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A Christmas Carol
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Raleigh
A Christmas Carol

Memorial Auditorium—Christmas season in the Triangle means, among other things, Theatre in the Park's annual musical-comedy rendition of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. This 35-year-old staple recently toured France, funded by a boisterious production of Romeo and Juliet last spring. Ira David Wood III returns as Ebenezer Scrooge, David Moore is Bob Cratchit and 76 volunteers fill out the cast and chorus. In keeping with the tradition of cleverly and mockingly topical references, we're told this year's audiences might expect jokes about the H1N1 flu vaccine and Balloon Boy, among others. This show runs until the 16th with evening performances at 7 p.m. and matinee showings at 2 p.m. Tickets are $21 to $77. For more information, visit www.theatreinthepark.com or www.progressenergycenter.com. —Belem Destefani



Durham
Lewis Shiner

Regulator Bookshop—Durham's Lewis Shiner has enjoyed a long and eclectic career in writing, ranging from science fiction to reality-based stories to rock 'n' roll. The retrospective volume Collected Stories looks back on his career and will be available at a special reading and signing that includes his Durham-based novel, Black & White, and Deserted Cities of the Heart. Sadly, the collection is unlikely to include his excellent DC Comics miniseries Time Masters, available in trade paperback, but you can sample Shiner's fiction on his Web site, www.lewisshiner.com. The event begins at 7 p.m.; for more information, visit www.regulatorbookshop.com or call 286-2700. —Zack Smith


Raleigh
Spyrq With Merlin, Mic Savvy

The Pour House—Raleigh rapper Spyrq (pronounced Spy-Roll, inspired by a video game's dragon) has released several mixtapes and an album over the last five years. With his gruff, DMX-style delivery, he is a little rough around the edges, but he has returned with a new record, My Back Against the Wall. With beats proctor Merlin, a producer unafraid to base a hip-hop track on a Yello sample ("Merlin's Day Off"), and Hood Provadence on tonight's roster, this should be a booming night of local hip-hop. The show starts at 7 p.m. and costs $9 in advance or $12 at the door. Check www.the-pour-house.com. —Chris Toenes

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