Arts Calendar


"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 briefer success. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. 704-372-1000;

www.carolinatix.org. "A Tuna Christmas"

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. "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.davidsoncommunityplayers.org. "Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells"

Through 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"

Through Dec. 18. Booth Playhouse, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000; www.carolinatix.org. "Babes in Toyland"

Friday-Sunday. 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"

Friday-Dec. 18. John Jakes' version of Charles Dickens' fable. Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Road. 704-376-3777;

www.theatrecharlotte.org. "Chaps! A Jingle Jangle Christmas"

Wednesday-Dec. 23. It's Christmas Eve 1944, but the American singing cowboy who's supposed to make a BBC broadcast doesn't show up. Actor's Theatre of Charlotte, 650 E. Stonewall St. 704-342-2251;

www.actorstheatrecharlotte.org. "It's A Wonderful Life"

Today-Dec. 18: The stage adaptation of the famous movie. Booth Playhouse, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000;



N.C. Dance Theatre

Friday-Sunday and Dec. 16-18: "Nutcracker." Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-335-1010; www.ncdance.org. Distant Relatives:

Saturday: An African ballet that tells the story of a people who, as a result of the African Diaspora, have distant relatives all around the world. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000; www.blumenthalcenter.org. Charlotte City Ballet

Dec. 17: Holiday performance. Matthews Community Center, Matthews.



The Choir School at St. Peter's

Friday and Saturday: 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. Bach's Christmas Oratorio:

Friday-Sunday: Featuring CPCC Dance Theatre students and professional dancers including Anne Marie Loesch, Norma Poplin-Kelly and Clay Daniel. Pease Auditorium, Central Piedmont Community College, 1200 Elizabeth Ave. 704-330-6534.

Visual Art

Charlotte Fine Art Show

Friday-Sunday: Juried fine art and fine craft show featuring works by international and area award-winning artists. Charlotte Convention Center uptown.



Hidell Brooks Gallery

1910 South Blvd., Suite 130. 704-334-7302; hidellbrooks.com. Through Dec. 23: Works by Ruth Ava Lyons and Katherine Ace. The Light Factory

Through Jan. 8, 2012: "The Night Time Is the Right Time," photography by Mitchell Kearney and Jim Herrington. Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. 704-333-9755; www.lightfactory.org. McColl Center

Through Jan. 7, 2012: Works by Michael Gayk (mixed media/jewelry) and Carrie M. Becker (mixed media). 721 N. Tryon St. 704-332-5535; www.mccollcenter.org. The New Gallery of Modern Art

Through Feb. 15: "Modern Masters: Paris & Beyond." Works by Picasso, Miro, Dali, Chagall and more. 435 S. Tryon St. 704-373-1464;

www.newgalleryofmodernart.com. Providence Gallery

Through Jan. 31, 2012: Annual Holiday Square Works Show. 601 Providence Road #A. 704-333-4535;

www.providencegallery.net. Shain Gallery

December exhibit: Holiday Group Show featuring works by Kim Schuessler and Jay Zinn. Opening reception is 6-9 p.m. Fridaydec09. 704-334-7744; www.shaingallery.com.