What is there to do in Charlotte this weekend? Here’s our experts’ picks on everything from entertainment – movies to music to theater – to food and wine, beer and restaurants. And shopping, of course...
▪ The final leg of Iron Maiden’s Book of Souls Tour, which kicked off Saturday in Virginia, makes its way to PNC Music Pavilion at 7:30 p.m. Unlike many of its peers, the UK metal giant’s current tour isn’t about nostalgia. Maiden holds a firm grip on its legendary status while still releasing and performing new music, which balances out the fan favorites on its current set list. – CD
▪ Need to get your Cam Newton fix before the season starts in September? For $5 (cash only) you can watch the famed quarterback, his teammates and other local celebs compete in the Kicking It With Cam Celebrity Kickball Tournament at American Legion Memorial Stadium (1238 Armory Drive). This third-annual game raises money for Newton’s foundation, which helps children economically, educationally and emotionally. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. – SC
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▪ ChicksBEER – the series by all-female Shakespearan troupe Chickspeare – brings you a sitcom version of “Comedy of Errors” a la ’70s and ’80s TV. Expect seven actors, 15 characters, two sets of identical twins, Ass Clown brews, and all the mayhem that combination implies. $20 in advance at www.chickspeare.com; through June 11 at the Warehouse Performing Arts Center in Cornelius. – HS
▪ The two-day Groverfest Music Festival – at Fiddler’s Grove in Union Grove, N.C. (1 hour from Charlotte) – features more than 20 bands spanning genres, as well as visual art, vendors and workshops. Sojourn of Sparrows, Goodnight Brothers Band, Coddle Creek and Marvelous Funkshun are a few of the bands you’ll hear. Tickets (starting at $30) include primitive camping and parking. – JM
▪ “The Place to Be” at Spirit Square’s Knight Gallery features about 90 photographs Charlotte’s Daniel Coston has taken since New Year’s Eve 1995. They’re what you might have seen as a concert-goer at the time, at places like the Double Door Inn and other venues now closed, and include some sizable stars, from Ray Charles to Jerry Lee Lewis to the Avett Brothers. – CA
▪ Pull on your elastic waistband pants – more than 100 samples from local restaurants will be at the three-day Taste of Charlotte Festival, which runs through Sunday in uptown. Sure, there’s other entertainment: live music, street performances, shopping and various kids’ activities spread over six blocks of Tryon Street. But the focus here is food. Admission is free and coins are available for purchase to use for tasty samples of bites and beverages. – SC
▪ “Charlotte Squawks” returns for another round (this is the 13th year!) of biting satire that touches on pop culture, sports and politics both locally and nationally – meaning everything from the Panthers to President Trump are fair game. The first performance of “Charlotte, We Have a Problem” of the weekend is at 8 p.m. at Booth Playhouse; host Mike Collins and producer-lyricist Brian Kahn will give 14 more performances throughout the month of June. – TJ
▪ The Charlotte Folk Society’s Gathering Concert Series gets historical with The Kollard Kings, featuring local historian Tom Hanchett and his band mates performing songs and tunes from the days when the Queen City was the country music recording capital – from the late 1920s into the ’40s. Along the way, they share a largely unknown Charlotte music history with audiences. The free, family-friendly show is at 7:30 p.m. at the Great Aunt Stella Center (926 Elizabeth Ave.). – TJ
▪ The Charlotte Symphony returns for Week 2 of its Summer Pops series at Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall. This week’s program: the Jazz at the Park with Jazz Arts Initiative (those musicians will join the symphony for standards including “In the Mood,” “Stardust,” “Moonlight Serenade,” “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “Sing, Sing, Sing” and more). Keitaro Harada will conduct. Parking is free, gates open at 5 p.m., prelude performances begin at 7, and the main event is at 8:15. – TJ
▪ George Thorogood and the Destroyers bring their “Rock Party Tour” to uptown’s Knight Theater for a 7:30 p.m. concert that – according to his PR team – “promises to raise the bar, rock the house and tear off the roof like never before.” As long as he plays “Bad to the Bone” as loudly as possible, it’s all good. Also all good: The group will donate $1 from each ticket sold to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. – TJ
▪ Need help navigating the many issues of barbecue in the Carolinas? Dr. Tom Hanchett will give a talk at 6:30 p.m. at the Myers Park Public Library, along with barbecue by caterer Dan Huntley of Dan the Pig Man. The talk and the food are free, but you need to register. Call 704-416-5800 or sign up online at cmlibrary.org. – KP
▪ A Grammy winner for both his work in the band fun. and with Taylor Swift, New Jersey native Jack Antonoff (who spent his formative years clawing up the indie-rock ladder with Steel Train) has graduated to full-on pop impresario as a producer (Lorde’s “Melodrama” is up next) and as an artist in Bleachers, which released its second album last week. An 8 p.m. show at The Underground brings Antonoff back to smaller, more intimate venues than fun. would have allowed. – CD
▪ Muse is only a week into its U.S. tour following the release of the new single “Dig Down” (which swells into an anthemic, gospel bridge without straying from what’s become the band’s signature futuristic, apocalyptic feel). The UK trio headlines PNC Music Pavilion at 7 p.m. with special guest Thirty Seconds to Mars, led by Jared Leto, who returns to theatrical rock after his run as The Joker in “Suicide Squad” and the lead in the upcoming 2017 film “The Outsider.” . – CD
▪ Babalu kicks off a series of Thursday night beer dinners with local breweries, beginning at 7 p.m. with Sugar Creek Brewing Co. Each one is $75 for four courses paired with beers (not including tax and tip; registration required at eatbabalu.com). Next up: Legion Brewing on June 22 and Unknown Brewing on June 29. – KP