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A weekly selection of interesting Cultural Events taking place in the Charlotte metro area.

Week of February 28, 2011

Monday  Feb. 28

Cult Movie Monday:  SHAFT
7:00pm/Doors; 8:00pm/Screening – (Actors Theatre of Charlotte, 650 Stonewall St.)
  • The Light Factory and Theatre 650 present this month’s Cult Movie Monday feature: SHAFT, the genre-defining blackploitation film,  directed by Gordon Parks. Come watch John Shaft -  the ultimate in suave black detectives. He first finds himself up against Bumpy, the leader of the Black crime mob, then against Black nationals, and finally working with both against the White Mafia who are trying to blackmail Bumpy by kidnapping his daughter.

Tuesday Mar. 1

Charlotte Chamber Music – 1st Tuesday concert
5:30pm – First Presbyterian Church (200 W. Trade St), Charlotte

  • Feel the excitement of the bullfight and revel in the flair of the Fandango as you experience the flavour of Spain with classical guitarist Robert Teixeira and friends. From the intimate to the extroverted, enjoy an Iberian musical fiesta right here in Charlotte. Selections include: Joaquin Turina: La Oracion del Torero ; Luigi Boccherini: Guitar Quintet #4 in D “Fandango.”  Musicians for this concert are Robert Teixeira, guitar; Peter deVries and Kari Giles, violins; Vasily Gorkovoy, viola; Tanja Bechtler, cello. These concerts are performed by leading local and regional professional musicians that Charlotte Chamber Music compensates. The evening concert includes a wine and cheese reception in the Carillon Lobby.

Wednesday  Mar. 2

Movie Screening:  ORGASM, INC.
7:00pm – McColl Center for Visual Art
Tickets: $7

·         The McColl Center for Visual Art is pleased to host a screening of the shocking and hilarious newly released documentary ORGASM, INC. Tickets are only $7 for this extraordinary movie which captures the cash-fueled pharmaceutical industry and fevered marketing campaigns to introduce Viagra for Women. This movie promises to entertain as well as educate women from all walks of life, all backgrounds, all political persuasions, and all preferences.

Thursday Mar. 3

DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN,  Presidential Historian
7:00pm – Dana Auditorium/Queens University
Tickets: $40

·         One of the most recognized historians of the day, Doris Kearns Goodwin provides trenchant, informed and enthralling commentary on current events. Author of several best-selling books, Goodwin won the Pulitzer Prize in history for “No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II.” Her book “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” won the prestigious Lincoln Prize and the inaugural Book Prize for American History. A consultant interviewed extensively for PBS and the History Channel’s documentaries on LBJ, the Kennedy family, Franklin Roosevelt and the Lincolns, Goodwin offers a keen perspective as a presidential historian and political news analyst.


7:00pm – Sam Lerner Center for Cultural Arts/Jewish Community Center

Admission: FREE

  • In honor of NASA’s 50th Anniversary, the Charlotte Jewish Film Festival (March 3-13) will open with a screening of the 2010 documentary film: AN ARTICLE OF HOPE. An uplifting message of humanity, AN ARTICLE OF HOPE tells the remarkable story of Israel’s first astronaut and the journey of a tiny Torah scroll into outer space. Israeli Air Force Colonel Ilan Ramon and six other astronauts perished on Feb. 1st, 2003, when the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated upon reentry. Among the few objects that Ramon took into space was a miniature Torah that had survived the Concentration Camps of the Holocaust.  **Tiffany Russell, from NASA, will be the special guest speaker.


8:00pm – Charlotte Motor Speedway

Tickets: $38.50 - $212.50

  • CIRQUE DU SOLEIL returns to Charlotte MARCH 3- 20 with a brand new live production:  TOTEM! Somewhere between science and legend TOTEM explores the ties that bind Man to other species, his dreams and his infinite potential.

Friday Mar. 4

MATTHEWS HAS TALENT!  (a Benefit for Matthews Playhouse)
7:30pm – Matthews Community Center (100 E. McDowell Street, Matthews)
Tickets: $10
  • This benefit (which runs through Sun. 3/6) was created to showcase the local talent in our community and to support Matthews Playhouse and Theatre Matthews. For 16 years Matthews Playhouse has enriched the lives of performers and audience members alike with high quality plays and performances. This variety show will celebrate solo, small and large groups who have been invited to or successfully auditioned for a spot in the shows. Top performers will be recognized with a final showdown on the last evening.

6:00-8:00pm – Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
Tickets: FREE w/museum admission

  • Experience the sounds of 1930s and '40s France when the Ziad Jazz Quartet performs the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. Featured songs include Nuages, Limehouse Blues, Minor Swing, Django, After You’ve Gone and Exactly Like You.

LECTURE:  Lady Young on ''Churchill's Sculptor''
6:00pm – Max L. Jackson Gallery/Watkins Bldg/Queens University

  • This illustrated lecture about the life and works of Oscar Nemon, Sir Winston Churchill's sculptor, is given by his daughter Lady Young. The lecture traces Nemon's life from his birth in Croatia in 1906 to his very last sitting with Diana, Princess of Wales in 1985. Nemon sculpted many of the leading statesmen and royalty of the 20th century including the Queen, the Queen Mother, Margaret Thatcher and President Eisenhower. The lecture is presented with support from The English Speaking Union of the United States and the Friends of Art at Queens. Reception to follow the lecture.

Saturday Mar. 5

MOTÖRHEAD  (w/Clutch)
8:00pm – Fillmore Charlotte
Tickets: $41.50

  • Motörhead's overwhelmingly loud and fast style of heavy metal was one of the most groundbreaking styles the genre had to offer in the late '70s. Currently on their 35th anniversary tour, in support of their latest album “The World Is Yours,” don’t miss Lemmy and the band for a classic hard rock show! Be sure to also catch opening band CLUTCH, for some amazing, bluesy, hard rock.

Davidson Community Players present:  MASTERPIECE
8:00pm – Armour Street Theatre (Davidson, NC)
Tickets: $10-$18

  • Davidson Community Players explores visual art with the thrilling premier of Masterpiece by the award-winning author Meir Ribalow. Based on the actual events of the 20th Century’s most notorious forgery scandal, the drama follows Flemish artist Han van Meegeren who successfully forges a 'masterpiece' by Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer to retaliate against a hostile and powerful art critic. The painting is sold to the Nazis, and it is not until nine years later that a mysterious investigator appears and the unraveling begins. "A mesmerizing thriller about what constitutes great art and the relationship between love, art, and the truth." --Broadway World

Sunday Mar. 6

1:00-4:00pm – Latta Plantation (5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, NC)
FREE, with site admission

  • 19th century blacksmiths on the grounds providing demonstrations. 

7:00PM – McGlohan Theatre @ Spirit Square (Blumenthal Performing Arts ctr)
Tickets: $19.50 - $24.50

  • Levy is one of the artists at the forefront of reviving and preserving Ladino, a collective term for the Judeo-Spanish languages that date back to the 15th century in Spain. In her deep, spiritual and moving style of singing, Levy preserves and revives the most beautiful songs from the Ladino/Judeo-Spanish heritage, mixing it with Andalusian Flamenco. Her “Romance & Yasmin” created a stir amongst world music lovers across the globe. She’s performed at Carnegie Hall, with Jools Holland on his TV show in England and at WOMAD festivals. See why The Guardian says Levy "deserves global recognition... (her music is) powerful, passionate & intriguing. “

Week of February 21, 2011

Tuesday Feb. 22
Levine Museum’s New South for the New Southerner
5:30pm – Levine Museum of the New South (200 E. 7th Street)
Admission: $10/person; Museum members/FREE

  • Levine Museum of the New South presents its "New South for the New Southerner," an educational program for newcomers and native, Hosted by Levine Museum historian Dr. Tom Hanchetts. High-profile newcomers to Charlotte include Kathleen Jameson from Houston, director of the Mint Museum, and Christopher Warren-Green from London, conductor of the Charlotte Symphony. They'll share their personal puzzlements with Charlotte, plus tips for getting along in the Queen City. Program includes wine and dinner from Mert's Heart & Soul.

A Scholar’s Forum:  MEXICO: The Once and Future Revolution
7:00-8:30 – Charlotte Museum of History
Admission: FREE/members; $5/non-members (reservations required-see below)

  • Come hear a lecture by Jurgen Buchenau, Professor, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Chair, Department of History. Dr. Buchenau’s research interests include 19th and 20th century Mexico, Immigration, Mexico in world affairs, and the Mexican Revolution. He is currently writing a biography of General Alvaro Obregón, who commanded the winning faction in the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920).  Dr. Buchenau has also begun work on a book that will examine economic development, corruption, and political leadership to reconsider the consolidation of Mexican state in the 1920s and 1930s. ***Reservations are required: email  or call 704.568.1774.

Wednesday  Feb. 23

MOMIX: Botanica
7:30pm – Knight Theatre @ Levine Center for the Arts (430 S. Tryon)
Tickets: $20-$54

·    In this highly anticipated engagement, MOMIX (internationally renowned contemporary dance company) brings its breathtaking fantasy piece BOTANICA to Charlotte. BOTANICA transports you to a fantasy world of surreal images and childlike wonder. Set to an eclectic score that ranges from birdsong to Vivaldi, BOTANICA reveals nature’s changing imagery in an unforgettable multimedia experience. Through Sunday 2/27.

Thursday Feb. 24

Global Issues Forum:  FREDRIK STANTON,  Author
11:00-12:45pm – Tate Hall/CPCC (1201 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte)
FREE & open to the public – RSVP Required to attend (click link below)

·         Central Piedmont Community College’s (CPCC) Global Issues forum, together with the World Affairs Council of Charlotte, will host Author Fredrik Stanton on the College’s Central Campus. Stanton will discuss his latest book titled, “Great Negotiations: Agreements that Changed the Modern World.” Whether you’re a history buff or a literary aficionado, Stanton’s presentation will remind you of the decisions that have made or broken our national history and demonstrate how the art of negotiation can change the world by establishing peace among nations.

6:30pm – Sykes Auditorium/Queens University

  • Charlotte ViewPoint, Novello Festival Press, the Queens MFA in Creative Writing program and The Arts at Queens host a reading of “Topograph,” a literary anthology celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Novello Festival of Reading. The anthology offers a fresh sketch of the current Southern literary landscape, including one-minute stories, fractured prose poems, fragmented pulp fiction and inventively structured memoirs. The book is a collaboration between Novello Festival Press and Charlotte ViewPoint, a community-based nonprofit organization that advances metropolitan ideas and art. Book contributors include MFA faculty Alan Michael Parker and Katherine Min. Prior to the reading, editor Jeff Jackson will answer audience questions about literary publishing and editing.

Friday Feb. 25

World Affairs Council of Charlotte presents:  Ambassador DAVID ADELMAN
12:00-1:30pm – Westin Charlotte (601 S. College St.)
Tickets: $45 (WACC members); $60 (non-members)

  • The U.S. Ambassador to Singapore will discuss: Why Asia? Why ASEAN? Why Now? - How to be a Winner in the Global Marketplace. Prior to his confirmation, Ambassador Adelman served as a State Senator in the Georgia General Assembly and as an Assistant Attorney General in Georgia.  For the past twenty years he worked with the national law firm Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP.  He has taught courses in political science as an instructor in the Honors Program at the University of Georgia.  For many years Ambassador Adelman represented indigent veterans on a pro bono basis before the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, as well as served as a legal adviser to the state of Georgia’s largest domestic violence organizations.

Author Reading/Signing:  LISA NAPOLI
7:00pm – Park Road Books (4139 Park Road)

  • Come meet journalist LISA NAPOLI, as she reads from her new book “Radio Shangri-La: What I Learned in Bhutan, the Happiest Kingdom on Earth.” Ms. Napoli writes of a period when she was dissatisfied with her life and her work as a radio journalist when a chance encounter with a handsome stranger presents her with an opportunity to move halfway around the world. She decides to leave behind cosmopolitan Los Angeles for a new adventure in the ancient Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan—said to be one of the happiest places on earth - and helps to start Bhutan’s first youth-oriented radio station, Kuzoo FM. Lisa Napoli has worked as a journalist for NPR (public radio show Marketplace), a columnist at the New York Times CyberTimes, and an Internet correspondent at MSNBC. She began her career at CNN, worked in local news in North Carolina, and has directed several documentaries about Southern culture.

ROWING TO AMERICA: The Immigrant Project
8:00pm – Robinson Hall/Lab Theatre (UNC Charlotte)
Tickets: $5

  • Frequently comic, sometimes tragic, and often poetic, Rowing To America explores the experience of immigration, emigration, and migration through a myriad of culturally diverse one-act plays. These plays are directed, designed, and performed by students in the Department of Theatre and represent a clear but simple aesthetic approach to production and performance.

Saturday Feb. 26

2:00-5:00pm – Gil Gallery  (109 West Morehead St.,Charlotte)

  • The Flag of Hope is a social art project that will travel to 10 cities across North Carolina to promote multicultural awareness and hope within our diverse communities. Artist Edwin Gil will collect handprints and signatures on large canvases that will be fashioned into the nation’s first ever flag made with the handprints of North Carolina residents. Gil is a contemporary conceptual artist best known for his vibrant colors and proprietary paint technique used to achieve depth and movement in his works.

The Met: Live in HD presents: Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride
1:00pm – Stonecrest @ Piper Glen + AMC Concord Mills 24
Tickets: $18-$24

  • Susan Graham and Plácido Domingo reprise their starring roles in Gluck’s nuanced and elegant interpretation of this primal Greek myth. Tenor Paul Groves also returns to Stephen Wadsworth’s insightful production, first seen in 2007. Patrick Summers conducts.

Sunday Feb. 27

Winter Garden Walk & Plant Sale @ UNC Charlotte
1:00-3:30pm – UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens (9090 Craver Rd.)

  • Join staff of the Botanical Gardens for an informative stroll through the delights of the Susie Harwood Garden. Yes, there is much to appreciate in a southern garden in winter – berries, bark, structure, and even flowers. Come enjoy this overlooked season, learn about some plants to add to your own winter garden, and choose from a prime selection of winter plants for sale. A short slide presentation will precede the garden walk.

Music & Museum Concert:  Back to Brahms
5:00pm – Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
Tickets: $15/museum members; $20/non-members (seating is limited)

  • The Bechtler Ensemble is joined by special guest violinst Rosemary Furniss this evening. Furniss is one of the most respected violinists of her generation and is acclaimed for her solo performances and collaborations with renowned orchestras and conductors (including her husband, newly appointed Charlotte Symphony conductor Christopher Warren-Green who also leads the London Chamber Orchestra where Furniss shares the role of Artistic Director and Concertmaster). For this performance, the musical work of Brahms will be paried with the artwork of Julius Bissier. Bissier is featured in the exhibition Four Artists in Ascona: Benazzi, Bissier, Nicholson and Valenti on view now through July 5 in the museum's second-floor gallery.

Week of February 14, 2011

MONDAY  Feb. 14

Guitarist/Songwriter DAN BERN
7:00 & 9:30pm – Birdsnest, 102 S. Main Street, Davidson
Tickets: $20 ($1 from each ticket sold will be donated to Habitat for Humanity)

  • Don’t miss the chance to see folksinger Dan Bern with two Valentines Day concerts in this intimate setting. Email to reserve tickets, making sure to specify what time and how many tickets


7:00-8:30pm – Charlotte Country Day School (Cramer Lecture Hall)
Admission: $10

  • The Office of International Programs at UNC Charlotte, along with the World Affairs Council of Charlotte, coordinates a local community lecture series annually. Tonight, Dr. Richard Buttimer, UNC Charlotte will discuss Responding To The Financial Crisis as the final lecture of the series. Dr. Buttimer, who has a PHD from the University of GA, is Interim Associate Dean for Faculty and Research as well as Professor of Finance at UNC Charlotte. He has published papers in many academic journals and is a member of the editorial board of The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics. His primary areas of research are the development of mortgage default models and the application of options theory to real estate problems.

FLOGGING MOLLY (the 7th annual Green 17 Tour)
6:30pm – Fillmore Charlotte
Tickets: $35.25

  • Don’t miss Flogging Molly’s exhilarating and explosive live show with their unique blend of traditional Irish music and rowdy punk rock. This L.A. based septet’s annual tour countdown to St. Patrick’s Day will also feature music from their upcoming spring release, recorded in Asheville. Also appearing is Moneybrother and The Drowning Men.


