Happenings: Calendar of events

Entertainment The Arts

November 30, 2022

Here’s our calendar of events and gallery exhibits to see around Charlotte. Check out our fall arts preview for a list of shows and performances coming to the Queen City.


Lauren Chanel and cast of Jagged Little Pill on tour – photo by Matthew Murphy, Evan Zimmerman for MurphyMade

Jagged Little Pill
Through Dec.4
The Tony and Grammy award-winning musical inspired by the rock album of the same name by Alanis Morissette tells the story of a perfectly imperfect American family. Two members of the touring company are native Charlotteans: Maya J. Christian and Ashani Smith. Belk Theater. blumenthalarts.org

Light the Knights Festival at Truist Field
Through Jan. 6
Make some merry memories with ice skating, tubing, light displays and more. Wander through the Charlotte Christmas Village and shop, listen to live music and enjoy holiday treats as sweet as the skyline views. Tickets are $10 for festival admission, $25 for admission plus either skating or tubing, and $35 for an all-activities day pass. milb.com/charlotte-knights/ballpark/christmas

Winter Attractions at the Whitewater Center
Through Jan.
The Whitewater Center is brimming with activities this winter, including two new suspension bridges connecting to a new activity area. Ice skating returns, along with a new outdoor pond hockey league starting in January. View a new set of 50 illuminated installations along a half-mile walking trail. Sign up for one of the center’s winter races, including We Believe – Santa 5K and Dog Jog and the New Year’s Eve 5K and 10K. Ticket prices vary. whitewater.org

Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas Market) at The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
Dec. 2-4, 9-11, 16-18
The brewery’s famous biergarten transforms into a German-style Christmas village, complete with lights, music, shopping and gluhwein (spiced wine). You can also enjoy seasonal favorites like Yule Bock and Dunkel by the cozy fire pits. Free to attend. oldemeckbrew.com

Mistletoe Market at Camp North End
Dec. 3, 10 and 17 | 4-8 p.m.
Shop from vendors curated by Vintage Charlotte, warm up by the fire pits, sip cocoa or cocktails and listen to live music at this annual holiday market. camp.nc

2022 ACC Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium
Dec. 3 | 8 p.m.
Watch the Atlantic Division and Coastal Division winners go head-to-head in the 18th annual championship. The 2022 championship game will be the last one matching the two division winners, as the ACC announced a new scheduling model starting in 2023. Ticket prices vary. theacc.com

Holiday Shopping Stroll
Dec. 8 I 4-7 p.m.
Phillips Place invites shoppers to enjoy the holiday sights and stroll the open-air retail center while enjoying festive beverages and treats in-store, exclusive promotions and discounts, holiday activities — and even a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. phllipsplacecharlotte.com

Jazz Room Holiday Edition: Duke Ellington’s Nutcracker Swing at Booth Playhouse
Dec. 8-10
This reimagined interpretation of Tchaikovskys Nutcracker Suite features the 16-piece Charlotte Regional Jazz Orchestra, dancers and vocalists. The holiday production is JazzArts Charlotte’s only annual benefit, with a pre-concert dessert reception and silent auction supporting the JazzArts Academy and local musicians. Tickets start at $38. blumenthalarts.org

Charlotte Ballet’s Nutcracker, photo by Jeff Cravotta

Charlotte Ballet presents Nutcracker at Belk Theater
Dec. 9-23
The magic returns as visions of sugar plums pirouette to Tchaikovsky’s treasured score. Follow Clara on her timeless adventure to the whimsical Land of Sweets and encounter some familiar friends and foes along the way. Tickets start at $30. blumenthalarts.org

A Christmas Carol
Dec. 9-18
Celebrating its 16th year as Theatre Charlotte’s holiday tradition this performance is also a celebration of a homecoming to Queens Road after a fire two years ago. Travel the streets of London with the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future as they work to warm old Ebenezer Scrooge’s heart as well as ours. Ticket prices vary. theatrecharlotte.org

