Naked Hamilton

Sky Gilbert's new play Naked Hamilton takes aim at what he identifies as a disturbing trend: gentrification in downtown Hamilton.

"Like all my work, it sits in an odd place between entertainment and ideas, between bawdy and real, between funny and tragic," Gilbert says.

"My work is not really classifiable, other than it's usually somewhat funny and usually has a lot to do with sex. But if you create characters that you love, almost anybody can relate to the work."

Naked Hamilton runs from Thursday until Sunday and Nov. 22 until Nov. 25 at Artword Artbar (15 Colbourne St.). For showtimes and ticket information, go to Artword.net/artbar or call the venue at 905-543-8512.

Waterdown Christmas Tree Lighting Festival

It's getting close to that time of year again.

The Waterdown Shopping District and BIA is holding its annual tree lighting festival at Sobeys Plaza Saturday.

Wagon rides start at 3 p.m., and entertainment gets underway at 4 p.m. The Christmas tree gets illuminated at 6 p.m.

For more information, visit Waterdownbia.ca.

The Hamilton Music Awards

The Hamilton Music Awards are taking place all weekend, and the Industry Awards are Saturday night at Mohawk's McIntyre Theatre.

Hamilton's best recording studios, music teachers, producers and labels will all be honoured.

Doors open at 5 p.m. and tickets are $25. For more information, visit Hamiltonmusicawards.com.

Pet pictures with Santa

The Hamilton-Burlington SPCA is offering pictures with Santa Saturday at their 245 Dartnell Rd. location.

Sessions run from noon until 4 p.m., so get your pooch, feline or fish gussied up in their Sunday best for the jolly fat man.

For more information, visit Hbspca.com.

Live music at The Casbah

Saturday night at the Casbah, catch Common & Coy, All About Maggie, the Ashley Sloggett Band, and the Brooke Nicholls Band.

The show is 19 plus, and things get underway at 9 p.m. For more info, visit The Casbah's Facebook page here.