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Your 5-minute guide to the best things to do in Charlotte | June 8 – June 14

Annie Carter stars as Nellie Forbush and George DeMott as Emile deBecque in “South Pacific” at Matthews Playhouse.
Annie Carter stars as Nellie Forbush and George DeMott as Emile deBecque in “South Pacific” at Matthews Playhouse. Matthews Playhouse

Friday

▪ Mainstage Productions brings Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic “South Pacific” to Matthews Playhouse for a three-week run. Almost 70 years after its Broadway premiere, the Tony Award-winning musical remains timely for its examination of racism as two romances are threatened by prejudices against the backdrop of World War II. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday through June 24. $19 ($16 for seniors and students, $13 for children younger than 10).

▪ If you’re headed to uptown this weekend, come hungry. Taste of Charlotte takes over Tryon Street between Fifth and Stonewall for the annual tasting marathon featuring a variety of homegrown eateries (including Mert’s, Brixx, Ri-Ra and Fuel) and national chains serving up everything from tandoori chicken and empanadas to bacon-wrapped filet mignon and banana pudding. It’s not just about food, though — the family-friendly festival features children’s activities, wine tastings, cooking demos, live music and entertainment, a marketplace, and a 5K race at 9 a.m. Saturday. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free; sampling coins are $10-$20 per cup; kids activity wristbands are $20.

Saturday

▪ Of all the early-’80s music-video-fueled rock giants, Journey and Def Leppard weathered more than most. The former successfully replaced its lead singer with near-perfectly matched vocalists that fans embraced — twice; the latter famously overcame the loss of drummer Rick Allen’s arm after a 1984 car accident and the 1991 death of guitarist Steve Clark. The bands are teaming up for a night full of hits. 7 p.m. Spectrum Center. $49.50-$179.50.

Sunday

▪ Pitting SpongeBob against “Mean Girls” may sound like the makings of a “Saturday Night Live” skit, but it’s actually the top rivalry at this year’s Tony Awards, which feature many nominees from film and TV fame (Tina Fey, Amy Schumer, Laurie Metcalf, Michael Cera). Broadway buffs can enjoy the buzz and drama of the awards show en masse at the Blumenthal’s 14th Annual Tony Awards’ Viewing Party. 7 p.m. McGlohon Theater. Complimentary non-alcoholic beverages and snacks will be served, and admission is free.

Monday

▪ Grammy Award-winning musician Harry Connick Jr. pays tribute to his native New Orleans with a two-night engagement of “A New Orleans Tricentennial Celebration.” The concert tour, which launched last week, marks the city’s 300th year with a variety of songs and styles inspired by the city or made famous by artists synonymous with its rich musical history. $25-$109.50. 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Belk Theater.

Tuesday

▪ Fans of the BBC sci-fi juggernaut “Doctor Who” will find the Fourth Doctor, Tom Baker, on the big screen this week in the director’s cut of “Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks.” The latest “Who” production to make it to theaters features one of Baker’s most memorable storylines, as he and companion Sarah Jane Smith face one of the 55-year-old series’ greatest foes — Davros, the mastermind behind the Daleks. 7 p.m. Regal Stonecrest, AMC Concord Mills, and Tinseltown in Salisbury. $13.40.

tombaker as Doctor Who
Tom Baker stars in the director’s cut of “Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks.” BBC

Wednesday

▪ Former Vice President Joe Biden follows up his best-selling 2017 memoir, “Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose,” by taking his tales and experiences on the road with the “American Promise Tour.” He’ll discuss politics, personal choices and the challenges that come with balancing political and family life in the face of adversity with guest moderator Anthony Foxx (formerly Charlotte mayor and Secretary of Transportation under Barack Obama). 7 p.m. Belk Theater. $25-$250.

▪ The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra welcomes the Kruger Brothers for the premiere of its Indoor Summer Pops Series. The Wilkesboro-based band consists of Jens and Uwe Kruger (German brothers who came to the U.S. more 20 years ago to connect with American old-time, bluegrass and folk music) and NYC bassist Joel Landsberg, who adds his own jazz, show tune and classical influence. The concert will marry the Carolinas’ roots music history with music’s classical past. 7:30 p.m. Knight Theater. $19-$99.

Thursday

▪ The 21st Annual Juneteenth Festival of the Carolinas kicks off in Plaza-Midwood with a day-long Cultural Camp for children ages 5-17. The four-day festival — which commemorates the end of slavery in the South and celebrates the cultural contributions and history of African Americans — includes international vendors, classes and workshops, live music and entertainment, exhibits, and food. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Piedmont Open Middle School. Free.

▪ Slayer becomes the first of “the Big Four” influential thrash metal giants to call it quits (Metallica, Megadeth and Anthrax are still hanging in) with its Final World Tour. But it is bidding fans a long goodbye with a stacked arena and amphitheater tour that extends into 2019. The current leg features Lamb of God, Behemoth, Testament and fellow Big Four member Anthrax. 5 p.m. PNC Music Pavilion. $25-$123.68.

slayer 2013 by Tom Trunckoc
Slayer will perform at PNC Music Pavilion next Thursday night. Tom Trunckoc

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