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Paid to Party: Where to have fun when the sun goes down

By Brittney Cason
Brittney Cason
Brittney Cason writes about nightlife for The Charlotte Observer.

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The holidays are upon us! And here are a few events where you can celebrate the season after dark. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good weekend.

Friday

“A Tuna Christmas” at Carolina Actors Studio Theater (2424 N. Davidson St.): Be part of the live studio audience for a radio show reporting on various Yuletide activities, including a lawn display contest that’s fallen victim to sabotage. This is a fictional play, by the way. 8 p.m. (also Saturday). $28; $22 for seniors, $18 for students. 704-455-8542.

The Second Annual Pro Ho Ho Customer Appreciation Party at Prohibition (200 N. Tryon St.): A free Newcastle keg will flow 9-11 p.m., and all guests will get a Secret Santa gift; one will be worth $250. www.prohibitionclt.com.

Saturday

Charlotte Bobcats Basketball at Time Warner Cable Arena (333 E. Trade St.): The Bobcats take on Al Jefferson’s former team, the Utah Jazz, and at halftime they’re unveiling the Hornets’ new uniforms. Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m. $10 and up. 704-BOBCATS.

The Pam Taylor Band with The Ori Naftaly Band at the Double Door Inn (1218 Charlottetowne Ave.): Doors open at 8 p.m. $12. 704-376-1446.

New places to party

The seventh location of Tupelo Honey Cafe (it’s most well-known in Asheville, where there are two) opened in South End this month in the old Pewter Rose spot. The bar menu includes craft beer, beer flights, cocktails with names like “The Pickled Okra” and “Blueberry Skinny Tea,” wine, whiskey drinks and several types of whiskey and bourbon. 1820 South Blvd. 980-225-9167.

Ultimate Ale’s is a new craft beer drinking spot/retail store in the Lake Norman area that features more than 300 beer brands and six taps. 134-C Mooresville Commons Way, Mooresville. 704-664-2537.

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