Your Weekly Recommendations (July 16-19)
Saxophonist Tim Gordon will pay tribute to Dexter Gordon. Before his death in 1990, Gordon had a 40-year career in which he reshaped the genre by introducing bebop into old standards and retooling them for a new generation. $10, 6 p.m. Stage Door Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000, carolinatix.org.
The Painted Word: Creative Writing in the Galleries
The Mint Museum will host a creative writing sessions in which participants will reflect on a specific piece in the museum's collection. Ten minutes of observation and discussion will be followed by a writing session with prompt questions that will help visitors compose their own poems and short stories. Free, 7 p.m. Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S. Tryon St. 704-337-2000, Mintmuseum.org.
311, Cypress Hill, G. Love and the Special Sauce
Alternative rockers 311, hip-hop superstars Cypress Hill, and alt-blues singer/songwriter G. Love team up for a great ticket this summer. $17-$61.85, 6:30 p.m. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 707 Pavilion Blvd. 704-549-5555, livenation.com.
Known as a musician’s musician, Boz Scaggs has made a career out of jumping from genre to genre. After taking a five-year hiatus from recording, Scaggs is currently touring to promote his latest record, Memphis, a fantastic soul and Americana roots hybrid. $44.50-$84.50, 7:30 p.m. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. 704-372-1000, carolinatix.org.
Two struggling actors scheme to steal the fortune of a dying woman who has bequeathed her money to two long-lost relatives in this Ken Ludwig comedy. The would-be male con men must pose as the woman’s nieces in hopes of snatching the cash. $24, $22 for seniors, $12 for students under 21, 8 p.m. Duke Family Performance Hall, 207 Faculty Dr., Davidson. 704-892-7953, davidsoncommunityplayers.org. (This is the opening night for this show)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail is one of the greatest comedy films ever made. The 1975 movie was an absurdist satire of popular culture and Arthurian lore. Forty years later, Python-alum Eric Idle wrote the Broadway version of the film—bloodthirsty rabbits included—and helped create this Tony Award-winning musical. $18, 8 p.m. Dale F. Halton Theater, 1206 Elizabeth Ave. 704-330-6534, tix.cpcc.edu.