Galleries

ANNE NEILSON FINE ART: 532 Governor Morrison Street. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. 704-496-9181; anneneilsonfineart.

ELDER GALLERY OF CONTEMPORARY ART: .1520 S. Tryon St. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.704-370-6337; www.eldergalleryclt.com.

NEW GALLERY OF MODERN ART: 435 S. Tryon St., Suite 110. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 704-373-1464; www.newgalleryofmodernart.com. 

SOCO GALLERY: 421 Providence Road. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 980-498-2811; www.soco-gallery.com. 

5 QUESTIONS FOR DEE SCHWAB

Philanthropist Dee Schwab is one of 13 dancers competing for a great cause at the sold-out  Dancing with the Stars of Charlotte for The Pink House  fundraiser. Dee will perform a ballroom routine with her professional dance partner, Felipe Gonzales Edmiston.

Philanthropist Dee Schwab is one of 13 dancers competing for a great cause at the sold-out Dancing with the Stars of Charlotte for The Pink House fundraiser. Dee will perform a ballroom routine with her professional dance partner, Felipe Gonzales Edmiston.

One of the fastest-growing fundraisers in Charlotte is Dancing with the Stars of Charlotte for The Pink House, a benefit for Caroilna Breast Friends. Since 2016, it’s raised more than $1.55 million to support the services the nonprofit Carolina Breast Friends provides for those with breast cancer in our community.

Modeled after the popular Dancing with the Stars TV show, it pairs professional dancers with community leaders. Each team performs a ballroom dance number that is scored by judges from the competitive dance world. Audience members also get to vote for their favorite star by making donations to Carolina Breast Friends. Each dollar donated is equivalent to one vote.

Emcees for this year’s sold-out event on March 30 at Knight Theater are WBTV's Molly Grantham and NFL star DeAngelo Williams, both of whom have lost close family members to breast cancer. They’ll be handing out the mirror ball trophy for the top fundraiser, the biggest crowd pleaser, and the highest-scoring dancer.

Among the 13 stars competing is Dee Schwab, a mother of four who is also a grandmother of four. She’ll be joined on stage by fellow competitors and philanthropists JoBrent Austin-Diehl, Nick Clavin, Amanda Hibberts, Anitha Leonard, Davis Ligon, Katherine Weeks Mulford, Joey Profeta, Heather Sendler, Mary Bryan Smith, Celia Thompson, Shane Wagner and Hayes Woollen.

Dee will perform with professional dancer Felipe Gonzales Edmiston. She jokes that she’s looking forward to finding out if her 5th grade ballet classes will finally pay off. But her true motivation is supporting the nonprofit’s inspiring mission.

In between her demanding dance practice sessions, Dee took time from her busy schedule to answer The O Report’s questions.

The O Report: Being a dancer at this fundraiser is a huge commitment. What motivated you to participate?

Dee: I love to dance! And dancing for such a worthy cause is an added plus.

The O Report: What has been your favorite part of the process?

Dee: Connecting to Charlotte’s community of dancers and dance teachers has been a great new thing for me. My weekly lessons at Midtown Ballroom were intimidating at first. But now they are relaxing, sometimes hilarious and always fun.

The O Report: What has been the most challenging?

Dee: Memorizing our agreed upon dance. It’s only two minutes, but has lots of intricate steps. Fingers crossed!

The O Report: Any details you can share about your costume, music and your amazing professional dance partner Felipe?

Dee: I could not have a better partner than Felipe. He also directs our production. He’s a spectacular dancer, a kind and patient teacher, and now a great new friend. Our beautiful costumes are custom-made by the very talented Daniel Gonzales, who happens to be Felipe’s brother. It’s a family affair!

The O Report: What are you most looking forward to in regards to the fundraiser and what you hope it accomplishes?

Dee: I’m looking forward to our performance Saturday night at the Knight Theatre. And I so appreciate the generosity of friends who have supported me and all the other community dancers. We’ll never know the Pink House patrons we’ve helped, but we’ll know we helped them.


MARCH EVENTS

Carol Lovin, Executive Vice President and System Chief of Staff for Atrium Health, will receive the Charlotte Businesswoman of the Year Award on March 7 at Queens University of Charlotte.

