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‘Gremlins’

Camp North End 300 Camp Road, Charlotte, NC
Free
Released in 1984, 'Gremlins' is one of the most anarchic Christmas movies ever — nothing compares to the grinning insanity of director Joe Dante’s satirical spectacle of chaos. Our favorite scene involves the hero’s plucky mom popping one of the titular malevolent monsters into a microwave and watching it burst. The outdoor viewing experience at Camp North End features surround sound, campfires, infrared heaters and retro arcade games. Just bring your own chair.

Museum of Illusions Opening

Museum of Illusions 601 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC
$24
With its grand opening, The Museum of Illusions Charlotte proffers illusion rooms for patrons where they can glimpse infinity, walk in upside-down world and grow and shrink their bodies. Installations allow visitors to hang out with their clones, swap noses with their friends and serve their heads on a platter. The brain-teasing establishment also comes equipped with a collection of holograms.

Outkast on a Quest

Carolina Esports Hub 3401 St Vardell Ln Suite A, Charlotte, NC
$25 – $30
In memory of DJ Boney B, this celebration of fluid raps, gritty soul and ambitious jazz-inflected hip-hop features Jarobi of A Tribe Called Quest, The Mighty DJ DR, Mr. Incognito and Emmy-winning poet Bluz, all together in a dance party paying tribute to two 1990s-2000s iconic groups: Dirty South exemplifiers Outkast and progressive rap group A Tribe Called Quest.

Projected Realities

Nine Eighteen Nine Studio Gallery 700 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC
Free
Princess Cureton employs acrylic paint, clay and surface manipulation to make her central figures leap off the canvas. With embedded glass, beads and flowing fabric she updates the Trompe-l’œil technique — paintings that trick the eye into perceiving two dimensions as three. Cureton’s dynamic figures draw attention to her paintings’ surreal backgrounds, landscapes drawn from Cureton’s memories, from which her figures break free. After its opening reception, the exhibit runs through Jan. 7.

Baran Dance: Tiny Dances 2022

Recurring
Petra's 1919 Commonwealth Ave., Charlotte
$15
Local contemporary dance company presents two nights of solos, duets and trios inspired by the poetry of Erin Rose Coffin. This intimately shared experience examining relationships, memories, and lost and found connections features choreography by Audrey Baran, Sharon Dunson, Jherrymiah Go, and Carolina Quiros Otarola, plus an opening set by musicians Kadey Ballard (12/10) and Lindsey Ryan (12/11). This is a dreamy weekend of movement, musical, and literary arts not to be missed!

Shadows 2022

Bloom Movement Artistry 6150 Old Pineville Rd Suite B, Charlotte, NC
$10 – $20
Artists will dance, defy gravity and breathe fire in a performance/ritual that encourages participants to embrace their shadow selves. As the duo Satarah, Katie Rothweiler and Sarah Hahn have been mounting Bloom, their annual celebration of the aerial, terpsichorean and incendiary arts, since 2012. Shadows 2022 continues that tradition with an introspective turn, embodying feelings that aren’t talked about often: fear, pain, anger and abuse.

Classic Black Cinema Series: ‘Cabin in the Sky’

Harvey B. Gantt Center 551 S Tryon S, Charlotte, NC
Free
The 1943 musical 'Cabin in the Sky' is a faux-folk parable of faith, temptation, loyalty, and salvation in the imagined life of Black people created by great Black actors and white studio filmmakers. The story revolves around sinner Little Joe Jackson (Eddie Anderson) asking for one more chance before passing through the pearly gates. All the heavy-handed theology, however, is quickly forgotten when performers like Lena Horne and Ethel Waters grab the spotlight.

Baran Dance: Tiny Dances 2022

Recurring
Petra's 1919 Commonwealth Ave., Charlotte
$15
Local contemporary dance company presents two nights of solos, duets and trios inspired by the poetry of Erin Rose Coffin. This intimately shared experience examining relationships, memories, and lost and found connections features choreography by Audrey Baran, Sharon Dunson, Jherrymiah Go, and Carolina Quiros Otarola, plus an opening set by musicians Kadey Ballard (12/10) and Lindsey Ryan (12/11). This is a dreamy weekend of movement, musical, and literary arts not to be missed!

Staff Picks

‘Gremlins’

Camp North End 300 Camp Road, Charlotte, NC
Free
Released in 1984, 'Gremlins' is one of the most anarchic Christmas movies ever — nothing compares to the grinning insanity of director Joe Dante’s satirical spectacle of chaos. Our favorite scene involves the hero’s plucky mom popping one of the titular malevolent monsters into a microwave and watching it burst. The outdoor viewing experience at Camp North End features surround sound, campfires, infrared heaters and retro arcade games. Just bring your own chair.

Museum of Illusions Opening

Museum of Illusions 601 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC
$24
With its grand opening, The Museum of Illusions Charlotte proffers illusion rooms for patrons where they can glimpse infinity, walk in upside-down world and grow and shrink their bodies. Installations allow visitors to hang out with their clones, swap noses with their friends and serve their heads on a platter. The brain-teasing establishment also comes equipped with a collection of holograms.

