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Weekend best bets: Dec. 31-Jan. 2

Catch the annual Peach Drop at Underground Atlanta and see in the new year with headliner Tito Jackson. Photo: Ben Gray, bgray@ajc.com

Catch the annual Peach Drop at Underground Atlanta and see in the new year with headliner Tito Jackson. Photo: Ben Gray, bgray@ajc.com

FRIDAY

Holiday, family: Family-friendly activities surrounding the annual Peach Drop begin 11 a.m. New Year’s Eve at Underground Atlanta. The main stage gets going at 6 p.m., where Tito Jackson heads the bill.

Holiday, family: Lawrenceville Rings‘ “Early Eve for Kids” gets going at 3 p.m. and the main event begins at 9 p.m. with music from AbbeyRoad Live. At the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse in Lawrenceville.

Comedy: Actor and comedian Chris Tucker will help usher in the new year with his stand-up show at the Fox Theatre. At 7:30 p.m. Dec. 31.

Music: One of Georgia’s finest exports, the Zac Brown Band has scored five No. 1 hits since 2008. The band also too home the Grammy for best new artist. Casey Driessen and the Wood Brothers join the Brown and his bandmates at Philips Arena. The show begins at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 31.

Comedy: Finalists from the NBC’s reality competition  show “Last Comic Standing,” including winner Felipe Esparza, will bring the laughs to Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre for New Year’s Eve. The show starts at 8 p.m. Dec. 31.

Holiday: The W Atlanta Downtown’s New Year’s Eve celebration features singer-songwriter Emerson Hart from Tonic. At 8 p.m. Dec. 31.

Music, holiday: The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s New Year’s Eve POParazzi offers an evening of festive Italian standards from Sinatra and Jersey Boys to Puccini and Pavarotti. At 8 p.m. Dec. 31 in Atlanta Symphony Hall.

Music: The Five Spot in Little Five Points hosts the New Year’s Eve Party — A P-Funk Family Affair, with Steve Boyd of Parliament-Funkadelic, at 9 p.m. Dec. 31.

Comedy, holiday: The Punchline’s 2010 Eve Of A New Year event features comedian Dale Jones. 6, 8 and 10 p.m. Dec. 31. $25-$50.

Comedy, holiday: Laughing Skull Lounge celebrates New Year’s Eve with Tom Simmons beginning at 8 p.m. Dec. 31.

Comedy, holiday: Ansley Park Playhouse presents “Comedy Rockets,” with Rob Cleveland and Carlos Valencia, at 8 p.m. Dec. 31.

Holiday, music: Seventh annual Downtown Countdown Atlanta New Year’s Eve is headlined by Soul Asylum and Coolio. The party starts at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 31 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta

Music: The hypnotic sound of Savannah-born Perpetual Groove stretches across the jam-rock spectrum, taking in jazz, reggae, rock, country, blues and just about anything else that gets in its path. They’ll play in the new year beginning at 9:30 p.m. Dec. 31 at Variety Playhouse in Little Five Points.

Music, holiday: The intimate music room at Eddie’s Attic is the scene for a New Year’s Eve Bash with Matthew Perryman Jones. Shows at 7 and 10:30 p.m. Dec. 31.

Family, holiday: The Atlanta holiday tradition continues atop the Lenox Road parking deck at Macy’s Lenox Square, where you can hitch a ride with Priscilla the Pink Pig. The porcine journey continues through Jan. 2.

Stage: Six very unruly children teach a whole church about the true meaning of the holiday season in this Synchronicity Theatre’s production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” It continues through Jan. 2 at the Balzer Theater at Herren’s in downtown Atlanta.

Stage: The fanciful and awe-inspiring Cirque du Soleil returns with “OVO.” It continues through Jan. 2 under the blue and yellow Grand Chapiteau at Atlantic Station.

Holiday, light display: Lights Of Life is an annual tradition that dates back to 1989. The final night of this year’s edition is Dec. 31 at Life University in Marietta.

Stage: It’s become a favorite Christmas treat for many Atlantans and Horizon Theatre Company’s production of “The Santaland Diaries” is back for its 12th year. The show continues through Jan. 2 at the company’s Little Five Points home.

Stage: Take a visit to small-town Texas for the holidays with Theatre in the Square’s production of “A Tuna Christmas.” Through Jan. 2.

Stage: “Madeline’s Christmas” is a musical play adapted from Ludwig Bemelmans’ beloved book. It’s being presented by Horizon Theatre Company in Atlanta through Jan. 2.

Stage: Theatre in the Square in Marietta brings an old favorite to the stage for the holiday season with “Sanders Family Christmas.” The show continues through Jan. 2.

Recreation, family: Stone Mountain Park becomes a winter wonderland as Snow Mountain returns, continuing through March 6.

SATURDAY

Stage: A shipwreck, separated identical twins, mistaken identities, romance and one pair of yellow stockings all figure in “Twelfth Night,” one of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies. The Atlanta Shakespeare Company’s production is in previews Jan. 1-2 and 5, with all tickets $12. Regular performances are Jan. 6-20 and tickets are $12-$32. At the New American Shakespeare Tavern in Atlanta.

Music: Join Atlanta Americana outfit the Skylarks for a night of music at the Star Bar in Little Five Points. The show starts at 9 p.m. Jan. 1.

For more music happenings, check out our Live Music Picks on the Atlanta Music Scene blog. This is just a selective list of events happening around town, so if there’s something going on this weekend that you’re excited about and you don’t see it here, please feel free to share the info in the comments.
Follow me on Twitter at@ajchottix and @ajcatlevents for info on tickets going on sale and more upcoming events.

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