"Time Stands Still"
Through Saturday. A photojournalist returns from the Middle East with a scarred body and psyche. Duke Energy Theater, Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000; www.carolinatix.org. "Million Dollar Quartet"
Through Dec. 11. The greatest-ever rockabilly lineup met in Memphis 55 years ago; two were destined for Olympus and two for big but briefer success. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. 704-372-1000; www.carolinatix.org. "A Tuna Christmas"
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Through Dec. 24. Madcap holiday doings in the third smallest town in Texas. Carolina Actors Studio Theatre, 2424 N. Davidson St. 704-373-7529 or 704-455-8542; www.nccast.com. "Black Nativity"
Friday-Sunday. A musical based on the Gospel of St. Luke combined with the poetry of Langston Hughes. McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000; www.carolinatix.org. "Retrieving the Lamb"
Through Dec. 18. Judy Simpson-Cook's drama about a Nativity play disrupted by a storm, a missing lamb and human obstreperousness. Davidson Community Players, 307 Armour St., Davidson. 704-892-7953; www.davidsoncommunity players.org . "Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells"
Friday-Dec. 22. Allison Gregory's adaptation of Barbara Park's books. Children's Theatre Of Charlotte. ImaginOn, 300 E. Seventh St. 704-973-2828; www.ctcharlotte.org. "Live from WVL Radio Theatre: It's a Wonderful Life"
Tuesday-Dec. 18. Booth Playhouse, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000; www.carolinatix.org. "Babes in Toyland"
Dec. 9-11. The Christmas-themed musical about troubled Mother Goose Village. Matthews Playhouse. Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St., Matthews. 704-846-8343; www.matthewsplayhouse .com . "A Christmas Carol"
Dec. 9-18. John Jakes' version of Charles Dickens' fable. Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Road. 704-376-3777; www.theatrecharlotte .org .
Charlotte Youth Ballet
Friday-Sunday: "Nutcracker." Halton Theater, CPCC, Elizabeth Avenue. 704-330-6534; tix.cpcc.edu. N.C. Dance Theatre
Dec. 9-11 and Dec. 16-18: "Nutcracker." Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-335-1010; www.ncdance.org. Charlotte City Ballet
Dec. 17: Holiday performance. Matthews Community Center, Matthews. www.charlottecityballet.org.
Charlotte Symphony Orchestra
Dec. 2-4. "The Magic of Christmas," conducted by Albert-George Schram and featuring the Oratorio Singers of Charlotte and an array of special guests. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. 372-1000; www.carolinatix.org.
The Choir School at St. Peter's
Dec. 9-10: The Boys Choir, The Girls Choir, The Town Choirs and The MasterSingers of The Choir School at St. Peter's perform a diverse program of holiday favorites, old and new. St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 115 W. Seventh St. Tickets: 704-749-6146.
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
Through Jan. 16: "Remembering Cascade: Tinguely's Last Sculpture," letters, prints and found objects related to kinetic artist Jean Tinguely's "Cascade" sculpture in uptown's Carillon building. Through Jan. 30: "Geometry and Experimentation: European Art of the 1960s and 1970s." 420 S. Tryon. 704-353-9200; www.bechtler.org. Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
Through Jan. 22: Romare Bearden Centennial Celebration featuring three exhibits: "Paper Trail: Romare Bearden Works on Paper," rarely seen watercolors and prints by Bearden; "Romare Bearden: The Life," photographs by Frank Stewart documenting Bearden's life and work; and "Beyond Bearden: Creative Responses," works by artists who were inspired by Bearden. 551 S. Tryon St. 704-374-1565; www.ganttcenter.org. Mint Museum Randolph
Through Dec. 31: "Threads of Identity: Contemporary Maya Textiles." Through Feb. 26: "Aesthetic Ambitions: Edward Lycett and Brooklyn's Faience Manufacturing Company." Through Feb. 26: "Chanel: Designs for the Modern Woman." 2730 Randolph Road. 704-337-2000; www.mintmuseum.org. Mint Museum Uptown
Through Jan. 8: "Romare Bearden: Southern Recollections," nearly 100 works that span the career of the Charlotte-born artist. Through Jan. 29: "Sheila Hicks: 50 Years." Dec. 10-April 28: "Jun Kaneko: In The Round," sculptures, artwork and framed drawings of costume and set designs from the acclaimed artist. 500 S. Tryon St. 704-337-2000; www.mintmuseum.org.