Here are a gaggle of summer events happening in Charlotte and the surrounding area July 16-July 26 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.
Barefoot In The Park July 23-25, 8 p.m.; July 30-31, 8 p.m.; August 1, 8 p.m. August 2, 2 p.m. When a newly wedded lawyer moves into an apartment with too many quirks, he becomes bothered. He refuses to join his wife on a barefoot walk through the snow one night, and afterwards all hell breaks loose as he gets kicks out of the home and then returns, not for reconciliation, but to kick his wife out of the house, since he pays the bills. Presented by Davidson Community Players. $20-$22. Davidson Colleges Duke Family Performance Hall, 207 Faculty Dr., Davidson. 704-372-1000.
The Producers July 17-25. At the core of the funny adventure is a poignant emotional journey of two very different men who become friends. 8 p.m. Central Piedmont Community Colleges Halton Theater. 704-330-6534.
Antony & Cleopatra A temtestuous love affair struggles to survive as power, politics and the demands of Ancient Rome and Egypt tear these two great leaders apart. visit www.shakescar.org for ticket info. July 16, 8 p.m.; July 17, 8 p.m.; July 18, 8 p.m.; July 22, 8 p.m.; July 23, 8 p.m.; July 24, 8 p.m.; July 25, 8 p.m.Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Road. 704-376-3777. www.theatrecharlotte.org.
Shear Madness A who-dun-it murder mystery that puts the audience right in the middle of the action. Audience participation allows for a different outcome every night. July 16, 7:30 p.m.; July 17, 8 p.m.; July 18, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; July 19, 2 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.; July 21, 7:30 p.m.; July 22, 7:30 p.m. $29.50 and up. Stage Door Theater, North College St. at 5th St.
Belly Oasis Mid-East Dance Concert Features the various dance ensembles within Yasmine's school of Mid-East Dance in group performances as well as showcasing Yasmine and members of Magic Hips. Sun., July 26, 5 p.m. $3-$12. Pease Auditorium, CPCC, 1200 Elizabeth Ave. 704-330-6534.
Summer Serenades: A Festival of Music at Queens The Parker String Quartet with Paul Nitsch, piano. Program: Features Beethoven's String Quartet; Schubert's "Trout" Quintet and more. Complimentary desserts follow the concert. For more information, visit www.queens.edu/friendsofmusic. Sat., July 18, 7 p.m. Free for students; $20 for public. Dana Auditorium, Queens University.
Alive Comedians Damon Williams and Double D. Fri., July 17, 8 p.m. & 10 p.m. 2909 N. Davidson St.
City Cafe, Mt. Holly Friday Night Funnies. Children's comedy night, featuring puppets, ventriloquists, stories, sing-a-longs and audience participation. Fri., July 17, 8 p.m. Children are admitted free with paying adult. $5. Friday Night Funnies. A night of comedy and character monologues. Fri., July 24, 8 p.m. $5. 128 S. Main St. 704-822-1450.
Lake Norman Comedy Zone Comedian Dave Tucker. Tue., July 21, 7 p.m. $10. Galway Hooker, 17044 Kenton Dr., Cornelius. 704-995-2658.
Belk Theater Nikki Giovanni. Reading from Hip Hop Speaks to Children. In addition, the event will feature live music, storytellers and other special guests. Sat., July 25. 130 N. Tryon St.
Borders, Northlake S.D. Denny. To sign The Bakers Dozen. Sat., July 18, 1-3 p.m. Dianna Love & Marky Buckham. To sign and discuss Break into Fiction. Tue., July 21, 6:30-9 p.m. Dr. Robert Cochran. Discussing and signing Curing Chronic Pain. Fri., July 24, 6-8 p.m. 6801 Northlake Mall Dr.
