JAN. 26-27 Charlotte
2 cruise/travel shows next weekend
The Cruisemasters Annual Cruise & Travel Show will be held at Carolina Place Mall 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 26 and noon-6 p.m. Jan. 27. All major cruise lines representatives will be there with show discounts and benefits. Jan. 27, there will be a European & Asian river cruise rep with information for five major river cruise companies. Admission is free.
Mann Travels Travel & Cruise Show will be 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St., with more than 40 representatives from the major cruise lines, travel companies and tourism boards. Norwegian Cruise Line, this years presenting sponsor, will have a special exhibit including performers and activities from their kids club (Splash Academy) and information about their newest ship, Breakaway. The live multi-media On Stage Alaska will be offered at noon and 2 p.m. Also scheduled: dozens of seminars, including packing demonstrations and photography tips. Admission is free. Details: www.MannTravels.com/show.
JAN. 30-Feb. 17 Carrboro
OK, go ahead and laugh
The North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival returns with standup, sketch and improv comedy in Carrboro, Chapel Hill and Durham venues, with performers from across North America. Standup is showcased Jan. 30-Feb. 3; sketch is Feb. 7-10; improv is Feb. 12-17. Details and tickets: www.nccomedyarts.com.
NOW OPEN Asheville
Textile show tied to nature
An exhibit by textile artist Nancy Cook, Seeds Up Close is on display at the North Carolina Arboretum through April 7. Her work focuses on plant seeds and fruits as metaphors for lifes riches. Admission to the Arboretum is free; parking is $8 per vehicle. Details: www.ncarboretum.org.
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