In its 14th season, Piedmont Dance Theatre has been hard at work to present their latest production of The Nutcracker. Featuring Tchaikovsky’s full music score, the entire production has been updated within the past three years and re-choreographed offering a new and fresh look for this classic performance. Artistic Director, Rebecca Massey Wiley, explains, “Our production is updated every year in an effort to continually challenge our dancers and engage the audience.” The Nutcracker begins its run at the Kannapolis Performing Arts Center on Friday, Dec. 9 at 7 pm and Saturday, December 10 at 2 pm. $15.00 - $20.00http://www.piedmontdancetheatre.com
China Forbes returns! One of the world’s favorite cocktail jazz, and pop ensembles returns to Meymandi Concert Hall. Pink Martini delivers a festive holiday concert featuring beloved songs from around the globe. Led by bandleader Thomas Lauderdale, the “little orchestra” draws inspiration from music all over the world, crossing genres of classical, jazz and old-fashioned pop. David Glover, conductor. Prices varyhttp://www.ncsymphony.org/events/index.cfm?view=details&viewref=calendar&detailid=3235&eid=4216&sdate=12/1/2016
The Light Factory is partnering with Hodges Taylor Art Consultancy for this one-day photography sale that features photographers who have been influenced by or actively involved with The Light Factory throughout its 40-year history. Featured artists include Byron Baldwin, Carl Bergman, Diana Bloomfield, Carolyn DeMeritt, and more. All art under $500. www.hodgestaylor.com or www.lightfactory.org for more info.
This Pink Social-hosted event consists of more than 60 local, female-owned businesses that pop up for one day to make for the ultimate girl’s day out. Shop from your choice of fashion boutiques, jewelry designers, calligraphers, artists, makers and up-and-coming brands. This year’s holiday edition includes local brews, boy band holiday music, a fun photo booth, discounts and delicious snacks. $5
Alpine folklore was certainly less cheery when it comes to being naughty or nice for the holiday season. Hence, Krampusen, St. Nick’s monster-like partner in gift giving and scaring the living daylights out of the kids who didn’t behave. In 2015, a major motion picture was released about this dark alternative to Christmas. Dress up in your scariest and roam with others for this special crawl. Held at North Davidson Street at 36th Street. For more information, visit www.nodakrampuskrawl.com.
Charlotte-based singer-songwriter-guitarist Mitch Hayes nominated in Folk/Americana Category for 10th Annual Queen City Music Awards, Saturday, December 10 at Community Outreach Christian Ministries Center, 1800 Brewton Dr., Charlotte. Info: http://cocmcharlotte.org/. $10.http://cocmcharlotte.org/
St. Nicholas will unleash a krampuslauf (“krampus romp”) through the arts district of NoDa! That's right St. Nick & his Krampusen— the fearsome creatures from Alpine folklore with long horns, shaggy bodies, sharp fangs, and long lolling tongues— will be out roaming the streets of NoDa looking for naughty and nice kids of all ages. Fear not! Professionally trained Krampus wranglers will be on hand to help keep the monsters at bay! There's fun all over the Arts District, with a few special stops planned. Freehttp://nodakrampuskrawl.com