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Fall Guide 2013: Visual arts, festivals, theater, comedy and more

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From last year's Style Night Out - KIMBERLY LAWSON
  • Kimberly Lawson
  • From last year's Style Night Out

Yiasou Greek Festival Long-time Charlotte festival celebrates Greek culture with food, music, dance, cultural exhibits, lectures, an open-air market, tours of the cathedral, games and more. Admission $3; free for children 12 years old and under. Sept. 5, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sept. 6, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sept. 7, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sept. 8, noon-8 p.m. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 600 East Blvd. 704-334-4771. www.yiasoufestival.org.

Charlotte Fashion Week Emerging designer's competition, new designs from boutiques, a recycled product runway show and models and make up/hair artists. Sept. 10-14. www.charlottefashionweek.com.

Style Night Out In its fourth year, the fashion event brings more than 50 local boutiques, salons and makeup artists for a catwalk that showcases the latest fall styles. Sept. 26, 6-10 p.m. Morrison at SouthPark, 721 Governor Morrison St. For tickets, visit www.ticketssoeasy.com.

2013 Charlotte Sunset Jazz Festival The two-day event will feature a performance by Roy Ayers at 8 p.m., Sept. 13 at Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon, $30-$59.50, and free performances by a variety of jazz bands from 2 p.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 14 at Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall, 4400 Sharon Road. 704-375-9553. www.charlottesunsetjazzfestival.com.

Scarowinds Every year Carowinds transforms the park into a terrifying adventure filled with mazes, monsters, and madness. The nightmare begins Sept. 14 and continues every weekend through Oct. 27. Park hours vary by day. Carowinds, 14523 Carowinds Blvd. 704-588-2600. www.carowinds.com/haunt

Southern Women's Show Numerous vendors will be selling goods and in addition there will be samples of gourmet treats, make-up tips, fashion shows, cooking classes, guest speakers, entertainment and more. $5-$10. Sept. 19, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sept. 20, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sept. 21, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sept. 22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St. 704-339-6000. www.southernshows.com.

Festival in the Park The festival features an assortment of regional artists in addition to food vendors, live music and activities. Sept. 20, 4-9:30 p.m.; Sept. 21, 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sept. 22, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Freedom Park, 1900 East Blvd. www.festivalinthepark.org.

Funk Fest Variety Entertainment presents this festival with performances by Charlie Wilson, Bell Biv Devoe, Rakim, Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, EU and more. $35-$100. Sept. 21, 3 p.m.-10 p.m. Memorial Stadium, 310 N. Kings Drive. www.funkfestconcerts.com/charlotte.

Campground Massacre Haunted House with more than three acres of terror for brave visitors who dare to explore the campground. Every weekend from Sept. 27-Nov. 2. All times are between 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., and vary by day. 940 Gold Hill Road, Fort Mill. 866-752-7437. www.themassacre.com.

Charlotte Oktoberfest Beer Festival The Carolina Brewmasters, a Charlotte-based nonprofit home brew club, hosts the 15th annual Charlotte Oktoberfest at a new venue this year. Local and regional breweries will share their premium craft beer selections and there will be entertainment, including music from Charlotte's own SugarSmaX and Southern Culture on the Skids. Proceeds raised from the event will benefit Project Halo, Classroom Central and Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. $40-$60. Sept. 28, 12:30 p.m.-6 p.m. N.C. Music Factory, 1000 N.C. Music Factory Blvd. www.charlotteoktoberfest.com.

Weenie Roast 106.5 FM's annual music festival will feature performances by 30 Seconds to Mars, Sublime with Rome, Awolnation, Sick Puppies, Filter, Manchester Orchestra, Leogun, Matrimony and more. $24.50-$68.50. Sept. 28, 12 p.m. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 707 Pavilion Blvd. 704-549-5555. www.1065.com/pages/weenieroast13/ or www.livenation.com.

Great Grapes: Wine, Art & Food Festival Uncork the fun with a celebration of wine. Tastings from more than 20 wineries, wine seminars, cooking demonstrations, arts and crafts, games, live entertainment and more. For more information, visit www.uncorkthefun.com. $20-$35. Oct. 5, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall, 4400 Sharon Road.

Bank of America 500 The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series comes home for the 500-mile battle that could make or break a drivers championship hopes. Oct. 12, 7:30 p.m. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway South, Concord. 704-455-3200. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.

Latin American Festival The annual festival celebrates Latin American culture with international cuisine, children's activities, authentic handcrafts, traditional dance, visual arts demonstrations and live music from a variety of artists, including Julieta Venegas, No Te Va Gustar, Monsieur Periné, Swing Original Monks and Orquesta K'Che. $5. Oct. 13, noon-8 p.m. Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall, 4400 Sharon Road. www.latinamericancoalition.org/festivallatinoamericano.

Q-City Charlotte BBQ Championship The festival spotlights brews, barbecue and music. Teams will compete for the title of best barbecue, cash prizes and the chance to represent next May in Memphis at the championship. There will also be live music (Vintage Trouble, Tinsley Ellis, Jonathan Tyler and The Soul Rebels) and plenty of beer. Held in Uptown along South Tryon Street. Oct. 18-19. For more information, visit www.charlottebbqfestival.com.

15 Short Film Festival Attendees can watch films (just 15 minutes long), as the festival features shorts from 15 countries. $7-$10. Oct. 28, 6:30 p.m. Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St.

NodaWeen The freaky 5K will begin at twilight and there will be other Halloween activities, including Kidaween, which runs from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre will be playing the Rocky Horror Picture Show at midnight. Doors will open at 10 p.m. and the party will continue until 2 a.m. Oct. 26. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. 704-942-7997. www.nodaween.com.

Thanksgiving Day Parade Presented by Novant Health, the 27th annual parade takes over the streets of Uptown with a variety of marching bands, performers and Santa. Nov. 28. Held on Tryon Street, from 10th to Stonewall streets.

Visual Arts

Christoffer Relander's works at MoNa Gallery
  • Christoffer Relander's works at MoNa Gallery

Baku Gallery Cars, Stars, Guitars and an Ostrich. The exhibit features the work of Chris Radok. Opening reception on Sept. 6. Sept. 6-Sept. 30. 3200 N. Davidson St. 704-376-4556. www.fustattoos.com.

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art Modernism in Changing Times: Works from 1968. Exhibit continues through Jan. 24, 2014. Julius Bissier: Selected Works 1956 to 1963. Oct. 4-March 31. 420 S. Tryon St. 704-353-9200. www.bechtler.org.

Charlotte Artery Tossed N' Found. An art show featuring reused and recycled items to raise environmental awareness. Sept. 6-Sept. 30. Entropy. A juried art show featuring Charlotte Artery artists and guests. Oct. 4-Nov. 30. Small Works. The exhibit will feature small works by Charlotte Artery artists and guests. Dec. 6-Dec. 31. 1515 S. Mint St., Suite C. 704-604-3832. www.charlotteartery.com.

Ciel Gallery + Mosaic Studio Transitions. A collaboration of Ciel Gallery and Contemporary Mosaic Arts. The exhibit features 18 works that highlight a certain visual or emotional shift for the viewer. Opening reception on Sept. 6, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 6-Sept. 28. Pattern Now. The exhibit, curated by the renowned UK artist Emma Biggs, will feature several works from several notable mosaic masters, including Ilana Shafir of Israel, Toyoharu Kii of Japan, Sonya Lauro Do Rego of Italy, Sonia King of the U.S. and Biggs. Opening reception with Emma Biggs on Oct. 4, from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Oct. 4-Nov. 23. Winter Whites. The exhibit is a celebration of textures and moods in monotone. Opening reception on Dec. 6, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 6-Jan. 30. 128 E. Park Ave., Suite C. 980-202-2435. www.cielcharlotte.com.

CPCC Art Galleries Groundwork: Tracings, Excavations, and Burials. An exhibit of work by Zachary Tate Porter, who utilizes topographic surveys, textual fragments and found artifacts to create complex, imaginative landscapes. Opening reception will take place on Sept. 16th at 5 p.m. Sept. 16-Nov. 1. Janet Williams: Topography of Touch. A solo exhibit featuring the works of ceramic artist Janet Williams. A variety of ceramic and porcelain pieces inspired by the concept of identification. Exhibit continues through Sept. 26. 1201 Elizabeth Ave. 704-330-6211. arts.cpcc.edu/art-gallery.

