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There’s a holiday theme on screen & stage this weekend


Sherlock Holmes poster

Opens Friday at Our Town Cinemas.

With Christmas just 10 days away — have you finished your shopping yet? — the holidaweekend calendar bugy theme dominates theater and dance performances this weekend. Davidson Community Players wrap up their holiday show “Retrieving the Lamb” with performances Thursday through Sunday at the Armour Street Theatre in Davidson. In Cornelius, Mt. Zion United Methodist Church’s annual Christmas concert is Sunday, with theChancel Choir, Bell Choir and Orchestra.  And two area productions of Tchaikovsky’s holiday ballet “The Nutcracker” are on tap: by Dance Davidson Sunday at Davidson College and by the Piedmont Dance Theatre and Salisbury Symphony Orchestra Saturday and Sunday at Salisbury’s Keppel Auditorium.

The holiday theme carries over into music, with Davidson College Presbyterian Church’s Geneva, Chancel and Youth choirs combining to perform Antonio Vivaldi’s “Gloria” on Sunday.  And in a holiday twist, Tanya and Tim Chartier will depict stories of Christmas through the art of mime in a Sunday performance at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Davidson.

And if you need to stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables for the holidays, catch the Davidson Farmer’s Market’s final appearance of 2011 on Saturday morning in downtown Davidson.

These events — and more below — are in our day-by-day calendar at right. Also, at right on this page, see our movie show times listings for Our Town Cinemas, where the holiday classic “Miracle on 34th Street” is showing, with a portion of ticket sales going to the Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson. Also at the cinema, a few openings this Friday: “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol,” and “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.”They’ve also got “Arthur Christmas,” “New Year’s Eve” and “The Muppets.”

Miracle on 34th Street poster

"Miracle on 34th Street" is showing at Our Town Cinemas. A portion of ticket sales goes to Ada Jenkins Center.


Teaching Talents, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Cornelius Arts Center, 19725 Oak St., Cornelius. The Cornelius PARC Department and The Community Arts Project host a display and holiday sale of multimedia works from the center’s instructors, on display through Jan. 13. Information: Call 704-896-8823.

Local Art for Christmas, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Friday, Davidson Town Hall, 216 S. Main St., Davidson. Exhibition of works by area artists Sandie Bell, Kathie Kemp, Lori Neill and Mary Luke and photographers Rachel Goldstein and David Boraks. Works will be on display through Dec. 31.


Retrieving the Lamb, 8 p.m. Thursday-Sunday, Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St., at Watson Street. Performances of the Davidson Community Players’ holiday show “Retrieving the Lamb” (with a live lamb for petting after the show). Tickets and info:

Miracle on 34th Street, 8:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday, and 1 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St., Mooresville. Performances by the Masterworks School of the Arts’ teenaged students.

Dance Davidson’s “Nutcracker”, 2 and 6 p.m., Davidson College Duke Family Performance Hall – Dance Davidson presents its holiday student performance of “The Nutcracker.” Tickets available online at or at the theater on Saturday, Dec. 17, from 9 to 4 or 1 hour before show time.

The Nutcracker, 6:30 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Keppel Auditorium, Salisbury. Performance of Tchaikovsky’s full-lenght ballet by the Piedmont Dance Theatre and the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra. Tickets: $20-25 for adults, $10-12 for children under age 18. Information: Visit or call 704-932-8888.


Mecklenburg County Board of Equalization and Review, 9 a.m., Meeting Room, Suite 302, third floor, Walton Plaza Building, 700 E. Stonewall St., Charlotte.

Kannapolis Business Alliance Meeting, 12 p.m., Gem Theatre Annex, 111 W. 1st St., Kannapolis. Speakers from the Small Business and Technology Development Center, SCORE (Service Corp for Retired Executives), RCCC’s Small Business Center, and Self-Help will give an overview of financial, advisory, and educational resources available to assist with small business growth. The meeting is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided. To RSVP, email

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Advisory Commission, 4:30 p.m., Auditorium I & II, Hal Marshall Services Center, 700 N. Tryon St., Charlotte.

