16 things to do the weekend of December 16

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Friday

HYTWR at Café Bourbon Street

The musician, now 23, is set to release his second cassette of lo-fi bedroom pop on Superdreamer Records at Café Bourbon Street on Friday, Dec. 16. The solo albums come after Hightower, who records and performs as "Winston HYTWR" by himself and "HYTWR" as a full band, played in several of his friends' bands and fronted trio Tastes Kinda Like Sad. "At one time I was in 12 bands at once. That was before my dad died. Then I quit all of them," Hightower said recently at a Downtown coffee shop. "My dad passed away about two years ago. After my dad passed, I stopped going to shows and kind of stopped doing anything for a really long time."

Saturday

Figgy Fest punk show at Ace of Cups

About six years ago, David Banbury and Lou Poster were hanging out at Café Bourbon Street, kicking around ideas for a Christmas punk band in the vein of Iggy and the Stooges. The most important part of such a band would be the name, of course, and the pair came up with a fitting one: Figgy and the Scrooges. Figgy Fest is now an annual holiday tradition that grew so big it had to relocate from Bourbon Street to the more-spacious Ace of Cups. This year's distortion-fueled extravaganza will feature bands with names like 3 Speed Sleigh, Placenta Claus & the Human Santapede, Ebenezer Booze and the Iggy Pop-inspired founding band.

Sunday

"Christmas in Columbus" closes at Short North Stage

Short North Stage is presenting its own, original holiday-themed show this month. "Christmas in Columbus" is a revue/jukebox musical of sorts. Set in the Capital City and employing holiday favorites, the show borrows a vibe from Radio City's "Christmas Spectacular," which "Christmas in Columbus" co-writer Jackie Comisar appeared in as a non-Rockette actor and singer for three years. Gideon the Elf has missed the Polar Express to the North Pole and will be spending more of the holiday season in Columbus than expected. A local family shows him what Columbus has to offer, along the way rekindling some of its own faded holiday spirit.