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Catch a concert, ‘Polar Express’ and ice time
What's to see and do to bring in new year
Published Thursday, December 27, 2012 8:29 am
by Michaela L. Duckett

Christmas may have come and gone, but the holiday cheer still abounds. This week is the perfect time to catch a show – teen heartthrob Diggy Simmons will be performing in the Queen City, as will The Four Tops, The Temptations and Yo Momma’s Big Fat Booty Band.

Whether you wish to indulge in a little spa therapy or try your luck at the casino, our weekly list of fun and entertainment has you covered:

Dec. 27
Check out Diggy Simmons and the OMG Girls performing at Teen Jamz at the Grady Cole Center (310 N. Kings Drive). The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at No Grease Barbershop or at EZ-Tixx.com.

Dec. 28
Wind down after the holiday madness with a therapeutic pedicure and/ or facial at Verve Beauty & Spa. The therapeutic pedicure, which includes an invigorating foot mask, hot towels and massage, is $29. The rejuvenating facial, including steam, extractions, mask and shoulder massage, is special priced at $49. For more information, contact (704) 332-3717.

Dec. 29
End the year with a live performance by two of Motown’s most successful acts. The Temptations and the Four Tops will be performing at the Belk Theatre at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 North Tryon St. The show begins at 8 p.m. For ticket information, visit BlumenthalCenter.org.

Dec. 30
Yo Momma’s Big Fat Booty Band is performing at Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. This seven-piece band out of Asheville is primarily known for laying down some nasty funk but also mingles in the musical realms of reggae, hip-hop, jazz and tribal drumming with a twist of psychadellia. Admission is $12.

Dec. 31
It’s New Year’s Eve, and there is no shortage of things to do. If you are into tradition and family fun, check out First Night Charlotte at various venues in Uptown. If you are looking for something more out of the norm, consider making a voyage to Cherokee and trying your luck on the Casino Floor at Harrah’s.

Jan. 1
Check out “The Polar Express” at the IMAX Dome Theater at Discovery Place before it closes. This cherished holiday tale follows a doubting young boy who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole and embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. For tickets and show times visit discoveryplace.org/imax or call (704) 372-6261 extension 300.

Jan. 2
Enjoy some family fun on the ice. Holiday on Ice continues its tradition of bringing Charlotte the coolest place in the city, an outdoor ice skating rink in the heart of Uptown at the corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Brevard on the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza. For more information, call (704) 930-4926.


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