The stepsisters in North Carolina Dance Theatre’s Cinderella are far from ugly. Instead, their appearance is elegant; they don fancy dresses and don’t appear short or stubby like movies have portrayed them. Still, there’s something fiendish in those big white wigs and hats that protrude like bull horns. Judge for yourself when NCDT artistic director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux’s choreographed ballet hits the stage of Knight Theater. The three-act production is set to Prokofiev’s score and features costume designs by A. Christina Giannini and set designs from New York City Ballet’s Alain Vaes. The cast of more than 60 dancers stars Anna Gerberich and Sarah Hayes Watson in the alternating role of Cinderella and Pete Leo Walker and Addul Manzano in the alternating role of the Prince. Melissa Anduiza stars as that jovial, magical instigator, the Fairy Godmother. (Anita Overcash) $25-$85
Being described as “regular” isn’t exactly the terminology that most of us aspire to hear in regards to our physical appearance. Certainly, “hideous” or “ugly” would be a whole lot worse, but hearing oneself described with the word “regular” seems to imply being nothing special. In playwright Neil LaBute’s Reasons to be Pretty, we see the drama that erupts between a couple after this mundane little word slips out. LaBute’s past works — including The Shape of Things and Fat Pig — have explored society’s obsession with how we look and so does this production. The show features several characters, each of whom are struggling to keep a relationship afloat and find comfort in their own skin. Pessimistic toward the idea of ever-lasting love, this one reminds us that it’s not always what’s on the inside that counts. (Anita Overcash) $18-$28
REASONS TO BE PRETTY, by Neil LaBute, confronts America’s obsession with physical beauty headlong when Greg, a working-class guy in a long-term relationship, inadvertently remarks to a friend that, compared to a pretty coworker, his girlfriend is “regular.” This off-hand statement begins a downward spiral as the characters begin to experience insecurities in their own lives $28 adults; $22 seniors (60+); $18 students
This one-man-show features still life works with florals, fruit and china as well as vignettes. Opening reception on March 7, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Please join us for HeARTbeat as Playing for Others teens perform original dance, music, slam poetry and visual art pieces inspired by eleven non-profits in the Charlotte area. Performances are March 7th and 8th at 8:00pm at the Booth Playhouse. The non-profits that will be honored include Freedom School Partners, Friendship Gardens, Lifespan, Pat’s Place, Project Life, Running Works, Samaritan House, Silent Images, Taylor’s Tale, Trees Charlotte, and Trips for Kids Charlotte. $22 for Adults; $15 for Students
This course will provide each student with the basics of drawing, such as composition, perspective, lights and shadows. Using drawing as a tool for everyday life--figuring out how to design a garden, construction, making art, or just doodling--we will offer concepts every artist uses in the process of creating. Bottom line? We are going to have fun! Some supplies included. Minimal supply list given at time of registration. 8 weeks. Time: 10 am-12 pm Ages: 16 to Adult Cost: $200 (Early Bird Registration: $20 discount if you register on or before Dec. 21)
Argentinean first lady Eva Perón is remembered for being charitable, feminist and ambitious during her country’s ongoing political turmoil. But she’s also remembered for her failing health, which led to an early death at 33. It’s a combination of these traits and life-altering events that spawned Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical about her saga some 25 years later. The contemporary rock opera’s “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina” is the most touching song, worming its way into the heart of the masses, who struggle to defeat its catchy dictatorship over their brains. Hear it (and plenty more power anthems) during the Broadway production March 4-9 at the Belk Theater during Blumenthal’s Broadway Lights series. The latest revival is directed by Michael Grandage and choreographed by Rob Ashford. (Anita Overcash)
In its 10th year, the Charlotte Jewish Film Festival is set to screen a diverse mix of kosher films over the course of 15 days. The fest kicks off with a celebration and screening of Hunting Elephants, a hilarious heist flick about a 12-year-old boy and his gang of senior citizens who plan to overthrow a bank. During the opening ceremony there will be light hors d’oeuvres and a dessert reception. Some of the other flicks on the week-long roster include When Jews Were Funny, a documentary covering Jews who contributed to the comedy front; Bethlehem, a complex drama about the relations between Israelis and Palestinians; Fill the Void, a drama about a Jewish Orthodox community; and Cupcakes, a feel-good pop musical. Prices, dates, times and locations vary. For more information and a full schedule, visit www.charlottejewishfilm.com. (Anita Overcash)
Facing problems ranging from long, cold winters, to domestic violence, to racial conflict, the women of Flyin' West include Miss Leah, the old woman whose memories of slavery and its aftermath comprise a living oral history; Sophie Washington, who is determined to protect her land and those she loves; Fannie Mae Dove, the gentle sister, trying to civilize the frontier with fine china and roses. This is a remarkable glimpse into American history told through the lives of powerful characters and a moving story told with pathos and humor. It serves as a reminder of the diversity of Western pioneers. Presented by Davidson Community Players. For more information, visit www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org. $12-$20
Brazilian artist Henrique Oliveira’s installations are taking over UNC Charlotte’s Projective Eye Gallery. Constructed out of plywood, these works protrude from the walls, resembling twisted tree branches and tangled roots. Lining the walls and wrapping around columns, the structures truly seem to have taken on a life of their own. There’s a Little Shop of Horror’s vibe going on in the works’ large, invasive indoor presence. But there’s also beauty in the textures and coloration, reminiscent of human tissue. Opening reception on Jan. 31, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Anita Overcash) Free admission
This Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte production highlights the rise of African Americans in film, specifically through one black woman’s journey in Hollywood. By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, playwright Lynn Nottage’s first play since 2009’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Ruined, shows Stark’s transition from maid to movie star and her 40 years in the entertainment biz. Directed by Jill Bloede, the show stars Brandi Feemster as Stark. (Anita Overcash) $26-$31
Carolina Actors Studio Theatre remembers the late Nelson Mandela in its staging of Sizwe Bansi is Dead, a play written about apartheid. That is, after all, the very thing Mandela worked to abolish. First premiering in 1972, the production brings to light the drastic measures one must take to survive the regime conditions in South Africa. In the show, we meet Sizwe Bansi, who struggles to find a work permit in order to provide for himself and his family. After stumbling upon a dead man with a valid permit, Bansi is faced with the difficult choice of forever altering his identity. (Anita Overcash) $18-$28
It’s 1972 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and Sizwe Bansi’s passbook gives him just three days to find work. No work and he’ll be deported. That was four days ago. So when Bansi stumbles across a dead body with a passbook, he asks himself – does his identity card really define who he is? Could he give up his family and his name in order to survive? $28 adults; $22 seniors (60+); $18 students
The exhibit showcases paintings by Sudy Dressler and Mary McCorkle. Held in Williams and Fudge Gallery.