NOVEMBER EVENTS

Five New York Times best-selling authors are part of Verse & Vino, a Nov. 1 fundraiser for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation.

Five New York Times best-selling authors are part of Verse & Vino, a Nov. 1 fundraiser for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation.

VERSE & VINO: An evening of food, wine, and conversation with five New York Times best-selling authors to raise funds for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation. The featured authors and their new releases are: Elliot Ackerman, Waiting for Eden; Lou Berney, November Road; Casey Gerald, There Will Be No Miracles Here; Paula McLain, Love and Ruin; Julia Reed, South Toward Home. 6-9:30 p.m. Nov. 1. Charlotte Convention Center., 501 S. College St. $150. www.foundation.cmlibrary.org.

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ELLIE LEBLOND SOSA BOOKSIGNING: The author and granddaughter of George and Barbara Bush will sign copies of her new book about her grandparents and their love story. Bruce Julian will be serving his famous Bloody Marys and Shrimp and Grits. 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 3. The Buttercup, 343 Providence Road. 704-333-0554.

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HAMILTON: The smash Broadway hit comes to Charlotte. It’s based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary.  Book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The score blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, Through Nov. 4. Belk Theater at Blumenthal Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. Tickets: $154-$599. www.blumenthalarts.org.

Raise money for Dress For Success while helping the nonprofit clear out space during its Inventory Reduction Event on Nov. 3.

Raise money for Dress For Success while helping the nonprofit clear out space during its Inventory Reduction Event on Nov. 3.

INVENTORY REDUCTION EVENT: Surplus women’s suits, sweaters, dresses and shoes will be for sale to make room for new inventory at this fundraiser. Only cash in bills $20 or less and credit/debit cards will be accepted. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 3. Dress For Success Boutique & Career Transformation Center, 500-A Clanton Road. charlotte.dressforsuccess.org.

The Southern Christmas Show is Nov. 8-18 at The Park Expo & Conference Center.

The Southern Christmas Show is Nov. 8-18 at The Park Expo & Conference Center.

SOUTHERN CHRISTMAS SHOW: Get a head start on your holiday at this marketplace that also features entertainment, a decor competition, Christmas Tree lane and more. Nov. 8-18. The Park Expo & Conference Center, 800 Briar Creek Road. Parking is $8 (cash only). southernchristmasshow.com.

Opera Carolina presents Daughter of the Regiment Nov. 10, 15 and 18 at Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.

Opera Carolina presents Daughter of the Regiment Nov. 10, 15 and 18 at Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.

DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT: Opera Caroline presents Donizetti’s opera that actually has a happy ending. It tells the story of a spirited young orphan raised by a French army regiment who must chose between love and social status. 8 p.m. Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 and 2 p.m. Nov. 18. Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. Tickets: $22-$157. www.operacarolina.org.

Famous makeup artist and entrepreneur Bobbi Brown is the featured speaker at the Mint Museum Auxiliary’s Fall EnrichMINT event on Nov. 15.

Famous makeup artist and entrepreneur Bobbi Brown is the featured speaker at the Mint Museum Auxiliary’s Fall EnrichMINT event on Nov. 15.

FALL ENRICHMENT FORUM: Makeup artist, entrepreneur and author Bobbi Brown is the featured speaker at this event hosted by the Mint Museum Auxiliary. Includes champagne, light bites and a book signing. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Nov. 15. Mint Museum Uptown. $125. mintmuseumauxiliary.org.

Legendary comedian John Cleese comes to Ovens Auditorium on Nov. 19.

Legendary comedian John Cleese comes to Ovens Auditorium on Nov. 19.

AN EVENING WITH JOHN CLEESE: An evening of comedy with the legendary star of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Fawlty Towers and A Fish Called Wanda. 7 p.m. Nov. 19. Ovens Auditorium, www.ovensauditorium.com.

Chef Carla Hall will sign copies of her new  Soul Food  cookbook from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at Williams Sonoma.

Chef Carla Hall will sign copies of her new Soul Food cookbook from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at Williams Sonoma.

CHEF CARLA HALL: The beloved celebrity chef from ABC’s Emmy Award-winning The Chew and a fan favorite on Bravo’s Top Chef and the Food Network’s baking competitions will sign copies of her new Soul Food cookbook. 3-4:30 p.m. Nov. 20. Williams Sonoma, Speciality Shops in the Park, 6401 Morrison Boulevard. Cost is $32.50 and includes a copy of the cookbook and light bites. Registration required; RSVP here.

