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Kat Williams, NY Metropolitan Opera, The 1st Annual New Year's Eve Casino Ball, more

Saturday, December 30

Katt Williams is the type of comic you'd like to, but just can't, hate. Yes, his faux-pimp act is stereotypical. And yes, his comedy is misogynistic and promotes an unhealthy image of African-American men. But ... he's really, really funny! And isn't that the essence of a great comedian -- taking something tainted and insidious and forcing you, against your will and values, to crack the hell up? Be apart of the crowd of people warming up to "Money Mike" tonight at Ovens Auditorium. Tickets available at or 704- -- Carlton Hargro

New York's Metropolitan Opera is offering the seasonal gift of public outreach with Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD, a series of six live, high-definition broadcasts at movie theaters across North America. Locally, the series airs at the Regal Stonecrest 22 at Piper Glen with a matinee performance of the Met's new, 100-minute, English-language version of Mozart's The Magic Flute, directed by Julie Taymor and conducted by Met Music Director James Levine. Ticket prices are $18.00 for adults and $15.00 for children. More information on tickets and theaters in all participating locations is available at -- Kandia Crazy Horse

Sunday, December 31

Party hard in the Queen City, Vegas-style! The 1st Annual New Year's Eve Casino Ball comes to Uptown. Presented by Six Degrees Inc. and Hairkeepers II Salon and Spa, this event will feature (of course) casino games, music, dancing, basically any brand of debauchery that Sin City would be proud to sponsor. Admission is $95 singles/$180 couples. But don't fret, your generous ticket price will provide for a clothing donation to the Men's Mission of Charlotte. The ball drops at Grinnell Waterworks, 1435 W. Morehead St. More info at -- Branna Callowy

It's New Years Eve. Time to slip into some comfy pajamas and sleep away the first few minutes of 2007. OK, not really. Rather slip into some sexy PJs and head out to the New Year's Eve Pajama Jam in NODA. With free food, stuff, and a bon fire to keep your scantily-clad body warm, this is the place to be. Limited tickets available. Party starts at 9 p.m in the Hart-Witzen Gallery, 136 E. 36th St. For more info, call RealEyes Bookstore at 704-377-8989. -- Kimberly Lawson

So ... it's New Year's Eve and you're thinking, What am I going to do with the kids? Radio Disney to the rescue! Let them have a Noon Year's Eve! Since midnight is much too late for your little monster to be up, they can party all-day ( least from 1-4 p.m.) at Wachovia Plaza, 301 South Tryon. Hosted by RD and Charlotte's own Hunter Jumper, this year's event features B5 and Myxx as its musical guests. There will be food, hot chocolate, and a live countdown with confetti. Details at -- Calloway

Nothing's more appealing than thousands of dollars at the tips of your fingers. Never mind the hard exterior of the cash machine to get in your way. In the meantime, Party Like A Rock Star at Jillian's of Charlotte in SouthEnd. A three-course dinner, dancing, games and prizes, who wouldn't feel like a VIP walking down that red carpet? Just make sure you get there early for a good spot; doors open at 6 p.m. Contact #: 704-376-4386. -- Lawson

Blumenthal Performing Arts Center hosts New Year's Eve Masquerade '07. Yeah, you read right. Come dressed to impress and don't forget to tuck that handsome or pretty face behind a spectacular mask. Who knows, tonight might be your night for a rendez-vous with an intimate stranger. A dinner and hors d'oeuvres reception will begin the evening then shift into a live fashion shoot entitled "I Am Fashion" featuring guests with the most creative outfits. -- Calloway

27 years have gone by since Thomas Moore came up with the idea for a New Year's Eve celebration that included both parents and children. His brainchild, aptly titled Thomas Moore's 27th Annual New Year's Eve Celebration for Children & Families, was designed "to nurture and encourage." Be encouraged to join in the fun at CPCC's Dale F. Halton Theater, 1206 Elizabeth Ave. Tickets are $8 children/$10 adults. Call 704-371-4077 or log onto -- Calloway

Tuesday, January 02

There's a new wrinkle to Charlotte's favorite lunchtime classical music series as the January installment of Chamber Music at St. Peter's brings us a David Crowe World Premiere. Crowe's new opus, Dreams of Wisdom, takes five paintings by Russian artist Nicholas Roerich for its inspiration, with each painting depicted in a separate movement. The new piece was commissioned by cellist Alan Black, artistic director of the St. Pete series, and his wife Donna, who will play clarinet and bass clarinet for the premiere. Joining the Blacks in the ensemble are pianist Lynn Kompass, violinist Jane Brendle, and the composer, a formidable percussionist. Yes, there will be projections of the paintings! Opening the concert, Black and Kompass play Lou Harrison's Suite for Cello and Piano. The free 12:10 p.m. performance is replayed after work at 5:30 p.m. in St. Pete's chapel, N. Tryon and 7th Streets. -- Perry Tannenbaum

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