Toys for Tots Holiday Party, 6-11 p.m., The Blake Hotel, 555 S. McDowell St. Charlotte. Entry fee is $10 which will be used to purchase childrens’ toys and includes three drink tickets. Cash bar. Information: Call 704-372-4100.

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Mimes Tanya and Tim Chartier present "Miming in Advent" Sunday at St. Alban's Episcopal Church.

MI-Connection Board, 6:30 p.m., Davidson Town Hall, 216 S. Main St. – The MI-Connection Communications System board of directors holds its monthly meeting. No agenda has been released but officials said it will include an operations report and update on the system’s ongoing transition. MI-Connection is the cable and internet network owned by the towns of Davidson and Mooresville.

Davidson Rail Station Plan Workshop, 7 p.m., Board Room, Davidson Town Hall, South Main Street, Davidson. The first in a series of events to update Davidson’s plans for development along the planned Red Line Regional Rail Project. This meeting and an identical one Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. will explain the purpose of the Station Area Plan, present recommendations from previously-adopted plans, and receive input from citizens about development sites along the rail line corridor. Info on the town website. See also our Dec. 14 preview, “Meetings seek public input on updated station area plan.”

Sip and Sketch, 7 p.m., Cafe Elie, 20700 N. Main St., Suite 110, Cornelius. A new twist on “Ladies Night Out.” Bring your favorite bottle of wine and your BFF’s, and we’ll supply the rest – canvas, paint, art lesson, and a lite snack. Enjoy a creative and relaxing evening with your friends, at the end of the class, you will leave with a beautiful painting worthy of display in your own home. Participants will also receive a hand-painted wine glass by Elie Bou Zeidan as a souvenier. Cost: $50 per person, discounts available for large groups and active Cafe Elie students. Information-reservations: Call 704-896-9766.

Home Safety Seminar, 7 p.m., Cornelius Police Department, 21440 Catawba Ave., Cornelius. Officials with the Cornelius PD will hold a seminar on “Keeping Your Home Safe When You Are Away,” which will share tips on keeping your home secure during the holiday and travel seasons. Residents planning on attending the seminar are asked to RSVP by Dec. 12 either by emailing or by calling 704-892-1363.

Live music at Summit Coffee, 8-11 p.m., Summit Coffee, 128 S. Main St., Davidson. Live music: TBA. Info: 704-895-9090.


Mecklenburg County Information Services and Technology Board, 7:30 a.m., Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 E. Fourth St., Charlotte.

Senior Center Christmas Lunch, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., North Mecklenburg Senior Center, 16601 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville. The North Meck Senior Center’s annual Christmas luncheon will feature a sing-along with Emily Roland. Tickets are $8 per person, $4 per person for annual Discount Card holders. Attendees are also asked to bring a wrapped toy to donate to the Huntersville Police Department’s Toys for Tots program (please have tag on gift indicating if for a boy or girl). Information-registration: Call 704-875-1270.

Live music at Summit Coffee, 8-11 p.m., Summit Coffee, 128 S. Main St., Davidson. Live music: TBA. Info: 704-895-9090.

Live music at Prosciuttos Pizzeria, 8-11 p.m., Prosciuttos Pizzeria, 20920 Torrence Chapel Rd., Cornelius. Live music: Wally & Dave.

Live music at the Brickhouse, 8:30 p.m., Brickhouse Tavern, 209 Delburg St., Davidson. Live music with Thirsty Horses. Info: 704-987-2022 or


Davidson Farmer’s Market, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., downtown Davidson, next to Town Hall. Davidson Farmer’s Market winter tailgate market. Local farmers and vendors selling meats, produce, dairy products, baked goods, and other items. Runs the first and third Saturdays in November and December and the second and fourth Saturdays January through March. Information: Visit is pleased to be a media sponsor of the Davidson Farmer’s Market.

