Lorain County guitarist Diana Tyler is sneaky elf when it comes to raising money for tonight's Christmas Carol Wars
. If you can pony up the cash for her favorite charity, she promises she won't play any "hideous" holiday songs. "That's where the bidding will begin," says Tyler. "Whether I play the songs or not will depend on which warring side bids highest." The benefit for the holistic Pathways Counseling and Growth Center in Elyria is also Tyler's laid-back way of getting her audience caught up in a holiday sing-along. Just follow her lead. "Most people are pretty shy. But they know there's safety in numbers, so they'll gladly sing at their tables," says Tyler. "But for those who want a minute in the spotlight, I try to convey that we're not aiming for perfection, just a good time." The bidding battle begins at 6 tonight at the Carlisle Café, 1509 Grafton Road in Elyria. Admission is free. Call 440-458-6516.
Sat., Dec. 22, 6 p.m., 2007