Back Alley Film Series screens this deranged South Korean flick. The film, which is silent and bloody throughout, is directed by Kim Ki-duk and reminiscent of shocking flicks by Danish director Lars von Trier. The story involves a cheating husband, a vengeful wife and a son who’s caught in the crossfire. Oh, and there’s castration. Lust and pain lead to extreme acts of violence and psychological breakdowns and climaxes. (Anita Overcash) $5-$10
Discovering who you are sometimes means putting your life — and career — on hold. That’s what happens to Mary Christopher after her father’s death in River City, a play by Diana Grisanti. A photograph makes it clear that there’s plenty Mary doesn’t know about her troubled dad. It’s enough for her to relocate to Louisville so she can find out more. (Perry Tannenbaum) Pay what you can, Aug. 28; $17 for previews Aug. 29-30; $31 for other shows.
YMSB plows the fertile fields of bluegrass and traditional acoustic music, writing and performing down-home songs. Its original compositions are firmly grounded while covers like “Jolene” are warm and respectful. The trio tours with a rotating cast of veteran musicians that helps flesh out a fuller sound. This show in Charlotte is scheduled to stream live on Yahoo’s Live Nation channel. (Samir Shukla) $22.50
This exhibit has an assortment of art from local artists. You’ll see drawings, paintings, photography, sculptures and multimedia that revolve around the complex yet simple idea stated in its title. Sharon Dowell, Rae Legrone, Graham Carew, Ashley Knight, Arthur Brouthers and Amy Bagwell are just some of the many artists in this showcase. Opening reception on July 31, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. (Anita Overcash) Free admission
These days, it’s a bit shameful for Charlotteans not to know who Swiss architect Mario Botta is. He did, after all, design one of Uptown’s newer constructs, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. Sleek, post-modern and innovative, this building has become a staple of the Levine Center for the Arts for good reason. But there’s a lot more to Botta than what we can see in the Q.C. The Bechtler’s Mario Botta: Architecture and Memory is an exhibit that will clue visitors in on the architect’s 50-year career, with views of his constructs around the world. The fourth-floor gallery will feature sketches, architectural models and photographs. (Anita Overcash) $4-$8; Free for members and children 10 years old and under.
Queen City Theatre Company’s last production (Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight) featured heat-of-the-night orgasmic screeches. Appropriately, QCTC is following that up with David West Read’s comedic play about porn. But the play, which premiered in 2012 on Broadway, isn’t quite as dirty as it sounds. Set during the Adult Film Awards in Las Vegas, its storyline focuses on relationships that are on the rocks and need a little help from longtime X-rated masterminds. (Anita Overcash) $22-$24
The plants at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden are in bloom, and there’s a compelling new exhibit to complement them. It’s a showcase of African sculptures, specifically from Zimbabwean artists Passmore Mupindiko, Patrick Sephani and dozens of others. The works are contemporary yet reflective of traditional African styles. Reception on June 26, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (Anita Overcash) $25 for reception; $6-$12 admission fees on other days
SETH ROUSER: HANDS HELD TO EMPYREAN
This exhibit features paintings by Seth Rouser, an assistant professor of fine arts at Winthrop University. It revolves around clouds and baby blue skyscapes that have been disfigured by spastic lines and brush strokes. In the collection, Rouser attempts to symbolize time, change and human experience. In a press release, he says “A cloud accumulates, dissipates and is moved by unseen forces, much like a human life.” (Anita Overcash)
Look out, South End! One of NoDa’s newest events promises to be “the mother-trucker of all food rallies.” Held on the second and fourth Thursday of each month (so no real competition for South End’s Food Truck Fridays), it's slated to feature local food trucks, craft beers from local breweries and live entertainment. Sounds tasty! Held at the corner of 15th and North Davidson streets. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/nodaalleyrally. (Anita Overcash) Free admission
This new series at Levine Museum of the New South focuses on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history. Through four exhibits, visitors get an in-depth look at activists and the past and current triumphs and struggles faced by LGBTQ people, nationally and locally. It’s the perfect jump-start for Pride Festival, which is right around the corner in August. (Anita Overcash) $5-$8; free for children 5 and under