Davidson College Galleries Ab Initio. Botswanan artist Pamela Phatsimo Sunstrum spent three weeks creating the site specific installation. Artist lecture on Sept. 5, 6 p.m. in Semans Auditorium of the Belk Visual Arts Center. Reception for the artist on Sept. 12, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Installation in the Van Every Gallery. Sept. 12-Oct. 11. Cultivations. Solo exhibit of works by Scott Hazard. Reception on Sept. 12, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., including a gallery talk at 7:30 p.m. Exhibit held in the Smith Gallery. Exhibit continues through Oct. 11. Desiring Machine. The exhibit features works by Paula Gaetano Adi. Opening reception on Oct. 24, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Held in the Smith Gallery. Oct. 24-Dec. 13. Parodoic Machines. The exhibit will include works by Nick Bontrager, David Bowen, Matt Kenyon, Hye Yeon Nam and Fernando Orellana. Opening reception on Oct. 24., from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Van Every Gallery. Panel discussion on Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. in Semans Auditorium. Exhibit held in the Van Every Gallery. Oct. 24-Dec. 13. 315 N. Main St., Davidson. 704-894-2519. www.davidsoncollegeartgalleries.org.

Elder Gallery A Gathering of Talent. The exhibit will feature a broad spectrum of artwork by gallery artists. Sept. 6-28. Push-Emerge-Perfection. The exhibit features works by Chicago-based artist Willie Kohler. Oct. 4-26. My Irish Love Affair. The exhibit features works by California artist David Skinner. Nov. 1-30. Abandonment. The exhibit features works by Walter Arnold, a fine art photographer who is frequently inspired by abandoned buildings, vehicles, penitentiaries and closed businesses. Dec. 6-28. 1520 S. Tryon St. 704-370-6337. www.elderart.com.

Harvey B. Gantt Center African American Arts + Culture The Identity of a Master: Dr. J. Eugene Grigsby, Jr. 1918-2013. The exhibit takes a close look at Dr. J. Eugene Grigsby, Jr., an artist, educator, author, lecturer and researcher, whose multifaceted career explored identity, life's purpose and an ongoing quest for self-knowledge. Opens Oct. 26. Exhibit continues through June 6, 2014. Question Bridge: Black Males. The exhibit explores the ongoing challenges within the black male community by instigating a transmedia conversation across the geographic, economic, generational, educational and social divisions of American society. Opens Oct. 26. Exhibit continues through June 6, 2014. The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey – Where Art and History Intersect. Exhibit continues through Oct. 12. 551 S. Tryon St. 704-374-1565. www.ganttcenter.org.

Jerald Melberg Gallery Summer Selections. A summer group show featuring works by gallery artists, including Romare Bearden, Wolf Kahn, Thomas McNickle, Robert Motherwell, Brian Rutenberg and more. Exhibit continues through Sept. 7. Ramon Urbán: Constructions. The exhibit will feature the Spanish-born artist Ramon Urbán's works, created by bending wood after soaking it over a period of time. Sept. 14-Nov. 2. Lee Hall: A Survey. A survey of paintings and works on paper by Lexington, N.C. native Lee Hall. Nov. 9-Jan. 4. 625 S. Sharon Amity Road. 704-365-3000. www.jeraldmelberg.com.

LaCa Projects Color and Form in Latin America. Drawn from two private collections, this assortment of works from artists such as Otto Apuy, Rafa Fernández, Ricardo "Chino" Morales, Wifredo Lam and Jesús Rafael Soto crosses mediums and countries but remains united in the brilliant use of colors and representation of the creators' Latin American roots. Exhibit continues through Sept. 27. 1429 Bryant St. 704-837-1688. www.lacaprojects.com.

Lark & Key Gallery and Boutique Rooted: Perspectives of The Natural World. Featured artists include Vicki Essig, Lotta Helleberg, Duy Huynh, Michael Kline, Angie Renfro and Sawyer Rose. Opening reception on Oct. 4, from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. during the South End's gallery crawl. Oct. 4-Nov. 30. Holiday Showcase. This holiday showcase will feature new works from a variety of artists. Dec. 1-Jan. 25. 128 E. Park Ave., Suite B. 704-334-4616. www.larkandkey.com.

The Light Factory Sometime Other Than Now: Alternative Processes in Contemporary Photography. This exhibition examines the current interest in alternative processes and will feature works from artists like Joni Sternbach, Raymond Grubb, Brie Castell, Fritz Liedtke, Leah MacDonald, all of whom merge traditional techniques with present day ideas and technology. Located in the Knight Gallery. Sept. 23-Jan. 19. Charlotte Collects Photographs. This exhibit will highlight a selection of photographs from collections found in Charlotte and the surrounding area. Located in the Middleton McMillan Gallery. Oct. 28-Jan. 12. Cue the Sun. This exhibit is a student collaboration about exploring the properties of light and shadow in photography by working together to create "cyanotypes," a simple and historical photographic process. Exhibit continues through Oct. 19. Sixth Juried Annuale. Located in the Knight Gallery. Exhibit continues through Sept. 15. 345 N. College St. 704-333-9755. www.lightfactory.org.

McColl Center for Visual Art Joseph Herscher: The Dresser. Opening reception on Sept. 20. Sept. 20-Nov. 16. Currencies: Real and Imagined. Featuring Core, a Charlotte-based arts initiative. Opening reception on Nov. 22. Nov. 22-Jan. 11. 721 N. Tryon St. 704-332-5535. www.mccollcenter.org.

Mint Museum Randolph Bearing Witness: The New York Photo League and Sonia Handelman Meyer. The exhibit is comprised of approximately 90 photographs by members of the Photo League (established in New York City in 1936). There is a special spotlight on the work of Sonia Handelman Meyer. Nov. 23 -June 29, 2014. North Carolina Pottery, Then and Now. Selections from the museum's recent exhibition, A Thriving Tradition: 75 Years of Collecting North Carolina Pottery, are supplemented by more highlights from the museum's permanent collection. Ongoing. New Eyes on America: The Genius of Richard Caton Woodville. This exhibition will feature paintings and works on paper that are reflective of America's history by Woodville and his contemporaries. Exhibit continues through Nov. 3. The American Art Tile, 1880-1940. This exhibition features approximately 40 different decorative tiles. Continues through Dec. 29. Fashionable Silhouettes. The exhibit features garments and accessories spanning three centuries of fashion history. Exhibit continues through Dec. 31. Threads of Identity: Contemporary Maya Textiles. The exhibit features traditional Maya clothing, including fashions of the Kaqchikel, Ixil, K'iche', Mam, Tz'utujil, Chuj, Awakatek, Jakaltek, and Poqomchi' from Guatemala, and the Tzotzil and Tzeltal from Chiapas, Mexico. Exhibit continues through Dec. 31. The Transformed Self: Performance Masks from Mexico. The works come from the primary mask-producing regions of Mexico where dance performances commonly accompany religious rituals and civic events. Exhibit continues through Dec. 31. Dior, Balmain, Saint Laurent: Elegance and Ease. The exhibit explores the fashion of these three top Parisian designers with selections from The Mint Museum's Fashion Collection. Exhibit continues through Jan. 12, 2014. American Ceramics, 1825-1875. An examination of period evolution, expansion and innovation. Ongoing. American Glass. The exhibit showcases works from American glass companies and a variety of styles and forms from the 19th and 20th centuries. Ongoing. Arts of Africa. A collection of art forms showcasing the vast cultural, physical, historical and religious diversity that can be found across the African continent. Ongoing. Classically Inspired: European Ceramics Circa 1800. Examples of European ceramics and other works from the Mint Museum's permanent collection that were inspired by classical antiquity. Ongoing. 2730 Randolph Road. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org.

Mint Museum Uptown Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World's Fairs 1851-1939. The exhibit features glass, furniture, jewelry, ceramics, metalwork, and textiles that have been displayed at the world's fairs, including the London World Exhibition in 1851 and the New York World's Fair in 1939. Sept. 21-Jan. 19. Romare Bearden Gallery. A permanent gallery devoted to the work of Romare Bearden (1911-1988), who was born in Charlotte. Bearden is best known for his ground-breaking use of collage and vibrant portrayals of American life, depicting subjects that range from contemporary urban scenes to nostalgic recollections of the rural South. Ongoing. Jennifer Steinkamp: Orbit 12. Steinkamp uses computer animation and new media to create projection installations that explore ideas about nature, architecture, motion and perception. Ongoing. Still Lives: Early Works by Sharon Core. Core investigates food's relationship to human behavior through photography. The works are documentary photographs, portraits and still-lifes. Ongoing. 500 S. Tryon St. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org.

