Thursday, January 19, 2012

Weekender, Jan. 20-22

Posted By on Thu, Jan 19, 2012 at 3:30 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. 20
Queen's Feast: Charlotte Restaurant Week
Locations Vary
Queen’s Feast: Charlotte Restaurant Week is a time to forget about the weight-loss resolutions you made for 2012. Instead, you ought to take advantage of the $30 prix fixe, three-course dinners at upscale restaurants in Charlotte and the surrounding area. You can go back to simpleton food after Jan. 29 (when the foodie fiesta ends).

Nightlife Sexy accents, vodka and honey cake are three good things I associate with Russia. For that reason alone, the latest Global Fever: Moscow Never Sleeps at Dharma Lounge has captured my attention. It’ll have at least two of the things I listed above (honey cake won’t be there, but I’m sure some honeys will). In addition, DJ Dim and Kosta X spin global beats all night long. More...

Film Bechtler Museum of Modern Art’s Architecture + Film series continues this evening with a screening of Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House. The 1948 flick stars Cary Grant and Myrna Loy as a couple who buys an old house in the countryside. From renovations to a total rebuild, the tasks prove to be more tedious and expensive than their former life in the city. Reception and presentation before the film. More...

Saturday, Jan. 21
New Year, New You
Kalu Restaurant
Beauty is not only skin-deep, but getting a makeover certainly can’t hurt every once in a while. The women’s empowerment event New Year New You will offer makeovers, mini workshops on beauty, relationships, business and more, health and fitness sessions, live performances, and local vendor shopping — all that do wonders for your soul. Donations will be taken for a local nonprofit.

Comedy If there's one thing comedian Paula Poundstone is downright serious about, it's the importance of libraries. A national spokesperson for The Association of Library Trustees Advocates Friends & Foundations (ALTAFF), her show at Knight Theater on Sat., Jan. 21 will raise funds for Friends of Charlotte Mecklenburg Library through a percentage of her book sales. She's quoted as saying, "Libraries are raucous clubhouses for free speech, controversy and community. Libraries can never be shushed. If you haven't been to your library lately, you're over-due." Oh yeah, and did we mention she's funny, too? More...

Special Event Vroom! Vroom! It’s NASCAR Acceleration Weekend at the Charlotte Convention Center. This means motorsports enthusiasts can interact with the NASCAR stars, while getting a glimpse into what the upcoming season holds. More...

Sunday, Jan. 22
Doubt, a Parable
Theatre Charlotte
Let the guessing games begin! Theatre Charlotte’s Doubt, a Parable captures the heart of uncertainty with a balance of mystery, assumption and straight-out moral dilemma. Playwright John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony award-winning play surrounds a Bronx parochial school where a hard-nosed Sister Aloysius alleges that the personable Father Flynn is having an improper relationship with a male student. A case of grueling gossip or sinful scandal? We have no idea. You’ll have to decide that for yourself — or not.

Food The Year of the Dragon officially begins tomorrow, but who says you can’t celebrate with a feast today? At The Chinese Dynasty, Sichuan dumplings, steamed sausage potstickers, barbecued duck and impressive soups will have you indulging in no time. More...

Theater Citizens of the Universe are staging performances of Rosencrantz & Guilsdenstern Are Dead at The Chop Shop this evening. For those who have never heard of the tragicomedy by Tom Stoppard (made into a film in 1990), it follows the journey — in which the deep meaning of life comes into question — of two minor characters from Shakespeare's Hamlet. More...

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