Thursday, June 19, 2008

The Weekender

Posted By on Thu, Jun 19, 2008 at 11:08 AM

Friday, June 20

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Film

Get Smart: Thanks to cable’s Nick at Nite, I spent many a long hour watching Maxwell Smart talking into a shoe phone and be rescued by Agent 99 – despite the fact that I was born in the ’80s. Even if I didn’t have fond childhood memories of the show, I’d be all about catching funnyman Steve Carrell (hilarious in his roles in The Daily Show, and The 40-Year-Old Virgin) and hottie Ann Hathaway (The Princess Diaries and The Devil Wears Prada) play super spies. Be smart and catch a screening early: this one is bound to bring a packed house. Local theaters. www.charlotte.creativeloafing.com/gyrobase/Film. Find more in Film.

Music

Song of Water: Here’s an eclectic musical ensemble featuring multiple instruments with multiple players. Songs of Water take detours to the musical realms of the Middle East and Asia while collecting multi-cultural sounds along the way with an improv-driven weave of jazz, acoustic, classical and world music. The end result is often gorgeous and contemplative where the compositions are further perked with percussive intonations. With Zoumana Diabate. The Evening Muse. www.theeveningmuse.com. Find more in Music.

Arts

HeroesCon: Check your local movie theaters this summer and you’ll see that comic book characters — like Iron Man, Batman, the Hulk, Hellboy and more — have taken over. But if you’re interested in delving deeper into the off-screen exploits of these super dudes, you should probably make your way over to HeroesCon. HeroesCon is one of the nation’s biggest and best comic book conventions. Featuring appearances by hundreds of comic artists and writers, panel discussions, workshops, contests, vendors and an incalculable number of comics for sale, this event is the best way to discover the real deal behind the some of the season’s biggest blockbuster films. Charlotte Convention Center. www.heroesonline.com. Find more in Arts.

Food

Sangam Indian Cuisine: An excellent service team presents well-crafted and flavorful, primarily Northern Indian cuisine featuring the dishes from the Punjab as well as some Mughal and southern Indian vegetarian dishes. 20910 Torrence Chapel Road. 704-655-9600. Find more in Food.

Saturday, June 21

Film

Opening this week: The Love Guru. Visit your favorite theater and be one of the first in Charlotte to catch this flick. Local theaters. www.charlotte.creativeloafing.com/gyrobase/Film. Find more in Film.

Music

Sweet Tea Jubilee: This free, all-day music and arts festival to benefit the Levine Children’s Hospital is a hallmark of summer in Charlotte! Headlining the event will be An All-Star Show of Supreme Temptation, celebrating Motown’s 50th anniversary. Richard Street, lead singer of The Temptations from 1971 to 1995, will perform some of the bands hits. Also performing will be Kaaren Ragland, who was with The Supremes in the ’70s and ’80s, and Jr. Walker’s All Stars. The groups will perform in one show presenting more than 60 hits in a celebration of Motown. Other groups performing include Angwish, New Dixie Pharaohs, Contagious Blues Band, South 85, Dead End Parking and The Near Misses. Fun starts at noon. Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall. www.sweetteajubilee.org. Find more in Music.

Arts

Book Signing: Bestselling author Victoria Christopher Murray is back with a new book and a tour stop in Charlotte. Her latest novel, Too Little, Too Late, brings back everybody’s reformed Christian bad girl, Jasmine Larson. Jasmine finds herself up against a woman who is everything she used to be. That’s why she knows the hussy is after her husband. Will Jasmine be able to let go and let God handle this woman or will Jasmine’s own sketchy past come back and ruin her life? Free. 2 p.m. Wal-Mart (JW Clay Blvd.) www.victoriachristophermurray.com Find more in Arts.

Food

New Zealand Café Seafood Grill and Sushi Bar: This 40-seat spot offers inexpensive Japanese and Chinese influenced dishes with a sweet Kiwi twist. 1717 Sardis Road North. 704-708-9888. Find more in Food.

Sunday, June 22

Film

Yippie ki-yay: 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. This week’s installment is a double feature: Go West and The Great Train Robbery. The 1925 film Go West was directed by Buster Keaton, and tells the story about a cowboy named Friendless (Keaton again) and a dangerous cattle ride. The Great Train Robbery (1903) was inspired by a real-life 1900’s train robbery and featured one of the earliest examples of a movie as a means to tell a narrative story. And for added measure, it also stands as an early example of on-screen notoriety, as the moment when a cowboy aims his gun directly at the camera and fires freaked out many moviegoers, who, not quite comprehending this newfangled innovation, thought that they were about to get shot themselves. Free. 2 p.m. ImaginOn, www.plcmc.org. Find more in Film.

Music

Citizen Cope: Since Citizen Cope’s -- aka Clarence Greenwood -- start in 2002 he has jumped through a hula-hoop of musical boundaries and twirled up his own acoustic and rock vibes into music that touches listeners and functions as a meditative and spiritual escape for Greenwood himself. Alice Smith to open. $25. 8 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com. Find more in Music.

Arts

Love in War: There’s always time to leave the guys at home and have a girls night out. So why not go see Davidson Community Players’ production of Little Women: The Musical? The musical is based on Louisa May Alcott’s book Little Women (published in 1868) and follows the story of four sisters growing up in America during the Civil War, along with their quests for love and the occasional sibling bickerings. Grab a gal pal or a sister if you have one and head over to see this literary classic that’s still kickin’ 140 years since its genesis. Duke Family Performance Hall. www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org. Find more in Arts.

Food

Nobles: A local version of award-winning Triad restaurant featuring American regional cuisine in a graceful manner. 6801 Morrison Blvd. www.chefjimnoble.com. Find more in Food.

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