April happenings


March 31, 2021

Whitewater Triathlon at U.S. National Whitewater Center
Take on a 1K open-water swim in the Catawba River, a 23K mountain-bike leg and a 6.5K trail run, or opt for the shorter distance tri with a 400m open swim, 12K mountain-bike leg and a 3K trail run. The details: April 10; registration costs vary; usnwc.org

A Night at the Drive-In
Enjoy a live performance by Blues Traveler at Charlotte Motor Speedway, with proceeds benefiting Levine Children’s Hospital. The details: April 10 at 7 p.m.; atriumhealthfoundation.org

Front Porch Sundays – One of Charlotte’s largest pop up markets returns for a sixth season. You’ll find live music, food trucks, photo opportunities and a ton of local shopping. The details: Saturday and Sunday, April 10-11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., hosted at Sycamore Brewing, 2161 Hawkins Street, @frontporchsundays

An Afternoon on the Grounds – The Charlotte Museum of History opens for a self-guided, outdoor experience of Charlotte’s oldest home site. Guests can explore the Museum’s park-like setting, walk through the garden, and view the historic buildings. The details: Saturday, April 10, noon – 4 p.m., tickets are $10 per vehicle, charlottemuseum.org

A Live Cooking Demonstration with Bruce Moffett – Chef Moffett opens up his home kitchen (via livestream) and teaches a multi-course meal showcasing a few of his favorite signature dishes. He’ll also take plenty of Q&A. Moffett Restaurant Group owns Barringtons, Stagioni, Good Food on Montford, plus Bao and Broth. The details: Sunday, April 11 at 6 p.m., tickets are $45, chefstreams.com

Charlotte Wine + Food Week – This annual event which raises funds for children’s charities returns next week. The online auction is free and open to the public. There’s also a new Rosé brunch, in-home vintner dinners, restaurant dinners, and the incredible 1000-Point Tasting and Dinner. The details: April 14-18 tickets are selling fast for some events, charlottewineandfood.org/

Earth Day Weekend at Anne Springs Close Greenway
Celebrate Earth Day with outdoor adventures like lead-line horse rides, fishing clinics, kayaking, guided hikes, reptile encounters and more. The details: April 16-18; free for members, $6 for nonmembers; ascgreenway.org

Silent Streets: Art in the Time of Pandemic at Mint Museum Uptown
From the moment the pandemic forced people into their homes, art became a source of solace. This exhibition presents works by local, regional, national and international artists who used art to survey and tackle these challenging times. The details: Opens April 17; mintmuseum.org

Queen’s Cup Steeplechase livestream
This year’s races will be run without an audience, but you can pour yourself a mint julep and tune in to see some of the world’s most athletic horses thundering at full speed. A portion of donations and raffle-ticket sales will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. The details: April 24; queenscup.org

Vision & Spirit | African American Art Works from the Bank of America Collection at the Harvey B. Gantt Center
More than 100 visual art pieces spanning 100 years are on view in this exhibition selected by guest curator Dexter Wimberly. The paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, sculptures and mixed-media works by 48 Black artists embody a central theme of resilience. The details: Through July 31; ganttcenter.org

Thomas McNickle: The Pond at Jerald Melberg Gallery
This exhibition of landscape paintings by veteran gallery artist Thomas McNickle features a new body of work centering on a picturesque pond near McNickle’s home in western Pennsylvania Amish country. The details: Through April 24; jeraldmelberg.com

Charlotte Symphony: Mozart Symphony No. 40
Music Director Christopher Warren-Green leads a virtual performance of Mozart’s Symphony No. 40. The details: April 24, 7:30 p.m.; tickets are $20 per household; charlottesymphony.org

Charlotte Symphony: In-person Performance
Resident Conductor Christopher James Lees will lead the Orchestra in Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 3, Strassburg, featuring Simone Porter as soloist and Respighi’s Ancient Airs and Dances on April 24. The concert will also be recorded and available for streaming June 5–12. The CSO offers this first in-person performance in more than a year to subscribers. charlottesymphony.org

Christy Kinard: Solo Show at Shain Gallery
With natural talent that has evolved since her childhood, Kinard’s style is a unique and self-defined expression of her Southern roots. The details: April 23, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; shaingallery.com

Linda Foard Roberts, Weeping Tree, 2018, courtesy SOCO Gallery

LAMENT + Love Rules

Two new exhibitions at SOCO Gallery are intended to spark dialogue around healing and unity. In LAMENT, a song of sorrow for those not heard, Linda Foard Roberts confronts the South’s painful and complicated history in a series of photographs taken at various locations across the region, from a small church on the outskirts of Charlotte to rice plantations in South Carolina.

Roberts points to a particular moment that sparked the project: While attending a service at a small church in Weddington, her son noted that the balcony seats where the family routinely sat were the same pews where, many years ago, enslaved individuals were seated. 

“I was moved to tears by the tangibility of this past, and that I’d been sitting there and I didn’t know it,” says Roberts, who last year was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for the work. “I just knew I needed to do something — I needed to somehow try to honor the people that had suffered.”

The photographs address a longstanding silence about the region’s painful past.  

“I grew up in the South. We didn’t talk about it, growing up, and I think it’s really important that we can have these conversations.” 

Also on view is Love Rules by Brooklyn-based Hank Willis Thomas, a co-founder of the For Freedoms artists’ collective. The neon sign, which transitions between messages of “Love Rules” and “Love Over Rules,” is an homage to the artist’s cousin, who was murdered in 2000.

Roberts saw the piece in 2019 at the Brooklyn Museum and was moved by it. “There are all these amazing threads of connectedness,” she says. The exhibition runs through April 21, but Love Rules won’t be going far. The piece has been acquired by a private collector, who plans to give the piece to the Mint Museum.

Roberts will donate a portion of the proceeds from her exhibition to The Slave Dwelling Project, which preserves African American slave homes. In addition, SOCO Gallery will donate a portion of proceeds to the Harvey Gantt B. Center for African-American Arts + Culture.

Love Rules and LAMENT, a song of sorrow for those not heard, will be on view at SOCO Gallery through April 21; 421 Providence Road, socogallery.com  SP

NOTE: Please check with venues and event organizers in advance to confirm details and hours of operation. 

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