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Critical Jones

Common Market Oakwold 4420-A Monroe Road, Charlotte, NC
Free
A pair of legendary Charlotte bands — Emperor Jones, a band popular on the local 1970s college circuit, and 1980s Queen City power trio The Critics — are recontextualized as five-piece combo Critical Jones. It’s a heady mix of musical talent playing a series of originals augmented by rock classics run through the band’s eclectic filter.

The Last Night: An Art Show

Petra's 1919 Commonwealth Ave., Charlotte
$7 – $10
Are the symptoms of being exposed to beautiful artwork intensified when the breathtaking imagery highlights local artists’ views of the end times? This show features artists like Arko, Marcus Kiser, and Kamo, and will likely prompt emotions about the last night on Earth. Musical guests include Makeda Iroquois, Terra Grata, Dayy Brown and DJ FLLS Good.

‘The Spook Who Sat by the Door’

Harvey B. Gantt Center 551 S Tryon S, Charlotte, NC
$7 – $9
'The Spook Who Sat by the Door' is a satire on race relations and a powerful polemic about institutional racism. Produced by U.S. foreign service veteran Sam Greenlee as an adaptation of his own novel and directed by Ivan Dixon ('Nothing But A Man'), the 1973 thriller follows a token Black CIA employee who uses his training to mastermind a guerrilla war against the police and government. It’s a neglected, long-suppressed masterpiece.

Staff Picks

COMPOUND

Lambla Gallery - UNC Charlotte 9115 Mary Alexander Road, Charlotte, NC
Free
  While in residence at Charlotte’s McColl Center in fall 2020, in the midst of the COVID pandemic, Jillian Mayer became intrigued by our region’s survivalist culture. Preppers or survivalists pursue complete independence from social, political and economic infrastructures, relying on their own learned skills to prepare for any impending disasters — real or imagined. For her exhibit, Mayer constructed her own imagined, site-specific survival site.

‘EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL’

The Barn at MoRA 8300 Monroe Road, Charlotte, NC
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...

BROOKLYN: THE COLLECTIVE MEMORY

Studio 229 229 S. Brevard Street, Charlotte, NC
$5
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...

Critical Jones

Common Market Oakwold 4420-A Monroe Road, Charlotte, NC
Free
A pair of legendary Charlotte bands — Emperor Jones, a band popular on the local 1970s college circuit, and 1980s Queen City power trio The Critics — are recontextualized as five-piece combo Critical Jones. It’s a heady mix of musical talent playing a series of originals augmented by rock classics run through the band’s eclectic filter.

The Last Night: An Art Show

Petra's 1919 Commonwealth Ave., Charlotte
$7 – $10
Are the symptoms of being exposed to beautiful artwork intensified when the breathtaking imagery highlights local artists’ views of the end times? This show features artists like Arko, Marcus Kiser, and Kamo, and will likely prompt emotions about the last night on Earth. Musical guests include Makeda Iroquois, Terra Grata, Dayy Brown and DJ FLLS Good.

‘The Spook Who Sat by the Door’

Harvey B. Gantt Center 551 S Tryon S, Charlotte, NC
$7 – $9
'The Spook Who Sat by the Door' is a satire on race relations and a powerful polemic about institutional racism. Produced by U.S. foreign service veteran Sam Greenlee as an adaptation of his own novel and directed by Ivan Dixon ('Nothing But A Man'), the 1973 thriller follows a token Black CIA employee who uses his training to mastermind a guerrilla war against the police and government. It’s a neglected, long-suppressed masterpiece.

Craig Ferguson

Booth Playhouse 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC
$39.50
Whether he was squashing a Jay Leno-via-ventriloquism fly or discussing the ideal size for donut holes, Scottish American comedian Craig Ferguson hosted the most anarchic and funniest late-night talk show. 'The Late Late Show' was surreal, semi-improvised and could only have worked with Ferguson’s singular personality. It also merely scratched the surface of his accomplishments. Ferguson is also a Peabody and Emmy Award-winning actor, producer, director, podcaster and New York Times bestselling author.

Welcome to the Family Fest

Recurring
The Milestone 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd, Charlotte, NC
$20 – $55
Close to 30 bands will take the stage over three days to play genres including metalcore, progressive alternative and indie rock. We’ve got our ears set for Monochopsis’ coiling guitar-driven take on prog rock and Den of Wolves’ metalcore mix of technical riffs and whiplash time signature changes.

