Weekender, Dec. 2-4

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Check out these events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area this weekend— as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

Friday, Dec. 2
Palate to Palate
McColl Center for Visual Arts
Palate to Palette groups two very important items — wine and art. In its fourth year, the event lets visitors tour the art studios, each of which are equipped with their own wine tasting stations. This year’s artists’ works — including Isaac Payne, Felicia van Bork, Nat Lancaster, Tom Thoune (see his pictured painting, titled “Annie Lambla Grows Up”), Alyssa Wood and Marge Moody — have been specially paired with wines, to give sensory satisfaction in addition to visual. Gourmet local food provided for munching purposes. Live music and a raffle too.

Music Following a hiatus in new material, Cake — best remembered for ’90s-era alt hits, like “The Distance” — independently released its Showroom of Compassion album early this year. The disc, a long-awaited follow-up to 2004’s Pressure Chief, was praised for not straying from the band’s original sounds. You never know, after all those years. Folks can show some love for Cake during their upcoming performance at 106.5 The END’S Not So Acoustic Xmas at Amos’ Southend. More...

Art Plaza Muse wants to make gift-giving easy. For that reason, its newest exhibit Twelve is comprised of affordable art by 12 local artists. Of course, it’s not all about spending moola. You can also stop by to simply to muse over these works of varied mediums. More...

Saturday, Dec. 3
The Great Southern Exposure
Visulite Theatre
Absolutely no nipples, pubic hair, buttcracks and/or other x-rated areas below the belt are permitted to pop out during the course of The Great Southern Exposure, an annual burlesque and variety pageant glitzing up Visulite Theatre on Dec. 3. This rule, along with others found on the event’s website, is a big no-no. Naughtiness doesn’t have to mean nudiness, and if there’s one thing burlesque preaches, it’s sexiness in the subtle. The pageant illuminates the talents of a jumble of glamorous performers, including the Q.C.’s own Big Mamma D and Selia D’Katzmeow (the lovely lady pictured), who plan to roll out their best moves and theatrics.

Benefit Between gorging at Thanksgiving festivities and the season’s seemingly endless parties (with the lures of sweets — Christmas cookies, pies and candy), The Charlotte Jingle Bell Run/Walk at Blakeney Shopping Center sounds like a good idea. Not only does the event help support a good cause (the Arthritis Foundation), but it also gives folks the chance to burn off some calories. Tying bells to shoelaces and wearing goofy headband antlers is encouraged. More...

Music A lineup change has modernized the old-time string music base of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, but they still hold true to the traditions they embody. The February 2011 departure of Justin Robinson has led to the addition of his replacement, Hubby Jenkins, in addition to beatboxer Adam Matta. While Matta can add beats when necessary, he also fills in the low end, using his voice to thump away at an imaginary bass. With Frazey Ford at Neighborhood Theatre. More...

Sunday, Dec. 4
Fern: Flavors from the Garden
1323 Central Ave.
I'm not a vegetarian, and you don't need to be one to enjoy Fern, a new vegetarian eatery offering fanciful dishes that are fresh, local, and set in a relaxing atmosphere. The Indian Taco is large enough for many to share. This dish exceeds expectations with a puffy bread base layered with bean and squash chili, tomatoes and chopped onions, and smoothed with shredded cheddar.

Theater Charlotte playwright Judy Simpson-Cook’s Retrieving the Lamb is a celebration of the things we lose sight of during the season’s unpredictable shortcomings. In the production, everything that can go wrong does go wrong as a community gathers for its annual living Christmas nativity performance. Some of the un chaos: Folks playing Mary, Joseph and the angel have fallen ill, a storm has touched down and the lamb has gone missing. Presented by Davidson Community Players. More...

Arts The Light Factory’s Streetwise: Masters of '60s Photography exhibit captures Swiss photographer Robert Frank's "snapshot aesthetic." It includes works by Frank, as well as by photographers he influenced: Diane Arbus, Lee Friedlander, Jerry Berndt, Ruth-Marion Baruch, Garry Winogrand, Bruce Davidson, Danny Lyon and Ernest Withers. More...

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