Fall Arts Preview

On the table below, find our informed guide to the upcoming cultural events you need to know about, conveniently charted from highbrow to lowbrow.


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SEPTEMBER   
 2FIRST TUESDAY CONCERT SERIES
Seven talented musicians do Beethoven in a glorious setting. And it's free. St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 704-335-0009.
 
 4 TIFT MERRITT
Rootsy Chapel Hill singer/songwriter brings pathos and pipes to the Visulite. $16. 704-358-9200, www.visulite.com.
 5 ZZ TOP & BROOKS AND DUNN
The bearded blues-rockers go country, and the country hit-making duo goes rock. With Rodney Atkins. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. $25 and up. 704-549-5555, www.livenation.com
 11 SITCOMS LIVE!
Collaborative Arts spoofs/honors cheesy '70s and '80s sitcoms, complete with all-original commercial breaks by sketch comics Robot Johnson. Through 9/21. Duke Energy Theatre. $15. 704-372-1000, www.carolinatix.org
 12MOZART & MAHLER
Charlotte Symphony Orchestra rides the ol' war horses yet again. Christof Perick conducts. Through 9/13. 704-972-2000. www.charlottesymphony.org 
 
 18

TIMELESS BALLETS BY BALANCHINE
NCDT does the gorgeous Balanchine ballets as well as any company in the country. Through 9/20. www.ncdance.org

DRIVE BY TRUCKERS
Lyrical Southern rockers are intense in a bar-band sort of way. Amos' Southend. $22. www.amossouthend.com

CHARLOTTE FASHION WEEK
Inaugural event features models and clothes and seminars and shows. And models. And CLT native and Project Runway contestant Carmen Webber, right. Through 9/20 (it's a short week). www.charlottencfashionweek.com
 19 AMERICAN ZOMBIE
The Light Factory presents a retrospective, screenings, and more on the work of George Romero, director of the zombie-riffic film Night of the Living Dead. Through 9/21. $20. www.zombiestakecharlotte.com
 24 THE LIEUTENANT OF INISHMORE
Actor's Theatre does Martin McDonagh's black comedy about an Irish terrorist and his murdered cat. Through 10/11. $25. 704-342-2251, www.actorstheatrecharlotte.org
 25CHARLOTTE FILM FESTIVAL
All of a sudden there are a lot of local film festivals. This is the best one. Through 9/28. $6. www.charlottefilmfestival.com
 
 26 PETER PAN
The wizards at Children's Theatre put their magical touch on the show about the little boy with the flying fairy friend. Through 10/26. $18. www.ctcharlotte.org
 27 CHARLOTTE SHOUT CULINARY ARTS EXPERIENCE
Two days of eating and drinking, interrupted by guest appearances by celebrity chefs and the occasional cheerleader. Through 9/27. Free.
www.charlotteshout.com
 30 MOTHER LOAD
This one-woman show about being a mom inaugurates Blumenthal's new Stage Door Theater. The jokes are funny because they are SO TRUE! Through 10/26. $29.50-$34.50. 704-372-1000, www.carolinatix.org
 OCTOBER  
 2  SCOTT TUROW
The Midwestern John Grisham speaks and reads. ImaginOn. $15. www.novellofestival.org
 4ANDY WARHOL PORTFOLIOS: LIFES AND LEGENDS
A selection of classic Warhol portraits, demonstrating how even lowbrow pop culture icons can become high art. Through Feb. 15, 2009. Mint Museum. $6. 704-337-2000, www.mintmuseum.org
 
 7 TRACES
A sort of lowbrow Cirque du Soleil, but with more percussion, inhabits McGlohon Theater for six weeks. Through 11/16. $29.50-$44.50. www.carolinatix.org
 9 LYLE LOVETT AND JOHN HIATT
The venerable Texan singer-songwriters can tell a story with a voice and a guitar like few others. Belk Theater. $34.50-$64.50. www.carolinatix.org
 10 JANE MONHEIT
She sings crooner classics, and she looks pretty doing it. With the Charlotte Symphony. Halton Theatre. www.carolinatix.org
 11DAVID SEDARIS
The acerbic pseudo-memoirist drops by to read. Again. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. $25-$59. www.ticketmaster.com
 
