– Victorian Christmas at the Dr. Josephus Hall House ó Candlelight tour 6 to 8 p.m. Christmas Eve. By donation. 226 S. Jackson St. 704-636-0103. www.historicsalisbury. org. – Christmas Wonderland of Lights at Zootastic Park, Lake Norman ó 6-10 p.m., seven days per week through New Years Day. Two mile journey through forest with one million lights, ends at 300 foot Christmas light show set to music of Trans-Siberian orchestra and visit with Santa Claus. Refreshments, pony ride. $5 per person or $20 per vehicle. Off I-77 at exit 42. 1-800-966-0069. www.zootasticpark.com.
– New Year’s Eve at the Bell Tower ó11:30 p.m., Dec. 31. Performance by Monica Ostroska, refreshments, prize drawings. Free. www.downtownsalisburync.com.
Kwanzaa celebration ó 4-10 p.m., Jan 1. LGAC Black Box Theater, 405 N. Lee St. Celebration will include African drumming by Saleef Kafajouffe and an African dance group and other entertainment. Community invited to share covered dishes, refreshments will be served. Limited vendor spaces available for Marketplace (must be reserved in advance). 704-636-2811.
– 25th annual Old Christmas celebration at Old Stone House, Granite Quarry ó 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Jan. 2; noon-4 p.m. Jan. 3. Tours of the house, guides in period costumes, crafts, musket firing, weaponry, woodworking, weaving, candle-making, open fire cooking and tastings, hot cider, music children’s games, blacksmithing. $4 adults, $2 students. 704-633-5946.
– – Music and more – Cirque de la Symphonie!-Winston-Salem Symphony ó 7:30 p.m., Dec. 31. R.J. Reynolds Memorial Auditorium, Winston-Salem. Conductor Robert Moody and the orchestra play an eclectic menu of light classics and pops tunes while aerial fliers, acrobats, contortionists and jugglers perform amazing feats. Ticket prices: $15-$55. www.wssymphony.org.
– Big Band Bash ó 7:30 p.m., Jan 9. Hedrick Auditorium at Catawba College, 45-minute concert followed by music, dancing and hors d’oeuvres the Crystal Lounge. Benefit for Salisbury Symphony. 704-637-4314. –
The Band of the Irish Guards Royal Regiment of Scotland ó 7:30 p.m., Jan. 12. Belk Theater, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Charlotte. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalcenter.org. – Violinist Joshua Bell with the North Carolina Symphony ó7:30 p.m., Jan. 14, Meyamandi Concert Hall, Raleigh. 919-733-2750. www.ncsymphony.org. – George Strait and Reba McIntyre ó 7 p.m. Jan. 23. Greensboro Coliseum. www.ticketmaster.com. 800-745-3000.
– “The Aluminum Show” ó 7:30 p.m., Jan. 12-31, Knight Theater, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, Charlotte. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalcenter.org.
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– “Defending the Caveman” óDec. 26-31. Booth Playhouse, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. Prices begin at $29.50. www.blumenthalcenter.org. 704-372-1000. – Jerry Seinfeld ó Two shows, 7 and 9:30 p.m., Jan. 22. Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte. 800-745-3000.
– – Classes – Line dancing -two locations ó City Park Recreation Center: Beginner: 6-7 p.m. Jan. 4, 11, 25, Feb. 1, 8, $18 for five classes; 7-8 p.m., same dates, “Hi Beginner” (experiences) $18, extra county fee waived. Rufty-Holmes Senior Center: Thursdays Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb. 4, 11-six classes $21: 4:30-5:30 p.m. “Hi Beginner;” 5:30-6:30 p.m. intermediate. Call Cheryl Kluttz-704-633-3484. – Piedmont Players Theatre Inc. Youth Winter Drama Workshops ó Jan. 9, 16 and 23, 3rd-5th graders: 9-10:30 a.m., 6th-8th graders: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St. $40 per student for all three sessions. 704-633-5471.
– – Night life – The Blue Vine, 209 S. Main St. ó Dec. 25: closed for Christmas. 9 p.m.-midnight Dec. 26: live jazz with the Reggie Buie trio (www.reggiebuie.com) with guest vocalist Diana Tuffin. No cover. 704-797-0093. www.thebluevine.com. – Brick Street Tavern, 122 E. Fisher St. ó New Year’s Eve, 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.-Salisbury Swing Band, no cover. Open mic 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays starting 9:30 p.m. Performers of all types welcome-sign up as you arrive. 704-637-6047. www.thebrickstreettavern.com. – Club Liqwid, 127 S. Main St. ó 10 p.m.- 2 a.m., Dec. 26: deejay Keatin Shelton performing live, dropping the latest Top 40 and urban tracks. Tickets $5, at door only. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. Age 18+. 704-636-6868. – E.H. Montgomery General Store ó 6-8 p.m. Fridays: bluegrass jams. Historic Village of Gold Hill. www.HistoricGoldHill. com. 704-279-5674, 704-267-9439. – High Rock Boat & Ski Club, 257 Boat Club Lane ó Monday Night Football specials. Deejay every Friday and deejay or band every Saturday. 704-633-0251.