Welcome to the Family Fest

Recurring
The Milestone 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd, Charlotte, NC
$20 – $55
Close to 30 bands will take the stage over three days to play genres including metalcore, progressive alternative and indie rock. We’ve got our ears set for Monochopsis’ coiling guitar-driven take on prog rock and Den of Wolves’ metalcore mix of technical riffs and whiplash time signature changes.

Welcome to the Family Fest

Recurring
The Milestone 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd, Charlotte, NC
$20 – $55
Close to 30 bands will take the stage over three days to play genres including metalcore, progressive alternative and indie rock. We’ve got our ears set for Monochopsis’ coiling guitar-driven take on prog rock and Den of Wolves’ metalcore mix of technical riffs and whiplash time signature changes.

Here Come the Mummies, Saxsquatch, Pleasure House

Moo & Brew 1300 Central Avenue, Charlotte, NC
$30
Raunchy and high-energy Here Come the Mummies headline Moo & Brew’s Moo & Boo Halloween Ball. This rotating crew of Nashville-based musicians keep their identities under wraps with mummy costumes. Even through the Pharaonic funksters have been playing for over 20 years, secrecy about who lurks beneath the bandages is tighter than the seal on King Tut’s tomb. Saxsquatch, also known as Dean Mitchell, blares out rollicking cover tunes on saxophone while rocking a Bigfoot...

Calexico, Ada Lea

Visulite Theatre 1615 Elizabeth Ave, Charlotte, NC
$30 – $35
When this indie multi-instrumentalist combo made a splash on the 1990s rock scene with their second album, 'The Blacklight' (1998), Calexico was pegged as a theatrical alternative act. The band weaved jazz, Spaghetti Western soundtracks and Latin music into desert noir soundscapes. As Calexico’s influences grew more integrated and less showy, they subsumed inspiration into a mystical and mythic vision tethered to the landscape. Their latest album 'Mirador' (2022) consolidates Calexico as modern folkloric storytellers.

‘The Crown Live’

Stage Door Theater 155 N. College St., Charlotte, NC
$34.50
In 'The Crown Live!', an affectionate parody of the Windsor-besotted Netflix series, an aspiring starlet shows off her acting chops by playing Britain’s late and endlessly mourned monarch Elizabeth II. She recruits her hapless manager to play everyone in the royal orbit from Winston Churchill to Princess Margaret in a maelstrom of quick-change virtuosity.

Happening this month

Critical Jones

Common Market Oakwold 4420-A Monroe Road, Charlotte, NC
Free
A pair of legendary Charlotte bands — Emperor Jones, a band popular on the local 1970s college circuit, and 1980s Queen City power trio The Critics — are recontextualized as five-piece combo Critical Jones. It’s a heady mix of musical talent playing a series of originals augmented by rock classics run through the band’s eclectic filter.

The Last Night: An Art Show

Petra's 1919 Commonwealth Ave., Charlotte
$7 – $10
Are the symptoms of being exposed to beautiful artwork intensified when the breathtaking imagery highlights local artists’ views of the end times? This show features artists like Arko, Marcus Kiser, and Kamo, and will likely prompt emotions about the last night on Earth. Musical guests include Makeda Iroquois, Terra Grata, Dayy Brown and DJ FLLS Good.

‘The Spook Who Sat by the Door’

Harvey B. Gantt Center 551 S Tryon S, Charlotte, NC
$7 – $9
'The Spook Who Sat by the Door' is a satire on race relations and a powerful polemic about institutional racism. Produced by U.S. foreign service veteran Sam Greenlee as an adaptation of his own novel and directed by Ivan Dixon ('Nothing But A Man'), the 1973 thriller follows a token Black CIA employee who uses his training to mastermind a guerrilla war against the police and government. It’s a neglected, long-suppressed masterpiece.

The Southernization of the United States

New Theater, Parr Center 1206 Elizabeth Ave, Charlotte, NC
Free
Pulitzer Prize-winner Cynthia Tucker and award-winning author Frye Gaillard present The Southernization of America, a compelling series of linked essays considering the role of the South in shaping America’s current political and cultural landscape. Presented by the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and Central Piedmont Community College.

