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The Weekly Agenda: Dec. 13 - 19
Season for parties, comedy, live music
Published Wednesday, December 12, 2012 10:40 am
by Michaela L. Duckett


Opportunities to celebrate the joys of the holiday season continue to abound in Charlotte with live music, philanthropic parties, comedy and a little dose of history all on the agenda this week. Check out our list of seven days of fun and entertainment around the Queen City:


Dec. 13


It’s 12 days until Christmas. Get into the spirit of giving by donating gifts for children of Alexander Youth Network. Parties with a Cause and Rickmond Media are hosting the third annual Toy Drive and Holiday Party at Packard Place (222 Church St.)  from 6–9 p.m.  The price of admission is a new unwrapped toy. Alexander Youth Network is a non-profit organization that treats children with emotional and behavioral disorders. RSVP online at holidayevent4ayn.eventbrite.com/#.


 Dec. 14


 Check out a performance by R&B crooner Trey Songz at Bojangles’ Coliseum (2700 E Independence Blvd.). The show starts at 8 p.m., and tickets available through Ticketmaster.


 Dec. 15


 See Nnenna Freelon take the stage to form a collection of holiday classics with The John Brown Big Band at McGlohon Theatre (345 N. College St.) The show begins at 8 p.m. The performance is part of the Swing Jazz Series, a 4-part concert event celebrating the spirit of Swing.


 Also, Herb and Felicia Gray are hosting their annual holiday party with a purpose at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture (551 S. Tryon St) to raise money for the center. The party starts at 8 p.m. and continues until 1 a.m. and will feature a live performance by The Harvey Cummings Project. Tickets are available at www.V1019.com


 Dec. 16


 Enjoy some family fun and spend the evening at the Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center (130 N. Tryon St.)  taking in a performance of “The Nutcracker.” One of Charlotte’s favorite traditions, this performance presented by North Carolina Dance Theater features choreography by Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, live music from the Charlotte Symphony and over 100 performers. Be there as the Nutcracker Prince triumphs over the evil Mouse King and as the Sugar Plum Fairy entertains Clara and her Nutcracker Prince with dazzling dancing sweets. For more information, visit www.blumenthalarts.org


 Dec. 17


 What year was the city of Charlotte first established? How old was Queen Charlotte when she married King George III? Where is the largest crown of Queen Charlotte located? Learn all about the city’s 250-year history and view over 100 sites in a 2.5-hour guided tour provided by Charlotte Daily City Tour.


For more details, visit www.QueenCityTours.com.


 Dec. 18


 Unwind at Delta’s Restaurant (525 N. Tryon St.) for “Tini” Tuesdays featuring live jazz, $5 drinks and appetizer specials. Live music begins at 7 p.m. and will last until 11 p.m.


 Dec. 19

 Get your funny on with comedian Jimmie “JJ” Walker. The kid from the ghetto who rose to wisecracking TV superstardom will perform Dec. 19–22 at The Comedy Zone (900 NC Music Factory Blvd., Suite B3). Show times vary by day. Tickets are $15-$18 and available at CharlotteComedyZone.com


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