New on video and DVD: The Christmas blockbuster The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. The big-screen version of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic novel stars Elijah Wood as ring-bearer Frodo Baggins and Sir Ian McKellen as the wizard Gandalf. There's also Supertroopers, a slapstick comedy about fumbling cops who must straighten up their act to save their station from budget cuts.
Sonic Youth and Erase Errata perform at the 40 Watt Club in Athens, Ga.
The Augusta Choral Society will hold open auditions from 5 to 7 p.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 3131 Walton Way. Call 826-4713.
The Smokin' Grooves Tour hits Atlanta's HiFi Buys Amphitheater with performances by Cee-Lo, Jurassic 5, Lauryn Hill and Outkast.
Summer's over for Columbia County and Burke County pupils: Today is the first day of school. It's open house for Richmond County middle school pupils.
Guitarist The Edge of U2, Singer J.C. Chasez of 'N Sync and Singer Drew Lachey of 98 Degrees all share a birthday.
Lenny Kravitz and Pink perform at the HiFi Buys Amphitheater in Atlanta.
It's open house day for Richmond County high schools. Classes resume for Edgefield County pupils.
Movie openings today include the Clint Eastwood thriller Blood Work, about a detective who is haunted by a serial killer's cryptic messages; and the action movie XXX, starring Vin Diesel as an extreme athlete who's recruited by the government for a special mission.
McDuffie County pupils return to the classrooms.
A back-to-school festival for Aiken County schools will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road, Aiken. The festival will feature physical exams and information on immunizations, nutrition and registration for extracurricular programs. Call 364-6400 for information.
Auditions for the Aiken Kidney Benefit's production of Camelot will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today and 7 to 10 p.m. Monday in Room 115 at the University of South Carolina Aiken's Etherredge Center. Call (803) 648-5253 for more information.
It's back to the books today for Aiken and Richmond counties.
St. Joseph Hospital will sponsor a free self-defense class from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Augusta Martial Arts Academy, 3905 Roberts Road, Martinez. For more information, call 481-7604.
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