Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Dec. 23, 2011 — as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.
• Chaps! A Jingle, Jangle Christmas at Actor's Theatre of Charlotte
• Julius the Mad Thinker at Dharma Lounge
• Dieselboy at Neighborhood Theatre
• Jonathan Horton's 2nd Annual Christmas Jam at Smokey Joe's Cafe
• Twelve exhibit at Plaza Muse