This Weekend's Agenda: 30+ Events (April 18-24)
Arts, food, beer, and social events
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THURSDAY (APRIL 18)
Generously Hopped: A Night for Smiles Fundraiser
South End, 6 p.m., Free
Each batch of Wooden Robot Brewing’s rotating IPA series, Generously Hopped, features a new recipe and supports a different local nonprofit. For Generously Hopped V21, $1 from each large pour or crowler fill will benefit A Night of Smiles, a Charlotte nonprofit that raises money to provide dental-oriented healthcare to the community. More details.
Resident Culture Preview Event
Ayrsley, 12 p.m., Free
To celebrate Resident Culture being named one of RateBeer’s ten best new breweries of 2018, Carolina Beer Temple is previewing their upcoming can releases and collaboration beers with Virginia Beach’s Commonwealth Brewing and Nashville’s Southern Grist Brewing. More details.
North End, 7 p.m., Free
Charlotte’s annual vegan food festival, Vegfest, has grown so much and so quickly that the event organizers created this separate event halfway through the year to accommodate the growth. This year’s festival is at Goodyear Arts, 301 Camp Road, and features food and items from more than a dozen vendors. More info.
FRIDAY (APRIL 19)
Laugh at Lenny Comedy Night
South End, 8 p.m., Free
At Lenny Boy Brewing, enjoy craft beer or kombucha along with some free entertainment. This month’s comedy show line up features Drew Harrison, Matt White, and Tyler Wood. More details.
True Grit Release
NoDa, 3 p.m., Free
NoDa Brewing Company is releasing True Grit, an IPA that replaces the adjunct grains found in northeastern IPAs with southeastern grits. TIN Kitchen will be on site. More details.
Hiroshima at Knight Theater
Uptown, 8 p.m., $49.50-$79.50
Since founding the band more than 40 years ago, Hiroshima (named for the Japanese city that sustained a nuclear blast during WWII) has blended Western and Japanese instruments to create their unique sound of jazz. The group, which includes Kimo Cornwell, Dean Cortez, Dan Kuramoto, June Kuramoto, and Danny Yamamoto, has sold over four million albums around the world. More details.
A Bronx Tale at Belk Theater
Uptown, Times Vary, $25-$119.50
It all started as a one-man play in 1989 before Robert De Niro turned it into a major motion picture, starring himself. Today, the show is a Broadway hit, described as a mix between West Side Story and Jersey Boys. More info.
The Manifested Landscape at LACA Projects
Wesley Heights, 6 p.m., Free
LaCa opened in 2013 as the first arts venue in the Southeast dedicated entirely to Latin American contemporary art. The gallery works to connect Latin American artists with the city’s art scene while promoting Latin American art in Charlotte and the Southeast region. Last year, Basal Coffee opened a shop in the gallery. LaCa also has a gallery in Buenos Aires. The Manifested Landscape, THROUGH MAY 11, displays new works by celebrated Argentine artist Jose Luis Landet, who repurposes everyday images like paintings, photographs, letters, postcards, Super 8 films, slides, texts, magazines, and books. More details.
Activities at Discovery Place Science
Uptown, $17, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
This uptown landmark educates and entertains visitors of all ages in the STEM areas (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). The museum has experiments, interactive exhibits, an aquarium, and even an on-site rain forest. KidScience, the center’s early education exhibition for children up to 7, offers kids the chance to build and racecars, explore colors and light at the Light Table, and experience a gust of wind at the Wind Wall. Bug Lab, THROUGH MAY 5, explores the world of bugs and their “life-altering secrets.” ($3 for members, $20 for visitors ages 14-59, $18 for seniors and military, $16 for children 2-13, free for children under 2). More info.
SATURDAY (APRIL 20)
Sycamore Spring Fest
South End, 12 p.m., Free
At their biggest event of the year, Sycamore Brewing celebrates the beer-drinking weather that makes their large outdoor setting so appealing in the warmer months. Beer and cider will be served from indoor and outdoor stations as well as prosecco pops and frosé. Plus, enjoy performances by Of Good Nature, Zach Deputy, Falconheartnc, and more. More details.
Flat Brim Hazy IPA 4/20 Can Release
South End, 12 p.m., Free
Triple C Brewing’s Flat Brim IPA, brewed with citra, mosaic and simcoe hops, is returning on draft and in cans. To celebrate, Queen Hemp Company will be on site to talk about and sell their health and wellness products. Golden Cow Creamery will be serving a Flat Brim Hazy IPA ice cream. Plus, local bands Toleman Randall and Wicked Powers will be playing on the patio. More details.
Earth Day Party
NoDa, 12 p.m., Free
To celebrate Earth Day, Birdsong Brewing will be hosting local, environmentally-friendly vendors. The brewery will be collecting items that can be upcycled into something for the community, such as a park bench, picnic table, or playground. Plan to bring any Keurig pods, chip bags, snack wrappers, and disposable cups and lids you have. Williams Subaru of Charlotte will be purchasing beer for those who donate. Get there early to participate in a street cleanup at 9:45 a.m. More details.
Beer Release: Magic Bus 142 Schwarzbier Black Lager
West End, 12 p.m., Free
Blue Blaze Brewing is rereleasing their Magic Bus 142 Schwarzbier Black Lager, a dark German lager that is light in body with subtle coffee and chocolate notes. There will be live music and Wild Dog Hot Dogs. More details.
