Finally, the weekend is here. Now what? Nooga.com checks out all the options and gives you our best bets for the top five.
The sales of 2012
Forgot Black Friday. The after-Christmas sales are game on for the serious shoppers. If waiting until after the holiday to buy gifts was part of your modus operandi, you are in luck: There are plenty of in-store and online deals to be had. Best Buy has TVs discounted to less than $300. Costco is offering cameras up to $900 off (what?!).
Kmart’s four-day after-Christmas sale includes 60 percent off clothes and home goods, 50 percent off toys and so much more. Use the coupon code HOLIDAY50 through Monday for 50 percent off all sale items. Get a $10 gift card at Target for every $75 you spend. Dick’s Sporting Goods is offering $15 off athletic shoes and 50 percent of its stock of Reebok apparel.
When: All weekend
Where: Coupons are both in-store and online
How much: Coupon values range from 60 percent off to $1 deals
Irish pride and how to put hot dogs in your Ramen
The lineup: Josh Phillips and Joe Kilgallon. The content: Walmart gang sign, Ramen Noodle recipes, the results of the Chicago public school system and true fight stories from the Kmart aisle. The verdict: This is how the Comedy Catch closes out 2012.
When: Friday-Saturday, Dec. 28-29, 7 and 9:30 p.m.
Where: 3224 Brainerd Road
How much: $14 (FYI: New Year’s Eve tickets with the same lineup are $18 for the 7 p.m. show and $34 for the 9:30 p.m. show.)
The eternal fusion of Milele Roots reggae
Chattanooga’s resident reggae band is taking a positive approach to the ending of one year with an early celebration of a new year beginning. Rhythm & Brews hosts the roots reggae, blues R&B, psychedelic dub, ska and funk sound as Milele Roots explores the song catalogs of the greats like Bob Marley, Steel Pulse, the Mighty Diamonds and Augustus Pablo, with breaks for original music and uniquely creative covers of Dylan, Floyd, Springsteen and the hip-hop greats.
When: Friday, Dec. 28, 10 p.m.
Where: 221 Market St.
How much: $7
Your moment of Zen
Unplug from the computer, the TV, the iPhone and take a morning or an afternoon to reflect on this year. Find an inner calm-before the madness of New Year’s Eve-and find a new favorite spot in the Chattanooga woods. Outdoor Chattanooga has a detailed listing of hiking trails on Lookout and Signal mountains, in state and national parks, and wilderness areas. Grab your shoes, a sweatshirt, water and a snack, and enjoy the quiet and fresh air.
When: All weekend
Where: For exact locations, visit the Outdoor Chattanooga website
How much: Free
A year-end (soul) revue
Bringing together sounds from New Orleans, Southern California and Brooklyn, the Scenic City Soul Revue plays a pre-New Year’s Eve concert at Mocha Restaurant and Music Lounge. The Chattanooga-based, five-piece ensemble features saxophone, trumpet and harmonica on top of the usual lineup of bass, guitar, piano and drums, riffing on the anthologies of classic soul, Motown, funk, disco and R&B. Grab a bite to eat from the Mocha menu-Miles Davis chicken and waffles, for instance-and hit the dance floor.
When: Saturday, Dec. 29, 8 p.m.
Where: 3116 Brainerd Road
How much: No cover, dinner prices range from $9.95-$15.95