Happenings: Calendar of events

Entertainment The Arts

January 2, 2023

Here’s our calendar of events and gallery exhibits to see around Charlotte. Check out our spring arts preview for a list of shows and performances coming to the Queen City.


Winter Attractions at the Whitewater Center
Through mid-February
The Whitewater Center is brimming with winter activities this winter, including ice skating, along with a new outdoor pond hockey league. View a new set of 50 illuminated installations along a half-mile walking trail. Sign up for one of the center’s winter races or Skate and Date night Ticket prices vary. whitewater.org

Les Misérables at Belk Theater
Jan. 31-Feb. 5
The timeless adaptation of Victor Hugo’s novel, set in early 19th-century France, returns to Charlotte for two weeks only. Tickets start at $29.50. blumenthalarts.org

2022 I Heart Rail Trail: Lights outside Dilworth Artisan Station

I Heart Rail Trail: Lights
Feb. 3-19
Experience illuminated installations by local artists while exploring South End’s 3.5-mile rail trail. Follow @railtrailclt on Instagram for updates. Free. charlotterailtrail.org 

Queen City Brewers Festival
Feb. 11 | 1 – 4 p.m.
The annual beer festival moves to the Grady Cole Center, with tastings from about 40 breweries and food samples. The event benefits Project Life Movement, a Charlotte nonprofit that matches stem-cell and bone-marrow donors to patients. Tickets are $60 plus fees. qcbrewfest.com

Cupid’s Cup 5K & 1-mile Walk
Feb. 11
Walk or run through the heart of Dilworth and help raise money to support Atrium Health’s cardiac-rehabilitation programs. Registration fee is $35. raceroster.com/events/2023/58479/cupids-cup-5k

Adam Sandler Live at Spectrum Center
Feb. 18 l 7:30 p.m.
The Happy Gilmore and Waterboy comedian brings his standup act to the Cable Box as part of his extended fall tour. Recommended for ages 16 and up. Tickets start at $39. ticketmaster.com

Edit Sale
Feb. 22-26
Shop pre-loved designer clothes, shoes and handbags at this seasonal sale that always attracts a crowd. Times and location announced via @edit_sale

Big Head Todd and the Monsters at The Underground at the Fillmore
Feb. 24 | 8 p.m.
Relive the ’90s with the Colorado alt-rock band best known for songs like “Bittersweet” and “It’s Alright.” Tickets start at $30. livenation.com

African American Heritage Festival
Feb. 25
Celebrate the Queen City’s Black history at Charlotte Museum of History. The focus of this year’s event is regional HBCUs. Expect performances and workshops, vendors, tours of the Alexander Homesite and a keynote address by North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green. Admission is free. charlottemuseum.org

Run Jen Run 5K, photo courtesy of The Go Jen Go Foundation

11th Annual Run Jen Run 5K & Festival
Feb. 25
Register to run (or walk!) and help support grant programs for local breast cancer patients. After the race, hang around for a festival at Symphony Park with music and a Kids Fun Zone full of games. Adult beverages and food will also be available for purchase. raceroster.com/events/

Charlotte FC vs. New England Revolution
Feb. 25 | 7:30 p.m.
Looking to build on the success of its inaugural season, Charlotte Football Club opens the 34-game 2023 regular season at home. Upper-level tickets start at $15; prices are subject to change. charlottefootballclub.com

Meagan Church in Conversation with Joy Callaway
Feb. 28 I 7 p.m.
Park Road Books is hosting this book launch and signing with local author Meagan Church as she launches her new book, The Last Carolina Girl, with Charlotte author Joy Callaway. parkroadbooks.com

Wednesday Night Live
Wednesdays from 5-9 p.m.
The Mint Museum, The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture and the Knight Theater are partnering in this weekly event series featuring free admission and live entertainment. Visit mintmuseum.org for the programming schedule and updates.

First Friday South End Gallery Crawl
Galleries and shops offer extended hours, special receptions, live painting and music along the Rail Trail on the first Friday of each month. southendclt.org


Sojourners at Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art
Through Feb. 11
This group exhibition explores the idea of “places, people, and things — both real and imagined — in the constant flux of transition and change” and features works by more than a dozen regional and national artists. eldergalleryclt.com

Brian Rutenberg: Banners of the Coast at Jerald Melberg Gallery
Through Feb. 18  
Brian Rutenberg’s abstract landscapes  reflect the duality of the South Carolina resort town where he was raised — from brightly colored amusement parks and arcades to low country landscapes. The show — the artist’s ninth solo exhibition with the gallery — includes new oil paintings on linen and paper. An opening reception with the artist will be held Jan. 13 from 6-8 p.m. jeraldmelberg.com

Fashion Reimagined: Themes & Variations 1760 – Now at Mint Museum Uptown
Through July 2
Encompassing a wide range of men’s and women’s fashions from 1760 to 2022, this exhibition will be divided into three thematic sections: minimalism, pattern and decoration, and the body reimagined. mintmuseum.org

Anamika Khanna (Indian, 1971). Fall 2019, silk, cotton, metallic thread, beads. Mint Museum Purchase: Funds provided by Deidre Grubb. 2021.

Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth at Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
Through Mar. 12
In collaboration with Levine Museum of the New South, this exhibition profiles revolutionary men who have influenced the culture of the country, including Muhammed Ali, James Baldwin, W.E.B. DuBois and Kendrick Lamar. ganttcenter.org

Jackie Gendel: Women and Dog and Roscoe Hall: Speak into Existence at SOCO Gallery
Through March 1 
This pair of solo exhibitions features Houston artist Gendel’s new paintings on canvas and linen in the main gallery and Hall’s layered paintings in the SOCO annex. Hall, an Alabama chef who was featured in season 18 of Top Chef, incorporates unconventional materials such as coffee and cotton in his works, which examine the Black experience in America. socogallery.com

Pop to Now: Warhol and His Legacy at Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
Through Feb. 26
This exhibition of select works by Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring follows their influence on pop culture, music, fashion and art. Pop to Now includes works on canvas, along with objects and memorabilia from the Pop Art movement to today’s cultural landscape of NFTs, digital and data-driven art. 420 S. Tryon St., bechtler.org

Rendezvous With Rothko at Mint Museum Uptown
Through March 2023
Two works by the abstract expressionist painter — No. 17 [or] No. 15 and Untitled 1951 — are the only paintings by Rothko currently on view in North Carolina, through a long-term loan with the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. 500 S. Tryon St., mintmuseum.org

Craft in the Laboratory: The Science of Making Things at Mint Museum Uptown
This project pulls back the curtain on the creative process and examines how craft artists and designers use science and math concepts when creating works of art. 500 S Tryon St. mintmuseum.org

— compiled by SouthPark magazine staff

Featured image: Whitewater Center

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