Hot Dates: Re-enacting WWII, a youth orchestra festival and a Pink Martini band

The Confederate Navy Yard plaque that once hung from a building on West Trade Street will be re-dedicated Sunday and put on permanent display in Elmwood Cemetery’s Confederate section.
The Confederate Navy Yard plaque that once hung from a building on West Trade Street will be re-dedicated Sunday and put on permanent display in Elmwood Cemetery’s Confederate section. jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com

Experience war-torn Europe at Latta Plantation, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.: It will be living 1944 and ‘45 history on a former 1800 cotton plantation with exhibits and talks from Allied and German soldiers, a field hospital, half-tracks and tanks, patrol demonstrations – all leading up to large battles at 2 p.m. each day that focus on the critical Operation Market Garden in Holland that took place three months after D-Day, as well as Victory in Europe Day on Sunday – six days shy of the 70th anniversary.

The re-enactors will share their information skills. Singing duo Erinn Diaz and Serah Haley – called “Letters From Home” – will perform a musical comedy routine that includes tap dancing and patriotic harmonies from the 1940s. Diaz and Haley, who started in Winston-Salem and have taken their show around the country to honor World War II veterans will perform throughout the weekend at the USO mini-shows: On Saturday at noon and 3 p.m.; on Sunday at noon.

Saturday evening, there will be a live concert to support USO of North Carolina. Bring a chair and enjoy the music from 6:30 to 8 p.m. near the Latta Carriage Barn. Concert tickets are $10, less if you bring a donation for the USO.

For all other activities, tickets are $8 for adults and $7 for seniors and students. Children under 5 and World War II veterans get in free.

Wednesday, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., the Charlotte Symphony’s 28th annual Youth and Junior Orchestra Youth Festival, Belk Theater: The Young Artists Competition was established in 1955 as one of the Symphony Guild of Charlotte’s original education projects. It is a concerto competition in piano, winds, strings and percussion for students grades 7 through 12. The Youth Festival was created in 1986 to offer musicians of the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra and the Senior Young Artist winners the opportunity to perform with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra in a concert hall.

Conducting will be Ernest Pereira and Roger Kalia. Tickets are available through the CSO Box office at 704-972-2000 or at the door.

Friday and Saturday, 8 to 10 p.m., Belk Theater: Pink Martini, the 12-musician “little orchestra” that combines elements of classical, jazz, world music and timeless pop, will perform with the Charlotte Symphony. The group performs its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, Greece, Turkey, the Middle East Australia and North and South America.

The band has played with more than 50 orchestras around the world, including multiple concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the Boston Pops and the BBC Concern Orchestra at Royal Albert Hall in London. This concert is part of the Pops Series. For details and tickets, click here.

Also, opening Friday at a theater near you: Avengers: The Age of Ultron.” Tony Stark (Iron Man) tries to jump-start a dormant peacekeeping program, but the villainous Ultron intervenes.

Also up: An Oscar-nominated documentary: “The Salt of the Earth,” about photographer Sebastião Salgado's 40-year career as he embarks on an attempt to record Earth's beauty.

End of a run: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Dr. Seuss’ “The Cat in the Hat”: Children’s Theatre of Charlotte presents the play about the Dr. Seuss children’s classic at McColl Family Theater. Times: Friday: 7:30 p.m.; Saturday: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; Sunday: 2 p.m.

This play was originally produced National Theatre of Great Britain. It’s about everyone’s favorite cat in the red-and-white hat who brings his mischief and adventures to the stage. The Cat in the Hat speaks only in rhyme, showing Sally and her brother that “it’s fun to have fun, but you have to know how.” Details, click here.

Sleeper of the week: Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m., uptown’s Elmwood Cemetery, 700 W. 6th St.: celebrate Confederate Memorial Day with a re-dedication of the Confederate Navy Yard plaque that once hung from a building on West Trade Street. It was rescued by Tom Hanchett, historian at the Levine Museum of the New South, before the building was demolished. Hanchett stored the plaque for many years and it will now be displayed in the Elmwood’s Confederate section.

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