Carol Lovin, Executive Vice President and System Chief of Staff for Atrium Health, will receive the Charlotte Businesswoman of the Year Award on March 7 at Queens University of Charlotte.

CHARLOTTE BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR: Carol Lovin, Executive Vice President and System Chief of Staff for Atrium Health, will be honored for being a leading female executive who has made significant contributions to the business community. Featured speaker is Nancy Howell Agee, President and CEO of Carilion Clinic, a $2 billion not-for-profit, integrated health care system headquartered in Roanoke, Virginia. 11:30 a.m. March 7 in Morrison Hall on the campus of Queens University of Charlotte, 1900 Selwyn Avenue. The lunch and program are from noon to 1:30 p.m. Individual tickets are $90. Registration: www.queens.edu.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE & CHARLOTTE GOES GREEN FESTIVAL: Thousands of spectators will line the streets during this 23rd annual parade on March 16 uptown. It starts at 11 a.m. at North Tryon and 9th streets, then marches south to 3rd Street where it takes a left and ends at Caldwell Street. It featured floats, pipe bands, drill teams and more. The Grand Marshal is Peter Byrne, president of the nonprofit Charlotte Irish Connection. It’s followed by a family-friendly festival with Irish music, dancers and food plus Celtic vendors. Free. Details: charlottestpatsday.com. 

Galleries

ANNE NEILSON FINE ART: 532 Governor Morrison Street. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. 704-496-9181; anneneilsonfineart.

ELDER GALLERY OF CONTEMPORARY ART: .1520 S. Tryon St. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.704-370-6337; www.eldergalleryclt.com.

NEW GALLERY OF MODERN ART: 435 S. Tryon St., Suite 110. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 704-373-1464; www.newgalleryofmodernart.com. 

SOCO GALLERY: 421 Providence Road. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 980-498-2811; www.soco-gallery.com. 

FEBRUARY EVENTS

Riley and Olivia are two of the pet-testants taking part in So You Think You Can Bark, a Feb. 1 fundraiser for the nonprofit Stand For Animals.

Riley and Olivia are two of the pet-testants taking part in So You Think You Can Bark, a Feb. 1 fundraiser for the nonprofit Stand For Animals.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN BARK: A one-of-a-kind evening of dog entertainment. Eight pet-testants are teaming up with dog trainers to learn a cool trick that'll be performed live on stage. Proceeds benefit Stand for Animals’ Medical Support Fund, which directly assists a dog or cat in need of medical care and free spay neuter services. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1. Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts, 430 S. Tryon Street. $60. standforanimals.org.

INNOVATIVE WORKS: The literature of William Shakespeare meets modern ballet in this collaboration between UNC Charlotte and Charlotte Ballet. Choreographer Stephanie Martinez and playwright Dr. Lynne Conner explore Shakespeare’s leading female characters in this new work. Through Feb. 16. charlotteballet.org.

WHAT ARE YOU CARRYING? HANDBAG AUCTION: A fun evening of education, awareness, hope and handbags to support the therapeutic programs of HopeWay., a nonprofit residential mental health facility. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 6. Quail Hollow Club. $45, Details.

CROWN JEWELS BALL: Cugat Club is the theme of this year’s gala fundraiser for Charlotte Concerts. Gala chair is Clair Campbell. Feb. 9 at Quail Hollow Club. Tickets are $275. www.charlotteconcerts.org.

Galleries

ANNE NEILSON FINE ART: 532 Governor Morrison Street. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. 704-496-9181; anneneilsonfineart.

ELDER GALLERY OF CONTEMPORARY ART: .1520 S. Tryon St. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.704-370-6337; www.eldergalleryclt.com.

NEW GALLERY OF MODERN ART: 435 S. Tryon St., Suite 110. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 704-373-1464; www.newgalleryofmodernart.com. 

SOCO GALLERY: 421 Providence Road. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 980-498-2811; www.soco-gallery.com. 

JANUARY EVENTS

More than 125 restaurants are participating in Queens Feast Charlotte Restaurant Week Jan. 18-27.

More than 125 restaurants are participating in Queens Feast Charlotte Restaurant Week Jan. 18-27.

QUEENS FEAST CHARLOTTE RESTAURANT WEEK: The perfect excuse to try a new restaurant or an old favorite. More than 125 restaurants will offer a special three-course prix fixe menu for $30 or $35. Jan. 18-27. charlotterestaurantweek.