MoNA Gallery Eleanor Annand + Peter Essick + Christoffer Relander. The exhibit will feature new works from artists Eleanor Annand, Peter Essick and Christoffer Relander. Opening reception on Sept. 6, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 6-Oct. 26. X-Mas. A holiday exhibit featuring arts and crafts. Opening reception Nov. 1, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Nov. 1-Dec. 28. 1900 N. Brevard St. www.monacharlotte.com.

New Gallery of Modern Art Linda Brown & David Furman. An exhibit of works from local artists Linda Brown and David Furman. Brown's abstract paintings focus on color and subconscious exploration, while Furman's innovative sculptures feature everyday found objects and furniture reconstructed into monochromatic architectural pieces. Opening reception on Sept. 6, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 6-Oct. 10. New Works by Shaun Cassidy. Oct. 11-Nov. 13. Works by Hunt Slonem. Nov. 14-Dec. 15. 12 Days of Christmas. The exhibit features a selection of works by gallery artists. Dec. 13-31. 435 S. Tryon St. 704-373-1464. www.newgalleryofmodernart.com.

Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte Arts Showcase. The Charlotte Children's Choir has put together this event to showcase local artists between the ages of 12-18. Prizes will be given out in a number of categories, including Audience Choice Award. Deadline to sign up to participate is Sept. 16. Oct. 6, 4 p.m. $10-$25. 511 E. 36th St. 704-358-9298. www.charlottechildrenschoir.org.

Providence Gallery Fusion: New Works by Curt Butler and Rod Wimer. The exhibit will feature Curt Butler's oil paintings and Rod Wimer's multimedia collage paintings. Opening reception with the artists on Sept. 13, 6 p.m. Sept. 13-Oct. 30. New Paintings by Paul Simon. The solo exhibit will feature Paul Simon's newest collection, which utilizes an abundance of color and texture for landscapes and color studies. Opening reception on Nov. 1, 6 p.m. Nov. 1-30. Gallery Artists Show. This group show will feature new works by a collection of 30 artists. Dec. 6-31. 601 Providence Road, Suite A. 704-333-4535. www.providencegallery.net.

UNC Charlotte Center City Gallery Aggregation Transformation. The installation fills the space with a massive, multi-faceted structure fabricated of steel wire and bands and covered with mesh strips. The structure interplays with light, image and motion through animations, sculpture, robotics and print. Closing reception on Aug. 30, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Held in Projective Eye Gallery. Exhibit continues through Sept. 13. Mad Hatters to Pixel Pushers. This exhibit focuses on contemporary photographers from the Southeast and beyond, all of which use alternative processes, including gelatin silver photography, digital imaging and photo sculpture with the "constructed image." Opening reception on Sept. 28, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Held in Projective Eye Gallery. Sept. 20-Nov. 14. Murmurs on the Other Side of Light. An exhibit of surreal paintings by Guyanese artist Stanley Greaves that depicts the life of the shadow. Opening reception on Nov. 2, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Held in Projective Eye Gallery. Nov. 22-Jan. 3. 320 East Ninth St.

UNC Charlotte Main Campus Galleries Multiplicity. The exhibit is based around the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze's theories on multiplicity and the concept that we are always in a state of becoming. Alumni artists Daniel Allegrucci, Austin Ballard, Leigh Brinkley, Lorraine Turi, Banks Wilson and the duo, Liliya Zalevskaya and David Scott Sackett will showcase their latest works. Artist discussion and reception on Sept. 13 (alumni panel, 4:15 p.m. to 5 p.m.; reception, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.). Held in Rowe Art Galleries. Exhibit continues through Sept. 20. CoA+A Foreign Studies Exhibition. Students of the College of Arts + Architecture showcase work from their travel abroad and exchange programs of the past year. This includes photographs, sketches, videos, murals and more, inspired by visits to China, Scandinavia, Italy and the Czech Republic. Held in Storrs Gallery. Sept. 9-Oct. 4. Liz Miller and Shannon Collis. Liz Miller's Invasive Adornment mixes imagery from items like weapons, invasive species and elements of pattern, ornament and decoration. Digital and print media artist Shannon Collis creates installations and interactive pieces that explore the ways digital technologies transform the perception of sonic and visual stimuli. Closing reception on Oct. 30, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Held in Rowe Galleries. Sept. 30-Oct. 30. Primitive Parametric: Biology as an Architectural Catalyst. The exhibit grew out of a research project that explores a series of expanded historical timelines tracing architectural biology back to the 19th century. Created by architecture faculty Chris Beorkrem, Charles Davis and Bryan Shields and graduate students Ryan Barkes, Nicole Brown, Taylor Milner and Nicole Rivera. The installation features maps, models, animations, collages and illustrative timelines. Opening reception on Oct. 30, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Held in Storrs Gallery. Oct. 14-Nov. 29. Graphic Design & 2D/3D BFA Exhibitions. Graduating BFA students who have specialized in graphic design and 2- and 3-dimensional media present a senior exhibit. Opening reception on Nov. 7, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Held in Rowe Galleries. Nov. 6-22. The Art of Student Teaching Exhibition. Graduating art education students present their own work alongside of work by the K-12 students they have been teaching. Opening reception on Dec. 7, 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Held in Rowe Galleries. Dec. 7-12. 9201 University City Blvd.

Winthrop University Galleries Drawing Exhibition. The exhibit will feature a variety of drawings. Held in McLaurin Hall's Lewandowski Student Gallery. Sept. 16-27. Interior Design Rendering/Drawing. Held in McLaurin Hall's Lewandowski Student Gallery. Oct. 7-18. Foundations Exhibition. Held in McLaurin Hall's Lewandowski Student Gallery. Oct. 28-Nov. 8. 2013. 2013 College of Visual and Performing Arts Faculty Exhibition. This group exhibition will highlight recent works by faculty members from the Department of Design and the Department of Fine Arts. Held in Rutledge Gallery. Nov. 11-Jan. 17. Inside Out: Mitchell Kearney. This exhibit includes large-scale, vivid portraits by Charlotte photographer Mitchell Kearney. Held in the Rutledge Building's Elizabeth Dunlap Patrick Gallery. Exhibit continues through Oct. 25. Radical Jewelry Makeover. The jewelry showcase will be held in McLaurin Hall's Lewandowski Student Gallery. Exhibit continues through Sept. 13. Taiyo la Paix. Taiyo la Paix's exhibit includes large-scale, vibrant paintings and drawings inspired by the aesthetics of Japanese manga, anime and commercial illustration. Held in Rutledge Gallery. Exhibit continues through Oct. 25. 107 McLaurin Hall, Rock Hill. 803-323-4897. www2.winthrop.edu/vpa/galleries.

Classical

Charlotte Symphony Sept.21: Chicago. Led by founder Robert Lamm, Chicago joins the Charlotte Symphony for this special performance conducted by Albert-George Schram; Sept.27-28: The Planets. Starring pianist Lukas Vondracek and the Oratio Singers of Charlotte Women's Chorus. Performing Bitten's "The Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra," Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 2, and Holst's "The Planets."; Oct. 11-12: Tchaikovsky's "Pathetique." Christopher Warren-Gree conducts with Karen Gomyo on violin, performing Mozart's Overture to Don Giovanni and more; Oct.25: Bachtoberfest. Charlotte Symphony performs music by German composers Bach, Mozart and more to celebrate Oktoberfest; Nov.1-2: The Midtown Men. The four original stars of the Broadway show Jersey Boys perform all the classics from the '60s; Nov. 8-9: Beethoven and Mozart. Christopher Warren-Gree conducts with Fighin Collins on the piano, performing Piano Concerto 21 and Pastoral; Nov. 15-16: Live and Let Die-A Symphonic Tribute to Paul McCartney. Tony Kishman from the Broadway hit Beatlemania performs dozens of McCartney's biggest hits. Martin Herman conducts; Nov.16: Adventures in Outer Space. Conducted by Norman Huynh with music from Star Wars, E.T., Superman and more; Nov.22-23: Bach St. Matthew Passion, conducted by Scott Allen Jarrett and performed by Oratio singers of Charlotte; Dec.5-8: Magic of Christmas. Holiday concert conducted by Albert-George Schram; Dec. 18: Messiah. Scott Allen Jarrett conducts the chorus and orchestra for this special holiday performance. For more information on ticket prices and locations, call 704-973-2000 or visit www.charlottesymphony.org.

