Thursday, August 4, 2011

Weekender, Aug. 5-7

Posted By on Thu, Aug 4, 2011 at 9:32 AM

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

Friday, August 5
Time Warner Cable Arena
Cirque du Soleil isn’t world-renowned for nothing. The Quebec-based organization produces mesmerizing shows around the world and luckily is stopping in Charlotte (following performances of Totem back in March) for Alegria. The show features 55 performers and musicians from 15 different countries in thrilling and artsy displays of acrobatics, motion, music, costumes and more. Folks can expect to witness trapeze, Russian and aerial high bars, contortion, fire/knife dancing and other astounding tasks. The title of the show - Spanish for elation, joy and jubilation - was named with good reasoning, as the “don’t try this at home” prospect is certainly present in these acts.

Theater Playwright Martin Casella is using humor as a way to address one of the ways men and society commonly define masculinity, which is (drumroll, please) ... based on penis size. The Irish Curse is a play about a group of Irish-American guys who meet in the basement of a church for a self-help group for men with wee dicks. Described by The New York Post as “The Vagina Monologues for guys,” you’ll be hard-pressed to find anything else this provocative and funny. This performance is erected by the fabulous Queen City Theatre Company. more...

Visual Art Culture Initiative's Carlleena Person contrives contemporary art out of bold lines and vibrant colors. Her current exhibit, on view through September at Escape Hair and Skin Studio, will be celebrated with a reception this evening, from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Music, refreshments and live painting are in the mix, and it's free to attend. more....

Saturday, August 6
Evil Clown Bar Crawl
Starts at Amelie’s French Bakery
Clowns are scary enough when they’re being friendly, let alone sinister and in drinking mobs — like that which will undoubtedly make up the Evil Clown Bar Crawl. Martin Barry (Charlotte Roller Girls’ frightening clown) is the mastermind behind the second annual event, which really isn’t evil at all. It aims to collect school supplies to benefit A Child’s Place at each stop (Amelie’s French Bakery, Common Market, The Diamond, Twenty Two, Breakfast Club, Re:Public, Chop Shop, Mattie’s Diner) on the crawl. Participants who are nice enough to donate can have their face painted in a way grueling enough for all the clownin’ around to follow.

Visual Art Local artist Jared Yerg wants his exhibit at Jack Beagle's pub and eatery to rock. Keeping that in mind, his series of paintings showcase local NoDa area musicians like Evelynn Rose, The Pistoleros, Dirtbag Love Affair, Zoe Vette and the Revolvers, and others doing what they do best: jammin' out. And, best of all, you won't leave with a ringing in your ears. more...

Music Idealism abounds as activist rocker, spoken word artist Jared Paul leads Prayers For Atheists on the road with chorus-laden melodic punk rock. Tipping their hats to the feistiness of the Clash, the combo takes on myriad callings with in-your-face lyrics, tried and true guitars, and a bopping rhythm section. Also on the bill to play Milestone are I.E.D., The Thought Criminals and Death is a Dialogue. more...

Sunday, August 7
King Lear
McGlohon Theatre
Nobody does tragedies quite like Mista William Shakespeare. After all, if they did, we wouldn’t be clinging to his plays, which have survived decades of criticism, popularity and transformations into film and other creative outlets. Every summer, Charlotte gets its fix from The Charlotte Shakespeare Festival, presented by Collaborative Arts. Look for performances of the classic King Lear at McGlohon Theatre.

Special Event Soak Sundays on the Rooftop Pavilion at EpiCentre is packed with games galore. We’re talking ping-pong, Twister, corn hole, limbo, super soakers, plus a bikini fashion show and music by DJ Dirty. more...

Music The Midnight Ghost Train performs tonight at Snug Harbor. A rather apropos namesake for this combo that's like a slow-moving train chugging through stark lands on a, well, mysterious night. The Kansas rockers' slow-burning blues-rock rides into sludge rock territory, speeds up, slows down, rams into psychedelic jamming and then rolls on again. Toss in some acoustic, bluesy numbers and the overall ride is pretty intriguing. more...

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