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FRIDAY MAY 28

Die Roten Punkte

Booth Playhouse

Move over Spinal Tap, Die Roten Punkte is on your tail. Visiting the Q.C. for performances at Booth Playhouse, this German electro-synth pop duo — comprised of Berliners, Otto and Astrid Rot — is prepared to rock audiences into a rage of humor-driven hysteria. Take one look at their music video, “Ich Bin Nicht Ein Roboter (I’m A Lion)” at www.dierotenpunkte.com, and you’ll see what I mean. This song, along with others in the group’s set, pegs a whole new meaning to ridiculous. But that’s not the only exception. Wearing white make-up and smeared red lipstick across their faces, these ausländers (aka foreigners in German) are just asking to earn the title of clowns.

Festival Food Lion Speed Street Festival continues this weekend with live entertainment, vendors and displays, food, activities for children, interactive exhibits and special meet and greets and Q&A sessions with NASCAR drivers. more...

Festival Ink-covered bodies unite at this weekend’s InkFest Live 2010 Tour. This year’s guest artists include Chuey Quintanar (of Good Time Charlie’s Tattooland in Anaheim, California), George Galindo (of World Famous House of Pain Tattoo Studio in EL Paso, Texas) and Paris Pierides (formerly of Cyprus and now residing in Charlotte where he has his own shop, Paris Tattoos & Piercings. In addition, the event features graffiti demonstrations, custom cars and bikes, plentiful vendors and live music performances. more...

SATURDAY MAY 29

Common

The Forum

The legendary MC known as Common may be a big-time movie star these days, but he hasn’t gone Hollywood. He still keeps it real and spends quality time with his fans. Take his appearance in Charlotte tonight, for example; he’ll be in town for what promises to be an “intimate evening” — celebrating the release of his latest movie Just Wright. Come out and meet/party with the rapper/actor in the flesh — as well as event host Fly Ty (of Q92.7), Power 98’s Tab D’Biasi and DJ DR.

Film There’s good news and bad news regarding the Main Library’s annual summer film series. The good news is that the theme is “The Bad and the Beautiful: 8 Films by Vincente Minnelli,” and the first title being screened in this series devoted to the Oscar-winning director is his 1944 classic Meet Me In St. Louis. The bad news is that because of the library system’s financial woes, only the first three films in the lineup have been confirmed; the status of the remaining five flicks is up in the air until further notice. For now, though, audiences can enjoy this period musical that finds the incomparable Judy Garland at her most disarming, whether engaging in a buoyant rendition of “The Trolley Song” or soothing little sister Margaret O’Brien with her peerless take on “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” more...

Food Another sushi place? What's being offered at Pisces, though, is a fairly standard roundup of typical sushi eatery items with one exception. This particular standout is on the starter list: the Okonomiyaki Japanese pancake. more...

SUNDAY MAY 30

Greg Laswell and Jimmy Gnecco

The Evening Muse

Melodic is one of the best words to describe the music of solo artists Greg Laswell and Jimmy Gnecco — both of whom will perform at The Evening Muse tonight. Laswell, whose songs have appeared on TV shows (Grey’s Anatomy, True Blood, Smallville, etc.) and in films (Confessions of a Shopaholic and My Sister’s Keeper), released his fourth studio album, titled Take A Bow, on May 4 and will headline the show. But, be sure to come early, as opener Gnecco — known better as the front man, guitarist and mastermind of the talented group Ours — is a treat. Gnecco will release his debut solo album, The Heart on July 20. If you’re like me and can’t wait until then, this is your chance to hear some of the newbie tunes. The combination of these two acts is fitting, as both offer music that’s heavily laced with melancholy and renewel.

Sports Vroom, vroom! NASCAR’s most prestigious 600 mile race, the Coca-Cola 600 takes place today at Charlotte Motor Speedway. more...

Festival This year’s Charlotte Hemp Fest Festival will feature speakers, comedians, hemp samples, food and beer and live music by Scapegoat, One Big Love, Tropic Culture and more. more...

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