Thursday, June 5, 2008

The Weekender

Posted By on Thu, Jun 5, 2008 at 10:49 AM

Friday, June 6



Kung-Fu Panda: Be prepared to hear scores of small children singing, “Everyone was kung-fu fighting! Da-da-da-da-da-da Da!” and suffer an overload of caffeine-induced McBurger promo, because there’s a new cartoon frenzy hitting the theaters. Grab your younger comrades, brace yourself for Jack Black’s spastic antics and try to take solace in Angelina Jolie’s killer voice. Local theaters.

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Jeremy Enigk: Enigk, of course, is best known for being the former lead singer of Sunny Day Real Estate, a vaguely Christian band credited by many with helping to further the movement which would evolve and mutate in what’s now known (often overtly vaguely) as emo. While his voice is still an acquired taste — high and bright enough to occasionally overshadow his surprisingly adept lyricism — one’s palate eventually adjusts to the Aquanet overload of his Rob Halford-meets-Tom Keifer heart-throbbery. With Damien Jurado. Amos’ Southend. Find more in Music.


To everything turn, turn, turn: Race cars turn circles, DJs turn tables and David Kaylor turns wood. The Davidson artist who makes bowls, vases and other objects from trees has a stunning collection of works that are on display at Wooden Stone Gallery in Davidson, Hickory Museum of Art and his own studio gallery. Kaylor, who is moving to Black Mountain, N.C., will demonstrate his wood-turning before he treads up and away from this neck of the woods. Watch him turn at this special event that bids him farewell. Free. 10 a.m. Cornelius Arts Center. Find more in Arts.


Green’s Lunch: Longtime Uptown favorite for one main reason: Carolina-styled hotdogs with chili and slaw. If it’s dogs you want, you’ll be hard pressed to find better ones. 309 W. 4th St. 704-332-1786. Find more in Food.

Saturday, June 7


Opening this week: Priceless and You Don’t Mess With The Zohan. Visit your favorite theater and be one of the first in Charlotte to catch these flicks. Local theaters. Find more in Film.


Samantha Crain: The 21-year-old Choctaw Indian singer-songwriter aims to continue a long folk tradition — it should be no surprise that she’s on the same label as The Avett Brothers, Concord-based Ramseur Records. Her EP, Confiscation, is due out in July and is being called a “musical novella.” She’s released plenty of music in the past and continues to tour with her backing band, The Midnight Shivers. Evening Muse. Find more in Music.


Year of the Dragon: Experience Asian culture and customs at the 3rd Annual Charlotte Dragon Boat Festival, as decorative, large canoe-like boats that can hold up to 24 people (usually 20 that are seated two per row) race on the lake. The dragon boat festival is a Chinese tradition that began out of a legend about a Chinese poet who jumped into the Mi Luo River in 278 B.C. and drowned in an act of patriotism. Locals attempted to save the daring man by racing their boats his way. Teams at the festival will go 200 meters across Lake Norman. There will also be a variety of food (and it’s bound to be good!), dancing, music, costumes, crafts, Asian cultural displays and a Miss Asian Festival Pageant. Free. 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Ramsey Creek Park. Find more in Arts.


John’s Country Kitchen: A reminder of a culinary tradition we’re quickly leaving behind. Brains (perfect practice for the coming zombie apocalypse) and eggs, country ham, grits and gravy. Open for lunch too. Cash only, so leave the plastic at home. 1518 Central Ave. 704-333-951. Find more in Food.

Sunday, June 8


Go West, young man: The Main Library's annual Summer Film Series is back, this time riding tall in the saddle. This year's program is Once Upon a Time in the West: Great Hollywood* Westerns (* and one Italian), offering 11 oaters over the course of nine Sundays. The program kicks off with Howard Hawks' 1959 masterpiece Rio Bravo. John Wayne (in peak form) stars as Sheriff John T. Chance, who's forced to take on a gang of seasoned gunmen with only scant support -- namely, a staggering drunk (Dean Martin), a cocksure hotshot (Ricky Nelson) and a crusty old man (Walter Brennan). For a list of all titles in the series, see Movie Missives in this week’s Flicks section. Free. 2 p.m. ImaginOn. Find more in Film.


Caleb Caudle and the Bayonets: Pura Vida hosts an afternoon concert perfect for your Sunday. What could be better than a café latte, free music, and an afternoon off of work? Of the entertainment, Ed Bumgardner, of The Winston-Salem Journal says, “Red Bank Road, the shockingly brilliant debut album by Caleb Caudle -- there is not a bad song, not a misstep, anywhere to be found. There is a free and fresh quality of their songs which transcends classification. What can be heard are urgent, well-instrumented songs with soul-searching lyrics that demand the listener to keep on listening.” Show up early to have your coffee ready. From 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Pura Vida. Find more in Music.


Shoot ’em up: In their 35th season, CPCC Summer Theatre brings an exciting new version of the Irving Berlin classic Annie Get Your Gun, a musical about sharpshooters Annie Oakley and Frank Butler. CPCC’s cast will star local performers Susan Roberts Knowlson, Patrick Ratchford, James K. Flynn, Billy Ensley, Matthew Corbett and Lori Anne Sword. Support your locals and check out a new and exciting take on this theatrical triumph. $15-$21. Halton Theater. Find more in Arts.


Namaste India Bar & Restaurant: This welcoming space offers a delightful riff on traditional northern Indian cuisine. Buffet offered at lunch, so dig in! 4508 East Independence Blvd. 704-568-7979. Find more in Food.

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