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Each Thursday, WFAE checks in with a local arts and entertainment reporter about things to do in Charlotte during the upcoming weekend.

Earth, Wind and Fire kick off Charlotte's weekend in entertainment

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Earth, Wind and Fire perform in 2008.

Big concerts and big festivals are on the schedule for Charlotte’s weekend entertainment scene. WFAE’s “All Things Considered” host Gwendolyn Glenn talks with Queen City Nerve’s Patrick Moran to get the scoop on some of the top events.

Among the biggest draws this weekend is an appearance by Earth, Wind and Fire at the Charlotte Metro Credit Union Ampitheatre on Friday. The band has won six Grammy Awards and been called “one of the greatest bands” ever by VH1.

"I can't think of anyone whose lives have not been touched in some way by their music," Moran said.

Listen to the full conversation by clicking the audio above.

More nostalgia this weekend includes a showing of “Nothing but a Man” at the Harvey B. Gantt Center on Sunday at 2 p.m. The 1964 movie stars the late Ivan Dixon and late jazz singer and actress Abbey Lincoln. The film tells the story of a Black railroad worker in the 1960s who lives in a racist small town near Birmingham, Alabama.

"It's very true to life," Moran said. "It's really a very well-rounded portrait of that time."

Other events on the schedule this weekend include:

  • The Charlotte Ballet kicks off its celebration of its 50th anniversary with a new work called “Then, Now, Forever” set to music by Philip Glass — cousin to This American Life’s Ira Glass — and performed by the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Performances are Friday and Saturday.
  • SouthEnd Arts is hosting a two-night show called “Unlearning,” where patrons explore through the artists’ perspective a review of life.
  • Speed Street takes place this weekend to coincide with the Bank of America Roval 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Acts performing throughout the weekend include The Hamiltones, Collective Soul, Cassadee Pope and Chris Lane.

    Listen to the full Weekend in Entertainment segment above.

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