Opening Reception: BODY & SOUL
6:00-9:00pm – Middleton McMillian Gallery (The Light Factory – Charlotte)

·         Since the early 19th Century, photographers have experimented with figurative subject matter. Mysterious and sensual, intense and innocent, spiritual and corporeal, photographers MONA KUHN, JOYCE TENNESON & JOCK STURGES explore the abstract potential of the human body.

BLUE DOOR – Opening Night
8:00pm – Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte  (650 E. Stonewall St., Charlotte)
Tickets: $24 - $29

  • Three generations of men (all played by the same actor), from slavery through Black Power, challenge Lewis to embark on a night journey combining past and present. Infused with abundant humor and woven through with original songs, BLUE DOOR is a tour-de-force for two actors, a vivid, exuberantly theatrical play about the African-American male experience. “Intelligent…unfailingly thought-provoking…Barfield poses sharp questions and counter-questions on contemporary black identity. Her vision is fearless and humane.” - The Los Angeles Times


RICK STEVES,  Author/Television Host
6:00-8:00pm – Westin Hotel (601 S. College Street, Charlotte)
Tickets: $50 members; $65 non-members

·         Take advantage of this unique opportunity to meet and talk to Rick Steves, TV personality and host of popular public TV series “Rick Steves Europe” as he speaks to the World Affairs Council of Charlotte.  He will share his wealth of knowledge about building a global perspective through thoughtful travel for a broader understanding of issues impacting our world today.  He will also share travel tips. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served.

7:30pm – Hodges Taylor Art Consultancy  (401 N. Tryon – Transamerica)
Tickets: $5/Light Factory members; $7/non-members

  • A full-fledged musical that recasts the MGM tradition in a gritty, near-documentary style. It tells the story of a young Boston jazz musician who drifts from affair to affair, his trumpet the only constant in his life. Jason Palmer, its star, was recently named by Down Beat Magazine as one of the top twenty-five “Trumpeters for the Future.” The film features all original music composed by Justin Hurwitz and recorded by the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra.

FRIDAY Feb. 18

10:00-11:30am – Mint Museum/Randolph (2730 Randolph Road)
FREE, with museum admission

  • Dr. Kimerly Rorschach, Director of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, talks about why universities have museums.

Tony® Award Winning Musical: IN THE HEIGHTS
8:00pm – Belk Theatre @ Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $54.50-$74.50

  • IN THE HEIGHTS, winner of four 2008 Tony® Awards including BEST MUSICAL, is a sensational new show about chasing your dreams and finding your true home. You will be taken on an exhilarating journey into a vibrant Manhattan community; a place where the coffee is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three.  ***Ticket holders for the February 18th performance of IN THE HEIGHTS will have the unique opportunity to attend a pre-show event featuring a cocktail hour (cash bar), free hors d’oeuvres, and salsa dancing led by dancers from Metropolitan Ballroom! To SAVE $10 on tickets to IN THE HEIGHTS on Friday, February 18th visit or call 704.372.1000 and ask for the “salsa” special!


9:00am-3:00pm – Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens
FREE, with garden admission

  • Expanding on the popular Bluebird Day of the past two years, the Garden celebrates our winged friends with a day of birds. Enjoy bird watching walks, demonstrations and mini-talks scheduled throughout the day, including the annual update on the Gardens' Bluebird Program. For a small fee, build your own bluebird house and mix up a suet treat for the feathered friends in your yard at home. ** A materials fee of $10 will apply for optional Bluebird house and Suet projects.
    Partnering Organizations: NC National Wildlife Federation affiliates, Gaston County P.A.W.S. and Mecklenburg County H.A.W.K.

Charlotte Film Society presents: HOWL
7:00pm-doors/7:30pm-screening – Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Rd., Charlotte
Tickets: $5/members; $8/non-members

  • 2010 film about the legendary poem by beat icon Allen Ginsberg -- played by Hollywood actor James Franco. -- and the 1957 obscenity trial that followed its publication.

8:00pm – Dana Auditorium/Queens University (Charlotte)
Tickets: $20/General Admission; FREE/students

  • The Friends of Music at Queens proudly hosts Red Priest, an acoustic foursome founded in 1997 and named after the flame-haired priest Antonio Vivaldi. Red Priest is the only early music group in the world to have been compared in the press to the Rolling Stones, Jackson Pollock, the Marx Brothers, Spike Jones and the Cirque du Soleil. The group has given sold-out concerts at many of the world’s most prestigious festivals, including the Hong Kong Arts Festival and Prague Spring Festival. Their repertoire ranges from obscure 17th century sonatas to the most famous works of Bach and Vivaldi, all presented in imaginative programs with cinematically inspired titles: “Priest on the Run,” “Nightmare in Venice,” “Pirates of the Baroque” and “Johann, I’m Only Dancing!”

SUNDAY Feb. 20

MINT MUSEUM  – “Sunday Fun Days
1:00-4:00pm – Mint Museum/UPTOWN (500 S. Tryon St.)
FREE, with museum admission
  • It’s family time Uptown! Try out a new scavenger hunt in the museum galleries, see a performer or artist demonstrating, and enjoy kid-friendly activities. Each month the museum will celebrate a new theme. This month’s theme:  Art, Supersized!

Week of February 7, 2011

Monday  Feb. 7

ROBERT PLANT & The Band of Joy  w/the North Mississippi Allstars
8:00pm - Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte
Tickets: $57.50 - $91.60

  • Band of Joy was the name of rock icon Robert Plant’s Black Country psychedelic folk group of the late ‘60s (pre-Led Zeppelin) and his revival of its name and spirit in 2010 is of no small significance. His top selling 2010 Grammy nominated album titled “Band of Joy ” pays tribute to American country + folk. Don’t miss this living rock legend’s swing through Charlotte!

Tuesday Feb. 8

Music & Movies @ The Mint
6:00 – music; 7:00 – movie
Admission: FREE/Members; $5/Non-members

  • As part of their “Let’s Get Reel” series, on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, The Mint welcomes you to stop by and hear some live music (by the Ocie Davis Trio, this week). Then settle back and watch a screening of Kathryn Bigelow’s Academy Award winning  film “THE HURT LOCKER.”

Lecture:  "SANCTIONS and PROLIFERATION: North Korea and Iran"
7:00-8:30pm – Charlotte Country Day School (Cramer Lecture Hall)
Admission: $10 (for individual lecture…discount for series registration)

  • The Office of International Programs at UNC Charlotte, along with the World Affairs Council of Charlotte, coordinates this "Great Decisions Lecture Series" annually. Tonight, Dr. Chris Van Aller, Winthrop University will discuss Sanctions and Proliferation: North Korea and Iran, as part of the series. Dr. Van Aller is Professor of the Political Science @ Winthrop University. He received his doctorate in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia. He specializes in International Relations, Post Soviet Politics, and European Politics.  For more information or to register to attend, click link above.

Wednesday  Feb. 9

Get To Know The Show: ELLA
6:00pm – Harvey B. Gantt Center (Charlotte)
FREE (RSVP required)

·     Always wanted to know more about Ella Fitzgerald (or musical theater) but were afraid to ask? Join members of the cast of Ella at the Gantt Center and get to know the show before you go. It's a life lived out loud in this exhilarating new musical about "The First Lady of Song." This production weaves myth, memory and music as it tells the uplifting and poignant story of one of the greatest jazz/pop vocalists of 20th century music. **Click the link above for special discount offers for the show, which runs 2/11-13.

Thursday Feb. 10

“Race: Are We So Different?”  -  WFAE’s ‘Charlotte Talks’ Taping
7:00pm (Doors/6:30) – Discovery Place (301 N. Tryon Street, charlotte)

·         Charlotte Talks is headed to Discovery Place for a special show recording. Host Mike Collins and guests will talk about the science and history of race, and the development of a new exhibit at Discovery Place that encourages visitors to explore the origins and impact of race around the world. Guests will be Dr. Jonathan Marks, Anthropology Professor at UNC Charlotte and John Mackay, President & CEO at Discovery Place.

Friday Feb. 11

8:00pm – Belk Theatre @ Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $26.50 - $82.50

  • The greatest love story ever told receives full musical expression in this romantic Valentine’s concert. In between the brooding and beautiful tales of young love, the CSO’s own concertmaster, Calin Lupanu, performs Tchaikovsky’s spectacular violin concerto, one of the most famous – and most difficult – pieces for that instrument. With Christopher Warren-Green, conducting and Calin Lupanu, violin, the program features TCHAIKOVSKY Romeo and Juliet and Violin Concerto in D major and PROKOFIEV Excerpts from Romeo and Juliet.

8:00pm – Halton Theatre/CPCC
Tickets: $5 - $18

  • Sweeney Todd is a musical thriller by Stephen Sondheim. A chilling, suspenseful, heart-pounding masterpiece Sweeney Todd tells the infamous tale of the unjustly exiled barber who returns to 19th century London seeking revenge against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. His thirst for blood expands to include his unfortunate customers, and the resourceful proprietress of the pie shop downstairs soon has the people of London lining up in droves with her mysterious new meat pie recipe!

9:00pm – Visulite Theatre
Tickets: $10 advance/$12 day-of-show

  • The Big Daddy Bluegrass Band rides again! It has been five long years since the BDBB has taken the stage. They make their return tonight for the debut of their new lineup which features some of the premier acoustic musicians working today. Steve “Big Daddy” McMurry, front man and founding member of Acoustic Syndicate, returns to the world of bluegrass music with a formidable arsenal of hot, young pickers. There are always great, guest musicians at their performances and you never know who will turn up to play.

Saturday Feb. 12

MALIN PERIERA – “Conversations With Contemporary Black Poets
2:00pm – Park Road Books (Charlotte)

7:00pm – Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church (1117 South Blvd., Charlotte)
Admission: $25/General; $35/Reserved; $290/Table of 8
  • A "Knight" to Remember, in preparation of the upcoming tour to Scotland, is a cabaret style concert highlighting individual members of the Charlotte Children’s Choir Youth Chorale and Chamber Ensemble. Enjoy an evening of listening to timeless love songs ranging from contemporary popular music, jazz standards and favorite arias while you enjoy a wonderful meal. The CCC has won recognition for choral excellence in their appearances around the world. The Choir performed on “CBS This Morning” and was featured in the A & E television special, “Judy Collins Christmas at the Biltmore.” The choir made its Carnegie Hall debut as the featured choir at the 2005 National Children’s Choir Festival.

Sunday Feb. 13

Music & Museum Concert:  Chamber of Love: Sizzling Duets
5:00pm (reception)//5:30 (performance) – Bechtler Museum of Modern Art (Charlotte)
Admission: $15/members; $20/non-members
  • Sounds of love will fill the Bechtler lobby February 13 when the museum presents a special Valentine's Day Music and Museum program. Chamber of Love: Sizzling Duets will feature music composed by Rachmaninoff, Casals, Kreisler, Gliere and Richard Strauss paired with artwork by Jean Tinguely and Niki de Saint Phalle, two Bechtler collection artists who were partners in art and life.

Week of January 31, 2011


Cult Movie Monday:  “DROP DEAD GORGEOUS
Doors/7:00pm; Movie/8:00pm – Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte (Stonewall St.)

  • A hilarious “mockumentary” about a small town beauty pageant that turns deadly as it becomes clear that someone will go to any lengths to win. Starring Denise Richards, Ellen Barkin & Kristin Dunst. The theatre (along w/co-sponsor The Light Factory) will even have its own beauty contests following the film, with chances to win fabulous prizes.


CHARLOTTE CHAMBER MUSIC – First Tuesday Concert Series
12:10 or 5:30pm* – First Presbyterian Church/W. Trade Street (Charlotte)
  • The clarinet takes center stage as the Blue Ridge Chamber Players and clarinetist John Sadak perform 20th century works including Prokofieff’s beloved Overture on Hebrew Themes and Alan Shulman’s Rendezvous, written for the King of Swing, Benny Goodman. The program concludes with American composer Charles Griffin’s homage to Irish and Appalachian folk music, Weaving Olden Dances, in a new arrangement commissioned by Charlotte Chamber Music.  **Evening concert includes a wine & cheese reception in the Carillon lobby.

Great Decisions Lecture Series: GLOBAL GOVERNANCE
7:00-8:30pm – Charlotte Country Day School (Cramer Lecture Hall)
Admission: $10 (for individual lecture…discount for series registration)

  • The Office of International Programs at UNC Charlotte, along with the World Affairs Council of Charlotte, coordinates a local community lecture series annually. Each week a local expert from nearby colleges and universities provides additional perspective on the topic of interest and answers questions regarding the information presented in the Briefing Book and through the lecture. Tonight, Dr. James Walsh, UNC Charlotte will discuss the Global Governance as part of the series. He is Associate Professor and Associate Chair of the Political Science Department, as well as the Director of the Center for Terrorism, Intelligence and Security Policy @ UNC Charlotte,. He received his doctorate in international relations from American University. For more information or to register to attend, click below.


7:30pm – Alvarez College Union/C. Shaw Smith 900 Room  (Davidson College)

·     Davidson College presents Syrian Ambassador to the United States (since 2004) Imad Moustapha, whose  lecture will provide a unique look at the Syrian perspective on political and social dynamics in the Middle East. Prior to his appointment as Ambassador, he was Dean of the Faculty of Information and Technology at the University of Damascus and he  has written extensively about subjects ranging from science and technology, politics, and art.

Conversations with Artists: LANDSCAPE
7:00-8:00pm – Mint Museum/Uptown

·         Richard Fennell and Margie Stewart, represented by Hodges Taylor Galley, speak about their work and the art on display in the Mint’s galleries. Part of the program includes journal readings and essay excerpts from noted artists represented in the permanent collection.


5:00-7:00pm – Max L. Jackson Gallery/Watkins Building (Queens University)

  • This photographic exhibition explores the role of women during the Mexican Revolution of 1910. Women fought as soldiers. They travelled with armies performing the work of nurses, cooks and aids. They were also victims of the fighting. The exhibition is made possible with special permission from the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia de México and support from the Friends of Art at Queens.

7:30 – Belk Theatre (Blumenthal Center For Performing Arts )
Tickets: various prices

  • The timeless story of Camille is retold in Verdi’s classic of a Parisian courtesan who surrenders to love. Based on the true romance of Alexander Dumas and Marie Duplessis, La Traviata (the fallen woman) tells the story of Paris’ most famous courtesan, Violetta Valéry, who leaves her destructive life to live with her first real love, Alfredo Germont. But social bias and Violetta’s failing health turn love to tragedy and remorse. Get swept up in grandeur of one of the world’s most beloved operas – La Traviata. Performances also 2/5 & 6.


UNC Distinguished Speakers Forum:  TAVIS SMILEY
6:00pm – McKnight Hall/Cone University Center – UNC Charlotte
  • Broadcaster, author, advocate, publisher and philanthropist Tavis Smiley currently hosts the late night television talk show, Tavis Smiley on PBS and The Tavis Smiley Show, distributed by Public Radio International, as well as Tavis Smiley Reports,  four hour-long primetime TV specials also on PBS. He is the first American to simultaneously host signature talk shows on both public television and public radio. In 2009, Tavis Smiley was named one of TIME’s 100 “Most Influential People in the World.” For more information, call: 704 687-5323

6:00-11:00pm Mint Museum Uptown Charlotte
Admission: FREE for Mint members, $10 for non-members.
  • Tonight is the third of an ongoing evening event series that will be held the first Friday of every month at the new Mint Museum Uptown (500 South Tryon Street). Each First Friday centers on a different theme and features hands-on art activities for all ages, live entertainment, gallery tours, and refreshments.

CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY’s “KnightSounds”:  Tangos & Tapas
6:30pm – Knight Theatre/Levine Center for the Arts - Charlotte
Tickets: $30 (includes appetizers, museum admission and a drink ticket)

  • The Symphony welcomes guest conductor Maximiano Valdes, violinst Elena Urioste, and Metropolitan Ballroom dancers Clement Joly &Tatiana Kazakova to the KnightSounds stage for Tangos & Tapas, a program of exotic music from four Latin countries – Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and Puerto Rico. The sensuous rhythms will inspire you to kick up your own heels at the post-concert salsa dance party, featuring salsa band Orquesta Mayor, in the new Mint Museum. Meet new friends, mingle with musicians, and experience the orchestra in a whole new way.


