Weekend Arts Events (Oct. 23-25)
CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY: KNIGHTSOUNDS: BACHTOBERFEST III
For the third year, experience the music of Bach and the taste of local beer. Norman Huynh conducts this program, and selections include works by Johann Sebastian Bach and son W.F., plus some Mozart, Brahms, and Wagner. Stick around for the after-party with the FestzeltMusik Oktoberfest Band.
The independent Charlotte version of the TEDx conference returns for the fifth time. Throughout the day Friday, hear from a champion of urban forestry, the executive director of Lee Institute, the CEO of MADabolic, and others.
For the 7th year, Terrence and Philip of Junior Astronomers celebrate their birthdays with a free local show. This year’s event comes to the Neighborhood Theatre, where the band will be joined by Shadowgraphs, Totally Slow, and others.
JOHN CLEESE & ERIC IDLE
“Together Again at Last … for the Very First Time” is tongue-in-cheek subtitle to this comedy show, featuring two founding members of the legendary troupe Monty Python. Expect skits, videos, stories, and audience participation.
MCCOLL CENTER FOR ART + INNOVATION
This center, located in an old church uptown, focuses on art and artists within the Charlotte community. Artists-in-residence include Ivan Toth Depena and Stephen L. Hayes Jr. Depena is a mixed media artist who uses digital and traditional materials to transform public spaces into interactive works. Hayes, a Durham native, is creating a piece called “How to Make a Dollar” that mixes hip-hop and consumerism.
AN EVENING WITH THE KRUGER BROTHERS
This trio has called Switzerland and Wilkes County home. With North Carolina as its base, the group has developed its multicultural sound. Hear the band’s signature mix of jazz, bluegrass, and classical stylings at the McGlohon.
Bennett turned 89 in August, but he’s still performing. In recent years, he’s stayed relevant through collaborations with pop stars like Lady Gaga, but he’ll always have that classic style.
DREW HOLCOMB & THE NEIGHBORS
The Nashville indie rock outfit headlines the NoDa venue Neighborhood Theatre. The group is joined by Penny & Sparrow, a folk duo that plays tunes with a style reminiscent of Bon Iver and The Swell Season.
Ciel Gallery is a combined teaching space and mosaic gallery in South End that showcases paintings, mosaics, photography, jewelry, pottery, sculpture, and more each month. The October show, The Body Beautiful, is tied to Breast Cancer Awareness Month and highlights art that explores the human body. Art classes available for all ages and levels.
EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL
After a stint here last fall, the horror musical and hero Ash are back for another run. Also returning is the “Splatter Zone,” where you can get covered in fake blood if you want.
Opera Carolina offers Beethoven’s only opera, with three performances spread over more than a week. Performers include Maria Katzarava as Leonore and Andrew Richards as Florestan.
Science and fun collide at this kid-friendly venue. Even if they don’t realize it, visitors learn the ins and outs of physics, biology, and chemistry. Meet some amphibians face-to-face with the exhibit Fantastic Frogs, which runs through Oct. 25.
Also by Andy Smith:
→Ahead of Demolition, Old Goodyear Store Used for Artist Residencies in Uptown