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December is a festive month in the Q.C.
December is rocking with endless holiday parties, live performances and much more.
 
Published Wednesday, December 5, 2012 11:40 pm
by Michaela L. Duckett

December is not only rocking with endless holiday parties and live performances, it’s also full of celebrity appearances. This month, everyone from Jimmie “J.J.” Walker to Nnenna Freelon, Rick Ross, and Trey Songz is coming to town. Whether it’s taking a pony ride, enjoying a singing Christmas tree or getting cooking tips from Rachael Ray or Cake Boss Buddy Valastro, there is no shortage of things to do in the Queen City this month. Here’s a preview of what’s happening:

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The Four Tops and Temptations will perform Dec. 29 at The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center

Holiday Event at Versa Salon & Spa

FREE EVENT. On Dec. 6, enjoy an evening of wine, food, dessert, music and more while touring the new Aveda Concept salon, which is located at 220 N. Pine St, Ste. A. The event begins at6 p.m.  For more information, visitwww.versasalon.com or call (704) 335-2277

The Singing Christmas Tree for Kids

This unique, 58-year-old Charlotte tradition takes place at 11 a.m. on Dec. 8 at Ovens Auditorium (2700 East Independence Blvd.). Come see the Carolina Voices’ 80+ member MainStage Choir perform a rich array of holiday music atop a 32-foot Tree. The show also includes dancers, puppets and a special visit from Santa Claus and other guests. Tickets are $12 - $22. Recommended for ages 3 - 10.

Spotlight on culinary art

FREE EVENT: Culinary artists Christel Herring and Farida Sabree will reconstruct a painting by Farida's mother, Gullah artist Patricia "Sabree," titled "Why the Moon Smiles." Desserts and art will be sold at the event, which will be held on Dec. 8 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture (551 S. Tryon St). Visit www.sabreesgallery.com for more information.

Holiday Fundraiser Luncheon

Innovative Community Resources NC is hosting an event on Dec. 8 to raise money for their cause of ending homelessness in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. The luncheon will be held from noon until 2:30 p.m. at Wadsworth Estate (400 S. Summit Ave.) For ticket information, call (704) 921-6777 or visit www.icresources.org.

Mistletoe Magic at Morrison                         

FREE EVENT. On Dec. 8, from 12 - 5 p.m. Morrison Shopping Center in SouthPark (721 Governor Morrison) will be a buzz with family-fun activities, including pony rides, train rides, cookie decorating, stilt elves and jugglers, strolling Dickens carolers and much more. A toy drive is being held for middle school boys and girls. If you’d like to participate, bring an unwrapped gift to any of the Morrison merchants. www.morrisonsouthpark.com

Sneaker Con Charlotte

On Dec. 8, sneaker enthusiasts will have an opportunity to buy, sell and trade footwear. The event will be held at the Grady Cole Center (310 N. Kings Dr.) from noon until 7 p.m.  Admission is $15. For more information, visit www.sneakerconcharlotte.eventbrite.com

Carolina Jazz Series: Richard Elliot and Nick Colionne

On Dec. 8, the reigning merchant of Soul Jazz, saxman Richard Elliot and guitarist Nick Colionne will perform at Halton Theatre (1206 Elizabeth Ave). The show begins at8 p.m. To avoid online ticket fees, call the box office at (704) 330-6534.

MMG Tour: Rick Ross, Wale and Machine Gun Kelly (CANCELLED)

The Maybach Music Group is stopping in Charlotte for a performance on Dec. 8 at Bojangles Coliseum (2700 E. Independence Blvd). The show begins at7:30 p.m.

13th Annual Santa Bar Crawl

On Dec. 8, enjoy no lines, no cover and plenty of drink specials at 10 bars in Uptown, including BAR Charlotte, BlackFinn Saloon, Dixie’s Tavern, Fitzgerald’s, Fox & Hound, Howl at the Moon, Kazba, Mez, Mortimer’s Pub, Prohibition, Strike City, Town Tavern, Wild Wing Café, Suite, Whisky River and Roxbury. Tickets are $13 in advance and $20 the day of. Register at Dixie’s Tavern (301 E. 7th St.) from 4 – 6 p.m. or online at www.santabarcrawl.com

The Classic International Black Cinema Series - A Warm December

On Dec. 9, The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture (551 S. Tryon St) is screening “A Warm December” at 2 p.m. as part of the "Black Love in the 70s" cinema series, which is designed to further appreciation of black cinema and expose the vast artistic value black film has had throughout the years.   

All Aboard the Giving Train

Bring toy and book donations to the Mint Museum (500 S. Tryon St.) on Dec. 9 from 3 - 5 p.m. All donations will be given to Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools' Metro School and Ranson Middle School.

Author Signing: Rachael Ray

Rachael Ray will be at the Books-A-Million in Concord Mills (8111 Concord Mills Blvd in Concord) signing copies of her newest book, "My Year in Meals" on Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. Line numbers will be distributed with book purchases at BAM beginning Monday, Dec. 10 at 10 a.m.

On Q's Holiday Jook Joint

Playwright and Poet Quentin “Q” Talley is hosting his first holiday party and celebrating his 33rd birthday at Tempo Charlotte (4809 Wilkinson Blvd) on Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. The night will feature live music, drink specials and giveaways. Tickets are available at www.carolinatix.org or (704) 372-1000 for $20 in advance or $25 at the door.

Buddy Valastro Live! The Cake Boss

The star of TLC’s “Cake Boss,” is bringing a special holiday show on Dec. 12 at Ovens Auditorium (2700 East Independence Blvd.) from 7:30 - 10 p.m. In addition to interactive cooking demonstrations, Buddy will also share behind-the-scene stories from his hit TV show, and take audience questions. Ticket prices begin at $35.75

3rd Annual Toy Drive & Christmas Party

Parties with a Cause and Rickmond Media will host the 3rd Annual Toy Drive & Christmas Party at Packard Place (222 Church St.) on Dec. 13 from6 – 9 p.m.  The price of admission is a new unwrapped toy, which will be donated to children of Alexander Youth Network, a non-profit organization that treats children with emotional and behavioral disorders. RSVP online at holidayevent4ayn.eventbrite.com/#.

Trey Songz in Charlotte

The heartthrob R&B crooner is performing on Dec. 14 at Bojangles Coliseum (2700 E Independence Blvd.). at 8 p.m. Tickets available through Ticketmaster.

Swing Jazz Series: Nnenna Freelon & the John Brown Big Band

Six-time Grammy Award-nominee Nnenna Freelon will take to the stage with The John Brown Big Band on Dec. 15 at McGlohon Theatre (345 N. College St.) The show begins at 8 p.m. The "Swing Jazz Series" is a 4-part concert event celebrating the spirit of Swing.

Holiday Party @ The Gantt

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 on Dec. 15 from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m. Tickets are available at www.V1019.com

Holiday Event: Jimmie "JJ" Walker

The former kid from the ghetto who rose to wisecracking TV superstardom will be performing Dec. 19 – 22 at The Comedy Zone (900 NC Music Factory Blvd., Ste. B3). Tickets are $15 - $18 and available at CharlotteComedyZone.com

The Temptations & The Four Tops in Charlotte

End the year with a live performance by two of Motown’s most successful acts on Dec. 29at Belk Theatre at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center (130 North Tryon Street). The show begins at 8 p.m. For ticket information, visit BlumenthalCenter.org.

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