Happenings: Calendar of events

Entertainment The Arts

May 1, 2022

Here’s our calendar of events and gallery exhibits to see around Charlotte. Check out our summer concert guide on places to hear live music all season.

Painting by Donald Sultan titled "Mimosas with Blueberries" that features dark blue and white circles on top of black leaves on a light blue background.
Mimosas With Blueberries by Donald Sultan, provided by Jerald Melberg Gallery.


Emmet Cohen Trio Plays Homage to Piano Greats at Stage Door Theater
May 20-21
The Harlem-based trio will perform selections from their latest album Future Stride, an homage to piano greats of yesterday with a modern twist. Tickets start at $25. blumenthalarts.org

Dave Matthews Band
May 20
The Grammy-Award winning band returns to Charlotte to play with a blend of sounds that dabbles in rock, world and jazz music. PNC Music Pavilion. concerts.livenation.com

The Cheerwine Festival in Downtown Salisbury
May 21
Enjoy ice cold Cheerwine in the town where it originated, along with Southern cuisine, family-friendly activities, local craft vendors, and live music from Blues Traveler and The Spin Doctors. Free to attend. cheerwinefest.com

The Secret Gardens of Fourth Ward
May 21-22
This urban garden and lifestyle tour in the heart of uptown showcases a mix of private gardens, courtyards and outdoor living spaces — tickets include food and beverage tastings while they last. Noon to 4 p.m. each day. fourthwardclt.org

Carolina Barbecue Festival
Sunday, May 22
Pitmasters from across the Carolinas share flavors from each of the three regions that make up Carolina Barbecue. (East, West and South) Enjoy a full plate plus two sides along with a beer pairing at each region. Noon to 4 p.m., camp.nc/events

Waitress at Booth Playhouse
Through May 22
Jenna, a waitress and small-town pie-maker, reclaims her life with a little help from her friends (and a baking contest). Featuring music and lyrics by Grammy Award-winner Sara Bareilles. Tickets start at $34.50. blumenthalarts.org

Three women  (Ephie Aardema, Christine Dwyer, and Melody A Betts) on stage holding papers as seen in the musical "Waitress"
Ephie Aardema, Christine Dwyer and Melody A Betts in the National Tour of Waitress Credit Daniel Lippitt

Carolina BBQ Festival at Camp North End
May 22 | noon-4 p.m.
See pitmasters from the Carolinas in action and taste your way through three regions of barbecue (East, West and South). Live music and a variety of vendors round out the festivities. General admission is $75 and includes barbecue, sides and beer pairings. carolinabbqfest.org

Charlotte Knights at Truist Field
Through September
Homer and the team are back in business: Charlotte’s beloved minor league baseball team will host games throughout spring and summer. Stay for the fireworks (check schedule). Ticket costs and availability may vary. milb.com/charlotte-knights

View from the top row behind the dugout at a packed Knights Stadium in Charlotte, NC with a view of the cityscape.
Photo courtesy: Knights Baseball

2022 ACC Baseball Championship at Truist Field
May 24-29
Truist Field, home to the Charlotte Knights, will host 12 teams in 15 tournament games to determine the league champion. The semifinals will take place on Saturday, followed by the championship on Sunday. Ticket options vary. milb.com/charlotte-knights/events/accchampionship

Freestyle Love Supreme at Knight Theater
May 24-29
Performers take suggestions from the audience in this improvisational, hip-hop comedy creation. Instantaneous riffs and full-length musical numbers ensue as each performance unfolds before your eyes. Tickets start at $20. blumenthalarts.org

Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway
May 29
Rev up your Memorial Day weekend with the 63rd running of this fan-favorite race. Don’t miss the pre-race concert featuring Chris Janson and a military salute with demonstrations from Fort Bragg, plus performances by the 82nd Airborne Chorus. Ticket options vary. charlottemotorspeedway.com/events/coca-cola-600

Camden Commons
June 26 l 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Camden Road in South End will be converted to an outdoor living room, where you can hang out, discover new food, play games, listen to music, and get creative. southendclt.org

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 new weekly event series featuring free admission and live entertainment. Visit mintmuseum.org for the programming schedule and updates.

Two children running through a park while parents watch from a distance at the Mint Museum Randolph in Charlotte, NC.
Party in the Park at Mint Museum Randolph September 2021. Charlotte, North Carolina.

