Thursday, June 12, 2008

The Weekender

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Friday, June 13



The Incredible Hulk: Is it 2003 again? Because a new Hulk movie is coming out and if so, the author of this blurb should still be an undergraduate in college, working in a comic book store and running barefoot on a beach. But nope, it’s 2008, and the Hulk got a makeover. Does Hulk still smash? Find out if the Hulk really is incredible in his current incarnation. As a co-worker quipped, “If he was really incredible, his pants wouldn’t stay on.” Hey, maybe the Hulk is shy about his green … um, bulk. Stars Edward Norton, Liv Tyler, and a cameo by the Iron Man himself, Robert Downey Jr. Local theaters. Find more in Film.


Tantric: The band formed around the turn of the century when three members of Days of the New joined forces with Merge singer Hugo Ferreira. Their debut went platinum, thanks to the single “Breakdown,” but over the years, the Days guys headed elsewhere. Now, Ferreira has formed a new band, still going under the same name and releasing a new album, The End Begins, in April. Performing at the 106.5 Birthday Bash with Sponge, Aiden and Honey Honey. Amos’ Southend. Find more in Music.


What a drag!: Ms. Sweet Charity Drag Contest is racing to raise money for Campus Pride (an LGBT support group for N.C. colleges) and other local nonprofit organizations with “virgin” drag queens. Hosted by Roxy C. Moorecox, the event will feature these first-timers individually singing tunes and groovin’ about with their makeup-laced faces and elaborate heels on stage in front of a crowd — that includes mock celebrity judges from Project Runaway. See which rookie takes the crown and be a part of this drag of a good time. $8. 10 p.m. Charlotte Eagle. Find more in Arts.


Mio Posto: Become a part of the family while enjoying traditional Italian dishes. 8700 Pineville-Matthews Road. 704-541-6955. Find more in Food.

Saturday, June 14


Opening this week: The Happening, The Foot Fist Way, and Standard Operating Procedure. Visit your favorite theater and be one of the first in Charlotte to catch these flicks. Local theaters.

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They Might Be Giants: We're not sure the band will ever release anything as good as their 1990 album, Flood, but it’s not like they’ve lost their sense of humor. They’ve got a song about James K. Polk, after all ... Recently, they’ve leaned more toward recording successful children’s albums — Here Come the 123s was released in February. We're sure the two Johns will play a little bit of everything this night, maybe even that Malcolm in the Middle theme song. Visulite. Find more in Music.


Footloose: The Musical: What would you do if you found out dancing was banned? Dance you heart out? That was Ren’s reaction. He was the rebel-star of the ’80s dance floor in the screenplay Footloose. You can see him do it again at Matthews Playhouse as they host their performances of Footloose: The Musical. This Charlotte premiere is directed by Jamey Varnadore, choreographed by Lisa Blanton and musically directed by John Stafford. It’s a show sure to take you back to the ’80s; from sounds to dance rounds, tight pants and all. $15- $17. Matthews Playhouse of Performing Arts. Find more in Arts.


Yen’s: Small, family owned Chinese restaurant that prepares many varieties of Chinese cuisine and offers solicitous service. 9010 Monroe Road. 704-845-9444. Find more in Food.

Sunday, June 15


Tony Awards Party: Join Charlotte Broadway fans to celebrate Broadway’s most festive evening. Enjoy watching the live awards on the big screen, along with prizes, refreshments and a champagne toast. 7:30 McGlohon Theatre. Find more in Film.


Birthday Suits: This barebones duo — drums and guitars — is a remnant of the equally energetic and now defunct quintet Sweet J.A.P. The Minneapolis-based punk and junk duo pound out a garagey racket that’s never short on energy. Guitarist Hideo Takahashi’s rambunctious playing and bouncing doesn’t stop till the blokes hit the last note. They prove that battered guitars and drums are sometimes all that’s needed. With Toothache, The Have and the Havenots and Erika Blatnik. Milestone. Find more in Music.


The Scene: In recent years, trendy playwright Theresa Rebeck has taken us from the apocalyptic aftermath of 9/11 in Omnium Gatherum (produced here by CAST) to the perils of the singles scene in Bad Dates (Collaborative Arts). Now Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte takes its turn with Rebeck, bringing us her most recent Off-Broadway hit, The Scene. We’re moving into shark-infested marital waters, with A-list director Anne Marie Costa piloting the fierce comedy. Brian Robinson (profiled in our Arts section) stars as Charlie, drowning at midlife in his acting career, treading water in marriage, and an easy mark for a predatory Manhattan soiree seduction. $23-$28. Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte. Find more in Arts.


Capital Grille: Take Dad somewhere special! An upper end, luxuriously appointed, dark wood, clubby steak house with a national reputation for dry-aged porterhouse and sirloin steaks and large portions. 201 N. Tryon St. Find more in Food.

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