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WEDNESDAY 28

The Davidson College Theater Department will open their second play of the season, Boy Gets Girl, starting tonight in the Black Box Performance Space of the Cunningham Fine Arts Building on the campus of Davidson College. The show will run tonight through Saturday at 7:30pm and Sunday at 2pm. Tickets are $4 for general admission -- and no reservations can be made. For more information, call 704-894-2340.

The Charlotte Checkers take on the Roanoke Express at 7pm tonight at Cricket Arena. Tickets are $6-19, available by calling 704-522-6500.

Winthrop University will host its Fall One-Act Play Festival, starting tonight and running through Monday, in the Studio Theatre of Johnson Hall on the campus of the University. All shows start at 8pm. The featured plays are: Medusa's Tale, Blue Stars, Stage Directions, Pimp, Semblance of Madness, Death Knocks and The Insomniac's Nightmare. Tickets are $7 general admission. Advance reservations are not accepted for shows in the studio theatre. Seating is limited, so arrive early. For more information, call 803-323-2287.

The Hubbard Street 2 Dance Co. from Chicago will perform at the Hannah Covington McGee Theater at Wingate University tonight at 7:30pm. The performance will showcase different forms of dance from hip-hop to ballet. Tickets for the performance are $15. For more information, call 704-233-8300.

It's Christmas in Davidson, as the town prepares for the holiday with jovial festivities today through Friday. Children can meet Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and a live reindeer, plus there will be a live Nativity and High School Jazz Bands will perform on Thursday and Friday evenings. For more information, call 704-892-0604.

Gaston College will host the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker tonight and tomorrow in the Myers Center Auditorium at 7pm. Tickets start at $45. For more information, call 704-865-1302.

UNC-Charlotte's Department of Dance and Theatre will present a dance concert, From Footprints to Heartbeats, at 8pm tonight through Saturday in Rowe Theatre on the campus. The concert will feature works choreographed by dance faculty and students, and will range in scope from classical ballet to postmodern. Tickets are $10 for the general public. For more information or to make reservations call 704-687-2599.

FRIDAY 30

The Charlotte Symphony will perform Magnificent Mendelssohn with violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and guest conductor George Manahan tonight and tomorrow at 8pm, in Belk Theater of the Performing Arts Center. Tickets range from $12-$55. For more information, call 704-972-2000, or visit online at www.charlottesymphony.com.

The Charlotte Hornets take on North Carolina native and UNC alum Jerry Stackhouse and the Detroit Pistons tonight at 7:30pm at the Charlotte Coliseum. Tickets are $9-39, available by calling 704-522-6500.

The Last Night of Ballyhoo will be presented by the Charlotte Repertory Theatre beginning tonight (through December 16) in Booth Playhouse of the Performing Arts Center. Showtimes are Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday nights at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday night at 8pm, and Sunday matinees at 2pm. For more information, call 704-372-1000 or visit online at www.charlotterep.org.

The popular holiday tale of redemption Miracle on 34th St. will be presented by the Children's Theatre of Charlotte tonight through December 9 in Spirit Square's McGlohon Theatre. General admission is $10, and special reserved seats are $13. For more information, call 704-333-8983 or visit online at www.ctcharlotte.org.

Nutcracker number two will be performed by CPCC's Dance Central tonight through Sunday in Pease Auditorium. Showtime is 8pm tonight and tomorrow and 3pm on Sunday. Tickets are $10. For more information, call 704-330-6534.

The Sanders Family Christmas, a sequel to Smoke on the Mountain, will be performed tonight and tomorrow and December 7-8 at 7:30pm at Saluda Trail Middle School in Rock Hill. The production is particularly poignant being set in the weeks following the Pearl Harbor bombing -- and dealing with the situations and emotions that have become all to a familiar following the tragedy of September 11. Tickets are $10 for adults and seniors and $5 for students. For more information, call 803-328-2787.

The 15th Annual Designer Craft Show will be held today at Theatre Charlotte (501 Queens Road) from noon to 8pm (also tomorrow 10am-4pm). For more information, call 704-365-2074.

SATURDAY 1

Nutcracker number three will be presented by the Charlotte Youth Ballet today at 2:30pm and again tonight at 7:30pm in Ovens Auditorium. Tickets range from $9-$18 for adults and $6-$14 for the kids. For more information or to purchase tickets call 704-335-3100.

World AIDS Day will be observed today. Locally, the Gaston County World AIDS Day Coalition will display part of the Names Project's AIDS Memorial Quilt through tomorrow at Eastridge Mall in Gastonia, as well as take part in other activities. For more information, call 704-853-5105.

Belmont Abbey will present Christmas at the Abbey tonight at 8pm in the Abbey Basilica. The performance will be the Abbey Chorus' Annual Christmas Concert. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 704-334-3468.

The Charlotte Children's Choir and the Bell Voce Singers will celebrate the holidays with Dancing Day, a performance of John Rutter's collection of carols for harp and treble choirs with special guest Christine Van Arsdale. The concert will begin at 8pm and will be held at St. Patrick's Cathedral, 1621 Dilworth Avenue East. For more information, call 704-374-1892.

The One Voice Chorus will present a Candlelight Holiday at First United Methodist Church, 501 North Tryon. The chorus will perform several old favorites, including "O Holy Night," "Cool Yule," and "Festival Sanctus." There will be two performances, one at 4pm and another at 8pm. Tickets for the afternoon performance are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets for the evening performance are $17 in advance and $20 at the door. For more information, call 704-650-3622 or visit online at www.onevoicechorus.com.

Tonight is the annual Lights on the Square Christmas tree lighting at the square in downtown Charlotte, wherein a 60-foot tree will be lit by Mayor Pat McCrory, County Chairman Parks Helms, Fire Chief Luther Fincher, and what is termed "a very special guest." For more information, visit www.charltotecentercity.org.

SUNDAY 2

A Christmas Carol will be presented at the Performing Arts Center today at 2pm. Tickets range from $12-$30. For more information, call 704-372-1000 or visit online at www.performingartsctr.org.

The Carolina Voices Charlotte Contemporary Ensemble will present their holiday concert Home for the Holidays at West Charlotte High School at 5pm. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. For more information, call 704-374-1564 or visit online at www.carolinavoices.org.

The Providence United Methodist Church will present their Christmas Concert, featuring musicians from the Charlotte Symphony, tonight at 7pm. The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, call 704-366-7442.

Davidson College invites the public to participate in its annual Community Christmas Open House and Alternative Gift Fair today beginning at 2pm in the Alvarez Student Union. Included are music, refreshments, storytelling, visits with Santa, human services gifts and more. For more information, call 704-894-2244.

MONDAY 3

The UNC-Charlotte Guitar Ensemble will present its fall concert at 8pm tonight in the university's Rowe Recital Hall. Featured will be works by Debussy, Torroba, Lutoslawski and others. For more information, call 704-687-4467.

TUESDAY 4

The St. Peter's Tuesday Noon Concert Series continues today at 12:10pm. The program will feature works by Orlando Gibbons, G.P. Telemann, and Antonio Vivaldi. The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, call 704-332-7746.

WEDNESDAY 5

The Olympic Torch Relay will pass through Charlotte today, as part of the only North Carolina stop planned on the journey. The Salt Lake 2002 torch is scheduled to arrive in the square in uptown Charlotte by 8pm, with festivities beginning at 5:30pm. A map of the route is available at www.saltlake2002.com.

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