Weekender, Feb. 3-5



Check out these events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area this weekend— as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

Friday, Feb. 3
Natasha Legerro
The Comedy Zone
Don’t get comedian Natasha Legerro started on the women’s movement. She’s pissed about having to work, while her female predecessors got a free pass. And forget having babies. “Having a baby is like a D.U.I. from the universe,” she says. Legerro, who has been a regular on Chelsea Lately, Reno 911! and Comedy Central, is also music critic. Not really, but she’ll give her two cents on the absurdity of hip-hop, country and whatever else she hears on the radio.

Arts Is it just me or is NoDaRioty's All Arts Market not a great place to shop? The congregation of local artists and craftmakers selling affordable goods — paintings, jewelry, pottery, clothing, soaps, lotions and more — is an easy solution to gift giving. And, just a reminder: Valentines Day is right around the corner. More...

Music Bechtler Museum of Modern Art's Jazz at the Bechtler series is setting the tone for this month with ballads. The show, Jazz is for Lovers will feature The Ziad Jazz quartet performing a roster of romantic songs — like Sarah Vaughan's "You Don't Know What Love Is," Stevie Wonder's "All in Love is Fair" — by composers moved by the sentiment of love. More...

Saturday, Feb. 4
Bon Bons & Bubbly
BLT Steak
Chocolate is all over the shelves for Valentines Day, a holiday that can be romantic or dreadful (depending on who you're spending it with or if you’re flying solemnly solo). BLT Steak's Bon Bons & Bubbly isn't on V-Day, but is timely enough to serve as a sweet thing to do for sugary indulgences. At the event, hosted by pastry chef Rachael Burns, participants will learn how to concoct delish desserts like chocolate cake, chocolate mousse, chocolate bon bons and truffles. A specialty chocolate martini demonstration is also available. Mmm ... doesn't that sound tempting?

Music When Tool announced they’d be hitting the road in early 2012, fans everywhere sweated with nervous anticipation that there might be some new tunes to be heard and shook in the hope that they wouldn’t be playing the same setlist, again. While much of the band’s set will be what they’ve played for five years running, they are mixing in a few older songs such as “Ticks & Leeches,” “Hooker with a Penis” and “Pushit.” ... and the fans collectively sigh. More...

Special Event The Main Library's Extra! Extra!: Celebrating the Newspaper Picture film series continues this week with a screening of 1952's Deadline — U.S.A. The crime drama stars Humphrey Bogart as Ed Hutcheson, an editor whose job is in danger as circulation dips and his publisher plans to sell. In a final effort to capture readers (and a criminal), he sets out to wallop the front page with a story on the city's most notorious gangster. More...

Sunday, Feb. 5
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
The Chop Shop
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog was conceived by Joss Whedon during a Writers Guild of America strike. Whedon, who wanted to do something professional yet inexpensive, was able to round up a few actors — including Neil Patrick Harris (starring as a wannabe supervillain named Dr. Horrible), Nathan Fillion (as Dr. Horrible’s rival, Captain Hammer) and Felicia Day (as a mutual love interest of the two enemies) — for the musical mini web series. And voila! An Internet sensation was born. Local theater troupe Citizens of the Universe performs its own version of the tragi-comedy at The Chop Shop.

Music John Alfred’s one-man band, Henry’s Rifle hammers out raw Americana playing mostly banjo along with harmonica, guitar, heaps of foot-stompin’ and plenty roots-drenched howling. Alfred’s messy mix of blues, country, folk and hillbilly can be raucous or surprisingly sublime. Whether taking the banjo for a pleasant stroll or strumming it into a runaway train, the harp whistling along, this is backcountry music that’s at home anywhere Alfred hunkers down and straps on the strings. Performing at Milestone with Blackwater Redemption and the Slaughterhouse Chorus. More...

Food Those in need of a baleada or pupusa fix should head over to Copán Restaurant. The eatery offers common fillings like cheese (pupusa de queso), and pork and cheese (pupusas de revueltas) in addition to pupusa loroco, a mix of cheese and loroco - a pungent tropical flower bud similar in looks to the tip of an asparagus. More...

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