Event will honor local theater artists

Metrolina Theatre Association, which represents more than 50 organizations and hundreds of area theatrical artists, will hold its fifth annual Metrolina Theatre Awards Sept. 14 in McGlohon Theatre.

Red-carpet arrivals begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Tryon Street entrance to Spirit Square (between Sixth and Seventh streets), and there'll be a pre-show reception in the lobby prior to the 7 p.m. curtain.

Black tie is optional for this gala, which recognizes excellence in many categories at six levels: drama, comedy, musical, regional, college/university and special event. The evening will feature musical numbers from recent shows; after the ceremony, there'll be a party at Brixx Pizza with drink specials and free food.

Tickets in the orchestra are $25 in advance, $30 at the door; tickets in the balcony are $18 in advance, $21 at the door. You can get tickets by visiting the box offices at Spirit Square, Theatre Charlotte (501 Queens Road) or the Belk Theatre (100 N. Tryon St.), by calling 704-372-1000, or by going online to www.carolinatix.org. For a list of nominees, see www.metrolinatheatre.org.

Film fest tickets on sale

The Charlotte Film Festival has finalized its schedule and is now offering online tickets at www.charlottefilmfestival.org.

The festival received over 300 entries again this year and chose 70 to run Sept. 25-28. Countries represented include Austria, Burundi, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom, and, of course, the United States. The screening venues are ImaginOn, Discovery Place, The Afro-American Cultural Center, Queens University, and Park Terrace Cinemas. Levine Museum of the New South will serve as the festival hub, and the opening gala and awards ceremony will return to the rooftop of the Mint Museum of Art + Design.

The festival will celebrate the work of maverick film producer and studio owner Earl Owensby of Shelby, showing “Rottweiler” and “Buckstone County Prison,” and will hold a screening of the 1927 silent film “Sunrise” with live piano music by Ethan Uslan. Most individual movie tickets are $6.50 online or $8 at the door). Panel discussion tickets are $3 online, $5 at the door. The festival also offers a variety of passes.

‘Birth' of a play

“Birth,” a documentary-style play that paints an alarming picture of how low-risk, educated mothers now give birth, will get a Charlotte premiere Thursday and Friday at Actor's Theatre of Charlotte, 650 E. Stonewall St. It's part of a national campaign by BOLD, a group that wants to offer various choices for child-bearing, and it comes from the pen of BOLD founder Karen Brody.

A Birth Fair will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the play at 7 and an audience talkback session. It's produced locally by Emily Joyce and directed by Kathryn Berkowitz, two doulas (companions who stay with mothers through labor, birth and beyond) who want to offer alternatives to some customary medical procedures.

Proceeds from Charlotte performances of “Birth” will go to N.C. Friends of Midwives, a midwifery advocacy group. Tickets cost $25 ($10 for pregnant women and students) at www.boldcharlotte.eventbrite.com or The Bag Lady, 1710 Kenilworth Ave #200. Call 704-338-9778 for details.

Artists' ‘Manifesto'

This year's annual film festival by the Art Institute of Charlotte will run Sept. 9 in McGlohon Theatre at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. will award more than $6,000 in prizes to films selected by guest judges.

Past festivals have hosted a variety of work, including videos, illustrations, graphics and sound designs. Tickets are $5. For details, go to http://kinolux.blogspot.com.

Canty can do

Writer-director-actor Barry Canty has won the 2008 Heineken Red Star Filmmaker Award for Innovation, Originality and Vision with “L.A. Proper,” his debut comedy about a multi-ethnic group of hard-working, hard-partying friends looking for love, sex, meaning, satisfying work and a good time in Los Angeles.

If that name sounds familiar to you, perhaps it's because he was a basketball star at Independence High School in the early '90s, before playing at Wake Forest University. The Independent Film Channel will show an interview with him through this month; see it at www.ifc.com/video/News/ Film/1743188546.

Children's Theatre honored

The Children's Theatre Foundation of America has honored Children's Theatre of Charlotte with the 2008 Medallion Award. It acknowledges CTC's quality of staff, artistic standards, growing audience and collaborative venture with the Public Library in the creation of ImaginOn.

Previous Medallion winners include Charles Schultz and the Peanuts Gang, Katherine Paterson, the legacy of Dr. Seuss and the Kennedy Center.