Weekend Arts Events (Oct. 7-9)

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FRIDAY
JAZZ AT THE BECHTLER: SINATRA AT THE BECHTLER FEATURING JOE GRANSDEN
The Bechtler's tribute to Ol' Blue Eyes has Joe Grandsen taking the microphone for two performances. Expect the standards you love, with the instrumental backdrop from the Ziad Jazz Quartet.

MOUNTAIN HEART
Mountain Heart is an act that  combines jam music, country, straight-ahead rock, jazz, folk, and more. The band is joined by opener Packway Handle Band, a bluegrass act out of Georgia.

A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD
This fall, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s 2016-2017 season opens with A Year With Frog and Toad at McColl Family Theatre. The musical, penned by siblings Robert and Willie Reale, follows a worrywart toad and a perky frog in their vibrant woodland backdrop.

JERALD MELBERG GALLERY
This Cotswold gallery has served the community for more than 30 years. Before that, owner Jerald Melberg was a curator for the Mint Museum at its original Randolph Road location. Check out work from gallery artist and abstract painter Lee Hall THROUGH NOV. 5. The artist explores color and nature through her landscapes.

SATURDAY
CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY POPS: CHRIS BOTTI
The Grammy-winning and Billboard-charting trumpeter brings his pop-jazz sound to the Belk Theater. This is the first concert of the Pops season, the series that pairs our city’s symphony with contemporary music figures.

UNIBROW
This show, featuring both regional and national artists, is curated by Rebecca Henderson and Grace Stott.  From the official description: "Selected works are meant to serve as a cultural survey of contemporary perspectives on nudity, popular culture, humor, and skill. By bringing these polarizing concepts into curated conversation, we ask of our audience to discover for themselves the relationship between absurdity and austerity." The show runs through Oct. 15.

26TH ANNUAL LATIN AMERICAN FESTIVAL
Grammy-winner Luis Enrique, Venezuelan ska act Desorden Publico, and La Santa Cecilia headline the festival this year at Symphony Park at South Park Mall. As usual, the event also features food, crafts, visual art, and more.

CAROLINA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL
The 23rd Annual Carolina Renaissance Festival & Artisan Marketplace takes place on Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 1-Nov. 20. Each year, the Carolina Renaissance Festival transforms a Huntersville property into a 16th century utopia for fantasy fans. Read an interview with one of the many characters to return here in the 2016 Fall Arts Preview.

FIRST DATE
This Broadway musical is sure to be a hit in a city full of singles. Tackling the awkwardness and fun of blind dates, this show could be the best way to bring some self-awareness to your own outings. Or if you’re married, revisit the days that are—thankfully—long behind you.  

SUNDAY
YG
YG first garnered attention via the Internet, his following spreading with singles like "She a Model" and "Aim Me." He garnered attention this year for the record Still Brazy, with its anti-Trump tune "FDT."

BECHTLER MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
The Bechtler’s building, designed by Swiss architect Mario Botta, is a modern work of art itself. Niki de Saint Phalle’s iconic outdoor sculpture “The Firebird” welcomes visitors. Inside, you’ll find fine art exhibitions, films, jazz, classical concerts, and talks. All That Sparkles: 20th Century Artists’ Jewelry, THROUGH JAN. 8, pairs traditional artwork with jewelry crafted by Saint Phalle, Alberto Giacometti, Harry Bertoia, and others. Bechtler Collection: Relaunched and Rediscovered, THROUGH APRIL 23, has curator Jen Edwards pulling from the extensive museum collection. The Bechtler family itself is part of this show, along with their close creative associates, like Adolf Luther and Italo Valenti.

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. This is the last month for ¡NUEVOlution! Latinos and the New South, which examines the rise of Latino populations in Charlotte and other Southern cities, and how the Latino population will help shape the future of the South.

NASCAR HALL OF FAME
The NASCAR Hall of Fame has 40,000 square feet of exhibition space to give visitors a look at racing history in a city with its own storied history in the sport. The ongoing Champions exhibit highlights recent winners in NASCAR’s three national touring series.

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