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The Black Lillies

Wed., Nov. 26


Leave it to frontman Cruz Contreras to make the most out of his time on the road. He conceived the majority of ideas for Black Lillies’ songs from behind the wheel. The band’s third studio album, Runaway Freeway Blues, is filled with solid honky-tonk twang and folk-fused melodies. It’s all enhanced by the vocal chords of songstress Trisha Gene, who teams up with Contreras on some mighty powerful duets. (Anita Overcash)


Neighborhood Theatre (map)
511 E. 36th St.
phone 704-942-7997
The Black Lillies

The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical

Wed., Nov. 26, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Nov. 28, 8 p.m., Sat., Nov. 29, 8 p.m., Wed., Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m., Thu., Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Dec. 5, 8 p.m., Sat., Dec. 6, 8 p.m., Wed., Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m., Thu., Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Dec. 12, 8 p.m., Sat., Dec. 13, 8 p.m., Wed., Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m., Thu., Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Dec. 19, 8 p.m., Sat., Dec. 20, 8 p.m., Sun., Dec. 21, 8 p.m., Mon., Dec. 22, 8 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 28, 2:30 p.m.

Set in a Florida trailer park called Armadillo Acres, this musical puts a trashy, but comical, spin on Christmas cheer with lots of drama. But it’s the little things that cause trouble for these tenants, some of whom want to decorate for the holidays while others prefer a good ol’ ruckus. (Anita Overcash) $17 for previews Nov. 28-29; $26-$31 for other shows

Actor's Theatre of Charlotte (map)
650 E. Stonewall St.
phone 704-342-2251
<i>The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical</i>

Pop Life aka Kitchsgiving Eve 3.0 w/DJ Skillz

Wed., Nov. 26, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.

Whether this shindig is a form of therapy before Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday or just another night out doesn’t matter. What does matter is getting out of the house to dance and socialize prior to eating too much and being surrounded by relatives or spending a holiday alone. More importantly, start thinking about what you’re thankful for, which should include Pop Life, a longtime nightlife series happening in the Q.C. This edition features music by DJ Skillz.

Label (map)
900 NC Music Factory Blvd.

Janice Covington's Thanksgiving & The Happening

Thu., Nov. 27

Don’t have anywhere to go for Thanksgiving and not interested in dining alone? If this sounds like you, then this is your best option. For the fourth year in a row, a local LGBT activist Janice Covington is turning Petra’s into a festive feasting space complete with the usual Thanksgiving goodies like turkey, ham, stuffing, yams, mashed potatoes, veggies, cranberry sauce and desserts. (Anita Overcash)

Petra's Piano Bar and Cabaret (map)
1919 Commonwealth Ave.
Plaza Midwood
phone 704-332-6608

Gwar, Corrosion Of Conformity, American Sharks

Fri., Nov. 28


Fans assumed it was most likely the end of GWAR when frontman Dave Brockie, aka Oderus Urungus, died earlier this year from an accidental heroin overdose. However, the interplanetary art-metal outfit has returned to the road with new singers The Berserker Blóthar and Vulvatron. Don’t worry, there will be plenty of bodily fluids spewing forth, just as Oderus would have wanted. (Jeff Hahne)


Tremont Music Hall (map)
400 W. Tremont Ave.
phone 704-343-9494
Gwar, Corrosion Of Conformity, American Sharks

Hectorina, Daddy Issues, Tow3rs, Couches

Fri., Nov. 28


One of Charlotte’s finest, the inventive alt-rock trio known as Hectorina — Dylan Gilbert, Zach Jordan and John Harrell III — can bring forth the finest rock tunes one minute and dive off the rails in search of new riffs and rhythms the next. Gilbert’s always been a solid songwriter who isn’t afraid to push the boundaries — whether the song calls for it or not — while Jordan and Harrell remain steadfast in pushing forward. (Jeff Hahne)

Hectorina - Live at NASA from easy blake on Vimeo.


