Friday, May 30
Sex and the City: Can a popular television show really transfer to box-office gold? We hope so, because theres not a woman in town who isnt stoked to see this flick. If youre a real die-hard fan (and dont have to be at work too early on Friday morning) you can catch midnight screenings of Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha throughout the Q.C. on Thursday, May 29. Until then, well be flirting our way through cosmos and men, Samantha-style. Local theaters. www.charlotte.creativeloafing.com/gyrobase/Film. Find more in Film.
Jose Conde y Ola Fresca: Straight outta Brooklyns Latin alleys, Conde and his crew roam the streets from Cuba to Puerto Rico to Haiti and back up to N.Y.C. with a sinewy mix of Afro-Latin rhythms and roots grooves. Their sultry dance beats will get a party kicking faster than a shot of rum, with percussive interplay thick with tropical heat. The band is on the road pumping their freshly released disc called Revolucion. Neighborhood Theatre. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com. Find more in Music.
Get your geek on: Dust off your Darth Vader mask and join your fellow sci-fi lovers at ConCarolinas this weekend. The event features science-fiction writers Mike Resnick, Faith Hunter, and David B. Coe. Boogie Knights will play music in their Middle Age attire. More highlights of the convention will be appearances by Suzie Plakson who starred as Klingon KEhleyr in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Gary Jones who co-starred as Chief Master Sergeant Walter Harriman on Stargate SG-1, as well as a number of other sci-fi productions. As Ben Kenobi would say, May the force be with you. $10-$35. Marriott Executive Park. www.concarolinas.org. Find more in Arts.
Upstream: Streams have always been an important component of Charlottes geography and this stylish interior reminds one of a mountain stream. The dishes are delightfully harmonious and visually pleasing. 6902 Phillips Place. www.upstreamit.com. Find more in Food.
Saturday, May 31
Opening this week: The Fall and The Strangers. Visit your favorite theater and be one of the first in Charlotte to catch these flicks. Local theaters. www.charlotte.creativeloafing.com/gyrobase/Film. Find more in Film.
Black Ritual CD Release: Black Ritual has been grinding out an unholy mélange of thrash, hardcore and metal for a couple of years. With loads of Rat-a-tat guitars, throat lacerating vocals, and booming rhythm, the boys can scrap with the best headbangers out there. The Charlotte-based band is releasing their debut noise-fest 1000 Yard Stare this evening with a little help from fellow noisemakers War from Brotherhood, Force-feed Fists, and A Road Eternal. Amos Southend. www.amossouthend.com. Find more in Music.
Viva Argentina: Two new art displays open in the Q.C. open this week: Contemplacion Continuada by Raul Diaz and Escenas de Cordoba by Manuel Reyna. Born in 1952 in Cordoba, Argentina, Diaz uses color and shading to draw people into his dreamlike world. He has since become one of the most celebrated artists in South America. Reyna, who died in 1989, was also born in Cordoba, Argentina. Reyna uses color, and composition, to isolate. His scenic paintings of his homeland allow one to feel a sense of calm and solitude. Jerald Melberg Gallery. www.jeraldmelberg.com. Find more in Arts.
Cabo Fish Taco Baja Seagrill: Set in a humble NoDa historic building, these well crafted, tasty dishes will bring you back for regular feeding forays. There are vegetarian, chicken, and streak selections. 3201 N. Davidson St. www.cabofishtaco.com. Find more in Food.
Sunday, June 1
Its all about you: The Century of the Self, a BBC documentary by Adam Curtis is a four-part series: Happiness Machines, The Engineering of Consent, There Is a Policeman Inside All Our Heads and Eight People Sipping Wine in Kettering. Each episode lasts for one hour and stands alone in case time doesnt permit you to see them all. Starring Sigmund Freud, Hitler, Marilyn Monroe, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton, this film explores the history of todays politics, advertising and psychoanalysis. Why do people buy what they dont need? The series also explores the 60s as being a time when people stopped protesting the government and started reinventing themselves through consumerism. Free. 3:30 p.m. & 7 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com. Find more in Film.
Sons of Roswell: Youd think the Sons of Roswell were around in the late 60s through the 70s with their neatly classic blues-rock tunes. But the quartet from Muscle Shoals, Ala., has been together for a few years of this decade and takes cues from CCR to The Black Crowes with stripped down, blues-stoked rock. Vocalist Kevin Keenum has that rock-star voice that will sing in rock venues for many years to come, with due perseverance, of course. With The Broken Strings. Snug Harbor. www.snugrock.com. Find more in Music.
Innocent or not?: So you thought you had already seen Reginald Roses jury-room sizzler, Twelve Angry Men? Not in Charlotte. Roses adaptation of his famed TV script was not performed in the United States until Scott Ellis directed its Broadway premiere in 2004. Richard Thomas of Waltons fame brings it on the road as Juror #8, the quintessential American who takes that innocent until proven guilty stuff seriously. $20-$54. 7:30 p.m. Belk Theater. www.blumenthalcenter.org. Find more in Arts.
Zada Janes Corner Café: Many menu items are vegetarian and can be made as such, and much of their produce is locally sourced and organic. This is no place for fast food junkies; there is no fryer in this kitchen. 1601 Central Ave. www.zadajanes.com. Find more in Food.