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Mustang 50th Birthday Celebration

April 16-20

The five-day event for Mustang owners and enthusiasts includes a variety of activities and car viewing ops. For more information, visit www.mustang50thbirthdaycelebration.com.

Charlotte Motor Speedway (map)
5555 Concord Pkwy S.
Concord/Kannapolis
phone 704-455-3209

Other Desert Cities

Thu., April 17, 7:30 p.m., Fri., April 18, 8 p.m., Sat., April 19, 8 p.m., Wed., April 23, 7:30 p.m., Thu., April 24, 7:30 p.m., Fri., April 25, 8 p.m., Sat., April 26, 8 p.m., Wed., April 30, 7:30 p.m., Thu., May 1, 7:30 p.m., Fri., May 2, 8 p.m., Sat., May 3, 8 p.m., Sun., May 4, 2:30 p.m., Wed., May 7, 7:30 p.m., Thu., May 8, 7:30 p.m., Fri., May 9, 8 p.m. and Sat., May 10, 8 p.m.

Anyone who hasn’t experienced the electricity of live drama in an intimate space might do well to look in on Other Desert Cities at Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte. I saw Jon Robin Baitz’s play in its original Lincoln Center Theatre production more than two years ago, and I still believe it’s the most powerful American play since August: Osage County — and the most significant since Angels in America. When Brooke Wyeth turns up at her parents’ place after a six-year absence — and a nervous breakdown — she doesn’t exactly bring them flowers. She’s written a tell-all memoir that reopens a festering family wound: her brother’s suicide after he commits a crime while protesting the Vietnam War. The manuscript is doubly painful because Lyman and Polly, Brooke’s parents, have close ties with the Reagans. Dennis Delamar directs the show, opening for previews on April 17 and playing through May 10, with newcomer Josephine Hall as Brooke, and Charlotte theater vets Jerry Colbert, Katherine Goforth, Ryan Stamey, and Polly Adkins portraying her Palm Springs family. (Perry Tannenbaum) $17 for the April 18-19 previews, pay-what-you-can on April 17; $26-$31 for all other shows

Actor's Theatre of Charlotte (map)
650 E. Stonewall St.
Uptown
phone 704-342-2251

Knights vs. Braves

Thu., April 17, 7:05 p.m. and Fri., April 18, 7:05 p.m.

Charlotte Knights take on Gwinnett Braves. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.milb.com/schedule/index.jsp?sid=t494

BB&T Ballpark (map)
324 South Mint St.
Uptown

DL Hughley

Thu., April 17, 8 p.m., Fri., April 18, 8 & 10:15 p.m. and Sat., April 19, 7 & 9:30 p.m.

$25-$27.50

The Comedy Zone Charlotte at NC Music Factory (map)
900 N.C. Music Factory Blvd., Suite B3
Uptown
phone 980-321-4702

Rippin Art Show

Fri., April 18, 6-10 p.m.

Philly-based illustrator Thom Lessner isn’t shy with his pen. His artwork depicts human beings and other creatures in a raw, cartoon-like fashion. He often pursues rock ’n’ roll stars and pop icons as material for his drawings, which may or may not be flattering to those being portrayed. His work has a parody feel, and has been featured in magazines like Revolver, Rolling Stone, London-based Dazed and Confused, Philadelphia Magazine and The Metro. It seems like Lessner is picking fun, but these aren’t comic strips — though we’d totally read them if they were. Black Sheep Skate Shop’s upcoming Rippin Art Show will showcase Lessner’s drawings and screen prints. Also check out local artist Jason Waters’ prints, drawings, paintings and stickers. Food trucks and music from DJ Animate, too. Reception on April 18, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Anita Overcash) Free admission

Black Sheep Skate Shop (map)
1504 Camden Road, Suite 200
South End
phone 704-333-1423
<i>Rippin Art Show</i>

Chris Sanchez

Fri., April 18 and Sat., April 19
T-Bones, Lake Wylie (map)
3990 Highway 49
General Charlotte Area
phone 803-831-0170

History Talks Lecture Series: David Goldfield

Fri., April 18, 6 p.m.
phone 704-568-1774
kay@charlottemuseum.org

Join us as David Goldfield, Robert Lee Bailey Professor of History at UNC-Charlotte, discusses his book "America Aflame: God and the Civil War" and the significance of the Evangelical religion on the Civil War. The program is free with museum admission, but please register online to reserve your seat! Free with museum admission ($7.00 for adults, $5.00 for kids and seniors)

Charlotte Museum of History (map)
3500 Shamrock Drive
East Charlotte
phone 704-568-1774
History Talks Lecture Series: David Goldfield

The Bunny Hop Bar Crawl

Fri., April 18, 7 p.m.-2 a.m.

