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December Happenings

Christmas Gift Ideas Charlotte NC

December is just around the corner and we’ve got quite an extensive list for getting into the holiday spirit.

Now showing at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center: The UNC Clef Hangers in Concert, Richard Marx, Keb Mo, Rockin’ in a winter wonderland, The Birth, Charlotte Symphony: Messiah, This is the 60’s, Cirque Dreams Holidaze, The Temptations and the Four Tops, NC Dance: The Nutcracker

Reduced Shakespeare Company: the Ultimate Christmas Show

Step back in time with Christmas in Mecklenburg County with the Polks

Speedway Christmas

Fourth Ward Holiday Home Tour

WBT Holiday on Ice

Christmas at the Billy Graham Library

Theatre Charlotte presents A Christmas Carol

Singing Christmas Tree

Black Nativity: A Gospel Song Play


Holiday Tea at Ritz-Carlton’s Urban Sip, Nutcracker Tea the Omni Hotel, Holiday Tea at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, Tea and shopping at the Duke Mansion

A Modern Christmas Carol

Gingerbread Lane at the Ballantyne, 8 foot chocolate tree display at Ritz-Carlton

Ugly Sweater Christmas Party, SantaCon

Pops: Magic of Christmas

University Chorale and Chamber Orchestra, Wingate University Wind Ensemble Instrumental Concert

Queen City Ringers

Music and Museum: Christmas in Venice

Jazz at the Bechtler: Holiday Jazz, Richard Elliot and Nick Colionne, Nnenna Freelon with John Brown Big Band

Christmas at St.Mary’s, The Choir School at St.Peter’s Christmas Concert

Winter Wonderettes

Clara’s Trip: A Nutcracker Story

A Patchwork Christmas

Classic International Black Cinema Series: A Warm December

An Evening with Nicholas Kristof

Party for a cause at  Jingle Bell Bash, 24th Annual Second String Santa Holiday Party

For the kids: Join the Elf Academy at Carolina Place Mall, Saturday Art Sessions: Mexican Tin Art Ornaments, Singing Christmas Tree for Kids, Cross Cross Mangosauce: Bilingual Storytime, Icelebra! A Bilingual Holiday concert for children, Free family Christmas movies at the Neighborhood Theatre, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s Santa’s Bag, Build a gingerbread house at Lowes, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, The Littlest Angel, Jami Masters School of Dance Enchantment Camp, “The Polar Express” at Discovery Place’s IMAX, Photos with Santa,The Leonard Bearstein Symphony, First Night Charlotte, Breakfast with Santa (and Ace&TJ) at the Palm, Breakfast with Santa at Bravo

Kwanzaa Programs at the public library

Hanukkah Celebrations at South Park Mall

Movies opening Christmas Day: Les Miserables, Django Unchained, Parental Guidance

All movies at Cinebarre (where you can dine while watching a great flick) are $5 every Tuesday.

Events outside Charlotte

A Huntersville Christmas

Christmas in Davidson

Arts at the Abbey: Annual Holiday Concert Belmont Abbey, NC

Holiday Lights at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Christmasville in Rock Hill

Christmas in Cramerton

Kannapolis Christmas

Waxhaw Christmas Parade

Fort Mill Christmas Parade

Polar Express Bryson City, NC

Christmas at Biltmore Asheville, NC

National Gingerbread House Competition and Display Grove Park Inn, Asheville, NC

Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, Columbia, SC

Cookies and Cocoa with Santa Spencer, NC

Santa on the Chimney Chimney Rock, NC

Salem Christmas Winston-Salem, NC

Tanglewood Festival of Lights Clemmons, NC

Scandinavian Christmas Fair Raleigh, NC

More December fun:

Carolina Chocolate Drops, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, I Fight Dragons, David and Jessica Lea Mayfield, Steep Canyon Rangers, Dan Bern, Wanda Jackson,Acoustic Syndicate, Rebirth Brass Band,Keller Williams/That 1 Guy, Drivin’ n’ Cryin’/The Blue Dogs , Willie Nelson, Maybach Music Group, Sum 41, Metalocalypse, Trey Songz, 2 Chainz, 95.1 Kissmas with PSY

Palate to Palette

The Cake Boss

Belk Bowl, 2012 Dr.Pepper ACC Football Championship (ACC Fan Fest: Lee Brice and Little Big Town)

Bob Saget, Jimmie “J.J.” Walker


Glogg and meatballs buffet at IKEA

Death Tax and 33 Variations at Carolina Actors Studio Theatre

The Charlotte School of Law Library wishes you and yours a happy and safe holiday season!

~Jamie Sunnycalb~

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November Happenings

Didn’t get enough frights on Halloween? Extend the ghoulish fun with Queen City Ghost Tours

Or are you ready for the most wonderful time of the year? Check out Southern Christmas Show, The Nutcracker, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Mannheim Steamroller

A lot of big names are taking the stage this month. Check them out!

Carrie Underwood, Madonna, Eric Church, Brandi Carlile, Yellowcard, Citizen Cope, Silversun Pickups, Jay and Silent Bob get Old, The Chris Robsinson Brotherhood, Tinsley Ellis, Motion City Soundtrack, Sugar Glyder, The Whigs, Wolf Gang, Social Distortion, Loudon Wainwright III, Marc Cohn, Bruce Hornsby, Tom Russell, American Aquarium and Sons of Bill, Justin Townes Earle with Tift Merritt, Pretty Lights

Need a laugh? Tim Meadows, Kevin Hart

Interested in a night at the theatre? Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, In the heat of the night, The Seagull, Bent, Twilight, Just us Jesus Gospel show, Drumline Live, Jekyll and Hyde the musical

Step back in time at Renaissance Festival

Turkey Trot, The Color Run, Thunder Road Marathon combine great exercise with great causes!

Something for the kids Fall Harvest Festival, Fall Fun Fest, The Commedia Pinocchio, Charlotte Symphony Lollipops

~Jamie Sunnycalb~

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Happy Banned Books Week!

In 1982, the American Library Association (ALA) created Banned Books Week in response to a rise in challenges to books in libraries, schools and bookstores.  Banned Books Week is sponsored by the ALA, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression, the Association of American Publishers, the American Society of Journalists and the National Association of College Stores, and is endorsed by the Center for the Book of the Library of Congress.  Held annually during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the harms of censorship while “celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment.” ALA Banned Books Week Site

In celebration of this year’s Banned Books Week, the CSL library is spotlighting historically banned or challenged books in a display case in the library.  The display includes Harper Lee’s classic To Kill a Mockingbird, Nabokov’s Lolita, Walker’s The Color Purple, Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, and many more.  For more information on the reasons behind the banning of certain titles, see the Banned or Challenged Classics page, here. We encourage students to drop by the display case during a study break or between classes.

According to the American Library Association, the 10 most challenged books of 2009 were:

1. ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle

2. And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson

3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky

4. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

5. Twilight (series), by Stephanie Meyer

6. Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger

7. My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult

8. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things, by Carolyn Mackler

9. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker

10. The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier

The American Library Association’s Office of Intellectual Freedom (OIF) is featuring a series of blog posts on the creative ways libraries are celebrating Banned Books Week.  Readers and librarians are also celebrating Banned Books Week on ALA island in Second Life, and on Twitter with the hashtag #BannedBooksWeek. The OIF has also created a YouTube video to depict the top 10 most frequently banned or challenged books in 2009.

Thank you for celebrating Banned Books Week!  Read something you love!

– Lyn Batty –

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