Family Day @ the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
10:00am – 4:30pm – Bechtler Museum, 420 South Tryon Street
Admission: FREE for 18 yrs old and under; discounted $4 tickets/General admission

  • Family Day provides special museum tours and hands-on art activities for children of all ages. Art projects take place from noon to 4:30 p.m. in the museum’s classroom and video gallery. Family-friendly tours are offered on the hour from noon until 4 p.m. and highlight the exhibition Four Artists in Ascona: Benazzi, Bissier, Nicholson and Valenti, which opened January 21.

OPEN STUDIO SATURDAY:  McColl Center for Visual Art
11:00am-4:00pm – McColl Center (721 N. Tryon St., Charlotte)

  • During Open Studio Saturdays artists work in their studios with the doors open.  It is an opportunity for the public to meet the artists and learn about their art as well as view the current exhibition. 

8:00pm – Evening Muse (3227 N. Davidson St., Charlotte)
Tickets: $15 in advance

  • The trio first met in England while studying with iconic King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp. After touring together as part of Fripp’s League of Crafty Guitarists, the three guitarists convened in Los Angeles and founded The California Guitar Trio. Their music has been featured extensively on NPR, NBC’s Olympics coverage, and various CBS, CNN, and ESPN TV programs.


“JAIL NO BAIL” – 50th Anniversary Film Screening
3:00pm – Levine Museum of the New South (Charlotte)

  • This special screening showcases a new documentary, “Jail, No Bail”, about the Civil Rights sit-ins that took place in Rock Hill, SC in 1961. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Charles Jones, David Williamson, and others who took part in the historic events. Presented in partnership with South Carolina ETV and The Culture & Heritage Museums.  RSVP to 704.333.1887 ext. 501 or

Tango & Tea
2:00-6:00pm – Amelies French Bakery (2424 N. Davidson Street, Charlotte)

  • Guillermo Bill will be playing the music….come and enjoy an afternoon of fun filled tango, milonga and vals.


Week of January 24, 2011

Monday Jan. 24

8:00pm - Fillmore Charlotte
Tickets: $33.50
  • Girl Talk is the pseudonym of DJ and remixer Greg Gillis. Everyone from Pitchfork to the New York Times Magazine has lauded various aspects of Girl Talk’s formula. The sample-based dance tracks have made Gillis a hero of the mash-up generation: each of his songs are built on recognizable samples of recent hit singles, re-contextualized into an entirely new piece. Girl Talk’s 5th album was released in November.

Tuesday Jan. 25

Great Decisions Lecture Series: HORN OF AFRICA
7:00-8:30pm – Charlotte Country Day School (Cramer Lecture Hall)
Admission: $10 (for individual lecture…discount for series registration)
  • The Office of International Programs at UNC Charlotte, along with the World Affairs Council of Charlotte, coordinates a local community lecture series annually. Each week a local expert from nearby colleges and universities provides additional perspective on the topic of interest and answers questions regarding the information presented in the Briefing Book and through the lecture. Tonight, Dr. Kenneth Menkhaus, Davidson College will discuss the Horn of Africa as part of the series. He regularly serves as a consultant for the UN, US government, non-governmental organizations, and policy research institutes, and has provided expert testimony on two occasions before subcommittees of the US Senate. In 2002 he was recipient of a US Institute of Peace grant to study protracted conflict in the Horn of Africa. For more information or to register to attend, click below.                

THE HARLEM QUARTET (UNC Chamber Music Festival)
8:00pm –Anne R. Belk Theatre/ Robinson Hall @ UNC Charlotte
Tickets: $9 general public, $7 for senior citizens and UNC Charlotte faculty and staff, and $6 for students.
  • The centerpiece of the UNC Charlotte Chamber Music Festival (thru 1/27) will be a concert by guest artists The Harlem Quartet, including works by Dmitri Shostakovich and Sergei Prokofiev as well as contemporary jazz composers Chick Corea and Wynton Marsalis. Praised for its “panache” by The New York Times, the Harlem Quartet is currently the resident ensemble in the New England Conservatory of Music’s Professional String Quartet Program. Its mission is to advance diversity in classical music while engaging young and new audiences through the discovery and presentation of varied repertoire, highlighting works by minority composers. The Harlem Quartet made its acclaimed Carnegie Hall debut in the fall of 2006 and have returned to Carnegie on numerous occasions. In December 2009 the quartet played to performances at the White House for guests of President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, and made an appearance on Christmas morning on NBC’s Today Show.

DAVID BROOKS – Op-Ed Columnist/Author
8:00-10:00pm - Charlotte Museum of History
Tickets: Free to members
  • The Charlotte Museum of History’s “Distinguished Speaker Series” returns this winter with David Brooks, Op-Ed Columnist for The New York Times, Commentator for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and Author. David Brooks has a gift for bringing audiences face to face with the spirit of our times with humor, insight, and quiet passion. He is a keen observer of the American way of life and a savvy analyst of present-day politics and with the generous support from WFAE, Your NPR News Source, is free to members of the museum and guest. To check or change your membership status, please call (704) 568-1774 x.102.

Wednesday Jan. 26

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus *Opening Night*
7:00pm – Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte
  • Tickets: Various prices, with opening night discounts.
    The Greatest Show On Earth just got Greater with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Barnum’s FUNundrum!SM. Featuring 130 performers from six continents, almost 100,000 pounds of performing pachyderms, cowboys, pirates, and mermaids, Barnum’s FUNundrum! is a super-sized spectacle so massive you just can’t miss it! This monumental, once in a lifetime event celebrates the 200TH anniversary of the birth of the legendary P.T. Barnum, the Greatest Showman on Earth! and can only be experienced at The Greatest Show On Earth®, Barnum’s living legacy! Through Sunday January 30th.

BHANGRA Dance Demonstration
7:30-8:30pm – International House, 322 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte
  • Join International House for a free demonstration and lecture by Anish V. Thakkar on the art of Bhangra Dance, a high energy folk dance that originated in the Punjab region of India/Pakistan. For more information, contact 704.333.8099.

Thursday Jan. 27

TRICIA WAGNER – Book signing
  • 7:30pm – Barnes & Noble (Morrison Place-4020 Sharon Rd.)
    Come meet local author Tricia Wagner as she leads a discussion of her new book Black Cowboys of the Old West: True, Sensational and Little Known Stories From History.”

8:00pm – Evening Muse (3227 N. Davidson Street)
Tickets: $20 General Admission
  • French-Algerian guitarist, singer and composer Pierre Bensusan has been described by the L.A. Times as "one of the most unique and brilliant acoustic guitar veterans in the world music scene today.’ In 2008, he was voted "Best World Music Guitar Player" by Guitar Player Magazine Readers Choice. Don’t miss this exciting show!                   

Friday Jan. 28

Music & Museum Concert – “Viva España!
5:00pm – Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
Tickets: $15/members; $20/non-members
  • January's concert theme, ¡Viva España!, celebrates Spanish and Argentinean music and features artwork by Joan Miro. The Bechtler Ensemble (Paul Nitsch on piano, David Russell on violin and Tanja Bechtler on cello) will perform Circulo by Joaquin Turina, Oblivion by Astor Piazzolla and Granada by Isaac Albeniz as well as works by Manuel de Falla and Pablo Casals. Also on Sunday 1/30 @ 5:00pm.       

8:00 – McGlohon Theatre @ Spirit Square
  • Tickets: $22
    Based on the music of Fats Waller, this hit Broadway musical re-lives the flourishing era of the Harlem Renaissance and turns the stage into a racy, raucous and playful evening of songs. Five performers present their interpretations of what it means to swing, while being backed by the Sign of the Times band, with direction by Jermaine Nakia Lee. *Performances through Sunday Jan. 30.

Saturday Jan. 29

What My Mother Told Me: The Art of Maria Magdalena Campos-Pon” – *Opening Day*
10:00am – Harvey G. Gantt Center for African American Arts & Culture
Admission: Free w/museum admission (RSVP to opening is encouraged)
  • According to David Taylor, president & CEO of the Gantt Center, "What My Mother Told Me’ may be one of the most important exhibitions the Gantt Center has mounted to-date." María Magdalena Campos-Pons, a woman, an expatriate, and a Cuban, makes art about identity and memory. Born in Cuba of Nigerian ancestry, Campos-Pons' work of the last 20 years covers an extended range of visual language investigations. It emerges from the early 1980s focus on painting and the discussion of sexuality in the crossroads of Cuban mixed cultural heritage to incisive questioning, critique and insertion of the black body in the contemporary narratives of the present. She has exhibited internationally since 1984 when she won Honorable Mention at the XVIII Cagnes-sur-Mer Painting Competition in France and the Bunting Fellowship in Visual Arts at Harvard in 1993. Solo shows followed at MoMA, the Venice Biennale 2001, Johannesburg Biennial, the First Liverpool Biennial, the Dak'ART Biennial in Senegal and the Guangzhou Triennial in China.                                      

7:00 – Neighborhood Theatre (511 E. 36th Street - NODA)
Tickets: $15/advance; $20/day-of-show
  • Chart topping Gaelic Storm plays Celtic music that hearkens back to the traditional music of Ireland, but they are hardly traditionalists. Their music adds modern sounds and draws influences from American rock and pop, as well as music styles from around the world. If you’re up for a lively evening of music, this is where you want to be.

Sunday Jan. 30

Charlotte Contemporary Ensemble
3:00pm –St. Albans Episcopal Church, Davidson, NC
Tickets: $15; Students & Seniors $10; Children under 12 are FREE
  •  Join Cedric Meekins and the Charlotte Contemporary Ensemble on a journey through a rich blend of music, from traditional Spirituals to Gospel and contemporary choral works, as they celebrate more than 30 years of performances. Featuring the music of African American composers and arrangers, this concert will warm your spirit and soothe your soul.

Preview Discussion of VERDI's "La Traviata"
4:OOpm – The Wine Shop @ Foxcroft (Southpark/7824 Fairview Rd., Charlotte)
  •  Opera Carolina presents one of the world’s most beloved operas, La Traviata. The timeless story of Camille is retold in Verdi’s classic of a Parisian courtesan who surrenders to true love. Join WDAV's Jennifer Foster for a lively preview discussion of the opera. Performances of “La Traviata” by Opera Carolina will take place Feb. 3, 5 & 6.        

Week of January 17, 2011

Monday  Jan.  17

Bridging the Gap: Rhythms, Rhymes and Race in America
3:00-5:00pm - Wells Fargo Auditorium @ the Knight Theater (430 S. Tryon)
Admission: FREE (reservations suggested)
"Bridging the Gap: Rhythms, Rhymes and Race in America" traces the historical evolution of American music and popular culture. From the haunting call of the African drum and secret code of the Negro spiritual to Native American chant, the king of rock and hypnotic rhyme of hip-hop, this compelling program reveals how music established a critical dialogue during times of great conflict in America. One part narration, two parts audience participation and entertaining live performances, the program ends with an open audience discussion. Through study of the social strata, race, class and culture, we might just discover that we have more in common than history books have led us to believe.  ** This event is part of MLK Day at The Gantt.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day @ the Levine
10:00am-4:00pm – Levine Museum of the New South
Admission: FREE
This annual Family Focus event in partnership with WSOC-TV offers you free admission to the Museum all day! Activities will honor Dr. King’s life and legacy.

Tuesday Jan. 18

Great Decisions Lecture Series: CRISIS IN THE CAUCASUS
7:00-8:30pm – Charlotte Country Day School (Cramer Lecture Hall)
Admission: $10 (for individual lecture…discount for series registration)
The Office of International Programs at UNC Charlotte, along with the World Affairs Council of Charlotte, coordinates a local community lecture series annually. Hosted by Charlotte Country Day School, the Charlotte Great Decisions Lecture Series consists of six weekly sessions and is an opportunity for citizens to meet, discuss and learn about some of the issues facing our world.  Each week a local expert from nearby colleges and universities provides additional perspective on the topic of interest and answers questions regarding the information presented in the Briefing Book and through the lecture. Tonight, Dr. Elkhan Mehdiyev, Fulbright Scholar at Duke University will discuss this topic as part of the series. For more information or to register to attend, click below.

HOWARD GORDON (of hit TV series “24”)  – Book Signing
7:00pm – Park Road Books
The longtime executive producer of the hit TV series “24”, makes his fiction debut with “GIDEON’S WAR,” a tale of political intrigue and international terrorism. Gideon Davis has just 48 hours to bring his rogue agent brother in—before a twisted global conspiracy turns deadly.

Wednesday  Jan. 19

Carlos Flores Vizcarra, Counsel General of Mexico in Raleigh, NC
11:30am – 1:00pm – Mint Museum (UPTOWN), 5th Floor
Tickets: $10 for LACC members, $25 for non-members. 
Latin American Chamber of Commerce (LACC) Speakers series presents Mr. Carlos Flores Vizcarra, the first Consul General of Mexico to serve in the Carolinas. He was appointed by Mexico’s President  Felipe Calderon in October 2009.  In the mid nineties he was elected Federal Congressman, representing the city of Mexico.  He served as Secretary of the Foreign Relations Committee. As member of the Mexican Congress he was actively involved in international multilateral  tasks, such as the Latin American Parliament and the Economic Commission for Latin America.

Eric Mullis's Art and Philosophy Lecture Series
6:30-8:30pm - Hodges Taylor Humanities Campus (401 N. Tryon St.)
Admission: $20
This is the first session of Eric Mullis's Art and Philosophy Series.  Eric Mullis, a professor of philosophy at Queens University of Charlotte, will continue the discussions started in spring 2010 of various aspects about the aesthetics and philosophy of art. Topics include artistic improvisation, dance and dance technology, philosophy and photography, nature aesthetics, and everyday aesthetics/ethics.
Tonight’s lecture discusses Artistic Improvisation: Improvisation is essential for many art forms, but what exactly is going on when an artist improvises?  What makes improvisation possible in the first place?  Why is improvisation valued so highly?
To register to attend, click below:

Thursday Jan. 20

COURAGE: Where Do We Need It Now? A panel discussion with Juan Williams, Janet Murguía, John Payton and John Payton
7:00-9:00pm - McGlohon Theatre at Spirit Square
Tickets: $35 General Admission; $25 for Levine Museum members
In conjunction with the Levine Museum of the New South’s COURAGE exhibit, this panel discussion will focus on the impact of the Brown v. Board of Education decision, as well as race relations and the challenges facing public education today. Panelists include Juan Williams, Civil Rights historian and FOX News commentator; Janet Murguía, president and CEO of National Council of La Raza; John Payton, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund; and John Payton former governor of Mississippi. Panelists will answer questions from the audience.

JJ GREY & Mofro
8:30pm – Visulite Theatre (1615 Elizabeth Avenue, Charlotte)
Tickets: $20
Fresh off their nomination for Canada’s top blues award (The BB King International Artist of the Year Award), Alligator Records recording artists JJ Grey & Mofro swing through the Queen City. JJ Grey has written and recorded five albums of original songs steeped in the rhythm & blues, rock, and country soul of his native backwoods home outside Jacksonville, Florida.  In a live performance review in The New York Times, writer Nate Chinen praised JJ's “balance of wildness and cool” describing his music as "Southern swamp rock with undercurrents of Memphis soul. His songs chronicle ambiguous truths and unambiguous urges…"

Friday Jan. 21

“FASCINATIN’ RHYTHM” – Charlotte Symphony
8:00pm – Belk Theatre @ Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
Tickets: $26.50 - $71.50
The Symphony’s new Music Director Christopher Warren-Green leads the orchestra in an all Gershwin program that includes the greatest hits from one of America’s most famous composers. Pianist Orion Weiss joins the Symphony for Rhapsody in Blue, which
will close the concert with a flourish. Earlier in the evening, soprano Jonita Lattimore
brings Gershwin’s greatest songs to the stage – “The Man I Love,” “Our Love is Here to Stay,” “S’Wonderful,” and the ever-popular “Summertime.” Lattimore has been praised
for her “sumptious and lyrical voice,” described by the Chicago Tribune as “a real
treat.”Also performed on Saturday 1/22.

