This Weekend's Agenda: 25+ Events (Aug. 17-23)


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THURSDAY (AUGUST 17)

#discussCLT: CHARLOTTE MEDIA MATTERS
In Charlotte magazine’s latest discussion series, we’re talking about today’s media landscape and how media consumers can know who to trust. The event has no admission fee, but an RSVP is requested. The event is from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Lenny Boy Brewing, 3000 S. Tryon St.

GANTT AFTER DARK SOUNDS OF SUMMER
Celebrate summer with the Harvey B. Gannt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, 551 S. Tryon St. This party features both live music and DJs. There’s no admission fee to this event from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.

COCKTAILS AND GARDENS AT THE DUKE MANSION
Monday through Thursday evenings in August from 5 to 8:30 p.m., enjoy a cash bar and more than four acres of spectacular gardens and grounds to stroll.  Or try out a rocking chair in the shade on our grand front porch. Whether you like the outdoors or indoors, our bar staff is waiting to serve you a summertime sip to help you beat the heat. No reservations required. Just bring your friends and enjoy.


FRIDAY (AUGUST 18)

THE JAZZ ROOM
The monthly series is back with two nights of jazz at Stage Door Theater. Saxophonist Phillip Whack pays tribute to John Coltrane in this edition.

LUKE BRYAN
Summer’s the time for denim and country. Expect his singles "Drunk On You," "Drink a Beer," and "Crash My Party," which aptly describe his rollicking brand of music.

EARTH, WIND & FIRE
The band's fusion of R&B, disco, pop, rock, Latin, African, and jazz has been around for nearly 50 years. Their biggest co-sign: Miles Davis, who called them his “all-time favorite band.”

AFROPOP! CLT
Camp North End says goodbye to summer tonight with a block party. There will be four DJs at this celebration. There’s no admission fee to this party, but a plate of food costs $12. The party is from 6 p.m. until 11 p.m. at 1776 Statesville Ave.

QC DISTILLERS SHOWCASE
This three-day event is all about local liquor. Tonight’s events include a meet-and-greet cocktail hour. Tickets to this mixer, which include two drinks, cost $21. Tonight’s party is at Stoke, 100 W. Trade St., from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. The fun continues Saturday with the Distillers’ Showcase Expo at C3 Lab, 2525 Distribution St., from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Tickets to that also cost $21.

PARTY LIKE A MOTHER
Calling all Charlotte moms: this party is for you. This party features a drag show, dancing, music, a “mom lip sync battle,” shopping and more. This event, which is billed as the “ultimate girls’ night out,” is from 7:30 until 11:30 at The Fillmore, 820 Hamilton St. Tickets cost $30.


SATURDAY (AUGUST 19)

15th ANNUAL GREAT COOKIE CRUMBLE
Who makes Charlotte’s best cookie? That’s for you to decide at this annual competition. Sampling the cookies to vote for the People’s Choice and Kids’ Choice cookie is free. The event is from 10 a.m. until noon at the 7th Street Public Market, 224 E. Seventh St. 

ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY PARTY
Flight turns 1 today, and you’re invited to this birthday celebration. The party features live music, $1 shots, $1 draft beers and a balloon drop with more than $5,000 in cash and prizes. This event is from 9 p.m. until midnight at 314 N. College St.

GREAT GATSBY GALA
This annual black-tie gala returns tonight for another evening of speakeasy fun. The gala features live music, heavy appetizers and desserts, cocktails, wine beer and a silent auction. The speakeasy-style party is at the Wells Fargo Atrium, 301 S. Tryon St., from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. Tickets cost $75.

BACK-TO-SCHOOL MONSTER TRUCK BASH
The Monster Truck Bash returns to Charlotte for a night of high-flying action on the “most diabolical outdoor course on the planet.” The metal-crushing evening begins at 6 p.m., but you can arrive early to take a photo beside the machines, meet the drivers and enjoy all the pre-race festivities at The Dirt Track. Adult tickets cost $32, and children younger than 13 cost $11. The event is at Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway S., in Concord.

THE SUBMISSION, BY JEFF TALBOTT
Three Bone Theater is the troupe behind this staging of Jeff Talbott's The Submission, winner of the Outer Circles Circle's John Gassner Award. In the tale, a white playwright writes a hot script under a presumably African-American pseudonym.

TONY HINCHCLIFFE
Hinchcliffe is a Los Angeles comic known for his ability to move between engaging crowdwork and material. His Netflix special, ONE SHOT, is noted for being entirely one continuous camera shot.

