Works by Tom Coates, British contemporary painter, Grand Hall; and "Deck the Halls" community exhibit, upstairs galleries, through December, Community Arts Center, 401 W. Main St. Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday and Tuesday. Information: (859) 236-4054. Web site: www.communityartscenter.net.
Hickstown, 8 p.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday, Mae Johnson's White Barn, Waynesburg. Cost: $5/adults, $1/children under 9. Dance contest held Saturday night. Auction: 7 p.m. Monday at White Barn Lane. Information: (606) 365-3417.
"A Ceremony of Carols," by Sounding Joy community women's choir, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19, Weisiger Theatre, Centre College. Admission: non-perishable food item for Danville's food banks.
Acoustic Jam, 7 p.m. every second and fourth Tuesday, Community Arts Center, 401 W. Main St. Information: John Hughes, (859) 236-4054.
"A Kentucky Christmas with Tim Farmer and Friends," 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Norton Center for the Arts, Centre College. Featuring Farmer, Byron Crawford, J.D. Crowe, Eddie Pennington, The Moron Brothers, A Rare Breed of Bluegrass, The Southeast Kentucky Mass Choir, Danville Physician Choir, Dianna and Kristin, Tim Farmer and the Dells, and Dean Osborne Band. Tickets: (859) 236-4692.
Candy Cane Concert, by Lexington Philharmonic and featuring Diana Evans Dancers and guest conductor Ryan Shirar, 3 p.m. Sunday, Singletary Center for the Arts, Lexington. Cost: $13/child, $17/adult. Program includes popular Christmas tunes. Tickets: (859) 233-4226 or www.lexphil.org.
Open Mic Night, beginning at 7 p.m. today — musicians, comedians and other talent welcome; Tom Cool, classic rock, beginning at 8:30 p.m. Friday; and Mighty Blues Dragon, bangin' blues, beginning at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, 4th Street Deli & Tap, Danville. Information: (859) 236-1398. Web site: GoTo4thSt.com. Wednesday is Trivia Night; begins at 7 p.m. Tuesdays are "Fat Tuesday at the Tap" — Cajun meals served every Tuesday night; cost is $8.95.
"Singing for the Arts: A Holiday Concert and Sing-A-Long," featuring Sounding Joy under the direction of Barbara Hall, 3 p.m. Dec. 20, Community Arts Center. Free; donations to the arts center accepted.
Handel's "Messiah," MasterClassics Concert, 8 p.m. Friday, Singletary Center for the Arts, Lexington. Featuring guest conductor Jefferson Johnson and Lexington Singers. Cost: $30-$52. Tickets: (859) 233-4226 or www.lexphil.org.
Sammy Baker and the Poor Boys, 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Wanda's Country Kitchen, Junction City. Cost: $5/ages 12 and up, $2.50/ages 6-12, free for children 6 years old and younger. Information: Angela Douglas, (859) 854-6480.
Passed Experience, classic and Southern rock, and country, 9:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Dec. 19, Three Pines, Lebanon. Web site: http://passedexp.com.
"A Christmas Carol," 8 p.m. Dec. 17, Newlin Hall, Centre College. Tickets: (859) 236-4692.
"The Little Mermaid," 2 p.m. Dec. 13 and 19-20, 7 p.m. Dec. 19, Lexington Children's Theatre Main Stage, 418 W. Short St., Lexington. Cost: $13/adults, $11/children. Tickets: (859) 254-4546. Web site: www.lctonstage.org.
For "The Wizard of Oz," Ragged Edge Community Theatre's winter production, 11 a.m. Dec. 12, 7 p.m. Dec. 14, at the theater in Harrodsburg. Production dates: Jan. 14-17 and 21-24. Information: (859) 734-2389.
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Candlelight Tours, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 12, Maker's Mark, Loretto. Information: (270) 865-2099.
"Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," holiday concert presented by local musicians, 6:30 p.m. today, Community Arts Center.
Lunch with the Arts, noon-1 p.m. Dec. 16, Community Arts Center. Cost with catered lunch reservation: $10; at-door cost without lunch, $5. Reservations: (859) 236-4054. December featured guest: Harpist Deanna Tomlinson Loveland.