Friday, Sept. 26
Third Annual Charlotte Film Festival: Charlottes hottest fest will feature dozens of indie feature films, documentaries, shorts and student works. Plus, there will also be panel discussions, an opening night gala and a work-in-progress. Various locations. www.charlottefilmfestival.org. Find more in Film.
Iced Earth: Metal legends in their own right, with over 20 years of touring and recording, Iced Earth brings classically tinged metal that spew soaring vocals. With Saviours and Into Eternity. Amos Southend. www.amossouthend.com. Find more in Music.
The Charlotte Shout Culinary Arts Experience: Two-day event featuring national and local culinary experts (like Cat Cora of Iron Chef American and Curtis Stone of Take Home Chef), cooking seminars, wine seminars, tasty martinis, free samples and cooking displays. Bon Appetit! Johnson & Wales Campus. www.charlotteshout.com. Find more in Arts.
Flying Biscuit Café: Fast, casual dining that welcomes family breakfasts, sports team brunches and after-school dinners. 7930 Rea Road. 704-295-4440. Find more in Food.
Saturday, Sept. 27
Opening this week: Choke, The Lucky Ones, Miracle at St. Anna, Night In Rodanthe, and Towelhead. 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.
Paleface: The Concord, N.C.-based folker recently signed with Ramseur Records and is sure to make waves in the music world whenever anyone gives him a listen. Featured on CLs recent Homebrew CD, so you know hes good. With Ian Thomas. The Evening Muse. www.theeveningmuse.com. Find more in Music.
International Festival: UNC-Charlottes fest is 33 years old this year, and this free (yes, free!) event takes a tour of the world, all in the halls of Charlottes own University. Events include: The parade of nations with over 60 different nationalities representing traditional attire, foods, jewelry, crafts, African folk tales, and tons of music (Afro-Cuban, Caribbean, Celtic folk). 10 a.m. 6 p.m. The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Barnhardt Student Activity Center. http://ifest.uncc.edu/. Find more in Arts.
Oktoberfest: You dont have to go to Germany to experience Oktoberfest. In its 10th year, this beerific celebration offers unlimited samples of over 300 brewed beers, food, Creative Loafings Beerlympic Village (games and more) and music by Southern Culture on the Skids, Sons of Ralph, U-Phonik and Polka Dots. Plus, Plan B restaurant is hosting the official after-party, so show up wearing your wristband or waving that ticket stub for free swag. Memorial Stadium. www.charlotteoktoberfest.com. Find more in Food.
Sunday, Sept. 28
Eagle Eye: Shia LaBeouf and Steven Spielberg must be BFFs. This is the fourth film that they have been involved with together (Spielberg is the executive producer), and this romp finds Shia under control of a mysterious organization, directing his movements. Young Shia soon finds himself on the countrys most wanted fugitive list. Also stars Michelle Monaghan and Billy Bob Thornton. Local theaters. www.charlotte.creativeloafing.com/gyrobase/Film. Find more in Film.
Celtic Crossroads: Consisting of seven members, who as a whole play over 20 instruments in one show alone, this Celtic rock combines with a rainbow of other musical genres including bluegrass, classical, jazz, folk and more. McGlohon Theatre. www.blumenthalcenter.org. Find more in Music.
South African Fall Festival: The fest offers a variety of South African food, from biltong (South African-style beef jerky) to pannekoek (South African-style pancakes), displays and plenty of live entertainment. Metrolina Expo Trade Center. www.southafricansincharlotte.org. Find more in Arts.
Udipi Pure Vegetarian Cuisine: Sparse space, well-crafted dishes, lunch buffet with cuisine from Southern, Northern and Western India. Try the dosas. idlis and rasam. 9510 University City Blvd. 704-549-0600. Find more in Food.