The Weekday Roundup (Sept. 2-5)

Events for those days between weekends
Magician Adrian Gagnon entertains children at the park opening.


Charlotteans gather for the opening of Romare Bearden Park on Friday.

The weekend celebration of Romare Bearden Park showed more than a new Queen City site for recreation. It also brought a new arts venue to the area, as the park will house varied works, musicians and other performers throughout the rest of the year. Friday, Saturday and Sunday provided a taste of that.

And now, as we take a look at weekday picks, the park wastes no time and makes its way into the line-up on Wednesday. Before we get into that, though, let’s take a look at Monday. Click on the bolded titles to see the calendar listing and additional information.


Whether you have the day off or need to wait until after work to celebrate the holiday, you can head over to UpStage Monday night to experience something that combines two unlikely concepts: cocktails and competition. Iron Bartender: Charlotte is a contest worthy of its own TV program. Bartenders concoct drinks using secret ingredients, with three rounds to best each other. The best part is that the audience is then invited to try these drinks out themselves after each round. Drink tickets are $12 each. The event starts at 7 p.m.


The Charlotte Fine Art Gallery debuts “Portals, Gates” on Tuesday. The new exhibition highlights work from artist Julius Pratt, who hails from the state. The pieces featured include acrylic painting and mixed-media ceramics. The exhibit will be highlighted at the gallery until the end of the month. See specific times for the venue in the calendar listing.


As mentioned, our Wednesday pick takes us to Romare Bearden Park for its "Party in the Park" series, which features up-and-coming acts every Wednesday for the rest of the month (and will pick back up again in April). This week's act is Peace & Love, providing a heavy dose of R&B and funk for the public. The series is free, and while you're there, explore this new park a bit more. Even those who took part in the weekend's festivities may find something new. Party in the Park is slated for 5 p.m.


For a mix of art, music and dance, visit the Neighborhood Theatre for “Genealogy,” a night of performances presented by the venue and The Triptych Collective.  The group, specializing in mixed mediums, will be displaying some works-in-progress for attendees. Dance performances also include selections by Juliana Tilbury Dance Projects and The Dance District. The sounds of jazz will also be present, courtesy of Nano Trio. Admission is $7, and each ticket scores you a free draft from Benford Brewing. The entertainment gets started at 8 p.m.

Worth a mention

For those seeking a concert experience from touring acts, Charlotte has two huge acts to offer this week. Muse performs on Tuesday at the Time Warner Cable Arena. And John Mayer and Phillip Phillips can be seen Wednesday at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre. 

And until next time, here's a bonus scene from this weekend's celebration at Romane Bearden Park:


Magician Adrian Gagnon entertains children at the park opening..


Categories: Arts + Culture, Revue