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It Takes a Village: Charlotte Artist Collectives

Mint Museum Randolph 2730 Randolph Rd, Charlotte

Presenting works by local artists from three of the city’s innovative artist collectives: Goodyear Arts, BlkMrktClt, and Brand the Moth. On view June 12-September 12 at Mint Museum Randolph.

RENELVIS, THE PINTOS

Snug Harbor 228 Gordon St., Charlotte

Have I mentioned that I met Elvis, The King, the Pelvis? He was working customer service at the since-demolished Walmart on Eastway Drive and Central Avenue. Okay, it wasn’t really Elvis Presley. It was Charlotte’s very own beloved Elvis impersonator Renelvis. Philippines native Rene Escharcha has been performing his Elvis act since the early ’90s, even playing the first Lollapalooza festival here in 1992. After a hiatus of far too long, Renelvis is back on stage. Catch him while you can. He’s a sincere, off-the-wall Queen City gem. Bless him.

$8 – $15

NOVEAU SUD’S ‘LA BESTIA’

Booth Playhouse NC

Through physical theatre, circus arts troupe Noveau Sud’s aerialists, acrobats, dancers and jugglers will trace the torturous and often deadly route Central American migrants take to reach the U.S. border. The performance features the troupe members balancing on canes, juggling and performing on aerial straps, trapezes, and an aerial-borne “train” that depicts La Bestia — the beast. It’s a poetic interpretation of an actual freight train running through Mexico that migrants boarded on their perilous journey. The train was also christened El tren de la muerte,or “The Train of Death.”

$10

PULLOVER

Neighborhood Theatre NC

Singer Phil Pucci’s dreamy vocals glide smoothly through sheets of shimmering reverberating guitars on the lush single “Sentimental Song,” released in December 2020. Since then, Pucci has stepped away for an angst-ridden, but no less gorgeously gauzy-sounding side project Invader Houses. Now Pullover’s back with a battery of crack pop-rock tunes: “Beat up Car,” which rides ringing guitars to a big swarming chorus that conjures memories of Big Star, and the galloping chamber pop of “Dream Away” and “Ride,” which beguiles listeners with a cloud layer of strummed guitars.

$15

Dine Like Spanish Royalty With Bulla Gastrobar

Bulla Gastrobar SouthPark NC

During Charlotte's Queen Feast, July 16-25, Bulla Gastrobar is offering a delicious three-course meal -- where you are sure to be treated like Spanish royalty! For $35, you are invited to select three options from the prix fixe dinner menu, including crowd favorites such as Ham Croquettes, Arroz Caldoso, Chicken al Valdeón and Churros con Chocolate. Don't miss out on this one-week-only deal!

THE TAN AND SOBER GENTLEMEN

The Evening Muse 3227 N Davidson St, Charlotte

Born and raised in the North Carolina backcountry, The Tan and Sober Gentlemen absorbed the songs, stories, myths and tunes of the western Carolina mountains, and have launched an exploration of the region’s Gaelic roots. Playing Cat’s Cradle in Asheville, Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival in Pittsboro, the Roisin Dubh in Ireland and more, the band traces a musical bloodline from mist-shrouded valet to Appalachian hilltop. Openers The Local Boys infuse their rollicking bluegrass with country and rock ‘n’ roll.

$10 – $12

COVID CONSCIOUS YOGA AND BRUNCH

Alchemy at C3 Lab NC

Downward dog meets delectable dining in a yoga class and meal centered on comfort and safety. The COVID Conscious Yoga class is an energizing practice built for all levels and will be led by Dancing Lotus Yoga + Arts co-creator Jasmine Vializtakes. The class takes place in The Gathering Common at C3 Lab and is paired with brunch prepared by chef Ken Aponte of Alchemy Restaurant & Bar. Menu options include a vegan waffle, heirloom tomato benedict, French toast and portabello egg in the hole.

