Weekend Arts Events (Sept. 2-4)
JAZZ AT THE BECHTLER
The monthly jazz program featuring the Ziad Jazz Quartet returns with a tribute to trombonist Frank Rosolino. For this performance, Rick Simerly handles trombone duties.
DADA SOIREE: AN ABSURD ART SHOW
Billed as “an absurd night of art,” this opening kicks off the C3 Lab show “Dada Soiree.” The varied program, which began after a conversation during a Charlotte Arts Chat meeting, is described as featuring “established, mid-career, and barely emerging artists of multiple disciplines have come together to show work, side by side, to demonstrate art in conversation with itself.”
SHARON DOWELL: SMASHUP
Smashup is a mini-show from Charlotte-based artist Sharon Dowell.Dowell, who won a 2012 Best of the Best award for "Best Artist," has work shown across the U.S. and is currently part of multiple public art projects in the city.
4X4CLT: FALL INTO THE WORDS
This mini-conference features four events to check out. Award-winning author and StoryPeople creator Brian Andreas leads a conversation with partner Wendy Save, an actress and teacher, called "Where Do We Go From Here: Stories for Who We Want to Be." Also check out the workshops "Ostranenie: Poetry as a Practice of Awareness with Nickole Brown" (Saturday, 11 a.m.) and "Writing Beyond Yourself: The Art and Craft of Persona Poems with Jessica Jacobs" (Saturday, 2:30 p.m.). Poets Jessica Jacobs and Nickole Brown reads poems at 5:30 p.m.
P.S. YOUR CAT IS DEAD!
The Queen City Theatre Company presents this staging of the raunchy play written by James Kirkwood Jr., a regional premiere. The narrative follows a downtrodden man who garners a bond with a cat burgler. (Warning: This play is for audiences 18 and up, as it contains nudity.)
(through Sept. 29) On Thursdays and Saturdays during the summer, River Jam offers free outdoor music at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. This month’s lineup includes The Hip Abduction (Sept. 1), The Trongone Band (Sept. 3), Dangermuffin (Sept. 8), Billy Strings (Sept. 10), Sol Driven Train (Sept. 15), Dank (Sept. 17), Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band (Sept. 22), and Seth Stainback & Roosterfoot (Sept. 29).
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. Art classes are available for all ages and levels. September brings the "Featured Member" show Rust Revival, with contributions from Renee Calder and Nancy Albert.
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.
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. The House That Modernism Built (through Sept. 11) explores mid-20th century art, furniture, textiles, and more, offering examples of how the principles of modernism still resonate today. 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.