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Check out these events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area this weekend— as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 7

Coldplay

Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

The British alt-rock act Coldplay will grace Charlotte with its melodic rock creations on Aug. 7 when they perform at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. The band's most recent album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, released in 2008 has already earned the reputable group a pile of Grammy nominations and wins, all of course in addition to the lame-o music theft allegations.

Art Tonight, from 6 p.m.-9 p.m., is the opening reception for Mark Doepker's solo exhibition, In the Meantime at The Art House. The exhibition features drawings, paintings and wall sculptures. more...

Theater Queen City Theatre Company's newest production, Altar Boyz, looks to be a holy helluva good time. Be prepared to gaze upon a boy band that dishes out songs about Christianity instead of booty. more...

SATURDAY, AUGUST 8

Julius Caesar

McGlohon Theatre

Collaborative Arts presents free performances of Mista William Shakespeare’s political thriller Julius Caesar at McGlohon Theatre.

• Music Carolina natives, The Avett Brothers will bring their rootsy, bluegrass rockin’ vibes back to the Q.C. for a performance at Bojangles’ Coliseum. Come out and support your local music. more...

Art Stop by Elder Gallery and check out its newest exhibit, Young–Fresh-New. It features paintings by a variety of artists from across the nation. more...

SUNDAY, AUGUST 9

Woodcut Prints by Dan Allegrucci

Lark & Key Gallery and Boutique

Lark & Key Gallery and Boutique’s exhibit Woodcut Prints by Dan Allegrucci with featured potter Ronan Peterson is cool to gaze upon. Go see it today.

Sports Charlotte Roller Girls intra-league championship at Grady Cole Center continues today with a bout between The Fraid Knots and the Block’em Sock’em Rollers. more...

Theater Delve deeper into the South by catching a performance of Grits: The Musical Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte. more...

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