Things to Do in Charlotte NC This Week: Charlotte Art Weekly #49

Inspiring plays and rock ‘n’roll await Charlotteans over the coming days. Kids can enjoy a day of bilingual storytelling and an open screening of ‘Coco’, while Bollywood-lovers cannot miss the Mystic India World Tour. 

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This eventful week starts off with a slew of theatrical performances. A jazz musical about the life of Martin Luther King Jr seems unmissable. Taking an inspiring tone is another drama about how to see the brighter side of life, which stars the city’s much-loved comic Tania Kelly. Bollywood lovers, meanwhile, cannot miss the much-awaited Mystic India World Tour.

Parents looking to educate their children in being globally minded can drop by with their toddlers for an enriching day of bilingual stories in Spanish and English. Moreover, kids and adults alike can enjoy an open screening of the Oscar-winning animated film Coco.

Fans of rock ‘n’ roll are in for a good week. The Clarks are coming to Charlotte to perform this weekend, and next week, audiences can keep their ears open for rock musician Matthew Sweet, who will be performing alongside rock band The Eyebrows. For those more visually inclined, there is a curated photography exhibition of the work of 5 local photographers, selected out of a whopping submission of 225 entries.

The inspiration for our 49th Charlotte Art Weekly is 20th century American novelist Thomas Wolfe, who is perhaps North Carolina’s most celebrated writer. Wolfe gave us books that portray the spirit of American culture through urbane, analytical and touching stories. Born in 1938 into a humble family setup at Asheville, he was a maestro of autobiographical fiction. His short stories, novellas and plays are still considered to play a significant role in American literature. His most famous books are Look Homeward Angel, Of Time and the River, You Can’t Go Home Again, and The Web and the Rock.

Look out for the best events of this week:

Every Brilliant Thing

Watch this heart-wrenching family play, starring Tania Kelly, about the story of a set of parents and their daughter, who determine to look at the brighter and positive side of life.

May 17 to 25, 2018

Duke Energy Theatre

With tickets ($22-$28)

 

I Dream: The Story of a Preacher from Atlanta

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This jazz musical revives moments from the Civil Rights Movement by portraying the life of Dr Martin Luther King Jr.

May 18 to 25, 2018

Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts

With tickets ($20)

 

Girls’ Night Out – Daisy with Joni

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At this art exhibition, audiences can expect to witness gorgeous acrylic floral works.

May 18, 2018

Charlotte Fine Art Gallery

With tickets ($40)

 

Outdoor Movie Series – Coco

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An open screening of the film Coco will take place in the evening hours. Coco was 2017’s Oscar-winning animated film about a young boy who wants to be a musician and travels to the world of the dead.

May 18, 2018

Promenade On Providence

Open for all

 

Bilingual Stories & Music: Celebra! A Holiday Celebration

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Intriguing bilingual (English/Spanish) stories, skits, plays, performances and indigenous music will take place for families, particularly with children between 0-6 years of age.

May 19, 2018

Mint Museum Randolph

Open for all

 

The Clarks

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Popular American rock ‘n’ roll band The Clarks comes to Charlotte to dole out their head-banging melodies.

May 19, 2018

Visulite Theatre

With tickets ($15-$18)

 

Mystic India – The World Tour

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Indian traditional culture fuses with Bollywood’s chart-topping music in this enjoyable celebration of dance, music and magic.

May 20, 2018

Ovens Auditorium

With tickets ($32-$82)

 

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Curated from a submission of over 225 entries, this photography exhibition consists of visuals from the five winners.

May 24, 2018

The Light Factory

With tickets ($25-30)

 

Matthew Sweet w/ The Eyebrows

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Look out for this rocking evening with songwriter Matthew Sweet and the rock band The Eyebrows.

May 25, 2018

Visulite Theatre

Open for all

 

It’s set to be an inspiring week in Charlotte NC, between 18th May to 24th May. Be sure not to miss out!

Illustration: Nilesh Ramani

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