Best Bets March 2008
Hail to the King
Legends aren't born overnight. And eighty-two-year-old B.B. King has been a legendary blues man for longer than most of us can remember. The iconic singer-songwriter has recorded 150 albums and won fourteen Grammy Awards in his six-decade career. He was also one of the first artists inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and Rolling Stone ranked him third on its list of "Greatest Guitarists of All Time" (he can thank Lucille). Showing no signs of slowing down, he is also about to release a new live album.
March 31, Belk Theater
There was Frank. There was Dean. And now there's Michael Bublé, who is bringing timeless style and classic crooning to a new generation. Not to mention he’s appealing to an older crowd who may long for the Rat Pack days. The Canadian’s popularity soared after his second album release in 2005, which featured the hit song "Home." The multiplatinum and Grammy-nominated Bublé, a favorite in Hollywood who appears on numerous soundtracks, will perform songs off his third studio release, Call Me Irresponsible.
March 18, Charlotte Bobcats Arena
From the Book
The Diary of Anne Frank is not a joyful tale, although through Anne we learn the lesson of staying hopeful through the most dire circumstances. Theatre Charlotte presents for the first time this moving tale of the teenager and her family, who hide from the Nazis in the Netherlands before being taken to concentration camps during World War II. Wendy Kesselman adapted this updated version of the play by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett. It’s being directed by Ron Law and will feature local actors.
March 20-30, Theatre Charlotte
L’chaim for Film
In its fourth year, the Charlotte Jewish Film Festival features eight films, displaying Jewish life in all its complex varieties. Of note is the Rape of Europa, a documentary narrated by Joan Allen that chronicles the systematic looting and destruction of Europe's artistic treasures by Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich. This film is shown in a prefestival screening on February 26 at the Mint Museum of Art and again on March 6 at the Levine Jewish Community Center. Other films include Souvenirs, 39 Pounds of Love, and What a Wonderful Place.
March 1-8, Various Locations