This Weekend's Agenda: 30+ Events (August 16-August 22)

Arts, food, beer, and social events


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CANDYLAND is one of many Pride events going on this weekend.

THURSDAY (AUGUST 16)

Michael Tracy Band at The Evening Muse
NoDa, 7:30 p.m., $10-$12
This Charlotte native has shared the stage with Bon Jovi, Poison, and Dokken. No longer the opener, the Michael Tracy Band is on tour after releasing its fourth studio album, Still Got Soul, in late 2017. More details.

River Jam
U.S. National Whitewater Center, 7 p.m., Free
From May 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. These groups will perform this week: Selwyn Birchwood (Aug. 16), Amigo (Aug. 17), and Kyle Cook (Aug. 18). More details.

Gaychella at Sugar Creek Brewing
LoSo, 6:30 p.m., Free
Start Charlotte Pride weekend tonight at this event, featuring the “ultimate playlist of divas and drag queens.” The event at Sugar Creek Brewing, 215 Southside Drive, benefits the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network. More details.

Collected & Gathered at Lark and Key
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. Collected & Gathered, THROUGH SEPT. 29, is a mixed media show that includes woodblock sketches by Leah Mulligan Cabinum, assemblage work from Janet Eskridge, paintings and collages from Bridgette Guerzon Mills, pottery by Colleen Riley, and ceramics by Deborah G. Rogers. More details.


FRIDAY (AUGUST 17)

Pride Weekend Kickoff "Over the Rainbow" Drag Show at Rooftop 210
Uptown, 8 p.m., $12
Sashay on over to this party celebrating Charlotte’s best drag queens in preparation for Charlotte Pride. The event includes drag shows, music, comedy, fashion and more while benefiting Campus Pride. More details.

Bechtler By Night: Opera Recycles
Uptown, 5 p.m., Free
On the third Friday of each month, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art opens its doors for a themed evening of fun and gallery crawling. For August, the museum at 420 S. Tryon St., partners with Opera Carolina to showcase the organization’s recycled fashion. Aside from the stunning recycled fashion, the evening also features games, appetizers, and crafts. More details.

Jason Aldean at PNC Music Pavilion
University, 7:30 p.m., $45-$109
The Aldean Army has reason to break out the cowboy boots this summer. See one of country’s hottest stars in the High Noon Neon Tour, which was named after a single on Aldean’s eighth studio album, Rearview Town. The record was released in April. More details.

Murder Mystery at Maggiano’s
SouthPark, 7 to 10 p.m., $65
Maggiano’s is putting on its monthly murder mystery dinner on Friday, August 17, from 7 to 10 p.m. Enjoy the interactive murder mystery show while diving into a family-style meal including risotto bites, chicken saltimbocca, cheesecake, and much more. More details.

The Glenn Miller Orchestra at Belk Theater
Uptown, 7 p.m., $49-$71
Eighty years after Glenn Miller began recording big band hits, his music lives on through the New York-based orchestra. Twenty musicians and singers will perform Miller’s brassy classics like “In the Mood” and “Moonlight Serenade.” More details.

The Jazz Room: Brice Winston
Uptown, Times Vary (Fri-Sat), $14-$16
Celebrated tenor saxophonist Brice Winston makes his debut in the Jazz Arts Initiative’s monthly series with a tribute to jazz legend Dexter Gordon. More details.

Sounds on the Square
Uptown, 7 p.m., Free
This week’s performer for this Spirit Square series is Nathan Angelo. More details.

Blakeney Summer Concert Series
Blakeney Shopping Centers, 7 p.m., Free
This weekend’s acts are The Invaders (Aug. 17) and Alan Barrington Trio (Aug. 18). More details.

Juan Logan at SOCO Gallery
Myers Park, 10 a.m.-5:30 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. Juan Logan: Long Silence, AUG. 1-SEPT. 14, displays new mixed-media work from the Belmont resident, who often explores race and social issues in his art. More details.


SATURDAY (AUGUST 18)

Pride Fest - Vanity House Drag Show - Featuring Alyssa Edwards at Rooftop 210
Uptown, 7 p.m., $30
Billed as “THE social event of the season,” which is bold to say the least, this after-Pride party features Alyssa Edwards for a show that begins at 10 p.m. The fun at 210 E. Trade St. doesn’t end until 2 a.m. More details.

An Afternoon with Casamigos at Dot Dot Dot
Myers Park, 3 to 4:30 p.m., $45
Spend the afternoon with Casamigos Tequila at Dot Dot Dot. Enjoy delicious punch, pairings with Mexican street food, and much more. More details.

