Together We Remember is the uninspired name chosen for the city-county's "official" commemoration of September 11 in Marshall Park, from 8:46am to 10:10am. Events will include bells tolling at the different times planes crashed on September 11, 2001; processions of various groups such as firefighters, police, Red Cross and others to the park; a 9:30am ceremony, held "under heightened security" (ooooh), unveiling a steel girder from the World Trade Center, and featuring a military jet flyover.
September 10, 2001, Uno Nunca Muere La Vispera, a short film by Colombian artist Monika Bravo, will be shown every 10 minutes at the McColl Center for Visual Arts from 11am-4pm. Bravo made this film while she was an Artist-In-Residence on the 92nd floor of the World Trade Center; it's described as a "piece of art depicting a violent and prophetic thunderstorm deluging the World Trade Center...just hours before the attacks." The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 704-332-5355.
The Charlotte Museum of History will feature A Day to Commemorate Freedom. Guests can tour the grounds, visit The American Freedom Bell, explore documents proclaiming the country's freedom, and view video presentations. Regular museum admission applies and no reservations are required. For more information, call 704-568-1774 or visit online at www.charlotte museum.org.
West Side Story, one of the most compelling musicals of all time, comes to the Performing Arts Center through September 15. The musical take-off on Romeo & Juliet, with music by Leonard Bernstein, will run Tuesday-Thursday at 8pm, Friday and Saturday at 8:15pm, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2pm, and Sunday night at 7:30pm. Tickets range from $20-$58. For more information, call 704-372-1000 or visit online at www.blumenthalcenter.org.
SEPTEMBER 12 - THURSDAY
Charlotte Repertory Theatre starts their 26th season with one of the great American plays of the 20th century, Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie. The play will run through September 29 at Booth Playhouse in the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $24-$31.50. For more information or a complete showtime schedule call 704-372-1000 or visit online at www.charlotterep.org.
The Food Lion Auto Fair runs today through Sunday at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Headlining are "The Duct Tape Guys," two guys who have written five books on uses for duct tape (only in America!). In addition, vendors will sell parts and memorabilia, concept and classic cars will be shown, and more. The show runs from 8am until 6pm Thursday through Saturday and 8am until 4pm on Sunday. Tickets are $8 for adults, with children 12 and under getting in free with a paid adult (preferably some one they know). For more information, call 704-455-3205.
The Off-Tryon Theatre Company opens their season tonight with Bent, a groundbreaking play by Martin Sherman which addresses the persecution of homosexuals in Nazi Germany. The show runs September 12-14, 19-21, and 26-28 at 8pm in the Off-Tryon Theatre. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. For more information, call 704-375-2826 or visit online at www.offtryon.org.
Show Boat, part of Theatre Charlotte's 75th Performance Season, will be performed at 501 Queens Rd. September 12-14, 19-22, and 26-29. Showtimes are Thursday-Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 2:30pm. Tickets range from $15-$20. For more information, call 704-334-9128 or visit online at www.theatrecharlotte.org.
The Warehouse Theatre, located in The Hart-Witzen Gallery and composed of Victory Pictures, The Carolina Shakespeare Company, and The Farm Theatre, will present their season opener Macbeth starting tonight at 8pm. The show will run September 12-14 and 19-21. Tickets are $15. For more information, call 704-455-8542 or visit online at www.hartwitzengallery.com.
NC Dance Theatre will present a sneak preview of their Fall Trilogy today from 5:30-7:30pm. The sneak preview will include excerpts from New Work by Mark Godden, New Work by Mark Diamond, and Spoken in Red by Nicolo Fonte. Hors d'oeuvres and wine provided. The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, call 704-372-0101 or visit online at www.ncdance.org.
SEPTEMBER 13 - FRIDAY
The CityVerve Jazz and Heritage Festival, one of the few parts of the Charlotte Shout "festival" that was actually initiated by Charlotte Shout itself, takes place today through Sunday. Tonight, Nnenna Freelon will perform a benefit concert for the McColl Center for Visual Art at Spirit Square's McGlohon Theatre at 8pm. Tickets are $12.50-$25. Tomorrow and Sunday, the action takes place at the Gateway Village Promenade (800 W. Trade St.), featuring Tower of Power, Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band, John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, and Los Hombres Calientes (Saturday), as well as Medeski Martin and Wood, John Scofield, the Yellowjackets, Nicholas Payton, and the Jazz Mandolin Project (Sunday). The festival itself is a free event, but for those who want to get closer to the music on the headline stage, tickets can be purchased. General Admission is $15 for a single day and $25 for both days ($40 and $65 reserved). All tickets are available at www.blumenthalcenter.org, or by calling 704-372-1000.
