Ambassador's Ball: Felix Sabates hosts this signature annual fundraiser for the Allegro Foundation, a champion of children with disabilities. This year's event honors Dr. László Szabó, Ambassador of Hungary. Emcee is WCNC's Larry Sprinkle. All proceeds benefit Allegro’s free movement education programs for more than 700 children with disabilities throughout the Charlotte, Huntersville and Fort Mill areas. Event sponsors include Ally Financial, the Charlotte Hornets, CPI Security, Domtar, Novant Health, SteelFab Inc. and Wells Fargo. 6 p.m. Jan. 6, Quail Hollow Club. www.allegrofoundation.net.
Twelfth Night: Party 18th century-style at this celebration of the end of the Christmas season for the Backcountry settlers. There's live music, colonial party games, hot apple cider, Twelfth Night cake and a candlelight tour of the Hezekiah Alexander House. Free. 5-7:30 p.m. Jan. 6. Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive. For details, click here.
Henry Rollins Travel Slideshow: For many years, Henry Rollins has used his camera to document his travels around the world. Join him for an intimate evening as he tells the stories behind the photos he’s taken, from Baghdad to Timbuktu. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10. McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square. $19.50-$39.50; $59.50 VIP (includes premium seating); $174.50 meet & greet (includes premium seating, a photo and an exclusive post-show Q&A.. For tickets click here.
Health & Wellness Expo: This second annual event is from 1 to 4 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Twin Mills Club at Trilogy Lake Norman, 310 Exploration Blvd., Denver. Activities include free healthcare screenings provided by Carolinas Healthcare System; bike helmet fittings from Blood, Sweat & Gears; complimentary bike rentals from the Outfitter; chair massages; smoothie samples; running shoe fittings; a mass exercise class at 1:30 p.m. with fitness supervisor Jill; and a healthy cooking class at 2:30 p.m. with Chef Ben. Details: www.trilogylife.com/lakenorman.
Lafayette 148 New York: The Spring trunk show is inspired by women artists. Size range from petite to plus. Representative Ginny Torreson-Berk will be on hand to assist customers. There will also be refreshments and a chance to register to win Paul Simon gift certificates. Jan. 17-Jan. 20. Paul Simon Women, the Village at SouthPark. 704-333-6139; www.paulsimonco.com.
Artists Reception: Meet artists Regine Bechtler and Marek Ranis during the opening reception for their new Phantasmagorical Shape Sifters and Seascapes exhibits. 6-8 p.m. Jan. 17. Both exhibits are on view Jan. 17-Feb. 24. New Gallery of Modern Art, 435 S. Tryon St. During a special event at 6 p.m. Jan. 26, Regine Bechtler will walk guests through her creative process and influences from ancient mythology to modern fairytales. For details, click here.
The 5 Browns: This quintet of sibling pianists - all graduates of the Julliard School of Music - have wowed classical music fans globally with their five-piano concerts. They'll perform selections from one of their top-selling albums as well as favorites by Debussy, Gershwin, Smetana and Stravinsky as part of the nonprofit Charlotte Concerts season. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 18. Halton Theater on the campus of Central Piedmont Community College. $50 and $60. www.charlotteconcerts.org.
Queen's Feast: As part of Charlotte Restaurant Week, participating restaurants will offer 3 course meals for $30 or $35 Jan. 19-28. To find a participating restaurant by location or alphabetically, click here.
The Scrapper Book Signing: Local writer Darla Desiderio the author of the Gage the Flying Whippet series of children's books, signs copies of her newest book, The Scrapper. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 20. Park Road Books, 4139 Park Road Books. 704-525-9239; www.parkroadbooks.com.
Dream Gala: Celebrity athletes from across the country will join guests at this benefit for Dream on 3, which provides sports experiences for children with chronic illnesses or developmental disabilities. 6 p.m. Jan. 20. Ritz-Carlton. $200. Sold Out. www.dreamon3.org/dreamgala.
Innovative Works: One of Charlotte Ballet's most popular performances, Innovative Works showcases contemporary ballet in an intimate setting. It features ballets by Sasha Janes, Myles Thatcher and Robyn Mineko Williams. Jan. 26-Feb. 17. Patricia McBride & Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance, Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon Street. Tickets and showtimes: www.charlotteballet.org.
Pride Awards Day Bash: Celebrate 25 years of the Pride Awards during a luncheon, networking and awards ceremony. Jan. 26 at the Westin. Networking begins at 11:15 a.m.; the lunch and program is at noon. Attire is business casual. $232. Details: www.prideawards.net.
Soup On Sunday: Sample some of the best soups in town at this 18th annual fundraiser for Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region. Hosted by the Central Piedmont Community College Culinary Arts department and faculty, it features 32 Charlotte-area restaurants dishing out samples of their specialty soups. There are also desserts and beverages, plus a selection of handcrafted pottery for purchase. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 28. Philip L. Van Every Culinary Arts Center, 425 N. Kings Drive (corner of Kings Drive and Seventh Street). Tickets are $30 (includes food and beverages); $40 (includes food, beverage and a handmade pottery bowl); $10 for 7-12; free for 6 and younger. To order tickets, click here.
Crown Jewels Ball: Stardust & Stetsons is the theme of the annual Charlotte Concerts gala that honors Bill Gorelick and includes silent and live auctions, dinner and dancing. Proceeds benefit arts education for more than 600 Charlotte area students. Emcee is media personality Francene Marie Morris. Feb. 17 at Quail Hollow Club. $250. Details: www.charlotteconcerts.org.
Southern Spring Home & Garden Show: Feb. 23-25 and March 2-4 at The Park Expo and Conference Center.
An Evening with Dan Rather: The Learning Society of Queens University of Charlotte presents this evening with the award-winning broadcast journalist. The former CBS News anchor and 60 Minutes correspondent has covered major news stories from Kennedy's assassination (he was the first to break the news the president had been killed) to staying on the air for 18 hours straight on Sept. 11, 2001 and the Indian Ocean tsunami. 7 p.m. Feb. 20. Knight Theater. $45. 704-372-1000; www.carolinatix.org.
Dancing With The Stars Of Charlotte Gala: The theme is the Most Incredible Gala, inspired by Charlotte Ballet’s premiere of The Most Incredible Thing. Local stars from some of Charlotte’s most esteemed corporations are paired with the professional dancers of Charlotte Ballet to raise funds for the ballet company and each star’s chosen charity. Gala chairs are Drs. Florence and Edward Kim. The dance pairs will compete for two awards – People’s Choice and Judge’s Choice. The People’s Choice title will be awarded for most funds raised and Judges’ Choice for the top score received from the judges. March 3 at Knight Theater. Gala Gold, Silver and Sponsor Tables are sold out; there's a waiting list for individual tickets. Details: www.charlotteballet.org.