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Weekly calendar Nov. 14-20: Last chance to catch renaissance festival, new art exhibit, community Thanksgiving service

Nov. 19: Charlie Mars performs at Cornelius Arts Center

Trying to figure out what to do this week? This calendar points you to some of the best options in Lake Norman. 

Nov. 14

An Ideology that Refuses to Die: Cuba, Six Decades Later, A Cultural Approach 

7-8 pm | Nov. 14. Lecture by Damaris Puñales–Alpízar is an Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies and Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Case Western Reserve. Davidson College, Visual Arts Center VAC-117 Semans Lecture Hall.

Nov. 16

Comedy Show

8 pm | Nov. 16. Beerly Funny presents a night of comedy with headliner Jenn Snyder and hosted by Lauren Ansley . This is a 21+ show.  Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Lost Worlds Brewing, 19700-D, One Norman Blvd, Cornelius.

Real Costs of Green Energy

4:30 – 5:30 pm | Nov. 16.  Vince Beiser  is an award-winning journalist and author of the book “The World in a Grain: The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization.” Davidson College, Knobloch Campus Center Alvarez- Smith 900 Room.

Wednesday With Woody 

10 – 11 am | Nov. 16.  Drop in and chat with Mayor Woody Washam about whatever is on your mind. Willow Wood Coffee, downtown Cornelius.

Nov. 17 

Navigating Geopolitical Risk & Supply Chains

7 – 8 pm | Nov. 17. Sarah Kemp joined Intel as Vice President of International Government Affairs on February 14, 2021, with decades of global policy expertise and a proven track record of developing new policy platforms and executing global strategy. Davidson College, Knobloch Campus Center Alvarez-David & Pam Sprinkle Room.

Nov. 18

Artists reception

6:30-8:30 pm | Nov. 18. Through Our Lens opening reception. Cornelius Art Gallery, 19725 Oak St.


9 pm | Nov. 18. Slippery When Wet, Bon Jovi tribute band. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. BoatYard Lake Norman, 18418 Statesville Rd., Cornelius.

Speedway Christmas at Charlotte Motor Speedway 

6-10 pm | Nov. 18 – Jan. 8. Experience 4 million lights along a 4-mile course synchronized to Christmas-themed music, plus a vendor village. Tickets start at $30 per car on Monday-Wednesday. On Thursday-Sunday, it’s $40 per car. 5555 Concord Pkwy. S., Concord.

Nov. 19

From Santa’s arrival to the tree lighting, there’s something fun for everyone at the Lighting of Birkdale Village on Nov. 19. Photo Birkdale Village

The Lighting of Birkdale Village 

2-7 pm | Nov. 19. Music, holiday performances and activities for the family. See schedule online. Birkdale Village, Huntersville.

Starving Artist’s Market 

2-6 pm | Nov. 19. At D9 Brewing Co., 11138 Treynorth Drive, Cornelius.

Music at the Mill 

Doors open 6:30 pm; show at 8 pm | Nov. 19. Charlie Mars. Tickets  $45. Cornelius Arts Center, 19725 Oak St.


9 pm | Nov. 19. Cowboy Mouth. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. BoatYard Lake Norman, 18418 Statesville Rd., Cornelius.

North Carolina Baroque Orchestra Fundraiser

4-6 pm | Nov. 19. music, conversation, wine, appetizers and more. Tickets $50 each. Hurt Hub@ Davidson, 210 Delburg St., Davidson.

Davidson Wildcats football at home 

1 pm | Nov. 19. Vs. Dayton. Buy tickets here. Richardson Stadium, Davidson College.

Nov. 20

Communitywide Thanksgiving Service

6 pm | Nov. 20. The annual service will be held at Grace Covenant, 17301 Statesville Rd., Cornelius. Everyone is welcome.

The premiere brass ensemble of the Southeast on Nov. 20 honors trumpet player Bill Lawing’s retirement from Davidson College.

Carolina Brass Quintet

3-4 pm | Nov. 20. Tickets $20 for adults; $15 for seniors; youth / student free. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 301 Caldwell Ln., Davidson.

Country Christmas

7:30 – 10:30 pm Nov. 20 | Wagon Load A Trouble opens Christmas season at Old Town Public House, 21314 Catawba Ave., Cornelius.

Through mid-February


6-10 pm | Daily. Explore a half-mile, self-guided walking trail showcasing illuminated installations representing the Whitewater story and mission. The elements populate the entire Ridge and Canyon of the Whitewater Center and culminate with a compelling view above the forest floor on an all new suspension bridge complex. Whitewater Center,  5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy., Charlotte 28214.

Nov. 14 – Jan. 13

Through Our Lens: Digital Art and Photography

A small group of digital artists and photographers from North Carolina  display their love for their art. Cornelius Art Gallery, 19725 Oak St.

Through Nov. 20

29th Annual Carolina Renaissance Festival & Artisan Marketplace 

9:30 am – 5:30 pm. | Saturdays and Sundays. Rain or shine; no pets. Free parking. Go online for details and tickets pricing. 16445 Poplar Tent Rd., Huntersville.

Through Jan. 4

Frederick Graff, AWS, D.F., Salem, SC, “Heritage Hill” winner of AWS Gold Medal of Honor  will be part of the watercolor exhibit in Mooresville through Jan. 4.

International Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society

Noon-4pm | Tuesday-Friday; 10am-2pm | Saturday. Forty watercolor paintings from today’s nationally known and internationally known masters will be on display in Mooresville Arts’ Center Gallery, 103 W. Center Ave., Mooresville. Many of the paintings will be for sale.