The Department of World Languages and the Center for Latino Studies present "Ixcanul" (which translates roughly to "volcano" in the Mayan dialect of Kaqchikel). The plot underlines the conflict between a mother who wants to marry her daughter to a man she does not like. The young woman would prefer to run away with a boy she likes, and both of them would like to immigrate to the United States eventually. The film evidences the young woman's confrontation with the modern world-a plot point that is based on the real-life, ongoing exploitation of indigenous people in Guatemala. Free.
He’s been called one of his generation’s most prolific professional musicians, and he’s got the receipts. This young saxophone aficianado’s resume includes playing as Prince’s last saxophone player — recording for his three most recent albums — as well as touring with the likes of Cee Lo Green, Lionel Ritchie and Bette Midler. The young neo-soul man will be releasing his new album Leap at this Neighborhood release party. $10-15
Described as loop-driven, anxiety-ridden dream folk, the aptly named MELT is a panic attack on a stage. Catch one of the local music scene’s more iconic couples in the opening act, as Hope Nicholls and Aaron Pitkin of Fetchin Bones and Snagglepuss play with their new band, It’s Snakes. The band is fronted by Nicholls, although as a drummer/vocalist one could say she backs the band as well, and her energy hasn’t dropped a bit since her video was playing on MTV in the early ‘90s. $5
Space will be the place at the McColl Center when alumni artists Sharon Dowell, Felicia van Bork, Chris Watts and many others will show and sell their stunning works. That Guy Smitty will be spinning his signature eclectic set of tunes — if we’re lucky he’ll mix in something from original jazz space cadet Sun Ra — and there will be plenty of space for dancing. Oh, and complimentary cocktails plus beer and wine in the Mothership glow bar. Suit up for a stellar evening. $25-75
Beer and pizza. It’s like peanut butter and jelly, Bey and Jay, McCrory and Pope — hard to think of one without the other. The combo offered up at this farm-to-table event will be different from your average suds n’ slice. Chef Austin Crum will serve a four-course meal of local goodness, each course complemented with a seasonable beer from the Free Range Brewing Co. Crum and Jason Alexander of FRB partnered on a new beer brewed from locally sourced ingredients. $50
Thanks to boundary-stretching veterans like Joe Bonamassa, blues-based guitar rock is having something of a resurgence. It’s been 17 years since his solo debut, but Bonamassa still has the fire and fluidity of a young gun, and he tempers his chops with a willingness to step away from the cliché with chords not usually heard in the blues. For his latest album, Blues of Desperation, he teams with crack Nashville songwriters, making the tunes as important as guitar pyrotechnics. $69
Never judge a book by its cover, and never judge a panel by its title. Sitting around listening to a bunch of folks speak about the Women’s National Book Association’s 100-year birthday may not sound like your cup of tea, but these are some badass women. The panel includes Emoke B’Racz, owner of Malaprop’s Bookstore and Café in Asheville; Ina Stern, recently retired associate publisher at Algonquin Books; and Betsy Teter, executive director at Hub City Press and Hub City Bookshop. Free.
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
The members of female-fronted punk quartet Take the Fall sound like they’ve been wired to an early-2000s radio permanently tuned to Blink 82 and Taking Back Sunday. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, as long as the band’s got songs. Luckily, Take the Fall’s tunes are ace — the perfect mix of heart-on-sleeve vulnerability and crunchy kiddie-punk confection. Recent tunes such as snotty kiss-off “Calm Before My Storm” show the band pushing past its emo roots. $5-7
A night of local film and local art and local music — well, local in the sense that you’ll be singing it. First, enjoy a collection of short films put together by the Carolina Film Community, including The Hidden, winner of Charlotte’s 2016 100 Words Film Festival. There’s also an award-winning short film called Shit being screened, so that can’t be bad. Follow the films up with a game of “Soundtrack Karaoke,” during which it’s safe to say at least three people will sign up to sing “My Heart Will Go On.” Free.
Brew enthusiasts can expand their knowledge — rather than just their bellies! During Growler's buzz-worthy talks, hosted by brewers and distributors, you'll learn the art of craft brewing. Free admission
The first Tuesday of each month is your chance to talk dirty. This open mic gives folks the chance to share stories about sex, desire and romance. If you've got the nerve to jump on stage, you'll get seven minutes to tell your tale, whether it has a happy ending or not, to a room full of strangers looking for a new guilty pleasure. Free admission