As you flip through this issue, you might feel a little overwhelmed. We don't blame you. This year's Summer Guide certainly isn't skimpy (unlike some of the outfits we saw at Speed Street last month). From theater performances of Shakespeare's early works and pioneer rappers rocking the mic to outdoorsy cultural festivals and obstacle challenges that rival military training, there's something for everyone. For those who need a little more help making plans, we highlighted the events we think some of Charlotte's quintessential event-goers might be interested in. Do yourself a favor, though, and try something new this summer. You might be surprised at what looks good on you.
The Comedy ZoneCharlotte at NC Music Factory Rachel Feinstein. June 12, 8 p.m.; June 13, 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.; June 14, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $15-$18. Fight Night Comedy Competition. June 17, 8 p.m. $10-$12. "Off The Chain" Comedy with Rodney Perry. June 18-19, 8 p.m. $14-$18. Jon Lovitz. June 20, 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.; June 21, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $25-$30. Almost Famous Comedy Show. June 24, 8 p.m. $10. Nate Bargatze. June 25-26, 8 p.m.; June 27, 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.; June 28, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $15-$18. The Freestyle Funny Comedy Show. June 29, 8 p.m. $12-$15. 900 N.C. Music Factory Blvd., Suite B3. 980-321-4702. www.cltcomedyzone.com.
Silk at Enso Royalty Comedy Show & Party, featuring comedians CA TheQmedian, Queen Sheba and Maurice Rose. Also featuring heavy hors d'oeuvres, Crown Royal specials and a special guest Carolina Panther Byron Bell and friends. $10 and up. June 20, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Silk at Enso, 210 E. Trade St., Suite A-108. www.royalty.eventbrite.com.
McGlohon Theater Fathers Day and Family Comedy Show. YMS Productions presents this comedy show with Akintunde, Willie Brown, and Mike Goodwin. $38.50-$42. June 13, 7:30 p.m. 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalarts.org.
The Tavern The Chuckleheads. The Chuckleheads present "The Paternity Test Comedy Improv Musical Variety Extravaganza." $10-$15. June 14, 8 p.m. 300 E. Morehead St. www.planetimprov.com.
Hilton Charlotte University Clean comedy from Big Daddy LaughAlot and Big O. $15. June 20, 6 p.m. 8629 JM Keynes Drive. Visit eventbrite.com for more info.
Fashion & Shopping
Entirely Natural with a Fashion Flare The fashion event, hosted by Bianca Chardei (America's Next Top Model), features designer Luis Machicao and more. $40 and up. June 14, 6 p.m. Embassy Suites, 4800 S. Tryon St. www.divine-expressions.com.
Ruganzu Bruno: Recycled Bead Making Workshop ArtPlace America, Environmental artist-in-residence Ruganzu Bruno will be facilitating a workshop on making beads out of recycled papers. Free. June 19, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. McColl Center for Visual Art, 721 N. Tryon St. 704-332-5535. www.mccollcenter.org.
Phillips Place Showcase An evening of fashion and food to benefit Carolina Breast Friends. $20 and up. June 20, 6-10 p.m. Modern Salon & Spa, 6908-B Phillips Place Court. www.TicketsSoEasy.com/ppshowcase2014.
The 4th Annual Sophisticated Lyfe Entertainment Anniversary Celebration & Fashion Show Sophisticated Lyfe Entertainment's anniversary celebration and fashion show. For tickets, visit slefashionshow2014.ticketleap.com/nc. June 22, 7:15 p.m. 301 East, 301 E. 9th St.
Charlotte Gift & Jewelry Show A cash and carry wholesale show featuring a variety of vendors. June 28-30. The Park Expo & Conference Center (formerly The Charlotte Merchandise Mart), 2500 Independence Blvd. For details and a list of exhibitors, visit www.charlottegiftshow.com.
Tresses & Threads Hair and Fashion Show The Alesia Thomas Foundation presents this fashion event and fundraiser to help individuals that are going through traumatic experiences and assistance for hair loss. For more information, visit www.thealesiathomasfoundation.weebly.com. $15-$50. June 28, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Label, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd.
Back Alley Film Series Screening The Sacrament. $5-$10. June 12, 7:30 p.m. Crownpoint Stadium 12, 9630 Monroe Road. www.backalleyfilmseries.com
Coal Ash Stories Charlotte An event featuring four short films focused on coal ash, public health concerns, related policy and ways that communities across the nation are responding to this toxic threat. For questions, contact Kristin Henry at firstname.lastname@example.org. June 18, 7 p.m. Area 15, 512 E. 15th St.
Modernism + Film Series Screening Coast Modern. The event includes a reception, a cash bar and free light bites in the Bechtler lobby. It will be followed by the film screening and a discussion. $5-$10. June 20, 6 p.m. Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, 420 S. Tryon St. 704-353-9200. www.bechtler.org.
Made in 1984: Hollywood Movies from 30 Years Ago The Main Library film series screens films on Saturdays at 2 p.m. June 21: Broadway Danny Rose. June 28: Top Secret. Free admission. ImaginOn's Wells Fargo Playhouse, 300 E. 7th St. 704-416-4600. www.imaginon.org.
Summer Outdoor Cinema Series Outdoor movie screenings. Weather permitting, films will begin at dusk. Free admission. June 21: Captain Phillips. Ramsey Creek Park, 18441 Nantz Road, Cornelius. June 25: Hotel Transylvania. Kenton Place, 17111 Kenton Drive, Cornelius. www.cornelius.org.