CANDYLAND Just Twirl PRIDE Party at Flight
Uptown, 10 p.m., $23
Just Twirl presents its latest party, and this all-out blast is Candyland-themed, so dress as sweet as can be. A portion of the proceeds benefit Charlotte Pride and Twirl to the World Foundation, so know your slaying on the dance floor is going to a good cause. The party transforms Flight, 314 N. College St., into Candyland tonight. More details.

Big Freedia at The Underground
AvidXchange Music Factory, 8 p.m., $32-$96
Known for her bounce music, a New Orleans genre of hip-hop, Big Freedia is on tour following the June release of her EP, Third Ward Bounce. Glittery and spirited, Big Freedia has crowds shaking it across the country. More details.

Smoke 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. Smoke, THROUGH SEPT. 8, highlights the work of Dennis Lee Mitchell and Steven Spazuk, who use smoke from smudge pots and torches in their drawings. More details.

Lizzie at Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte
Myers Park, 7:30 p.m., $17.50
Lizzie Borden was the prime suspect in her parents’ death in 1892, with a highly publicized murder trial that followed. It’s the first show in Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte’s 30th season, and the group is now the resident company at Queens University. More details.

RAINBOWTOPIA
Dilworth, 9 p.m., $18
With half a dozen DJs, two stages, body painting and more, this is shaping up to be a thumping evening. The party is at the Bassment Nightclub, 911 E. Morehead St., which is below Dilworth Neighborhood Grille. According to the event organizers, this party typically attracts more than 700 people each year, so expect a big crowd. More details.

Anniversary Show at LaCa Projects
FreeMoreWest, 11 a.m.-2 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. In April, Basal Coffee opened a shop in the gallery. LaCa also has a gallery in Buenos Aires. The Fifth Anniversary Collective show, THROUGH AUG. 18, offers the work of LaCa mainstays such as Juan Dolhare, Carlos Estevez, Vicente Hernandez, Cristina Toro, and others. More details.


SUNDAY (AUGUST 19)

Charlotte Pride Parade
Uptown, 1 p.m., Free
Rounding out Charlotte Pride weekend is the annual Pride Parade down Tryon Street. While the two-day festival starts Saturday at noon, the parade is today at 1 p.m. The festival and parade are both free to attend, but a VIP pass costs $119 and includes free beer, wine, and food both days; a mimosa brunch before today’s parade; access to the air-conditioned VIP lounge that also have private bathrooms; gift bags; and more. Happy Pride, Charlotte! More details.

Picnic in the Park at Fourth Ward Park
Uptown, 4 p.m., Free
This week’s performer is Jeremy Davis. 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 AUG. 19, 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 the Bechter
Uptown, Noon-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. Alfred Manessier, THROUGH SEPT. 9, explores the paintings and prints of the French artist’s diverse portfolio, including his illustrations for St. John of the Cross’ Spiritual Canticles. Wrestling the Angel, THROUGH OCT. 28, looks at how religion affected the works of Andy Warhol, Niki de Saint Phalle, and other artists. More details.

GLORY- Pride T-Dance at Rooftop 210
Uptown, 3 p.m., $24
For those unfamiliar, a tea dance, as so eloquently defined by Urban Dictionary, is “a term for happy hour used among men and women in the gay community. Not necessarily just one hour.” Put special emphasis on that last part, as this party has you on the dance floor from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m. The party at 210 E. Trade St., features a DJ, go-go dancers, drag queens, and drink specials. More details.


MONDAY (AUGUST 20)

Smoke at Jerald Melberg Gallery
Cotswold, 10 a.m.-6 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. Smoke, RUNNING THROUGH SEPT. 8, features the work of Dennis Lee Mitchell and Steven Spazuk, who draw using the atypical material of smoke from smudge pots and torches. More details.

Exclusive Whiskey and Wine Dinner at the Broken Spoke
South End, 6 to 9 p.m., Price Varies
The Broken Spoke will host a five-course dinner paired with wine and whiskey. Menu highlights include braised lamb, tiramisu with whiskey cream, and prosecco-compressed watermelon. Tickets are $85 for early birds; $90 for general admission; and $110 for VIP admission. More details.


TUESDAY (AUGUST 21)

Music in the Park at Romare Bearden Park
Uptown, Noon, Free
This week’s act is Matt Stratford. More details.


WEDNESDAY (AUGUST 22)

The Lion King at Belk Theater
Uptown, Times Vary, $40-$175
The six-time Tony-winner (including the honor of "Best Musical") comes back to Charlotte with a two-week run at Belk Theater. To date, the Julie Taymor-directed production has been seen by more than 90 million. More details.

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