Friday, September 19
I see dead people: In Ghost Town, Ricky Gervais plays a socially awkward man with the ability to see and speak to the dead. Instead of a friendly Casper, hes stuck with demanding Greg Kinnear, and a host of others in need of a medium. Check us out tomorrow for Matt Brunsons review of the film on its opening day. Local theaters. www.charlotte.creativeloafing.com/gyrobase/Film.Find more in Film.
A rare Jewell: Eilen Jewell paints vivid images of lost American highways with her sad voice and music, which is just the right weave of timeless country, blues and a hint of jazz. A drive through a desert highway in the still of the night is the vibe here. She croons her tales while the Boston-based singers scrap band colors the words. The Evening Muse. www.theeveningmuse.com. Find more in Music.
Festival in the Park: Bring the whole family out to the 44th Annual Festival in the Park, a four-day event based on promoting the local art scene. With numerous artists sharing their works and lots of entertainers and live bands providing free performances throughout the weekend, theres definitely something for everyone. This festival has been a Charlotte tradition since 1964 and is always adding new events, like this years youth talent show. Free. Freedom Park. www.festivalinthepark.org. Find more in Arts.
La Canasta Dominicana Restaurant: Small, friendly, bi-lingual family-owned place offering well-prepared root and fruit island dishes. Also: Seafood, stewed goat and homemade desserts. 4804 Central Ave., 704-536-0009. Find more in Food.
Saturday, September 20
African-American Film Festival: The Charlotte African-American Film Festival will be held this weekend at various area venues. Planned activities include an airing of two episodes of the Nickelodeon show The Backyardigans, a discussion and screening of the documentary The Souls of Black Girls, and an advance showing of the fall release The Express, starring Rob Brown as real-life college football hero Ernie Davis and co-starring Dennis Quaid and Charles S. Dutton. Costs, times and locations vary. Run & Shoot Filmworks. www.runandshootfilmworks.com. Find more in Film.
Jamie McLean Band: Guitar slinger McLean has put in six-string duty with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and lent his studio chops to everyone from Norah Jones to Chuck D. McLeans classic riffs and southern rock tips the hat to the Faces and The Black Crowes while instilling his signature into all facets of blues rock. McLean and his band are on the road plugging the freshly released album, American Heartache. Double Door Inn. www.doubledoorinn.com. Find more in Music.
Dance, dance: It takes a combination of balance and skill to be a ballet dancer, but it takes even more of that to measure up to the steps of ballet choreographer George Balanchine. The North Carolina Dance Theatre will perform Timeless Ballets By Balanchine, featuring three of his most influential works including La Sonnambula, Raymonda Variations and The Four Temperaments. The Charlotte Symphony will provide the music scores. $25-$69. Belk Theater. www.ncdance.org. Find more in Arts.
Mama Mia Too at The Holbrook House: New Yorkers love this place primarily featuring Southern Italian cuisine in a charming house in the center of Huntersville. 101 Maxwell Ave. 704-875-0575. Find more in Food.
Sunday, September 21
Opening this week: Igor, In Search of a Midnight Kiss, Lakeview Terrace, My Best Friends Girl, and Transsiberian. 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.
Flogging Molly: The Irish-American band will be in Charlotte at Amos Southend to perform a set of raucous rock that swaggers between pints, love affairs and floats into the murky waters of politics. Flogging Molly is known for turning up the volume on traditional Irish music with their added dosage of rapid punk flared kicks. $22.50-$25. 7 p.m. Amos Southend. www.amossouthend.com. Find more in Music.
Keep dancing: North Carolina Dance Theatre presents two ballets set to classical music: Mark Diamonds Peter & The Wolf and Carnival Of The Animals. Each dancing character is represented by a different instrument in this adventure-ridden show. $25-$59. Belk Theater. www.ncdance.org. Find more in Arts.
Diamond Restaurant: Established in 1945, this is one of Charlottes oldest restaurants. Good, solid home cooking with a down-home, almost small town touch. 1901 Commonwealth Ave. 704-375-8959. Find more in Food.