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
This twin bill is advertised as a battle between two megarappers on seemingly opposite trajectories — Weezy’s struggling to regain his unfuckwithable Tha Carter III form; since 2009, it’s Drizzy who’s been virtually flawless. But the goose and gander pairing is a good one, Wayne adding some needed volatility to Drake’s mirrored sheen. The two superstars trade sets, and the audience, via a downloadable app, picks the victor. In this clash of pop-rap titans, we all win. (Patrick Wall) $35-$125.50
This performance offers a taste of talent from individual dancers and dance troupes along the East Coast. The program features innovative pieces from Drye/Marinaro Dance Company (started in Pennsylvania and comprised by Jamie Drye and Francesca Marinaro), 4thrightdance (a collaborative of dancers) and Valerie Ifill (an instructor at Winthrop University). Choreography is delivered in a “fresh,” artistic manner. (Anita Overcash) $20
Tea pigs who love the beverage hot, cold and with or without sugar will want to dip into Cornelius Arts Center for this new exhibit that’s inspired by tea. Tea drinking, a ritual for many and a form of hydration for others, is explored through its historical and spiritual roots. The showcase features installations, photography, porcelain and encaustic works by a variety of artists. Opening reception on Sept. 13, 6:30 p.m. to 9 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.
Charlotte Seen’s annual event offers a mix of designers with collections for various occasions. The week gears up with the emerging designers competition and an official Hornets basketball celebration. It’s followed by a fashion designers and recyclable arts competition — the latter being an artistic wonderland of attire made from materials you’d never think of putting on your body under normal circumstances — and a black tie formal. For more information, visit www.charlotteseen.com. (Anita Overcash) Prices and locations vary
It’s a testament to how indie rock has become commodified since Modest Mouse exploded into the mainstream in 2003 that both Grouplove and Portugal the Man call major label Atlantic Records home. Grouplove balances Modest Mouse’s staccato quirk and Arcade Fire’s spirited roar to great pop-rock effect; Portugal the Man pairs punchy hooks with tricky licks and dynamic neo-psych textures. (Patrick Wall) $25-$35.
You Me & Apollo started as a solo vehicle for Brent Cowles’ soulful, folk-inflected honky tonk. Centered on Cowles’ elastic vocals, which can stretch from warm, rounded croon to Motown falsetto to garage-rocker growl all in one phrase, 2011’s Cards with Cheats boasted solid dustbowl troubadour song craft. YM&A crackles with alt-rock muscle and hell-raising country intensity, while retaining Cowles’ wistful echoes of Otis Redding and Hank Williams. (Michael Walsh) $10
Charlotte’s premier free jazz purveyors christen their superb new LP, The New Gravity, with a month-long residency at Snug. Saxophonist Brent Bagwell and drummer Seth Nanaa epitomize intuitive interplay as they balance furious cacophony and subtle melodicism, each permutation feeding off its counterpart. Poets, DJs and bands will be along for the weekly ride, but the spotlight shines on GT, who push boundaries while honoring its origins. (John Schacht) Free
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
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.
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)
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
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