Weekend Arts Events (Dec. 2-4)

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See what's happening at the Belk Theater this weekend below.

FRIDAY
SOUTH END GALLERY CRAWL
The first Friday of the month is here, which means its time for the South End Gallery Crawl. Participating spots include Elder Gallery, South End Kitchens Design Studio, Lark & Key Gallery, Ciel Gallery, Charlotte Art League, Dilworth Artisan Station, Anne Neilson Fine Art Gallery, Coffey and Thompson Art Gallery, Magnolia Emporium, Studio Cellar, and The Gallery South End.

TACKY SOUTH END HOLIDAY PARTY
Donna Scott Productions is behind this night of comedy theater and community, which also includes a photo booth, food, and of course, a tacky sweater contest. Improv Charlotte performs.

HOLIDAY JAZZ VI: JINGLE BELL JAZZ
The sixth iteration of Jazz at the Bechtler’s December program brings boozy holiday jazz back to the museum. As usual, the Ziad Jazz Quartet leads the festivities.

BOMBADIL
The Durham band frequents Charlotte, hitting up its most intimate rock venue this month. The band is joined by fellow folk-rock act Goodnight, Texas, named for the geographic midpoint between the hometowns of two members of the band (San Francisco and Chapel Hill, respectively).

JOSH RITTER
The singer-songwriter last played Charlotte at the annual fundraiser HousingFest, and now returns to play at the McGlohon Theater, a former church-turned-beloved music space. The spot won “Overall Venue” for our 2016 Best of the Best Awards.

MAGIC & MYSTERY
Mat Lavore presents this magic show, with the artist swallowing needles, using hypnosis, and performing other stunts that are both physical and based around mentalism.

SATURDAY
CHARLOTTE BALLET: NUTCRACKER
Choreographer and ballet legend Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux re-imagines his staple production with new sets, costumes, and surprises. The Charlotte Symphony performs the score for this classic.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL
This 10th anniversary production is the first Charlotte tradition to arrive this season, with Ebenezer Scrooge once again taking the Theatre Charlotte stage. Revisit this holiday classic with a local theater troupe.

THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER: THE MUSICAL
This staging at the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte is a world premiere. This comedy-musical is adapted by Jahnna Beecham and Malcolm Hillgartner, from the classic book of the same name by Barbara Robinson.

JAMIE KENNEDY
Actor and stand-up comic Jamie Kennedy's known for an energetic live show, with observational humor and a penchant for crowd work.

A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER
Here comes the 2014 Tony-winner for Best Musical, about a man who wants to jump to the front of the heir line for the family fortune. One NPR critic said he's "never laughed so hard at a Broadway musical."

SUNDAY
I LOVE THE 90S TOUR
Remember back when Vanilla Ice, Salt N Pepa, Color Me Badd, and Coolio ruled the airwaves? Well, they’re back for a stacked tour, and now you can relive the decade with thousands of other Charlotteans. (This show was rescheduled from a planned September date.)

LEVINE MUSEUM OF THE NEW SOUTH
History is complex, and there are countless perspectives on the South’s most significant events. The Levine not only puts those events in context, it offers multimedia exhibits, forums, and artistic expressions that are tethered to our past. The Life and Times of Robert Smalls, THROUGH JAN. 22, examines the story of this escaped slave, Civil War hero, and South Carolina politician. Looking at Appalachia, THROUGH MAY 28, showcases pictures from a wide range of photographers in the region and provides a counterpoint to the “War on Poverty” images from the 1960s.

MINT MUSEUM UPTOWN
Part of the Levine Center for the Arts family of arts venues, museums, and theaters, this location of the Mint has become a premier location for art of the ancient Americas, decorative arts, and European and African art. As an institution, the Mint celebrated its 80th birthday this year. Fired Up: Women in Glass, THROUGH FEB. 26, focuses on works by women in the glass medium. The museum says this exhibit is the first major one of its kind in the country. Women of Abstract Expressionism, THROUGH JAN. 22, focuses on female artists who are part of this important American art movement. See works from the likes of Elaine de Kooning, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler.

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