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The best part about the holidays? Good holiday music. The worst part? Bad holiday music. Get your holiday mixtape right by checking out Juice's absolute worst holiday song list

Saying farewell. 

Sioux City-born Christian metal band For Today brings its farewell tour to Wooly's in Des Moines' East Village on Dec. Read the Juice interview with the band to find out how they found success in the music world and why, after more than a decade, they're deciding to call it quits.

Iowa City, anyone? 

Mission Creek Festival, the annual multi-day music, arts, comedy and literature event in Iowa City, revealed its lineup Tuesday. Set to appear are acts like Andrew Bird, Rufus Wainwright, Margaret Cho, Saeed Jones and Des Moines' own Karen Meat. The festival, in its 12th year, takes over Iowa City April 4-9. Find more details, including the full lineup, here.

Happy hour highlight: 

More! More! More! 

  • Starting Thursday: Ballet Des Moines offers its take on 'The Nutcracker' at Hoyt Sherman Place. The show runs through Sunday. More information at hoytsherman.org.  
  • Friday: Catch an all-Iowa musical offering with Halfloves, MarKaus and Doctor Murdock at Wooly's. More information at woolysdm.com
  • Starting Saturday: 'A Christmas Carol' kicks off at the Des Moines Social Club's Kum & Go Theater. The show runs until Dec. 22. Find more details at desmoinessocialclub.org
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