Cool stuff to do in Charlotte this weekend

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‘Kinky Boots’

Sat 2 and 8 p.m. (also 1:30 and 7 p.m. Sunday). Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. $20-$149.50. www.blumenthalarts.org.

Easily the best Broadway musical about a shoe-factory owner who makes steel-reinforced stilettos for drag queens that we’ve ever seen. We’re not being facetious; it really is a lot of fun. And Cyndi Lauper’s score is (surprise!) sensational.


‘The Music of Led Zeppelin’

Sat 8 p.m. Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. $36.66-$96.02. www.charlottesymphony.org.

Hey, hey, mama/Said the way you move/Gonna make you sweat/Gonna make you groove...” and then instead of guitar you’ll get a cacophony of violins, violas, cellos, double basses, flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, horns, trumpets and trombones – courtesy of the Charlotte Symphony.


‘The Wizard of Oz’

Sun 2 p.m. Studio Movie Grill at the EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St. #290. $3. 704-972-1062.

If there’s one thing we can be sure of, it’s that director Victor Fleming never intended for his 1939 fantasy film to be viewed on an iPad or a laptop computer. For one afternoon, see it again the way it was meant to be seen: with a $12 burger and a mango-berry mojito.


Charlotte Spring Jam

Sun 8 p.m. Bojangles’ Coliseum, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. $60.43-$87.86. 800-745-3000.

See classic hip-hoppers and R&B stars in a fitting setting, since headliner Keith Sweat and supporting act Slick Rick are both almost as old as the Bojangles’ Coliseum (which was still Charlotte Coliseum back when they were born). SWV, Dru Hill and Ginuwine round out the bill.


‘Neighbors With Benefits’

Sun Series premiere at 10 p.m. on A&E

The new reality show – about swingers living with, loving and lusting after each other in an Ohio suburb – is already getting skewered by critics. But the preview is gleefully uncomfortable, and we’re a pretty open-minded bunch. Well, not that open-minded...

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