January 2009 Best Bets

Marvin Hamlisch

A Tony, a GRAMMY, an Oscar, an Emmy, and a Pulitzer Prize. Only two people have ever won all of those awards, and one, Marvin Hamlisch, is coming to Charlotte to perform some of his greatest hits. If you've never seen his A Chorus Line, or heard the score from the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me, you still may have seen him playing a slightly confused version of himself in the blockbuster How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days.

January 11, Belk Theater

The Day of Small Things

Michael Wilson brings his eye for the authentic to Charlotte this winter with his retrospective exhibit, The Day of Small Things. Together with the Weston Art Gallery in    Cincinnati, Wilson's hometown, the show includes photographic portraits of some of music's favorite sons and daughters, such as Lyle Lovett, B.B. King, and David Byrne. Wilson, who has been a freelance photographer for more than twenty years, presents the exhibit as a look into his past as he prepares for the future.

Through January 4, The Light Factory

Charlotte Symphony's MLK Week

Charlotte has never seen an MLK celebration of these proportions. The Charlotte Symphony, with partnerships abounding, has pulled together a weeklong tribute to the civil rights hero -- with a group of four enlightening events called "Bridging Musical Worlds" that lead up to the symphony concert on January 19. There's a jazz night at the Excelsior Club, a presentation at the Mint Museum of Art on African-American artist Romare Bearden, gospel at Little Rock AME Zion Church, and a discussion of civil rights protest music at the Levine Museum of the New South. And to realize the goal of truly bringing the community together, all the events are free, including the symphony performance, "Daybreak of Freedom."

January 11-19, various locations

Pecha Kucha

It's Japanese for "chitchat," but it's more than idle talk. Instead, it's six minutes and forty seconds to present yourself and your work to colleagues, friends, and strangers. The idea for Pecha Kucha was formed in Tokyo in 2003 as a way for creative types—artists, architects, and the like—to show their work in an informal but effective setting. The guidelines for the event are simple: twenty presenters of any kind who show twenty slides each for twenty seconds per slide. No other rules. That's 400 seconds, which is probably an average person's attention span at an event in a bar anyway. The event is organized by Point 8 Forum and held at Alive in NoDa.

January 15, Alive, NoDa

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