Weekday Arts Events (Jan. 25-28)
BECHTLER MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
The Bechtler is more than just a rolling roster of fine art exhibitions. Films, chamber music, and presentations tie into the works, with jazz concerts as a separate monthly offering. Sam Francis: Rapid Fluid Indivisible Vision (through March 7) explores the work of the abstract expressionist artist, regarded as a leading interpreter of color and light.
Despite sparse releases and sparse touring, Tool's fanbase remains one of the most loyal in rock. The guys are joined by experimental rock act Primus and 3Teeth for this tour. (Primus has its own dedicated following, making this show mandatory multiple crowds.)
THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST
Famed Irish scribe Oscar Wilde penned this play in 1895. It remains a fixture for theatre groups of every level, and Theatre Charlotte first performed it in 1934.
HARVEY B. GANTT CENTER FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN ARTS + CULTURE
Once called the Afro-American Cultural Center, this museum has roots in the 1970s and jumped around venues in Charlotte before settling in this location in 2009. Dance Theatre of Harlem: 40 Years of Firsts (through June 26) celebrates the 40-year-old ensemble with costumes, storytellings, and multimedia. The museum’s permanent exhibition, the John & Vivian Hewitt Collection of African-American Art, showcases the work of 20 artists, such as Charlotte native Romare Bearden.
THE CHILDREN OF CHILDREN KEEP COMING
This production is adapted from the epic poem on the African-American experience, written by Russell L. Goings. Here, Quentin Talley directs and adapts that story for the stage.
This stage show flips the narrative of The Wizard of Oz on its head, swapping the traditional roles of Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good. One of the most decorated Broadway shows in recent years, it continues to entertain with new venues like the Ovens Auditorium.
NAUGHTY BY NATURE
Let’s keep it chronological and move into the 1990s, when this hip-hop trio was at its peak popularity. After all these years, "Hip Hop Hooray" and "O.P.P.” are still staple jock jams for professional sports and school dances.
REVEREND HORTON HEAT
Here comes the rockabilly legend, hailing from Dallas, Texas. The stacked line-up also includes frequent Charlotte guest Unknown Hinson, Nashville Pussy, and others. There’s at least one name in that list that I’m not sure will make print.
Diaz's comedy career began in an unusual place: prison. Through appearances on prominent podcasts and interviews, Diaz has related that long road that has led to becoming a respected touring comedian.