– The Inn, 1012 Mooresville Hwy 150 ó Closed Dec. 26. 704-213-1467. www.inntheloop.blogspot. com. – Three Fifteen, 315 E. Council St. ó Dec 26: Yadkin River Theory, $5 at the door. 704-633-1315. www.threefifteen.com. – – Singles – Piedmont Singles ó Meets 7:15 p.m. Fridays, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. Dec. 25: no meeting. No joining fee, donations appreciated. Contact Frances Ward 704-637-3241.
Highlighters Dance Club ó First and third Fridays. Doors open 7 p.m., free line dance class 7:15 p.m. American Legion Post 380, 4235 W. Tyvola Road, Charlotte. 704-948-3873 or 704-504-3135. email@example.com.
– Zodiac Club ó No dance Christmas Day. Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve dinner and dance, tickets $30 in advance, $35 at the door. Advance tickets: Martha Taylor, 704-236-0344 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Meets second and fourth Fridays. Doors open 7 p.m., food served 8 p.m., live band starts 8:30 p.m.Open to mature singles over 40. $10 members, $12 guests. Dress code-upscale casual. Smoke-free. American Legion Post 380, 4235 West Tyvola Rd. Call 704-752-8824 or contact email@example.com. Visit www.charlottezodiacdanceclub.com. – Call for artists – Kwanzaa celebration ó Jan. 1. LGAC Blackbox Theater, 405 N. Lee St. Drumming, African dancers, community talent encouraged to participate. 704-636-2811. – Bluegrass musicians ó Bluegrass jam open to all Saturdays at Dixie’s Roasting Co., 102 S. Main St., China Grove. 704-857-9169.
– Chris Austin songwriting contest, hosted by Merlefest ó Submission deadline Feb. 18. www.chrisaustinsongwritingcontest.org.
– Auditions – Piedmont Players youth production: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” ó 4 p.m., Jan. 4 and 5, third floor of Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St. Auditions are cold readings from the script. Show dates: Feb. 19 and 20. www.piedmontplayers.com. 704-633-5471. Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society ó Accepting new members for March Masterworks and Spring pops concerts. Rehearsals begin Jan. 5. Contact SRCSDirector@ gmail.com.
Catawba Community Music Children’s Chorale (ages 7-14) and Youth Chorale (high school age) ó Auditions for spring semester beginning in January. 704-637-4345. www.catawba.edu/communitymusic.
– Art – Waterworks Visual Arts Center, 123 E. Liberty St. ó Phyllis Steimel- “Appalachians: End to End,” landscape oils on canvas; Michael Simpson et al.-“ARPA 10,” 10 artist group show; “Collection of Katharine W. Osborne,” selected 2D and 3D work from the late Katharine W. Osborne’s personal collection. Gallery open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Groups may arrange guided tour. 704-636-1882. www.waterworks. org. – Fine Frame Gallery, 105 S. Main St. ó Miniature exhibition through Jan. 5. 704-647-0340. – Rail Walk Studios and Gallery, 409 N. Lee St. ó 704-431-8964. www.railwalkgallery.com.
– Looking Glass Artist Collective Gallery, 407 N. Lee St. ó Shop featuring art and crafts for sale by members is open 2-6 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, and during special events. 704-633-ARTS. www.salisburyartists. org. – Green Goat Gallery, 516 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer ó 704-639-0606. www.greengoatgallery.com. – Cabarrus Arts Council Galleries, 65 Union Street, Concord ó Gallery hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays. 704-920-ARTS. www.cabarrusartscouncil.org. – Depot Visual Arts Center, 103 W. Center Ave., Mooresville ó Gallery hours: 1-4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. 704-663-6661. www. mooresvilleartistguild.com. – Arts United Gallery, 220 S. Main St., Lexington ó 5-7 p.m. Student art exhibit. Gallery hours: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. www.co.davidson.nc.us/arts. – North Carolina Pottery Center fall exhibitions, Seagrove ó 336-873-8430. www.ncpotterycenter. com.The Light Factory, Spirit Square, 345 N. College St., Charlotte ó www.lightfactory.org. 704-333-9755. – Mint Museum of Art, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte ó “Masterworks from the New Orleans Museum of Art.” “The Art of Affluence: Haute Coutre and Luxury Fashions 1947-2007,” through spring 2010; Open 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Admission $10 adults, $8 seniors and students, $5 ages 6 to 17, free for members and children 5 and younger. Free on Tuesdays 5-9 p.m. Admission also valid for Museum of Craft and Design on the same day. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org.
