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An Evening with Garrison Keillor

It might sometimes seem like storytelling is a dying art, but Garrison Keillor does his part to keep it alive every weekend on his famed NPR broadcast, “A Prairie Home Companion.” He weaves tales of everyday human experience with charm and wit, taking his time with the details and never rushing toward conclusion. To set aside an evening in our hurried lives to listen to Keillor spin yarns with leisurely precision is an indulgence—one we highly recommend. Nov 22, Belk Theater.

Bobcats vs. Cavaliers

Hey, the Bobcats aren’t that bad. Raymond Felton and Gerald Wallace can play a little. Coach Larry Brown knows what he’s doing. And the cheerleaders put on a good show. But there’s one reason why this game is a Best Bet, and his name is LeBron James. The Cavs’ all-world baller is a force of nature, and when he comes to town, you go see him play. Bonus: Shaq joins the Cavs this season. November 27 at Time Warner Cable Arena.

Loïs Mailou Jones

In the run-up to the opening of the new Mint Museum building on South Tryon, it can be easy to forget about the original location. But the Loïs Mailou Jones show promises to be a knockout. The retrospective, subtitled “A Life in Vibrant Color,” looks back on seventy years’ of Jones’s paintings, sketches, and textile designs. Jones, who died in 1998, was one of our most influential African-American artists, and her work was inspired by international travels as well as African culture. Also, she liked color. A lot. Opens Nov. 14.

Charlotte Symphony

Buoyed by unprecedented financial support, this is a big month for the Symphony. November 6 and 7, the orchestra, along with a cabal of soloists and the Oratorio Singers, present Bach’s B Minor Mass, which some consider Bach’s supreme achievement and one of the finest pieces of music produced by Western civilization. The following weekend, the CSO plays a series of concerts on local college campuses. The selections are inspired the current major exhibit at the Levine Museum of the New South. One week later, the orchestra takes on Beethoven’s majestic, challenging, and revolutionary “Eroica.” Conductor Christof Perick has been preparing his charges for this piece for years; he finally tackles it in his last season at the podium.

f.64 at The Light Factory

Ansel Adams! Edward Weston! Imogen Cunningham! Check out the works of early heavyweight photographers for free at The Light Factory in this show, which features works from Bank of America’s permanent collection (possibly paid for with credit card fees?…naah, we won’t go there). The title refers to a camera setting and a group of photographers who believed in precise, unaltered images. Through January 3.

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