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Fall Arts Guide: The Independents

The following Arts Guide is presented by The Mint Museum.

There’s more happening in Charlotte’s arts scene than what’s going on at the Big Six. Here are some ideas.

Metropolitan Popup Market
What: This has got to be the largest collection of handmade artists and vendors you’ll find in Charlotte this fall, featuring more than 70 local artists and small businesses.
More: Sept. 28, Noon-5 p.m.; Free; Metropolitan, 1111 Metropolitan Ave.

ArtPop Street Gallery Pop-Up
What: The final local ArtPop pop-up gallery will feature the work of local artists of Emily Berger, Ladianne Henderson, Ash Knight, Tina Alberni and Justin Driscoll.
More: Sept. 28, 6-9 p.m.; Free; Evoke at Le Meridien, 555 S. McDowell St.

ArtPop 2019 Winners (Photo by Alex Cason)

Airing Out the Dirty Laundry
What: This regular event serves as a catalyst for women’s voices, and three fall in the … well, fall: Charlotte Center for Literary Arts on Sept. 28 at 1 p.m., Dowd Foundation Learning Studio at the Main Library on Oct. 6 at 2 p.m., and Carolinas College of Health Services on Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m.
More: Sept. 28, Oct. 6, Nov. 12, times and locations vary (see above); Free

‘Shift’ Artist Lecture with Amanda Foshag
What: Listen to thread, fiber, painting and sculpture artist Amanda Foshag discuss her wide range of work, which will be featured in the CPCC galleries.
More: Sept. 30, 3-4 p.m.; Free; Tate Hall, Overcash Center, CPCC, 1206 Elizabeth Ave.

SouthEnd ARTS Speak Justice w/ Hannah Hasan
What: Local storyteller and poet Hannah Hasan shares some of her work and the stories behind it, which have empowered her to speak truth to power at rallies, protests and vigils around the country.
More: Oct. 3, 5:30-8:30 p.m.; Free; SouthEnd ARTS, 1507 Camden Road

What: Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte presents this play that follows a girls’ soccer team and deals with issues ranging from menstruation to eating disorders to snake handling. Yeah.
More: Oct. 3-26, times vary; $14-40; Hadley Theater at Queens University, 2211 Wellesley Ave.

The Essence of Who I Am
What: Over the last year, the artists at ArtWorks945, many of whom struggle with homelessness, have had the chance to discover who they are at their core through discussing the works of Matisse and refining their art to its purest form. Check out the work they’ve produced in the process.
More: Oct. 5, 4-7 p.m.; Free; ArtWorks945, 945 N. College St.

Movies at the Museum
What: Charlotte Pride and the Reel Out Charlotte film fest present a night of LGBTQ short films, picked from the large amount of submissions for the spring festival.
More: Oct. 6, 6-8 p.m.; Free; Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road

Feel Good Fest
What: An all-day, family-friendly festival aimed at heightening your senses with funky music, impressive art, fire performances, a variety of food trucks, local vendors and, of course, craft beer.
More: Oct. 12, 2-10 p.m.; Free; Heist Brewery & Barrel Arts, 1030 Woodward Ave.

2019 Fall Pottery Festival
What: The Carolina Clay Matters Pottery Guild returns to the Barn for its biggest event of the year, featuring over 50 vendors and artists practicing every ceramic discipline you can dream of.
More: Oct. 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Free; Carolina Clay Matters, 8300 Monroe Road

Festival of India
What: The India Association of Charlotte has been hosting this event for a quarter-century now, and they’re back this year with visual arts, dance performances and exhibits including gardens, saris, science, yoga and henna.
More: Oct. 12, 6 p.m.; $5.50; Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St.

Festival of India

United Ink Queen City Tattoo & Arts Festival
What: This is a festival you will never forget, because there’s a good chance you’ll be convinced to get tatted up while you’re there. Exhibitions also include permanent makeup procedures, laser removal, performances and visual art.
More: Oct. 18-20, times vary; $15-45; Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St.

Fall Free for ALL
What: This exhibit will feature a diverse range of local and regional artists, who are welcome to apply through Oct. 7. Painters, sculptors, photographers, performance artists, installation artists and new media, this means you.
More: Oct. 19, 7-11 p.m.; Free; Hart Witzen Gallery, 2422 N. Tryon St.

Art & About
What: An organically grown art show featuring 2018 and 2019 Charlotte ArtPop Street Gallery winners Eva Crawford, Randy Dean, Holly Spruck and Rae Stark.
More: Oct. 23, 5-9 p.m.; Free; Free Range Brewing, 2320 N. Davidson St., Suite D

The Séance of the Idiot Sisters
What: Enjoy dinner and a show, as Aerial CLT’s performance troupe presents an original show inspired by the 90’s classic Hocus Pocus.
More: Oct. 26-27, 6 p.m.; $80; Aerial CLT, 801 N. Tryon St.

XOXO Presents: ‘GUF’
What: GUF (pronounced Goof) is a whole lot of light in a dark room. Is it a play or is it a seance? Whatever it is, GUF is the newest work from the southeast’s wildest gang of theatre makers.
More: Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 8 p.m.; $15; Goodyear Arts, 301 Camp Road

Dia de Los Casi Muertos
What: During this Day of the Almost Dead celebration, Mexican-American artist Julio Gonzalez explores the cultural differences between American and Mexican experiences around death and aging.
More: Nov. 1, 6-10:30 p.m.; Free; Camp North End, 1826 Statesville Ave.

“Stripped” by Jim Sawyer

Fall STEAM Series: Robot Art
What: A student workshop in which kids use art, coding and engineering skills to create an artbot.
More: Nov. 2, 9 a.m.-Noon; $40; Cocotiv Coworking, 1515 Mockingbird Lane

Day of the Dead
What: The Latin American Coalition celebration of the traditional Mexican event features traditional foods, folkloric arts and crafts, traditional dances and fun activities for children.
More: Nov. 3, Noon-6 p.m.; Free; Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. 7th St.

Jonathan Van Ness: Road to Beijing
What: You know him from the Emmy Award-winning Queer Eye and Emmy-nominated web series Gay of Thrones. Now he’s on the stand-up stage.
More: Nov. 20, 8 p.m.; $45; Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd.

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  1. Read your post. OMG I can’t believe what Jonathan Van Ness just came out with! What do you think about it? What an incredible story he has of struggle and overcoming. I’m just so proud of him. :]

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