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December 19th, 2008
The Weekend: ‘Tis the season for holiday TV

Scene Editor

Another week is over, the kids start their official holiday vacation tonight and only a week and a half is left in the year 2008. Good riddance.

The weekend holds out the promise of more Christmas shopping and latke making. When the first day of winter comes on Sunday, you’ll feel it in the very cold air about to descend on Central Texas. You need a break and here are a few options.

Friday, December 19

The ever-extraordinary Grant Ewing Band will be at Lucy’s tonight, and it’s always worth the trip to see them. Grant’s blend of Hill Country and rock is one of the things that make San Marcos a destination for music lovers.

If you’d rather laugh than cry about the holidays, head over to the Triple Crown for their Comedy Smorgasbord tonight.

If you thought “Rudolph’s Shiny New Year” was about as bad as holiday specials can get, then you should clap your eyes on “A Miser Brother’s Christmas.” You may remember the Miser brothers as scene-stealers from “The Year Without a Santa Claus,” the Mickey Rooney-Shirley Booth voiced Rankin Bass stop motion special. In addition to inspiring the name for one of the great bands of the ‘90’s (Heat Miser) it has spawned a spin-off that the kids will probably like, anyway. It’s on ABC Family tonight at 6 p.m.

Speaking of Christmas specials, what is Christmas without at least one viewing of that 1950’s paean to miscommunication and the holidays, White Christmas? It’s worth it just to hear Rosemary Clooney belt out Irving Berlin’s “Love You Didn’t Do Right By Me.” White Christmas is on tonight at 8 p.m. on Lifetime.

Saturday, December 20

Ben Morris and the Great American Boxcar Chorus will be at Riley’s tonight. Morris’ talent as a songwriter is equaled by his rich voice and complemented by a cadre of talented musicians. If you are a fan of Country-Folk music, Ben Morris and GABC is a “don’t miss” gig.

The Triple Crown is having a pre-Christmas throw-down with local favorites The Beaumonts and In and Outlaws tonight starting at 10 p.m.

If you just want to stay home and get out of the way of the holiday hubbub, then fire up the CD player, pop on Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side if the Moon” and synchronize it to TBS’ showing of The Wizard of Oz at 7 p.m. (with a re-play at 10 p.m.). It’s been a holiday tradition since 1994. It will make more sense if you have a couple of Tecates before, during and after.

Sunday, December 21

Texas FX, local boys who done good, will be at the Cheatham Street Warehouse today from 5-8 p.m.

It’s that time of year
The National Haiku Day
So simple, so hard.

Try to write Haiku.
Keeping warm is your poem.
First day of winter.

Tonight is also the night to light the menorah, fry up some latkes and celebrate the first night of Hanukkah. Don’t forget use your dreidel with your Hanukkah gelt and go to if you don’t know much about the holiday or the story. It’s a barnburner er … oil burner. Happy Hanukkah!

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