Hot Dates: End of the Civil War, Ariana, Beowulf and Mr. Holmes

FILE - In this June 28, 2015 file photo, Ariana Grande performs at NYC Pride's Dance On The Pier at Pier 26 in New York.
FILE - In this June 28, 2015 file photo, Ariana Grande performs at NYC Pride's Dance On The Pier at Pier 26 in New York. Scott Roth/Invision/AP

The last month of the Civil War on Saturday at Latta Plantation, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: By summer 150 years ago, the war is all but done. Yet soldiers, many hungry and tattered, continue to press on, eating whatever they can find, wearing ragged uniforms and using beat-up weapons. Civilians have long rationed food and supplies and are emotionally thin from the loss of loved ones.

Confederate President Jefferson Davis, fleeing capture in Raleigh, had already stopped in Charlotte for a week and convened the last full meeting of his cabinet. By summer he was in Biloxi, Miss., writing a history of the rise and fall of the Confederacy.

The living history event at Latta Plantation will focus on a day in the life of Civil War soldiers and civilians during the devastating late months of the war. There’ll be demonstrations, talks and exhibits geared to what life was like during the last few months of the American Civil War. Details, click here.


Ariana Grande at Time Warner Cable Arena, 7:30 p.m.: The former Nickelodeon teen idol has become one of America’s top young pop stars with hits like “Problem” and “Break Free.” Grande is best known for her TV series “Victorious” and “Sam & Cat.” People magazine recently named her one of 2015’s most beautiful people. Details, click here.

A little Ariana:


“Beowulf” at Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square, 345 N. Tryon St.: Citizens of the Universe performs an original musical adaptation of the epic Old English poem – which helped shape Western literature – about a hero who helps the Danes defeat a monster named Grendel and his mean mother. Details, click here.


“The Servant of Two Masters” at Winthrop University’s Amphitheatre in Rock Hill, 8 p.m.: Shakespeare Carolina performs Carlo Goldoni’s 1746 comedy about Truffaldino, a hungry servant who tries to serve two masters and ends up in a whirl of lovers, chefs and nobles. The performance is the first of Winthrop’s summer productions. Other performances are planned through July 25. Directed by Managing Artistic Director Chris O’Neill. Details, click here.


Opening at a theater near you: “All Creatures Big and Small”: The untold story of Noah’s Ark. An epic adventure with Nestrians Dave and Finny, a clumsy species who attempt to sneak onto the Ark but accidentally get left behind. Stars the voices of Martin Sheen and Amy Grant.

“Creatures” trailer:

And “Mr. Holmes”: Set in a sleepy village outside London after World War II, a retired Sherlock Holmes lives with his housekeeper and her sleuthing son. There is no Watson, but Holmes, with mental powers deteriorating, is haunted by an unsolved case from 50 years ago. He remembers only fragments that include a confrontation with an angry husband and a secret bond with his beautiful, unstable wife. Stars Ian McKellen and Hiroyuki Sanada.

“Mr. Holmes” trailer:

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