Friday, July 18
A Dark Humor: The new Batman installment The Dark Knight is getting a lot of press for being the last movie role of the late Heath Ledger, but there is one thing that the media coverage fails to convey: This movie is worth the hype. Heath Ledger takes on the Joker and makes the sad clown terrifying, while Christian Bale simmers as a morally torn Batman. Aaron Eckhart plays politico Harvey Dent and Maggie Gyllenhaal takes over Katie Holmes role as tough-as-nails Rachel Dawes. (You know Katie Holmes is kicking herself now for turning this part down!) Local theaters. www.charlotte.creativeloafing.com/gyrobase/Film. Find more in Film.
Corey Smith: RIYL (recommended if you like) Busch light, shootin fireworks on the beach, owning a Jeep, the color khaki, Chilis, yelling you the man! at golf tournaments (tee), doin some fuckin Jager, the New York Jets, bank clerks with lower back tats, manicured beards, yelling get in the hole! at golf tournaments (green), AXE body spray, USC Cocks hats, USC Cocks hats turned backwards, Buffalo Wild Wings, and generally acousti-coolin out with 35,000 of your closest MySpace friends. Amos Southend. www.amossouthend.com. Find more in Music.
In Limbo: Marie Gonzalez, a native of Costa Rica who lives in the United States, is among many others who are in a kind of limbo. Theyre caught between their native homeland and America. Limbo, written by Glenn Hutchinson, a professor at UNC-Charlotte and directed by Michael Simmons, is a new production that explores immigration anxiety. When the Gonzalezs were forced to leave the United States, Marie stayed for schooling. She conducted a series of interviews with undocumented students facing these kinds of dilemmas. Embracing a culturally diverse audience, the play will be in English, Spanish and Spanglish. 8 p.m. Carolina Actors Studio Theatre. www.nccast.com. Find more in Arts.
Restaurant I Japanese Fusion Cuisine: Excellent sashimi and inventive upscale Japanese dishes. 1524 East Blvd. 704-333-8118. Find more in Food.
Saturday, July 19
Opening this week: Mamma Mia!, Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, Roman de Gare, and Space Chimps. 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.
Mark Kano and Mike Garrigan: Their names should ring a N.C. bell: Kano fronted the Greensboro-based band Athenaeum, whose 2004 break up left him doing more of the solo thing (although the band occasionally reunites for gigs) and Garrigan is also a solo artist and former member of the band Collapsis and Athenaeum. Together, he and Kano are the perfect musical companions. When they played a show back in January at The Evening Muse, the duo filled the room and performed a two-hour long set that fluctuated between new and old songs, including some Athenaeum classics. $8. 8 p.m. The Evening Muse. www.theeveningmuse.com. Find more in Music.
New Cycle: Its not exactly artsy, but oh-so-good for you. Grab your bike and step out into the sun. Seasoned and newbie road cyclists are gearing up for the 2008 Lake Norman Excursion. Starting and ending at Lowes Corporate Headquarters in Mooresville, ride options include a 10-mile fun ride, a 40-mile ride, a 68-mile ride and a 100-mile ride. Not only are you doing your body good, but proceeds for the event will be given to the Lake Norman American Red Cross to service the Lake Norman area. $15-$30. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m., Race starts at 8 a.m. Rain or shine. Lowes Corporate Headquarters. www.lakenormanexcursion.com. Find more in Arts.
Java Passage Espresso Bar: Snack on a fresh pastry and sip a hot cup of java at this artsy extension of Java Passage Café. 101 W. Worthington Ave. 704-343-3000.
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Sunday, July 20
Wild Wild West: The Main Librarys annual Summer Film Series is back, this time riding tall in the saddle. This years program is Once Upon a Time in the West: Great Hollywood* Westerns (* and one Italian), offering 11 oaters over the course of nine Sundays. This weeks installment is a double-feature: Idaho and Utah, both starring Roy Rogers (who plays a cowboy named wait for it Roy Rogers. Original!), riding his faithful steed Trigger and singing lots of cheery cowboy songs. Brokeback Mountain this is not. Free. 2 p.m. ImaginOn. www.plcmc.org. Find more in Film.
First Annual Weiner Roast: Grammatically speaking, there is no such thing as first annual, theres only inaugural something can only be annual when its happened more than once. That said, it sure looks like this here tubesteak throw down at Snug will be a ball, featuring a slew of local bands that tilt at the avant windmill: L.A. Tool & Die, Hammer No More the Fingers, the fever-chill inducing group grope that is Black Congo NC, Love Craft, Milestone maestro Andy the Door Bum, Juffage, White Dwarf and everyones favorite moustachioed mad platter-player, DJ George Brazil. Snug Harbor. www.snugrock.com. Find more in Music.
Blast from the Past: The exhibition A Day In Pompeii tells the story of the ancient Roman city Pompeii before the catastrophic eruption of Mt. Vesuvius left it buried and forgotten. It displays authentic artifacts, religious relics, cooking items, furniture, frescoes, jewelry and more, all adding up to more than 250 well-preserved items. Other highlights include plaster casts of preserved men and women (and a little dog too), who were unable to escape the devastating day in Pompeii. After seeing the exhibit, make time to see Greece: Secrets of the Past, as well. This film will be shown in the IMAX and really makes you feel like youve crossed the ocean to Greece. Discovery Place. www.discoveryplace.org. Find more in Arts.
Sole Spanish Grille: After almost a decade away, the owners return to Dilworth to once again serve legendary tapas and sparkling fresh Spanish and New World entrees and wines. 1608 East Blvd. 704-343-9890. Find more in Food.