The Billboard Music Awards air at 8 p.m. on Fox (WFXG, Channel 54). Scheduled performers include Incubus, Alicia Keys, No Doubt and 'NSYNC. Scheduled presenters include Blink-182, Aaron Carter, Destiny's Child, DMX, Godsmack and Petey Pablo.
New discs in record stores include AOI: Bionix from De La Soul and Stoned Raiders from Cypress Hill.
New on video and DVD: Pearl Harbor with Ben Affleck and Josh Hartnett in a wartime love triangle. See a review on Page 10A.
Singer-guitarist Johnny Rzeznik of the Goo Goo Dolls, 36, and actor Frankie Muniz (Malcolm in the Middle), 16, share a birthday.
Bah, humbug: Catch a production of Scrooge at 7 p.m. at Stevens Creek Community Church, 600 Stevens Creek Road. Other performances will be staged Friday through Sunday. Tickets are $3. Call 863-7002.
Guitarist Peter Buck of R.E.M. is 45.
The Augusta Symphony will present a Holiday Pops concert at 8 p.m. at Bell Auditorium, 712 Telfair St. Tickets are $5-$35. Call 826-4705 or check the symphony's Web site at www.augustasymphony.org.
Movie openings include Ocean's Eleven, a glitzy remake of the Rat Pack heist flick about a Vegas casino robbery with an all-star cast that includes Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and George Clooney.
Actress Shiri Appleby (Roswell), 23, and singer Aaron Carter, 14, share a birthday.
The ACT Assessment Test will be offered. For information about the test or about standby registration, check http://www.act.org.
Augusta West Dance Studio will present It's the Night Before Christmas at 11 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. in the Augusta State University Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, 2500 Walton Way. Tickets are $7, $5 seniors and children. Call 860-0998 for information.
The Augusta Symphony will present its Holiday Pops concert at 8 p.m. at the University of South Carolina Aiken's Etherredge Center, 171 University Parkway. Tickets are $6 per person, $20 for a family of four. Call 826-4705 or check the symphony's Web site (www.augustasymphony.org).
The Aiken Jaycee Christmas Parade will begin at 3 p.m. on Park Avenue at Union Street. The route will travel to Laurens Street, then to Edgefield Avenue. Call (803) 648-8955 for information.
The Augusta Symphony will perform as part of a Publix Family holiday concert with the Augusta Choral Society at 3 p.m. in the Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre at Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way. Tickets are $6 per person, $20 per family of four. Call 826-4705 or check the symphony's Web site at www.augustasymphony.org.
Hanukkah begins at sundown.
MAGIC MOVIE: After months of anticipation, Harry Potter has finally hit theaters. Teen board member Allison Young checks out the movie - and Oliver Wood, the Gryffindor Quidditch captain.
TOP POP: MTV chronicles its two decades on MTV: 20 Years of Pop Music, featuring hits from Madonna, the Backstreet Boys and others. How well does the CD capture the highs of the cultural phenomenon? You can check out a review next week.