Davidson College Sept. 7: Faculty Concert, "Do You Love Me?" Soprano Jacquelyn Culpepper and baritone Dan Boye will perform songs that show the dynamics of their 30-year relationship; Sept. 8: Davidson Trio featuring Don Oehler on clarinet. Program will include Brahm's Clarinet Trio, Bruch's Eight Pieces for Trio and Peter Schickele's Quartet; Sept. 15: Jazz Ensemble and DC Symphony Orchestra presents Concert on the Green; Sept. 24: Collaborative faculty recital. Performances by Patrick Brown, Rosemary Furniss and Michael Rowland; Oct. 6: Music of Lou Harrison and Peter Schickele. Program will feature Harrison's Varied Trio for violin and Schickele's Serenade; Oct. 8: "A Night in Vienna." Principal cellist of Charlotte Symphony Alan Black will perform Haydn's C Major Cello Concerto; Oct. 18: "Shades of Light." The Davidson Choral Arts Society will perform works by Lassus, Tallis, Whitacre and more; Oct. 28: "Faith, Folk and Fancy." An evening of choral works performed by the Choral Arts Society, Davidson Singers and the Davidson Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra; Nov. 1: DC Chorale and DC Symphony Orchestra present "A Night With Family"; Nov. 1: DC Jazz Ensemble present Family Weekend Concert; Nov. 2: Awadagin Pratt on the piano. World-renowned concert pianist Awadagin Pratt performs works by Liszt, Hersch and more; Nov. 5: "Songs of the Divine." Mezzo-soprano Diane Thornton and Michael Rowland perform works by Bach, Barber and more; Nov. 17: Ariel String Quartet. The international sensation will perform works by Mozart, Britten and Debussy; Nov. 21: "A Night of Stars." Performances by the student winners of the 2013 Concerto Competition; Dec. 3-4: Davidson holiday celebration. Holiday special to include choirs, symphony orchestra and jazz ensemble; Dec. 8: Christmas vespers. Traditional holiday lessons and carols; Dec. 11: Saxophone quartet and jazz combo. A night of saxophone chamber music and small group jazz literature. For more information on concerts' cost, locations and times, call 704-894-2135 or visit www.davidson.edu/tickets.

Providence Chamber Music Series Oct. 6: The Tison Mandolin Sextet perform "Waltz for Diane," "La Zandunga" and Hungarian Dances no. 7 and no. 8, among others; Nov. 3: Chancel Choirs of Providence United Methodists Church will perform Requiem, op. 9 by Maurice Durufle; Dec. 8: Sing-along with the Chancel Choir of Providence United Methodist Church. Performing Messiah by George Frederic Handel. For more information, call 704-366-7442 or visit www.providenceumc.org/worship/musicministry.

Comedy

The Comedy Zone at N.C. Music Factory Sept. 5-7: Craig Shoemaker; Sept. 8: Wild West Open Mic; Sept. 10-11: Spanky Brown; Sept. 12-14: Dov Davidoff; Sept. 17: Fight Night Competition; Sept. 19-21: Tommy Davidson; Sept. 22: Improv Comedy Fight Night; Sept. 23: The Comedy Zone Comedy School Graduation; Sept. 24: Almost Famous Comedy Show; Sept. 27-28: Heather McDonald; Oct. 2: Tom Segura & Christina Pazsitzky; Oct. 3-5: Judah Friedlander; Oct. 8: Crazy Late with Johnny Millwater; Oct. 9: Best of Carolinas Showcase; Oct. 17-19: Earthquake; Oct. 22: Fight Night Competition; Oct. 24-26: Bobby Collins; Oct. 28: Almost Famous Comedy Show; Oct. 30: Johnny Millwater; Nov. 1-3: Carlos Mencia; Nov. 5: Fight Night Competition; Nov. 6: Mick Foley; Nov. 7-9: Bobby Lee; Nov. 12: Crazy Late with Johnny Millwater; Nov. 17: Tone-X; Nov. 26: Almost Famous Comedy Show; Nov. 29-30: James Gregory; Nov. 25: The Comedy Zone Comedy School Graduation; Dec. 2: Jim Breuer. 900 N.C. Music Factory Blvd., Suite B3. www.cltcomedyzone.com.

Community Performance Center Sept. 27: The Second City. 249 E. Main St., Rock Hill. www.yorkcountyarts.org.

The Comedy Zone Lake Norman at Galway Hooker Irish Pub Sept. 10: Paul Strickland. $10; Sept. 17: J Jay Boyd. $10; Sept. 24: Tony Boswell. $10; Oct. 1: Ron Feingold. $10. 17044 Kenton Drive, Cornelius. 704-895-1782. www.lkncomedyzone.com.

The Fillmore Sept. 29: Anthony Jeselnik. $37.50. 1000 N.C. Music Factory Blvd. 704-549-5555. www.livenation.com.

Ovens Auditorium Sept. 20: Lewis Black. Oct. 4: Cedric the Entertainer with JJ and Malik S. 2700 E. Independence Blvd. 704-372-3600. www.ovensauditorium.com.

Petra's Piano Bar and Cabaret Sept. 5: Innocence Project Benefit Show. Comedians DeVan Penegar and Christopher Layton perform with indie songwriter Madison Lucas and folk duo Sinners & Saints. Donations will be taken inside and the cover fee goes directly to the Innocence Project. $5. 1919 Commonwealth Ave. 704-332-6608. www.petraspianobar.com.

Theatre Charlotte Oct. 12: The Chuckleheads. The show, "Happy Birthday To Us Comedy Improv Musical Variety Extravaganza: Six Sells," celebrates the Charlotte improv troupe's sixth birthday. $10-$15. For more information and tickets, visit www.planetimprov.com. 501 Queens Road.

UpStage Sept. 6: Improv Charlotte. Local improv with a global impact. Improv Charlotte performs long form and short form improv. Proceeds benefit local and international charities. $5; Sept. 13: Mon Frere. Greensboro sketch comedy troupe. $7; Sept. 20-21: Robot Johnson. Charlotte sketch comedy troupe. $7; Oct. 4: Improv Charlotte. $5; Oct. 11: Mon Frere. $7; Oct. 18-19: Robot Johnson. $7; Nov. 1: Improv Charlotte. $5; Nov. 15-16: Robot Johnson. $7; 3306 N. Davidson St., Suite C. 704-430-4821. www.upstagenoda.com.

Warehouse Performing Arts Center Sept. 21: The Chuckleheads. The show is titled, "The Back to School Comedy Improv Musical Variety Extravaganza." Family-friendly show at 6 p.m.; Adult show at 8 p.m. $10-$15. Nov. 23: The Chuckleheads. The show is titled, "The Sittin' at the Kids Table Comedy Improv Musical Variety Extravaganza Starring the Chuckleheads." Family-friendly show at 6 p.m.; followed by adult show at 8 p.m. $10-$15. For more information or tickets, visit www.planetimprov.com. 9216 Westmoreland Road, Suite A, Cornelius. 704-859-5930. www.warehousepac.com.

Wet Willie's Sept. 6-7, Sept. 13-14, Sept. 20-21, Sept. 27-28, Oct. 4-5, Oct. 11-12, Oct. 18-19, Oct. 25-26, Nov. 1-2, Nov. 8-9, Nov. 15-16, Nov. 22-23, Nov. 29-30: Charlotte Comedy Theater. For more information, visit www.charlottecomedytheater.com. $10. 900 Seaboard St., Suite C-1. 704-716-5650. www.wetwillies.com.

Fashion

Black. Fashion + Rock + Art A new take on the classic trunk show will showcase current designs from Hudson, 7 Diamonds, Stone Rose, AS by DF, A Stars, M. Cohen, Goorin Bros., Stone & Cloth, D.Brand, and more. There will also be a runway show backed by live rock 'n' roll music and live painting from Matt Moore & Kent Youngstrom. For more information, visit www.ncmusicfactory.com/black/. Sept. 6, 8 p.m. N.C. Music Factory, 1000 N.C. Music Factory Blvd.

