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Celebrate Halloween with the Old Courthouse Theatre as it presents stories from the original master of the macabre, Edgar Allan Poe.

Performances will be at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. next Sunday. at the theater, 49 Spring St. N.W., Concord.

Tickets are $20 and include hors d'oeuvres, dessert and (on Friday and Saturday only) a wine tasting. For tickets call 704-788-2405.

Modern Film Fest at the Davis will celebrate Halloween by showing the classic 1968 horror film "Night of the Living Dead."

The free screening will be at 7 p.m. Thursday in the theater, 65 Union St. S., Concord, in Cabarrus County's historic courthouse. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Seating will be first come, first served.

The film will be preceded by the zombie short film "See the Dead." The director of that film, Robert Fillion, will be on hand for questions and comments.

Modern Film Fest estimates the film would be rated R today. The Cabarrus Arts Council, which partners with Modern Film Fest on the series at the Davis Theatre, advises patrons to research the film to determine whether it is appropriate for them. See the trailer at www.modernfilmfest.com. Details: 704-920-2787 (704-920-ARTS).

A warm, funny version of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," starring British-born actor Jeremy Webb, is coming to the Davis Theatre Nov. 5.

The performance will be at 8 p.m. in the theater, 65 Union St. S., Concord, in Cabarrus County's historic courthouse. Tickets are $36, available anytime online at www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org and at the box office 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday in person or by phone, 704-920-2753. The performance is part of the Cabarrus Arts Council's flagship "On Stage at the Davis" series.

Webb plays all 30 roles in this retelling of the familiar story, from the Ghost of Christmas Past to Tiny Tim to the miserly and ultimately transformed Ebenezer Scrooge.

Read more about the production at www.bahhumbug.ca.

The N.C. Tourism Leadership Conference recognized the Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau recently for excellence in its 2010-11 marketing initiatives. The Cabarrus CVB received Gold awards in best print advertising-leisure (large) and best local constituents communications (large).

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