Weekly Ticket

Published Mon, Nov 19, 2012 08:46 AM
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The Carolina Ballet presents "The Nutcracker" this weekend. File photo

Submitted by Melissa Howsam — Correspondent

NUTCRACKER: Take a break from making your list and checking it twice for the return of Carolina Ballet’s pirouetting holiday performance of “The Nutcracker” in Robert Weiss’ “simply dramatic” staging. Where: Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh. When: Fri. through Sun., 2 p.m. Show moves through Triangle for holiday season (UNC Memorial Hall, Dec. 1-2; Memorial Auditorium return, Dec. 14-23; DPAC, Dec. 29-30). Prices vary by date and location. | More info

THE WIZARD OF OZ: Follow the yellow brick road to catch Dorothy, Toto, and that “stupid” Scarecrow and pals on the big screen, accompanied by a live symphonic shakeup of the classic soundtrack (with the North Carolina Symphony). Where: Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh. When: Friday, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. | More info

6TH ANNUAL BLACK FRIDAY CASK FESTIVAL: Skip the sales and swaths of holiday hagglers-gone-mad-on-mark-downs and deck your liver with a few homegrown heady pints instead. With 20+ NC casks, DJ spins and food vendors, price also includes sample glass and unlimited cask samples—remember that when you’re reaching for that extra slice of pie the night before. Where: Triangle Brewing Company, Durham. When: Friday, 3 p.m. $32. | More info

CAROLINA WONDERLAND EXPRESS: Swap your sleigh bells for Thomas the Tank choo-choos as the steam and diesel engines traverse more than 400-feet of holiday history rails, from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Crystal Coast, and the staged passing of day to nigh with the enchantment of holiday lights. Where: Museum of Life and Science, Durham. When: Starts Tuesday, runs through Jan. 6. Museum admission, plus an additional $3. | More info

STUFF OUR TURKEY FOOD DRIVE: Before you stuff your face with turkey and stuffing, take the opp to feed less fortunate families with Marbles annual Stuff Our Turkey event, in partnership with the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC, when for every four cans of food donated, you score one free museum admission pass or buy-one-get-one-free IMAX documentary coupon. See, a lil canned pumpkin goes a long way. Where: Marbles, Raleigh. When: Now through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Limit one voucher per person. Not valid for group admission. | More info

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