Fashion Forward Thursday A fashion affair celebrating new trends from boutiques, hair salons and makeup artists. Sept. 5, 8 p.m. Osso Restaurant & Lounge, 1000 N.C. Music Factory Blvd. 704-971-0550. www.ossocharlotte.com.

Front Row Charlotte: The Men's Show Presented by Scott Jaguar, this will be an intimate runway show with designs from Abbeydale, Blank Canvas, Nordstrom, Silverfly, Taylor Richards & Conger and more. All proceeds from ticket sales go toward the Charlotte chapter of Coalition to Unchain Dogs. For tickets, visit www.frontrowclt.eventbrite.com. $50. Sept. 6, 7 p.m. CenterStage@NoDa, 2315 N. Davidson St. 704-940-1050.

The Carraway Concept: Live Experience Men's fashion show presented by The Carraway Concept. For tickets, visit www.thecarrawayconcept.eventbrite.com. $10—$40. Sept. 6, 7 p.m. Center for the Arts, 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill. 803-328-2787.

Charlotte Fashion Week: Kick Off Charlotte Fashion Week's kickoff event will feature a variety of new fashion styles and collections. Models will display local hair and makeup artistry alongside world-class personalities and displays of fine art and products. For more information, visit www.charlottefashionweek.com. Sept. 10, 6:30 p.m. The Residence at South Park, 4300 Sharon Road.

Charlotte Fashion Week: Bridal Evening This event, presented by Charlotte Fashion Week, will display a variety of bridal styles and collections. For more information, visit www.charlottefashionweek.com. Sept. 11, 6:30 p.m. Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S. Tryon St. 704-337-2000.

Charlotte Fashion Week: Suits and Stilettos This Charlotte Fashion Week event is a blend of gentlemen's and women's attire, shoes, cigars, cars and sports. An after-party will take place at Bamboo Sky. For more information, visit www.charlottefashionweek.com. Sept. 12, 6:30 p.m. N.C. Music Factory courtyard, 1000 N.C. Music Factory Blvd.

Neiman Marcus' Art of Fashion Annual fashion event showcases new clothing styles. The event benefits the Mint Annual Fund. This year's show will feature special guest Hal Rubenstein of InStyle Magazine. Complimentary admission and valet parking; reserved seats to the runway presentation are available with a $50 contribution to the Mint Annual Fund. Sept. 12, 6:30 p.m. Neiman Marcus, 4400 Sharon Road. 704-442-7900. www.neimanmarcus.com.

Charlotte Fashion Week: Emerging Designer's Competition This Charlotte Fashion Week event will feature an emerging designer's competition along with a display of children's designers and boutiques. There will also be a recycled product runway show. An after-party will be held at Label Charlotte. For more information, visit www.charlottefashionweek.com. Sept. 13, 6:30 p.m.; Sept. 14, 6:30 p.m. Hilton Charlotte Center City, 222 E. Third St.

Lights!Camera!Fashion! The Junior League of Charlotte presents its fourth annual fall fundraiser, which includes a runway fashion show with the latest fall designs. In addition to a 20 percent discount from Belk, guests will enjoy a variety of hors d'oeuvres, desserts, wine, beer and other beverages. For more information, visit www.jlcharlotte.org. $50. Oct. 13, 6 p.m. SouthPark Mall, 4400 Sharon Road.

Artfusion: Ecofab Trash Couture Learn more about the sustainable fashion movement with designers from Art Ecologie Group. View a fashion show in the galleries and see works of upcycled couture that were inspired by the collections at Mint Museum Randolph. Visitors can enjoy drinks from the cash bar and create their own fabulous piece of recycled jewelry. Free. Oct. 16, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org.

A Fete for Fashion The annual men's underwear fashion show raises money for Time Out Youth and The Human Rights Campaign. The runway show will feature models wearing underwear, swimwear and loungewear by designers like Calvin Klein, Speedo, Baskit Wear, 2-Xist, C-IN2, Andrew Christian, N2N Bodywear, TommyJohn Underwear, Gregg Homme and more. $35-$125. Nov. 1, 7 p.m. Extravaganza Depot, 1610 N. Tryon St.

Film

Back Alley Film Series Sept. 19: Eurocrime; Oct. 10: Bad Milo; Oct. 19: Manos: The Hands of Fate; Oct. 24: 35mm. $5-$10. Screens at 7:30 p.m. Crownpoint Stadium 12, 9630 Monroe Road. www.backalleyfilmseries.com.

Bechtler's Modernism + Film Series Sept. 20: Urbanized; Oct. 18: Oscar Niemeyer: A vida é um sopro (Life is a Breath); Nov. 15: The Art of the Steal. $5-$10. An event reception with cash bar and free light bites begins at 6 p.m. in the Bechtler lobby, followed by the presentation and film screening at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. 420 South Tryon St. www.bechtler.org.

Cinematic Experience: A Film Series About the Importance of Watching Movies Sept. 14: Rewind This!; Oct. 12: The Projection Room; Nov. 2: The Rep; Nov. 9: Martin Hill: Camera Man. Held in McKnight Hall. Free admission. Screening at 7:30 p.m. UNC-Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd. www.uncc.edu.

Classic International Black Cinema Series Sept. 8: Lying Lips; Oct. 18: Sergeant Rutledge; Nov. 10: The Girl in Room 20; Dec. 8: Tamango. Free with museum admission. Screenings at 2 p.m. Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, 551 S. Tryon St. 704-547-3700. www.ganttcenter.org.

Main Library's Order in the Court: Classic Courtroom Movies Series Sept. 7: Jagged Edge. Free admission. Screens at 2 p.m. ImaginOn's Wells Fargo Playhouse, 300 E. Seventh St.

Main Library's It Happened One Year: Classic Films of 1934 Series Oct. 5: Badlands; Nov. 30: Being There. Free admission. Screens at 2 p.m. ImaginOn's Wells Fargo Playhouse, 300 E. Seventh St.

Saturday Night Cine Club Sept. 21: The Flat; Oct. 5: La Sirga; Nov. 16: A Hijacking; Dec. 21: Home For Christmas. Presented by Charlotte Film Society. $5-$8. Screening at 7:30 p.m. Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Road. www.charlottefilmsociety.com.

Underexposed Film Series Sept. 18: Tying the Knot (Screening at 12 p.m.); ManDove (Screening at 7 p.m.) $5; free for students. Winthrop University, 269 DiGiorgio Center, 2020 Alumni Drive, Rock Hill. www.winthrop.edu.

Four Little Girls Film screening and discussion. Free admission. Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. and Sept. 8 at 2:30 p.m. Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. Seventh St. 704-333-1887. www.museumofthenewsouth.org.

Clean Guys of Comedy A special broadcast of comedians like Full House's Dave Coulier (Joey) and Jamie Kennedy. For more information and tickets, visit www.fathomevents.com. Sept. 19, 8:30 p.m. and Sept. 26, 7:30 p.m. at Regal Stonecrest Cinema at Piper Glen Stadium 22, 7824 Rea Road; Sept. 19, 8:30 p.m. AMC Concord Mills 24, 8421 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord.

More Events

9th Annual Potters Market Invitational The event features more than 50 potters. There will also be pottery demos, live music, and more. $10. Sept. 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road. www.mintmuseum.org.

A Jazzy Moonlight Cruise on Lake Norman Enjoy a evening out on Lake Norman with live jazz, DJs, hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Cruise attire is white only. $40. Sept. 7, 8 p.m. For more information, call 704-537-7312.

What You Didn't Learn in High School History Historian and art collector Bernard Kinsey (The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, Where Art and History Intersect exhibit is currently at the Gantt Center) will discuss the untold stories of African Americans' accomplishments and contributions through history. Sept. 9, 6 p.m. $20. Knight Theater, 430 South Tryon St. www.blumenthalarts.org.

4th Annual Sip & Stroll The event features art, wine, food and live music. Sept. 13-14. EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St. www.sipandstrollcharlotte.com.

Blumenthal Performing Arts Open Mic Featuring local performers to perform music, spoken word and more. Free admission. Sept. 13, 7:30 p.m. McGlohon Theatre, 345 North College St. www.blumenthalarts.org.

First Responders Boxing Tournament Members of local law enforcement box against local firefighters. Sept. 13-14. Charlotte Sports Academy, 1225 Remount Road. 704-432-4970.

Amazing Maize Maze Approximately two and a half miles of pathways in an operating corn field. The maze challenges folks to think strategically as they search clues that lead to its exit. Day maze and night maze tickets available. Sept. 13-Nov. 3. Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville. www.ruralhill.net/amazingmaizemaze.asp.

