Stars, Music, Comedy: that’s what’s playing in Charlotte this weekend | DFA 90.7
It’s time to check out what’s up for the weekend in and around Charlotte. There are several comedy shows, including the Queen City Comedy Spotlight. The Stargazer Music Fest is open for attendees to enjoy a music festival under the stars, the local New South Circus Project entertainment troupe returns this weekend and the 2021 Queen City Summer Festival kicks off this weekend . QCity Metro Senior Editor Katrina Louis joins us for Weekend in Entertainment to help sort it out.
Gwendolyn Glenn: Hi, Katrina.
Katrina Louis: Have a good Thursday, Gwen.
Glenn: I wish you the same. So, Katrina, let’s start with the Stargazer Music Fest, which takes place on Saturday. You can hear one of the performers, Phoenix Down, in the background. Now, Katrina, this music festival is presented as a multidimensional cosmic journey. What does it mean? Describe it.
Louis: Space is therefore in a way the theme of the night. It will be a stargazing night. But there is also a range of groups like Space Ballet, SpacePants and Spacial (Forces). So you will spend a night star gazing while listening to relaxing music. There will also be telescopes on site and a night market for snacks and shopping with a few local vendors.
Glenn: OK, that sounds like fun. And there are things that people who go to Stargazer Music Fest can bring with them, aren’t there?
Louis: Correct. You must therefore absolutely bring a blanket and / or a garden chair. And if you want to do it all, you can bring a pair of binoculars and download a stargazing app. But as I mentioned, there will be telescopes on site.
Glenn: OK, so what time does the cosmic journey start?
Louis: It will be 8 p.m. at the Hodge family farm.
Glenn: OK, and Katrina, the Nuevo Sud circus troupe is unveiling a new number this weekend called La Besita. This is presented as a combination of acrobatics and spoken word with a Latin and immigration theme. Tell us more about it.
Louis: Thus, the guests of this production will be among the first to experience it before its official premiere and its national tour. It pays homage to our Latino community and uses theatricality to open a real discussion about immigration and the journey some immigrants face.
Glenn: So it’s not just your normal stunts and things like that, but it’s also kind of like a play?
Louis: Correct. And there will be a post-discussion where they talk to the attendees who will kind of help shape what this production will be like once it kicks off.
Glenn: OK, and at what time and where?
Louis: This takes place at the Booth Playhouse until Saturday, which takes place at 7:30 or 8:00 a.m.
[Poetry Slam Performer (recording): See, I was so focused on feeding my art that I left myself with nothing to eat. And I didn’t notice it until I was actually physically hungry, until I realized that I couldn’t consume the pages of my notebooks until my stomach growled for more than just stanzas. What’s the point of my poetry saving everyone if I don’t save myself?]
Glenn: Those tight rhythmic verses you just heard me from SlamCharlotte’s Poetry Slam is coming back this weekend. Katrina, for those unfamiliar with the event, tell us the story.
Louis: So it started as Queen City Soul Slam in 2003 under the vision and direction of Terry Creech, and they performed at the African American Cultural Center. For those who don’t know, that was before Charlotte had the Harvey B. Gantt Center. And Slam Charlotte, they host monthly poetry slams, where artists perform in front of audiences and judges. And the team, Slam Charlotte, is a three-time national champion. And the current slam master is Boris “Bluz” Rogers, who is well known in Charlotte, and he has in fact been ranked several times as one of the best poets in the world.
Glenn: Wow. Now it’s a virtual event. How can people see it and on what day and at what time?
Louis: You can follow the broadcast live on Friday from 8 p.m. on the Blumenthal Performing Arts Facebook page.
Glenn: Alright, Katrina. It’s summer, so this big hit from Kool and the Gang is so fitting.
[Kool and the Gang’s “Summer Madness” plays.]
Glenn: “Summer Madness”, 1974. Brings back memories, and we’re playing it because the Queen City Summer Festival 2021 is approaching. Katrina, what’s up with this free event for the whole family?
Louis: There will be food, children’s activities like face painting and bouncy houses. There are raffles, a market, entertainment. I’m sure I’m leaving things out, but this is just a taste of what people can expect there.
Glenn: What kind of entertainment?
Louis: There will be dance performances from groups like Klimaxx Dance Studio and Company, the Diamond Dolls of the QC and Praise & Motion Outreach Dance Team.
Glenn: OK, and at this particular festival, I understand that people will also be able to get the COVID-19 vaccine, right?
Louis: That’s right. There will be free COVID-19 vaccines on site and a $ 25 gift card for anyone who gets vaccinated.
Glenn: So what time does it all start?
Louis: The fun begins Saturday at noon at Fran’s Kids Boys & Girls Center in West Charlotte.
Glenn: And Katrina, we can all have a good laugh during these times. And the Queen City Comedy Spotlight will try to do just that this weekend with a full lineup of local comics, like Don Garrett.
[Don Garrett clip plays.]
Louis: Don Garrett is a resident of Charlotte who calls himself the “chuff daddy” of comedy. You can’t see me doing my aerial quotes, but I do. Its clean comedy style means it is suitable for all ages. But there are also the Grimmprov brothers on the program. They are a staple in the Clean City comedy series. They are two brothers who improvise their way through fairy tales. And then there’s Evan Pittfield, who loves cats as much as making people laugh. And then finally there’s the band known as Now are the Foxes, which you’ll love if satire is your thing.
Glenn: Great. What time do the jokes start and where?
Louis: It’s happening Friday, starting at 8 a.m. at the Stage Door Theater.
Glenn: OK, and also not to be missed, the Rooftop comedy at Devil’s Logic Brewing on East Fourth Street on Friday night. They will feature the improv group Province of Thieves. Center Stage: A Celebration of Black LGBTQ Dancers and Choreographers will be at the Midwood International and Cultural Center tonight until 8 p.m. A Girl Tribe pop-up store will be at Alexander Homestead on Sunday for a full day of shopping at various boutiques; Victoria Day: Charlotte’s Restaurant Week kicks off Friday at dozens of local restaurants with prix fixe meals, and local band Pluto Gang will headline River Jam at the US National Whitewater Center on Saturday night. Let them get us out. Katrina, thank you for joining us for this edition of Weekend in Entertainment.
Louis: Thanks, Gwen. Have a nice week end.
Glenn: You too. Katrina Lewis is a senior writer for QCity Metro.
[Pluto Gang music plays.]