Hot Dates: End of the Civil War and March Madness; beginning of baseball and craft beer festival

Marker on Charlotte’s South Tryon Street in front of McCormick and Schmick’s restaurant.
Marker on Charlotte’s South Tryon Street in front of McCormick and Schmick’s restaurant.

End of the Civil War, beginning of the New South: 150th anniversary. Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., Levine Museum of the New South: The spotlight of history was on Charlotte in April 1865. Confederate President Jefferson Davis, fleeing the Union capture of Richmond, stopped here for a week and convened the last full meeting of his cabinet. He set up headquarters at a Tryon Street bank and his Confederate cabinet met for the last time as a full body at the Phifer House on North Tryon Street.

Scheduled to speak is Davis’ great-great grandson Bertram Hayes-Davis, who retraced that route to compare the South 150 years ago to now. Hayes-Davis is the former executive director of Beauvoir, the Jefferson Davis Home in Biloxi, Miss., that houses Davis’ presidential library. It was there that Davis began writing what would become “The Rise and Fall of the Confederate States of America.”

Following Hayes-Davis’ remarks, author and UNC Charlotte historian David Goldfield will speak on the vision of the New South in the 1860s and today in a talk he calls: “Looking Away: Re-remembering Southern History.”

Free, but seating limited. Reservations recommended. Details, click here.

Bertram Hayes-Davis talking about his great-great grandfather:

Other Hot Dates this week

Monday: Until next November: Another college basketball season comes to an end at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, or as Charles Barkley famously misspoke “In the Annapolis” in a Capital One credit card commercial. No plans to go? It’s of course on TV. Pre-game coverage begins at 8:30 p.m. on CBS. Tip-off: 9:18 p.m.

Tuesday: “Progress, Politics and Pastimes,” noon and 6 p.m., Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, 420 S. Tryon St. Soprano Maria Jette and old-time pianist Ethan Uslan play American parlor songs from 1865 to 1915 from Stephen Foster’s odes to ragtime. $12; details www.bechtler.org.

Thursday, Play ball: 7:05 p.m., Charlotte Knights AAA baseball opens a new season – the second at BB&T Ballpark uptown – against Norfolk. That starts a six-game home-run at BB&T, three against Norfolk and three against Durham. Details, click here.

Friday: “The Longest Ride,” an adaptation from a Nicholas Sparks novel, opens at a theater near you. Scott Eastwood and Charlotte-born Britt Robertson fall in love when their lives intersect after they help a rich, elderly man played by Alan “Hawkeye Pierce” Alda.

“The Longest Ride” (rated PG-13) opens April 10, but a promotional screening of the romantic drama will take place in south Charlotte at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

“Longest Ride” photo shoot:

Also Friday, “Joe Turner's Come and Gone” opens at Central Piedmont Community College’s Halton Theatre. One of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson's plays about African-American life in each decade of the 20th century. It’s set in a Pittsburgh boardinghouse in 1911, and each of the residents has some connection to the slave past and urban present. Runs through April 19. Details, click here.

And this on Friday: Charlotte Folk Society concert and jams: Traditional Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Scottish fiddling and piping by Andrea Beaton, Dick Hensold and Troy MacGillivray. Charlotte’s Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Ave. Free; donations appreciated. Details: www.folksociety.org.

Saturday: Moo & Brew: new festival in Charlotte celebrating the city’s craft beer and burgers. 2 p.m. (12:30 p.m. for paying VIPs) to 6:30 p.m., 1000 N.C. Music Factory Blvd.

The festival will feature more than 40 local breweries and bottle shops, in addition to 10 restaurants competing for best burger. Also: live entertainment from Ancient Cities (2-3:30 p.m.), DJ J. Overcash (3:30-5 p.m.) and Langhorne Slim (5-6:15 p.m.).

Tickets: $45 ($65 for VIP admission, which gets you in at 12:30 p.m.). Proceeds go to Second Harvest Food Bank, the city’s main food bank that serves 200 pantries, soup kitchens and shelters.

Before moving on, a little Langhorne Slim:

Lawn party at Dr. and Mrs. Reid’s home: noon to 4 p.m., 134 John Street, Matthews. Turn-of-the-20th-century actitives include games, demonstrations of root beer and butter making and crafts. Dr. and Mrs. Reid will welcome guests to their home and lead tours of the historical Reid House in downtown Matthews, owned by the Matthews Historical Foundation, that includes three antique cars from the 1910s and ‘20s. Free to public.

Also Saturday, “Lucia di Lammermoor,” 8 p.m. (also 7:30 p.m. April 16 and 2 p.m. April 19) at Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. Kathryn Lewek takes the title role in Opera Carolina’s production of Donizetti’s tragedy, playing a Scottish lord’s sister who goes mad when forced to marry a man she doesn’t want. Tickets: $19-$150. Details, www.operacarolina.org.

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