Joseph-Beth Booksellers Joanna Beth Tweedy. To sign The Younger Side of Sass and Texas. Sat., July 18, 11 a.m. Clarence Nero. To sign Too Much of a Good Thing Ain't Bad. Sat., July 18, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Elizabeth Towles. To sign The Long Night Moon. Sat., July 18, 2 p.m. Richard Tracey. Signing The Fairfield Murders. Sat., July 25, 11 a.m. Kids Poetry Parade. Kids Poetry Parade. Kids will read new and classic poems, then create their own from pre-cut words. They will have the opportunity to read the poems aloud. Sat., July 25, 11 a.m. 4345 Barclay Downs Dr. 704-602-9820. www.josephbeth.com.
Mint Museum of Art July 18: Passionate Journey: The Grice Collection of Native American Art. Exhibition features contemporary Native American pottery, modern Maya weavings and Mexican performance masks. Continues through Oct. 17. Mint Museum of Art, 2730 Randolph Rd. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org.
Mint Museum of Craft + Design July 24: First Look Friday: American Quilt Classics. $10 for non-members. 6 p.m.-9 p.m. July 25: American Quilt Classics, 1800-1980: The Bresler Collection. Featuring a diverse collection of quilt designs that illuminate pattern and process. Through Feb. 6, 2010. 220 North Tryon St. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org.
Lark and Key Gallery True Lineage Fine Art Quilts by Jen Swearington with featured potter Jennifer Mecca. Continues through July 26. 453 B. East 36th St. 704-379-1826.
Christa Faut Gallery Group Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings by Gallery Artists. Continues through August 3. 19818 North Cove Rd., Cornelius. 704-892-5312. www.christafautgallery.com.
Carolina Family Eye Care Recent Works by Local Artists. Featuring works for sale by Ashley Lathe, Diane Pike, Joni Purk, Patricia Steele Raible, Paul Keysar and Scott Boyle. Continues through August 10. 8320 University Executive Park Dr., Ste. 100.
Center for the Arts 5th Annual Photography Competition Exhibition. Exhibition held in Dalton & Perimeter Galleries. Continues through July 31. Community Photography Exhibition. Exhibition held in Edmund D. Lewandowski Classroom. Continues through July 31. 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill
Center of the Earth Gallery City/Country: Sharon Dowell, Dana Johns, Maxx Morgan and Christopher Stephens. An exhibition of diametric opposites, sweeping landsacpes and urban scenes to take viewers on an engaging excursion. Opening reception is Fri., July 17, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Continues through August 22. 3204 N. Davidson St. 704-375-5756. www.centeroftheearth.com.
Elder Gallery Studio Selections Volume II. Featuring works by Daniel Bayless, Ed Handelman, Tom Perkinson, Calvin Jones, William Farnsworth, Jill Jones, David Benson and Carl Blair. The exhibition will also feature a sculpture by Mitch Lewis. Continues through July 31.1427 South Blvd. 704-370-6337. www.elderart.com.
Green Rice Gallery Through the Looking Glass. Features more than 10 artists with broadly varying styles of work, from oils to acrylics or woodworks to mixed media sculptures. Continues through August 2. 451 E. 36th St. 704-344-0300.
Hodges Taylor Gallery Here's Looking at You: Figurative Art by Bob Trotman. Exhibition features selected figurative sculptures in wood and related drawings by Bob Trotman. Continues through August 15. 401 N. Tryon St. 704-334-3799.
Jerald Melberg Gallery American Scenes. Focuses on New York native Linden Frederick's small-scale paintings that pay homage to humble American scenes and find beauty and intrigue in the banal. July 25-Sept. 5. Scene in America. An invitational landscape exhibition. July 25-Sept. 5. 625 S. Sharon Amity Rd. 704-365-3000. www.jeraldmelberg.com.
The Light Factory The Light Factory Second Juried Annuale. Showcases works from emerging artists across the country. Juried by Trevor Schoonmaker, curator of contemporary art at The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. Continues through Sept. 6. The Light Factory 37th Annual Members Show. Featuring a variety of works of all mediums by members of The Light Factory. Continues through Sept. 13. Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. 704-333-9755. www.lightfactory.org
McColl Center For Visual Arts Sizzle. The exhibition features selected works by current 11-month and summer affiliate artists. Continues through Aug. 15. 721 N. Tryon St. 704-332-5535. www.mccollcenter.org
Mint Hill Arts Canvas and Clay. Features oil and pastel paintings by Virginia L. Dauth and pottery by members of Mint Hill Arts as well as the Carolina Clay Matters Guild. Continues through Aug. 6. Grace Building, 7714 Matthews-Mint Hill Rd. 704-545-0894. www.minthillarts.org.
