BANDS BELT IT OUT Sixteen local bands will battle it out in the final round of the Yamaha Asian Beat 2006 on Monday at 7.30pm at Ko Shan Theatre. The champion will represent Hong Kong at the Asia Grand Final to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, next March. Tickets (HK$100) for the contest - organised by Tom Lee Music - are available from Urbtix on 2734 9009. CHRISTMAS FANTASY CONCERT The City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong will present The Snowman and the Bear on Sunday at 3pm and 7.30pm at the Hong Kong City Hall. Howard Blake's concert adaptations of Raymond Briggs' captivating storybooks are based on music from the award-winning animated films. The production revolves around a young boy's snowman that comes to life and a young girl who is whisked away by a polar bear for a starry Christmas Eve ride. Tickets at HK$90 and HK$60 for students, and HK$180 and HK$120 for adults, are available from Urbtix. KAFKA CLASSICS ON SHOW Theatre du Pif will revisit some of Czech author Franz Kafka's masterpieces in their upcoming show, Nocturnal Vista. The show will be performed in English, with Chinese subtitles, from December 15-17 at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. Tickets cost HK$50 and HK$80 for students; HK$100 and HK$160 for adults. Reservations from Urbtix.