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Opera Carolina will perform Verdi's "La Traviata" in the 2010-11 season at the Belk Theater.
Opera Carolina will perform Verdi's "La Traviata" in the 2010-11 season at the Belk Theater. OPERA CAROLINA

Here’s a summary of some of the events coming up in uptown Charlotte venues and at UNC Charlotte at Robinson Hall, 9201 University City Blvd. 704-687-1849.

THEATERBlumenthal Performing Arts Center, 704-372-1000,, “Billy Elliot,” Jan. 12-30, 2011: Elton John and Lee Hall won two of the show’s 10 Tonys for adapting the film about a miner’s son who wants to dance. “In the Heights,” Feb. 15-20: Lin-Manuel Miranda composed hip-hop, salsa, merengue and soul music for a tale of three days among New York Dominican-Americans. Momix, Feb. 22-27: These dancer-illusionists have been around for 25 years. This show, “Botanica, “ has been seen in Target commercials. “Young Frankenstein,” March 15-20: Mel Brooks wrote music and lyrics for this version of his film about the mad inventor and his creature. “Avenue Q,” April 5-10: The profane puppets make their second local appearance.Blue Man Group, April 19-24: These azure-painted mime/performance artists, in their 20th season, bring a new show to the Belk. “Cats,” May 24-29: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s feline hit.“Shrek,” June 14-19: Yet another adaptation of a beloved film, this one about an ogre, talking donkey and princess with a secret.“Next to Normal,” July 12-17: This rock musical is about a mother with worsening bipolar disorder whose illness affects her family. “Mamma Mia!,” July 26-31: ABBA-fueled musical. Children’s Theatre Of Charlotte, Imagin- On, 300 E. Seventh St., 704-973-2828, “How I Became a Pirate,” Jan. 21-Feb. 6: This swashbuckling musical is based on the comical book by Greenville, S.C., author Melinda Long. Young Jeremy joins Captain Braid Beard’s scurvy crew for adventure but learns the important things in life are worth more than buried treasure. “If You Take a Mouse to School,” Feb. 4-20: An adaptation of yet another Laura Numeroff book. Performed by Tarradiddle Players. Djembe Fire!, Feb. 25-26: This African Drum and Dance Ensemble takes us on a rhythmic journey across that continent. “And Then They Came For Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank,” March 4-13: James Still’s play tells the stories of Anne Frank and Holocaust survivors Ed Silverberg and Eva Schloss. Intersecting family histories of three young people depict life before and during World War II. “Under the Rainbow,” March 26-27: Tarradiddle Players’ preschool show weaves together simple folktales, including “The Fisherman and His Wife, “ “There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly” and “Bear Hunt.” “Lyle the Crocodile,” April 1-17: This play is based on the books by Bernard Waber, in which the Primm family moves into a new apartment and is surprised to find Lyle – who eats only Turkish caviar, can play the saxophone and has impeccable manners - in the bathtub. Must he be sent to the zoo? “Tomás and the Library Lady,” April 29-May 8: The Pat Mora book, adapted by José Cruz González, is about a boy who travels north with his family from his Texas home to do farm work. Performed by Tarradiddle Players. “Lord of the Flies,” May 11-14: The high school ensemble will tackle this startling drama by Nigel Williams, who adapted the William Golding novel about a group of schoolboys on a deserted island; they cooperate at first but degenerate into a bloodthirsty tribe of dictators, followers and victims. “The Commedia Princess and the Pea,” June 17-26: A slapstick take on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale about a lonely prince and his picky mother.

MUSICUNC Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte. 704-687-8622.Jan. 21-27: UNC Charlotte Chamber Music Festival.Feb. 8: Mira Frisch, cello.Feb. 15: Brian Arreola, tenor.

Opera Carolina, Belk Theater, Charlotte. 704-372-1000, Feb. 3, 5, 6: Verdi’s “La Traviata.” May 12, 14, 15: Gilbert and Sullivan’s “H.M.S. Pinafore.”

DANCEDuke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College, Davidson. 704-894-2135, 22: Peking Acrobats. April 15-16: Davidson Dance Ensemble.

N.C. Dance Theatre, Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St., Charlotte, 704-372-1000,, March 10-12: “Director’s Choice.” George Balanchine’s “Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux;” Salvatore Aiello’s “Satto;” Jiri Bubenicek’s “Le souffle de l’esprit;” new work by Dwight Rhoden inspired by Romare Bearden. March 12-13: “Little Mermaid.” April 28-30: “An Evening of Women Choreographers.” Twyla Tharp’s “The Golden Section,” Jacqulyn Buglisi’s “Requiem” and a new work by former NCDT 2 dancer Emery Lecrone.

UNC Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte. 704-687-8622, home.uncc.eduApril 13-17: Spring concert.

LITERARY EVENTSDavidson College, 704-894-2254, Feb. 10: Davidson College English professors Shireen Campbell (“Frogheart”) and Alan Michael Parker (“Whale Man”), 7:30 p.m., C. Shaw Smith 900 Room, Alvarez College Union. March 17: Davidson College’s Alan Michael Parker, an English professor, and Herb Jackson, an art professor, present an art and literature event titled “10 Days,” 7:30 p.m., C. Shaw Smith 900 Room, Alvarez College Union. May 2: U.S. Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin, 8 p.m., Duke Family Performance Hall. Free, but tickets required.