Originally created 12/21/06

Stuff to do



TONIGHT

BEHOLD THE STAR CHRISTMAS CONCERT: 7 tonight, Grover C. Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre, 2500 Walton Way; presented by Creative Impressions; $20 adults, $7.50 children 12 and younger; $18 per ticket for groups of 10 or more; (706) 667-4100.

Christmas eve

CONCERT: 10:30 p.m., St. John United Methodist Church, 736 Greene St.; presented by Concerts With a Cause; benefits the United Methodist Children's Home; (706) 724-9641, www.stjohnumcaugusta.com.

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE: 6 p.m., Greene Street Presbyterian Church, 1235 Greene St.; with Georgia's Three Tenors, violinist Mary Losey, soprano Brittany Johnson, baritone Joe McKeown and pianist Angela Arrington, under the musical direction of Jayme Washington Smalley.

DAILY

CHRISTMAS IN HOPELANDS: 6-9 p.m. through Wednesday, except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day; Hopelands Gardens, Whiskey Road and Dupree Place, Aiken; visitors should take the shuttle from the Goodwill parking lot on Whiskey Road; free; (803) 642-7631.

COMING UP

NEIL SIMON'S THE ODD COUPLE: 7 p.m. Jan. 2, 4, 9; Accent Inc., 409 Pleasant Home Road; openings are for six men ages 25 and older and two women ages 25-40; women must be able to demonstrate a British accent; held by the Augusta Players; (706) 826-4707.

QUICK TRACKS

GHOSTFACE KILLAH, MORE FISH (def jam): While many of his Wu-Tang Clan colleagues struggle to produce music free of a rap veteran's pessimism, Ghostface Killah manages to sound invigorated with each new release.

Now, just nine months after dropping the dazzling Fishscale, Ghost is back with More Fish. It's another dark joyride, where dice games turn violent and greedy women are wily predators. Ghost is that sage voice amid the grime. "With a flow so sick/my high temperature will body the flu," he says on Blue Armor, a track built on somber harpsichords and a screeching vocal sample, with a cameo by Sheek Louch.

The new disc, however, features less of the twisted imagery that made Fishscale tingle with adventure. This time, Ghost shares more mike time with the admirable deputies of his own crew, the Theodore Unit, and his teenage son, Sun God. Despite their efforts, most of the time you're anxious to hear the next Ghost verse, rather than one from his protgs.

- Brett Johnson, Associated Press

VID PICK

'INVINCIBLE' (*** out of ****, SPORTS DRAMA, PG, 99 MINUTES): Mark Wahlberg plays Vince Papale, a good guy who gets a break and runs with it, whose unlikely leap from schoolteacher/bartender/season ticket holder to NFL player is the basis for this movie. It is the latest in a string of uplifting, inspired-by-true-events sports movies from Disney.

Contact Tharon A. Giddens, features editor, at (706) 823-3347, or tharon.giddens@augustachronicle.com.