February 2017 Around Town 1

A Streetcar Named Desire

Tennessee Williams is perhaps the South’s most celebrated playwright, and his beloved A Streetcar Named Desire will come to our own Southern city this spring. The Davidson Community Players will bring the drama to vivid life this February. The Pulitzer Prize-winning tale follows Blanche DuBois, a former schoolteacher, as she leaves behind her small-town roots and settles in with her sister and husband in New Orleans. The troubled relationship of her sister and husband is only exacerbated by her presence and conflict ensues. It’s an enduring tale of sex and social classes and one of the greatest plays of the 20th century. “Streetcar is iconic,” says Marla Brown, who will portray Blanche Dubois. “And for good reason. It’s a fearless script that explores our most vulnerable spaces—desire, death, loneliness. What’s so thrilling from an actor standpoint is the complexity of the character dynamics. There are no easy categories for who is weak or strong, vulnerable or impenetrable, crass or genteel.” Performances begin February 23rd and continue through March 12th at the Armour Theatre. Visit DavidsonCommunityPlayers.org 
for tickets and information.

Cupid’s Undie Run

Cupid’s Undie Run is a “brief” fun-run in the midst of a giant party! Sandwiched between bouts of partying is a mile-ish run or walk through the streets of Charlotte. Doors open at noon on February 11th, at which point the shindig begins. At 1 pm there’s an award ceremony, followed by the actual indie run at 2 pm. Racers celebrate with an open bar until 3:30 pm. Of course, this event raises money for an awesome cause, the Children’s Tumor Foundation and to #EndNF, or neurofibromatosis, in which tumors appear in the nervous system, usually during childhood. And they don’t call it the “Undie Run” for nothing! Runners are encouraged to arrive in their skivvies, though there’s no specific uniform required. Grab your buddies, your tennies and your undies and run for #EndNF! More info at CupidsUndieRun.org.

Cupid’s Cup 5K

Looking for another fit, fun fundraiser on February 11th? Proceeds from the Cupid’s Cup 5K benefit CHS Pineville, Southpark and Union cardiovascular health and rehabilitation programs, which provide funding for patient education, outreach and for the Scholarship Program for Cardiac Rehab programs. In 2015, more than 100 patients received scholarships, allowing them to fully benefit from cardiac rehabilitation offered at Carolinas HealthCare System facilities. The Cupid’s Cup 5K course, which begins at 8 am, starts and finishes in close proximity to CMC-Myers Park, located on the corner of S. Kings Drive and East Boulevard. Participants will enjoy a fast, scenic and rolling course through Charlotte’s historic Dilworth neighborhood. While participants in the 5K may choose to walk or run, an additional 1-Mile Fitness Walk is offered as well, taking an alternate route through Freedom Park.