8:00pm –Anne R. Belk Theatre/ Robinson Hall @ UNC Charlotte
Tickets: $9 general public, $7 for senior citizens and UNC Charlotte faculty and staff, and $6 for students. Discount for series purchases.
The Department of Music of the UNC Charlotte College of Arts + Architecture presents the inaugural “UNC Charlotte Chamber Music Festival”. Under the artistic direction of David Russell, the Anne R. Belk Distinguished Professor of Violin, the UNC Charlotte Chamber Music Festival will present four concerts of chamber music for strings, voice, and piano performed by UNC Charlotte faculty and invited guests.  Performing faculty members from universities across the U.S. and musicians from the Charlotte Symphony will join Department of Music faculty members David Russell (violin), Mira Frisch (cello), Dylan Savage (piano), and Brian Arreola (tenor) in performances of music by Johannes Brahms, Gabriel Fauré, Georges Bizet, and Franz Schubert.
Concerts will be presented on January 21, 23, 25, and 27.

“ [DIS]COMFORT “ - Opening Reception @ McColl Center
6:00-9:00pm –McColl Center for Visual Art (721 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte)
Moving away from the typical “object driven” goal of making art for profit, artists John Osorio-Buck (current resident artist) and Scott Townsend exhibit their individual work to create a more conceptual art and at times, interactive in nature. Collective identities are questioned while challenging comfort levels about private and public space. 
(Dis)Comfort’s opening reception is in collaboration with the opening of the 2010 Winter Artist-in-Residence Exhibition on the 2nd and 3rd floor galleries. The Center will have light refreshments including a cash bar.

Saturday Jan. 22

Author/Comedian STEVE HARVEY – Book Signing
12:00pm – Barnes & Noble/Arboretum (Pineville-Matthews Rd.)
Best-selling author, actor and comedian Steve Harvey will be signing his newest book, “Straight Talk, No Chaser: How to Find, Keep, and Understand a Man”.  B&N will be distributing a limited number of tickets beginning at 8:00 am on 1/22. NOTE: In order to get in line, you must have a ticket. There are a limited number of tickets available, and they are complimentary. You must purchase at least one copy of Straight Talk, No Chaser from B&N to get a ticket. There is a five-book limit.

BILLY ELLIOT – The Musical
8:00pm – Ovens Auditorium (2700 E. Independence Blvd.)
Tickets: Starting at $30
BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL is the joyous celebration of one boy's journey to make his dreams come true. Set in a small town, the story follows Billy as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class, discovering a surprising passion that inspires his family and his whole community. Based on the international smash-hit film, BILLY ELLIOT is brought to life by a phenomenal cast of 45 and the Tony® Award-winning creative team -- director Stephen Daldry, choreographer Peter Darling and writer Lee Hall -- along with music legend Elton John, who has written what the New York Post calls "HIS BEST SCORE YET!"  Various performances through January 30.

“Southern Baptist Sissies” – Queen City Theatre Company (Regional premiere)
8:00pm - Duke Energy Theatre at Spirit Square
Tickets: $16-$24
Southern Baptist Sissies is a hilarious comedy and an emotional journey of tolerance and acceptance in a world where sometimes the ones who lead and counsel us are not always right. Southern Baptist Sissies opened to rave reviews in Los Angeles during its original run in 2000 and became the most awarded play of the year, winning the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding LA Theater Production, as well as multiple LA Weekly Theater Awards, Los Angeles Critics Awards, etc. The Chicago Tribune described the play as "Distinctive and arresting. A funny and yet strangely moving treatment of goodhearted, wacky Texans suffering through an intolerant world."  **Queen City Theatre Company will donate a percentage of the proceeds from each ticket sold on ALL performances of to The Trevor Project, with a fundraising goal
of $ 3500.

Sunday Jan. 23

Mint Museum - Art History Series
3:00pm Mint Museum UPTOWN
Free, with admission
UNC-Charlotte Professor Jae Emerling will discuss The Afterlife of Contemporary Art to accompany the current exhibition, New Visions: Contemporary Masterworks from the Bank of America Collection. Registration requested: 704.337.2098 or

Union Symphony Youth Orchestra – Winter Concert, Art Exhibition, Reception
3:00-5:00pm – Marvin Ridge High School (2825 Crane Rd) – Waxhaw, NC
The Union Symphony Youth Orchestra (USYO) presents its annual winter concert. The program includes selections from BRAHMS, BEETHOVEN, DVORAK, CORELLI, HAYDN, MOZART, SAINT-SAENS and STRAUSS. The concert is accompanied by an art show, at which all works are available for sale. And following the concert, all guests are welcome to a dessert reception. 


New & Improved


coming soon......

Week of December 6, 2010

Monday  Dec. 6

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS – Movie Screening
6:00pm – Bechtler Museum (Video gallery)
Admission: Members/Free; Non-Members/$4
The Bechtler provides museum goers the opportunity to deepen their experience by viewing films that complement exhibitions through a focus on Bechtler collection artists and their cultural periods. The films are shown in the museum’s video gallery select Mondays throughout the year. The series kicks off this month with two French-themed classics, the 1st being “An American in Paris,” a lighthearted musical, featuring songs by George Gershwin. The movie stars dancer Gene Kelly as an American expatriate painter who moves to Paris. The movie was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won six including Best Picture, Screenplay and Musical Score. Purchase tickets online (see below), by phone 704.353.9200 or at the visitor services desk.

Tuesday Dec. 7

CHARLOTTE CHAMBER MUSIC: Fanfare - Brass for the Holidays
12:10 + 5:30pm – First Presbyterian Church (Uptown Charlotte)
Charlotte Chamber Music’s 1st Tuesday Series continues - come and enjoy a festive holiday treat with some of the region’s finest brass players performing music from the Renaissance to the present!  There will be new arrangements of music by Praetorius
and Bach, Eric Ewazen’s stunning Frostfire, and a lively and original take on Leroy Anderson’s classic Sleigh Ride. *The evening concert includes a wine and cheese reception.

5:00pm – Park Road Books
Renowned Chez Panisse chef David Tanis will be on hand signing his latest cookbook “Heart of the Artichoke.”  A sampling from the Fall Menu section will be offered.

Wednesday  Dec. 8

7:00PM – Halton Theatre (CPCC)
Tickets: $15-$20
Awards are presented to winners of the various music genres, based on showcases held throughout the year. They'll also be honoring past music local performers with lifetime achievement awards. Various showcase winners to perform at the event. This year, expect special surprise guest performers!

7:30pm – McGlohan Theatre (Blumenthal Performing Arts Ctr)
Tickets: starting @ $20
NamedComedian of the Yea’r by the American Comedy Awards on ABC, Craig Shoemaker’s half-hour Comedy Central special has been voted by viewers as one of the network’s “Top 20” stand-up specials of all time. Shoemaker is most known for his on-stage personas The Lovemaster, Mr. Erase, and for his army game or machine-gun schtick. Note: show contains Adult language & content.

Thursday Dec. 9

WFAE’s Public Conversations Series:  RELIGION IN PUBLIC LIFE
7:00-8:30pm – MINT Museum (Randolph Road)
FREE-Reservations Required
What types of "public religion" are accepted in American society today? Are the standards different in the South? How significant are debates over issues such as "in God we trust" on currency, and prayers at public events and meetings? Should candidates for elected office be expected to discuss their personal religious beliefs? Has the post-9/11 political, cultural and religious landscape altered the debate over religion in public life? Moderated by WFAE's Mark Rumsey, the panel and audience will discuss these questions and more. 
+ Phillip Allen, Americans United for Separation of Church and State
+ Patrick Cannon, Mayor Pro Tem, City of Charlotte
+ Anne Blue Wills, associate professor of religion, Davidson College

Metropolitan Opera Star ANTHONY DEAN GRIFFEY
7:00pm – Carmel Country Club, Charlotte
Tickets: $90
Wingate University presents a special evening, featuring Department of Music Faculty, Wingate opera students, and Anthony Dean Griffey. Mr. Griffey is a Metropolitan Opera star, four-time Grammy award winner, Wingate alum, and graduate of the Eastman School of Music and The Julliard School. Enjoy full hors d'oeuvres and a concert featuring Holiday music and opera favorites. The gala benefits Wingate University Friends of Music. There is limited seating, To order tickets, call 704.332.8828

Friday Dec. 10

8:00pm - Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte
Tickets: $17/Advance; $19/DOS
Rolling Stone Magazine described the Carolina Chocolate Drops’ style as “dirt-floor-dance electricity,” and their major label debut on Nonesuch Records, "Genuine Negro Jig", just got nominated for a Grammy Award (Best Traditional Folk Album)!!! 
Don't miss the Durham-based artists’ triumphant return to Charlotte.

7:00pm – Belk Theatre
This beloved holiday classic, choreographed by Artistic Director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, transports audiences to a joyous holiday party, the majestic Land of Snow and the delectable Land of Sweets. No holiday journey is complete without a visit to Nutcracker!
Performances continue 12/11-12 & 12/17-19.

Saturday Dec. 11

Charlotte ART Collective’ Holiday Art Show & Sale
10:00am-5:00pm - Avondale Presbyterian Church (2821 Park Rd)
Purchase one-of-a-kind holiday gifts made by local artists. There’s a full range of prices and eleven different art mediums among the many indoor booths. The artists are professional, most with gallery representation, including galleries around the country and in Europe. Several of the artists are former Artists in Residence at the McColl Visual Arts Center. Others lead workshops in their medium or have their own gallery or shop around the Charlotte area. The group’s juried competition attracts a lively mix of established and emerging artists.

Wassailing Across the Color Line: AN ANTEBELLUM CHRISTMAS
1:00pm – Historic Rosedale Plantation (3427 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte)
Tickets: $8/person; $15/two people
Experience a plantation Christmas and discover how the season was celebrated in the big house and the slave cabins. Learn about Ol’ John Canoe and other slave activities during the holiday season, such as “Christmas Gift” the tag game.. See how the inhabitants of Rosedale wrestled with the issue of slavery, a possible civil war, and differing opinions inside the home. Rosedale docents will bring the characters to life in this living history exhibition. Also on Sunday 12/12.

The MET ‘Live in HD’ – Verdi’s “Don Carlo”
12:30pm – Regal Stonecrest Cinemas @ Piper Glen + AMC Concord Mills 24-IMAX
The Metropolitan Opera’s Emmy and Peabody-award winning series of live and high definition performance transmissions presents Verdi's "Don Carlo," a co-production of the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and the Norwegian National Opera & Ballet. For more information & tickets, click link below:

8:00pm – Halton Theatre (CPCC)
Tickets: $49-$55
Don’t miss this American jazz fusion band’s special holiday show. With over 25 albums released and 10 million copies sold, they are among the most prolific, as well as commercially successful, groups on the scene.

Sunday Dec. 12

2:00-2:45pm – Mint Museum UPTOWN
Free, with admission
The Director of Craft + Design, Annie Carlano along with Assistant Curators Allie Farlowe and Michelle Mickey give a tour of the current exhibition “Contemporary British Studio Ceramics: The Grainer Collection”. Space is limited and registration
is required. Register by phone 704.337.2098 or by e-mail:

THE BEGGAR BOYS: A Celtic Christmas
3:00pm – St. Alban’s Episcopal Church (Davidson)
Tickets: $10-$15, Children under 12 are Free
Nationally acclaimed singer Abigail Haynes Lennox and uilleann piper Matt McNeely join the Beggar Boys as they return to Davidson for this annual holiday tradition. Warm your spirit with songs, tunes, and stories from around the Celtic world. Carols, old and new, retell the Christmas story in a program perfect for the entire family. This concert will be broadcast LIVE on WDAV 89.9 fm Classical Public Radio. A portion of the proceeds from this concert will benefit the Mooresville Soup Kitchen.

Week of November 29, 2010

Monday  Nov. 29

5:00pm – Park Road Books
Admission: Free
Pat Conroy, the beloved American storyteller, is also a voracious reader. In his recently released book "My Reading Life," Conroy revisits a life of passionate reading. He includes wonderful anecdotes from his school days, mov­ing accounts of how reading pulled him through dark times, and even lists of books that particularly influenced him at vari­ous stages of his life. Don't miss this special holiday season appearance.  Publisher restrictions apply. Call Park Road Books for details at (704) 525-9239.

Tuesday Nov. 30

BEYOND PEACE DEALS: The United Nations Experiment in Peacebuilding
7:00pm – Lily Family Gallery, Chambers Building (Davidson College)
It has been five years since the United Nations developed its Peacebuilding Commission to help stabilize various countries around the world and set in place measures to make possible a lasting peace. This year the Commission is undergoing a thorough review. As an independent journalist, Jina Moore has spent time in Guinea Bissau, Burundi, Sierra Leone, and the Central African Republic, interviewing people to see first-hand how the UN's efforts have affected individuals' lives and to what degree the Commission has been successful in achieving its goals.
Journalist Jina Moore will be speaking this evening. She writes for the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting as well as serving as a regular correspondent for the Christian Science Monitor. Her work has also appeared in publications such as Newsweek and Foreign Policy.

Wednesday  Dec. 1

LAURENT LE BON @ The Bechtler Museum
6:00pm – Wells Fargo Auditorium (Knight Theatre)
Admission: Members/Free; Non-Members/$10
The Bechtler presents a rare opportunity to hear from a major force in the art world. Laurent Le Bon is Director of the Centre Pompidou-Metz- the satellite of the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the official home of France’s national collection of modern art. The lecture will focus on the new French museum’s inaugural exhibition, Masterpieces?, and will touch on the Pompidou-Metz’s objectives, cultural programming and ultramodern museum building which sports a Teflon-coated undulating roof. Masterpieces?, curated by Le Bon, considers the notion of the masterpiece through 780 works of art. The Los Angeles Times reported: “Critical reactions to the show include proclamations that it’s the most impressive assembly of 20th century art in all of Europe and accusations that it’s so confusing and anti-hierarchical as to be meaningless.”
Reception at 6:00 in museum lobby; lecture at 6:30 pm.

5:30pm – Circle Court, between Belk, Nordstrom & Neiman Marcus
Join in a public menorah lighting ceremony at South Park Mall!  Festivities will include lighting a giant Menorah, complimentary refreshments, and activities for the children. Program will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will include Chanukah refreshments and entertainment to help get into the Chanukah spirit. Menorah lighting will be at 6:00 p.m.

7:30pm – The Actor’s Theatre Of Charlotte (Stonewall St.)
Tickets: $24-$29
What starts out as the umpteenth performance of Dickens’ beloved holiday classic quickly descends into a playful skewering of every…yes EVERY…Christmas story ever told. 3 actors bring this new holiday classic to life with the help of a very tipsy Santa and a little audience participation. This hilarious new classic (which runs thru Dec. 18th) crams a season’s worth of stories, carols and TV specials into an evening of never-ending laughs! Recommended for ages 13 and older.
“It’s light, fast-moving, irreverent and fun.”– Sacramento News & Review

Thursday Dec. 2

6:30-10:00pm – 1900 N. Brevard St @ 22nd (NODA)
OPEN STUDIO PARTY featuring Diane Hughes, Sharon Dowell, and Laura McCarthy. Stop by for a glass of wine and see recent works including small and affordable paintings, photography, and mixed media items.

9:00pm – Visulite Theatre
Tickets: $20/$22
Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Tab Benoit is one of a handful of bright rising stars on the modern blues scene. He has taken his brand of Cajun-influenced blues all over the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

Friday Dec. 3

6:00-9:00pm Harvey B. Gantt Center
Admission: $5/members; $10/General Public
Kick-off the holiday season at the Arc of Mecklenburg County's 2nd annual Festival of Trees Prevue Party. Come and be the first to see beautifully decorated trees and wreaths on display at the Harvey B. Gantt Center on December 3rd. This event features live music and a silent auction (featuring items from The Grove Park Inn, Charlotte Symphony, Riverbanks Zoo, Bonterra Wine Room, etc.) along with a cash bar and complimentary hors d'oeuvres. Funds raised go to support programs and services for children and adults with developmental disabilities and their families here in Mecklenburg County. The Arc of Mecklenburg County has served the Charlotte community for over 57 years and The Festival of Trees event allows the opportunity to increase awareness and understanding of developmental disabilities to foster a more inclusive community for everyone.

