Arts and Entertainment
|Parades, holiday parties and extravaganzas|
|What to see and do in Charlotte this week|
|Published Wednesday, November 27, 2013 11:00 am|
Happy Thanksgiving! Get your Turkey Day off to a festive start Thursday at the Novant Health Thanksgiving Day parade, which kicks off at 9:30 a.m. A Queen City tradition since 1947, the parade inspires audiences with dance and choral performances, marching bands from all over the region, large floats and plenty of family-friendly activities. This year, you can register for a chance to win a vacation in Florida.
Here’s a peek at what else is happening in the days ahead:
Holidays in the City 11/28
Kicking off with the Thanksgiving Day Parade, Holidays in the City is a five-week celebration of the holiday season in Uptown. The celebration continues Dec. 5 with Lights on the Square. Dec. 6 is the Fourth Ward Holiday Home Tour and Dec. 12 and 18 from 12-2 p.m. Santa’s little helpers will be at the Square. The fun concludes Dec. 31 with First Night Charlotte.
Queen City Classic Extravaganza 11/29
The Queen City Classic was once a battle on the football field, now it’s a battle on the dance floor as the 1968 classes of Second Ward and West Charlotte high schools cut a rug Friday 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. at the National Guard Armory, 4240 West Blvd. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for ticket information.
Get out and shop 11/30
Support local businesses during Small Business Saturday. Do you have a small business you want others to support? Get the word out by tweeting about your favorite Charlotte using the hashtag #SmallBizSat. Merchants in the Ayrsley, FreeMoreWest, Historic South End, NoDa, Park Road and Plaza Midwood neighborhoods are participating with promotions. Visit CharlotteBusinessResources.com for more information.
World AIDS Day 12/1
Bridge of Life Charlotte will host a citywide observance 6–8 p.m. for World AIDS Day. This year’s observance will be held at St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church, 1600 Norris Ave. The purpose of World Aids Day is to raise awareness of the global AIDS epidemic, support the millions living with HIV/AIDS, and remember those who have died from the disease. This year, Bridge of Life Charlotte has chosen “Renewing Our Passion for a Cure” as its theme.
Bridge of Life is also introducing a new scholarship program named in honor of Charlotteans who lost their lives to AIDS. These scholarships are intended to assist persons impacted by a positive diagnose who desire to make a positive difference. Visit stlukembc.org for more information.
Blues Society Holiday Party 12/1
Charlotte Blues Society is hosting its 20th holiday party with a performance by Delta Moon Sunday at The Double Door Inn, 1218 Charlottetowne Ave. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. for those with advance tickets. The show begins at 8:15 p.m. Dinner tickets are $20 per person and $30 per couple. Tickets for the show only are $12. Visit www.charlottebluessociety.org for ticket purchases or more information.
An Evening of Celebration and Joy 12/2
In the mood for more holiday cheer? The Carolinas Wind Orchestra is presenting “Holiday Fantasia 2013: An Evening of Celebration and Joy” Monday at Winthrop University’s Byrnes Auditorium, 1733 Memorial Circle in Rock Hill. The program features well-known holiday favorites such as “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “Winter Wonderland,” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” along with contemporary arrangements of “The First Noel” and “Silent Night.” The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. Visit www.carolinaswindorchestra.org for more information.
The beloved musical “Godspell” from Grammy and Academy award-winning composer Stephen Schwartz returns to Knight Theater Dec. 3–8. Enjoy the gifts of one of the most enduring shows of all time in a brand new, intimate, one-of-a-kind production. This timeless tale of friendship, loyalty, and love has awed audiences all over the world. Tickets begin at $20 and are available online at www.BlumenthalArts.org.
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