Thursday, July 31, 2008

The Weekender

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Friday, August 1

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Film

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2: How come that Harry Potter brat gets all of his movies made into books and the Sisterhood only gets two? In this sequeal, books 2-4 are crammed into one story; a little unfair, don’t you think? Either way, we’re just happy to have a movie about girls who aren’t mean, who don’t hate each other, who aren’t fighting over a guy and have greater interests than shoe shopping. Long live the Sisterhood! Stars Alexis Bledel, America Ferrera, Amber Tamblyn and Blake Lively. Local theaters. www.charlotte.creativeloafing.com/gyrobase/Film. Find more in Film.

Music

Hope Massive: Positive vibrations abound when this North Carolina reggae and dub outfit hits the stage. Formed in 2004, the multicultural five-piece lays down a foundation that’s solidly roots reggae. With Sci Fi. Double Door Inn. www.doubledoorinn.com. Find more in Music.

Arts

Here comes the man in Black: Comedian Lewis Black is pissed off. He’s mad at close-minded zealots, pandering politicians, money-grubbing tycoons and, in general, stupid people. And God bless him for the bile that’s settled in his heart. We need a rabble-rousing satirist such as Black to remind us that the powers that be are, for the most part, idiots — and keep us laughing all the way to the voting booths. $45.50-$65.50. 8 p.m. Belk Theater. www.blumenthalcenter.org. Find more in Arts.

Food

South 21 Drive In: Charlotte landmark since 1955, serves great burgers, friends, onion rings, etc., and still wins awards every year from our readers. Drive in or take out. 3101 E. Independence Blvd. 704-377-4509. Find more in Food.

Saturday, August 2

Film

Opening this week: Brideshead Revisited, The Midnight Meat Train, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Swing Vote and The Wackness. 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

Journey: The band has been together, off and on, for 35 years. They’ve been making headlines recently thanks to the addition of singer Arnel Pineda. The Filipino vocalist was found on YouTube and sounds a helluva lot like Steve Perry. With Cheap Trick and Heart. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. www.livenation.com. Find more in Music.

Arts

Konnichwa: ABC’s I Survived a Japanese Game Show kind of makes the Japanese look crazy, but that show shouldn’t be a representation of their traditional culture. The 24th Japanese Dance Festival aka Bon Odori ’08 is the ultimate way to experience Japanese culture. Enjoy unique Japanese styles of dancing, drumming, martial arts, crafts, food and more. Free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wachovia Atrium and Plaza, 301 S.Tryon St. 704-333-2775. Find more in Arts.

Food

Simmons Fourth Ward Restaurant: Classic Southern country recipes: smothered pork chops, mac & cheese. Baked chicken with corn bread dressing, collard greens, and barbecue ribs. 516 North Graham St. 704-334-6640. Find more in Food.

Sunday, August 3

Film

Retro-active: The BV Theatre is offering some of your favorite movies for the summer during their Retro Film Series. This week’s installment: The Bond classic Goldfinger and the cowboy romp Blazing Saddles. If you were born too late to catch these the first time around, here’s your chance to see these films on the big screen. And if you’ve never heard of either film: tsk tsk. Google, friends, Google. Times vary; check the Web site for details. Ballantyne Village Theatre. www.bvtheatre.com. Find more in Film.

Music

Neil Hamburger: The comedic alter ego of Gregg Turkington, Hamburger is perhaps best described as something of an anti-comedian. His act? Mostly some grumbling and coughing and clearing of his throat, a bad comb-over, and some audience heckling, combined with just enough desert-dry, straight-outta-left-field references to grease the wheels of his humor hooptie. With Daiquiri & Randy Burke. The Milestone. www.themilestoneclub.com. Find more in Music.

Arts

Hitting the right notes: It’s your last chance to see Davidson Community Players’ version of the 1934 comedy, Lend Me A Tenor. Italian Tito Morelli aka II Stupendo, a play-hungry actor, awakens to find his stage shoes filled by Max. Anticipate this play taking twists of events that will hit all the right notes. Go see it, before it’s too late. Rated PG-13, best suited for adults. $15-$22. 2 p.m. Duke Family Performance Hall (Davidson College). www.carolinatix.org. Find more in Arts.

Food

Sullivan’s Steakhouse: Posh and opulent with 1920s art deco decadence and inviting dark wood, this upscale chain steakhouse is populated by some of Charlotte’s best known folks who go for the refined service and the fine steaks. 19288 South Blvd. 704-335-8228. Find more in Food.

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