HOLIDAYS AT THE GARDEN: This annual light display has become a tradition for families. New this year is a musically-orchestrated topiary display in the Four Season’s Garden and the lights of fire and ice in the perennial gardens have been extended. There’s also an expanded Department 56 Dickens Village. Santa will be available for for pictures on select nights for an additional fee. Nov. 23-Jan. 6 (except Christmas Day). Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Adult tickets are $12.95 to $16.95. dsbg.org.

Celebrate the holidays during a bountiful Thanksgiving meal at the newly redesigned Ballantyne Hotel, or at a Tree Lighting ceremony the next day.

Celebrate the holidays during a bountiful Thanksgiving meal at the newly redesigned Ballantyne Hotel, or at a Tree Lighting ceremony the next day.

THE BALLANTYNE HOTEL: Celebrate the holidays at The Ballantyne Hotel, which has just undergone a gorgeous new redesign. A bountiful brunch will be offered on Thanksgiving from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 22 featuring an array of seasonal salads, carving stations with regional accompaniments, decadent desserts and live music. Cost is $95 per person; $40 for ages 5-12; and complimentary for children ages 4 and under (pricing does not include tax or 24% service charge). Reserve here or at 704-248-4100. On Nov. 24 from 5 to 6:30 p.m., the hotel’s magnificent tree in the lobby will be lit during a festive complimentary ceremony that includes caroling, hot chocolate, cider, cookies and visiting with Santa.

Michael McDonald performs holiday hits on Nov. 28 at Knight Theater.

Michael McDonald performs holiday hits on Nov. 28 at Knight Theater.

MICHAEL MCDONALD SEASON OF PEACE, HOLIDAY & HITS: The five-time Grammy Award winner performs beloved classics and songs of his new Christmas album. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 28. Knight Theater. $30, $49.50, $64.50, $79.50, $99.50, $179; meet and greet tickets are $279. carolinatix.org.

Galleries

Landscapes by John Beerman are on view through Nov. 24 at Anne Neilson Fine Art.

Landscapes by John Beerman are on view through Nov. 24 at Anne Neilson Fine Art.

ANNE NEILSON FINE ART: Through Nov. 24: Renewed Wonder: Studios Into the Landscape, recent paintings by John Beerman. 532 Governor Morrison Street. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. 704-496-9181; anneneilsonfineart.

The multi-disciplinary exhibition  Vicarious  is at Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art from Nov. 1 through Jan. 5, 2019.

The multi-disciplinary exhibition Vicarious is at Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art from Nov. 1 through Jan. 5, 2019.

ELDER GALLERY OF CONTEMPORARY ART: Through Oct. 27: Evolution, paintings by Susan Brenner and Chase Langford. Nov. 1-Jan. 5, 2019: Vicarious, a multi-disciplinary exhibition featuring paintings by San Francisco-based Dan Bayless; drawings and paintings by Charlotte-based artist and Army veteran Will Bosbyshell; glass work by Pomona, California-based artist and Vietnam veteran Michael Aschenbrenner,; prints, objects and sculpture by Drew Cameron; installation work by Charlotte-based artist and Navy veteran Suje Garcia; a documentary produced by Susie Films; a virtual reality project produced by Army veteran Paula Kranz Broadwell; and artworks from graduates of the Chicago-based CreatiVets Program. Part of exhibit sales go to Veterans Bridge Home. 1520 S. Tryon St. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.704-370-6337; www.eldergalleryclt.com.

Street Space, Embracing the History of Street Art & Culture  is on view through Dec. 1 at New Gallery of Modern Art.

Street Space, Embracing the History of Street Art & Culture is on view through Dec. 1 at New Gallery of Modern Art.

NEW GALLERY OF MODERN ART: Through Dec. 1: Street Space, Embracing the History of Street Art & Culture featuring works by Daniel Arkham, Jose Aurelio Baez, Christopher Chan, Jesse Choring, Seth Clark, Steven Firenze, Freehand Profit, Blaine Hurdle, Hnin Nie, Odriewgo, Christophe Roberts, David Rosenstraus, Grace Stott, Swoon, Dammit Wesley, Bryan Wilson and Stephen Wilson.  435 S. Tryon St., Suite 110. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 704-373-1464; www.newgalleryofmodernart.com. 

Interiors,  an exhibit of works by Damian Stamer, is on view through Nov. 9 at Soco Gallery.

Interiors, an exhibit of works by Damian Stamer, is on view through Nov. 9 at Soco Gallery.

SOCO GALLERY: Through Nov. 9: Interiors, works by Damian Stamer. 421 Providence Road. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 980-498-2811; www.soco-gallery.com. 

Coming Up

The 64th annual Singing Christmas Tree Dec. 8-9 uptown is billed as a Big Band Bash.

