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George Winston

Knight Theater 430 S Tryon St., Charlotte, NC
$25
There have been few artists as influential as self-described “rural folk piano” player George Winston. Profoundly influenced by the dramatic change of seasons he experienced growing up in rural Montana, Winston invented a genre of evocative pastoral music that came to be called new age. Launching the Windham Hill label that specialized in instrumental acoustic music, Winston weathered criticism of his minimalist music, and pioneered the ambient genre.

Holiday Pop-Up Market

5925 Carnegie Blvd 5925 Carnegie Blvd, Charlotte, NC
Free
We're bringing the holiday spirit to SouthPark for the first annual Holiday Pop-Up Market Presented by Shugart Realty Group. This market will feature curated goods from over 50 local vendors and small businesses, offering a selection of jewelry, apparel, bath and body care, handmade food items and so much more. Come discover unique gifts for everyone on your holiday list!

Drag Divas Holiday Day Party

Merchant & Trade NC
$15
The Vanity House, featuring an all-star cast of divas and the musical stylings of DJ Domii and DJ Vanna Vanity, takes the party to new heights at Merchant & Trade. DJs and drag queens will ignite the afternoon and keep you going on into the evening as you feast your eyes on the gorgeous uptown view. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to The Trevor Project. **Ticket prices will increase at the door

Staff Picks

Sanctuary City by Martyna Majok presented by Three Bone Theatre

The Arts Factory at West End Studios 1545 W Trade Street, Charlotte
$25
DREAMers. Love(r)s. Life-long friends. Teenagers who were brought to America as children become one another’s sanctuaries from harsh circumstances. When G becomes naturalized, she and B hatch a plan to marry so that he may legally remain in the country and pursue the future he imagines for his life. Negotiating the promise of safety and the weight of responsibility, they’ll fight like hell to establish a place for themselves and each other in America.

Wednesday Night Live: SlamCharlotte

Harvey B. Gantt Center 551 S Tryon S, Charlotte, NC
Free
SlamCharlotte calls out to street corner laureates and powerhouse poets to battle it out with language for a Wednesday Night Live edition of the slam. Hosted by current slam master, Boris ‘Bluz’ Rogers, the event pits poet from far and wide in competition for cash and bragging rights as the WNL SlamCharlotte champ. Poets must submit three poems of their own work on the day of the slam; organizers will take the first 10 to...

Comedy at the Canteen: Jenn Snyder

NoDa Company Canteen 1824 Statesville Ave., Suite 100, Charlotte
Free
“I’m not heterophobic. I love you straighties!” says Jenn Snyder as she relates tales of growing up gay in good ole boy country, or what she calls living amid the “Lowcountry lowlifes.” A comedy dynamo standing a little over 5 feet, Snyder packs a lot of comic punch in her high-energy delivery. The show at the Boiler Yard includes the feature “Joking Off,” a dad-joke competition with audience participation.

Ani DiFranco, Gracie & Rachel, Jocelyn Mackenzie, Holly Miranda

The Underground 820 Hamilton Street, Charlotte, NC
$30
Bursting upon the indie-rock scene with her self-titled debut in 1990, Ani DiFranco was the real deal — an inspirational performer, a take-no-shit feminist, activist role model and a genre-bending artist who drew equally from searing folk protest anthems and candid singer-songwriter confessionals. Her latest eclectic R&B-infused LP Revolutionary Love tackles sexism and the assault on reproductive rights with anger and compassion, and gives voice to our deepest convictions on a personal and political level.

Music and Museum: British Modernism

Bechtler Museum 420 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC
$10 – $14
Noted for her work exemplifying modernist sculpture, mid-20th century English artist Barbara Hepworth engaged in a friendly rivalry with her contemporary and fellow British artist Henry Moore, who is best known for his semi-abstract monumental bronze sculptures. In honor of the two artists’ friendship, the Bechtler Ensemble performs limpid and lilting string quartets from mid-20th-century British composers, including Benjamin Britten, Elizabeth Maconchy, Ethel Smyth, and Ernest John Moeran.

Zach Moss

VisArt Video 3104 Eastway Drive, Charlotte, NC
Free
A set featuring Charlotte-based, South Carolina-raised singer-songwriter Zach Moss is the centerpiece of this alcohol-free and sobriety-minded holiday event presented by recovery apparel and gift company Beyond Sober. Unabashedly faith-based, multi-instrumentalist and producer Moss crafts songs about navigating the passage from addiction to redemption. An accompanying holiday pop-up shop offers flash sales on retro-stylish clean-and-sober apparel and gifts. The event also includes giveaways, holiday treats, an ugly sweater contest and more.

