Saturday, 3:30-4:30 p.m., a commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica, Bosnia, massacre: Charlotte’s Bosnian-American community will observe the day in July 1995 when Serbian forces overran the town and executed 8,372 Bosniak men and boys – most of them Muslims – within days. Undermanned Dutch troops assigned as U.S. peacekeepers failed to stop the slaughter.
Bodies of the victims are still being found in mass graves throughout Bosnia. The Charlotte community includes thousands of genocide survivors and relatives of victims – moved by the city’s efforts to remember the tragedy.
The event in UNC Charlotte’s Cone University Center will include speakers and a brief excerpt of the BBC documentary “Srebrenica: A Cry from the Grave.” It is being sponsored by the Congress of North American Bosniaks (North Carolina) and UNCC’s Department of Global, International & Area Studies with its Center for Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Studies, Office of International Programs and the university’s history department. Details, click here.
From the BBC’s documentary on what’s known as the worst atrocity since World War II:
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Vans Warped Tour, 11 a.m., PNC Music Pavilion, 707 Pavilion Blvd. With few true old-timers on the bill, the annual traveling music festival’s new-school lineup includes Pierce the Veil, We Came as Romans, Matchbook Romance, Escape the Fate, Family Force 5, the Wonder Years, Metro Station, Beartooth and Riff Raff. Details, click here.
“The Lion in Winter,” 8 p.m., at SEEDS/100 Gardens, 200 E. 36th St. Citizens of the Universe theater group puts on James Goldman’s play about King Henry II, Eleanor of Aquitaine and their eternally bickering children, one of them slated for the next monarch. The production runs at various times through July 19. Details, click here.
And Saturday, too: “Liberty Mountain” continues at the Joy Performance Center, 202 S. Railroad Ave in Kings Mountain. It’s a drama by Robert Inman, a former Charlotte TV news anchor turned novelist, screenwriter and playwright, about the Battle of Kings Mountain. Inman treats the battle as the event that changed the course of the Revolutionary War.
And indeed, the battle was the first major patriot victory after British forces invaded Charleston in May 1780. Get details about the show here.
Opening at a theater near you: the long-awaited “Minions.” Stuart, Kevin and Bob are recruited by Scarlett Overkill (voiced by Sandra Bullock), a super-villain who, with inventor husband Herb (Jon Hamm), hatches a devious plot to take over the world.
A “Minions” trailer:
The Battle of Huck’s Defeat, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at Historic Brattonsville. On the battle’s 235th anniversary, the two-day Revolutionary War re-enactment focuses on the event’s namesake, Capt. Christian Huck. The battle in York County, also called the Battle of Williamson’s Plantation, took place July 12, 1780. After Charleston was captured by British troops, the battle was one of the first victories of the Southern campaign by Patriot troops.
You’ll be able to visit military camps and watch a battle during the event, which runs Saturday and Sunday. Details, click here.