Nov 07-09, 2014

Christmas Festival

Get a jump on holiday shopping at this popular annual event where attendees fawn over artisan-crafted wares, custom creations and gourmet food items. From fashions and fine jewelry to toys, home décor and seasonal decorations, more than 300 exhibitors offer endless options for under the tree. Chef-created gingerbread houses also on display. Open F noon-7 pm, Sa 10 am-6 pm, Su 10 am-5 pm. Tickets: $15. Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd., 617.536.3400, www.bostonchristmasfestival.com

Nov 19-23, 2014

Boston Lyric Opera presents "The Love Potion"

With a repertoire that ranges from world premiere works to classics by Puccini, Britten and Mozart, Boston Lyric Opera produces fully staged operas featuring some serious emerging talent. This month, catch BLO's Opera Annex's presentation of Frank Martin's Tristan and Isolt tale “The Love Potion.” W-Sa 7:30 pm, Su 3 pm. Temple Ohabei Shalom, 1187 Beacon St., Brookline, 617.542.6772, www.blo.org

Nov 08, 2014 - Jan 03, 2015

The Guild of Boston Artists' 100th Anniversary Exhibition

Founded in 1914, the Guild focuses on contemporary realism, and has for more than a century, exhibiting top painters from all over New England, as well as work in a variety of mediums. This month, in the same space where it originally opened, the gallery celebrates its landmark birthday with a special "100th Anniversary Exhibition." Open Tu-Sa 10:30 am-5:30 pm. 162 Newbury St., 617.536.7660, www.guildofbostonartists.org

Nov 15, 2014

French Cultural Center's Biannual Book Sale

Located in a charming brownstone in Boston’s Back Bay, the nonprofit French Cultural Center promotes francophone language and heritage in America. This month, catch its biannual Library Book Sale, where all types of French-language tomes, from classic and contemporary fiction and nonfiction to translations and children's books, go on sale starting at $1. 9:30 am-4 pm. 53 Marlborough St., 617.912.0400, www.frenchculturalcenter.org

Nov 22, 2014

Davidson vs. North Carolina

See what sort of firepower Ol' Roy and the Tar Heels might have in store this year when they take on the always respectable hometown Wildcats in an early-season basketball match-up. 2 pm. Tickets from $35 plus tax, fees. 333 E. Trade St., 800.745.3000, timewarnercablearena.com

Dec 12, 2014

Black and Blues

The Grammy-winning Black Keys perform their raw blues, with St. Vincent leading off. 8 pm; tickets from $35, plus tax. Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St., 800.745.3000. ticketmaster.com

Dec 06, 2014

ACC Championship Game

Will Florida State from the Atlantic side repeat, or will someone from the Coastal Division sneak in there? Find out, up-close, at the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship game. 7:45 pm; tickets $25-$195. Bank of America Stadium, 800 S. Mint St., ticketmaster.com

Nov 10, 2014

Stand Up With Dave

If you miss the raucous comedy of "Chappelle's Show," you can do it one better: See Dave Chappelle live. Expect much parody on the state of America today when he performs at Ovens Auditorium. Tickets from $53 plus tax, fees. 2700 East Independence Blvd., 704.372.3600

Nov 08, 2014

Back in the Chain Gang

Hear Chrissie Hynde perform Pretenders standards like "Brass in Pocket" plus selections from her critically acclaimed, 2014 solo debut album, "Stockholm," in a dance-worthy live show that combines disco, rock and pop. Tickets from $53 plus tax, fees. 8 pm, Ovens Auditorium, 2700 East Independence Blvd., 704.372.3600

Dec 31, 2014

First Night Charlotte

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at this family-friendly event. Magicians, dancers, food trucks and a Sol Fusion performance all help to ring in the new year. 1 pm-12:30 am. Romare Bearden Park, 300 S. Church, charlottecentercity.org

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