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Freestyle Love Supreme

Knight Theater 430 S Tryon St., Charlotte, NC
$20
Before there was Hamilton, the hip-hop history lesson that redefined what a Broadway musical could be, there was Freestyle Love Supreme. The original — and unscripted — hip-hop musical phenomenon was conceived in 2005 by Anthony Veneziale and Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda and Thomas Kail. Like any improv show, Freestyle Love Supreme engages theater-goers by creating and shaping content on the spot from suggestions shouted out from the audience, but the eponymous hip-hop ensemble raises the...

‘ÌBÀ OBÍNRIN’

Harvey B. Gantt Center 551 S Tryon S, Charlotte, NC
Free
In 2021, founder of contemporary dance troupe Moving Spirits Tamara Williams was commissioned by The National Center for Choreography to create a new dance film for her company. The result, ÌBÀ OBÍNRIN, is a collaboration with filmmaker Marlon Morrison and musician Luciano Xavier. It features Williams and three Moving Spirits dancers performing on location in Charlotte at the Big Rock Nature Preserve and by the Catawba River and McAlpine Creek. A live dance performance follows...

Homegrown Comedy Show

Starlight on 22nd 422 E. 22nd St., Charlotte, NC
$7
A comedy show starring some of the best comedians in Charlotte! Join us for laughs on Thursday, May 26, 2022. Starring Jenn Snyder, Kevin Delgado, Kevin Duffy, and Jordan Centry. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 per person in advance. Grab your tickets tickets here or the day of the show at Starlight on 22nd.

Cal Maro, Natalie Carr, Alan Charmer

Visulite Theatre 1615 Elizabeth Ave, Charlotte, NC
$10
Brooklyn’s Cal Maro operates in the neo-soul/contemporary R&B lane, where he gently layers soulful melodies and head-nodding grooves to cinematic production techniques. There’s no better fit on the bill than Natalie Carr. Her lush vocals soothe and caress over mid-tempo rhythms and shimmering synths, while her lyrics reveal vulnerability plus a determination to embrace life’s hard-won lessons. It’s like a sun-drenched day at the beach, bright on the surface while riptides coil beneath the breakers....

Unshadowed Land Guided Walking Tour

Davidson College 405 N. Main St., Davidson, NC
Free
Art installation Unshadowed Land has been a year in the making. Beginning in November, Tlingit and Unangax artist Nicholas Galanin led Davidson volunteers in tilling the college campus soil in the shape and scale of the Andrew Jackson monument on Lafyette Square in Washington D.C. Then Catawba Nation members planted corn in Jackson’s shadow. The purpose of the outdoor art installation is to metaphorically “bury” the Jackson monument. The tour explores the history of the...

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‘ÌBÀ OBÍNRIN’

Harvey B. Gantt Center 551 S Tryon S, Charlotte, NC
Free
In 2021, founder of contemporary dance troupe Moving Spirits Tamara Williams was commissioned by The National Center for Choreography to create a new dance film for her company. The result, ÌBÀ OBÍNRIN, is a collaboration with filmmaker Marlon Morrison and musician Luciano Xavier. It features Williams and three Moving Spirits dancers performing on location in Charlotte at the Big Rock Nature Preserve and by the Catawba River and McAlpine Creek. A live dance performance follows...

Cal Maro, Natalie Carr, Alan Charmer

Visulite Theatre 1615 Elizabeth Ave, Charlotte, NC
$10
Brooklyn’s Cal Maro operates in the neo-soul/contemporary R&B lane, where he gently layers soulful melodies and head-nodding grooves to cinematic production techniques. There’s no better fit on the bill than Natalie Carr. Her lush vocals soothe and caress over mid-tempo rhythms and shimmering synths, while her lyrics reveal vulnerability plus a determination to embrace life’s hard-won lessons. It’s like a sun-drenched day at the beach, bright on the surface while riptides coil beneath the breakers....

