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Cool stuff to do this weekend


‘Gone Girl’

Now available on Blu-ray and DVD, pretty much anywhere you’d want to rent or buy it.

One of the best movies of 2014, about one of the worst marriages in the history of film. Nick (Ben Affleck) and Amy Dunne (Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike) are the perfect antidote for anyone sick of hearing “Happy Valentine’s Day!”


‘Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse’

Sat/Sun 1 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. McColl Family Theatre at ImaginOn, 300 E. 7th St. $18-$26.

It’s a story about a fashionable mouse, so of course the little girl in your life will want to see it. Saturday’s performance will be interpreted for the hearing impaired, and Sunday’s is the last day of the run for the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte production.

Visual Art

Open Studio Saturday

Sat Noon-4 p.m. McColl Center for Art + Innovation, 721 N. Tryon St.

Roam the McColl’s halls, check out a variety of wacky sculptures and interact with their wacky creators (aka the center’s artists-in-residence) during this free monthly event.


The Punch Room

Sat 6 p.m.-1 a.m. 15th floor of The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte, 201 E. Trade St.

Publicists for this new nightspot are calling it “sultry,” “alluring,” “intimate” and “tantalizing,” which makes it sound like “Fifty Shades of Grey: The Bar.” But it’s in uptown’s swankiest hotel, and it opens Saturday night (no reservations accepted), so here’s your chance to be among the first to be tantalized.


‘Illusion: Nothing Is As It Seems’

Sat/Sun 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon St. $15 for adults, $12 for kids and seniors. 704-372-6261.

We’re excited to check out all of the mind-bending tricks at the museum’s newest exhibition – except, perhaps, for the one that apparently makes it appear as though bugs are crawling all over your body.


‘Iolanta/Bluebeard’s Castle’ Live in HD

Sat 12:30 p.m. Regal Stonecrest at Piper Glen, 7832 Rea Road; AMC Concord Mills, 8421 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord; Cinemark Tinseltown, 305 Faith Road, Salisbury. $15-$24.

For opera lovers, The Met’s “Live in HD” series continues with the one-two punch of Tchaikovsky’s fairy tale and Bartok’s psychological thriller. Running time is 3 hours and 40 minutes, so be sure to buy the bottomless bucket of popcorn. (If you miss this screening, there’ll be an encore at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the same theaters.)