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...
▪ Our best bet in the visual arts this week is something we’ve been awaiting for nearly a year. “Gendered,” opening Friday, is the second exhibition effort by the Young Affiliates of the Mint, after last summer’s “80x80.” The goal? To celebrate the diversity of gender within contemporary art. Promoted as an inclusive arts forum about gender and its intersections with race, class, sexuality and identity, the new show will hopefully be a place for supportive dialogue and open-minded expression. – KS
▪ Lady Antebellum remains the royalty of pop-country on its new album, “Heart Break.” Aside from the Southern-steeped vocals, tracks like “You Look Good,” “The Army,” “Somebody Else’s Heart” and “Heart Break” have as much in common with Taylor Swift and Mumford & Sons as country radio, thanks to pop hooks, symphonic flourishes, funky horns and grand sing-alongs. 7:30 p.m. at PNC Music Pavilion. – CD
▪ In “Moving Stories/Changing Lives,” dancers tell the life stories of four women who were imprisoned in North Carolina. Kinetic Works’ Martha Connerton worked in 2014-2015 through nonprofit Changed Choices to talk with the women and to choreograph this dance/theater piece. This year, two performances (3-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday) at the Patricia McBride and Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance will offer a pre-show demo of how the work was created, and a post-show talk including some of the women whose stories are told. – HS
▪ Let’s be honest — the U.S. National Whitewater Center (5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.) is basically a grown-up playground. From zip lines to whitewater to obstacle courses, it puts those kiddie swings and sandboxes to shame. It hosts the sixth annual Brew Stash Bash – think festival, live music and the chance to sample a large selection of regional and national craft beers ($6 per four 4-ounce samples). Those are prefaced by a morning Brew Dash, yoga, and a reservation-only breakfast ($15) that’s at 10 a.m. – SC
Soul Food Sessions, the series of collaborative dinners featuring African-American chefs and mixologists, returns for its third event, with a 6:30 p.m. dinner at Heirloom featuring guest chefs Keith Rhodes of Wilmington and B.J. Dennis of Charleston. Tickets are $75 for the six-course dinner. If they’re sold out, it’s still worth learning more about this continuing series. Details: www.facebook.com. – KP
▪ The legendary Southern Foodways Alliance leaves its home in Oxford, Miss., to bring its annual summer symposium to Charlotte. “El Sur Latino” focuses on the Latin American influence in the “Newer” South. It goes on through Saturday at a variety of spots. Tickets are $465 and include all meals and programming. Details: www.southernfoodways.org. – KP
▪ No one is having more fun making body-positive, feminist-alternative R&B and hip-hop than the Minneapolis artist Lizzo. Since her solo debut in 2013, she’s covered harder-edged, minimalist hip-hop, feel-good `70s get-it-girl funk, blazing dance tracks that promote self-love and gospel-tinged balladry that celebrates independence. Real, realistic and smart, she may be the anti-Katy/anti-Taylor role model music needs. 8 p.m. at The Underground. – CD