This Weekend's Agenda: 25+ Events (July 19-July 25)
Arts, food, beer, and social events
The Ten Paces Hot Dog Duel continues.
THURSDAY (JULY 19)
This Week’s River Jam Concerts
U.S. National Whitewater Center, 7 p.m., Free
Through September, River Jam offers free outdoor music on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. Check out the center’s selection of food and beer and kick back. This week’s shows include Flatland Tourists (July 19), Ruen Brothers (July 20), and Holy Ghost Tent Revival (July 21). More details.
FRIDAY (JULY 20)
Science on the Rocks at Discovery Place
Uptown, 5 p.m., $10
Come “party with the gods” tonight at the monthly adults-only night at the museum. This month’s theme is Mount Olympus, and events include “lightning bolt” throwing, stargazing, Greek mythology trivia plus the obvious pop-up bars spread throughout the museum. You can purchase your tickets in advance for $10 or at Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon St., for $12 at the door. More details.
Parry’s Pursuit of Dough Scavenger Hunt
Northlake, Daily, Free
Parry’s Pizzeria & Bar will be stashing gift cards loaded with FREE dough (the green kind!) around town. Check out the photo clues on Parry’s Facebook and Twitter to figure out the location. Hint: you won’t have to stray too far from Northlake Mall. When you find a gift card, take a photo at your location, post it to social media, tag Parry’s, and then satisfy your craving for New York-style pizza at the restaurant. Gift cards range from $5-$20. More details.
Larry Horowitz at Elder Gallery
South End, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Free
This South End gallery changed ownership last year, with attorney and former journalist Sonya Pfeiffer taking over as owner and creative director. Pfeiffer's experience as a civil rights lawyer translates to socially conscious programming. Larry Horowitz: Landscapes Without Borders, THROUGH AUG. 4, displays Horowitz’s paintings of found objects and antiques, along with a collection of his contemporary landscapes. More details.
Wandering Landscape at Lark & Key Gallery And Boutique
South End, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Free
Artists and married couple Sandy Snead and Duy Huynh, who opened the gallery in 2008, offer mixed-media works in a variety of mediums. Whether you’re searching for functional art or browsing for a painting, Lark & Key is an ideal spot for the art lover. Wandering Landscape, THROUGH JULY 28, presents the whimsical paintings of Mary Alayne Thomas and the pottery of Kelly Lynn Daniels. More details.
At Play at Hodges Taylor Art Consultancy
South End, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Free
After opening as an uptown gallery in 1980, Hodges Taylor became a consulting firm in 2011 and moved to South End. Hodges Taylor hosts exhibitions in its office and gallery. At Play: Ellie Richards + David Halliday, THROUGH JULY 27, collects new work from Penland-based sculptor Richards and New York photographer David Halliday. More details.
SATURDAY (JULY 21)
2018 Heart of Gold Fundraiser Gala
Uptown, 6 p.m., $50
Dress to impress at this fancy gala to benefit the Omar Carter Foundation, which combats sudden cardiac arrest. Cocktails begin at 6 p.m. and dinner begins at 7 p.m. The party’s at the Wells Fargo Atrium, 301 S. Tryon St. More details.
AfroPop! Charlotte: Tribal-Palooza, Two Year Anniversary at The Underground
Music Factory, 10 p.m., $8
Tribal-Palooza turns 2 tonight, and you’re invited to the party. This celebration includes live music, vendors and, of course, lots of dancing. The party gets underway at The Underground, 820 Hamilton St. More details.
Ten Paces Hot Dog Duel at Loft & Cellar
Uptown, 4:30 to 7 p.m., $20
Chef Chris Coleman of Stoke and Chef Nic Daniels of Loft & Cellar will be joining Vic Werany of Chili Man on Saturday, July 21, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Loft & Cellar. Each chef will be offering a unique flavor-packed hot dog with an original topping paired with tater tot sauce to be revealed the day of the event. Guests dig in for a blind tasting and vote on their favorite – then a winner is crowned! More details. Read our full event preview here.
Jazz in July at Blue Blaze
Biddleville, Noon, Free
Blue Blaze Brewing, 528 S. Turner Ave., hosts its second-annual Jazz in July today with live jazz music and a Cajun food truck on site. More details.
If Only For One Night 2018 Adult Prom at Center Stage
NoDa, 7 p.m., $39
Attend your first prom or attend it all over again tonight at this elegant adults-only prom. The dance features multiple DJs, a live band, raffles and giveaways, a cash bar and more. Put your dancing shoes on at Center Stage, 2315 N. Davidson St. More details.
Maggiano’s Princess Brunch
SouthPark, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., $30
Join Maggianos’ for a magical princess brunch on Saturday, July 21, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Guests will enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet as well as games, sing-alongs, story time, dancing, and pictures with princesses. More info here and here.
Boy George & Culture Club, The B-52s, and Thompson Twins' Tom Bailey at PNC Music Pavilion
University, 7 p.m., $18-$125
Time to get nostalgic. A heavy dose of ’80s pop comes to PNC Music Pavilion with the makers of such singles as “Love Shack” and “Do You Really Want to Hurt Me.” More details.
Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family at Discovery Place Science
Uptown, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., $17
It's the “Year of the Engineer” at Discovery Place Science, which was marked by the opening of the “Thinker Space” lab and the state-of-the-art exhibition Think It Up. Tyrannosaurs: Meet the Family, THROUGH SEPT. 3, explores the ancestors of Tyrannosaurus Rex. The exhibit includes more than 10 life-sized dinosaur specimens. More details.