Underexposed Film Series The Arts Council of York County screens The Strange and Unusual. There will be popcorn and beverages, as well as a chance to meet director Anil Dhokai. $7. June 13, 7:30 p.m. Community Performance Center, 249 E. Main St., Rock Hill. 803-328-2787. www.yorkcountyarts.org.
Food & Drink
(See more dining events in the Food section.)
Caking and Tasting 2014 Cupcake tasting courtesy of home-based cupcakery Cup Your Cakes. June 14, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Dupp & Swat, 2424 N. Davidson St., Suite 112-B. www.cupyourcakes.com.
Brew Stash Bash In its third year, this festival features a variety of American craft beers, live music and a Brew Dash 6K. June 14. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway. 704-391-3900. www.usnwc.org.
Dinner & Bikes The event features a gourmet vegan and gluten-free buffet spread and a handful of short films by Joe Biel about bicycle activism and culture. Following dinner, Elly Blue will give a "Bikenomics" presentation, which includes a compelling economic case for bicycling, equity, and transportation activism. $10. June 27, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. www.dinnerandbikes.com.
An Evening of Believing Prom Kick-Off Party A fundraiser for kids with cancer or other life altering illnesses. Features a pig roast, entertainment and more. $10-$15. June 12, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Johnson Mansion, 1800 Queens Road West. www.gotsandbox.org/kickoff.
World Cup Month The month-long celebration features a bracket challenge, game watches, patio parties, $3 pint specials with internationally-inspired "Not So Small Batch" beer releases, international craft cocktails, prizes, giveaways, and more. June 12-July 13. Heist Brewery, 2909 N. Davidson St., Suite 200. 704-375-8260. www.heistbrewery.com.
An Unlucky Day for Cancer The event features food, craft beer, live music by Moonshine Racers, Mac's Hogzilla 30-foot smoker and rolling kitchen, and friendly biking competitions. Proceeds support the 13th annual 24 Hours of Booty. For more information, visit www.24hoursofbooty.org. $50. June 13, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Mac's Speed Shop, 2511 South Blvd.
Mint to Move: Cultural Dance Night DJ Pepito spins salsa, mambo, cha-cha, merengue, and bachata. Special tributes to Jose James and Pharrell Williams' "Happy." Dance lessons start at 8:30 p.m. $5-$10, $16 for couples. June 13, 8 p.m.-11 p.m. Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S. Tryon St. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org.
Purgatory 58: S&M Superheroes IV Single Cell Productions presents this BDSM event with a superhero theme, featuring fetish performances and demos, vendors and electronic/industrial music from DJ Lechter, DJ Spider and DJ 313. $12 and up. June 14, 8 p.m. Amos' Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St. 704-377-6874. www.amossouthend.com.
Joedance Jam An official Joedance Film Festival event, the concert is sponsored by Prohibition Bar to raise funds for Levine Children's Hospital. $20 (includes two drink tickets). June 14, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Prohibition, 200 N. Tryon St. www.joedance.org.
LATIBAH Cultural Exchange Festival A "cultural smorgasbord," from Native American storytelling to a traditional African drum circles, Asian/Indian dance performances and martial arts and more. Come dressed in cultural attire. $5. June 15, 2 p.m.-7 p.m. Latibah Collard Green Museum, 720 Tuckaseegee Road. www.latibahmuseum.org.
LGBT & Allies Diversity Summit A series of sessions with focuses on "What Works in the Workplace Track: Strategy & Sustainability," and "Understanding Our Communities Track," featuring presentations and discussions. Free for students; $24-$49. June 19, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. UNC-Charlotte (Cone Center), 9201 University City Blvd. www.ndccarolinas.org.
Lunch at the Library Featuring Dr. David Goldfield, the Robert Lee Bailey professor of history at UNC Charlotte. Registration is encouraged. Free. June 19, 12 p.m. Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, 310 N. Tryon St.
SlamCharlotte Poetry Slam The monthly poetry slam is hosted by SlamCharlotte. $10. June 20, 8 p.m. Stage Door Theater, corner of 5th and North College streets. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalarts.org.
Heroes Con 2014 Comic book enthusiasts can mingle directly with professionals, including comic artists, illustrators, vendors and other special guests. $15-$20; free for kids 12 years old and under; $40 for 3-day pass. June 20, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.;June 21, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; June 22, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St. For more information, call 704-375-7462 or visit www.heroesonline.com/heroescon.
Paws with a Cause Dogtopia presents this annual K9 support charity dog wash. Funds raised will benefit Paws with a Cause's veterans assistance dogs program. $15 suggested donation. June 22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dogtopia, 616 Springbrook Road. 704-266-1506. www.dogdaycareofcharlotte.com.
Charlotte Bridal Show & Expo The event showcases an assortment of wedding ideas, including bridal fashions, photographers, florists, caterers, DJs, wedding planners, bakeries, rentals, ceremony locations and more. June 22. Hilton, University Place, 8629 JM Keynes Drive. For more information, visit www.charlottebridalshow.com.
Juneteenth Festival of the Carolinas The 17th annual celebration of the abolishment of slavery, features African heritage displays, crafts, dance performances, drum circles and other entertainment and activities. For more information, visit www.juneteenthofthecarolinas.com. June 12-15. Independence Park, 300 Hawthorne Lane.
Inked Uprising Youth Poetry Slam BreatheInk presents this poetry slam open to all students 13-19 years old. $5. June 27, 8 p.m. Knight Gallery Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000.
Caroliance Youth Poetry Showcase The youth poetry slam teams representing Charlotte, Chapel Hill, Asheville, Greensboro, and Greenville, SC. come together to showcase their poetry before they represent the region at Brave New Voices in Philadelphia, PA. $10. June 28, 7 p.m. McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalarts.org.
