Hot Dates: Catfish Moon, Bon Qui Qui, My Morning Jacket, MI and Billy Hope

Appalachian Creative Theatre

‘Catfish Moon,’ Friday, Saturday and Sunday at UpStage, 3306-C N. Davidson St, 7:30 p.m.: Appalachian Creative Theatre production of Rock Hill resident Laddy Sartin’s play about three middle-aged friends who have drifted apart and try to re-connect over a fishing outing.

Sartin grew up in Mississippi, the son of a teacher and minister. He started acting as a student at the University of Southern Mississippi and after school, moved to New York to do stage work and act. By the late 1980s, he began writing more than acting, much of it about small-town Southern living. In 1995, his “Catfish Moon” was performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington as part of the American College Play Festival.

The play takes place at the end of a rickety fishing dock with old friends Curley, Frog, Gordon – and Betty. Betty is Curley’s younger sister, Frog’s ex-wife and Gordon’s girlfriend. “It’s a funny play about the treadmill nature of modern life, lost love, death, friendship, cold beer and of course those whiskered denizens of the deep – catfish,” former Observer writer Dan Huntley wrote about the play. Details, click here.


Anjelah Johnson performs Bon Qui Qui at Knight Theater, 8 p.m.: The actress, comedian and former NFL cheerleader performs as her alter ego, Bon Qui Qui. She works at “King Burger” and is rude to customers, especially those “with complicated orders.” The act was introduced on Fox’s “Mad TV.” Details, click here.

A little Ms. Qui Qui at King Burger:


My Morning Jacket at Uptown Amphitheatre, 1000 N.C. Music Factory, 7:30 p.m.: The Kentucky rock band has enjoyed a long run of critical acclaim, largely because of the high-profile Bonnaroo performances, its Louisville-based Forecastle Festival and a new album called “The WaterFall.” Details, click here.


Opening at a theater near you: “Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation”: The Mission Impossible team is back. Super spy Ethan Hunt’s IMF (Impossible Mission Force) has been dismantled by Washington bureaucrats that include the chief of the CIA (played by Alex Baldwin). But Hunt (Tom Cruise) assembles his team (Simon Pegg, Jeremy Renner, Ving Rhames and Rebecca Ferguson) one more time to fight “The Syndicate and its slippery leader (Sean Harris).

Also: “Southpaw”: Billy “The Great White” Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal) is the reigning light middleweight champ whose uncommon stance – called the “Southpaw” – is not pretty but destructive. He is on top of the world with a beautiful wife, loving family, money and fame until his wife dies in a tragic accident, sending Billy’s life into a downward spiral. Through fighting, he rebuilds himself with the help of a used-up former boxer named Tick – and learns something new about himself.


“6” at Stage Door Theater, Fifth and College streets, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.: Legacy Theatre Production Company puts on six short plays of comedy, drama and suspense that involve cliffhangers written by the “queen of cliffhangers,” Kenya Phifer-Jones. Most of them relate to marital issues. Details, click here.

“Motion Accomplished” at Booth Playhouse, 130 N. Tryon, 8 p.m.: Student and professional dancers from Queen City Ballroom show their stuff, demonstrating all kinds of dances and using a spy theme and international intrigue to bind them together. Details, click here.

Perlmutt: 704-358-5061