Opera Carolina’s production of George Bizet’s  Carmen  is Jan. 19, 20 and 24 at Belk Theater uptown.

Opera Carolina’s production of George Bizet’s Carmen is Jan. 19, 20 and 24 at Belk Theater uptown.

CARMEN: Opera Carolina’s production of one of the most popular operas of all-time. 8 p.m. Jan. 19, 2 p.m. Jan. 20 and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24. Tickets range from $22 to $157. Belk Theater uptown. 704-372-1000; operacarolina.org.

INNOVATIVE WORKS: The literature of William Shakespeare meets modern ballet in this collaboration between UNC Charlotte and Charlotte Ballet. Choreographer Stephanie Martinez and playwright Dr. Lynne Conner explore Shakespeare’s leading female characters in this new work. Jan. 25-Feb. 16. charlotteballet.org.

Galleries

ANNE NEILSON FINE ART: 532 Governor Morrison Street. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. 704-496-9181; anneneilsonfineart.

ELDER GALLERY OF CONTEMPORARY ART: Though Jan. 5, 2019: Vicarious, a multi-disciplinary exhibition featuring paintings by San Francisco-based Dan Bayless; drawings and paintings by Charlotte-based artist and Army veteran Will Bosbyshell; glass work by Pomona, California-based artist and Vietnam veteran Michael Aschenbrenner,; prints, objects and sculpture by Drew Cameron; installation work by Charlotte-based artist and Navy veteran Suje Garcia; a documentary produced by Susie Films; a virtual reality project produced by Army veteran Paula Kranz Broadwell; and artworks from graduates of the Chicago-based CreatiVets Program. Part of exhibit sales go to Veterans Bridge Home. 1520 S. Tryon St. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.704-370-6337; www.eldergalleryclt.com.

NEW GALLERY OF MODERN ART: 435 S. Tryon St., Suite 110. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 704-373-1464; www.newgalleryofmodernart.com. 

SOCO GALLERY: 421 Providence Road. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 980-498-2811; www.soco-gallery.com. 

Coming Up

WHAT ARE YOU CARRYING? HANDBAG AUCTION: A fun evening of education, awareness, hope and handbags to support the therapeutic programs of HopeWay., a nonprofit residential mental health facility. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 6. Quail Hollow Club. $45, Details.

CROWN JEWELS BALL: Cugat Club is the theme of this year’s gala fundraiser for Charlotte Concerts. Gala chair is Clair Campbell. Feb. 9, 2019 at Quail Hollow Club. Tickets are $275. www.charlotteconcerts.org.

THE O REPORT’S TOP 18 ARTICLES FROM 2018

As we say goodbye to 2018, here’s a list of the Top 18 most popular articles from The O Report website over the past year. Click on each title to read the original story.

Top Bobbi Brown Products For Men. It’s true, men really are becoming as obsessed with skincare as the women in their lives.

Author Kimmery Martin Rules. The O Report readers love books, especially this Charlotte-based author’s national debut novel, The Queen of Hearts.

Felix Sabates Hosts Allegro Foundation Fundraiser. Felix was in the news a lot this year as rumors swirled about his interest in putting together a group to buy the Carolina Panthers, but The O Report readers loved seeing this soft side of the generous businessman.

Dr. Stephan Finical. A profile of one of the top plastic surgeons in the nation who’s part of Charlotte Plastic Surgery’s award-winning team of doctors.

Exquisite Rings For Brides Of Any Age. When 50 and up brides and grooms marry, Tiffany & Co. at SouthPark Mall is a popular stop on the way to the altar.

Michael Marsicano. Our profile of the man who many consider to be Charlotte’s most powerful people, and also one of its nicest.

Visionary Women Luncheon. This celebration of the power and purpose of women coming together to connect, listen and share is presented annually by Queens University of Charlotte, Wells Fargo Private Bank and the Mint Museum.

The O Report Magazine Wins Prestigious Award. To be recognized as an outstanding publication by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts and its team of judges from iconic brands including Conde Nast, Estee Lauder, Sotheby’s and Lockheed Martin was definitely the highlight of The O Report publisher Olivia Fortson’s professional year.