FIRST FRIDAY @ THE MINT -  EmbellishMint
6:00-9:00pm Mint Museum Uptown Charlotte
Admission: FREE for Mint members, $10 for non-members.
Tonight is the second of an ongoing evening event series that will be held the first Friday of every month at the new Mint Museum Uptown (500 South Tryon Street). Each First Friday centers on a different theme and features hands-on art activities for all ages, live entertainment, gallery tours, and refreshments.

7:30pm – South Mecklenburg Presbyterian Church
Come celebrate the season with the BCO as they perform Corelli’s Christmas Concerto and other great Holiday arrangements and create an evening of Christmas memories!
To purchase tickets, click below:

Saturday Dec. 4

2:00pm  & 7:00pm – Gorelick Hall/ Levine Jewish Community Center
Come see Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s enduringly popular musical favorite and
its lively interpretation of the biblical story of Joseph of Canaan. Call   704-366-5007 for more information and about tickets.

1:30 & 5:30pm – Halton Theatre/CPCC
Tickets: $12-$25
The Charlotte Youth Ballet returns to the Halton Theater for its 28th annual production of "The Nutcracker." This holiday treat brings to life the storybook dreams of a young girl, complete with dancing snowflakes, a dashing prince and sugar plum fairy. With Tchaikovsky’s brilliant score, lavish sets, opulent costumes and CYB’s magnificent stars, this Nutcracker never fails to enchant audiences of all ages. Also performed Friday 12/3 & Sunday 12/5.

DEPARTURES (Okuribito)
7:30pm – Theatre Charlotte (501 Queens Rd)
Tickets: $5 for Film Society members, $8 for non members (cash or check only, please)
In this 2009 Oscar winning film (Best Foreign Language), Director Yojiro Takita's sensitively tells the story of an out of work cellist (Masahiro Motoki) who returns to his hometown to work in a funeral home. Discussion after the film led by Brad Ambury, Lecture of Language and Culture Studies (Japanese), UNC Charlotte.
"When you see the poetic, funny and life-affirming film, you'll have to say that this time the Academy got it right."
- Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel

Sunday Dec. 5

3:00pm – Ovens Auditorium (East Independence Rd.)
Tickets: $18-$30
Charlotte’s premier holiday production returns this year with a whole NEW show.  Don’t miss the soaring voices of the Mainstage Choir as they fill the 32-foot “singing tree” with festive, seasonal favorites and some rockin’ arrangements from Artistic Director David Tang. 

Week of November 22, 2010

Monday  Nov. 22

ONE WORK SERIES @ The Bechtler
6:00pm – Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
Tickets: Free/members; $10/non-members
Presented by the museum’s president and CEO, this series will explore one piece of art from an assortment of viewpoints—historical, political, biographical, cultural and theoretical—to reveal much about the moment at which the work was produced and how it still connects strongly to viewers today. “Spirales Logarithmiques” by Le Corbusier will be discussed in the museum's 4th floor gallery.  The oil painting was executed during one of the most prolific and artistically successful periods of Le Corbusier's career.
The lecture begins at 6 p.m. Because space is limited, tickets are required. Tickets may be reserved or purchased at the Bechtler visitor services desk or by calling 704.353.9200.

7:30pm – Duke Family Performance Hall/Davidson
Tickets: $15/$10/$5
The Davidson College Concert Choir and the Davidson Pro Arte Orchestra present Handel's Messiah, featuring Jacquelyn Culpepper, soprano; Diane Thornton, contralto; Dan Boye, baritone, and Timothy Sparks, tenor.

Tuesday Nov. 23

7:30pm – CPCC/Halton Theatre
Tickets: $8/$6
The excellent young musicians of the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra and Junior Youth Orchestra, conducted by Ernest Pereira, perform orchestral showpieces.
The Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestras (CSYO), founded in 1961, provide training for young musicians in a professional symphony atmosphere. There are 185 musicians from over 60 schools in the greater Charlotte area involved in the youth orchestras program. This year nearly 300 students auditioned for seats in one of the two youth orchestras. Each group rehearses weekly and one rehearsal a month is devoted to coaching sessions provided by members of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.

Wednesday  Nov. 24

CHANGING PLACES:  From Black & White To Technicolor
10:00am-5:00pm – Levine Museum of the New South
Don’t miss this national award-winning exhibit ("Special Achievement in Community Engagement" ) before it closes at the end of this month. The exhibit focuses on culture, telling stories and exploring traditions of both new and longtime residents. Within the exhibit, visitors experience an exciting new technology, known as "video-talkback." Visitors can record their responses to questions and the exhibit's themes, and those responses will part of the exhibit. The exhibit has become an ongoing and ever-changing conversation – newcomers and longtime residents all trading stories and perspectives.

Thursday Nov. 25

10:00am – Begins at North Tryon & 10th Street
The Carolinas' Thanksgiving Day Parade, a tradition since 1947, is one of the largest get-togethers of Carolinians that takes place during the year. It boasts participation from both Carolinas and touches approximately half a million people from the 22-county metro area. Don't forget to bring donations of canned or non-perishable food to the Second Harvest Donation Stations,

Friday Nov. 26

EDWIN McCAIN Acoustic Trio
8:00pm – The Fillmore Charlotte
Tickets: $27.65
Singer-songwriter, modern day troubadour Edwin McCain comes to Charlotte in support of his newest CD (The Best of ...) with a special acoustic show, not to be missed. McCain "knows how to deliver a tune. His aching tenor works best when served up raw, brimming with unfiltered emotion.”—Paste Magazine

10:00am-4:00pm – Historic Latta Plantation
Admission: Free w/site admission
Begin the Christmas season by stepping back into an 1860s Christmas.  The plantation will be decorated for a time period Christmas. Visitors will learn about 1800s Christmas traditions and meet a Victorian St. Nick in the plantation house, see open-hearth cooking in the kitchen, and a slave Christmas in the cabin. Also on 11/27.

5:00-10:00pm – Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens
Admission: $12/adults; $11/Seniors; $6/children 4-12
Beginning this evening, the holiday tradition continues (thru 12/31) at the Garden! Christmas has never been brighter with more than 600,000 lights, old fashioned trains, visits from Santa Claus, carriage rides, holiday carols, baked treats, and other holiday fun! Share this magical holiday experience with your family and friends! Check website for special schedules.

Saturday Nov. 27

8:00 – Belk Theatre
Tickets: $21.50-$80.50
Albert-George Schram makes his Classics series debut with a Thanksgiving weekend celebration. American works by Charles Ives and Samuel Barber share the program with Prokofiev’s heroic Fifth Symphony, which the composer described as “a symphony of the greatness of the human spirit.”

8:00pm – Duke Energy Theatre
Tickets; $22
The 1980 Tony Award-nominated play, written by North Carolina native Samm-Art Williams,is being produced by On Q Productions and  follows the life experiences of Cephus Miles, an everyday guy from a small Southern town. His journey begins on a farm he inherited from his family in South Carolina. He works diligently on the land, until his childhood sweetheart rejects him and goes off to college. After he is imprisoned for dodging the Vietnam War, he loses his land and moves to the big city. Cephus' dreams fade when he loses his job and new girlfriend and becomes involved in drugs and prostitution. He finally pulls himself together and moves back home to settle his land and with his old sweetheart. Throughout his trials and tribulations, he never loses his joyous disposition and determination to find fulfillment.

Sunday Nov. 28

1:00pm – Park Road Books
Local author will be reading from his newest book, “Red Dirt Boy”, a collection of poetry.

8:00pm – Ovens Auditorium/Charlotte
Tickets: $31-$46
In celebration of 50 years of independence, Oumou Sangare, the diva of Malian music and an international music star will be in Charlotte to perform. Sangare is the leading female star of the Wassoulou sound, from the historic region south of the Niger River. Her music has been inspired by the music and traditional dances of the region. She writes and composes her songs, which often include social criticism, especially concerning the place of women and their low position in society.

Week of November 15, 2010

Monday  Nov. 15

FORMER NC GOVERNOR, JIM HUNT – Appearance/Book Signing
7:00pm – Park Roads Books
Park Road Books welcomes former Governor Jim Hunt and author Gary Pearce. As one of Jim Hunt’s closest political advisers, Gary Pearce was in a unique position to observe the career of North Carolina’s longest-serving governor. In this authorized biography  (“Jim Hunt: A Biography”)Pearce draws from his own observations and experience as well as over 30 interviews with Governor Hunt and more than 50 interviews with friends, family, staffers, political allies, and opponents.

LT. COL. ANTHONY SHAFFER,  author of  "Operation Dark Heart"
7:00pm – Sykes Auditorium/Queens University
Shaffer, an intelligence officer, earned a Bronze Star for his two undercover combat tours in Afghanistan. He was part of the "Able Danger" mission which was dedicated to understanding Al Qaeda's inner workings and sharing intelligence data with American defense agencies. The Pentagon alleged his memoir contained intelligence secrets and bought and destroyed 10,000 copies of its first publication run.  It later approved an edited version that was published this fall and debuted on the New York Times Bestseller list at no. 7.  This event is co-sponsored by the World Affairs Council of the Carolinas.

Tuesday Nov. 16

9:00pm – Halo Nightclub (NC Music Factory)
Tickets: $25-$40
PAUL OAKENFOLD has long been one of the most important and iconic names in modern club culture.  This fall, after a three-year North American touring hiatus, the master DJ and producer will return for a solid two-month trek across the U.S. geared to change the face of electronic music with the FACELIFT TOUR, featuring Special Guests  DJ Chuckie and Nervo.

Wednesday  Nov. 17

National Scholar, DR. SALLY HASLANGER
4:00-5:30pm – UNC Charlotte/Cone Center - FREE
Faculty, students, staff and the public are invited to this event, at which national scholar Dr. Sally Haslanger will speak on “Encountering Race in Life and Language." Co-sponsors are Discovery Place, and UNC Charlotte's ADVANCE Faculty Affairs Office, the Center for Professional and Applied Ethics, the Graduate School and the Departments of Philosophy, Sociology and Africana Studies.
A professor in MIT’s Dept. of Linguistics and Philosophy, Haslanger was named 2011 Carus Lecturer by the American Philosophical Association and was selected Distinguished Woman Philosopher of 2010 by the Society for Women in Philosophy, two national honors.

R&B Songstress FANTASIA, featuring Eric Benet
7:30pm – Ovens Auditorium
Tickets: $56 - $99.65
NC's own Grammy-nominated r&b singer, Fantasia, performs from her recently released, & critically acclaimed #1 selling album "Back To Me." Also appearing is Grammy-nominated R&B singer Eric Benet, whose new album "Lost In Time" releases at the end of the month.

Thursday Nov. 18

CATHY SMITH BOWERS – Poet Laureate of North Carolina
 8:00pm – Sykes Auditorium/Queens University - FREE
Cathy Smith Bowers, who was appointed Poet Laureate by Governor Perdue earlier this year, is a faculty member of the Queens low-residency MFA in Creative Writing Program. Her poems appear widely in publications such as The Atlantic Monthly, The Georgia Review, Poetry, The Southern Review and The Kenyon Review. She has authored four collections of poetry, including her most recent, "The Candle I Hold Up to See You" (Iris Press), and has received the J.B. Fuqua Distinguished Educator Award and the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Award, given by the North Carolina Poetry Society. Her reading will be followed by a reception and book signing. Queens cordially invites the campus and Charlotte community to celebrate this prestigious appointment.

Friday Nov. 19

17th Annual BEAUJOLAIS FESTIVAL Wine Tasting
5:00-8:30pm – Levine Museum of the New South
Admission: $30
Beaujolais Nouveau wine is released the third Thursday of November. Join in the celebration by sampling this fresh young wine and a few  other selections from the Beaujolais region.  The event features emcee Steve Lyerly of FOX Charlotte, a jazz trio lead by John Alexander, a raffle for two round trip tickets to Paris from Air France and a Silent Auction.

6:00-9:00pm – McColl Center for Visual Art
This reception also marks the end of the residency period for the Fall Artists-in-Residents who will have new works of art on display in their studios that was created during their three month residency."InnerSights" is a collection of Patricia Steele Raible's mixed media paintings. It began as an exploration of the spiritual process of prayer in an urban environment, but evolved into a more tactile, less ethereal body of work. "Deliberate Acts" is a collection of prints, drawings and installations by Dan Allegrucci. In addition, The McColl Center will present “PROJECTING THE SKY SO IT CAN SEE ITSELF” by AIR Jonathan Brilliant, a one night only projection which will temporarily transform the exterior of McColl Center for Visual Art into a magnificent cloudscape that culminates with a GROUP 'TOAST' ON THE FRONT LAWN AT 8 PM, paying tribute to all of those in attendance.

8:00pm – Belk Theatre
Tickets: $21.50 - $80.50
The Oratorio Singers of Charlotte, the official chorus of the Charlotte Symphony, perform Franz Joseph Haydn’s The Creation (Die Schöpfung). Featured performers include Amanda Forsythe, soprano, Nicholas Phan, tenor, and Philip Cutlip, baritone.

Saturday Nov. 20

MARY CASSATT’s Madame X: A Masterpiece from the Charlotte and Philip Hanes Collection
Mint Museum – Randolph/Jones Gallery (exhibition begins today through April 3, 2011)
In honor of the special loan of Mary Cassatt’s Portrait of Madame X Dressed for the Matinée, from the collection Charlotte and Philip Hanes of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, The Mint Museum has organized a spotlight exhibition. Mary Cassatt (1844-1926) was a pioneer in her field: she was the only American invited to exhibit with the French Impressionists and the first artist from this country to adopt their groundbreaking style and subject matter. This dashing three-quarter length portrait, executed soon after Cassatt met Edgar Degas, has been included in numerous important exhibitions around the world. This is the first time, however, that it has been on view in Charlotte.

“Strauss & Strudel” by THE CHARLOTTE CHORALE
7:30PM – Pease Auditorium (CPCC – Elizabeth Avenue)
Tickets: $15
The Charlotte Chorale presents a choral tribute to the classic Viennese spirit.  The audience will enjoy a collection of musical selections celebrating the spirit of a classic Viennese strudel and champagne gala. The music of Strauss, Schubert, Brahms, and Mozart mingle amicably with other selections from operetta, musical theatre, and instrumental chamber music to accompany a strudel dessert.

7:00pm  Extravaganza Depot (N. Tryon Street)
Admission: $75
Experience the most imaginative fine art photography from creative minds from all over the world. Rub elbows with artists and chat up experts to find out what makes this unique gathering of art so exceptional… and collectible.  Silent Auction @ 7pm - Live auction @ 9pm - Dancing @ 10pm.

Sunday Nov. 21

TELLABRATION!  - Day of Storytelling
2:00pm – Levine Museum of the New South
FREE w/ museum admission
The Storytellers Guild of Charlotte, Inc., in partnership with the Levine Museum, presents Tellabration!™ 2010 for our local community. Some of the best storytellers from our region visit the Museum as part of the nationwide annual day of storytelling. Tellabration!™ is a worldwide celebration of storytelling. It creates a network of storytelling enthusiasts bonded together in spirit at the same time – traditionally, the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

7:00pm – Belk Theatre
Tickets: $39.50 - $74.50
After celebrating the 25th anniversary of a Christmas album release that changed the music industry, Mannheim Steamroller returns to Charlotte for another amazing night filled with their most recognizable holiday hits.

Week of November 8, 2010

Monday  Nov. 8

A Fareed Zakaria Encore Event
7:00-9:00pm – Sykes Auditorium/Queens University
Admission: $25; $20/Zakaria event attendees, The Learning Society Members and Charlotte Chamber Members
This event is an encore event to the Fareed Zakaria lecture on globalization and will provide the opportunity to learn more about the topic with the focus on how it has affected and continues to affect Charlotte. Panelists include Cathy Bessant of Bank of America, Fred Jackson of American & Efird, Inc and Dr. Pamela Davies and Dr. Chip Bowen of Queens University of Charlotte.