Led Zeppelin Tribute to Benefit Levine Children’s Hospital

Neighborhood Theatre 511 E 36th St, Charlotte, NC
$10 – $15
Justin Fedor and friends return live to The Neighborhood Theatre, to raise money for the Tribute To Benefit concert's usual charity of choice, Levine Children’s Hospital. Artists will pay homage to the mighty Led Zeppelin with performances from Adam Lazzara of Taking Back Sunday, Jason Scavone, Troy Conn of Jazz Is Led, Ancient Cities and more.

‘The Polar Express’ in Concert

Recurring
Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts 130 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC
$23
On Christmas Eve, a young boy who doubts the existence of Santa Claus is whisked aboard a mysterious locomotive bound for the North Pole. The train defies gravity on teetering bridges and slides over ice fields, while both the conductor and Santa sound like Tom Hanks. Back in 2004, the film’s motion-capture animation was groundbreaking. Today, it’s charming, even though characters seem a bit off. The Charlotte Symphony provides the soundtrack for this Christmas classic.

‘The Polar Express’ in Concert

Recurring
Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts 130 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC
$23
On Christmas Eve, a young boy who doubts the existence of Santa Claus is whisked aboard a mysterious locomotive bound for the North Pole. The train defies gravity on teetering bridges and slides over ice fields, while both the conductor and Santa sound like Tom Hanks. Back in 2004, the film’s motion-capture animation was groundbreaking. Today, it’s charming, even though characters seem a bit off. The Charlotte Symphony provides the soundtrack for this Christmas classic.

Leaving Echoes, True Lilith, Hey RICHARD, Neon Deaths

Skylark Social Club 2131 Central Avenue, Charlotte, NC
$10
Women’s voices are heard loud and clear in this lineup of local bands. With powerful vocals by We Rock Charlotte’s Krystle Baller, the all-women Hey RICHARD plays insanely catchy punk-rock anthems. The all-woman energetic alt-rock band True Lilith anchor their spidery needle-guitar goth-rock sound to singalong girl group vocals and the sassy 1970s glam rock attack of Suzi Quatro. Statesville’s female-fronted hard rockers Leaving Echoes and catchy doom rockers Neon Deaths fill the bill.

George Winston

Knight Theater 430 S Tryon St., Charlotte, NC
$25
There have been few artists as influential as self-described “rural folk piano” player George Winston. Profoundly influenced by the dramatic change of seasons he experienced growing up in rural Montana, Winston invented a genre of evocative pastoral music that came to be called new age. Launching the Windham Hill label that specialized in instrumental acoustic music, Winston weathered criticism of his minimalist music, and pioneered the ambient genre.

‘Jagged Little Pill’ The Musical

Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts 130 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC
$25
Examining her inner emotional life with a clarity that unlocked universal feelings, Alanis Morissette's third album, alt-rock masterpiece 'Jagged Little Pill,' created a soundtrack for people, particularly women, straining at the constraints of society. 'Jagged Little Pill' the musical strikes the right balance between anger and empathy. Depicting a dysfunctional family in the social media age, the show lets songs like “You Oughta Know” take the audience on a transcendent journey.

Happening this month

George Winston

Knight Theater 430 S Tryon St., Charlotte, NC
$25
There have been few artists as influential as self-described “rural folk piano” player George Winston. Profoundly influenced by the dramatic change of seasons he experienced growing up in rural Montana, Winston invented a genre of evocative pastoral music that came to be called new age. Launching the Windham Hill label that specialized in instrumental acoustic music, Winston weathered criticism of his minimalist music, and pioneered the ambient genre.

Events

Holiday Pop-Up Market

5925 Carnegie Blvd 5925 Carnegie Blvd, Charlotte, NC
Free
We're bringing the holiday spirit to SouthPark for the first annual Holiday Pop-Up Market Presented by Shugart Realty Group. This market will feature curated goods from over 50 local vendors and small businesses, offering a selection of jewelry, apparel, bath and body care, handmade food items and so much more. Come discover unique gifts for everyone on your holiday list!

Drag Divas Holiday Day Party

Merchant & Trade NC
$15
The Vanity House, featuring an all-star cast of divas and the musical stylings of DJ Domii and DJ Vanna Vanity, takes the party to new heights at Merchant & Trade. DJs and drag queens will ignite the afternoon and keep you going on into the evening as you feast your eyes on the gorgeous uptown view. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to The Trevor Project. **Ticket prices will increase at the door

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!

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!

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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