Upcoming Arts Events (Feb. 23-26)
THURSDAY (Feb. 23)
LESS THAN JAKE & PEPPER
The old-school ska-punkers of Less Than Jake plan to release new music this year. Pepper is also a trusted name in ska and reggae rock, with seven studio albums and one live record.
The venue reflects the ever-growing and vibrant Latino artistic community in Charlotte. Cristina Toro: Strike a Match to Hear My Sound, THROUGH APRIL 8, is a new body of work from Toro that explores fire and light through acrylic and collage works.
FRIDAY (Feb. 24)
Crutchfield, the legendary saxplayer who was the last to work with Prince, marks the release of his new record at Neighborhood Theatre. Also on the bill is The Queen's Guard, featuring Blanche J.
Through nine short plays by John Cariani, this dark comedy explores “the pain and the joy that comes with being in love.” Three Bone Theatre presents the program, which is not recommended for children under 13.
LEVINE MUSEUM OF THE NEW SOUTH
For more than two decades, the museum has provided groundbreaking exhibits and context for some of the South’s most significant events. One of the museum’s core values is “using history to build community.” Nowhere/Now Here, THROUGH FEB. 26, uses a collection of photographs to look at the lives of Latino immigrants in North Carolina small towns. Looking at Appalachia, THROUGH MAY 28, displays pictures from a wide range of photographers in the region and provides a counterpoint to the “War on Poverty” images from the 1960s. K(NO)w Justice, K(NO)w PEACE, THROUGH OCT 22, examines police-involved shootings in Charlotte and around the nation. The exhibit explores the roots of the distrust between police and community and tells the “human stories behind the headlines.” It includes displays curated by Johnson C. Smith professor Dr. Tiffany Packer and JCSU students.
SATURDAY (Feb. 25)
The celebrated blues guitarist returns.The Cajun performer has garnered three Grammy nominations, and in 2012, he released his own “Best Of” record.
Titus, the comedian and sitcom star, comes to the McGlohon Theater. The stand-up’s material centers around his own life, including Hollywood experiences and his family.
MCCOLL CENTER FOR ART + INNOVATION
The McColl Center for Art + Innovation fills a vital role in the city’s arts community by providing long-term and short-term residencies that help connect art and artists to the community. Works range from enormous paintings to culinary arts. Activities include open workshops and community programs. The World is a Mirror of My Freedom, THROUGH MARCH 25, combines the works of five current and past McColl artists-in-residents in response to systemic violence against African-Americans. The featured artists are Marcus Kiser, Jason Woodberry, Shaun El C. Leonardo, Dread Scott, and Charles Williams. Free admission.
SUNDAY (Feb. 26)
Guitar aficionados swarm to venues to see this legend, known for his influence in blues rock. His band members, including Anton Fig on drums, Reese Wynans on keys, and Michael Rhodes on bass, are also beloved.
This self-guided tour is free. Stroll through uptown to the 18 points that comprise the Liberty Walk, and tour the early history of the region through markers and text. Pick up a brochure at the Visitor Info Center at 501 S. College St. (in the Charlotte Convention Center) or at the Levine Museum of the New South.