Summer Baked Sale Music, cupcake eating contest and hookah sampling at the store's Independence location on June 28. There is a storewide sale at all three stores. Infinity's End (East), 7308 E. Independence Blvd., Suite A; Infinity's End (South), 5119 A. South Blvd.; Infinity's End (University), 8640 University City Blvd. www.infinitysend.com.
Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series Enjoy racing, special attractions, fireworks and more during this summer series on Tuesday nights in June and July. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway South, Concord. 704-455-3209. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.
Charlotte Knights June 12-15: Charlotte Knights vs. Pawtucket Red Sox; June 16-19: Charlotte Knights vs. Lehigh Valley IronPigs; June 20-23: Charlotte Knights vs. Toledo Mud Hens; June 24-27: Charlotte Knights vs. Louisville Cardinals; June 28-30: Charlotte Knights vs. Gwinnett Braves. BB&T Ballpark, 324 S. Mint St. www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t494.
Charlotte Hounds June 14: Charlotte Hounds vs. Florida Launch; June 28: Charlotte Hounds vs. Boston Cannons. American Legion Memorial Stadium, 310 N. Kings Drive. www.charlottehounds.com.
Brew Dash 6K Earn your beer with a 6K race through the USNWC trails before the kick off of Brew Stash Bash. After the race, enjoy live music and the nation's top craft beers. For more information, visit www.active.com. June 14, 11:30 a.m. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway. 704-391-3900. www.usnwc.org.
Healthy Achievement 5K Run/Walk A family-friendly event to support healthy achievement and youth mentoring initiatives in Charlotte. Registration ranges from $15-$25. June 14. Romare Bearden Park, 300 S. Church St. For more information, visit www.healthyachievment5K.org.
Retro Rama Roxbury teams up with Rock House Events for this 80s vs. 90s party. Includes two levels with two DJs spinning music from each decade on different floors. Prizes for individual and group costumes. To sign up, visit www.rockhouseevents.com. $5 in advance. June 20. Roxbury Nightclub, 115 W. 5th St., Charlotte. 704-375-8090. www.roxburynightclub.com.
BattleFrog Obstacle Course Race An obstacle course race series designed and founded by Navy SEALs. The 15K and 5K courses are built for experienced and new racers alike, while the 1K "Tadpole" course is for kids, ages 4 and up. Also includes music, food, drinks, games, and demonstrations by Navy SEALs. June 21, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Carolina Adventure World, 1515 Arrowhead Road. www.battlefrogseries.com.
Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge 5K The ROC Race combines a 5k course with game show inspired obstacles. $64-$84. June 28. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway South, Concord. www.rocrace.com/charlotte
Sidney the Kidney's Spin-A-Thon Charlotte Athletic Club presents this outdoor spin-a-thon to benefit the National Kidney Foundation. Also featuring games, activities, food and more. For more details or to register, visit http://donate.kidney.org/spinathonnc. June 21, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Charlotte Athletic Club, 101 S. Tryon St. 704-371-5600. www.charlotteathleticclub.com.
Night of the Riding Dead Third annual Friday the 13th Alleycat bicycle ride. Bring your own helmet and lights. Costumes are encouraged. After-party with Goldsprints. $10. June 13, 6 p.m.-11 p.m. The Spoke Easy, 2923 S. Tryon St., Suite 250. www.facebook.com/thespokeeasy
Charlotte Hounds #ZeroK The Charlotte Hounds, in partnership with The Woody & Wilcox show from 106.5 The End, NoDa Brewing Company and UBER, are hosting the Zero K run to benefit the Isabella Santos Foundation. $25. June 14, 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Memorial Stadium, 310 N. Kings Drive. www.charlottehounds.com.
The Misanthrope Shakespeare Carolina presents a new adaptation by Timothy Mooney of Moliere's classic comedy. For more information, visit www.shakescar.org. $10-$20. June 12, 7:30 p.m.; June 13-14, 8 p.m.; June 19, 7:30 p.m.; June 20-21, 8 p.m.; June 22, 3 p.m. Duke Energy Theater, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalarts.org.
The Merry Wives of Windsor Citizens of the Universe present this comedic Shakespeare play about revenge, deceit, and love. $10-$15. June 18, 7 p.m.; June 20-22, 7 p.m.; June 25, 7 p.m.; June 27-29, 7 p.m. UpStage, 3306 N. Davidson St., Suite C. 704-430-4821. www.upstagenoda.com.
Lil Abner The original musical comedy that is both spoof on hillbillies and political satire targeting American politics. $10-$22. June 20-21, 8 p.m.; June 22, 2:30 p.m.; June 24, 7 p.m.; June 25-26, 7:30 p.m.; June 27-28, 8 p.m. CPCC's Halton Theater, 1201 Elizabeth Ave. 704-330-6534. arts.cpcc.edu.
Shrek the Musical Matthews Playhouse of Performing Arts presents this musical that's based on the Shrek movies. $12-$18. June 13-29, times vary. Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell St., Matthews. 704-846-8343. www.matthewsplayhouse.com.
Gruesome Playground Injuries Playwright Rajiv Joseph's play follows two characters in an episodic tale that tracks significant events that lead to future hurts. $18-$28, $100 for June 21. June 13-June 21. CAST, 2424 N. Davidson St. 704-455-8542. www.nccast.com.
