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WEDNESDAY 19

Still flying high after their victory over UNC a few weeks back, the Davidson Wildcats take on another ACC squad, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, tonight at 7pm at the Charlotte Coliseum. For more information or tickets, call 704-522-6500.

Christmas Town USA, the McAdenville light spectacular, is back and backing up traffic for miles on I-85. Hours for the light viewing are Monday through Friday, 5:30-9:30pm and Saturday and Sunday, 5:30-11pm. You can get to McAdenville from I-85 by taking the Lowell/McAdenville Exit. For more information contact the McAdenville Town Hall at 704-824-3190 or visit online at http://users.vnet.net/srankin/.

The big one is back, as NC Dance Theatre gets set to present their gorgeous production of Nutcracker starting tonight and running through Sunday in the Performing Arts Center. Showtimes are multiple and many to suit busy holiday schedules. Tickets range from $15-$50. For more information, call 704-372-1000 or visit online at www.ncdance.org.

The Charlotte Symphony Specials will present Handel's Messiah tonight at 7:30pm at the First United Methodist Church, 500 N. Tryon St. Tickets are $18. For more information, call 704-972-2000 or visit online at www.charlottesymphony.org.

Holiday programming continues on WDAV (Classical 89.9) today with Wintersongs with Kitka from 6-7pm, An English Christmas from 9-10pm, and Christmas with the Morehouse/Spelman College Glee Clubs from 10-11pm. For more information on these programs or others, contact the station at 704-894-8900 or visit on the web at www.wdav.org.

THURSDAY 20

The Dell Curry High School Basketball Shootout begins today at Cricket Arena, to run through Saturday. The event will feature four-team local boys and girls tournaments, as well as an eight-team national boys tournament. Games begin at 9am every day, and run about every two hours from that point. Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for adults, and $15 for reserved floor seating. For more information, call 704-332-KIDS, or log onto www.dellcurryfoundation.com.

The Littlest Angel, based on the children's classic by Charles Tazewell, will be presented by the Children's Theatre tonight and tomorrow. There are a variety of showtimes. Tickets are $9 for center seats and $6 for side seats. For more information, call 704-333-8983 or visit online at www.ctcharlotte.org.

Christmas music on WDAV (Classical 89.9) this evening includes A Winter's Night featuring the Celtic crossover group Ensemble Galilei from 6-7pm and Christmas from Washington with the Choral Arts Society from 9-11pm.

Opera Carolina will present Hansel & Gretel, their first holiday performance, tonight through Saturday in Spirit Square's McGlohon Theatre. Showtimes are tonight and tomorrow evening at 7pm and Saturday at 11am. Tickets are $14 each. For more information, call 704-372-1000 or visit online at www.operacarolina.org.

FRIDAY 21

More holiday installments on WDAV include Christmas Around the Country from 6-7pm and The Christmas Revels: A Celebration of the Winter Solstice 2001 from 9-11pm. The winter solstice is at 2:21pm today and marks a time of celebration for various cultures throughout the world.

The Hardee's Tournament of Champions begins today at the Charlotte Coliseum. At 7pm, St. Joseph's takes on Georgia State, followed by the struggling North Carolina Tarheels taking on the College of Charleston at 9pm, in what may be a closer game than one might expect. Tomorrow's action features the consolation game at 7pm and the championship at 9pm. For ticket information, call Ticketmaster at 704-522-6500.

SATURDAY 22

The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree, a musical adaptation of the Gloria Houston book, will be presented by CPCC's Opera Theatre this afternoon and tomorrow at 3pm in Pease Auditorium on the campus of CPCC. Tickets are $10 for individuals and $30 for families of four or more. Gloria Houston herself will narrate the play and sign copies of her book following each performance. For more information, call 704-330-6436.

Today on WDAV the holiday offerings are A Classical Kids Christmas from 8-9am and New York Pops: A Holiday Celebration from 7-8pm.

WFAE 90.7 will present A Car Talk Christmas Carol today at 10am and on Sunday, December 23 at 11am. The parody will feature Car Talk guys Tom and Ray Magliozzi, along with an all-star cast of public radio personalities. For more information on further Holiday programming, visit on the web at www.wfae.org.

SUNDAY 23

In what may be one of the biggest foregone conclusions since the McCrory/Scarborough race, the Carolina Panthers take on the "Greatest Show On Earth," the high-scoring St. Louis Rams, today at 1pm at Ericsson Stadium. Tickets are $39-$46, available by calling 704-358-7000 or 704-522-6500.

Today's holiday offerings from WDAV are Lessons and Carols from 12-1pm, featuring the celebrated choirs of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Handel's Messiah from Boston from 1-4pm and St. Olaf Christmas Festival Concert from 6-8pm.

MONDAY 24

Today is Christmas Eve. We won't spoil the fun by telling you what tomorrow is. You'll just have to wait and see.

It's Christmas Eve, and Classical 89.9 will present A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols 2001 -- the world-famous Christmas service from King's College, Cambridge from 10-11:30am, followed by Christmas music from Classical 24 beginning at noon.

WFAE 90.7 will present the hilarious Jonathan Winters' Christmas Carol tonight at 9pm.

TUESDAY 25

As if you haven't known what happens on December 25 since you've been, like, three years old, let us fill you in. It's Christmas, that biggest of holidays, wherein people open presents, eat ham and turkey, hang out with their families and loved ones, and drink eggnog. Funny, traditions. The eggnog, we mean.

WDAV will run Christmas music from Classical 24 throughout the day to add to your Holiday festivities.

And if Christmas Music isn't what you're looking for, WFAE 90.7 will be broadcasting Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol starting at 9am. The performance features award-winning actor, director and playwright Tom Mula.

UNC-TV presents a North Carolina Christmas classic today, the North Carolina School of the Arts/Winston-Salem Symphony production of The Nutcracker. It airs tonight at 9pm on channel 58 (Time Warner cable channel 13).

WEDNESDAY 26

What better way to treat the basketball fan in your family to a late Christmas present than to take him or her to see the Charlotte Hornets take on the newly un-retired Michael Jordan and the Washington Wizards at 7pm tonight? Tickets are $9-39, available by calling 704-522-6500.

Bling Bling! Diamond-encrusted rapper Juvenile, he of Cash Money Records fame, will appear tonight at Ovens Auditorium at 8pm. Tickets are $24.50 and $27.50, available by calling 704-522-6500.

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