Weekender, July 2-4

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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, July 2

Aotearoa: Land of the Long White Cloud

Green Rice Gallery

Green Rice Gallery’s new exhibition Aotearoa: Land of the Long White Cloud – featuring a colorful showcase of acrylic paintings by Jay Thompson, who was inspired by a backpacking trip across the New Zealand – opens with a reception tonight.

Benefit Tonight at Closet Nightclub, folks are encouraged to dress in their nighttime best for Positive Pajama Party. And though comfy clothes and zzz’s go hand in hand, don’t even think about falling asleep. There will be enough entertainment to keep you wide-awake, including a performance by comedian Dave Martin and more. Proceeds from the event are for a good cause and benefit Artists And Angels Against Aids/HIV outreach programs. more...

Party Kick off the Independence Day festivities with Red, White & Bam at The Scorpio. There will be a fabulous divas show, featuring a sexiest patriotic underwear contest and free cookout. more...

Saturday, July 3

The Bad and the Beautiful

ImaginOn’s Wachovia Playhouse

The Bad and the Beautiful: 8 Films by Vincente Minnelli continues Saturday with a screening of 1952’s The Bad and the Beautiful, with Kirk Douglas heading a terrific cast (including Lana Turner, Dick Powell and the great Gloria Grahame) in this absorbing tale about a ruthless Hollywood producer. The picture went 5-for-6 at the Academy Awards (only Best Actor nominee Douglas lost out), with its major victories going to Best Supporting Actress (Grahame) and Best Screenplay.

Festival Spend your Fourth of July at the US National Whitewater Center during its two-day festival. It includes activities for the whole family, live music from Acoustic Syndicate, Eric Lindel and Simplified, and a fireworks display. more...

Music In honor of Independence Day join the Charlotte Symphony for its free “Celebrate America” concert at Symphony Park this evening. more...

Sunday, July 4

This Is It: 4th of July Shindig

The Forum

Yes, we know The Forum is officially closed, but they’re opening their doors for the This Is It: 4th of July Shindig. The special event features the legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff to spin an eclectic mix of hip-hop, soul, rock and whatever else he damn-well pleases.

Festival Red, White, and Boom is a daylong celebration that offers loads of activities, games and prizes for children (and adults), as well as food, music and fireworks — simulcast with music tracks provided by WKKT 96.9 Kat Country. more...

Music In celebration of the 4th of July, Penguin Drive-In presents its 10th Annual Pig Pickin’ with food, cold drinks and live music from Appalucia, Parodi Kings, Truckstop Preachers, Andy the Doorbum and The Flat Tires. more...

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