Tickets to this bar crawl include free access to participating venues (Bubble, Suite, Whisky River, Blackfinn, Strike City, Vida Vida, Howl at the Moon, Tin Roof, Wild Wing Cafe), drink specials, an event koozie, a discount code to the Cinco de Mayo Sombrero Bar Crawl and entry into a drawing for a free weekend trip to Charleston. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://bunnycrawl.eventbrite.com. $10

Some Like It Hot

Fri., April 18, 7-10 p.m.

Models will showcase vintage lingerie, courtesy of Krystyna's Treasures. There will also be door prizes, a pin up photo shoot, and fireball whisky drink specials. $10 (general admission w/ two drinks and door prizes; $25 w/ pin up photo shoot

SIP (map)
200 North Tryon St
Uptown
phone 704-334-3315

Jazz N Soul Music - Groove

Fri., April 18, 9 p.m.
phone 704-577-9208
Info@JazzNSoulMusic.com
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The Jazz N Soul Music concert series is Friday, April 18, 2014 with the Groove Masters band. Enjoy a fun, lively evening with an award winning band. These experienced musicians are inspired by greats: George Duke, Victor Wooten, Chick Corea and others. Check this out at the best Charlotte jazz venue; Petra's Piano Bar - 1919 Commonwealth Ave. Jazz N Soul Music is a monthly concert series featuring the best musicians of jazz, soul, blues and R&B music in Charlotte and the Carolinas. Find us at http://www.JazzNSoulMusic.com; follow on Twitter; like us on Facebook. $8.00

Petra's Piano Bar and Cabaret (map)
1919 Commonwealth Ave.
Plaza Midwood
phone 704-332-6608
Jazz N Soul Music - Groove

Vintage Glamour Swimwear Fashion Show

Fri., April 18, 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.

The fashion show features custom designs by Kitton Swimwear. There will also be raffle tickets for a custom swimsuit. All ladies will receive complimentary champagne from 9:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Suite (map)
210 E. Trade St.
Uptown
phone 704-971-7878

Pong Tournament

Fri., April 18, 10 p.m.
phone 704-716-9300
aallen@strikecitycharlotte.com
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Join StrikeCity for our first Annual Pong Tournament on Friday, April 18th at 10 pm. It's free to play, but there is limited space available so get together a team of 2 quick and sign up! For more information please e-mail Alana at aallen@strikecitycharlotte.com FREE!

Strike City (map)
210 E. Trade St.
Uptown
phone 704-716-9300
Pong Tournament

Nymph()maniac

Starts April 18. April 18-24

Screening as party of the Back Alley Film series. $5 for CFS members, $10 for non-members

Crownpoint Stadium 12 (map)
9630 Monroe Road
East Charlotte
phone 704-847-2024

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Sat., April 19

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE E STREET BAND

And the Springsteen purists shouted, “Tom Morello?!? What the fuck?!” Yep, when High Hopes, The Boss’ 18th studio album, was released back in January, some people took issue with the involvement of Rage Against the Machine guitarist Morello, as they felt it would mean less time for Little Steven, who wasn’t present at the recording sessions due to television obligations. The album, which features demos of older songs and a few reworked tunes, has some heavier production and flashes of Morello’s fretwork, but damn if it doesn’t work, and work well. When Morello unleashes his “Ghost of Tom Joad” solo, he keeps it tight to Springsteen’s rhythm instead of going off on a Rage rant. Sure, it’s a different side to Springsteen’s restrained rock, but a little flash never hurt anyone. Morello is even on the road with the guys. (Jeff Hahne)

$97

Time Warner Cable Arena (map)
333 E. Trade St.
Uptown
phone 704-688-9000
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Ignatz, Ghost Trees

Sat., April 19

IGNATZ

Having adopted the moniker of the malevolent, brick-throwing mouse in George Herriman’s early 20th century Krazy Kat comic, Belgian Bram Devens’ guitar compositions might initially suggest an old-school approach. Instead, they hover somewhere between Charlie Patton, Jandek and whatever an afterlife of oblivion sounds like. At the surface, Ignatz builds his songs on a mix of primitive bayou blues and various folk strains, but he is constantly deconstructing those frameworks through ghostly effects, drone-like ragas and brief improvisations. To be clear, this has nothing to do with the noodling solos of ’60s guitar heroes or the plasticized revivalism of the Americana cult worshippers. This is murky and intimate lo-fi fare far more alive than either of those musty museum exhibits, and it’s a rare treat for Charlotte to host a truly underground artist. With Ghost Trees. (John Schacht)

Dialect Design (map)
3204 N. Davidson St., Suite C
NoDa
phone 704-488-6811
Ignatz, Ghost Trees
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