Arts and Entertainment

Film Screening Concludes Sergio Giral Tribute

 A showing of the film “Dos Veces Ana” will conclude “The Afro-Cuban Experience Through Cinema: A Tribute to Sergio Giral.”

The event begins at 2 p.m., Friday, April 29, in Cone University Center, McKnight Hall, with a discussion of “The Invisible Color,” a short paper on the experience of Afro-Cubans in Miami. The screening of “Dos Veces Ana” will follow along with a question-and-answer segment with director Sergio Giral.

Graham’s ‘Primitive Mysteries’ Appearing Now in Belk Theater

The University’s Dance Department brings to the stage “Primitive Mysteries,” considered one of American choreographer Martha Graham’s greatest works.

This 1931 masterpiece is the highlight of the Spring Dance Concert being presented Wednesday, April 13, through Sunday, April 17, at the Anne R. Belk Theater of Robinson Hall for the Performing Arts. Shows are at 8 p.m., except Sunday, which is a 2 p.m. matinee.

Union Theatre to Host Advance Screening of ‘Freedom Riders’

 The groundbreaking documentary “Freedom Riders” focuses on a group of more than 400 black and white Americans who stood against the Jim Crow laws by riding buses together throughout the southeastern United States in 1961.

 The campus community and the general public will have the chance to view the documentary in advance of its May PBS television premiere. Three free screenings will be held April 27, 28 and May 2, in the Student Union Movie Theatre.

 Show times will be 2 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, and 7 p.m., Monday.

Honor Mother Earth, Enjoy Dinner of Local Fare

 Bistro 49 will present a unique Earth Day “Home Grown” dinner from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, April 20.

 Located in the Student Union, Bistro 49 will offer a dinner of meats, cheeses, seafood, vegetables, fruits, wine and honey served “amuse-bouche,” which means tantalizing tastes of something special in several courses. Portions are traditionally petite, but the campus culinary team plans to present this amuse-bouche in 10 courses.

Botanical Gardens to Hold Annual Spring Plant Sale

 The UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens will hold its Spring Plant Sale Friday and Saturday, April 22-23, at McMillan Greenhouse. Blooming shrubs, wildflowers, perennials, tropical plants, annuals, carnivorous plants and more will be on sale.

 “Our selection of native plants is unsurpassed in the region, plus expert advice is available on site,” said Paula Gross, assistant director of the gardens.

The sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Proceeds support the greenhouse and gardens operations. Cash and checks accepted.

‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ to be Performed Outside on the Grounds of UNC Charlotte

 The College of Arts + Architecture Department of Theatre will present  one of the most popular and widely performed works for the stage, William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,”  outside Robinson Hall. 

 Performances will be held at 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday, April 18–21 and Tuesday through Sunday, April 26 – May 1 with a 2 p.m. matinee, Sunday.  The play will be presented outdoors in two locations.

Dance Department to Bring Graham’s ‘Primitive Mysteries’ to Stage

 The University’s Dance Department will bring to the stage “Primitive Mysteries,” considered one of American choreographer Martha Graham’s greatest works.

This 1931 masterpiece will be the highlight of the Spring Dance Concert being presented Wednesday, April 13, through Sunday, April 17, at the Anne R. Belk Theater of Robinson Hall for the Performing Arts. Shows are at 8 p.m., except Sunday, which is a 2 p.m. matinee.

Charlotte 49ers to Take on Knights in Exhibition Game

 The Charlotte 49ers men’s baseball team will compete against the Charlotte Knights in an exhibition game on Tuesday, April 5, at Knights Stadium. This nine-inning contest, with both teams using wooden bats and playing under professional rules, begins at 7:15 p.m.

“What a great opportunity for UNC Charlotte and our baseball program,” said Loren Hibbs, head coach of the 49ers. “The Knights have been a major part of this community for years, and we are very excited to enter into a partnership with such a first-class organization.”

Artist Explores Relationships Using Holocaust, Bigotry References in ‘Neighbors’

Troubled by the passive indifference to intolerance and bigotry in today’s politics and society, artist Pam Winegard confronts these issues through encaustic painting techniques and visual metaphors.  Her exhibit “Neighbors” is on display through Friday, April 1, in the Student Union Art Gallery.  A public reception with the artist is set for 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 24.