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Festivals, football and ‘The Exorcist’ returns

By Brittney Cason
Brittney Cason
Brittney Cason writes about nightlife for The Charlotte Observer.

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This weekend’s highlights include festivals, films and football parties.

Friday

Music at Morrison with Simplified (Morrison Shopping Center at Sharon Colony roads): A good excuse to see this local band before it blows up and only performs in Charlotte as part of national tours. There will be a cash bar, and the event benefits the Alzheimer’s Association. 6-9 p.m. No cover. 704-906-2929.

Pineville Fall Festival at Pineville Lake Park (1000 Johnston Drive, Pineville): The two-day event features carnival rides, live bluegrass and country music (full lineup at www.pinevillefallfestival.com), and off-the-wall stuff like a pie-eating contest and a lumberjack show. 6-10 p.m. (also 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday). Free admission; ride tickets are 75 cents each. 704-889-2400.

Saturday

Retro Horror Film Series at Ayrsley Grand Cinemas (9110 Kings Parade Blvd.): Relive the 1973 classic “The Exorcist.” Showtimes at 7 and 10 p.m. $5. 980-297-7540.

Hair-o-Ween at Amos’ Southend (1423 S. Tryon St.): The bill includes Slippery When Wet, Hysteria and Hair Band, all of which crank out metal you can bang your head to. Doors open at 7 p.m. $10. 704-377-6874.

Sunday

For Panthers’ game day, check out The Tavern (300 E. Morehead St.): Recently opened, it replaces the former Morehead Street Tavern. The Tavern is open as early as 11 a.m. on game days, and for now, there’s no cover. 704-334-2655.

Brittney Cason is a writer who talks for a living at CBS Radio mornings on WFNZ, nights on WSOC.
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