Tuesday Nov. 9

FRESH” Movie Screening & Discussion (moderated by WFAE’s Scott Graf)
6:00-10:00pm – Wells Fargo Auditorium/Knight Theatre
Tickets: $20 for movie screening/discussion; $50 for movie screening/discussion & director’s reception
“FRESH” celebrates the farmers, innovators and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agricultural systems into an industrial model and we all have confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for the future of our food system and our planet. “FRESH” features urban farmer and activist, Will Allen, the recipient of The MacArthur Foundation’s 2008 Genius Award; sustainable farmer and entrepreneur Joel Salatin, made famous by Michael Pollan’s book, “The Omnivore’s Dilemma;” and supermarket owner David Ball, challenging our Wal-Mart dominated economy.

8:00pm – Duke Family Performance Hall/Davidson College
Tickets: $20/general public
Canadian-based ScrapArtsMusic excites the senses with intricate rhythms, raw energy, athletic choreography and the greenest -- and most inventive -- reuse of materials on stage today. Fashioned from industrial scrap and offbeat materials ranging from accordion parts to artillery shells, ScrapArtsMusic's one-of-a-kind instruments are as visually striking as their music is sonically riveting. Don’t miss this electrifying quintet’s unbridled enthusiasm, embracing their intoxicating mix of music, movement, and spectacle.

Wednesday  Nov. 10

APOLO ANTON OHNO – Olympic Champion
6:00pm – Park Road Books – Book signing
Over three consecutive Olympic games, Apolo Ohno has come to
symbolize the very best of the competitive spirit—remaining equally gracious in victory and defeat,
always striving to improve his performance, and appreciating the value of the hard work of training as much as any reward it might bring. In his autobiography “Zero Regrets: Be Greater Than Yesterday”, Apolo shares the inspiring personal story behind his remarkable success, as well as the hard-won truths and strategies he has discovered in good times and bad.
** Books must be purchased at Park Road Books (unless you've already purchased at Joseph Beth). See website for further restrictions.

Thursday Nov. 11

WINE TO WATER fundraiser, with DOC HENDLEY
5:00-8:00pm – Soul GastroLounge at Plaza Midwood
*$20 admission donation for wine and tapas.
Doc Hendley, TEDxCharlotte 2010 presenter, founded Wine to Water to raise money and awareness to fight the global water crisis. ONE BILLION PEOPLE on our planet don't have access to clean drinking water...Doc and his team are helping to end this by teaching communities in the third world to drill their own wells and are providing filters to the most impoverished and remote areas.  This is a chance to get to know Doc and learn more about his travels to Sudan, Haiti, Ethiopia and other places. 
For more information call 704-348-1848

7:30pm – Knight Theatre
Known for its entertaining variety, Innovative Works will not disappoint this season! The seven pieces in “Contemporary choreography goes GREEN!” include a dance propelled by a treadmill runner (i.e. an alternative energy source) a Beatnik piece set to bongos (with the dancers sharing environmental messages) and a combination dance/runway show featuring costumes made out of recycled materials (including bottle caps and trash bags).

Friday Nov. 12

Music & Museum Series:  BECHTLER MUSEUM
5:00pm – Bechtler Museum of Modern Art lobby
Tickets: $15/members; $20/non-members
This innovative concert/lecture hybrid fuses image, music and conversation to provide an insider’s perspective on selected works. The concert, performed by The Bechtler Ensemble, will feature music by Fauré, Messiaen and Satie paired with artworks from the museum’s current exhibition: School of Paris: European Abstraction Post World War II on view now. A champagne reception begins at 5 with the performance at 5:30 p.m.

CLYDE “Pop” FERGUSON – NC Blues Legend
7:30pm – The Great Aunt Stella Center /Charlotte - FREE
Clyde "Pop" Ferguson is one of the last practitioners of traditional blues in the North Carolina foothills. The son of a guitar-playing Holiness preacher, Clyde was steeped in the music of the African-American community of North Wilkesboro. His travels have taken him to juke joints, fish fries, and street corners across the country, especially in the Northeast. He played from the coalfields of West Virginia to Baltimore and Detroit, often sharing the stage with blues legend Papa John Creach. During the 1970s, while back in Western North Carolina, Clyde was introduced t o Etta Baker, whom he admired for playing "that good old blues." He ended up performing with Baker throughout the Southeast. Come hear the blues “up close and personal” in this special family-friendly event sponsored by the Charlotte Folk Society.

Saturday Nov. 13

11:00am-5:00pm  Extravaganza Depot (N. Tryon Street)
Tickets: $2 online, $3 at the door, and free for children 10 and under
Share a taste of world famous Turkish cuisine together with authentic Turkish entertainment including Folk Dancing, Belly Dancing and folk/pop music. There will be Cooking Workshops, Exhibits, Items for sale and Kids activities (including a magician, craft making, etc.)

11:00-3:00pm – Charlotte History Museum
Free, with museum admission
Join the museum as it honors American Indian Heritage through traditional song, dance, art and storytelling. See how the American Indians have sustained traditions, beliefs, and a true record of their past through ceremony, song, dance, and art.

8:00PM – Booth Playhouse/Blumenthal Center
Tickets: $10-$15
Dance Charlotte!, in its 5th year,  is a repertory concert that consists of highly talented and innovative local and national emerging choreographers and companies from the Charlotte region. The decision process of selecting the performers for this event has toughened every year with the number of quality applications that the festival receives.

9:00pm -  The Fillmore Charlotte
The Cult (with Ian Astbury) continue their fall tour throughout North America with a stop this evening in Charlotte, NC, in support of their recent recordings on the newly formatted 'capsule' collection (see link below).

Sunday Nov. 14

Classic International Black Cinema Series Featuring OUSMANE SEMBENE
2:00pm – Harvey B. Gantt Center/S. Tryon Street
FREE w/ museum admission
Don't miss a viewing of Ousmane Sembene's award winning film "Black Girl" (1966) – a racially charged drama from the Senegalese writer-director which is often recognized as one of the seminal works of African cinema.  The story focuses on a young Senegalese woman (Mbissine Therese Diop) who works as a governess for a wealthy French family, and accompanies her charges on a vacation to the French Riviera. While there her white mistress (Anne-Marie Jelinek) suddenly expects her to do the work of a common maid.

EXPLORE HISTORY:  DUKE and LEE, Electrifying the Carolinas
 3:00pm – Duke Mansion/ 400 Hermitage Rd., Myers Park – FREE
Discover local history and enjoy a free afternoon program at the Duke Mansion. A century ago, Charlotte emerged as a national leader in the new technology of electricity. William States Lee was the pioneering engineer, and his family remains closely involved with what is now Duke Energy. Descendants Bill Williamson, States Lee and Lisa Lee Morgan will share history and memories. Event hosted by Museum historian Dr. Tom Hanchett.

Week of November 1, 2010

Monday  Nov. 1

PELADA – documentary film screening
Various Times (through Nov. 4th) Crownpoint Stadium 12, Monroe Rd. Charlotte.
Two players. 25 countries. One game. Pelada is a documentary following Luke and Gwendolyn, two former college soccer stars who didn’t quite make it to the pros.  Not ready for it to be over, they take off, chasing the game.  From prisoners in Bolivia to moonshine brewers in Kenya, from freestylers in China to women who play in hijab in Iran, Pelada is the story of the people who play.    --  "To get a sense of Pelada's unique motivational quality, take the gut feeling a killer Nike commercial can evoke and imagine riding that high for 90 minutes…an all-around inspiring doc"
Peter Debruge, VARIETY

Tuesday Nov. 2

CHARLOTTE CHAMBER MUSIC – First Tuesday Concert Series
12:10 or 5:30pm* – First Presbyterian Church/W. Trade Street. 
Program: Experience the sumptuous and spectacular world of Baroque string music, from the familiar to the fascinating. Selections include Johann Pachelbel: Partia #5 in C,Elisabeth-Claude Jacquet de la Guerre: Sonata in A minor, Antonio Vivaldi: Trio Sonata ‘La Follia’, Charles MacLean: Sonata in G minor and Pachelbel: Canon and Gigue in D.
*Evening concert includes a wine & cheese reception in the Carillon lobby.

Wednesday  Nov. 3

VISART VIDEO presents “The Adventures of Prince Achmed
6:00pm – Family Showing or 8:00pm – Adults/Neighborhood Theatre
Admission: $5/kids; $10/Adults; $25/includes a VisArt T-shirt
In an effort to keep open Mecklenburg County's last independent DVD and VHS store (a quirky landmark famous for carrying both current releases and obscure films), there will be a special fundraising screening of
"The Adventures of Prince Achmed," a 1926 animated film in which the title character rides a flying horse, befriends a witch, meets Aladdin, battles demons and falls in love with a princess. Screening will feature a Live orchestral score by Great Architect

Thursday Nov. 4

9:30-10:45am – Tate Hall, Overcash Center, CPCC Central Campus
This informative event will shine a light on NC’s refugees and how this population is positively impacting our community, culture and lives.  During the event, refugees from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East will participate in a panel discussion with leading refugee experts from across the state to discuss the differences between refugees, immigrants and asylees, the many nationalities of NC’s refugee population, how refugees are contributing to NC’s culture and how you can help refugees assimilate into the community. 
Please RSVP as seating is limited: 704.330.6595 or

6:00-7:30 – McColl Center For Visual Art
Ever wonder how to start your art collection? Or why some art appreciators collect a particular medium while others collect a little bit of everything? If so, join the Contemporaries for the first of a three-part Collector Series as Suzanne Fetscher, President and CEO of McColl Center for Visual Art, will take the Contemporaries on a tour of her personal art collection, which features local and national artists, such as Maja Godlewska, Nick Cave, Franco Mondini-Ruiz, Shaun Cassidy and many more.

Friday Nov. 5

6:00-9:00pm Mint Museum Uptown Charlotte
Admission: FREE for Mint members, $10 for non-members.
Tonight is the first of an ongoing evening event series that will be held the first Friday of every month at the new Mint Museum Uptown (500 South Tryon Street). Each First Friday centers on a different theme and features hands-on art activities for all ages, live entertainment, gallery tours, and refreshments. This evening marks the opening of a new exhibition called” VantagePoint IX - JANET BIGGS: Going to Extremes”. Her commissioned work, ”Duet”, which focused on NASCAR racing, will be screened for the first time this evening and there will be a meet-and-greet with the artist.

8:00 – Halton Theatre/CPCC
Tickets: $40-$65
Based in San Francisco, Grammy award-winning Chanticleer is known around the world as "an orchestra of voices" for the seamless blend of its twelve male voices ranging from countertenor to bass. Chanticleer's repertoire spans one thousand years of exciting, unique sounds, which covers Gregorian chant, Renaissance polyphony and Romantic art song, as well as contemporary jazz, spirituals and world music.

Saturday Nov. 6

7th Annual  SCANFEST
10:00am-5:00pm  Wachovia Atrium/South Tryon Street
Admission $5/family, $2/individual
The  Vikings, ScanDans, Taste of Scandinavia, Café Scandinavia, history, culture, crafters and music will fill Wachovia Atrium in Charlotte's Uptown today. The whole place will once again be transformed into a microcosm of Scandinavia at its best during an all-day celebration of  the Nordic Countries, featuring entertainment, food, Old World costumes, folk dancers and a folk band, storytelling, a Scandinavian Marketplace, a Viking Village, a Lego contest for children and celebrations featuring the cultures of Scandinavia.  This year’s featured country is NORWAY.

10:00am-5pm – Free Admission, under 18/Discounted price of $4 for all others
Tours of the museum for families will be offered on the hour between noon and 3 p.m. and special tours just for kids will be offered at 1 and 3 p.m. Hands-on art activities for kids of all ages take place from noon to 4:30 p.m. in the museum’s classroom and video gallery, both located on the second floor.  Activities will include: Abstract printmaking,
Paper “stained glass” and Interactive computer art.

7:00-10:00pm - Patricia McBride & Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance
Tickets: $50 per person, if purchased by Nov. 1/$60 after Nov. 1
A casual evening of cocktails, hors d' oeuvres, silent auction and live jazz by The Queen’s Collective, benefits NCDT REACH!* Mix and mingle with NC Dance Theatre Company Dancers while viewing an exciting array of dance costumes.
(*NC Dance Theatre’s outreach program provides free, accessible dance instruction and performance opportunities for underserved children in the Charlotte community)

8:00PM – Knight Theatre
Tickets: $39-$49
New Orleans Nights is a love letter to the rich musical traditions of the Big Easy. This show features
New Orleans icon Allen Toussaint, young lion of jazz Nicholas Payton, and Crescent City favorite The Joe Krown Trio.

Sunday Nov. 7

3:00pm – St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Davidson
Admission: $15; students/seniors: $10; children under 12 are FREE
Live from New York – one of the city’s hottest Klezmer bands fuses traditional Jewish music with world beats to create its own unique sound. Led by piccolo trumpet player David Glukh, the band also includes violin, accordion, bass, and percussion and will leave you wanting to dance in the aisles. Recent engagements include Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center as well as concert venues across the country. Don’t miss their only appearance in the South this season.

2:30pm – Carolina Actor’s Studio Theatre
Don’t miss the Carolina Actor’s Theatre’s presentation of this Tony award winning drama before it closes on 11/21. This is the true story of John Merrick who, though hideously deformed, reveals himself to be a person of remarkable intelligence and sensitivity. Rescued from eking a living as a side-show freak by Victorian surgeion Frederick Treves, John Merrick becomes the toast of society, patronized by lords, ladies, clergymen and celebrities who admire his gentleness, deep faith and spirit; and in the process discover their own personal flaws.

Week of October 25, 2010

Monday  Oct. 25

WUNDERKINDER: The Directors of New German Cinema
** Today through Sunday Oct. 31st **
The Light Factory presents a series of films that examine New German Cinema.  This movement lasted from the 60s through the 80s.  The films presented include “The Last Revenge,” “Wings of Desire,” “Nosferatu,” “The Marriage of Maria Braun,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “Young Törless,” “The Tin Drum,” “The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum,” and “The Legend of Rita”.   There will be discussions, Q&As and workshops to learn what these films mean then and now.
Director Volker Schlöndorff will be the special guest, appearing October 29 through October 31.  He is the director of 5 of the presented films.   
For more information, schedule of films and locations, please click below:

Tuesday Oct. 26

7:00pm - Belk Theatre/Blumenthal Center -   tickets: $40
Described by Esquire as "the most influential foreign policy adviser of his generation," widely respected journalist and CNN Host will be speaking and taking audience questions in this hour-long appearance at the Belk Theatre.
For tickets, click below:

Wednesday  Oct. 27

MARK DE CASTRIQUE (Author) @ Park Road Books
Beloved Charlotte author will be reading and signing copies of his latest Barry Clayton mystery, “Fatal Undertaking: A Buryin' Barry Mystery” which was released this month.

BECKY’S NEW CAR” – Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte
7:30pm – Opening Night!!  (tickets: $24)
Steven Dietz, award-winning author of last season’s hit thriller YANKEE TAVERN, delivers a witty and fresh new comedy in BECKY’S NEW CAR, a story about life, love, marriage and the detours we take on road to happiness. See why the Seattle Times declares it  “..a warmly humorous and nimble romantic farce that doesn’t oversell itself…”  Through November 13th.

ISAAC RUSSELL (singer/songwriter)
7:30pm - Evening Muse
Worth checking out:  Hear 18 year old singer, songwriter and guitar troubadour Isaac Russell, on tour to support the August release of his
self-titled debut EP, on Columbia Records.  Having recently toured with
Pete Yorn, the buzz is growing.
Thursday Oct. 28

3:30-4:30pm – UNC Charlotte, Atkins Library, Dale Halton Reading Room (FREE)
Michael O'Hanlon is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institute with expertise in the areas of national security and defense policy. He will be speaking about his recent book, "Toughing it Out in Afghanistan", co-authored with Afghan-American Hassina Sherjan.
Co-sponsored by the: World Affairs Council of Charlotte, Office of International Programs, Department of Global, International and Area Studies, & the Atkins Library

6:00-8:00pm – McColl Center for Visual Art (free)
The 15 Project is an irreverent and informative talk-show style program where invited guests experience their 15 minutes of fame with Fahamu Pecou, Gantt Center Artist-in-Residence. A witty, often spontaneous look at all aspects of pop culture, the 15 Project seeks to bridge the gap between the worlds of art and culture and the general public. The show spotlights exemplary figures, not only in the fine art world, but also in entertainment, politics and education and is presented in a manner that is appealing to audiences across social, economic, racial and cultural demographics.
Friday Oct. 29

A TRIBUTE TO EDITH PIAF – Music & Museum Series *debut*
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
5:00pm/champagne reception -  5:30/performance
Tickets: $15/members, $20/non-member (seating is limited)
This theatrical event complements the Bechtler’s new exhibition, School of Paris: European Abstraction Post World War II, which presents artworks created in the French capital during the mid-20th century. A Tribute to Edith Piaf, featuring local actor Polly Adkins, is presented as part of the Bechtler’s Music and Museum Series. Museum president John Boyer will provide commentary prior to the performance.

