Friday, May 9
All About Eve: The Charlotte Film Society graciously wraps up its winter/spring program with screenings of All About Eve. Joseph L. Mankiewicz's masterpiece is set in the world of theater, with Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter) attempting to professionally and personally snatch the spotlight from established (and aging) star Margo Channing (Bette Davis). Among its many attributes, this features Davis' career-best performance ("Fasten your seat belts, it's going to be a bumpy night!"), a knockout script packed with astounding (and often hilarious) dialogue, an early role for Marilyn Monroe, and George Sanders' indelible turn as cynical critic Addison DeWitt. 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, May 9, through Monday, May 12, at Park Terrace Cinemas. www.charlottefilmsociety.org. Find more in Film.
Dr. Ralph Stanley & His Clinch Mountain Boys: Stanley and the boys have had an immense amount of success and have pretty much set the standard for bluegrass performers with three Grammy wins and recognition from all music genres for their contribution to the movie soundtrack O Brother Where Art Thou? Old-timer Dr. Ralph Stanley has righteously earned himself the title “King of Mountain Soul” after picking a banjo for more than 60 years and releasing more than 170 albums. Now, the Stanley-bluegrass tradition continues with his son on rhythm guitar and grandson progressing from spoons to mandolin. McGlohon Theatre. www.blumenthalcenter.org. Find more in Music.
Context Light: It’s good for dear Charlotte’s self esteem for us to remember that we are in an actual city, and not just a layover between “real” big-city action. Dress to impress and join the art world for an opening tonight at the McColl Center. The McColl Center for Visual Art features sculpture by Junichiro Baba and digital pigment prints by Thom O’Conner. Opening reception starts at 6 p.m. McColl Center for Visual Art. www.mccollcenter.org. Find more in Arts.
Chaat ‘N’ Chai: Premium Indian “fast food,” offering favorite snacks, appetizers and entrees of India. If you have a taste for fast food, skip McDonalds and head here instead. 9609 N. Tryon St. 704-780-1423. Find more in Food.
Saturday, May 10
Speed Racer: The IMAX Experience: Go, Speed Racer! The classic anime is brought to life by the creators of The Matrix trilogy, and is being presented for a limited time at Discovery Place’s IMAX Theater. Join Speed and his crew while you can. Discovery Place IMAX Theater. www.discoveryplace.org/imax/discovery_place-imax-speedracer.php. Find more in Film.
Lake Eden Arts Festival: It’s not going on in town, but it’s worth the drive if you want to get away for the weekend. Music, dance, crafts, poetry, healing arts, camping — it’s all a part of the three-day festival. Bands include Arrested Development, Nanci Griffith, Bambu Station and a whole bunch more. Day and weekend tickets are still available. Black Mountain, N.C. www.theleaf.com. Find more in Music.
Mommie Dearest: Celebrate mothers, whether it be your own, someone else’s or a historical, mythological, theatrical mother. Dearest Mommie Dearest will feature food, beer, wine, a cash bar, silent and live auctions, a screening of the film Mommie Dearest and more. If you like to play dress up, participate in a costume contest. $75-$100. 7 p.m. Belle Acres Golf & Country Club, 3033 South Blvd. 704-342-2251. www.actorstheatrecharlotte.org. Find more in Arts.
Hog Heaven Barbecue: Lexington-styled barbecue in a small, spare place. Picnic tables outside for the days Charlotte isn’t drenched in rain or sweltering through a drought. Excellent Eastern-styled Brunswick stew for those colder days. 1600 Purser Dr. 704-535-0154. Find more in Food.
Sunday, May 11
Opening this weekend: Redbelt, and What Happens in Vegas. Visit your favorite theater and be one of the first in Charlotte to catch these flicks. Local theaters. www.charlotte.creativeloafing.com/gyrobase/Film.
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Bass Drum of Death: Even though it’s Mother’s Day, you can leave Mom at home for this one. Unless your mom’s into music that includes the phrase “drum of death” in its title, then she probably won’t want to come and sip a PBR with the hipsters. John Barrett’s Bass Drum of Death, Justin Williams, and Misfortune500. Snug Harbor. www.snugrock.com. Find more in Music.
Charlotte Fine Arts Show: The Charlotte Fine Arts Show will showcase 125 artists from 30 states as well as Canada, exhibiting works in the mediums of glass, clay, wood, fiber, jewelry, sculpture, painting, photography and metal. Also on the program are live demonstrations of new and innovative techniques in the art community, live entertainment, and various kids’ activities including plaster painting and candle making. There is artwork for every budget, with prices ranging from $10 to $10,000. In addition, seven artist awards totaling $1,500 will be handed out to the winners of the juried show. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Freedom Hall, Merchandise Mart, 2500 E. Independence Blvd. 248-685-3748. Find more in Arts.
Mother’s Day: Take your mother out to eat! And, if your mom’s not in town, take out the leading lady in your life; be it a friend, relative, date or yourself. Table Restaurant and Bar is offering a spectacular Mother’s Day brunch, featuring the usual favorites plus a craving station with turkey and pork loin. Table Restaurant and Bar. www.tablecharlotte.com. Find more in Food.