Dave Dondero has been releasing folk tunes for over a decade, after his stint with Clemson, South Carolina based Sunbrain. His newest release, With Love, is all too familiar for folks who heard 2013’s This Guitar. Released on Nov. 4, the album features the song “Boxer’s Fracture,” written after 2012’s horrific movie theater shootings Aurora, Colorado and in response to gun enthusiasts. With Blanket Fort, Chris Thomas. $8
Brew enthusiasts can expand their knowledge — rather than just their bellies! During Growler's buzz-worthy talks, hosted by brewers and distributors, you'll learn the art of craft brewing. Free admission
The first Tuesday of each month is your chance to talk dirty. This open mic gives folks the chance to share stories about sex, desire and romance. If you've got the nerve to jump on stage, you'll get seven minutes to tell your tale, whether it has a happy ending or not, to a room full of strangers looking for a new guilty pleasure. Free admission
Lake Norman’s Davidson Community Players are sprucing things up this year with Holly and Tinsel. When two families end up stranded at a diner due to a snow storm, they meet a waitress and a cook who remind them of the true meaning of Christmas. This new work was written exclusively for DCP audiences. Sounds like greasiness and gratitude all in one. For more information, visit www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org.
This is the second solo exhibition featuring works by Argentinian artist Leandro Manzo at LaCa Projects. A figurative expressionist whose work spans over 30 years, Manzo uses thick brushstrokes and vibrant color to create striking landscape paintings. His new body of work will also feature portraits and black and white images. Opening reception on Nov. 18, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Free admission
It's Find Your Muse open mic night at The Evening Muse this and every Monday. Musicians, grab up your music gear and head over to perform one of your own creations in front of a crowd. No one can guarantee they'll be liked, but constructive criticism is always helpful! Get there early to snag a performance spot. And, if you don't play, come out to watch. You never know who might show up. $3
This annual German-style Christmas market at Old Mecklenburg Brewery kicks off the weekend of Dec. 2-3. Go check out an assortment of local vendors selling gifts and edibles. While you’re there, don’t forget to get a glass of Gluhwein — a hot, spiced red wine — or try one of the brewery’s two seasonal beers, including the Dunkel and Yule Bock.
RESCHEDULED: Following up on last year’s “Comedy Camisado Tour” in Charlotte, Hannibal Burress is back with the “Hannibal Montanabel Experience.” The comic started to get shine as Ilana’s sort-of boyfriend on Broad City, but he’s built his own name up and become one of the nation’s most popular stand-up acts since. He’s come a long way from sleeping on the train in Chicago between stand-up gigs during his come-up. $25 and up