Renee George Gallery Group Show. Featuring works by a variety of artists, including Christopher Reilly. Continues through Aug. 1. 2839 Selwyn Ave. 704-332-3278.
Shain Gallery Works by Geoffrey Johnson, Terry DeLapp, Paul Hunter and Chas Fagan. Continues through July 31. 2823 Selwyn Ave. 704-334-7744. www.shaingallery.com.
Waterworks Visual Arts Center Shared Delusions. Featuring works by Doug McAbee and Barbara Schreiber. Held in Norvell Gallery. Continues through Aug. 22. Recent Work. Featuring works by Marge Loudon Moody and Whitney Peckman. Held in Woodson and Osborne Galleries, Stanback Gallery Hall. Continues through Aug. 22. New Work. Featuring works by Sharif Bey in the Young People's Gallery. Continues through Aug. 22. Dare to Imagine 2009. Featuring works by Hannah Thompson in Stanback Gallery Hall. Continues through Aug. 22. 123 East Liberty St., Salisbury. 704-636-1882. www.waterworks.org.
Discovery Place Shipwreck! Pirates and Treasure This exhibit takes guests on a journey beneath the sea to uncover the mysteries of some of the worlds most-famous shipwrecks. Continues through Jan. 31, 2010. 301 N. Tryon St. www.discoverplace.org.
Matthews Summer Concert & Movie Series July 25: Karate Kid. Vendors will be on site selling food and drinks. Pre-Movie activities begin at 7 p.m. and movies begin at approximately 8:30 p.m. or dusk. For more information, call 704-321-7275 or visit www.matthewsfun.com. Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St., Matthews.
Lord of the Rings Film Festival July 18: Celebrate the 55th anniversary of The Lord of the Rings with a back-to-back screening of all three Lord of the Rings films, plus a trivia contest. Costumes welcome. Free. Matthews Library, 230 Matthews Station St., Matthews. 704-416-5000, ext. 4. www.plcmc.lib.nc.us.
2009 Cornelius Outdoor Cinema Series Weather permitting, all movies will begin at dusk (8:30pm). Bring your own blankets and lawn chairs. July 22: What About Bob? at Kenton Place; July 25: Pink Panther 2 at Ramsey Creek Park. Free. Kenton Place, 17115 Kenton Dr., Cornelius. Ramsey Creek Park, 18441 Nantz Rd., Cornelius. For more information, call 704-765-1450 or visit www.corneliuspr.org/2006outdoorcinemaseries.html.
The Master of Suspense: 7 Alfred Hitchcock Classics July 25: Vertigo. Free. 2 p.m. ImaginOns Wachovia Playhouse, 300 E. 7th St. 704-973- 2780. www.imaginon.org.
Movies in the Park at Kannapolis July 24: Kung Fu Panda. Free. 8:45 p.m. Village Park, located along A and C Streets and North Loop Road in Kannapolis. 704-920-4343. www.cityofkannapolis.com.
Amos' Southend July 17: S.O. Stereo with Strange Country; July 18: The Dave Matthews Tribute Band; July 19: Gorrilla Productions Battle of the Bands; July 24: Mini Palooza; July 25: Ride the Lightning, a Metallica tribute band; July 26: Bikini Tournament and Tour. 1423 S. Tryon St. 704-377-6874. www.amossouthend.com.
Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre July 23: Vans Warped Tour; featuring 30H!3, Bad Religion, Anti-Flag, Senses Fail, Meg & Dia, Underoath and more; July 26: Kid Rock and Lynyrd Skynyrd. 707 Pavilion Blvd. 704-549-5555. www.livenation.com.