Outkast on a Quest

Carolina Esports Hub 3401 St Vardell Ln Suite A, Charlotte, NC
$25 – $30
In memory of DJ Boney B, this celebration of fluid raps, gritty soul and ambitious jazz-inflected hip-hop features Jarobi of A Tribe Called Quest, The Mighty DJ DR, Mr. Incognito and Emmy-winning poet Bluz, all together in a dance party paying tribute to two 1990s-2000s iconic groups: Dirty South exemplifiers Outkast and progressive rap group A Tribe Called Quest.

Projected Realities

Nine Eighteen Nine Studio Gallery 700 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC
Free
Princess Cureton employs acrylic paint, clay and surface manipulation to make her central figures leap off the canvas. With embedded glass, beads and flowing fabric she updates the Trompe-l’œil technique — paintings that trick the eye into perceiving two dimensions as three. Cureton’s dynamic figures draw attention to her paintings’ surreal backgrounds, landscapes drawn from Cureton’s memories, from which her figures break free. After its opening reception, the exhibit runs through Jan. 7.

Shadows 2022

Bloom Movement Artistry 6150 Old Pineville Rd Suite B, Charlotte, NC
$10 – $20
Artists will dance, defy gravity and breathe fire in a performance/ritual that encourages participants to embrace their shadow selves. As the duo Satarah, Katie Rothweiler and Sarah Hahn have been mounting Bloom, their annual celebration of the aerial, terpsichorean and incendiary arts, since 2012. Shadows 2022 continues that tradition with an introspective turn, embodying feelings that aren’t talked about often: fear, pain, anger and abuse.

Classic Black Cinema Series: ‘Cabin in the Sky’

Harvey B. Gantt Center 551 S Tryon S, Charlotte, NC
Free
The 1943 musical 'Cabin in the Sky' is a faux-folk parable of faith, temptation, loyalty, and salvation in the imagined life of Black people created by great Black actors and white studio filmmakers. The story revolves around sinner Little Joe Jackson (Eddie Anderson) asking for one more chance before passing through the pearly gates. All the heavy-handed theology, however, is quickly forgotten when performers like Lena Horne and Ethel Waters grab the spotlight.

Tall Light Rebellion, The Whiskey Predicament

The Milestone 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd, Charlotte, NC
$10
A pair of rough-hewn, witty and wise diamond-in-the-rough singer-songwriters take the stage at The Milestone. Rust Belt folk-and-roots outfit Tail Light Rebellion is a vehicle for Jonny Swagger, who can take the stage with the force of a full band. This is fierce and gritty acoustic music, steeped in the I-don’t-give-a-fuck ethos of Irish malcontents The Pogues. The Whiskey Predicament is Charlotte-based one-man-band Nate Fey, who’s been producing his twisted version of happy-go-lucky acoustic rock...

Happening this month

‘Gremlins’

Camp North End 300 Camp Road, Charlotte, NC
Free
Released in 1984, 'Gremlins' is one of the most anarchic Christmas movies ever — nothing compares to the grinning insanity of director Joe Dante’s satirical spectacle of chaos. Our favorite scene involves the hero’s plucky mom popping one of the titular malevolent monsters into a microwave and watching it burst. The outdoor viewing experience at Camp North End features surround sound, campfires, infrared heaters and retro arcade games. Just bring your own chair.

Museum of Illusions Opening

Museum of Illusions 601 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC
$24
With its grand opening, The Museum of Illusions Charlotte proffers illusion rooms for patrons where they can glimpse infinity, walk in upside-down world and grow and shrink their bodies. Installations allow visitors to hang out with their clones, swap noses with their friends and serve their heads on a platter. The brain-teasing establishment also comes equipped with a collection of holograms.

Outkast on a Quest

Carolina Esports Hub 3401 St Vardell Ln Suite A, Charlotte, NC
$25 – $30
In memory of DJ Boney B, this celebration of fluid raps, gritty soul and ambitious jazz-inflected hip-hop features Jarobi of A Tribe Called Quest, The Mighty DJ DR, Mr. Incognito and Emmy-winning poet Bluz, all together in a dance party paying tribute to two 1990s-2000s iconic groups: Dirty South exemplifiers Outkast and progressive rap group A Tribe Called Quest.

Projected Realities

Nine Eighteen Nine Studio Gallery 700 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC
Free
Princess Cureton employs acrylic paint, clay and surface manipulation to make her central figures leap off the canvas. With embedded glass, beads and flowing fabric she updates the Trompe-l’œil technique — paintings that trick the eye into perceiving two dimensions as three. Cureton’s dynamic figures draw attention to her paintings’ surreal backgrounds, landscapes drawn from Cureton’s memories, from which her figures break free. After its opening reception, the exhibit runs through Jan. 7.