Francene Marie Morris: Create A Life You Desire. Readers really tuned into the award-winning radio personality’s advice.

Michelle Melville Shares How To Stay Modern. The J.Hilburn stylist’s tips for men were on trend.

Advice From A World Famous Makeup Artist. Sir John is beauty industry royalty and his exclusive Q&A with The O Report was a major coup.

Randy Gartz. This tech recruiter’s great advice and zest for life resonated with readers.

Wig Party! Readers flipped for photos from creative couple Regine and Andreas Bechtler’s Wig Party.

Get The Job Done In Style. The O Report readers love to look chic while working hard, and they want their desk accessories to do the same.

Fashion Is In Her DNA. There’s a reason why Whitley Adkins Hamlin is one of Charlotte’s most sought-after and fashionable stylists.

Lynn Ivey: Follow Your Intuition. A fascinating profile of the woman who founded a nonprofit that has made a dramatic difference in the lives of caregivers and their family members with memory loss.

Advice From Style Influencer Scott Newkirk. Tabor’s buyer and creative director has an expert eye for all things elegant and modern. 

Tips From A Fitness Expert. Jill Cerami, who manages, trains and teaches classes at Trilogy at Lake Norman’s workout center, has great advice for older exercisers.

DECEMBER EVENTS

HOLIDAYS AT THE GARDEN: This annual light display has become a tradition for families. New this year is a musically-orchestrated topiary display in the Four Season’s Garden and the lights of fire and ice in the perennial gardens have been extended. There’s also an expanded Department 56 Dickens Village. Santa will be available for for pictures on select nights for an additional fee. Through Jan. 6 (except Christmas Day). Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Adult tickets are $12.95 to $16.95. dsbg.org.

THE 64TH ANNUAL SINGING CHRISTMAS TREE DEC. 8-9 UPTOWN IS BILLED AS A BIG BAND BASH.

THE 64TH ANNUAL SINGING CHRISTMAS TREE DEC. 8-9 UPTOWN IS BILLED AS A BIG BAND BASH.

THE 64TH ANNUAL SINGING CHRISTMAS TREE: This Charlotte holiday tradition features The MainStage Choir performing favorite Christmas songs in a 32-foot tall Christmas tree. This year’s production has a Jazz twist with accompaniment by the all-star Big Band, plus the Miller Street Dance Academy. 3 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8, 4 p.m. Dec. 9. Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts, 430 S. Tryon St. $26-$45. carolinavoices.org.

Jewelry designer Mignonne Gavigan.

Jewelry designer Mignonne Gavigan.

MIGNONNE GAVIGAN JEWELRY: Meet the designer and view her newest pieces during her personal appearance. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 14. Neiman Marcus at SouthPark mall. 704-442-7900, ext. 2141. neimanmarcus.com.

THE NATIONAL BALLET THEATRE OF ODESSA PERFORMS THE CLASSIC BALLET  THE SLEEPING BEAUTY FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY ON DEC. 19 AT KNIGHT THEATER.

THE NATIONAL BALLET THEATRE OF ODESSA PERFORMS THE CLASSIC BALLET THE SLEEPING BEAUTYFOR ONE NIGHT ONLY ON DEC. 19 AT KNIGHT THEATER.

THE SLEEPING BEAUTY: The National Ballet Theatre of Odessa and its 55 dancers perform a full-scale production of Tchaikovsky’s classic for one night only. 7:30 p.m. Dec 19. Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts, 430 S. Tryon St. $40-$60. blumenthalarts.org.

Galleries

ANNE NEILSON FINE ART: 532 Governor Morrison Street. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. 704-496-9181; anneneilsonfineart.

ELDER GALLERY OF CONTEMPORARY ART: Though Jan. 5, 2019: Vicarious, a multi-disciplinary exhibition featuring paintings by San Francisco-based Dan Bayless; drawings and paintings by Charlotte-based artist and Army veteran Will Bosbyshell; glass work by Pomona, California-based artist and Vietnam veteran Michael Aschenbrenner,; prints, objects and sculpture by Drew Cameron; installation work by Charlotte-based artist and Navy veteran Suje Garcia; a documentary produced by Susie Films; a virtual reality project produced by Army veteran Paula Kranz Broadwell; and artworks from graduates of the Chicago-based CreatiVets Program. Part of exhibit sales go to Veterans Bridge Home. 1520 S. Tryon St. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.704-370-6337; www.eldergalleryclt.com.

