Best Bets May 2008

Still on His Mind

In 2007, James Taylor headlined the inaugural concert for former New York governor Elliot Spitzer, but not all was lost that year. In October he sung the National Anthem before Game Two of the World Series at Fenway Park—and the Red Sox ended up winning the series. He also released his latest studio album, One Man Band. This year, Taylor returns to his home state of North Carolina as part of a nationwide tour.
May 29, Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

Wine, Food, and Charity

This May, take an opportunity to educate your palate, enjoy good company, and maybe help change the life of someone in the area. The Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend began in 1989 and has raised more than $2.7 million for local charities. While the event features wine tastings, food samplings, and galas all over town, the real stars are the recipients of all the good will, like the Allegro Foundation, the Charlotte Symphony, Hospitality House of Charlotte, Johnson & Wales University, and KinderMourn.
May 7-10, various locations in uptown

Audience Participation Required

One man. One play. Thirty-five characters. The Tony Award-winning I Am My Own Wife, written by Doug Wright, chronicles the life of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, an East Berlin transvestite who survived the Nazi and communist regimes. Scott Ripley reprises his roles in this remounting of the acclaimed Actor’s Theatre's 2006 production. Even though Ripley may be alone on stage, he’s counting on huge audience participation. “The audience cannot be passive; they have to be an active part of the performance or it doesn’t work,” Ripley says.
May 6-18, Booth Playhouse

Historical Significance

While music today is varied enough to offer something for everyone, we’re still hard-pressed for a good folk rocker, let alone one young enough to have a lengthy career ahead of him. Then along comes thirty-two-year-old Josh Ritter with lyrics reminiscent of Bob Dylan and a sound like a certain Boss from Jersey. Ritter’s latest studio release, the appropriately named The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter, was recorded in an eighteenth-century Maine farmhouse with lyrics paying tribute to Florence Nightingale, Calamity Jane, and Joan of Arc.
May 1, Visulite Theatre