Collaborative Arts' Charlotte Shakespeare Festival returns to the Q.C. for free performances of plays written by Shakespeare (Duh!) outside at The Green Uptown through June 14. In addition, on Wednesdays you can come early (at 7:15 p.m.) and participate in Shakespeare trivia nights -- 'tis if you do know a little about the gent and his works -- for prizes. Free. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 6:30 p.m. The Green Uptown, adjacent to Three Wachovia Center between the 400 block of South Tryon Street and College Street, directly across from the Charlotte Convention Center. 704-625-1288. www.charlotteshakespeare.com.