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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, April 9

Bruce Bruce

Knight Theater

Comedian Bruce Bruce, host for two seasons of BET’s Comic View will swing through Charlotte for a stand-up performance at Knight Theater tonight.

Art Meet the artist during an opening reception for the new Spirits and Spaces: The Prints of Michael B. Platt exhibition at Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture this evening. more...

Special Event A special treat for car enthusiasts, The Spring Food Lion AutoFair continues today at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The event offers views of more than 50 car club displays and lots of vendors selling car parts and other memorabilia. more...

Saturday, April 10

High Anxiety

Wachovia Playhouse

The conclusion of the Main Library’s Late Hitchcock, Fake Hitchcock series will take place at ImaginOn’s Wachovia Playhouse. The film, starring Mel Brooks and Madeline Kahn is noted for its strong influences drawn from Hitchcock films, including Psycho, The Birds and Vertigo.

Benefit Fiestas are in order as The Carolinas Latin Dance Company hosts its annual Dancing Through Latin America event. The festivity offers a cultural experience with beautiful costumes and Latin dances and music, representing 16 different countries. more...

Festival The Middle East Council of the Carolinas will present its annual Middle East Festival at Queens University today. The fest showcases the many diverse cultures of the Middle East with arts and crafts, music, dance and food. more...

Sunday, April 11

Author Randi Davenport

Park Road Books

Though the Q.C. and surrounding area recently had an encounter with some tornado activity, local N.C. author Randi Davenport's new book, The Boy Who Loved Tornadoes, isn't about the weather, but rather it funnels into the territory of mental illness. The book, a memoir based on Davenport's own experiences with her mentally ill son, is emotional and real, capturing the destructive course disease can have on a family. Davenport will be discussing and signing copies of the book at Park Road Books today.

Theater Performances of The Piano Lesson, a play by August Williams about an economically struggling family’s decision over whether or not to sell a piano that’s been passed down for generations, continue at CPCC’s Pease Auditorium this afternoon. more...

Music Charlotte Arts Catalyst will hold its fundraiser at Snug Harbor tonight. The evening includes performances by Jeremiah & the Howling Owls, Fat Camp and Bob Fields. more...

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