Thursday, January 12, 2012

Weekender, Jan. 13-15

Posted By on Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 5:07 PM

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

Friday, Jan. 13
Cash Crop
The Harvey B. Gantt Center
After saying bye-bye to its three Romare Bearden exhibits last weekend, The Harvey B. Gantt Center unveils Cash Crop, an intense new exhibit comprised of 15 slavery-inspired sculptures by artist Stephen Hayes (See photo — doesn’t that just make your chest ache?). Two more exhibits, Contemporary African Photography: Malick Sidibé & Zwelethu Mthetwa and Rhythm-A-Ning: James Phillips, Charles Searles & Frank Smith open along side of it, adding African photography and abstract paintings to the mix.

Theater High tides are at stake in Carolina Actors Studio Theatre's splashy new stage stimulator, Jack Goes Boating. In the play, four New Yorker's — all of which, haven't been successful in the love department — cross paths in their quest to survive. Hobbies including cooking classes, illegal drug use and swimming lessons have kept them preoccupied, but only closer to the edge of drowning in their own sorrows. Sounds like life jackets are in order, right? More...

Comedy You don’t have to rent a movie to spend Friday night with DC Curry. The comedian, who has starred on BET’s Comic View and in films Next Friday and Friday After Next, performs live at The Comedy Zone tonight. More...

Saturday, Jan. 14
His Girl Friday
ImagineOn's Wells Fargo Playhouse
The Main Library's Extra! Extra!: Celebrating the Newspaper Picture film series continues this week with a screening of 1940's His Girl Friday. The comedy stars Cary Grant as an editor who wants to break more than just the news. After hearing of his reporter ex-wife's (Rosalind Russell) decision to settle down with an insurance man (Ralph Bellamy), he devises a plan to end the unadventurous relationship by sending her to sniff out a big story.

Art Those of you who always thought you couldn't afford to buy something as meticulous as a mosaic can think again. The current Frugal & Fabulous exhibit at Ciel Gallery + Mosaic Studio is designed to feature an array of works that won't break the bank account (we hope, anyway). Then again, why buy when you can browse for free? More...

Music The Explorers Club has recently released a trio of free EPs online to good result. In addition to “under-construction” versions from their upcoming release, Grand Hotel, they cover Burt Bacharach, Vanity Fare and the Classics IV. It’s unabashedly soft rock, but these guys have found a paisley niche of their own to explore and, more importantly, they do it well. Performing at the Haiti benefit at The Evening Muse tonight. More...

Sunday, Jan. 15
The Amen Corner
Duke Energy Theatre
James Baldwin’s The Amen Corner — a 1955 drama turned Broadway musical in later years — hasn’t had much glory with popularity. But before you go thinking it’s just a script of rigorous religious standards associated with life in the Bible belt, think again. This little churchy number hits close to home for anyone who has ever found themselves hating. Now that On Q Productions is reviving the spiritual saga, “hallelujahs” are even in order. The plot revolves around Sister Margaret’s (played by Terry Henry) double whammy of downs. Not only has her dying ex-husband showed up to make amends with her, but he’s influencing her son with his craft for music. All this, and the church folk are questioning her authority as she begins to practice what she sure as hell ain’t preachin’.

Nightlife DJ Peter Presta has a lot to be proud of. In addition to working with some giants in the music industry, his remix of Heather Smalls’ “Proud” — now an official anthem of the London 2012 Olympics — was played during the dramatic end of the Showtime series, Queer As Folk. And for that reason he’s become a sort of pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. But all jokes aside, his tribal house fusions set the dance floors in motion. Hence, why he’s headlining Dharma Lounge’s Queer As Folk Circuit Dance Party tonight. Joined by DJs Jason Fotizo, Brittany Gaston and host Dan Mauney, the party is slated to feature ’90s classics, followed by more current dance mixes. More...

Art Linda Dahlin, the featured artist of the month at Slate Interiors, uses oil paint to forge canvassed works described as having an emphasis on luminosity. Dahlin worked as a web designer and actress in New York and London before taking to brush strokes. The gallery will feature several of her paintings. More...

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