Passing Strange Actor's Theatre of Charlotte presents the 2008 Tony Award-winning musical for "Best Book." Chip Decker directs the production, which follows the journey of a young Bohemian traveling from middle class black America to Amsterdam and Berlin, where sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll reign. June 12-28, times vary. Actor's Theatre of Charlotte, 650 E. Stonewall St. 704-342-2251. www.actorstheatrecharlotte.org.
42nd Street A celebration of Broadway and the people involved in shows, this show focuses on aspiring chorus girl Peggy Sawyer and her tap-dancing friends and rivals as she travels the road to stardom. $12-$24. June 19-28, times vary. Davidson College's Duke Family Performance Hall, 207 Faculty Drive, Davidson. 704-894-2135. www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org.
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art Mario Botta: Architecture and Memory. The exhibit features sketches, models and photographs that show Botta's impressive architectural structures, spanning from his 50-year career. Exhibit continues through July 25. Max Bill: Selected Works. The exhibit features 12 works created by Max Bill between 1935 and 1979. This includes lithographs, serigraphs and sculptures. Exhibit continues through Sept. 29. $4-$8; free for members and children 10 and under. 420 S. Tryon St. 704-353-9200. www.bechtler.org.
Elder Gallery Carl Plansky, Figures and Landscapes. Featuring selected paintings and drawings from the New York and Budapest studios of the late abstract expressionist, Carl Plansky. Exhibit continues through June 28. 1520 S. Tryon St. 704-370-6337. www.elderart.com.
CPCC Art Galleries Past Perfect: Kirsten Tradowsky. San Francisco artist Kirsten Tradowsky paints found objects and gives them rich and faded hues to reflect their imperfections and beauty. Through July 3. Burst: Andi Steele. The exhibit features installations by Andi Steele. Through Aug. 7. Kyle Worthy: Anyone's Ghost. The exhibit features works by Kyle Worthy, an abstract landscape photographer who resides in Charlotte. Worthy's work deals with themes of memory and time. Through Aug. 7. 1201 Elizabeth Ave. 704-330-6211. arts.cpcc.edu/art-gallery.
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture African American Art Since 1950: Perspectives from the David C. Driskell Center. An exhibition in which works by renowned artists like Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, and Sam Gilliam are coupled with the works of new visionaries, including Chakaia Booker, Lorna Simpson and Kara Walker. This group of artists reflects the growing prominence of African-American art, spanning from the past 60 years. Through June 15. 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. Through June 15. 551 S. Tryon St. 704-547-3700. www.ganttcenter.org.
Heist Brewery The June local artist series features artwork by Jennifer Staron. 2909 N. Davidson St., Suite 200. 704-375-8260. www.heistbrewery.com.
Jerald Melberg Gallery Works on Paper. A group exhibition that illustrates the long history and modern diversity of works of art on paper, including collages, pastels, watercolors, graphite and charcoal drawings, oil, acrylic, gouache and mixed media on paper, as well as a diverse selection of editioned and unique prints. Exhibit continues through July 5. 625 S. Sharon Amity Road. 704-365-3000. www.jeraldmelberg.com.
Lark & Key Gallery and Boutique Summer Showcase. Featuring new arrivals from Duy Huynh, Angie Renfro, Vicki Sawyer and Mary Alayne Thomas. Exhibit continues through July 26. Free admission. 128 E. Park Ave., Suite B. 704-334-4616. www.larkandkey.com.
Levine Museum of the New South Out of the Shadows: Undocumented and Unafraid. The exhibit offers an opportunity for the public to learn about the experiences of undocumented Latino youth. Through June 29. Faces of Freedom Summer: The Photographs of Herbert Randall. The exhibit features 102 photographs taken by Herbert Randall in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. These images document the struggles and triumphs of Civil Rights activists and disenfranchised African-American voters during the summer of 1964. Through Aug. 17. Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow: Jewish Refugee Scholars at Black Colleges. The exhibit explores the unlikely coming together of these two groups, each the object of exclusion and hatred, and examines the ongoing encounter between them as they faced new challenges of life in the segregated South. Through Sept. 14. Cotton Fields to Sky Scrapers. The interactive exhibit features Charlotte and its 13 surrounding counties as a case study to illustrate the profound changes in the South since the Civil War. $6 for adults; $5 for seniors, students and children 6-18 years old; free for children 5 and under. 200 E. 7th St. 704-333-1887. www.museumofthenewsouth.org.
McColl Center for Visual Art Stayin' Alive. The exhibit will feature new works by multi-media artist and environmental activist Aurora Robson. Exhibit continues through June 28. Free. 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 Photo League (established in New York City in 1936) members. There is a special spotlight on the work of Sonia Handelman Meyer. Exhibit continues through June 29. American Ceramics, 1825-1875. An examination of evolution, expansion and innovation in ceramics from the 1800s. Ongoing. American Glass. The exhibit showcases works from American glass companies and a variety of styles and forms from 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. North Carolina Pottery, Then and Now. Selections, both old and new, of North Carolina pottery. Ongoing. Fashionable Silhouettes. Featuring garments and accessories spanning three centuries of fashion history. Ongoing. The Transformed Self: Performance Masks of Mexico. Featuring masks from parts of Mexico that use them in dance performances and rituals. Ongoing. Heritage Gallery. Features works of art, archival documents and photographs documenting the growth and evolution of the museum. Ongoing. $5-$10; free for members and children 4 and under; also free for all on Wednesday evenings, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. 2730 Randolph Road. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org.
