9 Things to Do and See in Charlotte: February 2023

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© RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY, Photo: Mathieu Rabeau. © 2023 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Picasso Lands in Charlotte

Feb. 11-May 21
CHARLOTTE is the first of only two U.S. cities (the other: Cincinnati) to host the American Federation of Arts’ Picasso Landscapes: Out of Bounds. The exhibit will feature around 45 paintings that span Pablo Picasso’s career. The Mint will also have a special exhibition component, Bearden/Picasso: Rhythms and Reverberations, about Picasso’s influence on Charlotte artist Romare Bearden. Look out for related programming from a variety of local arts organizations including the Charlotte Symphony, the Bechtler, the Gantt Center, Charlotte Ballet, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, JazzArts, and Theatre Charlotte. 

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Photo © Artcurial SAS. © 2023 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Tickets: $25 ($15 museum admission + $10 exhibit admission), mintmuseum.org


Other Exhibits to See

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Courtesy Edgar Marcano

Grier Heights: Community Is Family
Grier Heights Community Center
Ongoing
A look back at the historically Black neighborhood’s 140 years. A collaboration between the community center, Levine Museum of the New South, and local residents, the exhibit will feature photos, videos, and firsthand accounts that illustrate Grier Heights’ journey from farm town to bustling suburb. 

Open Court
Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art
Until March 12
Charlotte photographer and videographer David J. Butler’s exhibition series will explore “the intersection of traditional fine art spaces, the metaverse, and Black representation.” 

Home Grown
Cain Center for the Arts
Until March 31
An annual exhibition of multimedia works by community artists of all levels.


3 Festivals to Fill Your February

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Queen City Brewers Festival
Saturday, Feb. 11
Hit all the local breweries without having to Uber between them. This annual festival, organized by the Charlotte Independent Brewers Alliance, has assembled Charlotte-area brewers since 2012. 1-4 p.m. Grady Cole Center. Tickets: $60, qcbrewfest.com 

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African American Heritage Festival
Feb. 23-25
Celebrate Black history and culture through art, dance, music, food, workshops, a keynote speaker, and more. Charlotte Museum of History. Free, charlottemuseum.org

Queen City Blues Festival: Blues Is Alright Tour
Saturday, Feb. 25
For the city’s fifth annual blues festival, artists Tucka, Calvin Richardson, Pokey Bear, King George, Chick Rodgers, and J-WONN stop in Charlotte as part of their 2023 Blues Is Alright Tour. 7 p.m. Ovens Auditorium. Tickets start at $64, boplex.com


Double the Stars, Double the Dancing

Dancing with the Stars of Charlotte
Friday, Feb. 10
Local celebrities pair up with professional dancers for this competition based on the TV show. Audience members vote for their favorite duo by making donations ($1 = 1 vote) to Carolina Breast Friends, a Charlotte nonprofit that supports people with breast cancer. (Ticket proceeds also go to Carolina Breast Friends.)
7:30 p.m. Knight Theater. Tickets: $125, blumenthalarts.org

Dancing with the Stars: Live! 2023 Tour

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Wednesday, Feb. 15
A live show with the stars you’ve seen on TV, plus special guests. 8 p.m. Ovens Auditorium. Tickets start at $47, dwtstour.com

Categories: Arts + Culture