NEW GALLERY OF MODERN ART: Through Dec. 1: Street Space, Embracing the History of Street Art & Culture featuring works by Daniel Arkham, Jose Aurelio Baez, Christopher Chan, Jesse Choring, Seth Clark, Steven Firenze, Freehand Profit, Blaine Hurdle, Hnin Nie, Odriewgo, Christophe Roberts, David Rosenstraus, Grace Stott, Swoon, Dammit Wesley, Bryan Wilson and Stephen Wilson.  435 S. Tryon St., Suite 110. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 704-373-1464; www.newgalleryofmodernart.com. 

SOCO GALLERY: 421 Providence Road. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 980-498-2811; www.soco-gallery.com. 

Coming Up

CROWN JEWELS BALL: Cugat Club is the theme of this year’s gala fundraiser for Charlotte Concerts. Gala chair is Clair Campbell. Feb. 9, 2019 at Quail Hollow Club. Tickets are $275. www.charlotteconcerts.org.











NOVEMBER EVENTS

Five New York Times best-selling authors are part of Verse & Vino, a Nov. 1 fundraiser for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation.

Five New York Times best-selling authors are part of Verse & Vino, a Nov. 1 fundraiser for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation.

VERSE & VINO: An evening of food, wine, and conversation with five New York Times best-selling authors to raise funds for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation. The featured authors and their new releases are: Elliot Ackerman, Waiting for Eden; Lou Berney, November Road; Casey Gerald, There Will Be No Miracles Here; Paula McLain, Love and Ruin; Julia Reed, South Toward Home. 6-9:30 p.m. Nov. 1. Charlotte Convention Center., 501 S. College St. $150. www.foundation.cmlibrary.org.

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ELLIE LEBLOND SOSA BOOKSIGNING: The author and granddaughter of George and Barbara Bush will sign copies of her new book about her grandparents and their love story. Bruce Julian will be serving his famous Bloody Marys and Shrimp and Grits. 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 3. The Buttercup, 343 Providence Road. 704-333-0554.

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HAMILTON: The smash Broadway hit comes to Charlotte. It’s based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary.  Book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The score blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, Through Nov. 4. Belk Theater at Blumenthal Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. Tickets: $154-$599. www.blumenthalarts.org.

Raise money for Dress For Success while helping the nonprofit clear out space during its Inventory Reduction Event on Nov. 3.

Raise money for Dress For Success while helping the nonprofit clear out space during its Inventory Reduction Event on Nov. 3.

INVENTORY REDUCTION EVENT: Surplus women’s suits, sweaters, dresses and shoes will be for sale to make room for new inventory at this fundraiser. Only cash in bills $20 or less and credit/debit cards will be accepted. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 3. Dress For Success Boutique & Career Transformation Center, 500-A Clanton Road. charlotte.dressforsuccess.org.

The Southern Christmas Show is Nov. 8-18 at The Park Expo & Conference Center.

The Southern Christmas Show is Nov. 8-18 at The Park Expo & Conference Center.

SOUTHERN CHRISTMAS SHOW: Get a head start on your holiday at this marketplace that also features entertainment, a decor competition, Christmas Tree lane and more. Nov. 8-18. The Park Expo & Conference Center, 800 Briar Creek Road. Parking is $8 (cash only). southernchristmasshow.com.

Opera Carolina presents Daughter of the Regiment Nov. 10, 15 and 18 at Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.

Opera Carolina presents Daughter of the Regiment Nov. 10, 15 and 18 at Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.

DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT: Opera Caroline presents Donizetti’s opera that actually has a happy ending. It tells the story of a spirited young orphan raised by a French army regiment who must chose between love and social status. 8 p.m. Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 and 2 p.m. Nov. 18. Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. Tickets: $22-$157. www.operacarolina.org.

Famous makeup artist and entrepreneur Bobbi Brown is the featured speaker at the Mint Museum Auxiliary’s Fall EnrichMINT event on Nov. 15.

Famous makeup artist and entrepreneur Bobbi Brown is the featured speaker at the Mint Museum Auxiliary’s Fall EnrichMINT event on Nov. 15.

