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 annual Mad Monster Party is back a month earlier than in past years and, after a stint in South Carolina, returns to Charlotte. Guests include the begloved boogeyman himself, Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger), and other stars from the “Nightmare” franchise; Michael Bien, Lance Henriksen and Jenette Goldstein from the iconic sci-fi sequel “Aliens”; twin-sister horror-directing team the Soska Sisters (“American Mary”); original Kiss drummer Peter Criss; pro-wrestlers Mick Foley, Kane and Animal; and actors from “Child’s Play,” the “Texas Chainsaw” series and others. Autographs, photos, Q&As, vendors, panels, screenings, film festival, scaraoke, a “beauty” pageant and a rave are all part of the festivities. Single-day tickets are $25-$30 Friday and Sunday, $35-$40 Saturday. Three-day pass $60. RIP (aka VIP pass) $199. Kids 12 and younger free. 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. University Hilton.
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden’s Orchid Sale coincides with its Art & Orchids exhibit featuring hand-woven Egyptian tapestries celebrating the native flora found in the desert, along the Nile, and in local villages. Crafted in wool and Egyptian cotton grown on the 12-acre Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Centre in the Harrania Village of Giza, where more than 30 artists spend months dyeing and weaving fabric for the tapestries, some of these will also be for sale during the exhibition, which runs through March 11. The Orchid Sale takes place 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday and features ladyslippers, pansies, hybrids and other rarely seen orchids. Free with admission or for garden members. $12.95 adults; $11.95 seniors, $6.95 ages 2 to 12.
Modern art and bingo might seem mutually exclusive, but the two come together along with Giant Jenga, scavenger hunts, trivia and other games during Bechtler By Night: Game Night. Along with the aforementioned activities, visitors can play Wheel of Style or color by number between perusing the Alfred Manessier and “Maestro mexicanos de la fotografia moderna” exhibits and have drinks (cash bar) and light appetizers. Free. 5 to 9 p.m.
Three Bone Theatre presents Fernanda Coppel’s “King Liz,” a play about a female sports agent and the troubled high school basketball star she takes on in hopes of making her career (and his). Coppel is an up-and-coming Latina playwright praised for her work, featuring stories about and starring women of color. She’s brought that ability to television as a writer on “The Bridge,” “Kingdom” and “How to Get Away with Murder,” and “King Liz” has been optioned by Showtime. $22-$28, 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday the weekends of Feb. 16 and Feb. 23. Duke Energy Theater in Spirit Square.
Charlotte Off Broadway’s Page to Stage features two “script-in-hand” readings of Davidson graduate Cyndy A. Marion’s “You Are Perfect” and Matt Lyle’s “Barbeque Apocalypse.” The former is the story of Charles Manson follower Susan Atkins (who was convicted of actively participating in one of the grizzliest murders of the 20th century) as she reflects on her past prior to Manson’s trial. The second follows a backyard neighborhood gathering full of angst, inadequacy and humor as three couples face the apocalypse and its aftermath. Free, but donations are accepted. 6:30 p.m. Camp North End.
Comedian Bert Kreischer continues his three-day run at Comedy Zone with shows Friday and Saturday, although seats for the late show Saturday are already sold out. A regular on “The Joe Rogan Experience” and “Rachael Ray,” Kreischer’s latest comedy special “Bert Kreischer: The Machine” premiered on Showtime in November. $30. 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday, 7 p.m. Saturday.
Although it was introduced as an official Olympic sport in 1924, curling really swept (pun intended) the Winter Olympics in 2010 with curling clubs sprouting up across the United States, including in Charlotte. This week, the Charlotte Curling Association hosts two events to introduce and educate the curling-curious and celebrate the Olympic games. Saturday includes an open house at its facility on Old Statesville Road. Watch others learn to curl or view the Olympics with a craft beer from the full bar and lunch from Tin Kitchen. For $10, get on the ice and “throw-a-rock” yourself. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, the league hosts a Winter games watch party and exhibition game with color commentary, trivia and full bar. Free. 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Covering the Kennedy assassination through the current administration, award-winning broadcast journalist Dan Rather is one of the few remaining voices from an era where all of America seemed to trust the nightly news. He was a classic nightly news anchor, a nearly universally recognizable figure behind the CBS news desk. As a staunch critic of today’s newsmakers and politicians, he will share his opinions as the Learning Society of Queens’ guest speaker. $45, 7 p.m. Belk Theater.
The weasel is back as Pauly Shore, the polarizing surfer/stoner voice of the MTV generation, returns to Comedy Zone for a night of stand-up. The star of comedies “Encino Man,” “Son in Law” and “In the Army,” and a second-generation comedian, he continues to act, has his own podcast, and has released a documentary that took a more serious look at his personal life and struggles as a traveling stand-up in 2014 – proving there is more to Shore than audiences may have seen before. $25. 8 p.m. Comedy Zone.