Weekender, Dec. 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, Dec. 16
Koolhaas Houselife

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
The Architecture + Film series continues at Bechtler Museum of Modern Art with a screening of the documentary, Koolhaas Houselife this Friday. The film focuses on the renowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, while taking viewers on a journey through his contemporary masterpiece, The House Bordeaux — designed in 1998. Personalized through stories of its caretaker Guadalupe Acedo and other maintenance workers, the quarters make for an interesting documentary. A short presentation and discussion follows the screening.

Comedy Wearing a poncho to Neighborhood Theatre tonight is a good idea, unless that is, you don’t mind being splashed with fruits and other flying material as Gallagher goes spastic with his sledgehammer (better known as the “sledge-o-matic”). The comedian has more than 30 years in the biz of stand-up and his acts don’t require smashing things, though they’re far more entertaining that way. Front rows of the audience will be protected with plastic sheeting. More...

Comedy Comedian Ron Feingold doesn’t stick to the usual stand-up routine. He’s been known to joke about whatever he feels like, give impressions of heyday cartoon characters and more importantly sing — a cappella-style with looping layered vocals. Though he’s not horrific at stretching the ol’ vocal chords, the whole process combined with a surprising selection of covers is what really makes the show entertaining. More...

Saturday, Dec. 17
Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey

The Light Factory and Hodges Taylor Art Consultancy
It’s no secret that Elmo is one of the most iconic muppets in the biz. The furry fire engine red character rules the toy aisles. No surprise, his giggles can be rather annoying after one too many presses of the tummy, but they can also be a blessing in disguise for intoxicating children — and that’s all thanks to a man you’ve probably never even heard of: Mr. Kevin Clash. The Light Factory’s First Run Film series’ screening of Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey is an insightful documentary into Clash’s journey. You’ll find out how he got to Sesame Street and hear interviews with celebrities — Frank Oz, Rosie O’Donnell, Whoopi Goldberg, Carroll Spinney, more — on the matter. You may want to hug someone after it’s all said and done. Just remember, “Elmo loves you.”

Art Culture Initiative is doing it big for its three-year anniversary/3D Art Showcase. Installations, sculptures and other mixed media by local artists — including Joel Tracey and the Arthur brothers (head honchos of the artsy org), Sharon Dowell, Scott Partridge, Carlleena Person, Erich Moffitt, Henry Schreiber and John Hairston Jr. and a whole bunch of others that we haven’t the room to list — line a 5,000-square-foot space. In addition to the showcase, you can expect live DJs and bands, live paintings, a photo booth, interactive photo shoot and a bar stocked with wine, beer and other bevs. More...

Music As the music community is saddened by the sudden loss last week of Rodney Lanier, it remains steadfast in its efforts to support the memory of one of its most talented members. This show’s going to have a bit of seasonal flair as a number of local musicians have been teaming up to sing holiday tunes for a soon-to-be-released benefit album. Among those performing tonight are The Aqualads, Benji Hughes and others. More...

Sunday, Dec. 18
Chaps! A Jingle, Jangle Christmas

Actors Theater of Charlotte
Cowboys and Christmas go hand in hand over at Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte, where Chaps! A Jingle, Jangle Christmas has taken the stage to lasso your spirits silly for the holidays. Set during a Christmas in 1944, the musical follows an evening of chaos and surprise, as a radio station gears up for its big holiday broadcast. In a nutshell: A popular cowboy named Tex Riley and his troupe of entertainers are scheduled to appear, but well ... don’t. In an act of desperation, a frantic radio producer hands the scripts off to some offbeat folks who make an unpredicted ripple in the radio waves.

Food The Turkish-styled grilled beef kabobs are quite delicious, as are the shish kafta with remarkably fresh tzatziki sauce at Troy Mediterranean Grill. Save room for homemade desserts like baklava and kataifi. More...

Theater The holidays just wouldn't be nearly as exciting without spooky, feel-good classics like Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. In its fifth year, Theatre Charlotte stages the magical tale of a cold-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge, who gets much more than a lump of coal for his bad behavior. The ghost of his late partner Jacob Marley and the spirits of Past, Present and Future Christmas pay him a visit - yikes! He sure was naughty. More...


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