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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Weekender, June 24-26

Posted By on Thu, Jun 23, 2011 at 10:51 AM

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

Creative Loafing.

Friday, June 24

Rob Schneider

The Comedy Zone at N.C. Music Factory

It’s grand opening weekend for The Comedy Zone at N.C. Music Factory, which means laughter is in order. Actor/comedian Rob Schneider — known for his goofy roles in Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo, The Hot Chick, Grown Ups and other flicks — to perform.

Benefit Local pet non-profit charities — Hounds for Heroes, The Coalition to Unchain Dogs and Project Halo — need your help. Suds For Studs, a benefit car and bike wash to generate funds for the organizations, is happening at The Men’s Club of Charlotte. Those attending can have hotties in bikinis wash their rides (the dirtier the better) and watch them splash in dunking booths. A buffet with food and drinks, music from guest DJs and more will also be provided. more...

Music The smooth sounds of jazz will once again be resonating at the N.C. Music Factory when the Uptown Charlotte Jazz Festival hits town tonight for the second straight year. And this time around, the festival has expanded to a two-day event — plus, it features music from heavyweights like Michael Franks, Marcus Johnson, Jeff Lorber, George Duke, Marcus Miller and David Sanborn, among many other performers. more..

Saturday, June 25

Fear of a Black Republican

Duke Energy Theatre

Forget the summer-matinee likes of Jim Carrey, Cameron Diaz and Johnny Depp: An all-star cast of a different sort can be found populating the new movie Fear of a Black Republican. Filmed over the course of six years, this documentary from filmmaker Kevin J. Williams takes an in-depth look at why so few African-Americans belong to the Republican Party, and it further explores how this discrepancy affects both major parties as well as the country as a whole.

Music Needing a quick flashback to the ’90s? Then head to the Pavilion at EpiCentre on Saturday night to hear Sugar Ray with lead singer Mark McGrath live in concert. In case you need a refresher, Sugar Ray struck it big with its 1997 single “Fly” from their sophomore album Floored, followed up with several more top 10 hits, including “When it’s Over” in 2001. more...

Theater Classic Broadway aficionados couldn’t be happier that Will Rogers Follies: A Life In Review is coming to CPCC’s Halton Theater. The show focuses on the story of Will Rogers, famed humorist, performer and quintessential overachiever of the 20th century who had successful careers as a vaudeville actor, movie star, newspaper columnist, touring lecturer and radio broadcaster (just to name a few). more...

Sunday, June 26

PJ Morton

Double Door Inn

Vocalist PJ Morton is, for all intents and purposes, what happens when you mix the sounds of gospel music with soul ... and then sprinkle on a bit of John Lennon for added flavor. He’s been slaying audiences around the globe for years by serving up cleverly written tunes, delivered with an arsenal of understated vocal acrobatics. Don’t pass up this chance to catch Morton doing his freshest material live and in the flesh.

Music Charlotte Symphony’s Summer Pops series continues this evening with a program titled "Big Band Bash." Albert-George Schram conducts the concert held in Symphony Park. more...

Theater There’s nothing like company bankruptcy to put one on the edge. Add to that a failing marriage and the stress-o-meter rises, finally topping off with the discovery of an unplanned pregnancy. Undine, the main character of On Q Productions’ final show of the season, Fabulation or The Reeducation of Undine experiences all of this and more. When forced to leave her highfalutin lifestyle and return to her humble family, she learns a valuable lesson about kinship, love and life. more...

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