Thumbs

Recurring
VAPA Center
$35
Thumbs, a mystery comedy thriller by Rupert Holmes, is full of twists and turns taking the audience on a fun-filled thought-provoking journey. Playwright-songwriter Holmes - widely known for his hit single "The Piña Colada Song" - called Thumbs “not just a whodunnit, but a whydunit.” BOGO Oct. 13-15 with promo code KNIFE. Pay-what-you-can Oct. 19. The cast features an impressive lineup of local actors: Stephanie DiPaolo, Adam Donshik, Jason Loughlin, Mark Scarboro and Anne Lambert,...

Craig Ferguson

Booth Playhouse 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC
$39.50
Whether he was squashing a Jay Leno-via-ventriloquism fly or discussing the ideal size for donut holes, Scottish American comedian Craig Ferguson hosted the most anarchic and funniest late-night talk show. 'The Late Late Show' was surreal, semi-improvised and could only have worked with Ferguson’s singular personality. It also merely scratched the surface of his accomplishments. Ferguson is also a Peabody and Emmy Award-winning actor, producer, director, podcaster and New York Times bestselling author.

Welcome to the Family Fest

Recurring
The Milestone 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd, Charlotte, NC
$20 – $55
Close to 30 bands will take the stage over three days to play genres including metalcore, progressive alternative and indie rock. We’ve got our ears set for Monochopsis’ coiling guitar-driven take on prog rock and Den of Wolves’ metalcore mix of technical riffs and whiplash time signature changes.

Charlotte Parent School Fair

Junior Achievement of the Central Carolinas 1701 North Graham Street, #100, Charlotte, NC
Free
Charlotte Parent invites you to meet one-on-one with representatives from the top Charlotte-area private and public charter schools — all in one family-friendly, fun-filled afternoon! The fair is FREE and open to the public. It features schools, entertainment, information sessions, and vendors! Register to be entered to win prizes!

Welcome to the Family Fest

Recurring
The Milestone 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd, Charlotte, NC
$20 – $55
Close to 30 bands will take the stage over three days to play genres including metalcore, progressive alternative and indie rock. We’ve got our ears set for Monochopsis’ coiling guitar-driven take on prog rock and Den of Wolves’ metalcore mix of technical riffs and whiplash time signature changes.

Here Come the Mummies, Saxsquatch, Pleasure House

Moo & Brew 1300 Central Avenue, Charlotte, NC
$30
Raunchy and high-energy Here Come the Mummies headline Moo & Brew’s Moo & Boo Halloween Ball. This rotating crew of Nashville-based musicians keep their identities under wraps with mummy costumes. Even through the Pharaonic funksters have been playing for over 20 years, secrecy about who lurks beneath the bandages is tighter than the seal on King Tut’s tomb. Saxsquatch, also known as Dean Mitchell, blares out rollicking cover tunes on saxophone while rocking a Bigfoot...

Calexico, Ada Lea

Visulite Theatre 1615 Elizabeth Ave, Charlotte, NC
$30 – $35
When this indie multi-instrumentalist combo made a splash on the 1990s rock scene with their second album, 'The Blacklight' (1998), Calexico was pegged as a theatrical alternative act. The band weaved jazz, Spaghetti Western soundtracks and Latin music into desert noir soundscapes. As Calexico’s influences grew more integrated and less showy, they subsumed inspiration into a mystical and mythic vision tethered to the landscape. Their latest album 'Mirador' (2022) consolidates Calexico as modern folkloric storytellers.

Laughter Yoga

HeartLight Spiritual Center 7300 Mallard Creek Road, Charlotte, NC
Free
Laughter Yoga presented by Laughing Swans Yoga. Come out to laugh and play! This is good for your health and fun. All ages abilities welcomed. 45 Min session to laugh, giggle, chant,clap, and cheer on your friends. Proven to improve mood, reduce stress and it is fun! Have you ever had a laughter meditation? Come see what it is about.

Welcome to the Family Fest

Recurring
The Milestone 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd, Charlotte, NC
$20 – $55
Close to 30 bands will take the stage over three days to play genres including metalcore, progressive alternative and indie rock. We’ve got our ears set for Monochopsis’ coiling guitar-driven take on prog rock and Den of Wolves’ metalcore mix of technical riffs and whiplash time signature changes.

