Weekender, Aug. 19-21

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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, Aug. 19
Neighborhood/Already, Not Yet
Gallery Up

Rock Hill artist Dominique Verechia has been busy. Her latest exhibit at Gallery Up includes two collections of work that she's completed over the past two years. Neighborhood was inspired by place and community, while Already, Not Yet is described as an "internal journey about endurance, refinement, and potential." Verechia uses mixed media and polymer lift to create colorful, refreshing patterns on her works.

Music There's something about listening to good American music on sizzling summer nights, knocked back with a steady supply of chilled brews. It warms the spirit. Raleigh's Kennebec is a country-rock combo playing such full-bodied, tightly composed Americana. Their colorful tales would comfortably occupy any roots-leaning watering hole. More...

Film The summer Movies Under The Stars series at Symphony Park continues this evening with games, activities and live music at 7 p.m. Of course, the main event, a screening of Despicable Me, will follow. More...

Saturday, Aug. 20
Charlotte Ice Cream Festival
Independence Park
While it’s still nice and toasty outside, why not dedicate a day to cooling down with sweet frozen delights? At the Charlotte Ice Cream Festival, folks can indulge in more than 20 different flavors of ice cream by brands such as Haagen-Dazs, Ben & Jerry’s, Edy’s, Breyer’s/Good Humor, Bassett’s, Turkey Hill and Jack & Jill. And to go with the ice cream, cookies, cakes, brownies, pies and toppings will be provided. A portion of the proceeds raised from the fest goes to Liver Cancer and Back To School Supplies.

Nightlife In the mood for bondage and S&M? Single Cell Productions returns with Purgatory: Second Circle, Sins of Lust. The party features fetish performers Djinn the NyteChyld, Vivica Hallow, J. Vulgarity, Yokai & Oni and Beautiful Sin, as well as an interactive playground (on the second floor for VIP ticketholders) with Pet, Mystrys Amy, Sheppard and the one and only Dr. Spankenstein. Whips, candle wax and a whole lot more is offered up to those with a prescription for pain. And for those who just want to spin a glowstick and move, the dance floor will be open with DJs Spider, Harkonnen and Architech spinning up a mix of electronic/dark wave/industrial music throughout the night. More...

Arts The Q.C.'s newest art gallery, Genome is hosting an exhibit on ... chickens. More than 15 artists submitted works for the showcase after being given one word on which to base a single piece. Not sure why the feathered fowls were chosen, but the results are pretty damn impressive. During the reception, gourmet cupcakes will be provided by FuManChu Cupcakes and a snack dish from Valhalla Pub & Eatery. More...

Sunday, Aug. 21
Sai Musiq Jazz Series
Petra's Piano Bar & Cabaret
Sundays in Charlotte now offer one more reason for local jazz fans to get happy — that’s when the Q.C.-based promoter/musician known as Sai serves up her Sai Musiq Jazz Series. This weekly live music event presents hometown and national acts playing straight-up and cutting edge jazz sounds in an intimate environment. Moreover, Sai has been responsible for bringing some big-name jazz acts to town in the last year — such as Branford Marsalis and The Robert Glasper Experiment — and that means you never know who could pop in the joint at any given moment.

Music Hard to believe that My Morning Jacket has never made its way onto a Charlotte stage, but longtime fans are well aware of it and have been clamoring for a show for years. That time has finally come. One can expect a good variety of music from the Jim James-fronted rock band, and a good taste of its sixth studio album, Circuital. With Neko Case at Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre. More...

Theater Head off to see the wizard today, as Hopewell High School presents performances of The Wiz. The production follows the adventures of Dorothy — a shy Harlem teacher, not a farm gal — who finds herself magically transported to the Land of Oz, which oddly enough resembles New York City. More...

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