Thursday, May 1, 2008

The Weekender

Posted By on Thu, May 1, 2008 at 10:55 AM

Friday, May 2

Film

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Iron Man: Just try to avoid this movie. Even if you wanted to, you couldn’t. Burger King, television, your favorite newspaper Creative Loafing and Robert Downy Jr.’s piercing hotness just won’t let you. And that’s fine by us. Iron Man tells the story of the other man of steel, gazillionaire Tony Stark and his super human transformation involving a red and gold metal suit. For a crash course in all things Iron Man, check out this week’s issue of CL.  Local theaters. www.charlotte.creativeloafing.com/gyrobase/Film. Find more in Film.

Music

Thrice: Never satisfied with being pushed into a hole, the Cali-based quartet revel in shaking off labels. Their early screamo and post-hardcore bombast has given way to their freshly released eclectic double disc set The Alchemy Index Vols. III & IV -- Air & Earth, which is oozing with atmospherics, soundscapes, folk and even new century psychedelic embellishments. Their multilayered music has one theme, and that is an ear for musical adventurism. With Circa Survive, Pelican. Amos’ Southend. www.amossouthend.com. Find more in Music.

Arts

Rollin' with My Gnomies: NoDaRioty is launching its first neighborhood art project: Pimp My Gnome. 26 local artists have been asked to decorate a clay garden gnome and display them in various shops and galleries during tonight’s NoDa Gallery Crawl. Visit nodarioty.com for a walking map of gnome locations. After tonight, these gnomes are roaming over to the Neighborhood Theatre, where you can make a bid for your favorite at a live auction on May 14. NoDa Gallery Crawl. www.nodarioty.com/pimpmygnome. Find more in Arts.

Food

Dragonfly: A cozy neighborhood Chinese spot featuring Sichuan, Hunan and Cantonese dishes, which are well-crafted and entertainingly presented. 5110-1G Park Rd. 704-527-3868. Find more in Food.

Saturday, May 3

Film

Kafkaesque: This week’s free movie from the Patchwerk Playhaus is Franz Kafka’s The Castle, directed by Michael Haneke. Described as the most literal of all Kafka adaptations, the film ends in the middle of a sentence. This blurb will not end likewise. Patchwerk Playhaus is an underground performance space located in a secret back room of Century Vintage in Plaza Midwood. Every Saturday night at 7:30 p.m., you can cozy up for an independent film at the grand cost of nada. Century Vintage. www.patchwerkplayhaus.blogspot.com. Find more in Film.

Music

Hearts & Daggers: Hearts & Daggers are a revival of the rebel cowboy, where punk-flare meets bluegrass. The bar melody “What It Means to Cry” will surely have you remembering duets from Johnny Cash and June Carter. While most tunes from the North Carolina quartet resonate around old-fashioned whiskey, women and hard work, guitarist Ben Bucklew modernizes with electric blues. Their latest album, A Home for My Lonely Tears, is now available. With The Bo-Stevens. Puckett’s Farm Equipment. www.puckettsfarm.com. Find more in Music.

Arts

The Miracle Worker: Aptly titled, the true story of Helen Keller is brought to life in Central Piedmont Community College’s production of The Miracle Worker. Learn to spell W-A-T-E-R with your hands and support CPCC’s theater program. $13-$17, Halton Theater. www.halton.cpcc.edu. Find more in Arts.

Food

Tres de Mayo: Cantina 1511 (the East Boulevard location) will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo a few days earlier on Saturday from noon until midnight with a parking lot party: DJ, live band, and $3 Coronas, margaritas, guacamole and nachos. 1511 East Blvd. 704-331-9222. Find more in Food.

Sunday, May 4

Film

Opening this weekend: Made of Honor, The Year My Parents Went On Vacation and Young@Heart. Visit your favorite theater and be one of the first in Charlotte to catch these flicks. Local theaters. www.charlotte.creativeloafing.com/gyrobase/Film.

Find more in Film.

Music

The beat goes on: Help beat cancer in the most literal sense. DrumSTRONG: Rythym from the Heart is produced by DrumsForCures every year, bringing communities together for a 24-hour drum-a-thon to help raise cancer awareness. Local and celebrity artists will keep the rhythm alongside attendants in hopes of setting the Guinness World record for the planet’s longest continuous drum-a-thon. Free. Begins at 12 p.m., non-stop through Sunday at 4 p.m. Rain or shine. Misty Meadows Farm. www.drumstrong.org. Find more in Music.

Arts

Fly through the air: Stuck at your desk? We know you spend half your time dreaming about free-flying out of cubicle land, Peter Pan-style. We can’t the supply the fairy dust, but the dancers performing at C.A.S.T. have found a way to at least stimulate your mile-high dreams. Caroline Calouche & Co. present Spring Forward, a night of contemporary and aerial dance. Aerial dance derived from the circus arts of trapeze, using the tricks of harnesses and fabric to defy gravity. Tickets range from $12-20. C.A.S.T. www.nccast.com. Find more in Arts.

Food

Viva Mexico: Rejuvenated by the opening of neighboring Trader Joe’s, Señor Tequila Cantina Grill features well-crafted dishes in upscale (not flooded) presentations. For Cinco de Mayo: a DJ, their five most popular appetizers for $5, $1.75 Mexican beers, and $4 margaritas. 6414 Rea Rd. 704-543-0706. Find more in Food.

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