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Milestone (map)
3400 Tuckaseegee Road
FreeMore West
phone 704-398-4072
Hectorina, Daddy Issues, Tow3rs, Couches

Tribute to Levon Helm f. The New Familiars, The Midwood Horns

Fri., Nov. 28


The annual Tribute to Levon Helm, now in its third year, was started by the New Familiars after the death of the drummer/singer. (They once opened for Helm at the Knight Theater.) The alt-folk quintet will perform a number of tunes along with help from their friends — The Midwood Horns, Reeve Coobs and members of Yarn and Big Daddy Love. It’s quickly become a Thanksgiving tradition. (Jeff Hahne)


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Visulite Theatre (map)
1615 Elizabeth Ave.
phone 704-358-9200

Groove 8, Moonshine Racers, New Car Caviar, Coddle Creek, Josh Daniel/Mark Schimick Project, The Chemist

Sat., Nov. 29


Comprised of some of Charlotte’s finest jazz musicians, Groove 8 has been funking up the scene since 2005. With four albums under its belt, and alumni who often return to sit in with the group, this collective of sorts has put its stamp on the local and national music scene, with some band members performing with Prince and Fleetwood Mac. Expect to hear new material from its upcoming 2015 album, too. (Jeff Hahne)


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Double Door Inn (map)
218 E. Independence Blvd.
phone 704-376-1446
Groove 8, Moonshine Racers, New Car Caviar, Coddle Creek, Josh Daniel/Mark Schimick Project, The Chemist

Movember Mustache Bash

Sun., Nov. 30, 4 p.m.

To raise awareness for men’s health — including prostate and testicular cancer and mental illness — the month of November is better known as “No Shave November,” a time when men show their support with facial hair. This year, Charlotte Checkers players and staff members have set their razors aside for the cause. They’ll show off the hairy results at this post-game bash at Tin Roof with prizes and drink specials. (Anita Overcash)

Tin Roof (map)
210 East Trade St., Suite 286
phone 704-910-1330

Sister Act

Mon., Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m.

This Broadway musical, based on the equally entertaining 1992 flick starring Whoopi Goldberg, is worthy of praise. Between a desperate convent of nuns and Deloris, a sassy street “sister” whose gangster boyfriend is dead set on putting her in the grave, there’s plenty to be said about the power of divine intervention. When the two come together, it’s a blessing in disguise — or so you’ll think when you hear the gospel choir gone wild. (Anita Overcash) $20

Belk Theater (map)
130 N. Tryon St.
phone 704-372-1000

A Love Supreme – Robert Mars featuring Jay West

Through Dec. 15

Robert Mars’ work is defined by pop culture icons. In this collection, you’ll find African-American legends that include Muhammad Ali, Lena Horne, John Coltrane, Michael Jackson and Martin Luther King Jr., a key figure in the series. Photos, collage and neon bursts of paint embrace the pop art movement and emphasize the significance of these legends. (Anita Overcash)

The Boxing Gym

Through Dec. 18

Using photographs, poetry and film, artists de’Angelo Dia and Shaun El C. Leonardo have created an exhibit based around a former boxer whose career has gone from glory to gloom. In the exhibit, we see the boxer in an abandoned gym with punching bags and debris on the floor around him. This former “macho” man sits with no punches to be thrown, as the exhibit makes a statement about the kickback associated with pain. (Anita Overcash) Free admission

CPCC Art Galleries (map)
1201 Elizabeth Ave.
phone 704-330-6211
<i>The Boxing Gym</i>

Cristina Toro: Casa en el Cielo

Through Dec. 19

The New York-based artist is proud of her native country of Puerto Rico and her former home in Florida. That’s clear when viewing nature and animals that emerge in her work. Her paintings, often resembling tapestries, are filled with symbols and hidden meanings. They have a curious feel that’s worth the “time and silence.” (Also, the exhibit’s title comes from a song by singer Cesária Évora.) (Anita Overcash)

LaCa Projects (map)
1429 Bryant St.
FreeMore West
phone 704-837-1688
<i>Cristina Toro: Casa en el Cielo</i>

The Provocation of Light: Betsy Birkner and Austin Ballard

Through Jan. 3, 2015

The exhibit features sculptures by artists Betsy Birkner and Austin Ballard, who have worked as artists-in-residence at McColl since April. Using ceramics, steel, stone, glass and other found materials, the artists have created works that emphasize the interplay of surfaces and lights. Be on the lookout for some of Birkner’s signature mixed-media body armor sculptures, also on display. (Anita Overcash) Free admission

McColl Center for Art + Innovation (map)
721 N. Tryon St.
phone 704-332-5535

LGBTQ Perspectives on Equality

Through Jan. 25, 2015

This new series at Levine Museum of the New South focuses on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history. Through four exhibits, visitors get an in-depth look at activists and the past and current triumphs and struggles faced by LGBTQ people, nationally and locally. (Anita Overcash) $5-$8; free for children 5 and under

Levine Museum of the New South (map)
200 E. 7th St.
phone 704-333-1887
<i>LGBTQ Perspectives on Equality</i>
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