Weekend Arts Events (Feb. 12-14)
FRIDAY (Feb. 12)
THE THREE TENORS (WHO CAN’T SING)
As the title states, these aren’t guys who will croon the night away at the McGlohon. They’re stand-ups who will entertain the crowd individually before coming together for some improvisation. A head’s up for audiences: This is an interactive show.
The folk singer is back at the Muse for Valentine’s Day weekend. Kaplansky does original work and also covers tunes by Leonard Cohen and Gram Parsons. For couples seeking a date night, this show is certain to have a recurring theme of love.
CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY POPS: A SYMPHONIC VALENTINE
Each year, our symphony offers this holiday concert. This one features Eva Noblezada, the Charlotte wunderkind who debuted as Miss Saigon in a 2014 production in London’s West End.
HARVEY B. GANTT CENTER FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN ARTS +CULTURE
Once called the Afro-American Cultural Center, this museum opened in the 1970s and jumped around to different venues before settling in its current South Tryon Street location in 2009. Dance Theatre of Harlem: 40 Years of Firsts (through June 26) celebrates the famous ensemble with costumes, set pieces, and video excerpts. 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.
SATURDAY (Feb. 13)
It’s not every day you get to see an Officer of the Order of the British Empire play the guitar and sing. Watch the legendary singer-songwriter perform songs that span his storied career.
From his early days in Los Angeles comedy clubs to his current status of selling out shows across the world and appearing regularly on Comedy Central, Mencia has gained a large following. He brings some laughs to the holiday weekend.
CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY LOLLIPOPS: IT’S A SMALL WORLD
The Lollipops series provides events for parents who want to acquaint their child with the orchestra. Noblezada lends her vocals to this concert, which focuses on Disney classics. Don’t fret about a squirming toddler with this symphony offering.
This Latin American arts center, which includes a gallery, studios, and food concepts, is five minutes west of uptown in the FreeMoreWest neighborhood. Carlos Estévez’s Soulcatcher (through March 12) asks metaphysical questions through contemporary works.
SUNDAY (Feb. 14)
MATILDA THE MUSICAL
Why not take in a touring Broadway show for a February date night? The story of Matilda is retold in a musical, highlighted by vibrant sets, energetic songs, and the humor of the original tale.
Kids will be kids—and adults will feel like kids—at this uptown science museum. From live animals to grand experiments of physics, the museum offers a multi-disciplinary adventure. Body Worlds & The Cycle of Life (through May 1) displays the human body through all of life’s stages. Here’s the kicker: The bodies in the show are real, preserved through a process called plastination.