The harrowing video of Rodney King’s beating by the LAPD sparked a tumultuous trial, but that was just the beginning. The four officers involved were acquitted, triggering protests and violence that has eerie echoes in the Charlotte protests last summer. Drawing on rarely seen archival footage, this doc is vital viewing for those old enough to remember the L.A. riots of ’92, and for those young enough to grow up in the shadow of those events. Free.
There’s lots of live music at Tuck Fest (this year, you get hippie jam-bad dude Keller Williams and other acts), but the main attractions are the outdoor adventures to participate in. No matter what your skill level, there are things for you to get involved in at Tuck Fest, from cycling to climbing, trail running, kayaking, paddle-boarding and more. The name comes from the Tuckaseegee Ford and Trail at the Whitewater Center. $25-44
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/
Carowinds has added another reason to puke your brains out and love every minute of it: consuming a ton of great food. The new event, on weekends through mid-May, will feature culinary delights from seven regions on both sides of the border running through the theme park. Look for gourmet food from N.C.’s Appalachian region, Outer Banks and Lexington, as well as South Carolina’s Upstate, barbecue region, Lowcountry and Charleston. $4 for 3 tokens