NHRA Carolina Nationals Drag racers will compete in the first event of the series' Countdown to the Championship. Sept. 13-15. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway South, Concord. . www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.

Common Ground: Plaza-Midwood Music & Arts Festival The festival showcases local musicians, artists and craftsmen. Located on Thomas Avenue, in the heart of Plaza-Midwood. Sept. 14. www.thecommongroundfestival.com.

Noda Roxx NoDa will be showcasing its best breweries and bands. Expect to find local food trucks, interactive art, entertainment and more. Sept. 14, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Free admission. Held on Cullman Avenue.

God Save the Queen City Local printer/concert promoter Ink Floyd presents this music festival for the third year, which features performances by Futurebirds, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, Hiss Golden Messenger, Temperance League, Benji Hughes, the Loudermilks and more. $15-$20. Sept. 14, 4 p.m. Chop Shop, 399 E. 35th St. www.chopshopnoda.com.

Radok Fest III The festival, honoring the late photographer Chris Radok, will feature music from Hated: The Music of G.G. Allin, Semi-Pro, Pigfucker and Saurosiman Alchemy. $10. Sept. 14, 9 p.m. Tremont Music Hall, 400 W. Tremont Ave. www.tremontmusichall.com.

Festival of India The India Association of Charlotte presents this festival showcasing the diverse culture and heritage of India through traditional Indian food, art, classical and modern dancing, music, films, a variety of exhibits, arts and crafts. $7, free for kids under 10. Sept. 14-15, 12 p.m.-7 p.m. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. www.indiafestival.iacofcarolinas.org.

5th Annual Know your Farm Tour More than 30 farms in the Charlotte and surrounding area welcome visitors to their farms and share information about what they do. $25-$30 (only one ticket per carload needed). Sept. 14-15. www.knowyourfarms.com.

Traveling through Latin America with Music Enjoy an afternoon of live music from local singer Ana Lucia Divins and guitarist Carlos Crespo. This bilingual (Spanish/English) acoustic performance will feature a combination of jazz, blues and smooth Latin American folk music. Auditorium doors open at 2:30 p.m. RSVP required. Call 704-337-2107 to register. Free after museum admission. Sept. 15, 3-4 p.m. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road. www.mintmuseum.org.

Ignite Charlotte 6 This event is a series of five minute talks (accompanied by 20 slides) from selected speakers about any topic that they are passionate about.Sept. 17, 6-9 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. www.ignitecharlotte.org.

AutoFair The event will feature 1,500 collectible vehicles (of various makes and models) and a collector car auction. Sept. 19-22. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway South, Concord. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.

SlamCharlotte Poetry Slam Monthly poetry slams hosted by Bluz. $10. Sept. 20, 8 p.m. Also on: Oct. 18, Nov. 8 and Dec. 13. Booth Playhouse, 130 North Tryon St. www.blumenthalarts.org.

2013 Lake Norman Beer Festival This event will showcase craft beers and bands. Special VIP tasting from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 21, 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Kenton Place, 17111 Kenton Drive, Cornelius. www.lknbeerfest.com.

2013 Bike MS: Breakaway to the Beach The Greater Carolina Chapter of the National MS Society's two-day bike extravaganza helps support people living with MS. Bike MS offers a series of daily routes of 35, 50, 80 and 100 miles for both experienced and beginner cyclists. $45. Sept. 21-22. www.bikenct.nationalmssociety.org.

Sip & Savour The event, held during Myers Park Art Crawl, will showcase art, cuisine, wine and music. $35. Sept. 21, 6-10 p.m. www.sipandsavour.org.

Fight Lab 33 Mixed martial arts fight. Sept. 21, 6 p.m. Silver Hammer Studios, 817 Hamilton St. www.fightlabpros.com.

Rural Hill Fall Food Truck Rally Local food trucks come together for this event, which features a variety of cuisine, live music, beer and more. Sept. 27. Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville. www.ruralhill.net.

2013 International Festival Around 50 nations are represented at booths featuring informative cultural displays, marketplaces with arts and crafts and food. Also, live entertainment, dancing and a "Parade of Nations" with traditional costumes and attire. Free admission. Sept. 28, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. UNC-Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd. https://ifest.uncc.edu.

Charlotte Roller Girls Roller derby bout between Charlotte Roller Girls' All-Stars and Appalachian Roller Girls. Sept. 28, 6 p.m. Grady Cole Center, 310 N. Kings Drive. www.charlotterollergirls.com.

Pretty in Pink The event, to benefit Susan G. Komen Charlotte, will feature a cocktail reception, a buffet, a silent auction, a raffle, and live entertainment. $30-$50. Sept. 28, 7 p.m. City Tavern (Southpark location), 4331 Barclay Downs Drive. 704-442-4000.

Queen City Fringe Festival A festival that celebrates the arts and community theater. Events, times, locations vary. Oct. 3-6. www.qcfringe.com.

Clips Beer and Film Festival New Belgium's Clips of Faith series offers beer tastings and screenings of a variety of short films made by fans of the brewing company. Oct. 4, 7-10 p.m. Independence Park, 300 Hawthorne Lane. www.newbelgium.com/clips.

Taste of Freemore This family-friendly event will showcase food from restaurants in Charlotte's historic Freemore West. There will also be live music and beer trucks from Charlotte-area breweries. Food will range in price with tickets being at $1 each (cash only). Free admission. Oct. 5, 4-8 p.m.

Terra Dome Cyclocross Race A challenging, non-traditional course through Hawk Island. Participants will take their bikes off-road during this trail race, which features obstacles that will require bikes to be carried. Oct. 5. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway. www.usnwc.org.

Bojangles' Pole Night/UNOH Southern Slam 150 The stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series compete for the top starting spot for the Bank of America 500. Fans will be randomly selected to wave the green flag during qualifying runs. Oct. 10, 7 p.m. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway South, Concord. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.

Dirty Dozen Trail Race Jump, crawl and climb across the 12 obstacles that make up this challenging race. Oct. 12. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway. www.usnwc.org.

The Center City Literary Festival Featuring authors, performances, entertainment and engaging activities to spark reading, writing and book making. The afternoon programs will be geared towards children of all ages and the evening programs will be geared towards adults. Participating authors include Gail Haley, Janaka Lewis, Andrew Hartley, Beth Murray, Aimee Parkison, Karen Cox and Andrew Hartley. There will also be artists and creative folk participating in the event. Oct. 12, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. 320 East 9th St.

10th Anniversary Champions Gala Honors champions of Habitat International, Inc. and Team Long Brothers for their ongoing support to the community. The Gala will benefit the National Inclusion Project, co-founded by entertainer Clay Aiken. Oct. 12, 8 p.m. McGlohon Theatre, 345 North College St. www.blumenthalarts.org.

National Business Women's Week The event, specifically targeted at women in the business world, will feature networking opportunities and special guest speakers. Oct. 16, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. The Westin Charlotte, 601 S. College St. www.nbwwcharlotte.org.

Mint to Move: Cultural Dance Night Afro-Cuban and Latin-influenced dancing, including salsa, bachata, merengue and more. Music from DJ Pepito, cash bar and complimentary light snacks. $10-$15. Oct. 18, 8-11 p.m. Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S. Tryon St. www.mintmuseum.org.

Goodguys Southeastern Nationals The event brings pre-1972 custom cars to the Charlotte Motor Speedway for a showdown on the tracks. Oct. 25-27. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway South, Concord. 704-455-3200. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.

Night of Living Arts Crawl The Lancaster County Council of the Arts hosts a fall art crawl in downtown Lancaster. Wristbands will be sold at the Spring House (203 W. Gay St.) for the art crawl, where there will also be live music and food/beverage vendors. Benefits will go to community programs of the LCCA. $25. Oct. 25, 5-10 p.m. www.lccarts.net.

International House's 25th Anniversary Benefit Gala The International House, a non-profit organization benefiting immigrants in need, hosts this black tie optional benefit gala, entitled "America the Beautiful." $150. Oct. 26, 6:30 p.m. to 12 a.m. The Westin Hotel Charlotte, 601 South College St. www.ihclt.org.

Day of the Dead Festival This Mexican holiday honors loved ones who are dead. The celebration will include authentic cuisine, traditional dancing and costume, music, arts and crafts, skull decorating and other activities. Oct. 27, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. 7th St. www.museumofthenewsouth.org.

