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Friday, July 9, 2010

Weekender, July 9-11

Posted By on Fri, Jul 9, 2010 at 11:47 AM

Check out these events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area this weekend— as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

Friday, July 9

ThomThom (if that bird won’t sing)

Duke Energy Theatre

Machine Theatre’s ThomThom (if that bird won’t sing) is a musical derived from the imagination of Matt Cosper and directed by Barney Baggett with songs composed by Jon Lindsay. This black comedy follows two lost souls trying to find their way through a dark forest that’s full of scariness — take, for instance, the crazed gang of idiotic murderous wizards — and adventure.

Art RedSky Gallery's latest exhibition is devoted to ceramics. The show features a combination of sculptural and studio ceramics by six talented artists — Donna Craven, Kim Ellington, Carol Gentithes, Fred Johnston, Matt Kelleher and Emily Reason. Stop in this evening for the opening reception, from 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. more...

Film Watch a free outdoor film screening of The Blind Side and enjoy free popcorn and prizes at Freedom Park this evening. more...

Saturday, July 10

Recess Fest

Plaza Midwood

What person in their right mind didn’t love recess? A time to relax the brain from work and play with friends, recess was and always will equate to ultimate fun — which is probably how local Zach Reader came up with the idea for Recess Fest. This event — aimed at getting folks out to enjoy a day of music, art, film and socializing — will be held at a variety of locations around the Plaza Midwood neighborhood.

Comedy Funny Bone Improv hosts its Post Fireworks Show tonight at Matthews Hampton Inn. An array of improv firework zingers and humor that will “light up the sky and rain down laughs” are said to be in store. more...

Sports Prepare for roller derby action as the Charlotte Roller Girls All-Stars take on the Wilmington-based Cape Fear Roller Girls at Grady Cole Center tonight. more...

Sunday, July 11

Gaga for Dada

Theatre Charlotte

No, Time Out Youth’s Gaga for Dada does not mean you have to sit in a corner and it has nothing to do with babies, despite what you may be thinking. Instead, the soiree — being held at Theatre Charlotte — gives you the chance to have a fun-filled evening that features a number of performances starring local theater luminaries. In addition, a cash bar and giveaways (including an iPad) are in store. Proceeds benefit Time Out Youth, a organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youths in Charlotte and the surrounding area.

Festival Thanks to the French American Chamber of Commerce, you don’t have to be in France to celebrate Bastille Day. The 10th annual Bastille Day Festival — which commemorates the invasion of the Bastille jail in Paris in 1789, marking the beginning of the French Revolution — will have food, games, fencing demonstrations, jugglers, prizes and more. more...

Party Just because it’s nearly the end of the weekend, doesn’t mean you have to stay in. Sundress Sundays at Loft 1523 will feature signature drinks and R&B, soul and jazz sounds by DJ Justice. That’s reason enough to go out. more...

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