– Mint Museum of Craft + Design, 220 N. Tryon St., Charlotte ó “American Quilt Classics, 1800-1980: the Bresler Collection.” Admission $10 adults, $8 seniors and students, $5 ages 6 to 17, free for members and children 5 and younger. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, free hours Tuesdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 704-337-2000. – McColl Center for Visual Art, 721 N. Tryon St., Charlotte ó 704-332-5535. www.mccollcenter. org.
– Reynolda House, Museum of American Art, Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem óOpen 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday. $10 adults, $9 seniors, students with ID and children free. 336-725-5150 or www.reynoldahouse.org. – Weatherspoon Art Museum, UNC-Greensboro, corner of Spring Garden and Tate Streets ó 336-334-5770. www.weatherspoon. uncg.edu. – – Museums – N.C. Transportation Museum, Spencer ó Exhibit-“The World Aloft-1908: The Year the Airplane Went Public.” Museum open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Train rides Monday through Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 1-5 p.m. $6 adults, $5 children ages 3-12 and seniors ages 60 and up. Roundhouse Turntable rides at $1. Group rates available with advance notice. 704-636-2889 or 877-NCTMFUN. www.nctrans.org.
– Rowan Museum, 202 N. Main St. ó “V for Victory: Uncommon Valor, Common Virtue,” displaying WWII items. Museum is 1854 courthouse that survived Stoneman’s raid. Displays and interpretive exhibits reflect life and history of Rowan County. Open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $3 adults, $1.50 students, free museum members. 704-633-5946. –
Utzman-Chambers House, 116 S. Jackson St. ó Open 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 704-633-5946.Dr. Josephus Hall House, 226 S. Jackson St. ó 1820 house museum features furniture and decoratives from Hall family and others. Costumed docents provide tours. $3 adults, $1.50 students, free to members of Historic Salisbury Foundation. For group tours, call HSF office, 704-636-0103. – Old Stone House, Granite Quarry ó Christmas celebration 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Jan. 2; noon-4 p.m. Jan. 3. Open 1- 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 704-633-5946.
– Historic Rockwell Museum, 102 E. Main St. ó Museum open Sundays 2-4 p.m. and by appointment. For information call Ann Teague: 704-279-5783.
– China Grove Roller Mill Museum óGuided tours 2-4 p.m. second Sunday of each month. Museum is operated by Historical Society of South Rowan. For special tours call 704-433-3912. www.hist-society-srowan.com. – Mill Village Museum, Old No. 14 Church St., Cooleemee ó 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. Large groups by appointment. Operated by Cooleemee Historical Association. 336-284-6040. – Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Dr., Charlotte ó Family-friendly activities 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Regular admission is$6 adults, $5 students and seniors, $3 children 6-12, 5 and under free. Free admission Sundays. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday. 704-568-1774. www.charlottemuseum.org. – Historic Latta Plantation, Sample Road, Huntersville ó Museum hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. $6 adults, $5 seniors and students, free for children under 5. www.lattaplantation. org. 704-875-2312.
– Historic Rosedale Plantation, 3427 N. Tryon St., Charlotte ó Civil War National Register Federal house built circa 1815, excellent example of backcountry NC federal period architecture. Originally part of a 911-acre plantation. $5 adults, $4 students and seniors. Groups of 10 or more $4 per. Guided tours 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. 704-335-0325. www.historicrosedale. org. – Charlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Road ó Focus on activities for ages 8 and younger. $5. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 704-337-2671. – Discovery Place, Charlotte ó Museum open 9 a.m-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 704-372-6261 or www.discoveryplace.org. – Old Salem, Winston-Salem ó 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 12:30-5 p.m. Sunday. $21 adults, $10 children. 336-721-7300 or www.oldsalem.org.
– The North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh ó “Barbie – Simply Fabulous at 50,” free. 919-807-7943. www.ncmuseumofhistory.org. – The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh ó Museum admission is free. 919-733-7450. www.naturalsciences.org. – N.C. Museum of Life and Science, 433 Murray Ave., Durham ó $10.85 adult; $8.85 seniors 65 plus and military personnel with ID; $7.85 children age 3-12; free for children age two and younger. Train rides additional $2.50 per person, ornithopher rides $1. 919-220-5429, www.ncmls.org.
– Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem, 390 S. Liberty St. ó Museum hours: 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday. $6 adults and children. 336-723-9111 or childrensmuseumofws.org.
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