SEPTEMBER 14 - SATURDAY
ArtWorks 945, a summer program to encourage the creativity of patrons of the Urban Ministry Center, ends its inaugural season with a gala celebration from 6-8pm this evening at the Center, located at 945 N. College St. The reception will feature light refreshments and live music and will allow attendees to bid on original paintings and sculpture, and to enjoy artist conducted tours of the Center. The reception is free and open to the public. For more information, call 704-563-1697.
LaTorre's Restaurant presents its Calle Cinco festival today on Fifth Street between Tryon and Church, featuring many varieties of Latin music, dance, food, wine and art. A salsa dancing contest will close the event. For more information, call 704-344-0004, or log on to www.latorres.net.
The Charlotte Folk Society 20th Anniversary Daytime Festival and Family Hoedown takes place today at Spirit Square from 10am until 4pm. Featured are beginner-friendly workshops, performers like Si Kahn, instrument swaps, hoedowns, and more. The event is free and open to the public. At 7pm, there will be a 20th Anniversary Celebration Concert. Tickets are $16 for CFS members, and $20 for non-members. For more information, call 704-372-1000.
Multi-platinum recording artist George Strait, a man with more bling-bling than a Cadillac Escalade full of gangsta rappers (of his 28 albums, 25 have gone platinum), appears tonight at 7:30pm at the Charlotte Coliseum with special guest Jo Dee Messina. Tickets are $49.50 and $59.50, available by calling 704-522-6500.
SEPTEMBER 15 - SUNDAY
The Carolina Panthers take on the Detroit Lions who, along with our Panthers, were one of the worst teams in the NFL last season, at 1pm today at Ericsson Stadium. Tickets are $40-54, available by calling 704-522-6500.
SEPTEMBER16 - MONDAY
The Off-Tryon Theatre Company will present the First Ever NoDa New PlayFest and Short Play SLAM! September 16-18 and 23-25 at the Off-Tryon Theatre. With unpublished, never-before-seen scripts from local, regional and national playwrights the event will give audiences a chance to participate in the creative process with critiques following each play. Monday nights are Short Play SLAM! Nights, with plays varying in length from 10-45 minutes. Tuesday and Wednesday nights will be more traditional staged readings of unproduced full-length plays. Shows start at 7pm. Playfest Passes are available for $50 and include admission to all plays and events. For more information call 704-375-2826 or visit online at www.offtryon.org.
North Carolina Dance Theatre 2 (NCDT 2) will give free lunchtime performances September 16-18 from 12:15-12:45pm in the Duke Power Theatre of Spirit Square. Dance Break gives viewers a chance to experience quality dance up close in a casual atmosphere. Box lunches from Something Classic will be available. For more information, call 704-372-0101.
SEPTEMBER 17 - TUESDAY
Bible thumpers take note! The Off-Tryon Theatre Company will present Tales of Sex and Horror from the Bible by Stan Peal September 17-18 and 24-25 at the Off-Tryon Theatre. The play is a multi-genre look at some of the Old Testament's most disturbing, erotic and horrific scenes. Tickets are $10. For more information, call 704-375-2826 or visit online at www.offtryon.org.
SEPTEMBER 18 - WEDNESDAY
The public's invited to a fundraiser to benefit a unique project planned this fall by Habitat for Humanity in Charlotte. During the week of October 26-November 2, women-only volunteers will construct three homes for Charlotte's Women Build. Today Souper Soiree will dish out a delicious soup dinner in a homemade bowl to raise funds for this massive project. The event takes place at Boudreaux's Louisiana Kitchen at 6pm. Admission is $40 at the door and includes your bowl, all the soup you can eat, and entertainment. For more information visit online at www.habitatcharlotte.org.