Charlotte's Weekend Wrap-Up
The Machine Theatre will put on its new comedy show this weekend.

If you aren't staying in tonight to watch the premiere of the Showtime series Banshee in the hopes of picking out local landmarks and squealing with excitement, there are plenty of events happening outside of your couch. Here's your weekend wrap-up for January 11-13.


The Machine
This acting troupe is known for its originality and great performances will begin performances of its latest production, the comedy Mums the Word. The play was created and directed by Matt Cosper and will be performed Friday at Saturday at 9:30 p.m. $20. Duke Energy Theatre, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000,

Hannibal Buress
The stand-up wunderkind and former Saturday Night Live writer and writer, performer for NBC’s 30 Rock will bring his off-beat and funny musings to Charlotte Friday and Saturday. $18-$22. The Charlotte Comedy Zone, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. 980-321-4702,

The Old Ceremony
This Triangle-area outfit trades in lush orchestrations, lilting melodies, and a folk-rock base that allows for a bit of quirky invention. $12. 10 p.m. The Double Door Inn, 1218 Charlottetown Ave. 704-376-1446,

Lucy Kaplansky
This folk singer has a voice that reminds you of some of the greats from the genre. A trained psychologist who gave up the profession to return to her musical passions, Kaplansky puts on an intimate show featuring covers as well as some of her own material. $17-$19. Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. 704-376-3737,

Charlotte Folk Society
Nearly 25 young musicians will host show off their musical chops at Carrying It On, the 12th annual Young Talent Showcase. Doors open to the 7 p.m. for this free event and the show is scheduled to end around 10 p.m. Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Ave. 704-372-3655,

Spanish Brass Quintet
This energetic brass quintet plays Bach. It also plays contemporary compositions, jazz, and Dixieland. $20. 8 p.m. E.H. Little Fine Arts Center, Dana Auditorium, 1900 Selwyn Ave. 704-337-2213,

Charlotte Symphony Pops: Winter Dance Party
Charlotte Symphony Orchestra pays homage to the fated Winter Dance Party tour that ended with the plane crash that killed Buddy Holly, Richie Valens, and The Big Bopper. The symphony’s tribute focuses on the days before the music died with rollicking renditions of the trio’s rock-and-roll classics. $34.50-$62.50. 8 p.m. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. 704-372-1000,


Noda Food Tour
Chefs in NoDa will open their kitchen doors to patrons for six-restaurant walking tour of the area from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Guests will get a chance to sample the food as well as speak with the chefs to find out the inspirations behind the culinary creations. $47.

Discovery Place
Charlotte-based improv troupes The Chuckleheads and Sinergismo will showcase their skills as part of the Science After Dark series. $5. Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon Street. 704.372.6261 x300,

Charlotte Symphony Lollipops: Dancin', Rockin' & Hip-Hoppin'
Conductor Jacomo Rafael Barros and Brooklyn-based chamber music ensemble PROJECT Trio return to entertain and educate children by combining hip-hop, rock, and dance with flute, upright bass, and cello. The group reinvents Rossini’s William Tell Overture and Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony for a generation raised on Kid’s Bop, Yo Gabba Gabba, and video games. $15.50-$24.50. 11 a.m. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. 704-372-1000,

Family Day

Children are exposed to modern art through museum tours and hands-on art activities for children ages five and up that illustrate the methods and materials in the museum’s Giacometti: Memory and Presence exhibition. Kids free; adults $4. Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, 420 S. Tryon St. 704-353-9200,

All weekend

Peter Morgan’s story of disgraced former president Richard Nixon’s interviews with similarly fallen British talk show host David Frost is riveting theater. Each party approaches the series of interviews with his own agenda—Nixon to save his reputation, Frost to revive his career. $18-$28. Thu-Sat, 8 p.m.; select matinees. CAST, 2424 N. Davidson St., Suite 113. 704-455-8542,

Sister Act

Whoopi Goldberg lent her stamp of approval to this Broadway production as a producer (even starring briefly in the London run). In this version, Goldberg’s Deloris Van Cartier is revamped as a hot, young up-and-comer instead of the past-her-prime lounge singer who starred in the movie. But the story’s humor and charm remain intact. $20-$114.50. Tue-Thu, 7:30 p.m.; Fri, 8 p.m.; Sat, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sun, 1:30 and 7 p.m. Ovens Auditorium, 2700 East Independence Blvd. 704-372-1000,

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
Giacometti: Memory and Presence showcases the work of Alberto Giacometti, one of the greatest figures of 20th-century modernism. $4-$8. Mon, Wed-Sat, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun, noon-5 p.m.; closed Tue. 420 S. Tryon St. 704-353-9200,

CPCC Art Galleries
Allison Luce: The Serpent Tree and Diana Arvanites: Experiments in Roundness showcases two Charlotte-based artists. Luce’s works include Ancient Expanse, a site-specific installation created and photographed while the ceramic sculptor and monoprint artist was a resident at the International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark. Arvanites’s mixed-media work incorporates drawing, painting, sculpture, and installation while drawing inspiration from philosophy, archaeology, science, and cartography. Free. Mon-Thu, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Ross Gallery I and II, CPCC, 1201 Elizabeth Ave., Overcash Building Room 110. 704-330-6211,

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