7:00-10:00pm  Latta Plantation (admission: $8)
A spooktacular historic event as you are led by a guide through a haunted Civil War site!  Venture through an explosive Civil War battlefield, escape the trenches, witness family mourning their lost loves in the house, make your way through a battlefield hospital, and much more!
*not recommended for young children

8:00PM – Robinson Hall, Anne Belk Theatre
Tickets: $14 Public, $9 Senior, $9 Faculty/Staff , $6 Student
The 2010 Fall Concert features works by faculty choreographers, EE Balcos, Sybil Huskey, Kim Jones, and Delia Neil. All works are performed by students in the Department of Dance.

Saturday Oct. 30

7:30pm – Time Warner Cable Arena
Grammy-award winning artist and two-time winner of the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year Award passes through Charlotte in support of her #1 selling album “Play On”.

CAROLINA PRO MUSICA “Hits From The Past” (1400s and 1500s)
8:00-10:00pm  St. Martin’s Episcopal Church (E. 7th Street)
Tickets: $15/$7.50 (students and seniors)
Carolina Pro Musica promotes the performance of music written before 1800 through the use of historic instruments and/or copies and in the performance practice of the periods in which the music was written.  They have received grants from the North Carolina Arts Council, the South Carolina Arts Council, and  the National Endowment for the Arts among others. Tonight’s program includes songs so popular they became the basis for other secular and sacred works all across Europe!

Sunday Oct. 31

Noon-4:00pm – Levine Museum of the New South
FREE admission all day, plus activities, alters, food, story-telling and more. In partnership with the Latin American Coalition, experience a traditional Dia de Los Muertos / Day of the Dead celebration - a time when Mexican families remember their dead and the continuity of life.

7:30pm & 11:00pm– Davidson College Presbyterian Church
Halloween night tradition continues as Organ at Davidson presents 7:30 and 11:00 PM showings of the 1922 classic horror film "Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror”. It features Max Schrek with spine-tingling organ improvisations by St. Alban's Henry Lebidinsky. Free, with donations encouraged to continue the annual series. See or call 704-892-5641

Week of October 18, 2010

Monday  Oct. 18

SUZANNE BERNE – Award-winning author
7:00pm – Joseph Beth Books/South Park
Author Suzanne Berne ("A Crime in the Neighborhood"),will be discussing and signing copies of her 4th novel,  "Missing Lucile: The Story of My Father's Mother”, which sets out to fill in the silhouette left by her father's mother, and along the way uncovers her own foothold in American history.

UNC Charlotte Distinguished Speakers Forum presents: DEBBIE ALMONTASER
7:00PM – Free/Cone Student Center, UNC Charlotte
Ms. Almontaser helped launch New York City's first Arabic-language school, the Khalil Gibran International Academy, in 2006. Ms. Almontaser, a career educator and community activist, arrived with a reputation as a Muslim moderate, but she quickly came under fire by vocal critics of the school. Under intense media scrutiny and accusations of sympathizing with terrorists, she was forced to resign in August 2007. The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission found in March 2010 that the NYC Department of Education had discriminated against Ms. Almontaser and "succumbed to the very bias that creation of the school was intended to dispel and a small segment of the public succeeded in imposing its prejudices on D.O.E. as an employer."
A meet and greet reception with refreshments will be held immediately following the lecture.

7:30pm – Belk Theatre
With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today. Don’t miss this award-winning, NC native’s Charlotte appearance and see why the Washington Post calls him “One of America’s most prickly and most delicious, young comic talents.”

Tuesday Oct. 19

“DOCTOR! DOCTOR!” – presented by the Latin American Forum
6:00-8:30pm – Mint Museum/2730 Randolph Rd.  Suggested Donation: $15
Come and see a series of short melodramas written in the style of Latin American soap operas, using humor and cultural flavors of Spanish speaking countries.  These skits present the diverse realities, conflicts, expectations and cultural differences among healthcare providers and Latino patients living in this region.  The goal is to raise awareness of Latino health related issues, cultural differences and lifestyles that often cause misunderstandings and prevent effective doctor-patient relationship and treatment.
A panel of experts will answer questions at the end of the play, courtesy of the Latin American Women’s Association.

Wednesday  Oct. 20

BELLYDANCE SUPERSTARS present “Bombay Bellywood”
7:30pm – McGlohon Theatre (N. College St.)
Taking an ancient art form, previously relegated to clubs and restaurants, and turning it into a mega show to compete head on with the likes of Riverdance and Stomp, Bellydance Superstars do for bellydance what Cirque de Soleil did for the circus.
Produced by Miles Copeland (The Police, I.R.S. Records), the new show will merge traditional, and Tribal Bellydance with Indian dance styles rich in costuming and exciting emotive, infectious music. With 6 years of touring, performing over 700 shows in 22 countries, Bellydance Superstars is a dance troupe that does not disappoint!

Thursday Oct. 21

7:00pm – Levine Museum of the New South
This powerful film provides a glimpse of America at a crossroads. In the small town of Shelbyville, in the heart of America's Bible Belt, a community grapples with rapidly changing demographics. Just a stone's throw away from Pulaski, Tennessee (the birthplace of the Ku Klux Klan), longtime African American and white residents are challenged with how best to integrate with a growing Latino population and the more recent arrival of hundreds of Muslim Somali refugees. Screening will be  followed by an audience talkback.
Free -  RSVP by calling 704.333.1887 ext. 501 or

Friday Oct. 22

INTERIORS+ (exhibition)
5:00-7:00  *Opening reception  - Max L. Jackson Gallery, Queens University (free)
This exhibition highlights the work of some of Charlotte’s great interior designers. Small vignettes showcasing their signature styles will be presented. Both residential and commercial projects will be formally displayed, as will additional art forms, revealing the range of the designers’ creative expression.

“PLANETS!” - KnightSounds – NEW Program Series from The Charlotte Symphony
6:30-8:30pm – Knight Theatre
Ticket prices: $30 (includes hors d’oeuvres, museum admission & concert**)
With Christopher Warren-Green, conducting and with support from the Women of the Oratorio Singers of Charlotte, the symphony will perform Holst’s amazing symphonic work, The Planets, accompanied by breathtaking NASA footage in this multimedia spectacular. Outside the theater, step into a portable planetarium, provided by Discovery Place, to take a peek at the stars! This is the 1st of (3) concerts this season.
**Subscribe to all 3 concerts for $78 and save!

7:30pm - South Mecklenburg Presbyterian Church
Enjoy an evening of chamber music, featuring: Beethoven, Egmont Overture; Haydn, Trumpet Concerto in Eb – guest soloist Michael R. Baker, New York Mendelssohn, Symphony No. 1.
For information & to purchase tickets, click below:

LOST IN WOONSOCKET” - Documentary film screening
7:30pm – Mint Museum/Uptown – FREE
Missing for years, two alcoholics are discovered living together in the back woods of Woonsocket, R.I. A series of profound coincidences lead to miraculous reunions with their families and a chance at treatment, recovery, and redemption. With the help of a philanthropic film crew the film proves that, even in the face of adversity, the human spirit can triumph. Directed by award-winning filmmaker John Chester.

Saturday Oct. 23

Open Studio Saturday” @ THE McCOLL CENTER
Stop on by and meet the current “Artists-in-Residence”:
•  Jonathan Brilliant who installed the coffee stir stick installation in the main gallery.
•  Fahamu Pecou, Gantt Center AIR, and find out why he calls himself “the Shit.”
•  Lauren DiCioccio who is working on hand-sewn letters for deployed soldiers.
•  Laurie Frick, Carolinas HealthCare AIR, who integrates neuroscience into the visual arts.
•  Daniel Allegrucci and Patricia Raible who are both working on projects for their opening reception on November 19 in the 2nd and 3rd floor galleries.
•  Lori Larusso who creates stunning visual and edible works of art.
•  Anthony Schrag whose art does not hang on the walls, he does.

8:00pm – Duke Energy Theatre (tickets: $16-$28)
Inspired by the original 1936 film of the same name, this raucous musical comedy takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the hysteria caused when clean-cut kids fall prey to marijuana, leading them on a hysterical downward spiral filled with evil jazz music, sex and violence. Tonight is the final performance of what Backstage (Eric Marchese) calls "The funniest thing to come down the pike -- or the pipe -- in a while."
* Contains Adult Content. Recommended for ages 16 and over.

Charlotte Film Society presents: “EVIL
7:30pm –Theatre Charlotte
Admission: $5 for film society members; $8 for non-members
Swedish film (2003) directed by Mikael Hafstrom, and set at an elite boys' secondary school in the mid-1950's, illustrates how cruelties exacted in the name of initiation are perpetuated year after year in a closed system of tit-for-tat violence.

Sunday Oct. 24

3:00pm – Belk Chapel  (FREE)
The Music Department @ Queens University presents two student groups performing a fall concert: The Chamber Singers and Chorale. Repertoire features inspiring chorale music from across the centuries. The Chamber Singers tour annually, including a recent visit to Poland. Each year, Chorale performs for important Queens campus traditions such as the Moravian Love Feast and Baccalaureate.

7:30pm – Fillmore Charlotte (tickets: $49.50)
Check out Zakk Wylde (former guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne) and his band Black Label Society for some unapologetic heavy guitar rock when they pass through Charlotte in support of their recent national Top 5 selling album “Order of the Black”. Another must-see on the bill is the incredible live show by Neil Fallon & CLUTCH. This bluesy, hard rock jam band has more than earned their cult-like following! Also appearing is Children of Bodom.

Week of October 11, 2010

Monday  Oct. 11

6:30-9:00pm – Santé Restaurant, Downtown Matthews.
*The Women’s National Book Association – Charlotte invites the community to attend the first annual Bibliofeast – a gourmet feast for the mind and the body. Guest hosted by Charlotte Observer Reading Life Editor Pam Kelley, Bibliofeast will feature a three course meal at Santé and conversation with Carolina-based authors who will travel from table to table discussing their work. Featured authors include: Kim Wright, author of the bestselling novel Love in Mid-Air, Minrose Gwinn, author of The Queen of Palmyra, just selected as a featured Great Group Read for October’s National Reading Group Month by the WNBA (national), Jay Varner, author of Nothing Left to Burn, and Rick Rothacker, author of Banktown: The Rise and Struggles of Charlotte's Big Banks.
**Tickets are available at Park Road Books only. $35 cash or check**

Tuesday Oct. 12

Meet The Artist: Bayete Ross Smith
6:00-8:00pm – McColl Center For Visual Art
*The former 2008 Artist-In-Residence will present a selection of his works including "Church Versus Self Reflection," a video based on the work he produced at the Center in 2008. Currently based in NYC, the artist, photographer, and arts educator  has had exhibitions at the Oakland Museum of California, Modern Museum of Art, Goethe Institute of Ghana,  and Zacheta National Gallery of Art in Poland to name a few.
For more information and to RSVP, contact Marisa Wilson at

“The Exterminating Angel” directed by Luis Buñuel
7:30pm – Knight Gallery/Spirit Square – FREE
*Part of the “Dreams in Motion” Suspicious Minds Film Series, this 1962 Black & White film is considered one of  Buñuel’s masterpieces. It is about a group of bourgeois cosmopolitans that are invited to a mansion for dinner and inexplicably find themselves unable to leave.

Wednesday  Oct. 13

“Morgan Russell & The Avant-Garde in Paris”
7:30-9:30pm – Davidson College/Sermans Lecture Hall. FREE
*Davidson College invites the public to a lecture by Michael Leja, professor of art history at University of Pennsylvania. Leja, a 2008 recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, will speak about Bondage, Discipline,
and Modernist Abstraction: The Case of Morgan Russell.

Thursday Oct. 14

Dr. Constanze Stelzenmüller, courtesy of the American Council on Germany
6:00-7:30pm – Admission $20
@ Parker Poe Adams and Bernstein LLP, Three Wachovia Ctr.
*The American Council on Germany invites the public for a discussion and reception for Dr. Stelzenmüller, Senior Transatlantic Fellow, the German Marshall Fund of the US. He will be speaking on US-German relations and their changing dynamic in today's multipolar environment. For more information, contact 704-371-6189. 
**Dr. Stelzenmüller will also be speaking on Friday morning 10/15 @ UNC-Charlotte 10:00-11:00am for Free (contact for more information)

Bob Dylan and His Band
8:00pm – Halton Arena/UNC Charlotte
*Don’t miss the legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan as he visits Charlotte on his Fall tour, whose stops include mostly college and university towns.

Friday Oct. 15

Van Cliburn Foundation Presents:  NOBUYUKI  TSUJII
8:00pm – Halton Theater/CPCC
Ticket prices: $40-$55
*Charlotte Concerts presents the joint winner of the thirteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2009. Blind since birth, Mr. Tsujii states his firm belief that "there are no barriers in the field of music." The diminutive "Nobu" has studied under Masako Masuyama, Masahiro Kawakami, Yukari Kawakami, Yukio Yokoyama and Kyoko Tabe.

Jazz @ The Bechtler
6:00-8:00pm – Free, with museum admission
*The Ziad Jazz Quartet, featuring vocalist Toni Tupponce and pianist/vocalist Noel Freidline, performs Parisian jazz standards and cabaret songs from the 1930s through the 1950s (complimenting The Bechtler’s new “School Of Paris” exhibition.)

Saturday Oct. 16

Chelsea Handler @ Park Road Books
*The NY Times Best Selling author and star of the late-night E comedy series “Chelsea Lately” will be signing copies of her latest book “Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang” (only copies purchased at Park Road Books). Note: this signing will be filmed.

Martin Sexton @ Visulite Theatre
Doors - 8:00/Headliner -10:00pm – Tickets $20 in advance/$23 day-of-show.
*Don’t miss this guitarist, singer, and songwriter when he passes through town in support of his recent CD release “Sugarcoating.”  See why Billboard Magazine says he’s “the real thing, people, a star with potential to permanently affect the musical landscape and keep us entertained for years to come.”

COSI  FAN TUTTE (or The School For Lovers)
8:00pm – Belk Theatre
*In a brilliant new staging by acclaimed director Bernard Uzan, OPERA CAROLINA presents Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s hilarious comedy which takes the art of romance to “new flirtatious heights.” Performances through Thursday October 21st.
**The English text is projected on a screen above the stage for each opera. Easy to follow, and easy to understand every twist and turn of the plot!

George Duke @ Halton Theater
8:00pm. Tickets $35-$55
*The Carolina Jazz Concert series presents the legendary George Duke.  Duke, a Grammy award winning piano & synthesizer pioneer, has played with and produced projects by a diverse range of artists including Frank Zappa’s Mothers Of Invention, Cannonball Adderley, Smokey Robinson, and Melissa Manchester. Additionally, he has released more than 2 dozen albums on his own. Don’t miss the opening performance by Shableek and Uncommon Jazz.

Sunday Oct. 17

Heidi Eggles (local Ardrey Kell H.S. student) – Discussion & Book Signing
1:00 – Park Road Books
* Written by students of Ardrey Kell High School in South Charlotte as part of a breast cancer awareness project, “Ruthie and the Pink Fairy” is a story of one young child's efforts to help her mother and family face a disease, which impacts so many of our lives. ALL PROCEEDS from the sale of the book will benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and its promise to end breast cancer forever.

