Art Beats + Lyrics — the annual celebration of hip-hop-flavored music, visual art and performing art — is returning to Charlotte on Oct. 1. If you've attended the event (which happens through a partnership with Gentlemen Jack) before, you'll know it's the ultimate place to feast your eyes on rap-culture-inspired paintings, photos and more on display — along with dance performances and live music. Missing it would be a dumb move.
Free. Oct. 1. 7 p.m.-12 a.m. The Westin, 601 South College St. (For more information, register at Gentlemanjackabl.com.)