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Death Cab for Cutie, Momma

Ovens Auditorium 2700 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte, NC
$45
With a knack for sensitive lyrics, memorable melodies and Ben Gibbard’s wistful vocals, bittersweet and grungy Death Cab for Cutie was a respectable progenitor of emo when ‘Transatlanticism’ catapulted the band to the big time in 2003. Since then, they may have come down commercially, but never creatively. Hell, even impossible-to-please Pitchfork called Death Cab’s masterful 2022 ‘Asphalt Meadows’ an album that “mostly satisfies.”

Staff Picks

MOMIX Alice

Recurring
Knight Theater 430 S Tryon St., Charlotte, NC
$20
In MOMIX’s stunning reimagining of Lewis Carroll’s iconic dive down the rabbit hole, internationally acclaimed dancer-illusionists conjure the magical world of the White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, and the Queen of Hearts, amid the visionary choreography of artistic director Moses Pendleton. Amid the splendor, magic and dazzling creativity, you’ll be reminded that all is never what it seems. More: $20 and up; Jan. 24-25, 7:30 p.m.; Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St.; blumenthalarts.org

MOMIX Alice

Recurring
Knight Theater 430 S Tryon St., Charlotte, NC
$20
In MOMIX’s stunning reimagining of Lewis Carroll’s iconic dive down the rabbit hole, internationally acclaimed dancer-illusionists conjure the magical world of the White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, and the Queen of Hearts, amid the visionary choreography of artistic director Moses Pendleton. Amid the splendor, magic and dazzling creativity, you’ll be reminded that all is never what it seems. More: $20 and up; Jan. 24-25, 7:30 p.m.; Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St.; blumenthalarts.org

Modernism + Film: ‘Mur Murs’

Knight Theater 430 S Tryon St., Charlotte, NC
$8 – $10
Returning to Los Angeles from France in 1979, Belgian-born director, screenwriter and artist Agnès Varda began to lens ‘Mur Murs,’ her kaleidoscopic documentary about the city of angels’ striking murals. Bursting with color and vitality, ‘Mur Murs’ does more than catalog unusual public art. It’s an invigorating study of community and diversity. Varda traveled to Compton, training her curious camera on a series of murals whose defiance, beauty and simple existence recontextualized L.A. 

Nerdy Night Out: The Shark Appreciation Show

Carolina E-Sports Hub 3401 St. Vardell Lane, Suite A, Charlotte
$25
Did you know sharks first appeared 455 million years ago, and that they go into a trancelike state when you flip them upside down? Celebrate Kiss a Shark Week with more selachimorpha trivia from marine biologist Andrew Goff and comedians Hype Barnes and Solid Dad Improv Troupe. Goff serves up shark history like buckets of chum, while Solid Dad and Hype Barnes perform shark-themed improv and stand-up.

Death Cab for Cutie, Momma

Ovens Auditorium 2700 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte, NC
$45
With a knack for sensitive lyrics, memorable melodies and Ben Gibbard’s wistful vocals, bittersweet and grungy Death Cab for Cutie was a respectable progenitor of emo when ‘Transatlanticism’ catapulted the band to the big time in 2003. Since then, they may have come down commercially, but never creatively. Hell, even impossible-to-please Pitchfork called Death Cab’s masterful 2022 ‘Asphalt Meadows’ an album that “mostly satisfies.”

Fashion Night at The Mint

Mint Museum Uptown 500 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC
Free
Five houses from the regional/local ballroom scene perform the five categories of vogue: catwalk, hands, spins and dips, duckwalk and floor performance, with looks inspired by the 18th-century designs on display in Fashion Reimagined: Themes and Variations, 1760-Now, which runs through July 2. The opening reception for the Graphic GarMINT installation honors the work of 11 regional/local Black designers. Plus, a guided tour of Fashion Reimagined and MacFly Fresh Printing Co. performing live screen-printing.

