Thursday, October 22, 2009


Posted By on Thu, Oct 22, 2009 at 4:20 PM

Check out these events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area this weekend— as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

Friday, Oct. 23

Basic Training

Stage Door Theater

Kahlil Ashanti’s one-man act, Basic Training, continues this weekend at Stage Door Theater. The show is based off of true events from Ashanti's life, including his army experiences and his own personal journey into finding himself and his biological father. Ashanti uses quick wit and pure talent, as he portrays 23 different characters -- and I mean characters.

Music Songstress and guitarist Erin McCarley has increasingly gained in popularity with her latest CD titled, Love, Save the Empty. You can see her perform live at Tremont Music Hall tonight. more...

Theater Carolina Actors Studio Theatre’s newest production, with a super-long title, Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade, is a play-within-a-play that revolves around some theatrical-performing-lunatics in a mental asylum. Here’s to hoping that as they perform a play about the assassination of Jean-Paul Marat, no one gets stabbed – that is, since Marat met his death oh so sharply with a knife. more...

Saturday, Oct. 24

The Chuckleheads

Actor's Theatre

Charlotte improv troupe, The Chuckleheads will celebrate its two-year anniversary with a special show titled "2nd Anniversary Birthday Comedy Improv Variety Extravaganza" at Actor's Theatre of Charlotte tonight. The event will feature lots of improv, in forms that include singing, dancing, and heavy-duty audience participation.

Festival Barktoberfest, an annual festival for dogs, gives pet owners the chance to get their four-legged friend out and about for something other than just a walk. The festival includes a variety of contests for dogs. In addition, pet goodies will be up for grabs, a silent auction will be held, and food and beverages will be available. The event is for a good cause too — it raises money for the American Cancer Society and Carolina Veterinary Specialists. more...

Festival Stop by Pura Vida Worldly Art today to celebrate Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos). The event will feature a special Day of the Dead art exhibit. Also, those attending can participate in a sugar-skull decorating contest. more...

Sunday, Oct. 25

The 2nd Annual Charlotte Fine Art Show

The Park

Folks looking for a variety of original art need look no further than The 2nd Annual Charlotte Fine Art Show. The two-day show at The Park, continues on Sunday (it kicks off on Sat. Oct. 24). It features juried artists from around the world selling art of all kinds of mediums, including things like paintings, sculptures, photography and other items made from glass, wood, fiber, clay and lots more.

Music Just because Bryan Adams has musically stripped down to bare bones for his solo-acoustic show at McGlohon Theatre, doesn’t mean it won’t rock. Using his powerful vocal chords to cut through hits like, "Summer of '69", and "Open Road," "Cuts Like A Knife", among others, he can still wake up the neighbors. more...

Theater Children's Theatre of Charlotte is touching on a serious issue in its upcoming performances of New Kid. The play tackles the hardships of moving to a new school and getting teased by peers. more...

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