Photo by Brazilian photographer Pedro Lobo, on display now at UNC Charlotte Center City Gallery. (Courtesy of UNC Charlotte Center City Gallery)
Charlotte’s cultural calendar is getting out of control—you can’t attend one event without missing another—and this weekend is no exception. Here are the openings, exhibitions and performances that are on our radar. Choosing what to attend is up to you:
LaCa, aka Latin American Contemporary Arts Projects, Charlotte’s first gallery devoted entirely to Latin American contemporary art, opens tonight – Thursday, March 21 at 6pm. A brilliant (and some think long overdue) premise for a local gallery, the grand opening exhibition will feature contemporary works by Juan Dolhare.
From Argentina to Brazil: “Favelas: Architecture of Survival” at Projective Eye Gallery (UNC Charlotte’s Center City Gallery) holds its opening reception Friday night. The exhibit presents work by Brazilian photographer Pedro Lobo, documenting the favelas in Rio de Janeiro, the longest-lived squatter settlements in the world. Reception includes a lecture by the artist, panel discussion about transitional housing, then the best part, music and dance by Cordoa de Ouro Charlotte – Mestre Esquilo.
Theatre Charlotte presents “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolfe?” A dark comedy with a shocking ending, this is one production in Theatre Charlotte’s 85th season we don’t plan to miss. Opening this weekend.
Spring Forward by Caroline Calouche & Company, a mainstay of Charlotte’s contemporary dance scene since 2005. Presenting something of a variety show with aerial props (silk, bungee, aerial cube, sling and swinging bench), the company presents new and developed work at the Booth Playhouse this Friday and Saturday night.
Pecha Kucha Charlotte returns tonight – Thursday, March 21 at 7:30pm at the Mint Museum Uptown. The ninth in the series, the event (for the uninitiated) breaks down as follows: 10 presenters × 20 slides each × 20 seconds per slide. That means short, unexpected presentations on topics ranging from local food to science and technology in art, plus live performances of music, theater and dance. While you’re at the Mint, check out the brilliant work by Vik Muniz and Débora Arango, both now on display.
Spring Dance Concert by UNC Charlotte’s Department of Dance. Student dancers will perform four contemporary works, including a selection from Walking with Pearl…Africa Diaries, restaged as part of the Urban Bush Women residency at UNC Charlotte. Don’t get thrown by the student aspect. The caliber of professors in this department and the choreography they create (not to mention the careful execution of that choreography by their students) is exceptional. Opens tonight and runs through Sunday.