‘The Men Inside’

Booth Playhouse 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC
$20 – $30
Inspired by the Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth exhibition at the Gantt through March 12, ‘The Men Inside’ is a live stage production that honors the paths of Black men who have become change-makers in their community. Presented by Epoch Tribe, Levine Museum, and the Gantt, the production shares personal stories of a group of Black men in Charlotte, and through those few, connections to multitudes are embodied. 

‘HEY YOU!! An Afrostereophonicjourney’

Recurring
The VAPA Center 700 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC
$25
A work-related incident spurred actor/writer/director/producer and voice talent Brian Daye to conceive this deeply personal and award-winning one-man play. As Daye traced his upbringing, background and life experiences as a Black man in America, the show came into focus. It's regional debut is presented by Charlotte’s Off-Broadway and directed by Dee Abdullah. Previously, ‘HEY YOU!!’ won Best Performance and Best Playwright from Los Angeles’ Peach Theatre and Film International Festival in 2022.

‘HEY YOU!! An Afrostereophonicjourney’

Recurring
The VAPA Center 700 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC
$25
A work-related incident spurred actor/writer/director/producer and voice talent Brian Daye to conceive this deeply personal and award-winning one-man play. As Daye traced his upbringing, background and life experiences as a Black man in America, the show came into focus. It's regional debut is presented by Charlotte’s Off-Broadway and directed by Dee Abdullah. Previously, ‘HEY YOU!!’ won Best Performance and Best Playwright from Los Angeles’ Peach Theatre and Film International Festival in 2022.

‘HEY YOU!! An Afrostereophonicjourney’

Recurring
The VAPA Center 700 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC
$25
A work-related incident spurred actor/writer/director/producer and voice talent Brian Daye to conceive this deeply personal and award-winning one-man play. As Daye traced his upbringing, background and life experiences as a Black man in America, the show came into focus. It's regional debut is presented by Charlotte’s Off-Broadway and directed by Dee Abdullah. Previously, ‘HEY YOU!!’ won Best Performance and Best Playwright from Los Angeles’ Peach Theatre and Film International Festival in 2022.

Church of Sinetology

Petra's 1919 Commonwealth Ave., Charlotte
$7 – $10
With cleverly punny branding that conflates geometric oscillating wave forms (sine waves) with that creepy narcissistic cult, Sinetology presents a self-described “night of electronic dance-floor therapy featuring live performances and DJs.” The bill features magisterial tone poems from Sinetology head honcho Benjamic Sochko/Lon Lon, plus Leo Wolf’s airy, chiming and moody ruminations on memory, time and dreams. Also, percussionist Ryan Persaud, aka Sweat Transfer’s whirling mad gamelan moves amid windchimes-in-a-hail-storm tintinnabulations.

Ego Death Machine, The Cult of Chunk, Moderneverything, Jackson Fig

The Milestone 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd, Charlotte, NC
$10
With their Bandcamp page devoted to an absurdist deconstruction of an answering machine message, NYC’s Cult of Chunk promise artsy weirdness in the vein of giant eyeball-sporting goofball terrorists The Residents. Charlotte’s stripped-down proto grunge trio Jackson Fig summons the elemental force of an earlier era, when indie was forming and not yet classified. Two more Charlotte outfits — post-rock noise trio Ego Death Machine and spiky new wave-accented rockers Moderneverything — fill the bill.

Arlie, Whitehall & The Sewing Club

Neighborhood Theatre 511 E 36th St, Charlotte, NC
$15
What began as a buoyant solo project from songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Nathaniel Banks has blossomed into Nashville-based band Arlie. The combo keeps touch with Banks’ retro-pop influences while stretching out in experimental lo-fi directions. The title track from Arlie's 2022 full length release 'Break the Curse' is a moody affair. Catchy yet candid pop is filtered through hazy haunted production that suggests a journey through mist shrouded forests and an echoing fractured hall of mirrors....

Happening this month

Death Cab for Cutie, Momma

Ovens Auditorium 2700 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte, NC
$45
With a knack for sensitive lyrics, memorable melodies and Ben Gibbard’s wistful vocals, bittersweet and grungy Death Cab for Cutie was a respectable progenitor of emo when ‘Transatlanticism’ catapulted the band to the big time in 2003. Since then, they may have come down commercially, but never creatively. Hell, even impossible-to-please Pitchfork called Death Cab’s masterful 2022 ‘Asphalt Meadows’ an album that “mostly satisfies.”

