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Barbecue, sushi and peppers



SEPT. 12-13 -- Blues, Brews & BBQ. Piggies will be smokin' up the air and vendors galore will line the streets to sell their best barbecue creations, as Charlotte's Center City presents its 6th annual Blues, Brews & BBQ. In addition, there will be more food and those must-have fixin's, along with beer sampling, games, pig races, music from a variety of artists (including Florida bluesman Bill Wharton aka the Sauce Boss) and a whole lot more for a hog of a good time. Free event. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. N. Tryon St. (between 6th St. and 11th St.) 704-332-2227.

SEPT. 13 -- Nyotaimori (Naked Sushi). Ever eaten sushi straight off of a model's body? You can do it at Prevue Lounge while listening to hip-hop, tribal house and neo-soul music. Sushi will be sponsored by Ru San's. $10 before 11 p.m. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Prevue Lounge, 2909 N. Davidson St. (Highland Mills)

SEPT. 13 -- Matthews Community Farmers Market. This market offers more than organic fruits and vegetables, pastured pork, eggs from free-range chickens, fresh dairy products, baked goods, flowers, soaps, pottery, and baskets. It also offers a cooking demonstration by Chef Joseph Bonaparte of the International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Charlotte on Sept. 13. He'll tell you about some recipes that you can use for fresh roasted peppers. In addition, Deborah Neuhs will be spinning and weaving yarn on a spinning wheel and loom and Tritone Quintet will provide classical music. 8:30 a.m. Matthews Community Farmers Market, 105 N. Trade St., Matthews. 704-821-6430.

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