Weekend Ahead: Sept 5-7

Oh Yiasou Greek Festival, how we adore you. Let us count the ways: there’s the gyros and the lamb, and the souvlaki, and the spanikopita, and, of course, the baklava. Ohhh the baklava. It doesn’t matter what you wear to this annual festival, just make sure it’s loose fitting so you can leave room for several helpings of the delicious Greek cuisine that gets served up for four days straight. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral , 600 East Boulevard. Sept 4- 7 • 11 am to 9 pm Thursday, Sept. 4th
• 11 am to 10 pm Friday and Saturday, Sept. 5th & 6th
• 12 noon to 8 pm on Sunday, Sept. 7th

We (and by “we” I mean Jenn) have been a fan of ZZ Top ever since they appeared as the band playing at the Hill Valley town festival in 1885 in Back to the Future Part III (yes, we know, they were around before that, but give us a break, we were children of the 80’s). So when we heard that they’d be playing this Friday along with Brooks & Dunn, we obviously exclaimed, “Great Scott! Jumpin’ Jigawatts! That’s Heavy!” Though, we’ve been assured that the concert will also be a good time for those people who aren’t major BTTF nerds like us. September 5th – 7pm. www.livenation.com

We can’t say we’ve ever been charmed by Carlos Mencia’s whole “Doot Doo Doo” catch phrase, but we’ve always said that a good laugh looks good on everyone. (Works wonders on those facial muscles!) Accessorize your favorite outfit with a few hearty chuckles directed at (or laughed along with) Mr. Mencia this Friday at Ovens Auditorium. Sept 5. 8pm www.ticketmaster.com

As soon as we read the slogan for The Garden & Gun Club, we felt compelled to break out our dancing shoes and go shopping for a fabulous new outfit. “Whom music brings together, let no man put asunder.” Inspiring, no? This is the first music and nightlife venue to open in the N.C. Music Factory, and we love that the G&G has put it’s focus on celebrating diversity in all it’s forms – young or old, straight or gay, and all nationalities. If this is the new face of Charlotte nightlife, we are going to have to buy more than one fabulous new outfit.
Friday Sept. 5 and Saturday Sept. 6. 9 p.m. www.groovetickets.com.

If you’ve still never ridden the historic South End trolley for the famous Gallery Crawl – well, we don’t know what you are waiting for. It’s a great opportunity to trot out some pieces of your new fall wardrobe, grab a drink with friends, and check out the great work at eight different art galleries in the area. Trolleys leave every 15 minutes from the Charlotte Art League beginning at 5:30pm. Seriously, why are you still sitting here? Go pick out your crawl clothes! www.historicsouthend.com.

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