Holiday at the Furniture Mart, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 17, Hickory Furniture Mart, 2220 U.S. 70 SE, Hickory. More than 60 local artists, craftsmen and potters will display their works and make them available to purchase for holiday gifts. Also, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Violin and cello duet music by Tyler and Dylan Hefner. Information: 828-322-4825.

Meet The Artist, 1-4 p.m., Black at Cats, Main Street, Davidson. Artist Jan Black will talk about her Historic Davidson Collection line of prints and cards.

Davidson women’s basketball vs. College of Charleston, 2 p.m., Belk Arena, Davidson College. The Wildcats’ women’s basketball team hosts the College of Charleston.

Live music at Summit Coffee, 8-11 p.m., Summit Coffee, 128 S. Main St., Davidson. Live music: TBA. Info: 704-895-9090.

Live music at the Brickhouse, 8:30 p.m., Brickhouse Tavern, 209 Delburg St., Davidson. Live music with Matt Stratford. Info: 704-987-2022 or


Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi, 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., Davidson College Presbyterian Church, corner of Main Street and Concord Road, Davidson. The Geneva, Chancel and Youth Choirs of DCPC will combine for two services, singing Antonio Vivaldi’s joyful “Gloria.” The choir will be accompanied by members of the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra. Soloists are Christina Tarry, Elisabeth Davis, Amy Weir and Marilyn England. Information: Call 704-892-5641.

Miming in Advent, 9:15-10:15 a.m., St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 301 Caldwell Lane, Davidson. Performance by artists Tanya and Tim Chartier during the church’s Intergenerational Sunday School hour will depict stories of Christmas through the art of mime. Admission is free and open to the public.

DCPC special Sunday morning classes, 9:45 a.m., Davidson College Presbyterian Church, corner of Main Street and Concord Road, Davidson. The DCPC Covenant class will have a special Christmas series, “O Come, O Come Emmanuel,” led by Doug Ottati, the Craig Family Distinguished Professor of Religion and Ethics at Davidson College. Meanwhile, the Faith and Families class will learn about Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany hymns. All other Sunday Christian education classes will meet as well on these dates. Information: Call 704-892-5641.

Mt. Zion United Methodist Church's annual Christmas concert is Sunday.

Mt. Zion United Methodist Church's annual Christmas concert is Sunday.

Mt. Zion UMC Christmas Concert, 11 a.m., Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 19600 Zion St., Cornelius. The Mt. Zion UMC Chancel Choir, Bell Choir and Orchestra will hold its annual Christmas concert.Admission is free, but offerings will be accepted. Information: Visit or call 704-892-8566.

Dance Davidson’s “Nutcracker”, 2 and 6 p.m., Davidson College Duke Family Performance Hall – Dance Davidson presents its holiday student performance of “The Nutcracker.” Tickets available online at or at the theater on Saturday, Dec. 17, from 9 to 4 or 1 hour before show time.

Mother-Daughter Holiday Tea, 2-5 p.m., Historic Beaver Dam, Davidson-Concord Road, Davidson. Davidson Parks & Rec hosts its first Mother Daughter Holiday Tea at the Historic Beaver Dam house. The house will be decorated for the occasion. Co-sponsored by Armin’s Catering, which will provide tea, sandwiches and hors d’oeuvres. Register online at or call 704-892-3349 for reservations by Dec. 9. Read more in our Nov. 22 news item.

Grieving at the holidays?, 5:30 p.m., Davidson United Methodist Church, Purcell Room, 233 S. Main St., Davidson. Grief and Healing Dialogue, with Rev. John Rowe, director of the DUMC Counseling Center. A comforting environment for those experiencing loss at this time of year. Followed at 7:30 p.m., by a Worship Service for Hope & Healing, led by the Rev. Jody Seymour, at DUMC chapel. Information: Call 704-892-8277 or visit


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