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
Gantt Center’s major annual fundraiser. Proceeds from the event benefit the Gantt Center Annual Fund which enables the center to provide programming to present, preserve and celebrate the arts, history and culture of African-Americans and those of African descent.
EPICENTRE welcomes the ACC Football Championship fans with a pep rally harboring a street festival atmosphere, featuring a DJ, live performances by the ACC mascots, and information about Charlotte. The team pep bands, cheerleaders and mascots will be performing as well. Make it an epic beginning to the ACC Football Championship weekend. Located in the center of Uptown, EPICENTRE is home to many restaurants, cafes and plenty of nightlife spots. We welcome all ACC Coastal and ACC Atlantic to the Commons area to celebrate the upcoming game. Free
The grand opening will feature music from DJ Kenny Logic and DJ Candy. Toys for Tots will be in attendance collecting toys for children for the holidays. There will also be a food drive for the 2nd Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. To get a complimentary pass for the grand opening, visit www.levelcharlotte.eventbrite.com. For VIP or bottle service, call 704-910-4754 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 36th Annual Fourth Ward Holiday Home Tour showcases the elegant Victorians, urban condominiums, cultural institutions and historic places for which Fourth Ward is famous – all dressed in their holiday best. This walkable tour includes admission to 8 private uptown homes, along with NCDT and 7th Street Public Market. North Carolina Dance Theatre will offer sneak peak rehearsals of The Nutcracker and tour-goers will enjoy seasonal music on the porches of neighborhood homes, free horse and carriage rides, beer tastings from Olde Mecklenburg Brewery and food samples (while they last) from selected center city restaurants. $25.00http://www.fofw.org
There are no big-headed little green men in this production, but there is impact — and not from a space shuttle. Playwright Annie Baker’s The Aliens introduces audiences to three “real” characters, two of which are homeless and occupying a space next to a coffeehouse dumpster. The third is a young worker employed at the local Joe spot. Together, the three strike up a conversation that you might not expect. The two back-alley gentlemen share details from their lives and offer advice to the budding young brewer. Far out, huh? Paperhouse Theatre stages the three-person play — directed by Nicia Carla and starring actors Matt Cosper, Grant Watkins and Michael Julliard — at Blumenthal’s Duke Energy Theater. (Anita Overcash) Pay what you can on Dec. 3; $20 for all other shows
Godspell portrays hippie holiness at its best. That is, John-Michael Tebelak’s ‘70s Broadway musical is a far-out retelling of the Gospel According to Matthew — with Jesus’ teachings, betrayal and crucifixion — paired with Stephen Schwartz’s rock music, colorful costumes and jittery dances. That’s not to say that upcoming performances at Knight Theater will make you a believer, but they might send you rejoicing out onto Tryon Street upon exit. Just have a little faith and see for yourself. (Anita Overcash) $20 and up
Holiday concert conducted by Albert-George Schram. $26.50-$82.50
Gather around the Epicentre's snow flake tree every day at 5:15 p.m. to experience a magical snow storm.http://www.epicentrenc.com
Question Bridge: Black Males utilizes new media to incite meaningful discourse regarding the African American male community. Prior to expanding the project, 10 individuals were asked to express their sentiments on an assortment of topics in front of a video camera. African-American Art Since 1950:Perspectives from the David C. Driskell Center seeks to bring forth a new insight into the meaning of African-American art as it continues to highlight the social, cultural, and political visions of a growing creative community. New Mythologies:William Villalongo is a multimedia exhibition hoping to challenge traditional values and concepts found in Western art and history. $8-Adults, $6-Seniors, Educators, Students, Military; $5-Groups of 10 or more; FREE-Members & Children 5 years of age and under