4TH SATURDAYS UPTOWN Billed as "A Cultural Exchange & Global Marketplace," this free event boasts something for everyone. Shopping for the shopaholics, entertainment for the perpetually bored, food for everybody and peace for the single moms in the form of a children's village (hallelujah!). It's ongoing, on the fourth Saturday of every month from 10am-5pm at Actor's Theatre, 650 E. Stonewall St. Call 704-342-2251 for details.
SUMMER RETRO FILM SERIES Check out film classics all summer long at the Ballantyne Village Theatre, 14815 John J. Delaney Dr. Get the complete schedule at www.ballantynevillage.com and order tickets online or by calling 704-369-5101. July 14-16: Monty Python and the Holy Grail; July 21-23: Raiders of the Lost Ark; July 28-30: Jaws; Aug. 4-6: Billy Madison. June 9-Aug. 6, Friday-Saturday, 10pm and midnight; Sunday, 1pm. $5.
6TH ANNUAL BASTILLE DAY FESTIVAL The French American Chamber of Commerce of NC invites you to participate in a wonderful celebration of French history when revolutionaries challenged the authority of the king by storming the Bastille, home of enemies of the crown. Enjoy French food and entertainment including a mime, juggler and French music and also indulge in the raffle for a chance to win a round-trip for two to Paris, the City of Lights. Bon chance! The free festival will be at the Wachovia Center Plaza on Friday, July 14, at 5pm. For more details visit www.faccnc.com or call 704-841-0506.
FROM BUSBY TO BOLLYWOOD: CLASSIC MUSICALS The Main Library's Summer Film Series will present its latest season at its new viewing venue in ImaginOn's Wachovia Theatre. Films throughout the summer will be shown at 2pm Sundays. Remaining titles: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (July 16); Oklahoma! (July 23); Hair (July 30); Devdas (August 6). Admission is free. For further info, call 704-336-6217 or go to www.plcmc.org.
PARTY IN THE PARK Summer is the perfect time for outdoor dining. How about a picnic in one of Charlotte's beautiful parks complete with a serenade of live music to help with that diigestion? The YMCA of Greater Charlotte is sponsoring this event for the whole family. Games and activities are available for all ages. No picnic is required, but it's free for those who bring their own. Fridays: July 14, 21, 28, at Morrison Family YMCA at 6:30pm. $5 adults/$3 for children. Call 704-716-4600 for more info. www.ymcacharlotte.org.
FREE COMMEDIA CLASSES Forget everything you think you know about street performing and leave the hip-hop at home. Commedia dell' Arte is an Italian improvised comedy dating back to the Renaissance. The Little Green Zanni is looking for people interested in trying this brand of street performance. Participants will learn history, stock characters and some quick mask making skills. The introductory class is Thursday, July 13, 7pm at The Green, 435 S. Tryon St. For questions or more info call 704-713-5392 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SHINDIG ON THE GREEN Put on your dancing ... clogs and hike on up to Asheville for the 40th season of music and dance, Appalachian-style. Shindig on the Green celebrates the rich heritage of this great region with showcases featuring folk musicians and dancers, old-time string bands, ballad singers (reminiscent of O Brother Where Art Thou), storytellers and, of course, cloggers! Bring a lawn chair or blanket and cuddle up to the sounds of the mountain. The show will be held this year at Martin Luther King Jr. Park in downtown Asheville. Runs Saturdays: July 15, 22; Aug. 12, 19, 26; and Sept. 2. Reserve your tickets at 828-258-6101 x345. Web: www.folkheritage.org.
SALSA NIGHTS Be Shakira for a night and prove that your "Hips Don't Lie" at the free Latin-style dance lessons offered at the Loft, 1526 Elizabeth Ave. Learn salsa, merengue, bachata and more. Touting "celebrity instructors," this joint gets hips swiveling every Wednesday night at 8pm. Hit www.hispanos-usa.com or call 704-333-5898.
A BIG DAY AT THE LAKE Fun on the water is the order of the day for the Big Brothers Big Sisters' kids and volunteers. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte hopes to bring at least 100 children this go-around as it again teams up with Lake Norman businesses and sponsors. This year's theme is "How Does it Feel to Have a Big?" with activites including boating, an art auction and a cookout at Duke Energy's Energy Explorium. The nonprofit event will be Saturday, July 15, from 10am-3:30pm. Don't forget to bring your boat! Details at www.bigdayatthelake.com or 704-377-3963 x26.
SUMMER SHOOTOUT SERIES Here's something to do this summer the kids will love. Kids: imagine, if you will, watching a school bus, that big yellow monstrosity that takes you to the worst place on earth, hurtling towards another one on a one-way collision course. Sounds good, huh? The rundown: 10 races over nine weeks (June 16-Aug. 8) with a fireworks doubleheader, character-themed race cars called CRASHcars, Legends Car, Thunder Roadster and Bandolero racing. Grab the kids and race to Lowe's Motor Speedway. Hit 'em up at 1-800-455-3267 or www.lowesmotorspeedway.com. $5 adults/$3 children (ages 6-12).
Note: Soul Cinema's July 9 presentation of Deidre Thomas' Living with Faith at the Afro-American Cultural Center (featured last week) has been postponed until August.