Mint Museum Uptown Gretchen Bender: The Pleasure is Back. Features seven important early works, including selections from Bender's "The Pleasure is Back" series, which launched her career in the early 1980s. The work presented here forms the foundation for her later grand-scale multimedia performance installations. June 28-TFN. Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment. Exhibit of photographs that capture compelling stories from across the globe. Exhibit continues through July 20. Allure of Flowers: Botanical Motifs in Craft, Design, & Fashion. Showcasing glassworks, ceramics, fashion, jewelry, paintings, textiles that were inspired by flowers. Exhibit continues through Aug. 10. Jennifer Steinkamp: Orbit 12. Steinkamp uses computer animation and new media to create projection installations that explore ideas about nature, architecture, motion, and perception. Exhibit continues through Aug. 31. Still Lives: Early Works by Sharon Core. Core investigates foods relationship to human behavior through photography. The works are documentary photographs, portraits, and still lifes. Exhibit continues through June 8. 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. $5-$10; free for members and children 4 and under; also free for all on Wednesday evenings, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. 500 S. Tryon St. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org.
Providence Gallery Vignettes: New Still Life Works by Lesley Powell. The exhibit features a collection of still paintings in oil on canvas by gallery artist Lesley Powell. June 9-30. 601 Providence Road, Suite A. 704-333-4535. www.providencegallery.net.
Twenty-Two Let the Good Times Roll. The gallery's fifth annual skate deck art show. To benefit a grassroots skatepark movement. June 4-July 6. Free admission. 1500 Central Ave. 704-334-0122. www.gallerytwentytwo.com.
UNC Charlotte Center City Gallery Sustain Me Baby. The exhibit features Joyce Dallal's "The Other Toy Story," a massive, 10-foot-tall trash receptacle that resembles a baby and is filled with discarded plastic toys. John Flynn's "Feed the Baby" video, which chronicles the first installation of Dallal's work, screens continuously in the gallery and some of Chris Jordan's Midway photographs are also on display. Exhibit continues through June 26. Free. 320 E. 9th St.
Actor's Theatre of Charlotte OTC Improv Show celebrating the holiday spirit. $10-$15. July 5, 8 p.m. 650 E. Stonewall St. www.otcimprov.com.
The Comedy Zone Charlotte at NC Music Factory Almost Famous Comedy Show. July 20, 8 p.m. $10. Fight Night Comedy Competition Finals. July 1, 8 p.m. $10-$12. J Bliss. July 9, 8 p.m. $12-$17. James Gregory. July 10, 8 p.m.; July 11-12, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.; July 17, 8 p.m.; July 18-19, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $19-$22.50. Wild West Open Mic Night. July 15, 8 p.m. $10-$12. Almost Famous Comedy Show. July 20. $10. Maria Bamford. July 22-23, 8 p.m. $25-$27.50. Eddie Griffin. July 25, 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.; July 26, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $25-$30. Ralphie May. July 29-30, 8 p.m. $25. Shaun Jones. July 31, 8 p.m. $15-$18. N.C. Music Factory Blvd., Suite B3. 980-321-4702. www.cltcomedyzone.com.
Dilworth Neighborhood Grille The Chuckleheads present a show, titled "Summer Summer Summertime Comedy Improv Musical Variety Extravaganza." $10-$12. July 12, 8 p.m. 911 E. Morehead St. www.planetimprov.com.
Ovens Auditorium July 25: Jerry Seinfeld. July 27: Lavell Crawford. 2700 E. Independence Blvd. 704-372-3600. www.ovensauditorium.com.
Fashion & Shopping
Men's Night Out Men's event featuring fashion tips (from denim to swimwear to underwear), bourbon and craft beer tastings, and other wellness experts and local businesses. For more information, email email@example.com. July 16, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Shu, 1426 S. Tryon St. www.shusalon.com.
Back Alley Film Series Screening Borgman. $5-$10. July 10, 7:30 p.m. Crownpoint Stadium 12, 9630 Monroe Road. www.backalleyfilmseries.com
Made in 1984: Hollywood Movies from 30 Years Ago The Main Library film series screens films on Saturday at 2 p.m. Free admission. July 5: A Passage to India. July 19: Amadeus. ImaginOn's Wells Fargo Playhouse, 300 E. 7th St.; July 26: Ghostbusters. Outdoor movie screening begins at dusk. Carolina Theater Park, Corner of 6th Street and North Tryon Street.
Summer Outdoor Cinema Series Outdoor movie screenings. Weather permitting, films will begin at dusk. Free admission. July 9: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2. Kenton Place, 17111 Kenton Drive, Cornelius. July 19: Delivery Man. Ramsey Creek Park, 18441 Nantz Road, Cornelius. July 23: Despicable Me 2. Kenton Place, 17111 Kenton Drive, Cornelius. www.cornelius.org.
Septimo (7th Floor) Screening the Argentinian/Spanish film by Patxi Amezcua. $5. July 9, 7 p.m. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org.
Food & Drink
Independence Day Celebration at Raffaldini Vineyards Spend July 4th at Raffaldini Vineyards with live music, wines, gelato and more. July 4, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Raffaldini Vineyards, 450 Groce Road, Ronda. www.raffaldini.com.
Jack in the Box Summer Shootout Series Enjoy racing, special attractions, fireworks and more during this summer series on Tuesday nights in July. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway South, Concord. 704-455-3209. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.
4th of July Festival at USNWC A two-day celebration of America with live music, fireworks and more at the USNWC. July 3-4, 3:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway. 704-391-3900. www.usnwc.org.
White Lights: 4th of July Party Eddietainment presents this party with two DJs (Mighty DJ DR and DJ Unique), food and great views of Uptown fireworks. Dress code is stylish and sophisticated. For tickets and bottle service/tables), visit www.whitelights.eventbrite.com. July 4, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Studio Movie Grill EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., Suite D290, Charlotte. 704-688-2400. www.studiomoviegrill.com.
