Weekend Arts Events (Sept. 9-11)

Levi Walton
Dinosaur Jr. returns to Charlotte this weekend.

FRIDAY
ROCK FOR HEROES BENEFIT CONCERT
Three Days Grace, Adelitas Way, and Otherwise perform at this concert, with money going to the Independence Fund. The outreach program provides cutting-edge equipment and care to injured veterans.

SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER
Some movies are no-brainers for stage adaptions. Saturday Night Fever is one of them, armed with tunes like "Stayin' Alive" and "Disco Inferno." Grab some bell-bottoms and get down to Theatre Charlotte.

YIASOU GREEK FESTIVAL
Each year, thousands descend upon the Dilworth neighborhood for Greek food, dancing, fellowship, and games. Sampling the Baklava was one of our 50 Things Every Charlottean Should Do in 2014.

SATURDAY
DINOSAUR JR.
J Mascis leads this legendary and influential alt-rock trio, touring upon the release of Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not. Hear the band play tunes handpicked from 11 studio LPs, 15 EPs, and two live albums.

FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE
The two voices of Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley lead Florida Georgia Line, named for the respective hometowns of the pair. Fresh off the release of Dig Your Roots, the bro-country outfit hits the road with Cole Swindell, The Cadillac Three, and Kane Brown.

RIVER JAM
(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).

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. The gallery is known for showing works from seasoned and internationally recognized artists, but in an unprecedented move, Two to Watch (through Sept. 10) highlights painter Nicholas Napoletano and sculptor Matthew Steele, two young artists who reside in Charlotte.

MCCOLL CENTER FOR ART + INNOVATION
The McColl Center for Art + Innovation fulfills a vital role in Charlotte’s arts community, with several long-term and short-term residencies for visual arts, performance, and culinary arts. Often, these residencies resort in artists calling Charlotteans their permanent home, with Matthew Steele and Ivan Toth Depena among them. Activities include open workshops and community programs.

SUNDAY
DISCOVERY PLACE
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. On the third Friday of every month, Discovery Place has science-tinged parties with changing themes for adults only (Science on the Rocks, $8-$10, 5 p.m.-9 p.m.). Beyond Rubik’s Cube (through Sept. 5) is the first exhibition to focus on the popular puzzle, which has been around for 40 years. Find out what inspired its creation and become an expert through games and activities. National Parks Adventure, which costs $5 with admission and explores the national's most scenic natural areas, plays at the museum's IMAX theater. The film continues through Nov. 18.  

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. Shaping the Vessel: Mascoll + Samuel (through Jan. 16) displays 20 wood works created by John Mascoll and Avelino Samuel with a lathe and other tools. Nellie Ashford: Through My Eyes (through Jan. 16) focuses on the folk art of the Charlotte native, who explores identity and community through her works. See 30 newly created mixed-media works by Ashford. The museum’s permanent exhibition, the John & Vivian Hewitt Collection of African-American Art, showcases the work of 20 artists, including Charlotte native Romare Bearden.

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