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THE AGENDA: Holiday lights, wine, comedy and cars
Event listing for the week of November 21, 2013
Published Thursday, November 21, 2013
by Michaela L. Duckett

The holiday season is upon us. Get in the spirit of the season with the Beaujolais Wine Festival Thursday night and a special tree lighting ceremony in SouthPark Friday. Talib, Big Krit and Steve Harvey’s other nephew Junior are all performing in the Queen City this week. Here’s a peek at what else is happening in the days to come:

Beaujolais Wine Festival 11/21

For many, Beaujolais Nouveau is to Thanksgiving what champagne is to New Year's simply because the wine, by French law, isn’t released until the third Thursday of November. Join in the international celebration of “Les premieres vendanges,” or the first grape harvest of the year at the 2013 Beaujolais Wine Festival 6–9 p.m. at Foundation for the Carolinas’ Luski Gallery, 220 North Tryon St. Charlotte is one of only 16 cities in the United States that France recognizes as official Beaujolais cities. The annual festival includes live jazz, silent auctions, traditional French country hors’doeuvres, cooking demonstrations and raffle prizes. Tickets are $35. Call (704) 336-2174 for more information.

Connecting the Dots Luncheon 11/21

Stop by Celebs Restaurant Uptown between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for a professional networking lunch. Connecting the Dots, presented by Stand & Deliver Communications in collaboration with The Charlotte Post, the Law Office of Yolanda M. Trotman and Yodle, will provide entrepreneurs and other professionals with an opportunity to promote their businesses amongst likeminded individuals. The lunch includes free soft drinks and appetizers. There will also be door prizes. Booth space is available. Register at ConnectingTheDotsCLT.eventbrite.com or call (704) 916-9643 for more information.

Charlotte International Auto Show 11/21-24

The Charlotte International Auto Show is running through Sunday at the Charlotte Convention Center. The showcase features hundreds of cars (enough to cover six football fields) from more than 30 manufacturers. Get a free lunch (with paid admission) Thursday and Friday between 12-2 p.m. Several manufacturers are also sponsoring “Ride and Drives,” which allow attendees to take select cars for a spin. Friday between 4-7:30 p.m., Carolina Panther cheerleaders, Sir Purr, DeAngelo Williams and Luke Kuechly will be on the show floor to sign autographs and pose for pictures. Auto Show Family Day is Sunday, complete with clowns, mascots and other entertainment. Visit CharlotteAutoShow.com for more information.

Talib Kweli w/ Big Krit 11/21

Talib Kweli, Big Krit, Joe Crush and Elevator Jay are performing Thursday at Amos Southend, located at 1423 South Tryon Street. Doors open at 8 p.m. The show begins at 9 p.m. Tickets start at $22 and are available at ETix.com or AmosSouthEnd.com.

Red Hot Turkey Bash 11/21

The 19th annual Red Hot Turkey Bash is Thursday night at The Oak Room All American Pub, 7 p.m.–12 a.m. Admission is $10 and includes a free beer and appetizers. There will also be a silent auction, door prizes and entertainment by DJ Breez. The Oak Room is located at 200 East Bland Street. Tickets available at TicketsSoEasy.com/TurkeyBash2013.

Junior Spates at Comedy Zone 11/21 -23

Kier “Junior” Spates of “The Steve Harvey Morning Show” is performing at The Comedy Zone this weekend. Piedmont Health Services and Sickle Cell Agency is raffling off tickets to the show and an opportunity to lunch with Spates. For more information, visit PiedmonthHealthServices.org. Tickets to the show can be purchased online at CLTComedyZone.com.

Miracle on Piedmont Row 11/22

Stop by Piedmont Town Center Thursday, 6-9 p.m. for a special tree lighting celebration featuring free train and carriage rides, raffle prizes and specials at area restaurants, including AZN Asian Cuisine, Terrace Café, Brio Tuscan Grille, Del Frisco’s and more. Santa will make an appearance as well. Piedmont Town Center is located in SouthPark at 4725 Piedmont Row Drive.

WBT Holiday on Ice 11/23

Head Uptown to take a few laps around the ice rink when WBT Holiday on Ice returns to the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza this Saturday. Admission is $9. Skate rental is $3. Credit cards are only accepted online. Log onto WBT.com or call (704) 277-2636 for more information.

Chocolate 5K 11/24

The Chocolate 5k Run will be held 10 a.m. at Reedy Creek Park, 2900 Rocky River Road. The event, presented by NR Road Racing benefits Autism Society of North Carolina. The 3-mile, family friendly course is perfect for chocaholics. The water stations will also offer little pieces of chocolate for runners and walkers to enjoy.


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