Weekender, July 23-25

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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 23

The Great American Trailer Park

Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte

Trash is sizzling in Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte’s musical, The Great American Trailer Park. Set in Florida’s Armadillo Acres trailer park, this comedy fuses an entertaining dose of drama and vulgarity. When a stripper moves in and disturbs an already disturbed agoraphobic neighbor (who’s obsessed with Dr. Phil) and her hubby, it’s time to lay down the law ... redneck style. This could get ugly, don’t y’all think?

Comedy Those seeking laughter should roll into Prevue Music Hall tonight for another one of Charlotte Comedy Theater’s improv showdowns. Be prepared to get involved too, as the show feeds off of audience participation. more...

Theater Join local actors this evening in NoDa (on N. Davidson Street, between Solstice Tavern and Salvador Deli) for a performance of Can Lady Liberty Save the Day? — a short play by Glenn Hutchinson, expressing concern about the new Arizona immigration law and the possibility of similar legislation spreading to NC. more...

Saturday, July 24

Charlotte Caribbean Festival and Parade

Uptown Charlotte

Island life sweeps into the Q.C. during the Charlotte Caribbean Festival and Parade. Obviously the sand and sea are lacking, but the event does aim at touching on other forms of the Caribbean lifestyle. It includes a parade, family activities, live music (including steel pan), limbo, arts and crafts and authentic Caribbean food.

Music Live music leaves the traditional confines of concert halls and clubs in Charlotte to take the “stage” at some of the city’s most frequented hair boutiques as part of The Barbershop and Salon Tour. Organized by the Q.C.-based firm Y2 Management, the tour will showcase up-and-coming local artists — such as the award-winning poet Bluz and R&B/hip-hop vocalist Quill, among others. The fun starts today at No Grease (Uptown); show up to get yourself a cut and a concert. more...

Music House music fans unite at Dharma Lounge tonight as Chicago native DJ Colette spins. This blonde-haired songstress— known for singing over her mixes — offers up a twist to the average modern dance music plays. more...

Sunday, July 25

Sweeney Todd: The School Edition

Theatre Charlotte

So, how 'bout a shave? Theatre Charlotte's Student Theatre Guild presents a performance of Sweeney Todd: The School Edition today. Based on Hugh Wheeler's book and Stephen Sondheim's musical, this thriller follows a barbaric barber (Sweeney) who returns to 19th century London for revenge against a judge who ruined his life. When Sweeney meets the thrifty pie shop owner (Mrs. Lovett), they create success through crime and take the town by storm with meat pies.

Music Athens-based psychedelic rock act Dead Confederate stops in at Visulite Theatre for a performance tonight. You can expect to hear some new tunes from the bands upcoming disc Sugar. With Deer Tick. more...

Food This weekend is your last chance to savor a three-course meal for $30 at participating upscale restaurants in Charlotte and the surrounding area during Queen’s Feast: Charlotte Restaurant Week. Don’t miss out on this tasty opportunity. more...

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