STUFF TO DO
Here's a look at some of your best entertainment bets for this weekend:
THE NUTCRACKER: Augusta Ballet production, 7 p.m. today; 1 and 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Imperial Theatre, 745 Broad St.; $17 to $40, discounts available for ages 4-10; augustaballet.org, or 261-0555.
HARRY JACOBS CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY: The Fine Arts String Quartet, 8 p.m. today; Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, Augusta State University, 2500 Walton Way; $20 adults, $5 for school-age children, free for Augusta State University faculty, staff and students; no children 6 or younger; 790-9274.
THE SCIENCE OF TOYS: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday, Knox Gallery, Fort Discovery, 1 Seventh St.; find out how simple toys work; free with paid general admission of $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, active-duty military and children ages 4-17; children 3 and younger get in free; 821-0607.
AIKEN HORSEPOWER ASSOCIATION CRUISE-IN: 1:30-4 p.m. Sunday; Newberry Street in downtown Aiken; benefits the Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons; free; open to public; (803) 648-4761.
TODAY'S BIRTHDAYS: Actress Julie Harris is 80. Actress Cathy Lee Crosby is 61. Country singer John Wesley Ryles is 55. Actor Dan Butler (Frasier) is 51. Actor Dennis Christopher (Breaking Away, Chariots of Fire) is 50. Actor Steven Bauer is 49. Bassist Rick Savage of Def Leppard is 45. Bassist Nate Mendel of Foo Fighters is 37. Singer Jimi HaHa of Jimmie's Chicken Shack is 37. Actress Lucy Liu is 37. Actress Rena Sofer (Just Shoot Me) is 37. Singer Nelly Furtado is 27. Singer Britney Spears is 24.
YOUR BIRTHDAY TODAY: Investigate the things beyond your safety zone this year. Conditions indicate there will be a change in how you see yourself.
Contact Lifestyles Editor Erica C. Cline at: 828-2946 or erica.cline@augusta chronicle.com.