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McColl + Response Presents: Drop your Socks with Bad Santa

Thu., Dec. 18, 6-9 p.m.

Come with a pack of unopened socks — to be donated to Urban Ministries, a local organization that helps folks experiencing homelessness — and be prepared for improv from Bad Santa, who will be revealing secrets from his naughty list. There’s also an open mic and the Center’s alumni artists, who will have their studios open.

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

A Soulful Noel

Thu., Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m. and Fri., Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m.

Leave it to On Q Productions to put some quality soul into this seasonal show of music, dance and spoken word. Classic holiday songs like “The Night Before Christmas,” “The Little Drummer Boy” and “Go Tell it on The Mountain” are on the roster, but don’t expect to hear them in their usual form. This production promises to offer music straight from the gut, so you can plan on hearing some pretty sweet tweaks as executed by local talent. (Anita Overcash) $20

McGlohon Theater (map)
345 N. College St.
phone 704-372-1000

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>

Traveling Wilburys Tribute f. Ancient Cities, Elonzo, Sam the Lion, The Sammies and more

Fri., Dec. 19


Paying tribute to the music of Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison and Jeff Lynne is no small feat, but a handful of local bands are up for the challenge. This benefit for the Levine Children’s Hospital will feature Ancient Cities, Elonzo, The Sammies and musicians including members of The New Familiars, Hectorina, The Hot Gates and more. It’s good music for a good cause. (Jeff Hahne)


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Neighborhood Theatre (map)
511 E. 36th St.
phone 704-942-7997
Traveling Wilburys Tribute f. Ancient Cities, Elonzo, Sam the Lion, The Sammies and more

A Very Tampone Christmas

Fri., Dec. 19, 8 p.m., Sat., Dec. 20, 8 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 21, 8 p.m.

Local experimental theater guru Matt Cosper (XOXO, formerly known as The Machine) directs this holiday show that might feel more like a party with actors/actresses — including Nicia Carla, Chris Herring, Karina Roberts and more — from the local theater scene. For three nights only, they’ll be coming together to spread some holiday cheer with music, games, gourmet treats and other surprises. For reservations, email (Anita Overcash) $25

The Frock Shop (map)
901 Central Ave.
phone 704-236-4196
<i>A Very Tampone Christmas</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>

1,000 Times Good Night

Sat., Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m.

Charlotte Film Society presents this 2013 drama about a photojournalist with an obsession with war zones. When given an ultimatum from her family to quit the risky work, she must decide what’s more important. The film, directed by Erik Poppe and based off of some of his own experiences as a photojournalist in the ’80s, is a winner of the jury’s Special Grand Prix at the Montreal World Film Festival in 2013. For more information, visit (Anita Overcash) $5-$10

Theatre Charlotte (map)
501 Queens Road
Myers Park
phone 704-376-3777
<i>1,000 Times Good Night</i>

5-Year Anniversary at Bar at 316

Sat., Dec. 20, 9 p.m.-2 a.m.

The Bar at 316 — an LGBTQ-friendly spot known for karaoke, drag shows and brunches — opened in December 2009. To celebrate its half-a-decade anniversary, the folks at 316 are throwing a party with five things to get excited about: drag queens, variety acts, go-go boys, drink specials and giveaways. Stick around for Buff Faye & Patti O’Furniture’s Big Fun Drag Show. (Anita Overcash)

The Bar at 316 (map)
316 Rensselaer Ave.
South End
phone 704-910-1478

41st Anniversary Party f. Federal Bureau of Rock & Roll

Sun., Dec. 21


At some point over the years, you should have checked out Double Door Inn. And if not, well, you suck. Here’s a chance to redeem yourself: Stop by and celebrate its 41st anniversary at this party. Lenny Federal — who deserves his own round of Charlotte-longevity praise — will be playing. Thank owner Nick Karres for keeping the place going after more than four decades. (Jeff Hahne)


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Double Door Inn (map)
218 E. Independence Blvd.
phone 704-376-1446

K. Michelle

Sun., Dec. 21


Riding a wave of interest since her appearances on Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta, and her spin-off series K. Michelle: My Life, and now touring in support of her Dec. 9 released sophomore album, Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart, R&B songstress K. Michelle will hit the road next year with Keyshia Cole. She’s the headliner here, so you might want to check her out now, in a small venue, while you still can.


Neighborhood Theatre (map)
511 E. 36th St.
phone 704-942-7997
K. Michelle

Pig Mountain, The Seduction, Bask, Abacus, Musket King, Pants' Flying Taco Circus

Sun., Dec. 21


One year ago on this date, Charlotte sludge-metal trio Pig Mountain packed up their gear for the last time as a band — or so they said. The three members — singer/guitarist King Doob, bassist Rick Culp and drummer Dillon McKinnish — have been busy with other projects, but it seems only fitting that they reunite for this gig that’s also an anniversary of sorts. Think of it as an early Christmas present. (Jeff Hahne)


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Milestone (map)
3400 Tuckaseegee Road
FreeMore West
phone 704-398-4072
Pig Mountain, The Seduction, Bask, Abacus, Musket King, Pants' Flying Taco Circus


Thu., Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m., Sat., Dec. 20, 2 & 7 p.m. and Sun., Dec. 21, 2 p.m.

It’s a holiday classic done right by the talented footwork of Charlotte Ballet — formerly North Carolina Dance Theatre. The choreography is courtesy of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, and there’s more than 100 performers on stage throughout the magical ordeal that’s complete with some seasonal snowflakes. Charlotte Symphony performs the Tchaikovsky scores. (Anita Overcash) $25

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

The Fat Face Band, Andy the Doorbum, Your Fuzzy Friends

Wed., Dec. 24


Deep into their December residency, the Fat Face Band — Molly Brown on tuba, Matt Postle on trumpet and Troy Conn on guitar — continues to delight with instrumental, jazz-inspired tunes that have been reaching out to find their rock roots this month. It’s on Christmas Eve, but if you’re already tired of the family, this night, which also features Andy the Doorbum and Your Fuzzy Friends, is a great reason to get out of the house. (Jeff Hahne)


Snug Harbor (map)
1228 Gordon St.
Plaza Midwood
phone 704-333-9799
The Fat Face Band, Andy the Doorbum, Your Fuzzy Friends

The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical

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) $26-$31

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

Gucciardi, Ziegler, Rain

Through Dec. 31

Three local artists — Mark A. Gucciardi, Michael J. Ziegler and Osiris Rain — have come together for this new exhibit at Coffey and Thompson Gallery. The result is a mix of landscape, still-life and portrait paintings. Portraits (like the pictured one by Ziegler) by the artists give life to figures with sincere facial expressions and quirks. This is something you don’t want to miss. Reception on Dec. 5, 6-9 p.m. (Anita Overcash) Free admission

Coffey and Thompson Gallery (map)
109 W. Morehead St.
South End
phone 704-375-7232
<i>Gucciardi, Ziegler, Rain</i>
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