Neighborhood Theatre July 17: Afromotive; July 18: Paul Thorn Band; July 19: Guitar Center Showcase; July 23: The Duhks; July 24: Songs of Water; July 25: Joe Firstman. 511 E. 36th St., Charlotte. 704-358-9298. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com.
Tremont Music Hall July 17: Street Value Dance Party; July 18: McKenzies Mill with The James-Younger Gang and The Piedmont Boys; July 19: Sean Walsh and the National Reserve with Erika Blatnik; July 21: We Are Only Fiction with We Shout Goodnight and City of Me; July 23: Tattermask; July 24: Skinage; July 25: The Gift, a Jane's Addiction tribute band; July 26: A Hero A Fake with A Stained Glass Romance. 400 W. Tremont Ave. 704-343-9494. www.tremontmusichall.com.
Charlotte Chapter American Guild Of Organists Summer Recital Series July 19: Student Recital, featuring the Stigall Scholarship Recipient and Students of the Charlotte Chapter AGO AT Myers Park Baptist Church, 1900 Queens Ave.; July 26: Thomas Fielding at Davidson College Presbyterian Church, 100 North Main St., Davidson. www.charlotteago.org.
Matthews Summer Concert Series July 18: Cruize Control. Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St., Matthews. 704-321-7275. www.matthewsfun.com.
Visulite Theatre July 16: Public Radio with Flagship; July 17: Dark Party; July 18: Hill Country Review with Sons of Bill; July 23: Charlotte's Local Music Showcase with Bums Lie; July 25: Masonboro Boys. 1615 Elizabeth Ave. 704-358-9200. www.visulite.com.
Summer Concert Series in Kannapolis July 18: Andrew Theilen Big Band; July 31: Beach Music Festival. Village Park, located along A and C streets and North Loop Road in Kannapolis. 704-920-4343. www.cityofkannapolis.com.
The Fillmore July 24: Govt Mule. 820 Hamilton St. 704-549-5555. www.livenation.com/venue/charlotte-fillmore-tickets.
Double Door Inn July 16: Consider The Source with Gaylord; July 17: Jim Weider's Project Percolator; July 18: Sol Driven Train; July 20: Service Industry Night, featuring The Monday Night All-Stars; July 21: Recycled Air with Joseph Tobin; July 22: Damon Fowler; July 23: Bill Hanna Jazz Jam; July 24: Caleb Davis Band; July 25: Trevor Hall. 218 East Independence Blvd. 704- 376-1446. www.doubledoorinn.com.
Snug Harbor July 17: U.S. Christmas with K-Lloyd; July 18: Zoe Vette and the Revolvers with Dirtbag Love Affair, Black Lashes and The Elder Statesman; July 19: 2nd Annual Summer Weiner Roast with 2013 Wolves, Use Your Inside Voices, L.A. Tool and Die, and Dirty Little Heaters; July 22: Architects of Fear; July 24: Trouble Walkers with Lamb Handler and The Mangles; July 25: Bullship, Guam High, and Robby Owen Elah; July 26: Sundae with George Brazil. 1228 Gordon St. 704-333-9799. www.sungrock.com.
The Milestone July 17: The Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players with Lost in the Trees and Lady Blanche; July 18: 500 Miles To Memphis with Tater Famine and Motel Glory; July 19: Hellnight with The Reverants and Mysteriarch; July 22: Darken the Sky with Piss Shit Fuck, The Fuss, Atrocity Solution and Elder Statesman; July 23: Clavis with Knot Feeder and Sinister Moustache; July 24: The Have and Have Nots with Twin Tigers and Bo White and the Nat'l Geografics; July 25: The Despised, Planet Piss, Razorkat and Randy Burke; July 26: Nightmare of You, Plushgun, Brian Bonz and Aushua. 3400 Tuckaseegee Rd. www.themilestoneclub.com
The Evening Muse July 16: Kyler England with Mark Kano; July 17: The Explorers Club and Evelynn Rose with Caleb Caudle and the Bayonets; July 18: The Brilliant Inventions and Automatic Chi with Turbo Pro Project and Hot Hand Spirits; July 19: Antje Duvekot and Peter Bradley Adams; July 20 Find Your Muse open mic; July 21: Maia Sharp; July 22: Hoots & Hellmouth with Hot House Hefftones; July 23: Hamell on Trial and gogo Pilot with Tent Revival; July 24: Not a Sparrow with Chris Kasper and Hezekiah Jones and Wavy Space with Rachel Vanslyke; July 25: Two Man Gentlemen Band and All Get Out with Parachute Musical; July 26: E&J, Bizz, N.O.R.T.H. Coalition, Prophet, Xplicit, Quill and more. 3227 N. Davidson St. 704-376-3737. www.eveningmuse.com.