The 64th annual Singing Christmas Tree Dec. 8-9 uptown is billed as a Big Band Bash.

THE 64TH ANNUAL SINGING CHRISTMAS TREE: This Charlotte holiday tradition features The MainStage Choir performing favorite Christmas songs in a 32-foot tall Christmas tree. This year’s production has a Jazz twist with accompaniment by the all-star Big Band, plus the Miller Street Dance Academy. 3 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8, 4 p.m. Dec. 9. Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts, 430 S. Tryon St. $26-$45. carolinavoices.org.

The National Ballet Theatre of Odessa performs the classic ballet  The Sleeping Beauty  for one night only on Dec. 19 at Knight Theater.

The National Ballet Theatre of Odessa performs the classic ballet The Sleeping Beauty for one night only on Dec. 19 at Knight Theater.

THE SLEEPING BEAUTY: The National Ballet Theatre of Odessa and its 55 dancers perform a full-scale production of Tchaikovsky’s classic for one night only. 7:30 p.m. Dec 19. Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts, 430 S. Tryon St. $40-$60. blumenthalarts.org.

CROWN JEWELS BALL: Cugat Club is the theme of this year’s gala fundraiser for Charlotte Concerts. Gala chair is Clair Campbell. Feb. 9, 2019 at Quail Hollow Club. Tickets are $275. www.charlotteconcerts.org.


















AUTHOR KIMMERY MARTIN RULES

Author Kimmery Martin's debut novel is set in Charlotte.  

Author Kimmery Martin's debut novel is set in Charlotte.  

There's a new Queen in Charlotte - The Queen of Hearts author Kimmery Martin.

Her debut novel, described as a cross between Grey's Anatomy and Big Little Lies, is already generating a lot of buzz nationally even though its official launch date isn't until Feb. 13. A mix of medical drama and love gone wrong, it tells the story of pediatric cardiologist Zadie Anson and trauma surgeon Emma Colley, their friendship and a secret from their pasts. 

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Kimmery grew up in Eastern Kentucky. After graduating from Medical School at the University of Louisville and completing her internship and residency, she moved to Charlotte in 1998. It's where she met her husband, Dr. James Fleischli, a sports medicine surgeon at OrthoCarolina, and they are raising their three children here. 

Although the two main characters are from Kentucky, Kimmery's novel takes place in Charlotte. The references to Charlotte are fun to read and her witty observations are spot-on. "It's a case of the saying write what you know," Kimmery says. "It didn't make sense to research another city when I could set it in a place that I knew well."

The book is dedicated to her mother, whom Kimmery credits with igniting her love of literature. "She got her Master's Degree at the University of Kentucky," Kimmery says. "She always took me with her to the library and I would load up on books."

Still a self-proclaimed book nerd, Kimmery loves reading so much that her website www.kimmerymartin.com is filled with her reviews of works by other writers. One of her favorite authors is Tom Wolfe; and she loves to read about science and technology, especially astrophysics. But she's also a fan of Bridget Jones's Diary. That personal literary mix is what makes her novel a success: It's well-written with a serious medical side, yet funny and soapy enough to keep it entertaining. 

The grueling process of not only writing a novel but finding a publisher - especially one as coveted as Penguin Random House - is a major accomplishment. The majority of the reviews, including Publishers Weekly and Southern Living, have praised the novel, but the few less positive ones are hard for her to read. "You can't escape criticism," she says. "It took five years and I failed a lot along the way. But if you feel compelled to write a story that's in you, you will find a way to do it."

Kimmery is on hiatus from her longtime job as an ER physician at CMC-Pineville and CMC-Mercy to promote her novel. Here are upcoming opportunities to meet her and learn more about her creative process.

January 25, 6-8 p.m.: Kimmery will join fellow authors Charles Thomas and Austin Light at Final Draught, a panel discussion moderated by Queen City Forward director Amy Chiou. Presented by The Friends Council, it benefits the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation. $10 in advance; $15 at the door. Includes light bites; beer and wine may be purchased. 7th Street Public Market, 224 E. Seventh St. For tickets, click here.

11 a.m. Feb. 13: A Luncheon/Book Signing at Quail Hollow Club. Ticketed event.

6:30 p.m. Feb. 13: A Book Signing with wine and cheese at Morrison Regional Library, 7015 Morrison Boulevard. Free. To RSVP, click here.

Noon-1:30 p.m. Feb. 22: Author Luncheon at Flatiron Kitchen + Taphouse. hosted by Main Street Books in Davidson. Tickets are $30 and must be purchased by Feb. 20. For details, click here