Your Weekly Recommendations (June 17-21)
This exhibit examines the relationships between several artists and how the learned from one another and how it affected their work. More than 85 pieces are on display as part of the exhibit, including works by Joan Miró, Alexander Calder, Fernand Léger and Le Corbusier. The exhibit also marks the first time work by celebrated British artist Henry Moore has been on display at the Bechtler Museum. Free for members, $8 for non-members, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, 420 S. Tryon St. 704-353-9200, bechtler.org.
The Light Factory's Sixth Juried Annuale is now on view in the Knight Gallery of the Light Factory in Uptown Charlotte. The museum's yearly national competition invites photographic submissions of all forms, subjects and styles. This year's juror, Dr. Kathleen Jameson, CEO and President of the Mint Museum, chose 6 winners from a field of 110: Rachel E. Andrews, Timothy McCoy, Laura Williams, Mitchell Kearney, Susan Alta Martin, and Jessica Naples. On view through September 15. Free, Monday-Saturday 9:00 am-6:00 pm, Sunday 1:00 pm-6:00 pm. The Light Factory Knight Gallery, 345 N. College Street, 704-333-9755. lightfactory.org.
Billy Joe Shaver is a legend of Texas county and western music. His gruff voice and longing lyrics have inspired many of the most famous musicians of the genre. His name isn’t as synonymous with the country as Johnny Cash or Wayland Jennings, Shaver originally performed some of the songs that would become hits for them, like Jennings “Ain’t No God in Mexico.” $18 in advance, $20 at the door, 9 p.m. The Double Door Inn, 1218 Charlottetown Ave. 704-376-1446, doubledoorinn.com.
It’s a full on assault of pop music nostalgia. New Kids on the Block have partnered with Boys II Men and 98 Degrees for a tour that will take audiences on a trip through some of the late 80s and 90s most popular music. $29.50-$91.50, 7:30 p.m. Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St. 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.
This play is a comedic homage to all nun films. The story follows a resolute mother superior who is trying to build a new school for her convent. But a young postulant who has visions, a sensitive schoolboy who needs constant mentoring, a mysterious nun from Berlin, and a former suitor who is intent on luring her away from the convent interrupt her plans. $17-$31, Wed-Thu, 7:30 p.m. Fri-Sat, 8 p.m. Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte, 650 E. Stonewall St. 704-342-2251, actorstheatrecharlotte.org.
Four former college roommates have their friendships upended years later when they reunite for the funeral of a common friend. The newest play from Tonya Bludsworth, the show is a funny but tragic one as a secret will shatter the friend’s lives. $25-$27, Wed-Sat, 8 p.m.; Sun, 2 p.m. Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Road. 704-372-1000, leastlikelyfriends.com.
Charlotte hasn’t had a very deep jazz scene in several years, but the culture is beginning to make its way back into bars and clubs thanks in large part to events like this. Expanding to two days this year, the fourth annual festival will feature performances by Grammy Award winner Norman Brown, Brian Culbertson, 5th and York, Marion Meadows and a slew of other musicians. $60-$79 for one day passes and $115-$196 for two day tickets, 7 p.m. Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheater, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. 704-916-8970, livenation.com. (Friday and Saturday)
The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art will present the next installment in their Architecture + Film series, Rem Koolhaas: A Kind of Architect. The Dutch Architect's scholarly exploration of urban theory and architecture has been manifested in various outstanding projects, including the Seattle Central Library, the CCTV Headquarters in Beijing, and the McCormick Tribune Campus Center, IIT in Chicago. He won the prestigious Pritzker prize in 2000 and a spot on Time Magazine's list of The World's Most Influential People in 2008. He has earned respect in the architecture community for giving the conceptual aspects of his projects the same weight as the physical product. A cash bar reception with light appetizers will begin at 6 p.m. in the Bechtler museum lobby. Charles Davis, Assistant Professor of History, Theory and Criticism in Architecture at UNC Charlotte, will give a short presentation before the screening at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. Tickets are $10 for non-members, $8 for members and $5 for students with valid school I.D. Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, 420 South Tryon Street, 704.353.9200. bechtler.org.