Your Weekly Recommendations (April 22-26)
There are a lot of events happening this week in Charlotte. Here are our favorites.
David Sedaris began his career by reading excerpts from his diary at open mic nights in Chicago. Even then, his dry, acerbic wit stood out as he was hand picked by This American Life Host Ira Glass to read selections of his personal stories on the radio. Since that first 1992 appearance, Sedaris has gone on to become one of America’s most beloved raconteurs and authors. He’ll read excerpts from his latest book Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls. $32.50-$54.50. Mon., 7:30 p.m. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000, carolinatix.org.
The Ceil Gallery will explore physical, mental, and spiritual healing through art in its bi-monthly small class. This class will explore several different styles of art in several different mediums. No art experience is required. Registration is required by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. $25 which includes instruction and base materials. 6 to 8:30 p.m. Ceil Gallery, 128-C East Park Ave. 305-491-3164, cielcharlotte.com
The Mint Museum's Art of Collecting series continues with a lecture by Christie Taylor, owner of Hodges Taylor Art Consultancy. The guest lecturer will speak from her years of experience as an art dealer and consultant on the important measures needed for caring for your own collection. $5 for members, $15 for non-members, registration required. 6:30-7:30 pm, Mint Museum Uptown. mintmuseum.org
The Mint Museum will partner with Trinity Episcopal school to host Silence: A Collection of Poetry and Short Stories Exploring Male Identity, Integrity, and Self-Awareness, an event focused on various male roles in today's society. The event features an appearance by Pipe Dreams (De'Angelo Dia and Jay Masanotti) and guest Dee Lanier, with a question and answer session following. Free. 6-7:30 p.m., Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Rd. 704-337-2000, mintmuseum.org
Allison Sprock Fine Art will host an opening for the exhibition Mirror-Mirror featuring work by Louis St. Lewis, the eccentric Chapel Hill artist whose portrait style mixed media collages are in permanent collections of celebrities like Andre Leon Talley and Oprah Winfrey. The artist has garnered praise from other art world greats like Judy Chicago and Andy Warhol, who once described him as "Hieronymus Bosch meets MTV!" Free. 5:30-8:30, Allison Sprock Fine Art, 600 Queens Rd. 704-705-2000, allisonsprockfineart.com
We use things everyday and never consider how they're made. From the shoes we wear, the dishes we eat from to the cars we ride in are all made of different kinds of stuff with a unique history. Discovery Place's long running hands-on exhibit will delve into how modern materials are made. Free with museum admission. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon St. 704-372-6261, discoveryplace.org
Known for his supreme design aesthetic, award winning architect Michael Graves has built a career on the idea that better design heightens the experience of every day life. Graves visits the Mint Museum for an evening lecture generously supported by a grant from the Arts and Science Council. $5 for members, $15 for non-members, students free with valid ID, registration required. 7 – 8 p.m., Mint Museum Uptown. mintmuseum.org
This two-time Grammy nominated country and pop singer/songwriter brings a flair for storytelling when she performs. Her music feels autobiographical which gives it that extra kick when listening to it. It’s that personal touch that has made her a critical darling. $15-$18. Fri., 8 p.m. The Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. 704-376-3737, eveningmuse.com.
The Mint Museum hosts a day long series of lectures by chefs, historians, food writers, and designers in conjunction with the present exhibition F.O.O.D. (Food, Objects, Objectives, and Design), on view through July 7. $60 for members, $85 for non-members (includes box lunch and admission to Michael Graves' CAD lecture on April 25), registration required. 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Mint Museum Uptown. mintmuseum.org
(Opening Night) For its newest exhibition, the McColl Center invited Cynthia-Reeves Projects to curate a show that considered all forms of connectivity in honor of the Center's drive to foster relationships between artists through residency and to connect their contemporary work to the community through programs and outreach. Exhibiting artists will illustrate their own perceptions of connectedness in today's world, considering systems such as society, nature, technology, and others. Work by new residents will be on view on the second and third floors. Free. 6:00 – 9:00 p.m., McColl Center for Visual Art. mccollcenter.org
Updated: The original post incorrectly stated the date of the David Sedaris show. This has now been corrected.