FALL ENRICHMENT FORUM: Makeup artist, entrepreneur and author Bobbi Brown is the featured speaker at this event hosted by the Mint Museum Auxiliary. Includes champagne, light bites and a book signing. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Nov. 15. Mint Museum Uptown. $125. mintmuseumauxiliary.org.

Legendary comedian John Cleese comes to Ovens Auditorium on Nov. 19.

Legendary comedian John Cleese comes to Ovens Auditorium on Nov. 19.

AN EVENING WITH JOHN CLEESE: An evening of comedy with the legendary star of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Fawlty Towers and A Fish Called Wanda. 7 p.m. Nov. 19. Ovens Auditorium, www.ovensauditorium.com.

Chef Carla Hall will sign copies of her new  Soul Food  cookbook from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at Williams Sonoma.

Chef Carla Hall will sign copies of her new Soul Food cookbook from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at Williams Sonoma.

CHEF CARLA HALL: The beloved celebrity chef from ABC’s Emmy Award-winning The Chew and a fan favorite on Bravo’s Top Chef and the Food Network’s baking competitions will sign copies of her new Soul Food cookbook. 3-4:30 p.m. Nov. 20. Williams Sonoma, Speciality Shops in the Park, 6401 Morrison Boulevard. Cost is $32.50 and includes a copy of the cookbook and light bites. Registration required; RSVP here.

HOLIDAYS AT THE GARDEN: This annual light display has become a tradition for families. New this year is a musically-orchestrated topiary display in the Four Season’s Garden and the lights of fire and ice in the perennial gardens have been extended. There’s also an expanded Department 56 Dickens Village. Santa will be available for for pictures on select nights for an additional fee. Nov. 23-Jan. 6 (except Christmas Day). Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Adult tickets are $12.95 to $16.95. dsbg.org.

Celebrate the holidays during a bountiful Thanksgiving meal at the newly redesigned Ballantyne Hotel, or at a Tree Lighting ceremony the next day.

Celebrate the holidays during a bountiful Thanksgiving meal at the newly redesigned Ballantyne Hotel, or at a Tree Lighting ceremony the next day.

THE BALLANTYNE HOTEL: Celebrate the holidays at The Ballantyne Hotel, which has just undergone a gorgeous new redesign. A bountiful brunch will be offered on Thanksgiving from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 22 featuring an array of seasonal salads, carving stations with regional accompaniments, decadent desserts and live music. Cost is $95 per person; $40 for ages 5-12; and complimentary for children ages 4 and under (pricing does not include tax or 24% service charge). Reserve here or at 704-248-4100. On Nov. 24 from 5 to 6:30 p.m., the hotel’s magnificent tree in the lobby will be lit during a festive complimentary ceremony that includes caroling, hot chocolate, cider, cookies and visiting with Santa.

Michael McDonald performs holiday hits on Nov. 28 at Knight Theater.

Michael McDonald performs holiday hits on Nov. 28 at Knight Theater.

MICHAEL MCDONALD SEASON OF PEACE, HOLIDAY & HITS: The five-time Grammy Award winner performs beloved classics and songs of his new Christmas album. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 28. Knight Theater. $30, $49.50, $64.50, $79.50, $99.50, $179; meet and greet tickets are $279. carolinatix.org.

Galleries

Landscapes by John Beerman are on view through Nov. 24 at Anne Neilson Fine Art.

Landscapes by John Beerman are on view through Nov. 24 at Anne Neilson Fine Art.

ANNE NEILSON FINE ART: Through Nov. 24: Renewed Wonder: Studios Into the Landscape, recent paintings by John Beerman. 532 Governor Morrison Street. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. 704-496-9181; anneneilsonfineart.

The multi-disciplinary exhibition  Vicarious  is at Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art from Nov. 1 through Jan. 5, 2019.

The multi-disciplinary exhibition Vicarious is at Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art from Nov. 1 through Jan. 5, 2019.