CHEESE MAKING AT LUCA
Join Chef Luca and the team at Luca’s Modern Italian Kitchen on Saturday, August 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. as they explore the world of cheese making. Boskey Acres cheese producer Michelle Boskey and Siano Mozzarella’s Alfonso will be on hand to discuss the art as their products are incorporated into some very tasty cheese dishes with Chef Luca’s guidance. Cost is $41.62 per person; grab your tickets here.

MAGGIANO’S PRINCESS BRUNCH
A magical princess brunch featuring Anna and Elsa of Frozen is set to hit Maggiano’s on Saturday, August 19, from 10 a.m. to noon. Guests will enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet plus games, sing-alongs, story time, and dancing, PLUS pictures with their favorite princesses. Children are encouraged to dress up as their favorite princess, too. The buffet includes breakfast staples like muffins, fresh fruit, bacon, breakfast potatoes, scrambled eggs, and more. Tickets are $25 for adults; $30 for children; and free for children younger than 2.  

RIVER JAM
Through September, River Jam offers free outdoor music on Thursday and Saturday nights at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. Check out the center’s selection of food and beer and kick back. August's performing acts include Sumilan, Bombadil, Ancient Cities, Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys, Jaden Carlson Band, Grand Shell Game, Front Country, Ryan Culwell, and Joseph Huber.

JERALD MELBERG GALLERY
A former curator for the Mint Museum, Jerald Melberg founded the gallery in 1983. Over the years, the gallery has worked with prestigious institutions such as New York's Museum of Modern Art and the National Gallery of Art in Washington. Lee Hall: Memorial Exhibition, THROUGH SEPT. 9, honors the abstract painter Lee Hall, who died this year.


SUNDAY (AUGUST 20)

MATCHBOX TWENTY & COUNTING CROWS
Here’s another dose of nostalgia, but this time coming from the following decade. These two alt-rock bands emerged out of the 1990s, when ripped jeans and loose sweaters reigned supreme.

CHARLOTTE’S BIGGEST ROOFTOP DAY PARTY
End your weekend on a high note at this rooftop party atop the EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St. The party is from 3:30 p.m. until 9 p.m., and it features music, food and drinks. Tickets cost $6.

GHANIAN AND ETHIOPIAN DINNER
Join the team at Luca Modern Italian Kitchen on Sunday, August 20, from 7 to 10 p.m. for a celebration of the tastes of Africa. Assistant sous chef Selasie Dotse will lead guests in a six course dinner highlighting the cuisine of Ghana and Ethiopia. Tickets are $85 per person.

BECHTLER MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
At this uptown venue, part of the Levine Center for the Arts, modernist artists and works are recontextualized for today’s audiences. Curator Jennifer Edwards assembles shows that pull from the famous Bechter family’s collection and other community troves. Celebrating Jean Tinguely and Santana, THROUGH SEPT. 10, chronicles four decades of the Swiss artist's life with more than 80 pieces of art. Tinguely is known for his "kinetic" works, with active components that move with or without interaction from the viewer. He selected the pieces for the portfolio late in his life and printed them in 1963.

DISCOVERY PLACE SCIENCE
Discovery Place added the word “Science” to its uptown location last year. The new name is appropriate. The place has experiments, interactive exhibits, an aquarium, and even an on-site rainforest. Science of Ripley's Believe It or Not, THOUGH SEPT. 4, takes a look at the famous Ripley's Believe It or Not! series, exploring oddities and extradorniary feats across history, and looks at the science behind them. Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean, THROUGH AUG. 25, is an IMAX film that explores the “secret world within the ocean” with Cousteau, son of the famous explorer Jacques Cousteau.


MONDAY (AUGUST 20)

DUTTON GOLDFIELD WINE DINNER
Chef Greg Zanitsch is preparing a five course menu to pair with Dutton Goldfield wines on Monday, August 21, beginning at 7 p.m. and Tuesday, August 22, beginning at 7 p.m. Dutton Goldfield is known for its small production, single vineyard wines from their cool climate coastal home in Sonoma County, CA. The dinner will cost $85 plus tax and gratuity. The menu boasts five delicious courses including duck confit with fig crepinette with black cherry chutney; roasted quail breast over almond sweet potato gratin; and a dark chocolate and pistachio torte. Reservations can be made by calling The Fig Tree Restaurant at 704-332-3322.


WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 22)

MAGIC AT AIX EN PROVENCE
On Wednesday, August 23, the team at Aix en Provence welcomes back magician Chris Hannibal for an evening of magic and intrigue. The evening starts with a champagne greeting at 6 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. The three course menu is $65 per person (plus tax and tip) and the magician fee is $25 per person. Buy tickets and find more information on the delicious menu here.

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