Friday, August 8
Pineapple Express: Seth Rogen and James Franco are blazing through their troubles in this new stoner movie sure to grace the TV screens of college freshman dorm rooms throughout the country 24/7 as soon as it hits DVD. Catch it before the funniest lines are ruined by 17-year-old boys repeating them as their own. Local theaters. www.charlotte.creativeloafing.com/gyrobase/Film. Find more in Film.
Crooked Still: Bostons Crooked Still is currently touring to support their June release, Still Crooked. The bands third album continues their combination of folk, bluegrass and world music. Fiddles, banjo, cello, ukulele ... theyve even used a glockenspiel. The Evening Muse. www.theeveningmuse.com. Find more in Music.
Nostalgia: Its been 20 years (to the day) that the first episode of Yo! MTV Raps was aired on MTV, and Breakfast Club is celebrating with a "back in the day" old-school party. Actor and rapper Tone Loc will be performing live. Break dancers will be performing in front of the club, and arrive early for a chance to win gold-plated, Run-DMC-style rope chains, bling watches, florescent painters hats and neon glasses. Breakfast Club. www.that80sclub.com. Find more in Arts.
Wan Fu: Upscale Americanized Chinese restaurant where your favorite dishes are beautifully presented and always delicious. 10719 Kettering Dr. 704-541-1688. Find more in Food.
Saturday, August 9
Opening this week: My Winnipeg, and Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired. 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.
Sammies CD Release Party: In honor of their new Sandwich (MoRisen), the boys have declared tonight shall boast a diner theme, and are inviting dress-up. However you decide to gussy yourself, prepare to bring yer dancing shoes: despite having overhauled half their band, the Sams still boast the clearest-beating rock n roll heart in the Q.C., and early bites of Sandwich suggest theyre still piling it on hot and thick. Visulite Theatre. www.visulite.com. Find more in Music.
Lucky: Celebrate true Irish heritage at the Charlotte Irish Summer Festival. The two-day event will feature music from Irish folkies the Dublin City Ramblers, and Celtic rockers The Young Dubliners, among other artists. There will also be traditional Irish dancing, sports (a cornhole tournament, Gaelic football game and hurling exhibition), childrens activities, food and, well, theres no forgetting the Irish beer. Free. Tyron Street (between Trade and 5th). www.charlotteirishsummerfestival.com. Find more in Arts.
Mi Famiglia Ristorante & Catering: Standard favorite Italian dishes mixed with an inventive twist on family classics. Live music on Thursday and Saturday evenings. 19918 North Cove Road, 704-987-3877. Find more in Food.
Sunday, August 10
Print the legend: The Main Librarys Summer Film Series, Once Upon a Time in the West: Great Hollywood* Westerns (* and one Italian), continues today with a screening of John Fords 1962 masterpiece The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. Notable for the immortal line When the legend becomes fact, print the legend, this stars James Stewart as a civilized tenderfoot trying to hold his own in the Wild West, John Wayne as a macho gunslinger, and Lee Marvin as the villainous title character. Free. 2 p.m. Wachovia Playhouse. www.plcmc.org. Find more in Film.
Street Light Suzie: Sure they play cow-punk, and why not the trio is currently based in Austin, but there are also scads of trashy punk and garage rock. The core duo, Wiley Ross and Ben Evans, and a rotating crew of skin pounders, make sure theres plenty of rowdy yelping, drinking, and guitars smashing on hand at shows. The inebriated shenanigans only add to their rock for the sake of rock credo. Snug Harbor. www.snugrock.com. Find more in Music.
With Much Ado: Collaborative Arts 2008 Charlotte Shakespeare Festival presents your last chance to catch Shakespeares romantic comedy Much Ado About Nothing. In this play two pairs of lovers (a comedic pair and a romantic pair) cross paths with romance, false counts of infidelity, distrust and destiny. 2:30 p.m. Free admission (donations accepted). McGlohon Theatre. www.collaborativeartstheatre.com. Find more in Arts.
Boardwalk Billys Crown Point: This beach-styled place may look like a bar, but offers much more. Their Billys Steam Party (enough for two) is filled with steamed shrimp, oysters, clams, crab legs, potatoes and corn on the cob. Serves food late. 1636 Sardis Road North. www.boardwalkbillys.com. Find more in Food.