More than a half-century since hitting the comedy scene in 1961, Dick gregory continues to serve up searing social satire on topics like politics and race relations in America. Even President Bill Clinton once called him “one of the funniest people on the planet.” He’s made a name for himself as a civil rights activist, self-proclaimed conspiracy theorist and writer over the decades, and you’re sure to get a hilarious but poignant mix of all those roles at one of these two shows. $25
It’s being billed as the ultimate Charlotte geek fest, but we’re not here to call names. The 5th annual Hackathon will be at Discovery Place Science in Uptown. The real magic will take place in the early morning hours, but museum visitors can cheer on participants the next morning as they wrap up an overnight coding marathon, aimed at solving a business problem for a local nonprofit. Spectating free with admission.
From The Bomb Squad to The Warlocks to The LOX to D-Block and back to The LOX again, this trio has had things on lock from the jump no matter what they were calling themselves. They were perhaps at their hottest as The LOX, however, when the entire DMX-led Ruff Ryders team was at its prime, so their return to Charlotte under that moniker is only right. Come see the greatest group to ever come out of Yonkers on their Filthy America... It’s Beautiful Tour. $25
In the tradition of village idiots and Ken Kesey’s Merry Pranksters, street performer and viral video star Matthew Silver confounds public expectations by acting like a lunatic. He’s the weird bearded guy who runs around in his underwear banging a drum and yelling, “Love is the answer,” and “Stop buying stuff.” By tweaking taboos, Silver parodies excessive seriousness. His mission is to breach people’s armor and open a portal for imagination. Maybe he’s not that crazy after all. $8
Get ready for the grandmother of all road races. It’s so big the mayor has proclaimed Saturday “Elizabeth Day,” in honor of the neighborhood that birthed it. It’s so big that Legion Brewing has named an ale for it, Big E! It’s so big you won’t find mere rappers, rockers or acoustic strummers serenading the racers — no, these racers get full-on opera (OK, actually “Xpress Opera,” but we’re splitting hairs). Spectating free; participation $10-31
“Round 1 ... Ready ... Party!” Charlotte’s first bar arcade has made it through that milestone first year, so it’s time to throw down. Their first birthday celebration will feature an outdoor arcade; a pop-up market, grub from food trucks like Mel’s BLT Kitchen; and live music from some of Charlotte’s best bands, including Junior Astronomers, The Eyebrows and Modern Primitives. Who would have thought gaming could be so cool? That’s right, Abari did. Funds raised go to the North Mecklenburg Animal Rescue. $5 suggested donation.
If we were going back to the ’80s in our fantasies, we might choose a stronger lineup: Run-DMC, Salt-N-Pepa, L.L. Cool J, Stetsasonic, Eric B. & Rakim, Queen Latifah. . . Ah, but this isn’t a fantasy concert and we’re not booking it. Besides, you won’t go wrong with the real lineup at this hip-hop nostalgia show: Whodini, Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick, Force MDs, Al B. Sure! and a few others. Just remember: It was better than this back in the day. $39-103
A handful of fleet-fingered acoustic guitar slingers excel at classical, jazz, North African or Celtic styles. French-Algerian guitarist Pierre Bensusan plays them all in a fluid and playful blend of traditional and improvisational music that defies categories. Bensusan augments his nimble picking and sensual strumming with genre-jumping bilingual vocals that fuse whistling with resonant low notes. It’s international music for a hopeful future – a soundtrack for a world without borders. $22-25
With their commitment to empowering women, Donna Scott Productions and Chickspeare have long been on the same artistic page, but this is the first time they’ve joined forces to produce a show. When an actress auditions for Ophelia, but lands the plum role of Hamlet instead, Women Playing Hamlet gives ”to be, or not to be” a new spin, questioning the roles that are expected of us vs. the ones we choose. $22
These days, hearing anything about “the wall” can be a depressing experience. For this event, the folks at Studio 1212 are taking it back to ‘79, when The Wall still referred to one of the most iconic albums of all time (at least in America). Local artitsts, performers, poets and more offer their takes on Pink Floyd’s classic record. The event will include performances, paintings, installation pieces, photography and more. $5-10 donation suggested.
Dinner, an open bar and some of the most creative people in town — not a bad way to spend a night in Charlotte. SEED20 was designed to bring folks with innovative ideas out of their creative bubbles and into the light of day. Each year, 20 nonprofit participants are coached on how to tell their creative stories. At the end, up to half of them get to pitch their ideas to judges and an audience for cash awards. Come decide what visionary will walk away with this year’s kitty. $60-85
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
Spend Saturday with Jordan Casteel’s “Harlem Notes,” an exhibit of the New Yorker’s massive paintings that are colorful and fantastical, but also moody. Her detailed studies celebrate the everyday people of a Harlem that is becoming increasingly obscured by gentrification. Casteel captures, in photographic detail, the people and settings that she sees outside of her upper Manhattan studio. Free - $9http://www.ganttcenter.org/exhibitions/jordan-casteel-harlem-notes/
After singer Elijah von Cramon was struck by a car and severely injured in 2013, it looked like Paint Fumes would be sidelined, perhaps permanently. Like a garage-rock Phoenix, they rebounded with their snarling vocals, grimy guitars and reverbed thrash aesthetic derived from the classic punk rock compilation Nuggets intact and undimmed. Their sophomore release, If It Ain’t Paint Fumes It Ain’t Worth a Huff is available on “Puke Swirl” multi-color Starburst vinyl. $5-7