Party in the Park
Last Sunday of each month, March-Nov.
The party returns Sunday, May 29 to the Mint Museum Randolph. All ages can enjoy a Sunday afternoon with live music, food trucks, a cash bar, plus complimentary museum admission and shopping at The Mint Museum Store. mintmuseum.org

Summer Concert Series at Anne Springs Close Greenway
Thursdays, May-June | 6-9 p.m.
Nothing beats summer evenings under the trees with friends, family and live music. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Bring your own chair or blanket. Parking is $5 per car. Admission is free for members. Tickets for nonmembers are $6 for adults and $4 for kids ages 5-12. Children 4 and under are free. ascgreenway.org


Coined in the South: 2022 at Mint Museum Uptown
Through July 3
The second installment of this juried exhibition highlights artists from across the Southeast. 500 S. Tryon St.; mintmuseum.org

Paiting by J.B. Burke titled "Panem et Circuses" (Bread and Circuses) that features an animal skull with bread done in bright warm tones with cool undertones.
J.B. Burke (Charlotte, NC). Panem et Circenses (Bread and Circuses), 2019, colored pencil on Canford Imperial paper (Bubblegum),
20 x 28 inches. Courtesy of the artist via the Mint Museum.

Karine Laval Trembling Giant and Marjorie Norman Schwarz Mining a Glittering Stone at SOCO Gallery
Through June 8
French-born and Brooklyn-based Laval’s still and moving images challenge familiar perceptions we have of the world and can be seen as a bridge between the world we live in and a more dreamlike dimension. Schwarz’s meditative paintings appear as “infinite abysses, a place to get lost, to meditate, perhaps conjure a memory, and, if the viewer is lucky, ultimately discover.” It’s the Dallas-based artist’s first North Carolina show. 412 Providence Rd.; socogallery.com

Painter’s Refuge: A Way of Life – A Solo Exhibition of Recent Work by Reginald Sylvester II at Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
Through June 10
Born in North Carolina and the son of a U.S. veteran, Sylvester’s use of military tents connects with the familial. For his first solo museum exhibition, his body of abstract paintings allude to shelter, protection and refuge. 551 S. Tryon St.; ganttcenter.org

Donald Sultan at Jerald Melberg Gallery
Through June 11
Paintings, conte crayon drawings and screen prints will be on display in the Asheville native’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. Sultan is known for large-scale, multimedia compositions of simple forms that are both representational and abstract. 625 S. Sharon Amity Rd.; jeraldmelberg.com

MyLoan Dinh: Mixed Blessings at Elder Gallery
Through June 18
Through her work as a multidisciplinary artist, MyLoan Dinh reflects on her experiences as a former refugee and as a woman of color. Her pieces address everyday manifestations of cultural identity, memory and displacement. 1520 S. Tryon St.; eldergalleryclt.com

Still Standing: 100 Years and Counting at Brooklyn Collective
Through May 20
This group exhibition celebrates the 100-year anniversary and legacy of the Mecklenburg Investment Company (“M.I.C.”) building and the historic Brooklyn neighborhood. Fifty percent of all art sales support the nonprofit Brooklyn Collective. 229 S Brevard St.; brooklyncollectiveclt.org

IN CONVERSATION: Ashlynn Browning + Katy Mixon at Hodges Taylor Gallery
Through June 10
This exhibit offers the viewer a peek into the exchange between Raleigh-based painter Browning and Charleston, S.C.-based mixed-media artist Mixon, illuminating “the parallels they recognize in their work and beyond.” 1414 S Tryon St., Suite 130; hodgestaylor.com

At the Root at SOZO Gallery
Through May 28
This group exhibition is described as a “visual investigation into spirituality and intimacy.” At the Root features the work of contemporary artists Jill Hotchkiss, Ana Maria Mariani, Michela Martello and Kristen van Diggelen Sloan. 904 Pecan Ave., Suite 101; sozogallery.net

A Symphony for the Road: An Avett Brothers Retrospective Featuring the Photography of Daniel Coston
Through Aug. 6
Avett Brothers fans can revisit moments from the band’s rehearsals, recording sessions and concerts in a new photo exhibition in Shelby. earlscruggscenter.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

A Better Life for Their Children at Charlotte Museum of History
Through June 18
This photo exhibit that premiered at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta last May comes to Charlotte. The exhibit tells the story of the Rosenwald Schools, which were built to educate Black children across the South between 1912 and 1937. A free community day is scheduled for Feb. 26 in tandem with the museum’s African American Heritage Festival. Included with regular museum admission. charlottemuseum.org

Signs of Home at Charlotte Museum of History
Through 2022
Guest curated by Christopher S. Lawing, this exhibition tells the story of Charlotte through the unique signs of businesses, neighborhoods and institutions that defined it. Museum admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, children 6-17 and students. 3500 Shamrock Dr.; charlottemuseum.org

Featured image: Mimosas With Blueberries by Donald Sultan provided by Jerald Melberg Gallery

— compiled by SouthPark magazine staff and Amanda Lea 

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