A Shared Melody – Selections from Classic Chinese Culture (Calligraphy, Ceramics, and Peking Opera)
1:00-5:00pm – Charlotte Museum of History (FREE)
*In honor of the opening of their new exhibit, the Museum of History will host a Family Celebration with a variety of activities for families to experience Chinese Museum of History will host a Family Celebration with a variety of activities for families to experience Chinese cultural traditions. This program is presented in partnership with the Confucius Institute at Pfeiffer University, which is dedicated to promoting understanding of Chinese language and culture through education and partnerships. The Institute will also have Chinese scholars coming from China to lecture on related subjects during the exhibition at the Museum.

African American Theater 101
3:00pm - Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture
*Today begins this year-long education series focusing on essential plays of the black theater repertoire. In each three-hour workshop, an African-American theater piece is read and afterwards, a class discussion commences on literary devices, historical context and cultural themes and issues of the piece. The readings are presented by local actors and class discussions are facilitated by area professors including Dr. Corlis Hayes (Central Piedmont Community College), Dr. Malin Pereira (UNC Charlotte) and Dr. Mack Staton (Johnson C. Smith University).
Admission: $10.  Free for Gantt members and On Q season pass holders.

Week of October 4, 2010

Monday Oct. 4

UNC Charlotte – Global Perspective Series
12:30pm – College of Health & Human Services, Room332
The 1st in this new lecture series titled “International Exchanges: Codex Aubin & the Influence of Early Printed Books”features Professor Rajagopalan who will discuss her experiences researching a 16th-century painted manuscript from Mexico and the European aesthetic and conceptual systems that helped to shape the work.

Tuesday Oct. 5

François Furstenberg, Historian
7:00pm – Sykes Auditorium/Queens University. Free
Author of the critically lauded "In the Name of the Father: Washington's Legacy, Slavery, and the Making of a Nation" (2006), Furstenberg is the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation Chair of American Studies in the history department at the University of Montreal. His talk is titled “When the United States Spoke French: Trans-Atlantic Politics, Speculation, and Diplomacy in the Early American Republic.”

Frontier Ruckus  @ The Evening Muse
10:00pm - $5
Don’t miss Ramseur Records’ recording act Frontier Ruckus as they pass through Charlotte on their East Coast tour and discover why Rolling Stone magazine exclaims this band has the “perfect recipe for Gothic Americana.”

Wednesday Oct. 6

“Einstein’s Biggest Blunder: A Cosmic Mystery Story”
7:30-9:00pm – Davidson College/Duke family Performance Hall (Free)
Lawrence Krauss delivers the 2010 Smith Lecture. In his talk, he will describe the developments that have changed the picture of the past, present, and future of the Universe. Krauss is a theoretical physicist of international reputation. He is the Foundation Professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and Physics Department, and Inaugural Director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University.

Disney on Ice – Toy Story 3
7:00pm – Time Warner Cable Arena
An award-winning creative team and a cast of world-class skaters are bringing Woody, the pull-string cowboy; space ranger Buzz Lightyear; Jessie, the yodeling cowgirl; and the rest of the gang to fans and families around the country in this brand-new live ice spectacular! The show is in Charlotte through Sunday 10/10.

Thursday Oct. 7

“Taste of The World” – Charlotte East Restaurant Preview Event
5:30-10:30pm – $30/person @ VanLandingham Estate Inn
Come share the flavor, uniqueness and vitality while experiencing the cosmopolitan flavor and the excitement of the people who call Charlotte East home! An opening reception at VanLandingham Estate begins your guided tour through eclectic Charlotte East to dine at three different culturally rich restaurants. Your evening's adventure will end with coffee and dessert back at the Estate.

Friday Oct. 8

UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens – Annual Fall Plant Sale
9:00am-3:00pm (continues 10/9) – McMillan Greenhouse
Whether you are a seasoned gardener, a budding plant enthusiast, or a homeowner looking for just the right plant, you won't want to miss the yearly sales at the Botanical Gardens. Choose among shrubs, trees, wildflowers, ferns, and perennials at the fall sale.
All proceeds directly fund the operations of the greenhouse and gardens.

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra– special guest: Natasha Paremski, piano
8:00pm – Belk Theatre. Tickets: $26.50 - $82.50
Christopher Warren-Green conducts his 2nd concert of the Classics series with a program that focuses on the “New World” and includes Bernstein’s Candide Overture, Rachmaninoff, & Dvorak.

The Diary of Anne Frank (opening night!)
8:00pm – Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts
In this gripping new adaptation by Wendy Kesselman, newly discovered writings from the diary of Anne Frank, as well as survivor accounts, are interwoven to create a contemporary impassioned story of the lives of people persecuted under Nazi rule. Set designed by Emmy Award winner John R. Bayless. A portion of the proceeds from this production will go to benefit the “Butterfly Project” at the Jewish Community Center. **Ages 12 and up**

Saturday Oct. 9

CIAO, ITALIA! Festival
11:00 – 7:00pm – Wachovia Atrium, 301 S. Tryon - Adults/$5, Teens/$3, Children/Free
Join the Christopher Columbus Italian Club of Charlotte to celebrate Italian culture with a day filled with food, entertainment and more!

3rd Annual Charlotte Fine Art Show
10:00am-5:00pm – Park Expo & Conference Center
Admission $5, 12 & under Free
Juried by art professionals, this high quality art show brings approximately 100 world renowned & top notch local Carolina artists to sell their paintings, clay, glass, sculpture, wood, fiber, jewelry, photography and more. Continues Sunday 10/10.

The MET Live in HD – “Wagner’s Das Reingold
1:00pm – Regal Stonecrest Cinemas @ Piper Glen + AMC Concord Mills 24-IMAX
The Metropolitan Opera’s Emmy and Peabody-award winning series of live and high definition performance transmissions returns for its fifth season with the 1st of (12) operas. This new production, with Maestro James Levine and directed by Robert Lepage, features Bryn Terfel singing the leading role of Wotan .

Annual Carolina Renaissance Festival & Artisan Marketplace
10:00am-5:30pm – Sat/Sun through November 21st - Huntersville, NC
The Renaissance Festival is a 16th century European style art and entertainment festival combining outdoor theater, circus entertainment, arts and crafts marketplace, a jousting tournament, a feast fit for royalty, and much, much more.

“Dracula” by North Carolina Dance Theatre
7:30pm – Knight Theatre
NC Dance Theatre opens its 40th season with a full-length staging of “Dracula,” choreographed by Mark Godden. Originally created for Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet in 1998, this contemporary interpretation of Bram Stoker’s 1897 horror classic has won critical acclaim for its storytelling, wit and theatricality.

Minneapolis Guitar Quartet
8:00pm Dana Auditorium/Queens University
Founded in 1986, the group has garnered unanimous international critical acclaim with its first four CDs on the Albany and GSP labels. Says Soundboard Magazine, "With 'Over Land and Sea,' the MGQ demonstrates that it is one of the major guitar ensembles in the world."

Sunday Oct. 10

20th Annual Latin American Festival
12:00-7:00pm – Symphony Park, South Park Adults $5/Children $3 The Latin American Festival - one of Charlotte’s signature cultural events- attracts thousands of individuals from our multi-cultural community to enjoy local, nationally and internationally known musicians, handmade arts and crafts, authentic Latin American cuisine, traditional folkloric dance performances and children’s activities and performances- a true cultural experience for all.

OPERA CAROLINA’s “Cosi Fan Tutti” – FREE preview
2:00pm – Barnes & Noble/South Park
This hour-long preview, hosted by WDAV announcer Jennifer Foster, will feature music excerpts and in-depth discussion about the plot and composer before seeing the opera on the main stage.

Living History Day: Weaving – Charlotte Museum of History
1:00-4:00pm - Free, with museum admission
Kenneth Webb, a weaver from New London, NC, will be visiting the museum to demonstrate different weaving techniques on his floor loom. He will also offer his wares for sale.

Week of September 27, 2010

Monday  Sept. 27

Free To Dance!
Today through Saturday October 2nd – North Carolina Dance Theatre
One week of free Open Division dance classes as part of the Arts & Science Council’s Cultural FREE for All. Classes are appropriate for ages 14 and up, and all ability levels are welcome! (For ballet and tap, beginners are encouraged to attend the beginning level classes.) Classes are first come, first serve. Students are asked to arrive a few minutes early to complete a short registration form before class.

Tuesday  Sept. 28

Chamber Music @ St. Peter’s
7:30pm – St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. Tickets $30
Benefit performance for the 2011 Chamber Music for Teens Summer Workshop. Program will feature Beethoven's Piano Trio Opus 70 “Ghost”; Rachmaninoff's Trio Élégiaque in G minor, Brahms' Piano Trio in B Major Opus 8 and Villa-Lobos' Bachianas Brasilieras No. 5 for soprano and trio. Performing will be principal cellist with the Charlotte Symphony orchestra Alan Black, Romanian pianist, Dana Protopopescu, celebrated violinist Rosemary Furniss (wife of Maestro Christopher Warren-Green) and international coloratura soprano, Sally Silver.

Wednesday  Sept. 29

“The 39 Steps” presented by The Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte
7:30pm – Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte (E. Stonewall St) - tickets $24
Don’t miss this Tony Award-winning comedy in its final days in Charlotte (ends Sat. 10/2) which Lawrence Toppman of the Charlotte Observer claims “…strikes a zany note from end to end…”

Thursday Sept. 30

7:00pm – Knight Gallery/The Light Factory. Admission $5 members/$7 non-members
MANHATTAN SHORT is not only the world's largest short film festival, it is the world's first global film festival, with over 200 cities taking part in the event this week alone. Viewers will choose the best film, from (10) selected shorts.

Michelle Malone @ Evening Muse
9:15pm - $10
Nicknamed "Moanin' Malone" by blues guitar great Albert King, you won’t want to  miss this Atlanta-based Americana rocker when she comes to town, in support of her new CD “Debris.”

The Beauty & Culture of Japan
6:30-8:00pm – International House – Free
Come learn about the beauty and culture of Japan.  Featuring shodo (calligraphy), ikebana (flower arrangement) and sado (tea ceremony). Space is limited. For reservations, please mail Rusty Reynolds at

Friday Oct. 1

THE MINT MUSEUM – Uptown – 24 hr Grand Opening!
5:30pm – through Saturday 10/2. Members Free/non-members $10 thru 2:00am Sat. and FREE all day Saturday.
Celebrate the grand opening of The Mint’s new Uptown location with a variety of special activities (including hands-on-art and artist demonstrations) and programs. Plus, be among the 1st to see the Mint’s (2) new exhibitions: New Visions: Contemporary Masterworks from the Bank of America Collection and Contemporary British Studio Ceramics  

Novello Tribute: History & Mystery
7:00pm – Levine Museum of The New South
The museum will be hosting a special evening of history writers reading from their work, as they pay tribute to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s Novello Festival of Reading. Participants include Mary Norton Kratt, Charlotte: A Brief History and Legacy: The Myers Park Story, Mike Lassiter, Our Vanishing Americana, plus John Grooms, Tom Hanchett and special guests. Novello tribute continues on Saturday at Imaginon.

Saturday Oct. 2

AutumnFaire @ Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
9:00am-3:00pm  Free w/garden admission.
Outdoor art and craft show featuring artists whose work uses or features plants, gardens and nature. Activities for children and adults reflect this inspirational season in a variety of forms with arts and crafts based on and with plants.

Azadi Ensemble & Sahar: A Middle Eastern Concert
7:30pm – Dana Auditorium -  $10/General Admission
The University partners with the Middle East Council of the Carolinas to present an evening of Persian Music performed by the Azadi Ensemble and Sahar..

Great Grapes! Wine, Art & Food Festival
11:00-7:00pm – Symphony Park. $20 in advance/$25 day of.
Try unlimited samples of over 200 wines, and view cooking and wine/food pairing demonstrations. Event will have live music, art and crafts.

Bharat Natyam  - Dance Performance by Mallika Sarabhai
7:00pm -  Halton Theatre
Presented by India Performing Arts Association of Charlotte, this program features Dr. Mallika Sarabhai, one of India’s leading choreographers and dancers. She has performed in the USA ,Canada and many countries of Asia and Europe.

Sunday Oct. 3

Spirits and Spaces: The Prints of Michael B. Platt
1:00-5:00pm - Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture
Final day (exhibit closes 10/3) to see Platt’s use of digital photography and the printing process to share his keen sense of observation, to express traces of the human spirit. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Corcoran Museum; the Smithsonian Museum of American Art; the Library of Congress’ Prints and Photographs Collection and its Rare Books and Special Collections, etc.

Week of September 20, 2010

Monday  Sept. 20

Charlotte Film Festival – Opening Night
6:30pm – Regal Park Terrace 6 (Park Road)
Opening night of this week-long festival (ends Sunday) premieres (2) of the festival’s feature films: “Soundtrack For A Revolution” (Directors: Bill Guttentag and Dan Sturman) and “Night Catches Us” (Director: Tanya Hamilton).

Adrian Wooldridge, longtime journalist for The Economist
3:30-4:30pm -   Atkins Library/UNCC – Free
Management Editor and 'Schumpeter' Columnist for The Economist will be bringing his expertise on culture, politics and business to UNC Charlotte for a discussion on "The New Face of Globalization."

Tuesday  Sept. 21

Charlotte Art League Lecture Series - Linda Luise Brown
7:00pm @ Charlotte Art League Caleidoscope Gallery
Nationally recognized Artist, writer & teacher discusses Modern Art & the Modernist movement in a four-part discussion

Wednesday  Sept. 22

Author, Jenny Nelson @ Park Road Books
Free  admission – 6:00pm
Former editor and producer at,, and will be signing copies of her debut novel, "Georgia's Kitchen".
A fun read that women of all ages can relate to.”    – Emmy Award winning personality Giada DeLaurentiis

Thursday Sept. 23

Festival In The Park
6:00-9:00pm - Opening night of the 46th Festival (continues through Sunday, check website for times) continues its tradition in Charlotte of promoting and stimulating interest in the arts. The Festival offers interactive, educational and hands-on opportunities for all children and features over 150 artists who actively demonstrate & display their art. Plus, there’s a great array of free music & performances each day.

Friday Sept. 24

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra – Opening Night!!
8:00pm – Belk Theatre. Opening night of the season with new Music Director Christopher Warren Green, conducting. Internationally renowned cellist Alisa Weilerstein is the symphony’s special guest, as they perform an Elgar program.

NC State Intertribal Festival
10:00am-8:00pm / 5800 Concord Parkway (next to Lowes Motor Speedway)
Hosted by the Metrolina Native American Association, this 3 day festival (continues through Sunday) features traditional Native American drumming, singing, dancing, music, storytelling, basket weaving, pottery, vendors, etc. Various North Caroilna Native American tribes and organizations will be participating.

ZipStir – McColl Center for Visual Art
6:00 – 9:00pm – Opening Reception. 
Hong Seon Jang and Jonathan Brilliant's dual exhibition provides an experimental approach to contemporary art that guides the viewer through an innovative use of space, using common manufactured materials that give these everyday goods new meaning.

Saturday Sept. 25

UNC Charlotte International Festival
10:00am-6:00pm  Barnhardt Center. Free.
Family Festival is a colorful marketplace representing cultures of nearly 50 nations. Booths will be staffed by UNC charlotte Int’l students and representatives of the international community. Festival will feature music, dance, crafts, food, etc.

SCYTHIAN @  Neighborhood Theatre
8:00pm – This high-energy, adrenaline peddling group plays “kicked-up Celtic and world music with hints of Gypsy and Klezmer, all infused with a touch of punk-rock sensibility.” Be prepared to dance!!

8:00PM – Dana Auditorium/Queens University. Tickets $5
The first professional company in the world dedicated to the tradition of stepping (the unique dance created in African-American fraternities & sororities) brings its critically acclaimed program to town to promote an understanding of and appreciation for stepping and the dance tradition's use as an educational tool for young people worldwide.

Sunday Sept. 26

Music & Museum Concert Series @ The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
5:00pm – Champagne reception followed by performance at 5:30pm.
Guest musicians – renowned British clarinetist Janet Hilton and violinist Rosemary Furniss – join Charlotte chamber musicians Tanja Bechtler (cello) and Paul Nitsch (piano) on selections by Bruch, Stravinsky, Brahms and Milhaud. Visual art will include works from the Bechtler’s new exhibition, School of Paris: European Abstraction Post World War II.

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