Dec. 26

First night of Kwanzaa House of Fools Greene Street Club; 113 N. Greene St., Greensboro; 336.273.4111;; 10 p.m.; $8 Christmas may be over, but Kwanzaa, which begins tonight, is just getting started. But don’t plan on seeing Greensboro modern rockers House of Fools to take the stage tonight wearing dashikis at tonight’s All Elfed Up party. The bands on the undercard, Holy Ghost Tent Revival and Native Sound, on the other hand….


Smackdown Live Greensboro Coliseum;; 7:30 p.m.; $20-$60 You like-a the Smackdown? Prefaced by Ric “Nature Boy” Flair’s acceptance of the key to the city a couple weeks ago, Greensboro will add to its place in wrestling lore tonight. Forget about peace on earth for a while and watch Jeff Hardy take on the Edge, or the Undertaker vs. the Big Show. And then go to Hooter’s on High Point Road afterwards and watch them eat wings together.

SUNDAY, Dec. 28

Last night of Hanukkah Day for Elizabeth Club Oasis; 2195 Peters Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem; 336.724.0546; 1 p.m.; $10 donation requested Okay, so Hannukah is not such a big deal in the Hebrew calendar, but it ends tonight nevertheless. Celebrate the Miracle of Lights by helping out Elizabeth Westberry, a little girl with cancer, and her family as they suffer this ordeal. Bands on the ticket include the Hall Monitors, Big Bang Boom, the Tim Betts Band and Old Stone Revue.

MONDAY, Dec. 29

Frank Spencer Holiday Classic Joel Coliseum, Winston-Salem;; 7 p.m.; $7 Frank Spencer, former sports editor of the Winston-Salem Journal, enticed dozens of small NC communities to build gyms in the ’30s and ’40s, and it is not a stretch to say that he plays a big part in the legacy of basketball in the Old North State. The tournament named in his honor plays out Round 5 today.

TUESDAY, Dec. 30

The Wild Bunch AMC; cable channel 24; 8 p.m. Do yourself a favor: You know tomorrow night’s gonna be a big one, so why not curl up on the couch and catch this 1969 Sam Peckinpah classic, named one of the 10 best films of all time by the American Film Institute. William Holden and Ernest Borgnine play aging cowboy outlaws trying to make one last big score against the backdrop of the Mexican Revolution. This one ought to get the taste of sugarplums out of your head.


New Year’s Eve All over the world (except China) Tick tock, friends… the year is running out. And because there are approximately 3,000 things to do in the Triad tonight we will not list them all in this space. But here’s a little advice from people who know: Respect the whiskey. Don’t mix your liquors. Take a cab home. And drink a bunch of water before you go to bed. Happy 2009, y’all!