Things to do in Charlotte | April 27-May 4

What is there to do in Charlotte this weekend? Here’s our experts’ picks on everything from entertainment – movies to music to theater – to food and wine, beer and restaurants. And shopping, of course…


▪ BOOM, Charlotte’s second annual festival of experimental and multidisciplinary arts in Plaza Midwood – or, as its website puts it “three days of art, performance and the unexpected” – begins with a preview party 7:30-10 p.m. at the Rabbit Hole. It gears up Friday with nearly 20 performances/exhibitions/events and takes off Saturday with everything from Kayla Hamilton’s “Nearly Sighted” project (voices, choreography and ideas of race, gender and visibility) to Mall Goth’s musical theater to art happenings (“we don’t allow spectators!” warns Jim McGuire’s event listing). Sunday’s another full slate. Some are free, some ticketed ($10). – HS

▪ Emily Bronte’s iconic 19th-century love story “Wuthering Heights” headlines Charlotte Ballet’s next show, in an adaptation by Sasha Janes. The opener: Alonzo King’s “MAP.” 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Knight Theater. – TJ


▪ “Listen Up, Charlotte!” will put music, history and storytelling to work toward community-building: Expect stories of the local African-American experience from Levine Museum historian Dr. Brenda Tindal, spoken word performed by Quentin Talley, music from Bach to Bill Withers from the Charlotte Symphony and music from the African diaspora from A Sign of The Times of the Carolinas ensembles. Free (but register at 7:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church West and at 6:30 p.m. April 30 at Providence Day School. – HS

▪ Seventy-six-year-old crooner Neil Diamond marks five decades in the business with a 50th-anniversary tour, which stops at uptown’s Spectrum Center at 8 p.m. The set list covers highlights from his entire career – including favorites “Sweet Caroline,” “Love on the Rocks” and “America.” – CD

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