"A Broadway Christmas Carol": The Old Courthouse Theatre, 49 Spring St. N.W., will present this comedy at 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and Dec. 16 and 17 and at 2:30 p.m. today, next Sunday and Dec. 18. The parody still stays true to the core message of the Charles Dickens classic. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for senior adults and students and $10 for children. 704-788-2405; www.oldcourt
The Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners recently named Mike Downs as county manager. Downs became interim county manager Sept. 30, after John Day announced his retirement.
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The Brand New Opry will perform Christmas bluegrass shows at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Dec. 15 at the Cabarrus Arts Council's Davis Theatre, in Cabarrus County's historic courthouse, 65 Union St. S., Concord. Tickets are $10. For tickets or information go to CabarrusArtsCouncil.org or call 704-920-2787.
The Piedmont Dance Theatre will perform Tchaikovsky's beloved ballet "The Nutcracker" at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Kannapolis Performing Arts Center, on the A.L. Brown High School campus. Tickets are $17 for adults and $12 for ages 18 and younger.
Additional performances in Salisbury are scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 17 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at Catawba College's Keppel Auditorium, accompanied by the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra. Tickets for those shows are $20-$25 for adults and $10-$12 for ages 18 and younger.
Tickets for all shows: PiedmontDanceTheatre.com or 704-932-8888.
A public hearing on proposed rail improvements between Salisbury and Kannapolis will be 6-8 p.m. Monday at the Kannapolis train station, 201 S. Main St. The N.C. Department of Transportation is proposing to add a second track along an 11-mile stretch from south of Salisbury to Kannapolis. DOT representatives will answer questions and listen to comments. Details: Eileen Fuchs, NCDOT-Human Environment Unit, 919-707-6067 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Kannapolis Christmas Parade is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday downtown. Details: www.cabarrusevents.org/id63.html.
The Kannapolis branch of the Cabarrus County Public Library, 850 Mountain St., will host a free, public workshop at 2 p.m. Saturday to create "Geek Gingerbread Men." Participants will decorate cookies as their favorite "Star Trek," "Harry Potter," vampire, zombie or "Lord of the Rings" character. Details: 704-920-1180.