Thursday, September 11, 2008

The Weekender

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Friday, Sept. 12



Burn After Reading: Brad Pitt and George Clooney are super bffs. Do you think that they can even consider making a movie without one another? The latest Coen Brothers feature plays spy with the duo, and stars Frances McDormand, John Malkovich and Tilda Swinton. Local theaters. Find more in Film.


The Houstons: Brothers Justin and Matt Faircloth play four instruments between them, all on one stage. Their mid-tempo shuffle of the songs works perfectly whether one’s settling in for the evening or preparing to take the town by storm. With North Elementary and Barton Carroll. Snug Harbor. Find more in Music.


Foxfire: It’s nearly time head over yonder to Carolina Actors Studio Theatre, as it presents the new musical/play Foxfire. The nitty-gritty country tale features bluegrass, greedy real estate men, and characters named Aunt Annie and Dillard Nations, with a heap of charm. $18-$22 Carolina Actors Studio Theatre. Find more in Arts.


Kabob Grill: Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food featuring falafel, hummus, baba ghanouj and baklava. 1235 East Blvd. Find more in Food.

Saturday, Sept. 13


Opening this week: Righteous Kill, Tyler Perry’s The Family That Preys, and The Women. Visit your favorite theater and be one of the first in Charlotte to catch these flicks. Local theaters. Find more in Film.


All that jazz: The 17th Annual Sunset Jazz Festival is bringing local jazz artists, such as bassist Ron Brendle of Freebop Funk-tet and flutist Micheal Porter of Porterhouse. Every year this festival attracts a large, diverse crowd of jazz enthusiasts, families and people who just love a good time. A blanket or lawn chair might serve you well through the day, but not while these acts are on stage. Free. 2:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall. Find more in Music.


The Krawl: The Merchants of Plaza Midwood present this season’s most artsy event, “Size Matters -- A Really Big Art Krawl.” Charlotte’s favorite hipster neighborhood will be alive with music and art from local artists. 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. Plaza Midwood. Find more in Arts.


Feasting Fests: This Saturday is all about festivals, and festival food. If you’re tired of the usual fare, check out the 3rd Annual Whitewater Festival. It’s sporty, but it doesn’t lack the usual festival finds. It also features food, activities for children and live music. Besides, a little exercise never hurt, so in between hot dogs and hamburgers, try hiking or whitewater rafting. It’s good for you. National Whitewater Center. Find more in Food.

Sunday, Sept. 14


West Side Story: Ballantyne Village Theatre’s Retromania features favorite films that you may have missed the first time around on the big screen. This week’s installment is the toe-tapping, gangs-dancing West Side Story, starring Natalie Wood. Try not to sing along with “I Feel Pretty,” if you can help it. Tickets are only $5. Ballantyne Village Theatre. Find more in Film.


Matt Keating: The New Yorker’s muscular twang rock, folk-flavored ballads and power pop melodies have earned him a small-but-vociferous following since he first emerged in the mid-’90s. His latest, the double-disc Quixotic, doesn’t break with Keating tradition, and its charms tend to reveal themselves cumulatively. With Ben Henry and Coma League. Milestone. Find more in Music.


Explosive: Discovery Place’s A Day In Pompeii exhibit tells the story of the ancient Roman city Pompeii before the catastrophic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius left it buried and forgotten. It displays authentic artifacts, religious relics, cooking items, furniture, frescoes, jewelry and more, all adding up to more than 250 well-preserved items. Other highlights include plaster casts of preserved men and women (and a little dog too), who were unable to escape the devastating day in Pompeii. $17-$20. Discovery Place. Find more in Arts.


Thai Thai Takeout: Chef Tony Kwok and his wife Phim are sure to charm you with their elegant take-out spot. It may be hard to resist pigging out on starters like Mee Krob lettuce wraps and Ka Nom Jeb but try to leave room for the excellent Pad Thai and Goong Chu Chee. 1412-C East Blvd., Dilworth Shopping Center. 704-347-8886. Find more in Food.


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