This Weekend in Charlotte: Jazz at the Bechtler, Symphony's Celebrate America, and Mamma Mia!

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The symphony's Celebrate America is a staple for Fourth of July weekend.

FRIDAY
CELEBRATE AMERICA
The patriotic, symphonic celebration is back. Of course, this wouldn’t be Celebrate America without some fireworks after a Albert-George Schram-led program. It’s a Charlotte tradition.

JAZZ AT THE BECHTLER: GUEST VOCALIST MARIA HOWELL
Start your holiday weekend with one of the Bechtler’s two weekend shows, Friday and Saturday. Howell tackles the jazz tunes of Billie Holiday and Nancy Wilson.

BEAUTY & THE BEAST JR.
Central Piedmont Community College’s Summer Theatre program puts on this Disney tale, with 10 performances. This “junior” version of the story makes it appropriate for all ages.

ROBERT MOTHERWELL: A CENTENARY EXHIBITION
They came from all over—FedExed from Texas, transported in trucks from New York, or borrowed from other galleries. Each component is a piece of a puzzle, one that when displayed on the walls of the Jerald Melberg Gallery this Saturday, will represent the life of Robert Motherwell. The abstract expressionist is the subject of the Cotswold locale’s latest exhibition: Robert Motherwell: A Centenary Exhibition. Read more about this exhibit by clicking the link above.

SATURDAY
SYCAMORE BREWING 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION CONCERT
Rock groups Pluto for Planet and Dirt Poor provide the musical backdrop for this patriotic event. Take advantage of the 20 taps at the brewery (and for this celebration, the food truck Hot Box Next Level Street Food).

FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION
For the fifth year, the U.S. National Whitewater Center is packed with music, brews, and of course, the cornhole tournaments, a fixture of the center’s festivities. The Honeycutters, Greensky Bluegrass, and Shook Twins play Friday; Saturday's line-up includes Kansas Bible Co., Stokeswood, and Donavon Frankenreiter.

SIX STRING SATURDAYS
This Discovery Place series, occurring every Saturday, promise music from “jazz, pop, rock, sitar, Celtic, country, bluegrass, and folk.” Charlotte’s School of Rock kids play three of the dates. You don’t have to pay to get into the museum for this series.

SUNDAY
MAMMA MIA!
This productions wraps a narrative around the tunes of ABBA. This Broadway Extra includes the songs “Take a Chance on Me” and “Dancing Queen.” For returning attendees, the show boasts that “every time feels like the first time.”

DIXIE'S TUPPERWARE PARTY
For 24 performances, the off-Broadway party comes to Charlotte. The titular Dixie is a quick-talking tupperware lady and storyteller. Sit back, and just take it all in. The show was written by playwright Kris Andersson.

GUITAR: THE INSTRUMENT THAT ROCKED THE WORLD
Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked The World (through Sept. 7) boasts the world’s largest playable guitar, games, and a station for designing your own guitar.

LIBERTY WALK
Fifteen sites uptown are represented in the Liberty Walk, an interactive tour of bronze markers telling the early history of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. Pick up a brochure at the Visitor’s Information Center at 330 S. Tryon St., or just start in front of the Wells Fargo Plaza at 301 S. Tryon St., and follow the markers in the pavement for a trip through the historical adventure of the city’s Revolutionary War days. A “Charlotte Liberty Walk” app is available at handheldhistory.com to help you along.

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