Casino Night "Bet on a Cure" to benefit the Alzheimer's Association. Tickets will include appetizers, drinks and starting chips. This event will be cocktail attire. Ages 21 and up. Fri., July 24, 8-11 p.m. $50 and $75 at the door. Ruth's Chris Steak House, 6000 Fairview Road. 704-556-1115.
Charlotte Caribbean Festival This festival celebration various local and out of state entertainment as well as an array of on-site vendors with goods, crafts and food. Sat., July 25, 12 p.m. Free admission. Independence Park.
Charlotte Restaurant Week This popular dining event will expand to 10 days this time, encompassing 2 full weekends. There are 71 participating resaurants for this summer's run. Visit the website at www.charlotterestaurantweek.com for more information. July 16-19. $30 per person prix fixe 3-course meals.
Charlotte Roller Girls Kick-Off Intra-League Championship The first qualifying bout will feature the Block'em Sock'em Rollers and the Cockpit Candies. For more information, visit www.charlotterollergirls.com. Sun., July 19. $10 in advance.
Garden Nights July 16, 23: Visit Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden every Thursday evening for this years Garden Nights program, which sports the theme Tropical Oasis. Stroll the garden and enjoy guided garden walks, live entertainment, food with a tropical flair, beer and wine. $5-$10. 5 p.m.-9 p.m. 6500 South New Hope Rd. 704-825-4490. www.dsbg.org.
Girls Night Out See the new fall patterns from Vera Bradley. Enter to win a Vera Messenger Bag. Soma Intimates will have a fashion show. Origins, Aveda, Carmen! Carmen! and Pole Dance Charlotte will also be on hand with free samples and activities. Free appetizers while supplies last. Thu., July 16, 6 p.m. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 4345 Barclay Downs Dr. 704-602-9820. www.josephbeth.com.
La Petite Mort Burlesque The burlesque troupe will strut their stuff to music ranging from classic jazz to electronica. The show puts a spin on strip-tease by adding a little style to the standard booty shake. Fri., July 17, 11 p.m. $7. Halo, 820 Hamilton St. 704-246-1752. www.haloclt.com.
Intergalactic Bead & Jewelry Shows July18-19: A vast array of precious and semi-precious gemstone beads, sterling silver, vintage beads, and much more. Classes are also available. $5. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Metrolina Expo Trade Center, 7100 Statesville Road. 888-729-6904. beadshows.com.
Kids Triathalon July 25: Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics invites children ages 2-14, including physically challenged to compete in our swim/bike/run triathalon. 6 pm. Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics, 11725 Verhoff Dr., Huntersville. 704-666-2222. For more, visit www.HFFA.com.
Pride Charlotte Festival 2009 The Pride Charlotte Festival is an outdoor event showcasing celebrity entertainment, food, merchandise, activities and numerous organizations. It celebrates Charlotte's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Sat., July 25, 12 p.m. Gateway Village, 800 West Trade St.
Subaru River Jam Featuring food, drinks and live music. July 16, 7 p.m.: Thom Crumpton Trio; July 23, 7 p.m.: The Holdouts. Free. US National Whitewater Center, 820 Hawfield Rd.
Woofstock 2009 A day for dogs and families alike, there will be face painting, cornhole, a Doggie Kissing Booth, costume contest, etc. Call 704-607-0463 or go to http://www.petjunkiestore.com/Greatdanefriends for more information. Sat., July 25, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Historic Palmer Building, 2601 E. 7th St.