When you’re trying to create a social movement successfully, looking to folks who’ve pulled it off seems like a no brainer. During this event, there will be a discussion with sit-in veterans and activists. Panelists include Harvey Gantt, Clarence Graham (Friendship 9), Danielle Adele Hilton (community activist), Shaun Corbett (Cops & Barbers founder) and Sandra Luster Harper (a sit-in veteran). To RSVP, click here. Free to attend. Registration requested.
Not to be confused with the car or the flower, electronic-rock outfit Lotus is still touring in support of its 2014 album, Gilded Age, but the band is hard at work on the follow-up. The new stuff is focused on hooks and danceability, while remaining true to the band’s roots and song structures. The first new track, “Eats the Light,” is reminiscent of Talking Heads and hints at the band’s direction moving forward. Go for the light show, stay for the music. (Jeff Hahne)
A NIGHT IN RIO: BRAZILIAN FESTIVAL
There’s a reason why this festival draws a huge crowd year after year. Part of that has to do with the cultural allure, as well as the entertainment — live music, dancing and martial arts. Latin American Coalition organizes the event, where folks can also enjoy authentic foods and partake in Samba lessons. This year’s music headliner is Afro-Brazilian singer/songwriter Caique Vidal. (Anita Overcash)
There’s a reason why this festival draws a huge crowd year after year. Part of that has to do with the cultural allure, as well as the entertainment — live music, dancing and martial arts. Latin American Coalition organizes the event, where folks can also enjoy authentic foods and partake in Samba lessons. This year’s music headliner is Afro-Brazilian singer/songwriter Caique Vidal. $15-$20
Bubblyfest will include four types of rose champagne. Enjoy samples from Chandon, Domain Carneros, Luc Belaire and Veuve Clicquot. 21 and up. There will also be a DJ and dinner reservations are available at 704-733-9427. For more information, visit www.eventbrite.com. $35
At 74-years old, Graham Nash is still on the road performing fan favorites that made him a folk icon as part of Crosby, Stills & Nash and a pop star as part of the Hollies. This show is not only a chance to hear some of the classics — “Ohio,” “Marrakesh Express,” “Our House,” “Teach Your Children” — but also some of the new material due out in April on his sixth solo album, This Path Tonight. (Jeff Hahne)
A family-based country music band (brothers Matt and Scott Thomas along with cousin Barry Knox and their childhood friend), you probably know them from their hit single, “Feels like Carolina,” released in 2013. A more recent single titled, “Already Callin’ You Mine,” was released to the radio in February of last year. After an attempted robbery in 2010 that left one of the band members with a gunshot wound, the band is giving it their all following his recovery. (Laura Eason)
Yes, there’s a reason for everyone — single or taken — to drop your pants on this V-Day weekend. The annual Cupid’s Undie Run is a 1.5 mile run that encourages participants to wear their bedroom-best — we’re talking boxers and panties — for an easy, brisk run around Uptown Charlotte. And if you’re hesitant, just remember it’s for a good cause. The event raises money for The Children’s Tumor Foundation and its mission to fight Neurofibromatosis. To register, visit https://my.cupids.org/registration/ or for more information, visit www.cupidsundierun.com.
Q.C. photographer Justin Driscoll, who has done work for Creative Loafing as well as other publications, isn’t shy about trespassing onto private property. Armed with his camera, this rebel snaps grungy, sometimes eerie shots of abandoned buildings and historic structures, giving them another chance to shine in the spotlight.
Don’t expect an elaborate set with props and costumes because this is bare-bones pop-up theater. Presented by Chickspeare, this short, zippy and altered take on Bard’s classic tragedy goes best with a beer. The gals are known for inserting humor into the simplicity of their shows. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t use the plays gloom and doom elements as an excuse to drink though. $15
Just admit it: Roald Dahl’s Matilda was the kind of prankster we all wish we could have been as a child. Her telekinetic powers made us stare as glasses of water far longer than we should have and we’d have loved to skip some grades along the way. Based on the classic childhood novel, this Tony Award-winning musical adaptation takes us back. $29.50 and up
It's Find Your Muse open mic night at The Evening Muse this and every Monday. Musicians, grab up your music gear and head over to perform one of your own creations in front of a crowd. No one can guarantee they'll be liked, but constructive criticism is always helpful! Get there early to snag a performance spot. And, if you don't play, come out to watch. You never know who might show up. $3
From her years as a founding member of The Supremes to her solo success, Diana Ross is an iconic singer with decades of hits under her name — “Where Did Our Love Go,” “Baby Love,” “I’m Coming Out,” “Endless Love” and more (She’s had roughly 70 hit singles). This one’s mostly a nostalgia trip back to the Motown days where people are going to have fun, dance and see if the 71-year-old singer’s still got it. (Jeff Hahne)
Starting at $20
Though it might not be for the squeamish or easily disgusted type, this exhibit hits the high notes for making us interested in our bodies. Created by physician and anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens, it’s your best bet at understanding aging, disease, and other things related to the human body. It may sound a bit morbid, but by the time you’re done you’ll think differently about what’s under your skin.
Cuban artist Carlos Estévez, not to be confused with Charlie Sheen (who shares the name and is the first face to pop up in a Google search), is showcasing his art at LaCa Projects. The exhibit, featuring his intricate paintings, is described as “attempting to capture the invisible dimension of reality and explores the hidden dynamic of the universe.” Come during the reception (Jan. 14, 6 p.m.-9 p.m.) to ponder in the company of others.