Cine Casual Film Series: Hecho Aquí-Shorts Showcase

International House 1817 Central Ave #215, Charlotte, NC
$6
Cine Casual presents four internationally acclaimed and award-winning Latin American shorts based in North Carolina. Rosalia Torres-Weiner’s The Magic Kite depicts a little boy unfurling a kite to release the sorrow of losing his father. William D. Caballero’s Chilly & Milly documents the undying love between a devoted caretaker and her chronically ill husband. Seen through an innocent’s eyes, Sean Burleson’s Abuela examines loss and hope, while The Final Note tells the story of how...

Plow

Goodyear Arts 301 Camp Rd #200, Charlotte, NC
$10
“What is home, and how does our idea of home shape our reality?” These are just two questions tackled by Plow, a dance performance devised by Charlotte-based movement artist Megan Payne and dance artist and educator Joy Davis. (In addition to dancing with Payne, Davis also creates and tours duets with her husband, Dr. Eric Mullis.) The piece is designed to explore the intimacy and meaning of home. For Payne in particular, the performance is...

Music & Museum: A Kaleidoscope Concert

Bechtler Museum 420 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC
$14
This Kaleidoscope Concert can be seen as a complementary soundtrack for the Bechtler Collection. The museum’s visual art bonanza captures a remarkable era of art history with works by some of the most important and influential figures of modernism, ranging from Post-War abstraction master Alexander Nicolas de Staël to Andy Warhol. The evening’s program includes works by 19th-century “nationalist” Czech composer Bedřich Smetana, followed by Sergei Prokofiev’s first string quartet, commissioned by the Library of...

Freestyle Love Supreme

Knight Theater 430 S Tryon St., Charlotte, NC
$20
Before there was Hamilton, the hip-hop history lesson that redefined what a Broadway musical could be, there was Freestyle Love Supreme. The original — and unscripted — hip-hop musical phenomenon was conceived in 2005 by Anthony Veneziale and Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda and Thomas Kail. Like any improv show, Freestyle Love Supreme engages theater-goers by creating and shaping content on the spot from suggestions shouted out from the audience, but the eponymous hip-hop ensemble raises the...

Unseen Oceans

Discovery Place Science 301 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC
$18
“Where Alph, the sacred river ran/Through caverns measureless to man/Down to a sunless sea,” wrote English romantic poet Samuel Coleridge, but even that visionary artist could scarce imagine the alien world that dwells beneath the Earth’s sunlit seas. Discovery Place Science harnesses technology to share subterranean sights ranging from zooplankton that allegedly inspired the creature design from Alien to true-to-life images of blue whales and giant squid. Climb into a scale model of a deep...

Unshadowed Land Guided Walking Tour

Davidson College 405 N. Main St., Davidson, NC
Free
Art installation Unshadowed Land has been a year in the making. Beginning in November, Tlingit and Unangax artist Nicholas Galanin led Davidson volunteers in tilling the college campus soil in the shape and scale of the Andrew Jackson monument on Lafyette Square in Washington D.C. Then Catawba Nation members planted corn in Jackson’s shadow. The purpose of the outdoor art installation is to metaphorically “bury” the Jackson monument. The tour explores the history of the...

Lofidels, Paint Fumes, Wes & The Railroaders, Dylan Gilbert, DJ Claudio Ortiz

Petra's 1919 Commonwealth Ave., Charlotte
$10
Help the community rally around Chef Carlos Diaz, beloved for running Carlos Dogs, and whose teen daughter recently passed away, tragically succumbing to cancer. The talent on tap to benefit Diaz and his family includes Lenny Muckle’s angular post-punk funk project Lofidels, Paint Fumes’ brain-rewired-after-serious-head-trauma punk rock and Wes and the Railroaders’ authentic barstool laureate country. Dylan Gilbert, creator of paranoid masterpiece I’ll Be the Lakebed and its ethereal successor, Spirit Breeze, is also on...