ScanFest of the Carolinas This Scandinavian festival offers historical/cultural displays, arts and crafts, food, live entertainment and activities for children and adults. This year's theme is "Christmas in Scandinavia." Free admission. Nov. 2, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Carolina Courts, 7120 Stinson Hartis Road, Indian Trail. www.scandinavianconnection.org/scanfest/.

Music & Poetry Night: Highlighting the Ancient American Collection Inspired by the museum's Ancient American collection, local performing artists will take attendees on a bilingual (Spanish/English) journey exploring key aspects of this collection through music and poetry. Registration required (704-337-2107). $5 for non-members; Free for members. Nov. 7, 6:30-9 p.m. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road. www.mintmuseum.org.

Extreme Midget Wrestling Midgets fight in the ring.Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m. $15-$17. 1423 S. Tryon St. www.amossouthend.com.

Speedway Christmas The speedway transforms into a drive-through holiday light park with more than three million lights and 800 colorful displays. Attractions also include a skating rink, festival of trees, carnival rides and more. $20 per car. Nov. 22-Dec. 30. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway South, Concord. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.

Holidays at the Garden The gardens glow with lights and holiday decor. Nov. 22-Dec. 31. Open everyday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. www.dsbg.com.

McAdenville Christmas Lights: Christmas Town U.S.A. Free holiday light show and decorated homes. Beginning at Legacy Park in downtown Mcadenville. Dec. 2-Dec. 26. Monday-Friday, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Closed on Christmas Day. www.mcadenville-chrismastown.com.

The 33rd Annual Jazzy Holiday Luncheon Gantt Center's major annual fundraiser. Dec. 6, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The Westin Charlotte, 601 S. College St.

Theater

Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty - MIKAH SMILLIE
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  • Matthew Bourne's Sleeping Beauty

Elemeno Pea A comedy that focuses on life lessons, including (but not limited to) those related to wealth, relationships and why you shouldn't wear white after Labor Day. $18-$28. Sept. 5-7, 8 p.m.; Sept. 8, 2:30 p.m.; Sept. 12-14, 8 p.m.; Sept. 15, 2:30 p.m.; Sept. 19-21, 8 p.m. Carolina Actors Studio Theatre, 2424 N. Davidson St. 704-455-8542. www.nccast.com.

Gypsy A musical based on the memoirs of burlesque legend Gypsy Rose Lee. Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Sept. 6-7, 8 p.m.; Sept. 8, 2:30 p.m.; Sept. 11-12, 7:30 p.m.; Sept. 13, 8 p.m.; Sept. 14, 2:30 & 8 p.m.; Sept. 15, 2:30 p.m.; Sept. 18-19, 7:30 p.m.; Sept. 20-21, 8 p.m.; Sept. 22, 2:30 p.m. Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Road. 704-376-3777. www.theatrecharlotte.org.

Art to Poetry to Music Opera Carolina presents this exciting fusion that combines musical expression, poetry and visual art. For more information, visit www.operacarolina.org. $40. Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalarts.org.

Recent Tragic Events CAST presents playwright Craig Wright's dark comedy about the day after the 9/11 attacks. $18-$28. Sept. 12-Oct. 12. Carolina Actors Studio Theatre, 2424 N. Davidson St. 704-455-8542. www.nccast.com.

Bloody Bloody A rock musical — complete with cowboys and prostitutes — that transforms America's seventh president (that'd be Andrew Jackson) into a rockstar who is working to establish a democratic party. Sept. 12-Oct. 5. Actor's Theatre of Charlotte, 650 E. Stonewall St. 704-342-2251. www.actorstheatrecharlotte.org.

Tarzan: The Stage Musical Children's Theatre of Charlotte presents this musical based on Edgar Rice Burrough's classic novel Tarzan of the Apes. $12 and up. Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m.; Sept. 21, 3 p.m.; Sept. 22, 2 p.m.; Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m.; Sept. 28, 3 p.m.; Sept. 29, 2 p.m.; Oct. 5, 1 p.m. & 4 p.m.; Oct. 6, 2 p.m.; Oct. 11, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 12, 1 p.m.; Oct.13, 2 p.m.; Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 19, 1 & 4 p.m.; Oct. 20, 2 p.m. ImaginOn's McColl Family Theatre, 300 E. 7th St. 704-973-2828. www.ctcharlotte.org.

Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody This hilarious new musical uses comedy and music to parody E.L. James' popular erotic romance trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey. $19.50 and up. Sept. 24-26, 7:30 p.m.; Sept. 27, 8 p.m.; Sept. 28, 2 and 8 p.m. McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalarts.org.

The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man in the Moon Marigolds In this play, a dysfunctional family must come to terms with their unimportant status in society. Sept. 27-29; Oct. 3-6. CPCC's Pease Auditorium, 1201 Elizabeth Ave. 704-330-6534. arts.cpcc.edu/.

Urinetown: The Musical This Tony Award-winning musical satirizes everything from capitalism to populism, the legal system, bureaucracy, municipal government and more. $10-$15. Oct. 2-5, 8 p.m.; Oct. 5-6, 2 p.m. Winthrop University's Johnson Theatre, 115 Johnson Hall, Rock Hill. 803-323-2287. www.winthrop.edu/cvpa/theatredance/.

An Evening with Tennessee Williams A sampling of several short plays by one of America's best playwrights, Tennessee Williams. His plays often feature the extremes of human brutality and sexual behavior. Presented by Davidson Community Players. $12-$20. Oct. 3-5, 8 p.m.; Oct. 6, 2 p.m.; Oct. 10-12, 8 p.m.; Oct. 13, 2 p.m.; Oct. 17-19, 8 p.m.; Oct. 20, 2 p.m. Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St., Davidson. 704-892-7953. www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org.

Rogue Carolina Calouche & Co. presents this cabaret- style aerial performance. Oct. 11, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.; Oct. 12, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Booth Playhouse, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalarts.org.

Balloonacy Children's Theatre of Charlotte presents this tale of a budding friendship between an old man and a mischievous balloon. $10. Oct. 12, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; Oct. 13, 2 p.m. ImaginOn's Wells Fargo Playhouse, 300 E. 7th St. 704-973-2828. www.ctcharlotte.org.

Potted Potter: The Unauthorized Harry Experience Written and performed by former BBC TV hosts Daniel Clarkson and Jefferson Turner. The performance creatively combines all seven Harry Potter books into 70 minutes of hilarious comedy, costume changes and parody. Oct. 16-17, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 18, 8 p.m.; Oct. 19, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Oct. 20, 3 p.m. & 7 p.m. McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalarts.org.

Good People This production by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire explores the struggles that come from being poor in America. $18-$28. Oct. 17-Nov. 9. Carolina Actors Studio Theatre, 2424 N. Davidson St. 704-455-8542. www.nccast.com.

Carmen North Carolina Dance Theatre presents a thrilling tale of ill-fated attraction featuring George Balanchine's Western Symphony. For more information, visit www.ncdance.org. Oct. 17-19, 7:30 p.m. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalarts.org.

Aida Opera Carolina presents this classic tale of horrors and heartbreak performed in Italian with English titles. For more information, visit www.operacarolina.org. Oct. 19, 8 p.m.; Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 27, 2 p.m. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalarts.org.

Little Shop of Horrors Matthews Playhouse presents a comedy horror musical composed by Alan Menken and written by Howard Ashman. $17. Oct. 18-19, 8 p.m.; Oct. 20, 2 p.m.; Oct. 25-26, 8 p.m.; Oct. 27, 2 p.m. Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St., Matthews. 704-846-8343. www.matthewsplayhouse.com.

Zink: The Myth, the Legend, the Zebra This heartwarming story tells the tale of a young girl with leukemia who befriends a horde of singing, dancing, magical zebras. $5-$15. Oct. 23-26, 8 p.m.; Oct. 27, 2 p.m. Winthrop University's Johnson Theatre, 115 Johnson Hall, Rock Hill. 803-323-2287. www.winthrop.edu/cvpa/theatredance/.

Arsenic and Old Lace The play revolves around a man who must face his overly critical family as he decides whether or not he should marry the woman he loves. Oct. 25-26, 8 p.m.; Oct. 27, 2:30 p.m.; Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 1-2, 8 p.m.; Nov. 3, 2:30 p.m.; Nov. 6-7, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 8-9, 8 p.m.; Nov. 10, 2:30 p.m. Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Road. 704-376-3777. www.theatrecharlotte.org.