Baran Dance: Tiny Dances 2022

Recurring
Petra's 1919 Commonwealth Ave., Charlotte
$15
Local contemporary dance company presents two nights of solos, duets and trios inspired by the poetry of Erin Rose Coffin. This intimately shared experience examining relationships, memories, and lost and found connections features choreography by Audrey Baran, Sharon Dunson, Jherrymiah Go, and Carolina Quiros Otarola, plus an opening set by musicians Kadey Ballard (12/10) and Lindsey Ryan (12/11). This is a dreamy weekend of movement, musical, and literary arts not to be missed!

Shadows 2022

Bloom Movement Artistry 6150 Old Pineville Rd Suite B, Charlotte, NC
$10 – $20
Artists will dance, defy gravity and breathe fire in a performance/ritual that encourages participants to embrace their shadow selves. As the duo Satarah, Katie Rothweiler and Sarah Hahn have been mounting Bloom, their annual celebration of the aerial, terpsichorean and incendiary arts, since 2012. Shadows 2022 continues that tradition with an introspective turn, embodying feelings that aren’t talked about often: fear, pain, anger and abuse.

Classic Black Cinema Series: ‘Cabin in the Sky’

Harvey B. Gantt Center 551 S Tryon S, Charlotte, NC
Free
The 1943 musical 'Cabin in the Sky' is a faux-folk parable of faith, temptation, loyalty, and salvation in the imagined life of Black people created by great Black actors and white studio filmmakers. The story revolves around sinner Little Joe Jackson (Eddie Anderson) asking for one more chance before passing through the pearly gates. All the heavy-handed theology, however, is quickly forgotten when performers like Lena Horne and Ethel Waters grab the spotlight.

Baran Dance: Tiny Dances 2022

Recurring
Petra's 1919 Commonwealth Ave., Charlotte
$15
Local contemporary dance company presents two nights of solos, duets and trios inspired by the poetry of Erin Rose Coffin. This intimately shared experience examining relationships, memories, and lost and found connections features choreography by Audrey Baran, Sharon Dunson, Jherrymiah Go, and Carolina Quiros Otarola, plus an opening set by musicians Kadey Ballard (12/10) and Lindsey Ryan (12/11). This is a dreamy weekend of movement, musical, and literary arts not to be missed!

Support Systems Closing Reception

Stone House Art Gallery NC
Free
Stone House Art Gallery is pleased to present Support Systems, a joint exhibition by Aubrey Theobald and Jesse Ly. By forging sculptural and photographic works together, Theobald and Ly have formed dialogues that speak towards the physical, psychological, and conceptual actions of leaning on one another. These works have been formatted by their recognized need for mutual support in communal interactions, and the importance of developing close bonds among those close to them.

Tall Light Rebellion, The Whiskey Predicament

The Milestone 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd, Charlotte, NC
$10
A pair of rough-hewn, witty and wise diamond-in-the-rough singer-songwriters take the stage at The Milestone. Rust Belt folk-and-roots outfit Tail Light Rebellion is a vehicle for Jonny Swagger, who can take the stage with the force of a full band. This is fierce and gritty acoustic music, steeped in the I-don’t-give-a-fuck ethos of Irish malcontents The Pogues. The Whiskey Predicament is Charlotte-based one-man-band Nate Fey, who’s been producing his twisted version of happy-go-lucky acoustic rock...

THE FLIRT BAR

Recurring
The VAPA Center 700 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC
$35
THE FLIRT BAR is a gritty, Southern, country-rock musical comedy about women who turn a former Strip Club into "The Flirt Bar," a place where women can go to be flirted with. It’s written by Susan Lambert Hatem with music by Michelle Malone and Amy Ray (from the Indigo Girls). This will be a "concert reading" - meaning the cast will be seated on the stage while reading/singing the play. Two shows only!

THE FLIRT BAR

Recurring
The VAPA Center 700 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC
$35
THE FLIRT BAR is a gritty, Southern, country-rock musical comedy about women who turn a former Strip Club into "The Flirt Bar," a place where women can go to be flirted with. It’s written by Susan Lambert Hatem with music by Michelle Malone and Amy Ray (from the Indigo Girls). This will be a "concert reading" - meaning the cast will be seated on the stage while reading/singing the play. Two shows only!

Southern Accents: Historical Storytelling and Culinary Traditions

Afro American Cultural Center 401 N Myers Street, Charlotte, NC
$25
Join us for an evening of food, history, and storytelling on Wednesday, December 28th. Learn from a presentation on the impacts of African cultures and the transatlantic slave trade on our regional culinary traditions; in traditional food, we find on many local family holiday tables, such as corn, okra, collards, and macaroni and cheese. Make a plate of delicious foods from Mert’s Heart and Soul, and experience The Chronicles of Adam: a first-person historical interpretation.

Events

Open Heart Surgery Podcast Live Show

Free Range brewing 2320 N Davidson St, Charlotte, NC 28205, Charlotte, NC
$5
Open Heart Surgery is a podcast by two queer best friends both going through a divorce and learning to navigate relationships anew. They get curious about the type of relationship that would best meet their needs, learn about ways to do relationships better, and explore how they can have meaningful relationships with themselves. For the season 1 finale, they’re hosting a live show for laughs, insight, stories on love from friends, poetry, and more fun.
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