Matthews-Mint Hill Weekly Arts Beat Nov. 16

Matthews ballet presents ‘The Nutcracker

Matthews Ballet will present the holiday classic “The Nutcracker” at the Matthews Community Center.

Performances are scheduled for Nov. 24 and 25, and Dec. 1 and 2. Saturday performances are at 7 p.m., and Sunday shows are at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 12 and younger, and are on sale now at the Matthews Community Center, 100 E. McDowell St.

For more information, call 704-321-7275.

Teena’s Art Gallery event to benefit Center of Hope

Teena’s Art Gallery, 110 S. Ames St., in Matthews, will host a wine and cheese party 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 16 to raise money for the Salvation Army’s Center of Hope, which serves homeless families.

The event costs $15 per person and features live music from Ken Bryan and guests will receive a free 2013 art calendar.

Proceeds from the ticket sales and a portion of all art sales that evening will benefit the center.

For more information, call 704-844-0956.

Broadway ‘Phantom’ star to give holiday concert

Broadway singer and actor Franc D’Ambrosio, best known for his role as the Phantom in the Tony Award-winning musical, “The Phantom of the Opera,” will use his talent to bring the holiday spirit to Charlotte on Nov. 25.

D’Ambrosio will perform a “Christmas in New York” concert at St. John Neumann Church at 7 p.m. The show will feature a variety of Christmas tunes, including “My Favorite Things” and “All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth,” as well as sacred numbers like “Ave Maria,” “The Little Drummer Boy” and “O’ Holy Night.”

Proceeds from the show will benefit the church’s youth ministry programs. Tickets range from $20 to $25.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call 704-535-4197.

The church is located 8451 Idlewild Road in Charlotte, just outside of Mint Hill.

Mint Hill names Volunteer of the Month

The volunteer-based Mint Hill Arts recently recognized Sandra Smith as the November Volunteer of the Month.

The nonprofit honored Smith Friday, Nov. 9, at the opening reception for the November art show, “Small Treasures.”

Smith, a jewelry artist, has served on both the membership and gallery committees as well as a gallery host and helps chair the intake committee.

“It’s impossible to imagine where Mint Hill Arts would be without the countless hours Sandra has volunteered and the dedication she has shown to bettering this organization. She … is so gracious while she volunteers. She knows her ‘job’ and she does it well. She inspires others with her dedication and attitude … (and she completes) her sometimes overwhelming ‘job’ with a smile on her face all the time,” Mint Hill Arts representatives said in a news release.

For more information on Mint Hill Arts and the nonprofit’s November “Small Treasures” exhibit, visit or call 980-226-5532.

New hours for Matthews Farmers Market

The Matthews Community Farmers’ Market is adjusting its hours to adapt to the Thanksgiving holiday and seasonal changes.

The organization will hold a special Thanksgiving Farmers Market on Tuesday, Nov. 20, from 4 to 6 p.m. so shoppers can get produce for holiday dinners. The market will be closed Saturday, Nov. 24.

The Winter Farmers’ Market begins Dec. 1 and will be held every Saturday from 8 to 10 a.m. through March 30.

For more information on the Matthews Community Farmers’ Market, visit The market is located at 188 N. Trade St. in Matthews.

Handel’s Messiah returns

The Charlotte Music Club will present its 60th annual performance of “Handel’s Messiah” at 3 p.m. on Dec. 2, a Sunday, at First United Methodist Church in Charlotte.

The community, chorus, orchestra and featured soloists all volunteer their time to bring this free performance to the Charlotte region. Lib Hughston serves as the event coordinator and Diane Higgins coordinates the orchestra, while Ginger

Wyrick is returning to conduct for the third year. All three are members of the Charlotte Piano Teachers Forum.

There is no cost to attend the event, but an offering will be taken during intermission to help raise money for music scholarships.

The church is located at 501 Tryon St. in Charlotte. Free parking is available in the church deck, located on 9th Street between Tyron and Church streets.

McDowell Arts Center opens Dec. 1

The Town of Matthews will host a dedication ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 for the newly restored McDowell Arts Center in downtown Matthews.

Formerly known as the Agriculture Building, the circa 1920s center is in front of the Matthews Community Center and will be used for additional programs and classes offered by the Town of Matthews Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resource Department. Renovations included fitting necessary rooms on the first and second floors, as well as adding restrooms and an elevator.

The building also will serve as the new meeting space for the Matthews Artists Guild, which will open a new exhibit Dec. 1. “Introducing the Artists of MAG” will feature the work of about 50 local artists and be on display through the end of December. Most of the artwork will be for sale.

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