ARTS: 10 Things You Can’t Miss in November 2018
One Man Star Wars Trilogy
At Booth Playhouse, Charles Ross performs a condensed version of three Star Wars films without costumes, sets, props, and most notably, any other actors.
An Interactive Photography Exhibition at the Gantt
Through March 2
Hank Willis Thomas: What We Ask Is Simple is one of the exhibitions at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture this fall. Thomas manipulates archival photos and screenprints them on retroreflective vinyl. The resulting work is best seen in the dark with a provided flashlight in hand to reveal the details of the piece. In one work, the words on protest signs appear when a light is pointed toward it; on another, a sparse crowd becomes packed. The reflective technology is the same used on street signs.
Art Terms Defined: Mixed-Media
Through November 30
Works from Rachel Meginnes and Thomas Schmidt are on exhibit in the show MAKE/SHIFT at Hodges Taylor Art Consultancy. Meginnes’ work offers an example of “mixed-media” paintings. This term refers to using various forms of media in a single piece of work. A single painting by Meginnes may use fabrics, thread, classical paint, and other visual materials.
By the Numbers: John Cleese
When Cleese comes to Ovens Auditorium this month, he brings six decades of comedy experience to Charlotte. Get to know the Monty Python co-founder better with these facts:
79: Cleese’s age. He and the rest of “The Pythons” formed their beloved troupe in the late 1960s when Cleese was 29.
$7,541,965,259: The worldwide box office sum for the 50 films in which Cleese has acted.
12: Episodes in Fawlty Towers, a British sitcom in the 1970s that garnered multiple BAFTA awards. Cleese starred, co-wrote, and co-created the show.
Framing an Argument at the Bechtler
Through February 17
Framing It!, on display at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, explores how framing and other decisions add both value and context to a piece of art. “Many factors must be weighed when exhibiting a work of art, from framing to installation to critical contextualization,” the museum says. “A clumsy frame can transform a masterpiece into a visual offense while an elegant one can elevate an average picture into a showstopper.”
Playlist: Infinite Indie
Alternative listeners have lots of options for indie rock shows this month. We’ve narrowed it down to these five:
1. “The Night Comes Again” – St. Lucia
(The Underground, November 2)
2. “Ellipsis” – Hectorina
(Snug Harbor, November 3)
3. “Hands on the Radio” – The Weeks
(Visulite Theatre, November 8)
4. “Telescope” – Dawes
(The Underground, November 14)
5. “Honey Moon” – Mac DeMarco
(McGlohon Theater, November 20)