 14 SECOND CITY TOURING CO.
They're funny! And they make it up as they go along! Booth Playhouse. $29.50-$34.50. www.carolinatix.org
 15KHALED HOSSEINI
Hero to a thousand book clubs and author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns does the Novello thing. Ovens Auditorium. $15-$35. www.novellofestival.org
 
 16

INTO THE MYSTIC
Photographers and filmmakers play with their one essential element: light. 9/14-Jan. 4, 2009 (opening reception 10/16). The Light Factory. Free. www.lightfactory.org

THE DAY OF SMALL THINGS
A mid-career retrospective of Michael Wilson, known for his stark portraits of musicians (like Lyle Lovett, pictured). 9/18-Jan. 4, 2009 (opening reception 10/16). The Light Factory. Free. www.lightfactory.org

 
 17 HARVEY PEKAR AND ALISON BECHDEL
Pekar (American Splendor) and Bechdel (Dykes to Watch Out For, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic) are gods in the graphic novel world. At least as far as you know. ImaginOn. $15. www.novellofestival.org
 18FAUST
Opera Carolina opens the season with the can't-miss Faust. Also 10/23 and 10/26. Belk Theater. $20-$125. www.carolinatix.org
 
 21CAROLINA WRITERS' NIGHT
Davidson grad John Hart, author of the excellent legal yarns King of Lies and Down River, headlines this celebration of local and regional writers. ImaginOn. Free. www.novellofestival.org
 
 23 DAVID ALLEN COE
Aggressively Southern country western singer and songwriter Coe draws frat types and bikers alike. Neighborhood Theatre. $20, $25. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com
 27SAVION GLOVER'S BARE SOUNDZ
The tap master makes beautiful noise with his feet. Belk Theater. $25-$55. 704-372-1000, www.carolinatix.org
 
 30

INNOVATIVE WORKS
For many, this trio of new works is the highlight of NCDT's season. Through 11/8. www.ncdance.org

NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK
Yes. Really. No, seriously. We know. We can't believe it, either. Time Warner Cable Arena. $35-$75. www.ticketmaster.com
 31SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE
Thierry Fischer conducts the CSO and the Oratorio Singers in this exploration of the high and low of French music. Also 11/1. Belk Theater. 704-372-1000, www.carolinatix.org
 
 NOVEMBER  
 5LAST NIGHT AT BALLYHOO
Tim Ross directs Alfred Uhry's Tony-winning play about Atlanta German-Jewish elites oblivious to Hitler's machinations. Through 11/16. Theatre Charlotte. $10-$21. www.carolinatix.org
THE BLACK CROWES
One of the greatest Southern rock and roll bands of all time (that's right, we said it) plays two dates in an intimate space. Check eBay for tix. Also 11/7. Neighborhood Theatre. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com
 9 DUNCAN SHEIK
…performs music from edgy Broadway sensation Spring Awakening. McGlohon Theatre. $24.50-$34.50. 704-372-1000, www.carolinatix.org
 11
CHICAGO
Because one simply cannot get enough razzle nor dazzle. Through 11/16. Belk Theater. www.carolinatix.org
 12

HAMLET
Davidson opens its renovated Cunningham Fine Arts Building with Hamlet. Through 11/22. $4-$8. www.davidson.edu

RABBIT HOLE
Actor's Theatre takes on David Lindsay-Abbaire's 2007 Pulitzer-winning drama about a family coping with a terrible loss. Through 11/29. $24-$29. www.actorstheatrecharlotte.org 

 
 14GLASS, RAVEL, BERNSTEIN
The Charlotte Symphony goes multimedia for these concerts: Warhol images paired with Philip Glass's String Symphony Number 3, Bernstein's score paired with scenes from Life on the Waterfront, and more. Halton Theater. Also 11/15 at Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson. $20. 704-372-1000, www.carolinatix.org
 
 21 

SQUONK OPERA: CHARLOTTE THE OPERA
It's like an opera mixed with Stomp and a roast, with local images and artists stirred in. Or something. Looks fun, though. McGlohon Theatre. $24-$34. 704-372-1000, www.carolinatix.org .

KELLY CLARKSON
The GRAMMY-winner belts out her post-Idol tunes. With Reba McEntire. Time Warner Cable Arena. $49.50-$59.50. www.ticketmaster.com

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
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