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5 cool things to do in Huntsville this weekend, Dec. 3 – 5



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With his size, reach and fearlessness, Chewbacca could’ve been a decent goalie. But even if you don’t know a power play from a parsec, minor league hockey team Huntsville Havoc’s “Star Wars” Night is likely to be a good time. The promotion involves fans dressing up as their favorite characters from the beloved sci-fi franchise. There’s a costume contest and other Force-related fun, as the Havoc battle the Evansville Thunderbolts for control of the Death Star, ahem, Propst Arena. Expect to see more than a few Mandalorians and Baby Yodas in the stands. I have spoken.

Huntsville Havoc “Star Wars” Night, Von Braun Center Propst Arena, 700 Monroe St., tickets $12, $16 and $32, ticketmaster.com

With promising but short-lived Southern rockers Bishop Gunn, Mississippi singer/guitarist Travis McCready opened shows for both Mick Jagger and Axl Rose. Think he learned a thing or two from watching those legends up close? Now a solo artist, McCready’s new band features two of Huntsville’s most talented and experienced musicians: guitarist/mandolinist Mike Roberts and former Brother Cane bassist Glenn Maxey. Their SideTracks gig will be locals’ first chance to hear Roberts and Maxey with this project. And the show will likely be a doozy.

Travis McCready, 8 p.m. Dec. 4, SideTracks Music Hall, 415 Church St. N.W., $15 advance $20 day of, eventbrite.com

Nineteenth-century Japanese wood-block prints. Modern paintings and drawings in graphite, watercolor, ink and mixed media. Early 20th century American and European prints. They’re all part of “Works on Paper,” a new Huntsville Museum of Art exhibit showcasing selections from the museum’s permanent collection.

“Looking at the Collection: Works on Paper,” weekend hours 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday 12 – 5 p.m. Sunday, Huntsville Museum of Art, 300 Church Street S., $12 adults, hsvmuseum.org

They’re not cute hipsters or a smart bet to “make it,” but Muscle Shoals trio Bad Ethyl is still a local band worth hearing. They write solid hard-rock/classic-metal songs and have the chops to deliver that technically demanding music onstage in an authentic way. The group features Rez Webster on bass/vocals, J.J. Bartlett on guitar and Kevin Reed on drums. In addition to original songs, including “Criminal,” “Broken Hearts Broken Dreams” and “Looks Like Rain,” Bad Ethyl’s set is peppered with covers of acts ranging from Black Sabbath to Billy Joel.

Bad Ethyl, 9 p.m. Dec. 3, Shagnasty’s Grubbery & Pourhouse, 1117 Jordan Lane N.W., no cover, facebook.com/BadEthyl

Your lowered inhibitions and decision impairment can help support local makers and artists.

Yule Y’all: Christmas Market and Spirit Sampling, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Lowe Mill, 2211 Seminole Drive, free to attend, item prices vary, lowemill.art

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