Events

Fashion Night at The Mint

Mint Museum Uptown 500 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC
Free
Five houses from the regional/local ballroom scene perform the five categories of vogue: catwalk, hands, spins and dips, duckwalk and floor performance, with looks inspired by the 18th-century designs on display in Fashion Reimagined: Themes and Variations, 1760-Now, which runs through July 2. The opening reception for the Graphic GarMINT installation honors the work of 11 regional/local Black designers. Plus, a guided tour of Fashion Reimagined and MacFly Fresh Printing Co. performing live screen-printing.

‘The Men Inside’

Booth Playhouse 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC
$20 – $30
Inspired by the Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth exhibition at the Gantt through March 12, ‘The Men Inside’ is a live stage production that honors the paths of Black men who have become change-makers in their community. Presented by Epoch Tribe, Levine Museum, and the Gantt, the production shares personal stories of a group of Black men in Charlotte, and through those few, connections to multitudes are embodied. 

HEY YOU!! An Afrostereophonicjourney

Recurring
The VAPA Center 700 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC
$25
Brian Daye, creator and performer of his award-winning one-man show HEY YOU!! An Afrostereophonicjourney states “A prior work-related incident became the foundation of this production. As I wrote it, the HEY YOU!! theme became a highly personal theatrical piece as I traced my background, upbringing, and life-experiences as a black man.” It is Mr. Daye’s hope that HEY YOU!! provides impetus to people who are looking to make a positive change in their lives.

‘HEY YOU!! An Afrostereophonicjourney’

Recurring
The VAPA Center 700 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC
$25
A work-related incident spurred actor/writer/director/producer and voice talent Brian Daye to conceive this deeply personal and award-winning one-man play. As Daye traced his upbringing, background and life experiences as a Black man in America, the show came into focus. It's regional debut is presented by Charlotte’s Off-Broadway and directed by Dee Abdullah. Previously, ‘HEY YOU!!’ won Best Performance and Best Playwright from Los Angeles’ Peach Theatre and Film International Festival in 2022.

HEY YOU!! An Afrostereophonicjourney

Recurring
The VAPA Center 700 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC
$25
Brian Daye, creator and performer of his award-winning one-man show HEY YOU!! An Afrostereophonicjourney states “A prior work-related incident became the foundation of this production. As I wrote it, the HEY YOU!! theme became a highly personal theatrical piece as I traced my background, upbringing, and life-experiences as a black man.” It is Mr. Daye’s hope that HEY YOU!! provides impetus to people who are looking to make a positive change in their lives.

‘HEY YOU!! An Afrostereophonicjourney’

Recurring
The VAPA Center 700 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC
$25
A work-related incident spurred actor/writer/director/producer and voice talent Brian Daye to conceive this deeply personal and award-winning one-man play. As Daye traced his upbringing, background and life experiences as a Black man in America, the show came into focus. It's regional debut is presented by Charlotte’s Off-Broadway and directed by Dee Abdullah. Previously, ‘HEY YOU!!’ won Best Performance and Best Playwright from Los Angeles’ Peach Theatre and Film International Festival in 2022.

Church of Sinetology

Petra's 1919 Commonwealth Ave., Charlotte
$7 – $10
With cleverly punny branding that conflates geometric oscillating wave forms (sine waves) with that creepy narcissistic cult, Sinetology presents a self-described “night of electronic dance-floor therapy featuring live performances and DJs.” The bill features magisterial tone poems from Sinetology head honcho Benjamic Sochko/Lon Lon, plus Leo Wolf’s airy, chiming and moody ruminations on memory, time and dreams. Also, percussionist Ryan Persaud, aka Sweat Transfer’s whirling mad gamelan moves amid windchimes-in-a-hail-storm tintinnabulations.

Beginner’s Printmaking Workshop – Make a hand carved stamp!

