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The Olympic Torch Relay will pass through Charlotte today. 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

The Last Night of Ballyhoo will be presented by the Charlotte Repertory Theatre 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. Tickets range from $19-$26.50. For more information, call 704-372-1000 or visit online at

In celebration of the new book Tis the Season: The Gift of Holiday Memories from the Novello Festival Press, the Steele Creek Branch of the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County (9124-F South Tryon St.) will present contributors Mary Kratt, Ronald Conroy, and Harriet Orth. For more information, call 704-588-4345.

Christmas Town U.S.A., the McAdenville light spectacular, is back and ready to amaze with its ability to back up traffic for miles. Hours for the light viewing are Monday through Friday, 5:30-9:30pm and Saturday and Sunday, 5:30-11pm. You can get to McAdenville from I-85 by taking the Lowell/McAdenville Exit. For more information contact the McAdenville Town Hall at 704-824-3190 or visit online at


The Charlotte Symphony Pops will present the Magic of Christmas beginning tonight and running through December 9 in the Performing Arts Center. Showtimes are Friday and Saturday at 8pm, and Saturday and Sunday Matinees at 2:30pm. Tickets range from $15-$55. For more information, call 704-972-2000 or visit online at

Tonight at the Visulite Theatre, Factory Films screens the independent hot movie Trust by Hal Hartley. The evening begins at 6:15pm with hors d'oeuvres and a social hour, followed by the film. Tickets are $7, available at the door. For more information, call 704-333-9755.

The Queens College Drama Department will present Thicker Than Water tonight through December 9 in the Suzanne Little Recital Hall on the campus of Queens College. Showtimes are tonight through Saturday at 8pm, and Sunday at 2:30 and 7pm. Tickets are $5 for general admission. For more information, call 704-337-2484.

The Afro-American Cultural Center presents a Jazzy Holiday Luncheon today at 11:30am at the Adam's Mark Hotel. The fundraiser for the Afro-American Cultural Center will also honor musician and composer Michael Porter. The Gary Marcus Trio featuring Wayne "Lucky" Stewart will perform, and local celebrities and county and city civic leaders will be in attendance. Tickets are $40. For tickets or more information, call 704-374-1565, extension 24.


The popular holiday tale of redemption Miracle on 34th St. will be presented by 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

The Littlest Angel, based on the book by Charles Tazewell, will be presented by the Children's Theatre starting tonight and running through December 21. There are a variety of showtimes. Tickets are $9 for center seats and $6 for side seats. For more information, call 704-333-8983 or visit online at

CPCC's Dance Central will present Charles Weidman's modern dance version of Bach's Christmas Oratorio tonight through December 9 in Pease Auditorium on the campus of CPCC. Showtimes are tonight and tomorrow at 8pm and December 9 at 3pm. Tickets are $10. For more information, call 704-330-6534.

Theatre Charlotte will present 9 x 9 @ 9, their holiday program of nine nine-minute plays, by nine area playwrights, at 9pm. It used to be cute, but now, um, we don't know. The show will run tonight and tomorrow night. All tickets are, you guessed it, $9. Seating is limited to 99 -- as such, reservations are recommended. For more information, call 704-334-9128.

The American Craft Council presents its annual bigtime Craft Show Charlotte 2001 today through Sunday at the Charlotte Convention Center. Over 230 craft artists will be in attendance, all of whom were selected by a jury process. Admission is $6 daily or $10 for a two-day pass. Hours are 10am-8pm today, 10am-6pm tomorrow, and 10am to 4pm on Sunday. For more information, call 704-331-8187.

Charlotte becomes a center of surrealism as the 47th Annual Singing Christmas Tree sets down roots at Ovens Auditorium today through Sunday, featuring a 32-foot tall human tree singing everything from Elvis' "Blue Christmas" to "Ave Maria." Tickets are $10-$20 for adults, and $5-$10 for children, available by calling 704-522-6500 or 704-374-1564. The show will be performed at 8pm tonight, 3pm and 8pm tomorrow, and 3pm on Sunday.


Carolina Pro Musica celebrates the Holiday season with the popular Christmas at St. Mary's tonight at 7 and 8:30pm. The concerts will feature medieval and Renaissance music for voices and instruments. The musical selections will feature chant, folk-based and composed music in French, German, Spanish, Scottish, English and carols for all to sing. Advance ticket purchase or reservations are recommended. Tickets are $12 for regular admission and $6 for students and seniors. For more information, call 704-334-3468 or visit online at

The Charlotte Checkers take on the Wheeling Nailers tonight at 7:30pm at Cricket Arena. Tickets are $6-$19, available by calling 704-522-6500.

Doc Watson, the Deep Gap, NC native and icon of American folk music, will appear at the Neighborhood Theatre tonight along with grandson Richard and Charlotte native Jack Lawrence tonight at 8pm. Tim Mace opens the show. Tickets are $27.50, available via phone by calling 704-358-9298, or (cash only) at the Record Exchange on East Boulevard.


Handel's Messiah will be presented by the Charlotte Civic Orchestra and will feature the Charlotte Music Club, Area Church Choirs, Orchestra and Soloists this afternoon at 3pm at First United Methodist Church. Admission to this annual audience favorite is free. For more information, call 704-344-0098.

In continued celebration of the new book Tis the Season: The Gift of Holiday Memories from the Novello Festival Press, the Arboretum location of Barnes and Noble hosts Editor Tom Peacock for a reading and signing today at 2pm. For more information, call 704-341-9481.

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