Happening this month

Freestyle Love Supreme

Knight Theater 430 S Tryon St., Charlotte, NC
$20
Before there was Hamilton, the hip-hop history lesson that redefined what a Broadway musical could be, there was Freestyle Love Supreme. The original — and unscripted — hip-hop musical phenomenon was conceived in 2005 by Anthony Veneziale and Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda and Thomas Kail. Like any improv show, Freestyle Love Supreme engages theater-goers by creating and shaping content on the spot from suggestions shouted out from the audience, but the eponymous hip-hop ensemble raises the...

‘ÌBÀ OBÍNRIN’

Harvey B. Gantt Center 551 S Tryon S, Charlotte, NC
Free
In 2021, founder of contemporary dance troupe Moving Spirits Tamara Williams was commissioned by The National Center for Choreography to create a new dance film for her company. The result, ÌBÀ OBÍNRIN, is a collaboration with filmmaker Marlon Morrison and musician Luciano Xavier. It features Williams and three Moving Spirits dancers performing on location in Charlotte at the Big Rock Nature Preserve and by the Catawba River and McAlpine Creek. A live dance performance follows...

Homegrown Comedy Show

Starlight on 22nd 422 E. 22nd St., Charlotte, NC
$7
A comedy show starring some of the best comedians in Charlotte! Join us for laughs on Thursday, May 26, 2022. Starring Jenn Snyder, Kevin Delgado, Kevin Duffy, and Jordan Centry. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 per person in advance. Grab your tickets tickets here or the day of the show at Starlight on 22nd.

Cal Maro, Natalie Carr, Alan Charmer

Visulite Theatre 1615 Elizabeth Ave, Charlotte, NC
$10
Brooklyn’s Cal Maro operates in the neo-soul/contemporary R&B lane, where he gently layers soulful melodies and head-nodding grooves to cinematic production techniques. There’s no better fit on the bill than Natalie Carr. Her lush vocals soothe and caress over mid-tempo rhythms and shimmering synths, while her lyrics reveal vulnerability plus a determination to embrace life’s hard-won lessons. It’s like a sun-drenched day at the beach, bright on the surface while riptides coil beneath the breakers....

Unshadowed Land Guided Walking Tour

Davidson College 405 N. Main St., Davidson, NC
Free
Art installation Unshadowed Land has been a year in the making. Beginning in November, Tlingit and Unangax artist Nicholas Galanin led Davidson volunteers in tilling the college campus soil in the shape and scale of the Andrew Jackson monument on Lafyette Square in Washington D.C. Then Catawba Nation members planted corn in Jackson’s shadow. The purpose of the outdoor art installation is to metaphorically “bury” the Jackson monument. The tour explores the history of the...

Lofidels, Paint Fumes, Wes & The Railroaders, Dylan Gilbert, DJ Claudio Ortiz

Petra's 1919 Commonwealth Ave., Charlotte
$10
Help the community rally around Chef Carlos Diaz, beloved for running Carlos Dogs, and whose teen daughter recently passed away, tragically succumbing to cancer. The talent on tap to benefit Diaz and his family includes Lenny Muckle’s angular post-punk funk project Lofidels, Paint Fumes’ brain-rewired-after-serious-head-trauma punk rock and Wes and the Railroaders’ authentic barstool laureate country. Dylan Gilbert, creator of paranoid masterpiece I’ll Be the Lakebed and its ethereal successor, Spirit Breeze, is also on...

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Lofidels, Paint Fumes, Wes & The Railroaders, Dylan Gilbert, DJ Claudio Ortiz

Petra's 1919 Commonwealth Ave., Charlotte
$10
Help the community rally around Chef Carlos Diaz, beloved for running Carlos Dogs, and whose teen daughter recently passed away, tragically succumbing to cancer. The talent on tap to benefit Diaz and his family includes Lenny Muckle’s angular post-punk funk project Lofidels, Paint Fumes’ brain-rewired-after-serious-head-trauma punk rock and Wes and the Railroaders’ authentic barstool laureate country. Dylan Gilbert, creator of paranoid masterpiece I’ll Be the Lakebed and its ethereal successor, Spirit Breeze, is also on...