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: The Ghosts of Christmas Eve at Spectrum Center
Dec. 10 | 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Join the TSO for a visually dazzling performance that includes Ghosts of Christmas Eve alongside some of their all-time greatest hits. Tickets prices vary. spectrumcentercharlotte.com/events

Southern Distilling Co. Holiday Celebration
Dec. 10 | 3-7 p.m.
Sip eggnog cocktails and other seasonal drinks as Southern Distilling’s tasting room in Statesville. Take a distillery tour and make a bourbon-themed ornament while the kids enjoy cookies and milk and a visit from Santa. 211 Jennings Rd., Statesville, southerndistillingcompany.com

Holiday Girl Tribe Pop Up at Charlotte Convention Center
Dec. 10-11
Assemble your crew and peruse a curated collection of offerings from more than 100 women-led businesses, including clothing designers, jewelers, artists and more. Tickets start at $5. eventbrite.com

Carolina Holiday Light Spectacular at Ballantyne’s Backyard
Dec. 12-31 | 5-10 p.m. daily
Light up the night with a stroll through this outdoor exhibit featuring life-sized snow globes, hundreds of decorated trees, magical interactive surprises and a Christmas village with food trucks and shops. ncholidaylights.com

Gather and Give luncheon hosted by Good Friends Charlotte
Dec. 15 | 12 p.m.
The women’s nonprofit organization is celebrating its 36th year with an annual end-of-year giving luncheon at the Charlotte Convention Center. Funds raised help support community members with food insecurity, infant safety and youth education. Attendance is free, with the opportunity to make a financial contribution. goodfriendscharlotte.org

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Pops at Knight Theater
Dec. 16-18
This new holiday event features the Charlotte Master Chorale, singalongs to holiday favorites, an indoor snowfall, a visit from Santa and more. Tickets start at $19. charlottesymphony.org

Jumpman Invitational at Spectrum Center
Dec. 20-21
Don’t miss this inaugural basketball event featuring matchups between men’s and women’s teams from the four original schools that signed partnerships with Jordan Brand in both basketball and football: North Carolina, Florida, Michigan and Oklahoma. Ticket prices vary. charlottesports.org/event/jumpman-invitational

Tina: The Tina Turner Musical at Belk Theater
Dec. 27-Jan. 1, 2023
She’s (simply) the best. This homage to Tina Turner tells the inspiring journey of a woman who broke barriers and became the queen of rock n’ roll. Tickets start at $25. blumenthalarts.org

The Avett Brothers at Bojangles Coliseum
Dec. 31 | 8 p.m.The Avett Brothers return to their home state for an unforgettable New Year’s Eve experience. Fellow North Carolina-based band Valient Thorr will kick off the show. Tickets start at $59.50. boplex.com

Wednesday Night Live
Wednesdays from 5-9 p.m.
The Mint Museum, The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture and the Knight Theater are partnering in this new weekly event series featuring free admission and live entertainment. Visit mintmuseum.org for the programming schedule and updates.

First Friday South End Gallery Crawl
Galleries and shops offer extended hours, special receptions, live painting and music along the Rail Trail on the first Friday of each month. southendclt.org


11th Annual Small Works Show at Shain Gallery
Dec 2-31
Shop small at this annual show featuring pieces 20 x 20 inches and smaller. The perfect gift for the holidays might be waiting for you on the gallery’s walls. shaingallery.com

Fashion Reimagined: Themes & Variations 1760 – Now at Mint Museum Uptown
Dec. 10-July 2
Encompassing a wide range of men’s and women’s fashions from 1760 to 2022, this exhibition will be divided into three thematic sections: minimalism, pattern and decoration, and the body reimagined. mintmuseum.org

Lauren Luloff, Green World , courtesy SOCO Gallery

Lauren Luloff: Green World at SOCO Gallery
Through Jan. 4, 2023
This solo exhibition presents dyed silk works by the Maine artist. Luloff’s works are influenced by the landscape around her and are about “endlessness, an everlasting flow of images, narratives and color relationships.” socogallery.com 

