Host Scott Aukerman (‘Mr. Show with Bob and David’ and ‘Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis’) brings your favorite satirical improv comedy podcast ‘Comedy Bang! Bang!’ live to the the stage. The long-running podcast features celebrity guests and eccentric oddballs who pop by to chat and compete in games. The live show will feature secret guests, but there are no props or sets. The focus is on improv, which means anything can happen.
An event that asks: What do art and culture mean to you? Where do you experience art and culture in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County? We want to hear from artists and Charlotte-Mecklenburg residents of all ages and backgrounds. You will hear from City of Charlotte leadership, the consultant team from Lord Cultural Resources, and have the opportunity to make your voice heard. There will be activities, project information, food and opportunities to experience local art.
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Jean Genet’s 'The Maids,' staged by Charlotte experimental theater troupe XOXO, is based loosely on two sisters who murdered their employer in 1933. It’s often seen as a kind of funhouse mirror where the two murderous maids imitate one another and their intended victim. Director Matt Cosper and his talented cast promise “bold physicality, wicked humor and a talent for making the familiar strange and the strange familiar.”
It’s a blistering day in the Bedford-Stuyevesant neighborhood of Brooklyn and things are poised to heat up even more due to pent-up racial tension. Producer/writer/director Spike Lee’s 1989 masterpiece does the impossible: It makes us empathize with almost every character onscreen. 'Do The Right Thing' ends with two quotes, one decries violence; the other casts it as self-defense. Both are proven right in a film that is eerily prescient and absolutely relevant right now.
Since their 2010 debut 'Treats,' Sleigh Bells have managed to be both critical darlings and downright popular. On catchy genre-jumping gems like “Comeback Kid,” Alexis Krauss’ girlish yet confident vocals float above Derek Miller’s cacophony of crunchy beats and grinding guitars. After splicing and recombining bite-sized chunks of genres ranging from punk to hip-hop over three successive albums, Sleigh Bells returned to their post-modernist cut-up pop roots with 'Texis' in 2021.
Three Bone Theatre’s latest production is based on Martha Ackmann’s book 'Curveball: The Remarkable Story of Toni Stone.' The drama tells the story of the first woman to play baseball in the Negro Leagues, also making her the first woman to play professionally in a men’s league in the 1950s. Stone’s stint with the Indianapolis Clowns gets a clear-eyed depiction in the play, complete with grueling conditions and looming racism.
The Second City troupe launched long before the brilliant sketch comedy show 'SCTV,' featuring SC members like Martin Short and John Candy. It even predates the dawn of 'Saturday Night Live' that employed even more SC alumni like Gilda Radner and John Belushi. In fact, SC was launched as a tiny cabaret theater in 1959. That legacy of comedy means this sketch show featuring a new wave of SC performers will be damn funny.
Part of the Queen City Comedy Experience, this workshop is designed to teach people with social anxiety and/or fear of public speaking how to use improvisational skills to manage their symptoms, thereby reducing avoidance behaviors in social and family settings. Participants will learn and explore these things in a safe and supportive environment with the help of a Second City instructor and licensed clinician.
We’ve already noted Flame Tides heavy-as-plutonium grooves enfolding mystic and hopeful lyrics. Here the Charlotte duo supports Hellfire 76, a duo devoted to rampaging stoner/doom/psych-metal which swings to dense blues licks that suggest a triceratops mating with a Sherman tank. Female-fronted Canadian goth-metal band Living Dead Girl embrace a dark, humorously self-aware sexuality. The dead may be horny, but they do it with melody and style.
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Each $150 ticket is priced for two people, and includes Vanity House's drag performance, and a three-course brunch menu and a mimosa or bellini per guest. Space is limited and a portion of all ticket sales will be donated to The Trevor Project.
“Lost in Space” is a Sci-Fi Bio-Mystery from the Space Race (1963). Tethered by the symphonics of a chamber orchestra and spoken word artistry (Bluz), interlaced with crafted hip hop, we gather around to take a journey with Ludmila (a Lost Cosmonaut), beyond the reach of Earth into outer space. Isolated. Weightless. A celestial starscape expanding while the Earthship dwindles below, ascend beyond the struggles of humanity. Our existence depends on our ability to transcend.
GroundZero presents live Professional Wrestling at Lenny Boy Brewing. Come see the Queen City's best independent wrestling at an affordable rate for the whole family.
Three outstanding groups hailing from Athens, Georgia join for a triple-bill event rich with talent and creative vision. Americana, dream-pop, modern creative jazz: indeed each band may inhabit distinct musical territories, but what they share tonight speaks the common love-language of music, beauty, and escape.