NoteWorthy feat. Nia J. and Bravo Pueblo

Stage Door Theater 155 N. College St., Charlotte, NC
Free
Date: Wednesday, June 8, 2022 Time: 7:30pm Doors Open: 7:00pm Location: Stage Door Theater, 155 N. College St, Charlotte, NC 28202 Tickets: https://www.carolinatix.org/events/detail/noteworthy-feat-nia-j-and-bravo-pueblo R&B singer-songwriter Nia J. and experimental electro-pop group Bravo Pueblo team up with classical musicians for a live-taping of NoteWorthy, Charlotte’s hot new concert series. NoteWorthy concerts pair gifted Black and brown artists from Charlotte’s music scene with classically trained musicians. It’s what happens when jazz, R&B, hip-hop, pop, Latin, and soul...

Atherton Nights

Recurring
NC
Free
Anew summer series that we are hosting at Atherton called “Atherton Nights”. It is a night market in partnership with our weekly South End Market. What: A night market featuring over 30+ vendors + live music Dates: Thursdays, May 12 + June 9 + July 14 Time: 5:00-9:00pm (rain or shine) Location: Atherton along the Rail Trail May 12 – we will have live music by local singer/songwriter Chase Killough @chas_kilo_lessons

Swing Into Summer

Symphony Park 4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC
It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing! Join your CSO and Resident Conductor Christopher James Lees as we open the Summer Pops series with a tribute to the big band era with jazzy favorites from George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, and more. You won't be able to stay in your seat!

On Tap @ Cabarrus Brewing Co.

NC
$20
On Tap makes its way back to Concord this summer! This quintet of CSO woodwind players presents a fun and engaging orchestral experience with classical and contemporary selections in the Beer Garden of Cabarrus Brewing Co. Please note: This venue is general admission with limited seating available on a first come, first served basis. Patrons are welcome to bring lawn chairs. On Tap performances are special events with limited ticket availability.

Hooray For Hollywood

Symphony Park 4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC
Pack your picnic, grab your family and friends, and join us at Symphony Park as we celebrate fantastic cinematic soundtrack selections. You'll enjoy music from Frozen, Pirates of the Caribbean, West Side Story, Back to the Future, and more in this evening under the stars.

Celebrate America!

NC
Your Charlotte Symphony returns to Truist Field for a homerun this June! At Celebrate America, experience the electricity as the orchestra performs a rousing salute to America. The evening includes patriotic favorites and memorable anthems and marches - all topped off by a spectacular fireworks finale, back dropped by the gorgeous Charlotte skyline!

Opera Masterpieces with Opera Carolina

Symphony Park 4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC
Opera Carolina Artistic Director James Meena joins your Charlotte Symphony with a group of talented singers to bring opera favorites to life! Enjoy selections everyone will know and love from operas like Carmen, La Bohème, and Turandot and music from Broadway musicals like West Side Story and Phantom of the Opera.

On Tap @ Triple C Brewing

NC
$20
The On Tap series makes its triumphant return to Triple C Brewing in South End! Located in The Barrel Room across from Triple C Brewing, this evening features music from Mozart, Grieg, John Williams and more. Unwind with an evening full of great music, craft brews (cider and wine also available!), and lots of fun.

Atherton Nights

Recurring
NC
Free
Anew summer series that we are hosting at Atherton called “Atherton Nights”. It is a night market in partnership with our weekly South End Market. What: A night market featuring over 30+ vendors + live music Dates: Thursdays, May 12 + June 9 + July 14 Time: 5:00-9:00pm (rain or shine) Location: Atherton along the Rail Trail May 12 – we will have live music by local singer/songwriter Chase Killough @chas_kilo_lessons