$35

OPEN AIR: CONVERSATIONS WITH WILLIE LITTLE

Online

Multimedia artist Willie Little incorporates sculpture, painting, sound installations, reconstructed architecture, recycled memorabilia, and real-life stories to craft striking and thought-provoking pieces. His visual narratives document a fading part of rural Southern life while tackling topics of racism, social justice, and the childhood memories of growing up on a tobacco farm in eastern North Carolina. His memoir In the Sticks documents his years growing up as a poor, Black and gay child in the rural South.

Free

CHRISETTE MICHELE

The Fillmore 820 Hamilton Street, Charlotte

In a relatively short amount of time, Chrisette Michele rose to be one of Def Jam’s heavy hitters, then left the label to form her own imprint Rich Hipster. Developing her vocal chops by singing gospel, Michele arrived in the spotlight after being featured on tracks by Nas and Jay-Z. Milestone, her 2016 debut on her label, makes room for braggadocio and heartfelt melodies. After releasing five successful R&B albums, the Grammy-winning artist cratered her career when she performed at Donald Trump’s inauguration. You’d think she’d know that he kills everything he touches.

$32

THE HOOTEN HALLERS

U.S. National Whitewater Center 500 Whitewater Center Pkwy., Charlotte

There’s so much more to this rambunctious Missouri trio than their rootin’ tootin’ name. The hard-charging blues-rock trio kicks out galloping tunes that fuse rhythm & blues, rock’n’roll, honky tonk, jazz, soul, and punk with a thematic penchant for the strange and the unexplained. In songs that harken to every raconteur, rabble-rouser, or revival preacher that ever rambled from town to town, the band shifts easily from raucous blues to country ballads. The Hooten Hallers conjures comparisons to Tom Waits and Morphine while retaining their own ragged glory.

Free

RiFF RAFF

Unknown Brewing Co. NC

RiFF RAFF, aka Jody Highroller, aka Dale Dan Tony, is the mullet-rocking, neon-sporting rapper who comes out of Texas but looks like he’s from Miami — or West Virginia. He was Mad Decent enough to sign with producer Diplo’s label of that name in 2013, then gained national recognition with the hit single, “Tip Toein’ In My Jawdinz.” RiFF RAFF turns heads with his appearance alone, but his sound is unlike anyone else doing it, and his wordplay and flow are worth your attention. He’ll be joined by openers Nige Hood, Princeton and Bailey Snow.

$24

‘PLOW’

Open Door Studios NC

Choreographer Megan Payne, one of the masterminds behind the perennially provocative Ladyfest showcase, is teaming up with avant-garde dance comedian Joy Davis to share Plow. Billed as a dance installation, the work emerges from Davis and Payne’s backgrounds in Appalachia. Plow meditates on the intimacy of home and intriguingly explores the idea of place as a form of stillness. Payne’s work is often hypnotic and lush, while Davis is known for her athleticism and humor, making this a collaboration that promises to break new ground for both artists.

$10

Surviving Domestic Violence Series

Mecklenburg County’s department of Community Support Services will be hosting Theresa Viera, founder and attorney at Modern Legal, for the next installment of their Surviving Domestic Violence series on Tuesday, July 27, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The session will take place at the Valerie C. Woodard Center, 3205 Freedom Drive, in Charlotte. Enter via Entrance E.

Sunny Side, 7-Piece Jazz Band from New Orleans at The Evening Muse

The Evening Muse 3227 N Davidson St, Charlotte

Sunny Side is a jazz band based out of New Orleans, Louisiana. They are heavily influenced by the music of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Sidney Bechet, Fats Waller, Cab Calloway, and many other early jazz legends.

This music is great for swing dancing, singing along, or enjoying the tunes. Come join us, bring a friend, and shake a leg!

$15

Barnstock Revival – North Carolina’s BYOB Music Festival

NC

Local music lovers’ favorite outdoor BYOB music festival Barnstock is back to celebrate the return of live music in North Carolina. Partnered with local Charlotte business, The Social Rook, the festival invites anyone 21+ to the Barnstock Revival with regional artists Little Bird, Late Night Special, The 502s and Tin4. Pack your coolers and get your friends back together to enjoy a stacked lineup in support of a meaningful cause.

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