As hero Ash tears into zombie hordes with his trusty chainsaw, you may remember the title of a movie that is not one of Sam Raimi’s slapstick gore Evil Dead films: “There will be blood.” Staged outdoors in MoRA’s haunted woods, ATC’s sanguinary Evil Dead extravaganza features a designated splatter zone that puts you in the middle of the arterial spray. (Free poncho included with admission.) The show’s book and lyrics by George Reinblatt embrace the campy elements already present in Raimi’s masterpieces. The first night of the production is “pay what you can” night. Sadly, it was announced shortly before this issue went to print that this run of Evil Dead will be the last production from Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte before they shut down for good.
Amid the shock of the new in Charlotte’s Second Ward, we tread respectfully among ghosts. Brooklyn, a tightly knit self-sustainable city within a city, was eviscerated and demolished in the 1960s and 70s in the name of so-called urban renewal. The awareness of what we lost in the gutting of a once vibrant Black community informs the Collective Memory project, which commemorates and celebrates Brooklyn. The interactive experience immerses us in the history of the once flourishing neighborhood through life-size portraits, archival books and documented videos of former residents sharing their stories.
The Inaugural Charlotte Chalk Art Festival (CCAF2022), a FREE 2-day and family friendly outdoor festival, will be held at 4237 Raleigh Street October 1st and 2nd, 11am to 3pm each day. A Chalk Art Competition for ages 12-17 and 18+ will be featured. Apply in advance. Charlotte Art League studios will be open. Food, beverages, and arts and crafts vendors will be available. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Enjoy live music. Follow IG&FB posts.