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Where to get the best out of the rest of 2013

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

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There’s one last weekend in 2013, and here are some ways to help you send it out with a bang.


Girl/Guy Code at The Comedy Zone Charlotte (900 NC Music Factory Blvd.). Starring Chris Distefano from MTV’s comedy series “Guy Code,” along with Carly Aquilino and Jessimae Peluso from the spin-off, “Girl Code.” I’ll be emcee, so if nothing else you can come laugh at (but hopefully with) me. $20. 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday; 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday. 980-321-4702.

Truckstop Preachers at the Double Door Inn (1218 Charlottetowne Ave.). A legendary Charlotte band performs in Charlotte’s legendary music venue. $12. 10 p.m. 704-376-1446.

Belk Bowl Fan Central at the EpiCentre Courtyard (210 E. Trade St.). The EpiCentre, with the help of all its bars, transforms into a massive Belk Bowl Pep Rally with North Carolina and Cincinnati cheerleaders, marching bands and mascots. Free. 7-11 p.m.

Zootastic Christmas Wonderland of Lights at Zootastic Park of Lake Norman (448 Pilch Road, Troutman). Last chance to see their 3.5 million lights. $5 per person. 6-10 p.m. Friday (also Saturday). 704-528-0027.


Pre-New Year’s Eve Blowout at Amos’ SouthEnd (1423 S. Tryon St.) featuring Paragon, Swamp DA Wamp, Fifty Watt Freight Train, and Jake Haldenwang. $12. Doors open at 8 p.m. 704-377-6874.

The Chuckleheads present: What’d Santa Bring You Musical Comedy Improv Show at Warehouse Performing Arts Center (9216-A Westmoreland Road, Cornelius). $10 advance, $15 at door (start that resolution to not procrastinate early), 8-10 p.m. (Family-friendly show for all ages 6-7:30 p.m.) 704-301-1564.

Wild Wing Café High School Hoops Classic at Ardrey Kell High (10220 Ardrey Kell Road). Some of the best local and national talent come together for this family-friendly event to raise money for Hoodies House of Hope for Youth. $12-$36. 9 a.m.-10:30 p.m. 704-400-6035,

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