Week of February 28, 2011

Monday  Feb. 28

Cult Movie Monday:  SHAFT
7:00pm/Doors; 8:00pm/Screening – (Actors Theatre of Charlotte, 650 Stonewall St.)
  • The Light Factory and Theatre 650 present this month’s Cult Movie Monday feature: SHAFT, the genre-defining blackploitation film,  directed by Gordon Parks. Come watch John Shaft -  the ultimate in suave black detectives. He first finds himself up against Bumpy, the leader of the Black crime mob, then against Black nationals, and finally working with both against the White Mafia who are trying to blackmail Bumpy by kidnapping his daughter.

Tuesday Mar. 1

Charlotte Chamber Music – 1st Tuesday concert
5:30pm – First Presbyterian Church (200 W. Trade St), Charlotte

  • Feel the excitement of the bullfight and revel in the flair of the Fandango as you experience the flavour of Spain with classical guitarist Robert Teixeira and friends. From the intimate to the extroverted, enjoy an Iberian musical fiesta right here in Charlotte. Selections include: Joaquin Turina: La Oracion del Torero ; Luigi Boccherini: Guitar Quintet #4 in D “Fandango.”  Musicians for this concert are Robert Teixeira, guitar; Peter deVries and Kari Giles, violins; Vasily Gorkovoy, viola; Tanja Bechtler, cello. These concerts are performed by leading local and regional professional musicians that Charlotte Chamber Music compensates. The evening concert includes a wine and cheese reception in the Carillon Lobby.

Wednesday  Mar. 2

Movie Screening:  ORGASM, INC.
7:00pm – McColl Center for Visual Art
Tickets: $7

·         The McColl Center for Visual Art is pleased to host a screening of the shocking and hilarious newly released documentary ORGASM, INC. Tickets are only $7 for this extraordinary movie which captures the cash-fueled pharmaceutical industry and fevered marketing campaigns to introduce Viagra for Women. This movie promises to entertain as well as educate women from all walks of life, all backgrounds, all political persuasions, and all preferences.

Thursday Mar. 3

DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN,  Presidential Historian
7:00pm – Dana Auditorium/Queens University
Tickets: $40

·         One of the most recognized historians of the day, Doris Kearns Goodwin provides trenchant, informed and enthralling commentary on current events. Author of several best-selling books, Goodwin won the Pulitzer Prize in history for “No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II.” Her book “Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln” won the prestigious Lincoln Prize and the inaugural Book Prize for American History. A consultant interviewed extensively for PBS and the History Channel’s documentaries on LBJ, the Kennedy family, Franklin Roosevelt and the Lincolns, Goodwin offers a keen perspective as a presidential historian and political news analyst.


7:00pm – Sam Lerner Center for Cultural Arts/Jewish Community Center

Admission: FREE

  • In honor of NASA’s 50th Anniversary, the Charlotte Jewish Film Festival (March 3-13) will open with a screening of the 2010 documentary film: AN ARTICLE OF HOPE. An uplifting message of humanity, AN ARTICLE OF HOPE tells the remarkable story of Israel’s first astronaut and the journey of a tiny Torah scroll into outer space. Israeli Air Force Colonel Ilan Ramon and six other astronauts perished on Feb. 1st, 2003, when the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated upon reentry. Among the few objects that Ramon took into space was a miniature Torah that had survived the Concentration Camps of the Holocaust.  **Tiffany Russell, from NASA, will be the special guest speaker.


8:00pm – Charlotte Motor Speedway

Tickets: $38.50 - $212.50

  • CIRQUE DU SOLEIL returns to Charlotte MARCH 3- 20 with a brand new live production:  TOTEM! Somewhere between science and legend TOTEM explores the ties that bind Man to other species, his dreams and his infinite potential.

Friday Mar. 4

MATTHEWS HAS TALENT!  (a Benefit for Matthews Playhouse)
7:30pm – Matthews Community Center (100 E. McDowell Street, Matthews)
Tickets: $10
  • This benefit (which runs through Sun. 3/6) was created to showcase the local talent in our community and to support Matthews Playhouse and Theatre Matthews. For 16 years Matthews Playhouse has enriched the lives of performers and audience members alike with high quality plays and performances. This variety show will celebrate solo, small and large groups who have been invited to or successfully auditioned for a spot in the shows. Top performers will be recognized with a final showdown on the last evening.

6:00-8:00pm – Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
Tickets: FREE w/museum admission

  • Experience the sounds of 1930s and '40s France when the Ziad Jazz Quartet performs the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli. Featured songs include Nuages, Limehouse Blues, Minor Swing, Django, After You’ve Gone and Exactly Like You.

LECTURE:  Lady Young on ''Churchill's Sculptor''
6:00pm – Max L. Jackson Gallery/Watkins Bldg/Queens University

  • This illustrated lecture about the life and works of Oscar Nemon, Sir Winston Churchill's sculptor, is given by his daughter Lady Young. The lecture traces Nemon's life from his birth in Croatia in 1906 to his very last sitting with Diana, Princess of Wales in 1985. Nemon sculpted many of the leading statesmen and royalty of the 20th century including the Queen, the Queen Mother, Margaret Thatcher and President Eisenhower. The lecture is presented with support from The English Speaking Union of the United States and the Friends of Art at Queens. Reception to follow the lecture.

Saturday Mar. 5

MOTÖRHEAD  (w/Clutch)
8:00pm – Fillmore Charlotte
Tickets: $41.50

  • Motörhead's overwhelmingly loud and fast style of heavy metal was one of the most groundbreaking styles the genre had to offer in the late '70s. Currently on their 35th anniversary tour, in support of their latest album “The World Is Yours,” don’t miss Lemmy and the band for a classic hard rock show! Be sure to also catch opening band CLUTCH, for some amazing, bluesy, hard rock.

Davidson Community Players present:  MASTERPIECE
8:00pm – Armour Street Theatre (Davidson, NC)
Tickets: $10-$18

  • Davidson Community Players explores visual art with the thrilling premier of Masterpiece by the award-winning author Meir Ribalow. Based on the actual events of the 20th Century’s most notorious forgery scandal, the drama follows Flemish artist Han van Meegeren who successfully forges a 'masterpiece' by Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer to retaliate against a hostile and powerful art critic. The painting is sold to the Nazis, and it is not until nine years later that a mysterious investigator appears and the unraveling begins. "A mesmerizing thriller about what constitutes great art and the relationship between love, art, and the truth." --Broadway World

Sunday Mar. 6

1:00-4:00pm – Latta Plantation (5225 Sample Road, Huntersville, NC)
FREE, with site admission

  • 19th century blacksmiths on the grounds providing demonstrations. 

7:00PM – McGlohan Theatre @ Spirit Square (Blumenthal Performing Arts ctr)
Tickets: $19.50 - $24.50

  • Levy is one of the artists at the forefront of reviving and preserving Ladino, a collective term for the Judeo-Spanish languages that date back to the 15th century in Spain. In her deep, spiritual and moving style of singing, Levy preserves and revives the most beautiful songs from the Ladino/Judeo-Spanish heritage, mixing it with Andalusian Flamenco. Her “Romance & Yasmin” created a stir amongst world music lovers across the globe. She’s performed at Carnegie Hall, with Jools Holland on his TV show in England and at WOMAD festivals. See why The Guardian says Levy "deserves global recognition... (her music is) powerful, passionate & intriguing. “