Free Time: Cool stuff to do in Charlotte this weekend


‘Furious 7’

Sat-Sun New in theaters.

We’ve seen this seventh installment in the big, dumb, loud and very awesome “Fast and Furious” franchise, and it is big, dumb, loud and very awesome. Perhaps most surprising: You may very well leave the theater with a lump in your throat. (Remember, this is the last film star Paul Walker made before his 2013 death.)

Pro hoops

Charlotte Hornets

Sat 7 p.m. Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St. $27-$400. www.charlottehornets.com.

It’s uncertain whether our hometown boys will make the playoffs in their first year back in the purple, teal, gray and white unis. But one thing is for sure: This is the last regular-season home game of the year that falls on a weekend (a night working stiffs can afford to stay up and hang out at the EpiCentre post-game).

Live theater

Leonard Nimoy’s ‘Vincent’

Sat-Sun 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Stage Door Theater, Fifth and College streets. $22-$26. www.carolinatix.org.

Leonard Nimoy died Feb. 27 at age 83, but his legacy continues to live long and prosper. Not just because of “Star Trek” – he also wrote plays. This one is a one-man show about the life of Vincent van Gogh.


Lazy 5 Ranch Helicopter Egg Drop

Sat 9 a.m.-one hour before sunset. 15100 N.C. 150 East, Mooresville. $11 ($8 for kids ages 2-11 and seniors). 704-663-5100.

Yes, a helicopter will make eggs rain from the sky in Mooresville to celebrate Easter. No, they won’t be real eggs. Real eggs would make a pretty big mess. Plastic ones filled with candy will be much more welcome, both in kids’ eyes, and in their dentists’.

End of an era

‘Mad Men’

Sun 10 p.m. on AMC.

Don, Peggy, Pete, Betty, Joan, Ken and Harry are back to finish off Season 7 of the critically acclaimed drama, which will end forever after this final seven episodes. So pour an Old Fashioned*, light a Lucky Strike*, and plop down in the recliner for one last fling. (*Warning: Alcohol and tobacco both can lead to serious health problems.)