Red White & Pabst Blue Ribbon Party Independence weekend celebration with games on the patio, drink specials (PBR and "fireball" shots) and more. Dress in your best patriotic wear. July 4-5, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Roxbury Nightclub, 115 W. 5th St., Charlotte. 704-375-8090. www.roxburynightclub.com.
11th Annual Pool Party Weekend/All White Weekend The Queen City Divas Motorcycle Club presents its 11th annual pool party weekend. Friday: meet & greet at O'Harah's Restaurant with music by DJ Storm; Saturday: charity ride, picnic and pool party; Sunday: all white party, food, awards and more. $10-$15. July 11-13. Ramada, 212 W. Woodlawn Road. www.queencitydivas.com.
Introduction to Argentine Tango Passion for Tango, a local Tango dancing collective that strives to promote the art of Tango dancing throughout the region, presents this workshop. July 17, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. McColl Center for Visual Art, 721 N. Tryon St. 704-332-5535. www.mccollcenter.org.
Charlotte Black Gay Pride The event celebrates LGBT pride for members of the African-American community. Featuring vendors, stage performances, national recording artist Tocarra Hamilton and more. July 17-19. For more information, visit www.charlotteblackgaypride.com.
Hoshicon 2014 Japanese animation, video game, and culture convention features a cosplay contest, a charity date auction, an AMV contest, karaoke, dance, and more. For more information, visit www.hoshicon.org. July 18-20. Sheraton Airport Plaza Hotel, 3315 S. I-85 Service Road. 704-392-1200.
Petapalooza An event featuring animals of all kind. Interact with rescued pets and exotic animals and learn about responsible pet ownership. Free with museum admission. July 19, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Charlotte Nature Museum, 1658 Sterling Road. 704-372-6261. www.charlottenaturemuseum.org.
Charlotte Bachata & Salsa Festival The Bachata Festival is the biggest Latin American dance festival in the Carolinas. Watch top dancers perform Salsa and Bachata or learn it for yourself in dance workshops. $60 and up. July 25-27. Four Points Sheraton, 201 S. McDowell St. www.charlottebachata.com.
Charlotte Roller Girls Charlotte Roller Girls All-Stars vs. Carolina Rollergirls. $7-$12. July 12, 6 p.m. Grady Cole Center, 310 N. Kings Drive. www.charlotterollergirls.com
XTERRA U.S. National White Water Trail Run Choose between an off-road 7.6 or 3.6 mile train run at the USNWC. For more information, visit www.dirtyspokes.com/us-national-whitewater-center. July 12, 6:30 a.m. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway. 704-391-3900. www.usnwc.org.
Charlotte Knights July 1: Charlotte Knights vs. Gwinnett Braves; July 4-5: Charlotte Knights vs. Norfolk Tides; July 10-13: Charlotte Knights vs. Syracuse Chiefs; July 17-20: Charlotte Knights vs. Scranton/WB Red Barons; July 29-31: Charlotte Knights vs. Durham Bulls. BB&T Ballpark, 324 S. Mint St.
Charlotte Hounds July 5: Charlotte Hounds vs. Rochester Rattlers. American Legion Memorial Stadium, 310 N. Kings Drive. www.charlottehounds.com.
Empowering Lifestyles Weekend 5K Race/Walk The course is on the paved greenway. Proceeds from event will benefit the Caring Heroes Foundation and the DAD Foundation. $20. July 12, 8 a.m. Mallard Creek Greenway, 9801 Mallard Creek Road. For more information or to register, visit www.fitbyepharr.com.
The Lil Mermaid Jr. Journey under the sea in this adaptation of Disney's 2008 Broadway production. July 2-12, 10 a.m. CPCC's Halton Theater, 1201 Elizabeth Ave. 704-330-6534. arts.cpcc.edu.
Over the River and Through the Woods Four scheming grandparents will stop at nothing to keep their only grandson from moving across the country. July 5, 8 p.m.; July 6, 2:30 p.m.; July 8, 7 p.m.; July 9-10, 7:30 p.m.; July 11-12, 8 p.m. CPCC's Halton Theater, 1201 Elizabeth Ave. 704-330-6534. arts.cpcc.edu.
Porgy and Bess Blumenthal Performing Arts presents this classic by George Gershwin. July 15-17, 7:30 p.m.; July 18, 8 p.m.; July 19, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; July 20, 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalarts.org.
Dream a Little Dream "Papa Denny" Doherty and Paul Ledoux set out to follow 1960s band The Mamas and The Papas rise to fame. July 17-19; July 23-Aug. 1. Actor's Theatre of Charlotte, 650 E. Stonewall St. 704-342-2251. www.actorstheatrecharlotte.org.
Divas Queen City Theatre Company presents a genderbent cabaret. July 24-Aug. 2. m. Duke Energy Theater, 345 N. College St., Charlotte. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalarts.org.
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art Mario Botta: Architecture and Memory. The exhibit features sketches, models and photographs that show Botta's impressive architectural structures, spanning from his 50-year career. Exhibit continues through July 25. $4-$8; free for members and children 10 years old and under. 420 S. Tryon St. 704-353-9200. www.bechtler.org.
CPCC Art Galleries Denisovan. Pease Gallery showcases interactive artist's book by Heather D. Freeman. The exhibit will display prints and accompanying text from Denisovan. July 14-Sept. 4. 1201 Elizabeth Ave. 704-330-6211. arts.cpcc.edu/art-gallery.