Plaza Midwood Beer Tour
Plaza Midwood, 4 p.m., $26
Learn about the Plaza Midwood neighborhood’s history and enjoy the local brewery’s craft beer during this two-hour tour. For $26, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look into Legion Brewing, Pilot Brewing, and Pour Taproom and a beer flight at all three stops. More details.
Bags N Bunnies Bar Crawl
Uptown, 5 p.m., $12
We say this every year, but this is the strangest bar crawl of the year. Here’s how it works: crawlers travel to seven different bars all the while playing on a “cornhole golf course” that requires participants to toss cornhole bags up staircases or through obstacles. The crawl starts at 6 p.m. at Flight, 314 N. College St. More info.
Charlotte Smoke Off BBQ Competition
Uptown, 4 p.m., $12
A ticket to this event buys you unlimited samplings from the barbecue vying for the title of best amateur barbecue in the city. There will also be live music, beer or purchase and more. The festivities are at Unknown Brewing, 1327 S. Mint St. More details.
Tosco Music Party
Uptown, 7:30 p.m., $20
Tosco music parties only happen five times a year, and they’re always a blend of eclectic music styles. A typical concert includes 15 live performances. The concert is at the Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. More info.
Water Lantern Festival
South Park, 5 p.m., $25
Design your own water lantern and set if afloat at Symphony Park, 4400 Sharon Road, tonight at this festival. In addition to the lanterns, the festival features food tucks, music and more. More info.
Monotypes at Jerald Melberg Gallery
Cotswold, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Free
Founded in 1983, Melberg’s gallery carries works of emerging painters such as Chris Clamp and trusted names such as Romare Bearden. 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. Monotypes, THROUGH MAY 4, displays works by painter and printmaker Robert Motherwell. He was the youngest member of the generation of post-World War II abstract expressionists who revolutionized painting, and was the only one of the group (which included Jackson Pollock, Hans Hoffman, and Willem de Kooning) for whom printmaking became a major preoccupation. More info.
SUNDAY (APRIL 21)
Community Easter Egg Hunt
Multiple locations, 12 p.m., Free
Kids shouldn’t get all the fun. Charlotte breweries will be scattering eggs filled with brewery-themed prizes inside and outside their shops for an adult Easter egg hunt. Participating locations include Pilot Brewing, Red Clay Ciderworks, Thirsty Nomad Brewing, Blue Blaze Brewing, and NoDa Brewing Company. More details.
Exhibitions at the Gantt Center
Uptown, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., $9
Part of uptown’s Levine Center for the Arts campus, the Gantt Center focuses on works by Africans and African-Americans. The museum’s permanent exhibition, the John & Vivian Hewitt Collection of African-American Art, showcases 58 works from 20 artists, including Romare Bearden. Welcome to Brookhill, THROUGH SEPT. 1, 2019, invites viewers into a neighborhood of residents currently facing gentrification and displacement, with work from photographer Alvin C. Jacobs, Jr. The returning exhibition Question Bridge: Black Males, THROUGH AUG. 11, 2019, is a multimedia experience that offers multiple, filmed perspectives of what it means to be African-American and male in the U.S. More details.
Exhibitions at the Mint Uptown
Uptown, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., $15
The Mint uptown has a renowned craft and design exhibit that showcases works in a variety of materials, as well as collections of American, contemporary, and European art. Under Construction, THROUGH AUG. 18, is the Mint’s first large-scale exhibit to explore the medium of collage. More details.
Exhibitions at Levine Museum of the New South
Uptown, Noon-5 p.m., $9
For more than two decades, the museum has provided groundbreaking exhibits and context for some of the South’s most significant events. One of the museum’s core values is “using history to build community.” Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers, a permanent exhibit, uses Charlotte and its 13 surrounding counties as a case study to explore the “profound changes in the South since the Civil War.” More details.
MONDAY (APRIL 22)
NoDa, 6:30 p.m., $45
To raise awareness of the issues facing bees, Free Range Brewing is offering a honey-inspired, four-course dinner with beer pairings. Clark Barlowe, the owner of Heirloom Restaurant and a fellow beekeeper, will host the dinner along with Free Range Owner Jason Alexander and representatives from the Mecklenburg County Beekeepers Association. Dishes on the menu include Beeswax Cured Yellowfin Tuna and Honey Water Sponge Cake. More details.
Gnocchi and Sauce Making Cooking Class
Uptown, 6 p.m., $45-$95
Chef Suzanne from Zia Pia Italian Kitchen and Imports will teach you how to make gnocchi dough with a San Marzano tomato sauce at 7th Street Public Market. A ticket includes the dinner and one drink ticket for wine, beer, or coffee. For $10, add on a 7th Street Public Market apron. More details.
TUESDAY (APRIL 23)
Mother Earth Food Pairing
NoDa, 6 p.m., $60
Heist Brewery is teaming up with Mother Earth Spirits to offer a five-course dinner with drink pairings, including Mother Earth Spirit’s cocktails and some Heist beers. More details.
WEDNESDAY (APRIL 24)
Voices for a Cure: A Cystic Fibrosis Benefit Concert
NoDa, 6 p.m., Free
Free Range Brewing is hosting a night of music and beer to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a nonprofit working to find a cure for cystic fibrosis. The line up features musician Rick Sichler and bands Dog Ear and Yes Ma'am. More details.
Alma Rosa Wine Dinner at Stoke
Uptown, 6 p.m., $95
Alma Rosa winery comes to Stoke, with celebrated winemaker Richard Sanford in tow, comes to Stoke for a four-course event. Sanford is the first Santa Barbara winemaker to be inducted into the Vintner Hall of Fame. Price includes dinner, wine, tax, and gratuity. More details.