Friday, August 29
Elegy: Ben Kingsley and Penelope Cruz star as a professor and former student engaged in a May-December romance. CLs own film critic Matt Brunson gave this film 3 and ½ stars check it out for yourself and see if you agree! Local theaters. www.charlotte.creativeloafing.com/gyrobase/Film. Find more in Film.
Elf rock: The Athens-based indie rockers Elf Power come out of the cave and into Charlotte for a performance that consists of an eclectic blend of psychedelic and folk rock genres. L.A. Tool & Die to open. $8-$10. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9 p.m. Tremont Music Hall. www.tremontmusichall.com. Find more in Music.
Alive and kicking: Kick off Labor Day weekend at the Matthews Alive! Festival. The four-day family-oriented event features music, locally made arts and crafts, a parade, quilt shows, a Kiwanis race and lots of activities for children. Free admission. Tickets 75 cents or 20 for $12. Stumptown Park-Matthews Community Center. www.matthewsalive.org. Find more in Arts.
The Press Box: With a pub-like interior, this meeting place is a Charlotte tradition for burgers, sandwiches and salads. 1627 Montford Dr. 704-523-4981. Find more in Food.
Saturday, August 30
Opening this week: Babylon A.D., Baghead, College, Disaster Movie, and Man On Wire. 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.
Need a soul man: Summer Soul Music Festival will bring soul masters Morris Day and the Time, Midnight Star, E.U., Carmen Chiles and others for a day of rejoicing. $37. 2 p.m. Frans Park Center. www.2thelimitevents.com. Find more in Music.
Dream on: Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream is a three-hour workshop that analyzes the worlds current state of being and the possible solutions to cure its wounds. Registration recommended. Free. 1 p.m.-4 p.m. The Home Economist Market. www.hemarket.com. Find more in Arts.
Kokoro Japanese Kitchen & Sushi Bar: Mmmm, sushi! For all the fellow sushi-lovers out there, Kokoro offers an all you can eat sushi and hibachi lunch buffet, starting at $8.95. And, if you live within 5 miles of the establishment, you can order your sushi to be delivered right to your door. 3022 Weddington Road. www.kokorojapanesekitchen.com. Find more in Food.
Sunday, August 31
Purple Rain: Its been raining cats and dogs in Charlotte and we think its high time for a different rain Purple Rain. Ballantyne Village Theatres Retromania features classic films for your enjoyment on the big screen. Tickets are only $5. Ballantyne Village Theatre. www.bvtheatre.com. Find more in Film.
One love: Where is the love? Right here in Charlotte! The 4th Annual One Love Fest features Jamaican singer Beres Hammond, as well as reggae acts Morgan Heritage and Dubconscious. $35; $65 for V.I.P. 9 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com. Find more in Music.
Explosive: Discovery Places A Day In Pompeii exhibit 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. $17-$20. Discovery Place. www.discoveryplace.org. Find more in Arts.
Cajun Queen: Friendly atmosphere, jazz and terrific service highlight this New Orleans-style menu. 1800 E. 7th Street. 704-377-9017. Find more in Food.