APRIL 08 - Friday
The Charlotte Film Society's "Second Week" series continues today at the Manor Theatre. This month's lineup consists of the documentary Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst; the bittersweet German import Schultze Gets the Blues; the apocalyptic French drama Time of the Wolf; and the Czech Republic's multi-character saga Up and Down. For reviews of Guerrilla and Up and Down, see this issue's Film section; for information on prices and times, call 704-414-2355 or go online to http://charlottefilmsociety.com. (Brunson)
The kids in Room 207 are so incorrigible that their pitiful, overtasked teacher goes AWOL. But vengeance is mine, saith the substitute from hell, Miss Viola Swamp, in the award-winning Miss Nelson Is Missing! The musical arrives at 7:30pm at Children's Theatre, 650 E. Morehead Street, and lingers through April 23. The mad scramble for seats has gobbled up every seat in the original run — and only the lucky few will score the remaining seats for the added performances on April 22 at 7:30pm and April 23 at 1pm. Charlotte's preeminent songbird Susan Roberts Knowlson stars in the title role, heading a strong cast that includes Mark Sutton, Ashby Blakely, and our reigning Actress of the Year, Nicia Carla. Available side seats are $10 if you call quickly to 704-333-8983. (Tannenbaum)
The Bobcats Charitable Foundation's signature fundraiser, the Charlotte Jumper Classic features three days of entertainment with Olympic Medalist riders and some of the region's best equestrians in a horse jumping competition. Spectator activities will include outdoor entertainment, music by jazz singer Sibyl Lee-English and Carmine and The Blue Moons, Charro exhibitions and more. Festivities begin today with Amateur Competition at 12noon; and Charlotte Welcome Stake Qualifier, 7pm. Saturday schedule includes Junior Speed Stake Competition at 12noon; and The Grand Prix of Charlotte, Round One, 7pm. Sunday features The Grand Prix of Charlotte, Round Two, for the Charlotte Bobcats Cup, at 2pm. Pre-Show outdoor entertainment Friday and Saturday begins at 5pm. It's all at the Charlotte Coliseum. Tickets are available for single shows ($15-$25) or five-show packages ($55-$95) at charlottejumperclassic.com, 704-522-6500 or at the Coliseum Ticket Office.
Club shows of note: Columbia's Danielle Howle brings her high voltage intensity to the Evening Muse...David Childers & the Modern Don Juans play cuts from their highly anticipated upcoming release at Rodi in Gastonia...The louder half of the At the Drive In split up, Sparta, tops the bill at Tremont Music Hall...Abe Reid & the Spikedrivers highlight the first night of the Grand Opening Weekend at SK Net Café...Rising country star Phil Vassar plays his chart-topping compositions at the Neighborhood Theatre...The Sammies and Iconic tear it up at the Room.
APRIL 09 - Saturday
The Davidson College Artist Series presents the Poncho Sanchez Latin Band in concert tonight. With 21 albums, this Grammy Award winning recording artist has established himself as an artistically consistent and popular Latin jazz artist, and regularly tours around the world. The performance begins at 8pm in Duke Family Performance Hall, and will be followed by a dance party for ticket holders with music provided by "Tiempo Libre," a hot Miami Latin band. Tickets range from $10 to $25. For reservations and information, call 704-894-2135. (Schacht)
Club shows of note: Blues guitar virtuoso Tinsley Ellis plays the Double Door Inn...Hickory's Devo/Gang of Four/Talking Heads-inflected Yay Hooray! headlines Indie Rock Fest at Liquid Recordz in Cornelius.
APRIL 10 - Sunday
Time Out New York says he "just may be the funniest man alive," and they could be right. Find out by going to see David Sedaris in his one-night-only appearance at Belk Theater today. A frequent contributor to NPR's This American Life and the best-selling author of Me Talk Pretty One Day and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Sedaris bounced onto the public scene with a hilarious reading on NPR's Morning Edition of "Santaland Diaries," an essay recounting his experiences as a Christmas elf in Macy's. Since then, the North Carolina native consistently sells out in venues across the country, providing sardonic wit, incisive social criticism, and unique delivery that's been known to make people laugh 'til they weep. Tickets for the 7pm performance are $22-$35, and they're on sale at the Performing Arts Center Box Office by calling 704-372-1000 or online at www.BlumenthalCenter.org. (Vespa)
Club shows of note: Still vital, KRS-One returns to Charlotte at The Room...short guy-big guitar man Lenny Kravitz is at Ovens...hip-hop veterans De La Soul can still bring it, and they will tonight at the Neighborhood Theatre...Ohio's 80s revisionists Ho-Ag top a strong bill of angular rock at the Milestone.
APRIL 11 - Monday
Get yourself a high-powered corporate sponsor and you can expect some amazing production values — even for a spectacle that's basically a classical music concert. The Tuscan Sun Festival, sponsored by the Ford 500, begins with music themed on Tuscany. The New European Strings Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Dmitry Sitkovetsky, will play Tchaikovsky's "Souvenir de Florence." Young cellist Nina Kotova gets a double shot of limelight, premiering her own composition, The Tuscan Concerto, followed by Haydn's Cello Concerto #1. But we also get a reading from Francis Mayes, author of Under the Tuscan Sun and the newly published Bringing Tuscany Home. Bathing the whole evening in his light will be Steven Rothfeld, whose photos will be projected onto the stage during the concert. Think of it as a musical coffeetable book, perhaps. In any case, tickets for the climax of the Carolinas Concert Association's jubilee season, are $20-$60, and the celebration begins at 8pm. Call 704-372-1000. (Tannenbaum)