A Disturbance in Whitechapel A play derived from the files of Chief Inspector Fred Abberline, the member of the London Metropolitan Police who investigated the infamous Jack the Ripper murders of 1888. Oct. 26-Nov. 2, 8 p.m. For more information, visit www.citizensoftheuniverse.org.

Venus in Fur Nicia Carla directs this play by David Ives. It follows a young actress and her playwright/director who is having trouble distinguishing between fantasy and reality, seduction and power, and love and lust. Nov. 1-23. Actors Theatre of Charlotte, 650 E. Stonewall St. 704-342-2251. www.actorstheatrecharlotte.org.

Sleeping Beauty Award winning choreographer Matthew Bourne's production of Sleeping Beauty. Nov. 5-7, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 8, 8 p.m.; Nov.9, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Nov. 10, 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalarts.org.

Winthrop Dance Theatre Concert A concert full of works choreographed and performed by Winthrop students and faculty. $8 for those with Winthrop ID's; $15 for the general public. Nov. 6-9, 8 p.m.; Sun., Nov. 10, 2 p.m. Winthrop University's Johnson Theatre, 115 Johnson Hall, Rock Hill. 803-323-2287. www.winthrop.edu/cvpa/theatredance/.

Willy Wonka Matthews Playhouse presents the classic tale of a poor boy Charlie and his opportunity to tour the most outstanding chocolate factory. $10. Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 9, 2 p.m.; Nov. 10, 2 p.m.; Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 16, 2 p.m.; Nov. 17, 2 p.m. Matthews Community Center, 100

McDowell St., Matthews. 704-846-8343. www.matthewsplayhouse.com.

Narnia Based on the children's story The Chronicles of Narnia. Presented by Davidson Community Players. $10. Nov. 9-10, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.; Nov. 14-15, 7 p.m.; Nov. 16, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.; Nov. 17, 4 p.m. Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St., Davidson. 704-892-7953. www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org.

Hansel & Gretel A new play-within-a-play take on the classic fairy tale in which a mother tells her children the story of Hansel and Gretel while sitting around the dinner table. $14 and up. Oct. 26, 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.; Oct. 27, 2 p.m.; Nov. 2, 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.; Nov. 3, 2 p.m.; Nov. 9, 1 p.m. & 3 p.m.; Nov. 10, 2 p.m. ImaginOn's Wells Fargo Playhouse, 300 E. 7th St. 704-973-2828. www.ctcharlotte.org.

Forbidden Broadway A comical musical roast of Broadway favorites including Porgy and Bess, Death of a Salesman, Anything Goes and more. Nov. 12-14, 7:30 p.m., Nov. 15-16, 8 p.m.; Nov. 17, 1:30 p.m.; Tues., Nov. 19-21 7:30 p.m., Nov. 22-23, 8 p.m.; Nov. 24, 1:30 p.m. Booth Playhouse, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalarts.org

Fall One-Act Festival A mixture of entertaining one-act plays directed by advanced theatre students. $8-$15. Nov. 15-16, 8 p.m.; Nov. 16-17, 2 p.m. Winthrop University's Johnson Theatre, 115 Johnson Hall, Rock Hill. 803-323-2287. www.winthrop.edu/cvpa/theatredance

Les Miserables CPCC Theatre performs Victor Hugo's classic story. Nov. 15-17 and Nov. 19-24 CPCC's Halton Theater, 1201 Elizabeth Ave. 704-330-6534. arts.cpcc.edu.

A Decade of Song! Carolina Voices concert will feature a range of tunes including some classical and even contemporary pieces choral greats including Back, Chilcott, Hogan and more. Special guests include Catrina Pegues Reese, Bill Gouge and Diann Clark performing their dueling pianos among others. Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m. Central United Methodist Church, 6030 Albemarle Road. 704-536-9157. www.cumccharlotte.com.

O Guru, Guru, Guru, or Why I Don't Want to go to Yoga Class with You A unique play that takes you into the mind of Lila as she explains why she can't go to yoga class, which turns into a spiritual, philosophical and existential exploration. $18-28. Nov. 22-Dec. 14. Carolina Actors Studio Theatre (CAST), 2424 N. Davidson St. 704-455-8542. www.nccast.com.

Senior Choreography Showcase A collection of works choreographed by senior dance majors. $8-$15. Nov. 22-23, 8 p.m.; Nov. 23-24, 2 p.m. Winthrop University's Johnson Theatre, 115 Johnson Hall, Rock Hill. 803-323-2287. www.winthrop.edu/cvpa/theatredance/.

Miracle on 34th Street A production of the classic holiday tale in which a white bearded man claiming to be the real Santa Claus surfaces in New York City, bringing belief, love and unity to New York. $14 and up. Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 23, 3 p.m.; Nov. 24, 2 p.m.; Nov. 29, 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 30, 3 p.m.; Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 7, 3 p.m.; Dec. 8, 2 p.m.; Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 14, 1 p.m.; Dec. 15, 2 p.m.; Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 21, 1 p.m.; Dec. 22, 2 p.m. & 5 p.m.ImaginOn's McColl Family Theatre, 300 East 7th St. www.ctcharlotte.org.

Miracle on 34th Street Based on the classic file Miracle of 34th Street. The Davidson Community Players, presenting this production, aim to create a radio station in the theater. $12-$20. Dec. 5-7, 8 p.m.; Dec. 8, 2 p.m.; Dec. 12-14, 8 p.m.; Dec. 15, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Dec. 19-20, 8 p.m.; Dec. 21, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Dec. 22, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St., Davidson. 704-892-7953. www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org.

A Tuna Christmas A hilarious way to enjoy the holiday season that simultaneously lauds and satirizes small-town Southern life. $18-28. Nov. 29-Dec. 22. Carolina Actors Studio Theatre (CAST), 2424 N. Davidson St. 704-455-8542. www.nccast.com.

Godspell A musical by the Grammy and Academy Award winning composer of Wicked, Stephen Schwartz. This intimate production serves as a timeless tale of friendship and love. Dec. 3-5 7:30 p.m., Dec. 6-7 8 p.m., Dec. 8, 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalarts.org.

A Christmas Carol Theatre Charlotte presents the classic holiday tale adapted by John Jakes from the original novel by Charles Dickens for the seventh consecutive year. Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 7-8, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 11-13, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 14, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 15, 2:30 p.m. Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Road. 704-376-3777. www.theatrecharlotte.org.

Buddy Valastro The star of TLC's Cake Boss, brings a special holiday show with demonstrations, behind-the-scene stories from his hit TV show, a Q&A session, and cupcake/cake decorating. $35.75-$45.75. Dec. 12, 7:30-10:30 p.m. Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. 704-372-3600. www.ovensauditorium.com.

Black Nativity The all-youth cast production of Langston Hughes' Black Nativity combines the Gospel of St. Luke with Hughes' poetic zeal to tell the story of the birth of Jesus Christ. $10-$20; "Pay What You Can Night" on Dec. 12. Dec. 13, 11 a.m.; Dec. 14-15, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Booth Playhouse, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalarts.org.

Nutcracker North Carolina Dance Theatre presents this Christmas classic choreographed by Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux along with music from the Charlotte Symphony. For more information, visit www.ncdance.org. Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 14, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Dec. 15, 2 p.m.; Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 21, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Dec. 22, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalarts.org.

Singing Christmas Tree In its 59th year, Carolina Voices' MainStage Choir presents this production of holiday songs with special guest vocalists and aerial dance from Carolina Calouche. For more information, visit www.carolinavoices.org. $11-$29. Dec. 14, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 15, 3 p.m. Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. 704-372-3600. www.ovensauditorium.com

A Commedia Christmas Carol A clever take on the fabled story of Scrooge's holiday redemption done in the Commedia dell'arte style. $14. Dec. 14, 11 a.m.; Dec. 15, 2 p.m.; Dec. 21, 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.; Dec. 22, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.; Dec. 27-28, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; Dec. 29, 2 p.m. ImaginOn's Wells Fargo Playhouse, 300 E. 7th St. www.ctcharlotte.org.

The Book of Mormon The musical is produced by South Park creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Contains explicitlanguage. Dec. 26, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 27, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Dec. 28, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Dec. 29, 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Dec. 31, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Jan. 1-2, 7:30 p.m.; Jan. 3, 8 p.m. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalarts.org.

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