Weekend Arts Events (Jan. 15-17)
FRIDAY (Jan. 15)
THE JAZZ ROOM
This monthly series packs the Stage Door Theater with contemporary jazz musicians tackling famous players. Here, trumpter Brandon Lee emulates bebop legend Dizzy Gillespie.
CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY POPS: RANDY NEWMAN
The Pops series sometimes pairs our city’s orchestra with mainstream musicians, like this famed film composer and singer/songwriter. Newman’s countless contributions to rock and comedy have been heard on and off the silver screen.
THE FLATLAND TOURISTS
Here’s some Union County roots rock for your Friday evening. In the past, this quintet has played Double Door Inn, Puckett's Farm Equipment, and other Charlotte staples. Find them at the intimate Evening Muse for this show.
SCIENCE ON THE ROCKS: SPEAKEASY
The monthly Discovery Place party for adults gets a speakeasy vibe this time around. Make your own flapper headband. Meet Bootleg Bill from the show Moonshiners. And if you’re feeling lucky, head to the blackjack table or the roulette wheel. Plenty more stations carry the theme through.
SATURDAY (Jan. 16)
WOLF KAHN & IDA KOHLMEYER
Jerald Melberg Gallery's new exhibition combines the work of American pastel artist Wolf Kahn and abstract painter/sculptor Ida Kohlmeyer. For more than 30 years, the Jerald Melberg Gallery has represented the art buyers’ market in Charlotte. The gallery currently occupies a spot in a Cotswold plaza, packing the space during its opening weekends for exhibitions.
At the Charlotte Nature Museum, hang out with exotic pets and rescues (and no, you can't bring your own). Activities include stories, puppet shows, and crafts for kids.
CHARLOTTE MUSEUM OF HISTORY
A colonial home and its grounds are the backdrop for this history museum. The 5,000-square-foot Hezekiah Alexander House is the oldest surviving structure of its kind in the county. Guided tours available throughout the grounds. Enter The Dragon is a series of solo art exhibits that chronicle Chinese-American experiences in Charlotte. There are solo exhibitions from Xuelu Cui, Han Dai-Yu, and others throughout the series, but the group exhibition (through Jan. 30) combines the work of several artists into one display.
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.
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) shows 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.
LEVINE MUSEUM OF THE NEW SOUTH
Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited, Pop-Up, Abridged Edition (through Feb. 28) displays 20 black-and-white photographs and narratives that highlight acts of generosity in the African-American community. ¡NUEVOlution! Latinos and the New South (through Oct. 30, 2016) examines the major increase in Latino residents in Charlotte and other Southern cities, and how the Hispanic population will help shape the future of the South.