Artful Giving at Nine Eighteen Nine Studio Gallery
Saturdays through Dec. 31 | Noon-4 p.m.
This series of holiday shopping fairs offers unique pieces from the gallery’s artists and a rotating roster of vendors. The family-friendly event will also include a festive photo display featuring “Santas from Around the World,” crafts and games. facebook.com/NineEighteenNine

In Conversation: Leigh Suggs + Asa Jackson at Hodges Taylor
through 2022
The latest in a series intended to start a conversation between two artists and the viewer: A gallery artist invites another artist who inspires them to exhibit their work together. Leigh Suggs, a Richmond, Va., artist who was born in Boone, and Asa Jackson, a Hampton Roads, Va., artist, created work “that focuses on the cycle of loss and birth … Akin to their interlaced approach to material and composition, all stories are connected; new ones woven from the threads of old.” 1414 S. Tryon St., Ste. 130, hodgestaylor.com

Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth at Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
Through Mar. 12
In collaboration with Levine Museum of the New South, this exhibition profiles revolutionary men who have influenced the culture of the country, including Muhammed Ali, James Baldwin, W.E.B. DuBois and Kendrick Lamar. ganttcenter.org

Mutable Spirit: Respecting the Flow at Nine Eighteen Nine Studio Gallery
Opens Nov. 5
This exhibition by Charlotte abstract artist Barbara Ellis is a reflective manifestation of “the perpetual and sometimes challenging quest for creative authenticity.” Even the most casual observers can experience the spontaneity, emotion and movement in each of Ellis’ works. 700 N. Tryon St., facebook.com/NineEighteenNine

Pop to Now: Warhol and His Legacy at Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
Through Jan. 2
This exhibition of select works by Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring follows their influence on pop culture, music, fashion and art. Pop to Now includes works on canvas, along with objects and memorabilia from the Pop Art movement to today’s cultural landscape of NFTs, digital and data-driven art. 420 S. Tryon St., bechtler.org

Andreina Ron Pedrique: Dos Almas at Elder Gallery
Through Dec. 17
In this solo exhibition, the Miami-based Venezuelan artist will display several large-scale abstract paintings emphasizing the power of emotion, expression and gesture. 1520 S. Tryon St., eldergalleryclt.com

American Made: Paintings and Sculpture from the DeMell Jacobsen Collection at Mint Museum Uptown
Through Dec. 24
This exclusive exhibit features more than 100 paintings and sculptures. The exhibition spans from Colonial-era portraits to mid-19th century landscapes, along with still life and genre scenes. 500 S. Tryon St.; mintmuseum.org

Diedrick Brackens: ark of bulrushes at Mint Museum Uptown
Through Dec. 11 
This new series by Los Angeles-based artist Diedrick Brackens includes large-scale weavings and a premiere of the artist’s first woven sculptures. 500 S. Tryon St.; mintmuseum.org

Photo Courtesy of the NASCAR Hall of Fame

Chevrolet: Winningest Brand in NASCAR Cup History at the NASCAR Hall of Fame
Through December
This new exhibit highlights Chevrolet’s 814 victories and features eight historic race cars driven by legendary drivers (including Richard Petty, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt) from the 1950s through 2021. General admission tickets are $27 for adults, $24 for seniors, and $20 for military and youth 4-12. nascarhall.com

Rendezvous With Rothko at Mint Museum Uptown
Through March 2023
Two works by the abstract expressionist painter — No. 17 [or] No. 15 and Untitled 1951 — are the only paintings by Rothko currently on view in North Carolina, through a long-term loan with the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. 500 S. Tryon St., mintmuseum.org

Craft in the Laboratory: The Science of Making Things at Mint Museum Uptown
This project pulls back the curtain on the creative process and examines how craft artists and designers use science and math concepts when creating works of art. 500 S Tryon St. mintmuseum.org

Signs of Home at Charlotte Museum of History
Through 2022
Guest curated by Christopher S. Lawing, this exhibition tells the story of Charlotte through the unique signs of businesses, neighborhoods and institutions that defined it. Museum admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, children 6-17 and students. 3500 Shamrock Dr.; charlottemuseum.org

— compiled by SouthPark magazine staff and Amanda Lea 

Featured image: Light the Knights Festival at Truist Field

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