Town Brewing 800 Grandin Rd, Charlotte, NC
$40
Come enjoy cold beers & mimosa drink specials at an afternoon of creating in a beginner’s printmaking workshop just in time for Valentine’s Day! Gather your friends to learn all about linocut printing - think hand carved and printed stamps with your own design! If drawing isn’t your thing, no worries - I’ll bring some design templates so you can still experience this medium!

HEY YOU!! An Afrostereophonicjourney

Recurring
The VAPA Center 700 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC
$25
Brian Daye, creator and performer of his award-winning one-man show HEY YOU!! An Afrostereophonicjourney states “A prior work-related incident became the foundation of this production. As I wrote it, the HEY YOU!! theme became a highly personal theatrical piece as I traced my background, upbringing, and life-experiences as a black man.” It is Mr. Daye’s hope that HEY YOU!! provides impetus to people who are looking to make a positive change in their lives.

‘HEY YOU!! An Afrostereophonicjourney’

Recurring
The VAPA Center 700 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC
$25
A work-related incident spurred actor/writer/director/producer and voice talent Brian Daye to conceive this deeply personal and award-winning one-man play. As Daye traced his upbringing, background and life experiences as a Black man in America, the show came into focus. It's regional debut is presented by Charlotte’s Off-Broadway and directed by Dee Abdullah. Previously, ‘HEY YOU!!’ won Best Performance and Best Playwright from Los Angeles’ Peach Theatre and Film International Festival in 2022.

Ego Death Machine, The Cult of Chunk, Moderneverything, Jackson Fig

The Milestone 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd, Charlotte, NC
$10
With their Bandcamp page devoted to an absurdist deconstruction of an answering machine message, NYC’s Cult of Chunk promise artsy weirdness in the vein of giant eyeball-sporting goofball terrorists The Residents. Charlotte’s stripped-down proto grunge trio Jackson Fig summons the elemental force of an earlier era, when indie was forming and not yet classified. Two more Charlotte outfits — post-rock noise trio Ego Death Machine and spiky new wave-accented rockers Moderneverything — fill the bill.

Arlie, Whitehall & The Sewing Club

Neighborhood Theatre 511 E 36th St, Charlotte, NC
$15
What began as a buoyant solo project from songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Nathaniel Banks has blossomed into Nashville-based band Arlie. The combo keeps touch with Banks’ retro-pop influences while stretching out in experimental lo-fi directions. The title track from Arlie's 2022 full length release 'Break the Curse' is a moody affair. Catchy yet candid pop is filtered through hazy haunted production that suggests a journey through mist shrouded forests and an echoing fractured hall of mirrors....

POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive

Recurring
Booth Playhouse 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC
$25
In Selina Fillinger’s savage, riotous POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive, a group of unwitting heroines, ranging from the Chief of Staff to the mistress to the First Lady herself, must keep the toxic office culture of the White House from tipping into international disaster. This recent Broadway hit will be Charlotte Conservatory Theatre's second full production.

POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive

Recurring
Booth Playhouse 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC
$25
In Selina Fillinger’s savage, riotous POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive, a group of unwitting heroines, ranging from the Chief of Staff to the mistress to the First Lady herself, must keep the toxic office culture of the White House from tipping into international disaster. This recent Broadway hit will be Charlotte Conservatory Theatre's second full production.

POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive

Recurring
Booth Playhouse 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC
$25
In Selina Fillinger’s savage, riotous POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive, a group of unwitting heroines, ranging from the Chief of Staff to the mistress to the First Lady herself, must keep the toxic office culture of the White House from tipping into international disaster. This recent Broadway hit will be Charlotte Conservatory Theatre's second full production.

POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive

Recurring
Booth Playhouse 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC
$25
In Selina Fillinger’s savage, riotous POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive, a group of unwitting heroines, ranging from the Chief of Staff to the mistress to the First Lady herself, must keep the toxic office culture of the White House from tipping into international disaster. This recent Broadway hit will be Charlotte Conservatory Theatre's second full production.