Shopping for someone who always seems to be in the mood to have a good time? With these ideas, you can grab your own ticket and go along for the ride. Courtney Devores, Correspondent
Turn off your cell and sail through the trees – the tops of trees, that is, at Asheville’s Navitat Zipline Canopy Adventures. The 31/2-hour tour is one of the best-rated outdoor activities of its kind and includes hiking, rappelling and crossing ziplines up to 200 feet high and 1,100 feet long. The views are spectacular, but keep in mind there are health requirements. $89-$99. www.navitat.com/asheville-nc.
A Charlotte Film Society membership is a fun treat for a major movie buff. For only $12 a year, members receive deep discounts on admission for the Back Alley Film Series and the Saturday Night Cine Club screenings, which feature foreign, cult, documentary and independent films you won’t see on the big screen anywhere else. www.charlottefilmsociety.com.
Pop Culture Crazy?
If you’re playing secret Santa for someone whose existence revolves around celebrity tweets, try tickets to rap royalty Jay Z, whose Magna Carter World Tour hits Time Warner Cable Arena Jan. 5 ($42.55-$143.20); current controversy courter Miley Cyrus at TWC Arena April 7 ($52.50-$106.95); or do-no-wrong Renaissance man Justin Timberlake, at TWC July 12 ($58.15-$197.70). www.ticketmaster.com.
Panthers, Bobcats and NASCAR too predictable? Time Warner Cable Arena will host: Monster-truck action during Monster Jam Jan. 10-11 ($15.85-$59.45); tennis legends at the Champions Cup tournament – featuring John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors and others – March 10 ($34.65-$221.30); and the hijinks of the Harlem Globetrotters March 22 ($34.65-$147.60). Meanwhile, Charlotte Motor Speedway hosts the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals drag racing series April 11-13. Day passes are $20-$55; weekend passes start at $99. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.
Fill this stocking with Asian culture: Shen Yun will be at the Belk Theater Jan. 28-29, while Tao: Phoenix Rising is at the Knight Theater April 10. Shen Yun is a more traditional showcase of classical dance and music, costumes and sets, with acts ranging from master vocalists and athletes to skilled percussionists. Tickets are $50-$150. Tao: Phoenix Rising puts a modern twist on Japanese drumming, with rock music and choreographed gymnastic feats. Tickets are $24.50-$49.50, on sale Monday. www.blumenthalarts.org.
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