Weekend Arts Events (Dec. 11-13)
For an expanded list of holiday arts events this season, go here.
FRIDAY (Dec. 11)
JOHN SCOFIELD & JON CLEARY
Scofield has the guitar and the voice; Cleary’s got the voice and the piano. Let them take you through jazz, funk, and R&B stylings.
The blues-rocker hails from Kansas City, where she honed her guitar chops at the famed Knuckleheads Saloon. She’s on tour after the release of Wild Heart, an album that made the Billboard charts.
CLARA’S TRIP: A NUTCRACKER STORY
After stumbling at a Christmas party, Clara LeBlanc makes a trip to the hospital and learns she has a broken ankle. That night, friends and characters invade her dreams. Trippy, man. (Sorry.)
Two decades in, Shaun Jones has built a reputation in the stand-up world. Flip through the channels, and you may see him in comedy programs on NBC, Showtime, and BET.
SATURDAY (Dec. 12)
The Open Door Studios Youth Ensemble, a group of young dancing students, is behind this balletic take on the classic Dr. Seuss story. Stay after the show to have some cookies and take photos with the ensemble.
’TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE …
Written and directed by April Jones, this story was crafted specifically for Children’s Theatre of Charlotte. Elements of Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa are combined.
THE 61ST ANNUAL SINGING CHRISTMAS TREE & THE SINGING CHRISTMAS TREE FOR KIDS
The concert, a tradition for many families in the area, moves this year from Ovens Auditorium to Knight Theater. Singers. Dancers. A 32-foot-tall Christmas tree.
SUNDAY (Dec. 13)
THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK CHRISTMAS MUSICAL
This is a familiar December title for the Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte. Tunes such as “Christmas in My Mobile Home” offer insight into the humor found in the fictional Armadillo Acres trailer park.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
For the ninth consecutive year, Theatre Charlotte is telling the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and his visiting trio of ghosts. This year’s schedule boasts 11 performances of the classic tale.
CHARLOTTE BALLET: NUTCRACKER
More than 100 dancers and the Charlotte Symphony put on this production each year. Choreography is provided by Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, the legend and leader of Charlotte Ballet.