What's Happening, Charlotte
Your Weekend Wrap-up (Feb. 8-10)
Valentine's Day falls on a Thursday this year. It's not the sexiest day of the week. So, all you love birds, you're faced with a dilemma: celebrate the holiday this weekend or next?
I suggest both.
Here is your Weekend Wrap-Up for Feb. 7-9.
The Magic of Hannibal
Chris Hannibal has grown quite a large following with his traveling magic act. His act is unique; a mixture of comedy, magic and storytelling that is most akin to The Amazing Jonathan. He'll bring his entertaining act to Charlotte for one night only. $7-$10. 9, 10, and 11 p.m. Petra's Piano Bar and Cabaret, 1919 Commonwealth Ave. 704-332-6608, petraspianobar.com.
Spank! The Fifty Shades of Grey Parody
The E.L. James trilogy set housewives and aging spinsters aflutter in 2012 and became the best-selling paperback of all time. Yet with its tawdry tale of S&M, the series was ripe for lampooning. Writer/director Jim Millan (Kids in the Hall, Marijuanalogues with Tommy Chong) takes the lead with a cast of comedic actors and improvisers. His unauthorized send-up turns a middle-aged mom’s weekend writing activity into a romping musical where the characters in her mind take the stage and break into song to often ridiculous results. The results both poke fun and pay tribute to the feisty phenomenon. $38.50. 7:30 p.m. McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000; carolinatix.org. (Friday and Saturday)
Celtic Fiddler Jamie Laval
Jamie Laval will present a one-hour program for the Charlotte Folk Society of traditional music from around the Celtic diaspora, including Scotland, Ireland, Brittany, Quebec, and Appalachia, along with observations on the cultural significance of Celtic music and amusing stories of life as a touring artist. Free, but donations accepted. 7:30 p.m. Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Ave. 704-563-7080. folksociety.org.
Next to Normal
Queen City Theatre Company, the adventurous local company behind such eclectic productions as Bent and Xanadu, tackles the heavy subject matter and rocking tunes of this Tony- and Pulitzer-winning musical. With a contemporary score courtesy of Tom Kitt (Bring It On, High Fidelity) and lyricist Brian Yorkey, the musical addresses mental illness, suicide, family dynamics, and modern psychiatry as its characters deal with a mother’s worsening bipolar disorder. $25-$28. Wed-Thu, 7:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat, 8 p.m.; Sun, 3 p.m. Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000, queencitytheatre.com.
Little Women the musical
It's all the drama and intrigue from the the classic Louisa May Alcott book Little Women, but now with singing. The musical Little Women will be performed by the CYC Players, made up of the home schooled musical theater group from the Carolina Youth Chorale. $8. Fri, 7 p.m.; Sat. 7 p.m. Elevation Blakeney. 8835 Blakeney Professional Drive. cycplayers.org/
Soulful Sistas Tour
Whether you’ve got a sweetheart or not, R&B vocalists (and proud single ladies) Regina Belle, Chante Moore, Shirley Murdock, and Kelly Price will give the audience something to swoon over. $74.15-$129.15. 8 p.m. Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. 800-745-3000; ticketmaster.com.
Classics Series: Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5
Principal violist Rebekah Newman is the featured soloist with Christopher Warren-Green conducting. In addition to Tchaikovsky, the performance includes English composer Vaughan Williams’s 1910 work Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis and Walton’s Viola Concerto. $23.50-$83.50. 8 p.m. Belk Theater, 130 S. Tryon St. 704-372-1000; carolinatix.org. (Saturday and Sunday)
Charlie Baker is a dull Englishman, but when he decides to feign the inability to speak English while vacationing at a Georgia fishing lodge, he uncovers secrets and gossip in this comedic farce from Larry Shue. $25. Wed-Thu, 7:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat, 8 p.m.; Sun, 2:30 p.m. Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Rd. 704-372-1000, theatrecharlotte.org.
The Secret Garden
Based on the children’s classic, this Tony-winning musical follows orphaned Mary from exotic India to stuffy ol’ England. With a little help, Mary, a neglected garden, and her new family are transformed. $20-$26. Fri, 7:30 p.m.; Sun, 2 p.m. McColl Family Theatre, 300 E. Seventh St. 704-973-2828, ctcharlotte.org.