Weekender, Sept. 16-18

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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, Sept. 16
Lovestruck ¡Pancho!
Mint Museum Uptown
The red carpet will be rolled out for the premiere of Lovestruck ¡Pancho!, a local production that was (take a deep breath) written, directed, produced, shot and edited by Duncan St. Clair. Boasting a cast whose members have roots in numerous countries (Chile, China and Peru among them), Lovestruck ¡Pancho!, described by St. Clair as “being as much a community movement as an independent film,” showcases various recognizable locations throughout its running time, including Freedom Park, Loft 1523 and Dressler’s Restaurant.

Festival The crooning sounds of saxophones resonate through Uptown Charlotte as during the two-day Sunset Jazz Festival. It kicks off with a performance by composer/guitarist Earl Klugh at Knight Theater. The longtime smooth jazz picker hasn’t released new material since 2008’s The Spice of Life, but judging from his history in the music biz (he’s earned a number Grammy awards and nominations), he’s got plenty of material to keep a concert going for hours. Day two of the fest is held outdoors with local and regional jazz artists Reggie Sullivan, Innertwyned, Buff Dillard, The Brubakers and more. More...

Special Event New Belgium Brewing has crafted up a way for folks to drink for a good cause. The result is Clips of Faith, an event screening short (10 minutes or less) films and selling specialty beers by the brewery to raise money for charities and organizations across the United States. The tours stop at Independence Park in Charlotte is a fundraiser for the U.S. National Whitewater Center. More...

Saturday, Sept. 17
The Carolina Wing Festival: Road to Buffalo 2011 Tour
Metrolina Tradeshow Expo
Whether you like your wings fiery hot or mild, crispy or original, slathered in barbecue and honey mustard or simply sprinkled in pepper and dunked into ranch dressing, one thing’s for sure: You’re going to get a little messy. Needless to say, The Carolina Wing Festival: Road To Buffalo 2011 Tour will be stocked with napkins as participating local area restaurants serve up their own flavorful spins on wings in a battle for a chance at competing in The National Buffalo Wing Festival. Live entertainment and contests (Carolina wing eating, bobbing for wings, hot wing eating) will go on throughout the day. Watch out for stains.

Theater Actors Scene Unseen presents performances of its Crystal Ballroom: The Musical today at Booth Playhouse. The storyline follows a ballroom dance studio that is busy as instructors and students prepare for the competition of a lifetime. It’s inspired by the music and lyrics of rock legend Joe Jackson. More...

Music Taking place at venues around the N.C. Music Factory, Live Out Loud is an all-day music festival featuring a number of local and regional bands as a benefit for Samaritan’s Feet and Charlotte’s Free Store. Among those performing are Paper Tongues, Campbell the Band, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Sequoyah Prep School, The Hot Gates, The Local Traumatic, S.O. Stereo, The Jupiter Tide, Transmission Fields, Carson and more. More...

Sunday, Sept. 18
Che Gaucho Argentine & Uruguay Grill
4724 Old Pineville Road
What counts most at here is the friendly service, the piquancy of the superb garlicky chimichurri, and the savory, less-expensive cuts of beef. One of the highlights of the menu is the stellar selection of appetizers.

Special Event Follow your agricultural calling during the Know Your Farms: Charlotte Area Farm Tour, which continues today. In its third year, the event features participating farms in Charlotte and the surrounding area. Each farm offers tours, as well as its own locally produced food. Some will also have cooking demonstrations, meals, hayrides, farm animal petting zones and other activities. More...

Comedy Whether you buy into the hypno hype or not, Nashville-based comedian Rich Guzzi wants you in a trance. His show Psycho Hypnosis is filled with luring stage rituals — including heavily interactive games — that unleash the inner foolishness of willing (we hope) participants. More...

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