Looking for creative things to do in Charlotte this week? Find out in Charlotte Art Weekly #60

This weekend, gear up for Grammy-nominated singer Kenny Wayne Shepherd, who is performing alongside Beth Hart Band. Vote for your favourite artists at Mint Hill Arts Centre, or watch improv comedy. Families, look out for a fun, free evening of food samplings next week! 

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Music buffs can look forward to a motley of concerts this week and the next, with Grammy-nominated singer Kenny Wayne Shepherd performing alongside Beth Hart Band, the a capella group Pentatonix rolling out their music, and singer Charly Lowry rendering some soul-stirring melodies.

Theatre enthusiasts of Charlotte, do not miss out on the Short Playfest 2018 made up of two evenings of recitals about how ‘funny’ art is! Or laugh till you cry as Charlotte Comedy Theater is back with its Improv Comedy acts. Families, bring your lawn chairs to enjoy Pineville’s culture-rich evening full of free food samplings!

Art-lovers, discover memories through ‘found objects’ at the group art exhibition Collected & Gathered. Or observe how a group of five photographers is trying to highlight our shared humanity in times of turmoil, through their exhibition Empathy & Humanity. Or be a part of Mint Hill Arts’ People’s Choice Show by voting in favour of the best artistic talent on display.

American actress and coloratura soprano Kathryn Grayson is the inspiration for our Charlotte Art Weekly #60. Born in 1922 in Winston-Salem, NC, Grayson was trained as an opera singer at the tender age of 12 and initially established her career by performing in musicals with MGM. She later acted in over 25 films, playing lead roles in movies like Thousands Cheer, Anchors Aweigh with Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly, Show Boat and Kiss Me Kate. When musical film productions began to decline, Grayson took to performing in theatre and in operas like La bohème and Madama Butterfly.

Short Playfest 2018

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The writers of these ten short pieces capture the ‘funny’ nature of art! Hear them read out loud over two evenings of readings.

August 2 to 3

The Packhouse

With tickets ($12)

Collected & Gathered

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At this group exhibition, artists Janet Eskridge, Bridgette Guerzon Mills and Deborah G. Rogers present their mixed-media works made using found objects and memories.

August 3 to September 29

Lark & Key Gallery and Boutique

Open for all

Mint Hill Arts’ People’s Choice Show

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Members of the community will have the chance to pick winners across five categories in this art show: Best in Show, Prettiest, Funniest, Most Creative, and Best Repurposed Art. Be there to vote for your favourites, or vote any time in August.

August 3 to 29

Mint Hill Arts Center

Open for all

Bridging Division: Empathy & Humanity

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Five photographers Priya Kambli, Rania Matar, Zora J. Murff, Melissa Kreider, and Lissa Rivera explore the subject of Empathy & Humanity in a world torn by strife.

Till August 3

The Light Factory

Open for all

Improv Comedy Shows

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The comic team of Charlotte Comedy Theater & Training Center is back with a variety of spontaneous acts.

August 3 to 4

Charlotte Comedy Theater

With tickets ($10-$15)

Pentatonix

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Are you a fan of a capella? Then this concert by the pop group Pentatonix from Texas is for you.

August 4

PNC Music Pavilion

With tickets ($16-$2174)

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band & Beth Hart Band

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Five-time-Grammy-nominated musician Kenny Wayne Shepherd brings his blues-infused rock n’ roll music to Charlotte, alongside singer-songwriter Beth Hart.

August 5

Belk Theatre

With tickets ($22)

Culture Bites: Pineville

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Relish delicious food samples from diverse local restaurants of Charlotte in this family-friendly event that’s open for all! Also in store for the evening is pop-up theatre, dance, visual arts, interactive experiences, science and music.

August 9

Pineville Lake Park aka Belle Johnston Park

Open for all

Sounds on the Square: Charly Lowry

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The stirring music of Charly Lowry from the band Dark Water Rising evokes genuine emotions like love, heartbreak, sacrifice, celebration, despair and pain.

August 10

Spirit Square Center for Arts & Education

Open for all

It’s set to be an inspiring week in Charlotte NC, between 2nd to 10th August. Be sure not to miss out on these creative happenings!

Illustration: Nilesh Ramani

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