Weekender, Oct. 7-9

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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, October 7
Lost x Found Exhibit
Expada Bicycles
Local surreal artist Scott Partridge tries to keep track of his works, but over the years, certain pieces have disappeared. In his musings over where they might have ended up, Partridge came up with the idea for his latest show, Lost x Found. The exhibit features recreated past-time art by Partridge. A new massive painting with folks from Partridge’s Facebook page will also be on display. Take it from someone who’s already seen it, it’s pretty darn impressive. Opening reception tonight, from 6 p.m.-9 p.m.

Theater Imagining skaters inside the confines of the rather tight Duke Energy Theatre is a little bit far out — until you consider Queen City Theatre Company is behind it all. In its latest production of Xanadu The Musical, there will be wheels, squeals and ’80s flashbacks. For those unfamiliar with the cult classic that starred the lovely Olivia Newton-John, the flick follows the journey of a magical Greek muse who journeys from the heavens of Mount Olympus to Venice Beach. And the cause for such travel? To inspire a struggling artist to follow his dreams of opening a roller disco. More...

Benefit Hospitality House of Charlotte — a nonprofit organization that provides affordable lodging for families who are undergoing medical treatment — wants folks to take off their dressy clothes, throw on some pajamas and come on over to Pavilion at EpiCentre to help them raise money. The event, PJs For A Cause, welcomes sleepwear-clad partygoers with a night of music (DJ Jazze Jime and On The Border, an Eagles tribute band) and jammie contests for “Most Creative,” “Best Couple,” and “Sexiest.” More...

Saturday, October 8
Weird Al Yankovic
Ovens Auditorium
Just when you thought the release of a new Weird Al Yankovic album was bleak comes Alpocalypse. The new disc, Yankovic's first full-length studio album in five years, brings destruction to the pop landscape with parodies of popular radio-friendly numbers. This includes "Perform This Way" (based off of Lady Gaga's "Born This Way"), "TMZ" (based off of Taylor Swift's "You Belong with Me"), "Party in the CIA" (based off of Miley Cyrus' "Party in the U.S.A.") and other mainstream tunes all headed for hilarious impending doom.

Special Event Beer, beer and more beer is pretty much the mantra for the 2011 Charlotte Oktoberfest. Folks with a fancy for bubbling brews can taste (sip or chug) samples from notable breweries known for their crafting. Food (brats, hot dogs, pretzels) should be consumed with care. The more you eat, the more you drink. Just be careful not to overdo it, so that you don’t end up spending the majority of your time by the toilet. Live entertainment and games (table tennis, foosball, corn hole and others) in Creative Loafing’s own Beerlympic Village. More...

Music Shot Silk has only been performing for a few months, but this Charlotte rock quartet is already developing a solid stage presence. Singer Katie Dunn has a comfortable approach to her performances while guitarist Hayley Lakeman drives forth the tunes with Tool-like riffs soaked in a hint of blues. If it’s this good already, I can’t wait to see how they continue to develop down the road. With Mego and Greevace at Neighborhood Theatre. More...

Sunday, October 9
Latino Americano Festival
Symphony Park
Charlotte’s Festival Latino Americano has the reputation of overdoing it, with its massive gathering of Latino talents. Visual artists, dancers, food (lots of vendors make it hard to choose what to munch on, so be sure to bring extra cash) and music thrive at this cultural fiesta. This year’s line-up of bands includes the likes of Xperimento (pictured), Jose Conde and Aterciopelados, along with many more throughout the day. And it’s only $5 to get in. Can you say bargain in Spanish?

Food The menu at Krazy Fish is scattered, but the focus is intentional. Thus, Louisiana Creole and Pad Thai are together with pho and gumbo, lemongrass curry and Southern fried fish. Tacos are a dominant feature on the menu and are served on either corn or flour tortillas with a choice of salsas, including tomato, banana, papaya, tomatillo, blueberry tamarind, and honey yogurt with chipotle and lime. More...

Theater Love is in the air for Davidson Community Players. In its latest production of Love Letters, folks can see for themselves. The show emphasizes the poetic connection between the written and spoken word, as letters between two longtime friends reveal how much they really care for one another. More...

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