South Charlotte Weekly Arts Beat Dec. 7

‘Red’ opens Friday at Ciel Gallery

“Red,” an exhibition of “celebrations and lifeblood in mosaic and mixed media,” opens Friday, Dec. 7, at Ciel Gallery.
The exhibit features art that incorporates the color red, though other works will be available to purchase as holiday gifts. All sales must be paid in cash.
There’s a special opening night reception Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibit runs until Jan. 26
The gallery is located at 128 E. Park Ave. Find more information on the gallery at its website,

Singing Christmas Tree is Saturday

The 58th annual performance of The Singing Christmas Tree is this weekend at Ovens Auditorium.
The concert, performed by the more than 80 members of the Carolina Voices MainStage Choir, is Saturday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 9, at 3 p.m. The performance includes a 32-foot Christmas tree and appearances from country singer Caroline Keller, the Grey Seal Puppets, the Eddie Mabry Dancers and more. Tickets start at $20.
Also, on Saturday, the Grey Seal Puppets will take part in The Singing Christmas Tree For Kids. The event is at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., and is aimed at children ages 3 to 10. Tickets start at $10.
Find more information on the show at the group’s website, Ovens Auditorium is located at 2700 E. Independence Blvd.

Children’s Choir’s ‘Christmas Gloria!’ this weekend

The Charlotte Children’s Choir will perform this weekend and next in south Charlotte.
The first show, Saturday, Dec. 8, at 7 p.m., is “Christmas Gloria!” The performance includes Vivaldi’s “Gloria,” as well as a number of popular Christmas carols. The show is at Myers Park Baptist Church, 1900 Queens Road. Tickets are $15 at the door.
The following weekend, on Dec. 15, the choir will perform “Christmas is a Feeling: A Children’s Holiday Celebration” at Sharon Presbyterian Church, 5201 Sharon Road. Tickets are $10 at the door.
The choir is a nonprofit supported through membership and donations. Find more information on the group at its website,

Author to visit Park Road Books on Saturday

Andrew Hartley, author of the “Darwen Arkwright” series of young adult literature, will sign copies of his latest book this weekend at Park Road Books.
Hartley will sign copies of “Darwen Arkwright and the Insidious Bleck” on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 11 a.m. He’s also author of “Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact.” The novels follow along with a 11-year-old boy who can enter an alternative world through mirrors.
Park Road Books is located at 4139 Park Road, in the Park Road Shopping Center.

Ballet coming to SouthPark Mall

The Charlotte City Ballet will perform next weekend at SouthPark Mall.
There are two performances on Dec. 15, a Saturday – one at 11 a.m. and the other at 1 p.m. outside Tiffany’s at the mall’s Circle Court. Performances are free and open to the public.
Find more information on the group at its website, The mall is located at 4400 Sharon Road.

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