Elder Gallery Women Artists of North Carolina. Featuring paintings and photography by a number of women artists who live and work in North Carolina. July 11-Aug. 30. 1520 S. Tryon St. 704-370-6337. www.elderart.com.
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture 40 And Counting. The Gantt Center celebrates its 40th anniversary with three new art exhibitions. Ongoing. 551 S. Tryon St. 704-547-3700. www.ganttcenter.org.
Heist Brewery The July local artist series features artwork Jared Yerg. 2909 N. Davidson St., Suite 200. 704-375-8260. www.heistbrewery.com.
LaCa Projects Leandro Manzo Exhibition. July 24-Aug. 28. Free admission. 1429 Bryant St. 704-837-1688. www.lacaprojects.com.
Levine Museum of the New South Out of the Shadows: Gay America from Kinsey to Stonewall. The exhibit explains the story of how the country sought to define what it meant to be gay and lesbian in post-War and pre-Stonewall America. July 25-Jan. 25, 2015. $6 for adults; $5 for seniors, students and children 6-18 years old; free for children 5 and under. 200 E. 7th St. 704-333-1887. www.museumofthenewsouth.org.
Mint Museum Uptown Gretchen Bender: The Pleasure is Back. Features seven important early works, including selections from Bender's "The Pleasure is Back" series, which launched her career in the early 1980s. The work presented here forms the foundation for her later grand-scale multimedia performance installations. June 28-TFN. $5-$10; free for members and children 4 and under; also free for all on Wednesday evenings, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. 500 S. Tryon St. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org.
Providence Gallery New Paintings by Andres Vivo. A native of Uruguay, Vivo is known for his maritime scenes, painted in a semi-abstract style, in oil on canvas or board and applied with palette knives and brushes. July 1-30. 601 Providence Road, Suite A. 704-333-4535. www.providencegallery.net.
The Comedy Zone Charlotte at NC Music Factory Dave Attell. Aug. 1, 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.; Aug. 2, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $25-$30. The World Series Of Comedy. Aug. 6-7, 8 p.m.; Aug. 8, 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.; Aug. 9, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $15-$18. Marc Maron. Aug. 14, 8 p.m.; Aug. 15, 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.; Aug. 16, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $20-$25. Brent Morin. Aug. 21, 8 p.m.; Aug. 22, 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.; Aug. 23, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $15-$18. Caroline Rhea. Aug. 26, 8 p.m. $30-$40. Charlie Murphy. Aug. 28, 8 p.m.; Aug. 29, 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.; Aug. 30, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.; Aug. 31, 8 p.m. $25-$30. 900 N.C. Music Factory Blvd., Suite B3. 980-321-4702. www.cltcomedyzone.com.
Fashion & Shopping
Digital Divas 2nd Annual "Avant-garde": A Night of Fashion, Art and Entertainment Digital Divas presents an evening of fashion, art and entertainment. Models and local celebrities will walk the runway dressed in the latest fashions for men and women. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.digitaldivasevents.com. Aug. 15, 6 p.m. Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, 551 South Tryon St.
Summer Outdoor Cinema Series Outdoor movie screenings. Weather permitting, films will begin at dusk. Free admission. Aug. 6: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Kenton Place, 17111 Kenton Drive, Cornelius. Aug. 9: The LEGO Movie. Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Avenue, Cornelius. Aug. 20: Grown Ups 2. Kenton Place, 17111 Kenton Drive, Cornelius. www.cornelius.org.
La Jaula Deoro (The Golden Dream) A Guatemalan film by Diego Quemada Diez. $5. Aug. 6, 7 p.m. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org.
Modernism + Film Series Screening The Art of Cornwall. The event offers a reception, a cash bar and free light bites in the Bechtler lobby, followed by the film screening and a discussion. $5-$10. Aug. 15, 6 p.m.. Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, 420 S. Tryon St. 704-353-9200. www.bechtler.org.
Movies Under the Stars Pre-event activities and music begins at 7 p.m. Movie begins at dusk. Aug. 1: American Girl: Isabelle Dances into the Spotlight; Aug. 8: Despicable Me 2; Aug. 15: The LEGO Movie; Aug. 22: Frozen. Free admission. Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall, 4400 Sharon Road.
Food & Drink
Heist Brewery Two-Year Anniversary Party Heist Brewery celebrates two years with a party on the patio. Featuring live music and "Not So Small Batch" beer releases. Aug. 23. Heist Brewery, 2909 N. Davidson St., Suite 200. 704-375-8260. www.heistbrewery.com.
Build Your Own Boat Festival Join the USNWC for the 3rd annual Build Your Own Boat competition. Whether you build your own boat or simply cheer on your favorite boat builder, you're invited to attend. Also enjoy live music, a run-paddle-run duathlon and the BYOB competition. Aug. 2, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway. 704-391-3900. www.usnwc.org.
Bands, Brews & Books The annual Third Rock Events fundraiser is hosted and benefited by Classroom Central. Featuring hors d'oeuvres, adult beverages and music from Of Good Nature and DJ Patryk Braun. $30-$40. Aug. 9. Charlotte Trolley Powerhouse Museum, 1507 Camden Road. For more information, visit www.brownpapertickets.com/event/684133.
Betsy Birkner Reliquary Workshop Wingate affiliate artist Betsy Birkner will be facilitating a workshop based on the creation of personal reliquaries with the community. Guests are invited to bring in small, meaningful objects to incorporate into their own personal reliquary. Aug. 21, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. McColl Center for Visual Art, 721 N. Tryon St. 704-332-5535. www.mccollcenter.org.
