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McColl Center for Visual Art’s annual Palate to Palette combines exactly what you might expect based on the name: wine and art. Folks attending have the chance to taste wines and schmooze with participating artists, including Eliana Arenas, Linda Louise Brown, Claudia Gonzalez Griffin, Thomas Haapapuro, Duy Huynh, Jason Watson, David Wilson, Ellen Kochansky, Shaun Cassidy and Kevin Hogan. All the wine served will be available for purchase by bottle or case and proceeds go to support art programs and local artists. Cheers to that! (Anita Overcash) $30-$40
Mamu is the Nepalese word for “mother,” and Waiting for Mamu is the true story of Pushpa Basnet, a social worker who has spent close to a decade serving as a maternal figure to over 200 children whose own parents have been locked up behind bars. As a 20-year-old university student in Kathmandu, Pushpa witnessed firsthand how kids were often jailed alongside their parents simply because there were no guardians or other responsible adults around. Spurred to action, she founded the Early Childhood Development Center and began to look after these children, feeding them, sending them to school and basically allowing them to be kids. Pushpa’s actions earned her a 2012 CNN citation as “Hero of the Year” and inspired Charlotte filmmaker Thomas Morgan to create a documentary short honoring her efforts. With Susan Sarandon serving as executive producer, Waiting for Mamu has already played in select cities and is now landing in Morgan’s hometown. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Morgan. Held in Queens University’s EH Little Fine Arts Center, 2319 Wellesley Ave. For more information, visit www.waitingformamu.com. (Matt Brunson) $10
My pick for this week is the Eddie Griffin comedy show at Ovens Auditorium — it’s the holiday season, so make it a date night. Let me refresh your memory about this guy. Edward Rubin Griffin, aka Eddie Griffin, is an actor and comedian. You probably remember him from Malcolm & Eddie, which ran for four years in the late ’90s. Like many people, I remember him from his role in Undercover Brother in 2002. He’s a funny guy and has been off the scene for a while. I’ve always been a fan and am interested in seeing if he still has it. His famous skit imitating Michael Jackson on drugs used to leave me in tears. (Mike Kitchen) $35-$65
This holiday shindig was established in 1989 with the purpose of raising money and gifts for less fortunate children. There’s a lot more to it than toys, though. Guests who attend will partake in a celebration of sorts, complete with drinks, food, music (Black & Blue Experience and DJ Breez) and mingling. Dress in your dazzling best. (Anita Overcash) $20 with an unwrapped toy; $40 with no toy; $100 for VIP