Weekend Arts Events (March 25-27)
FRIDAY (March 25)
The actor/comedian is known for his stint on MadTV and films from a variety of genres, from the comedy of The Pest to the historical drama of Malcolm X. Yet, he’s always maintained a successful career in stand-up.
For 10 years, this Asheville-based has created ambient indie-rock with a psychedelic edge. Members bring new tunes to the Fillmore, as they mark their newest and fourth LP, Extras In A Movie. This music, which often ends in improvised deviations, is more of an experience than a straightforward concert.
Florida's Sister Hazel first broke through with "All For You" in the 1990s, when acoustic-driven alt-rock was at its prime. With more releases and a more evolved sound, the band has continued to tour throughout the country. They’re joined by JD Eicher and Brad Ray.
LEVINE MUSEUM OF THE NEW SOUTH
History is complex, and there are countless perspectives on the South's most significant events. The Levine not only puts those events in context, but it offers multimedia exhibits, forums, and artistic expressions that are tethered to our past. We Are the Music Makers (through April 24), which includes photography and tales of Southern musicians, is the product of the museum's partnership with the Music Maker Relief Foundation. ¡NUEVOlution! Latinos and the New South (through Oct. 30) examines the rise of Latino populations in Charlotte and other Southern cities, and how the Hispanic population will help shape the future of the South.
SATURDAY (March 26)
THE MIRACLE WORKER
This classic tale describes the relationship between teacher Annie Sullivan and Helen Keller, who struggled with deafblindness. The play and film were informed by Keller's autobiography, The Story of My Life.
RUN RIVER NORTH
Folk-rock ensemble Run River North used to be known as Monsters Calling Home. The band changed its name but kept its sound. Charlie King joins the Korean-American band for the Neighborhood Theatre show.
JERALD MELBERG GALLERY
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 opening weekends for exhibitions. See works by contemporary painter Robert Kushner (through April 23), known for his engrossing depictions of flowers and his involvement in the pattern and decoration movement. Free admission.
SUNDAY (March 27)
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. 1960Now (through June 26) is the work of photographer and activist Sheila Pree Bright, who provides black-and-white images of the '60s Civil Rights movement and current activists. 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.
NASCAR HALL OF FAME
Owned by the City of Charlotte, the NASCAR Hall of Fame has 40,000 square feet of exhibition space to give visitors a peek into racing history. Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Team Penske (through June 30) explores the team's life in NASCAR and other racing disciplines.