Repticon Charlotte Reptiler & Exotic Animal Show A reptile event featuring pets, supplies, merchandise, seminars and more for all reptile enthusiasts. $5-$15. Aug. 23, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Aug. 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cabarrus Arena & Events Center, 4751 N Carolina 49, Concord. www.repticon.com.
Authors After Dark 2014 Romance novel convention, with special guest Alexandra Ivy as master of ceremonies. Aug. 6-Aug. 10. The Westin Charlotte, 601 S. College St. 704-375-2600. www.authorsafterdark.org.
Summer Break EDM Bash Featuring international recording artists DJ Baby Anne and DJ X, along with eight other regional DJs. Glow items available to the first 100 people. Aug. 31, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.Roxbury Nightclub, 115 W. 5th St., Charlotte. 704-375-8090. www.roxburynightclub.com.
Charlotte Hounds Aug. 1: Charlotte Hounds vs. New York Lizards. American Legion Memorial Stadium, 310 N. Kings Drive. www.charlottehounds.com.
Carolina Panthers Aug. 8: Carolina Panthers vs. Buffalo Bills; Aug. 17: Carolina Panthers vs. Kansas City Chiefs. Bank of America Stadium, 800 S. Mint St.
Charlotte Roller Girls Charlotte Roller Girls B-Dazzlers vs. Classic City Bad News Bs. $7-$10. Aug. 9, 6 p.m. Grady Cole Center, 310 N. Kings Drive. www.charlotterollergirls.com.
Charlotte Knights Aug. 1: Charlotte Knights vs. Durham Bulls; Aug. 5-6: Charlotte Knights vs. Gwinnett Braves; Aug. 7-10: Charlotte Knights vs. Pawtucket Red Sox; Aug. 18-19: Charlotte Knights vs. Gwinnett Braves; Aug. 22-25: Charlotte Knights vs. Norfolk Tides; Aug. 31: Charlotte Knights vs. Gwinnett Braves. BB&T Ballpark, 324 S. Mint St.
Measure for Measure Charlotte Shakespeare presents this comedic play by William Shakespeare. Directed by guest artist Tiger Reel (artistic director of Los Angeles-based Action! Theatre Company and member of the Reduced Shakespeare Company). For more information, visit www.charlotteshakespeare.com. Aug. 7-24. Booth Playhouse, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalarts.org.
River City This show by playwright Diana Grisanti was voted as an audience and judges favorite at the ATC nuVoices Festival in July 2013. It follows a woman who researches her recently deceased father's family tree after discovering some photographs. Aug. 28-30; Sept. 3-20. Actor's Theatre of Charlotte, 650 E. Stonewall St. 704-342-2251. www.actorstheatrecharlotte.org.
Pocket Written and performed by PlayPlay Theatre. $10. Aug. 14-24. ImaginOn's Wells Fargo Playhouse, 300 E. 7th St. 704-416-4600. www.imaginon.org.
The Performers. Queen City Theatre Company presents this exciting off Broadway experience. Aug. 21-31. m. Duke Energy Theater, 345 N. College St., Charlotte. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalarts.org.
Heist Brewery The August local artist series features artwork by Greg Urquhart. 2909 N. Davidson St., Suite 200. 704-375-8260. www.heistbrewery.com.
Lark & Key Gallery and Boutique Of Days Gone By. Group show featuring works that evoke a sense of nostalgia and wonder by Janet Eskridge, Elizabeth Foster, Kendra Baird and Duy Huynh. Aug. 1-Sept. 27. Free admission. 128 E. Park Ave., Suite B. 704-334-4616. www.larkandkey.com.
Providence Gallery One Man Show by Todd Baxter. The exhibit features a collection of oil paintings depicting nostalgic cityscapes, Low-country seascapes, and beach scenes by gallery artist and South Carolina native Todd Baxter. Reception on Aug. 1, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Aug. 1-30. 601 Providence Road, Suite A. 704-333-4535. www.providencegallery.net.
The Comedy ZoneCharlotte at NC Music Factory Craig Shoemaker. $17.50-$22.50. Sept. 4, 8 p.m.; Sept. 5, 8 and 10:15 p.m.; Sept. 6, 7 and 9:30 p.m. John Caparulo. $20-$25. Sept. 11; Sept. 12; Sept. 13. Mary Lynn Rajskub. $20-$25. Sept. 18, 8 p.m.; Sept. 19, 8 and 10:15 p.m.; Sept. 20, 7 and 9:30 p.m. 900 N.C. Music Factory Blvd., Suite B3. 980-321-4702. www.cltcomedyzone.com.
Fashion & Shopping
Charlotte Fashion Week Charlotte Seen's annual fashion week features runway shows, new collections by designers, socials and more. Sept. 2-6. For a full list of events, visit www.charlottefashionweek.com.
Charlotte Knights Sept. 1: Charlotte Knights vs. Gwinnett Braves. Sept. 1, 2 p.m. BB&T Ballpark, 324 S. Mint St.
Elder Gallery Introducing Harry Folsom. Featuring works, including social-commentary cartoons, by New York artist, Harry Folsom. Sept. 5-30. 1520 S. Tryon St. 704-370-6337. www.elderart.com.
Heist Brewery The September local artist series features artwork by Alex DeLarge. 2909 N. Davidson St., Suite 200. 704-375-8260. www.heistbrewery.com.
LaCa Projects Luis Machicao: Couture Retrospective. Sept. 4-Oct. 24. 1429 Bryant St. 704-837-1688. www.lacaprojects.com.