‘The Crown Live’

Stage Door Theater 155 N. College St., Charlotte, NC
$34.50
In 'The Crown Live!', an affectionate parody of the Windsor-besotted Netflix series, an aspiring starlet shows off her acting chops by playing Britain’s late and endlessly mourned monarch Elizabeth II. She recruits her hapless manager to play everyone in the royal orbit from Winston Churchill to Princess Margaret in a maelstrom of quick-change virtuosity.

Thumbs

Recurring
VAPA Center
$35
Thumbs, a mystery comedy thriller by Rupert Holmes, is full of twists and turns taking the audience on a fun-filled thought-provoking journey. Playwright-songwriter Holmes - widely known for his hit single "The Piña Colada Song" - called Thumbs “not just a whodunnit, but a whydunit.” BOGO Oct. 13-15 with promo code KNIFE. Pay-what-you-can Oct. 19. The cast features an impressive lineup of local actors: Stephanie DiPaolo, Adam Donshik, Jason Loughlin, Mark Scarboro and Anne Lambert,...

Thumbs

Recurring
VAPA Center
$35
Thumbs, a mystery comedy thriller by Rupert Holmes, is full of twists and turns taking the audience on a fun-filled thought-provoking journey. Playwright-songwriter Holmes - widely known for his hit single "The Piña Colada Song" - called Thumbs “not just a whodunnit, but a whydunit.” BOGO Oct. 13-15 with promo code KNIFE. Pay-what-you-can Oct. 19. The cast features an impressive lineup of local actors: Stephanie DiPaolo, Adam Donshik, Jason Loughlin, Mark Scarboro and Anne Lambert,...

Thumbs

Recurring
VAPA Center
$35
Thumbs, a mystery comedy thriller by Rupert Holmes, is full of twists and turns taking the audience on a fun-filled thought-provoking journey. Playwright-songwriter Holmes - widely known for his hit single "The Piña Colada Song" - called Thumbs “not just a whodunnit, but a whydunit.” BOGO Oct. 13-15 with promo code KNIFE. Pay-what-you-can Oct. 19. The cast features an impressive lineup of local actors: Stephanie DiPaolo, Adam Donshik, Jason Loughlin, Mark Scarboro and Anne Lambert,...

Thumbs

Recurring
VAPA Center
$35
Thumbs, a mystery comedy thriller by Rupert Holmes, is full of twists and turns taking the audience on a fun-filled thought-provoking journey. Playwright-songwriter Holmes - widely known for his hit single "The Piña Colada Song" - called Thumbs “not just a whodunnit, but a whydunit.” BOGO Oct. 13-15 with promo code KNIFE. Pay-what-you-can Oct. 19. The cast features an impressive lineup of local actors: Stephanie DiPaolo, Adam Donshik, Jason Loughlin, Mark Scarboro and Anne Lambert,...

Events

Acting Our Age 2022: Using Our Voices

Recurring
Booth Playhouse 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC
$15
Acting Our Age: Using Our Voices weaves together the life stories of seven Aldersgate residents. Working with creators Lyndall Hare and Steve Umberger, the unique performance tells the stories of the seven against the historical background of their times, as well as a story of how The Silent Generation paved the way for the Boomers. Using Our Voices blends the best of stage and film and is produced by a professional creative team.

Acting Our Age 2022: Using Our Voices

Recurring
Booth Playhouse 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC
$15
Acting Our Age: Using Our Voices weaves together the life stories of seven Aldersgate residents. Working with creators Lyndall Hare and Steve Umberger, the unique performance tells the stories of the seven against the historical background of their times, as well as a story of how The Silent Generation paved the way for the Boomers. Using Our Voices blends the best of stage and film and is produced by a professional creative team.

Edible North Carolina Event at Park Road Books

Park Road Books 4139 Park Rd, Charlotte, NC
Free
Join University of North Carolina food historian Marcie Cohen Ferris, community historian Tom Hanchett and food writer Kathleen Purvis as they discuss the book, “Edible North Carolina: A Journey across a State of Flavor. The new book from University of North Carolina Press provides a 360-degree view of a state known for its farming and food, with compelling essays from leading North Carolina writers, cooks, farmers, entrepreneurs, and food equity activists.
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