‘Mater Dames at South End Market
South End, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., varies
South End Market has gathered four of Charlotte’s favorite female chefs plus the current NC mixologist of the year and paired them with local farms for an afternoon of tomato sampling on Saturday, July 21, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the market. Each food and beverage professional with showcase a different tomato varietal grown by one of the South End farmers. Tickets are $15 per person; more info here and here.
Hopesfall at Neighborhood Theatre
NoDa, 8 p.m., $20
This post-hardcore band from Charlotte was one of the biggest names in the genre in the 2000s. They recently reformed on Equal Vision Records and are releasing a new record this month titled Arbiter. More details.
SUNDAY (JULY 22)
Locations Vary, Times Vary, Prices Vary
Charlotte Restaurant Week begins Friday and runs through July 29, so make your reservations now. More than 125 restaurants are competing this year with fixed three-course menus for either $30 or $35. More details.
Celebration of SOUL at Bonterra
Dilworth, 6 to 9 p.m., $105
Join Chef Blake Hartwick and the team at Bonterra Dining & Wine Room for a celebration of Todd Richards’ debut cookbook, SOUL: A Chef’s Culinary Evolution in 150 Recipes. The dinner features a lineup of all-star southern chefs and will be served family-style at 7 p.m. More details.
Liz Nielsen at SOCO Gallery
Myers Park, Noon-5 p.m., Free
Chandra Johnson, named one of the 2017 Charlotteans of the Year for her work in Charlotte’s cultural sector, opened this gallery in a Myers Park bungalow in 2015. Liz Nielsen, Lyle Owerko, and Ken Van Sickle are a few of the accomplished artists whose works appear at the gallery. Nielsen’s Tracing the Azimuth, THROUGH JULY 27, displays a new series of photograms by the artist. More details.
Exhibitions at Mint Museum Randolph
Eastover, 1 p.m.-5 p.m., $15
As the state’s first art museum, Mint Museum Randolph opened in an original branch of the U.S. Mint in 1936. Galleries continue to engage visitors with the art of the ancient Americas, decorative arts, and European and African art. Resources include a reference library with more than 18,000 volumes. The Glamour and Romance of Oscar de la Renta, THROUGH JULY 29, examines the works of the legendary fashion designer. The exhibit displays de la Renta designs made in Spain, Paris, and New York. More details.
Exhibitions at Harvey B. Gantt Center For African-American Arts + Culture
Uptown, 1 p.m.-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. On the third Thursday of every month, museum entry is free from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. for “Gantt After Dark”—a themed event that includes live music and hands-on art activities. RSVPs are recommended at ganttcenter.org. By and About Women: The Collection of Dr. Dianne Whitfield-Locke and Dr. Carnell Locke, THROUGH JULY 29, displays works that were either created by or depict women. A Creative Journey: The Collection of Judy and Patrick Diamond, THROUGH JULY 29, focuses on the art collection of the globetrotting Diamonds. Lillian Blades: Mirrors of Life, THROUGH JULY 29, presents Blades’ vibrant mixed-media collages. Frankhavemercy: Frequency, THROUGH JULY 29, displays dramatic images taken by Los Angeles photographer Frank Jackson III, who grew up in North Carolina. More details.
MONDAY (JULY 23)
Wrestling the Angel at Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
Uptown, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., $8
This uptown venue, part of the Levine Center for the Arts, presents the works of 20th century modern artists in a new context for today’s audiences. Curator Jennifer Edwards assembles shows that pull from the famous Bechtler family’s collection and other community collections. Wrestling the Angel, THROUGH SEPT. 9, looks at how religion affected the works of Andy Warhol, Niki de Saint Phalle, and other artists. More details.
TUESDAY (JULY 24)
Dave Matthews Band at PNC Music Pavilion
University, 8 p.m., $45-$115
Matthews continues to sell out venues and maintain a massive cult following. Though the band’s records are lauded, they’ve always been known as a force on the stage with bombastic, jam-oriented spins on beloved songs. More details.
The Book of Mormon at Belk Theater
Uptown, Times Vary, $29.50-$119.50
This show has become a staple for Blumenthal Performing Arts’ slate of touring Broadway productions. The Trey Parker/Matt Stone creation follows missionaries who find themselves at odds with each other and their given mission. More details.
Janelle Monae at The Fillmore
AvidxChange Music Factory, 7:30 p.m., $39-$102
Janelle Monáe released the high-profile Dirty Computer in April. Outstanding singles from that album include “Django Jane,” “Make Me Feel,” and “Pynk.”
Miranda Sings Live at Knight Theater
Uptown, 7:30 p.m., $28-$77
Colleen Ballinger was an early YouTube star, garnering billions of views for her dramatic and humorous "Miranda Sings" character. A Netflix show followed, widening her audience, and now the singer/comic comes through Charlotte. More details.
WEDNESDAY (JULY 25)
Weezer/Pixies at PNC Music Pavilion
University, 7:30 p.m., $29-$79
Two bands that influenced generations of indie rockers team up for this tour. Five years after Pixies released the landmark record Doolittle, Weezer unleashed their hugely successful, self-titled record that came to be known as “The Blue Album.” More details.
Lauryn Hill at Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
AvidxChange Music Factory, 6:30 p.m., $39-$199
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is considered an all-timer in hip-hop and R&B. Hill's current tour marks the 20-year anniversary of it. More details.