ELDER GALLERY OF CONTEMPORARY ART: Through Oct. 27: Evolution, paintings by Susan Brenner and Chase Langford. Nov. 1-Jan. 5, 2019: Vicarious, a multi-disciplinary exhibition featuring paintings by San Francisco-based Dan Bayless; drawings and paintings by Charlotte-based artist and Army veteran Will Bosbyshell; glass work by Pomona, California-based artist and Vietnam veteran Michael Aschenbrenner,; prints, objects and sculpture by Drew Cameron; installation work by Charlotte-based artist and Navy veteran Suje Garcia; a documentary produced by Susie Films; a virtual reality project produced by Army veteran Paula Kranz Broadwell; and artworks from graduates of the Chicago-based CreatiVets Program. Part of exhibit sales go to Veterans Bridge Home. 1520 S. Tryon St. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.704-370-6337; www.eldergalleryclt.com.

Street Space, Embracing the History of Street Art & Culture  is on view through Dec. 1 at New Gallery of Modern Art.

Street Space, Embracing the History of Street Art & Culture is on view through Dec. 1 at New Gallery of Modern Art.

NEW GALLERY OF MODERN ART: Through Dec. 1: Street Space, Embracing the History of Street Art & Culture featuring works by Daniel Arkham, Jose Aurelio Baez, Christopher Chan, Jesse Choring, Seth Clark, Steven Firenze, Freehand Profit, Blaine Hurdle, Hnin Nie, Odriewgo, Christophe Roberts, David Rosenstraus, Grace Stott, Swoon, Dammit Wesley, Bryan Wilson and Stephen Wilson.  435 S. Tryon St., Suite 110. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 704-373-1464; www.newgalleryofmodernart.com. 

Interiors,  an exhibit of works by Damian Stamer, is on view through Nov. 9 at Soco Gallery.

Interiors, an exhibit of works by Damian Stamer, is on view through Nov. 9 at Soco Gallery.

SOCO GALLERY: Through Nov. 9: Interiors, works by Damian Stamer. 421 Providence Road. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 980-498-2811; www.soco-gallery.com. 

Coming Up

The 64th annual Singing Christmas Tree Dec. 8-9 uptown is billed as a Big Band Bash.

The 64th annual Singing Christmas Tree Dec. 8-9 uptown is billed as a Big Band Bash.

THE 64TH ANNUAL SINGING CHRISTMAS TREE: This Charlotte holiday tradition features The MainStage Choir performing favorite Christmas songs in a 32-foot tall Christmas tree. This year’s production has a Jazz twist with accompaniment by the all-star Big Band, plus the Miller Street Dance Academy. 3 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8, 4 p.m. Dec. 9. Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts, 430 S. Tryon St. $26-$45. carolinavoices.org.

The National Ballet Theatre of Odessa performs the classic ballet  The Sleeping Beauty  for one night only on Dec. 19 at Knight Theater.

The National Ballet Theatre of Odessa performs the classic ballet The Sleeping Beauty for one night only on Dec. 19 at Knight Theater.

THE SLEEPING BEAUTY: The National Ballet Theatre of Odessa and its 55 dancers perform a full-scale production of Tchaikovsky’s classic for one night only. 7:30 p.m. Dec 19. Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts, 430 S. Tryon St. $40-$60. blumenthalarts.org.

CROWN JEWELS BALL: Cugat Club is the theme of this year’s gala fundraiser for Charlotte Concerts. Gala chair is Clair Campbell. Feb. 9, 2019 at Quail Hollow Club. Tickets are $275. www.charlotteconcerts.org.


















OCTOBER EVENTS

Historic Wing Haven’s annual Fall Sale is open to the public Oct. 4, 5 & 6.

Historic Wing Haven’s annual Fall Sale is open to the public Oct. 4, 5 & 6.

FALL PLANT SALE: Wing Haven’s Fall Sale features locally sourced tried-and-true, rare and unusual plants. Nursery volunteers will be on-hand to answer your gardening questions. And you can take a piece of Wing Haven home by purchasing something special from the Legacy Plants Collections propagated from Wing Haven’s historic gardens. There’’s also a pop-up gift shop with unique items crafted by local artists. Members Day is 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 3. Public days are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 4, 5 & 6. Wing Haven, 260 Ridgewood Avenue. www.winghavegardens.org.

The must-see  African Print Fashion Now  exhibit runs Oct. 7, 2018 through April 28, 2019 at the Mint Museum Randolph.

The must-see African Print Fashion Now exhibit runs Oct. 7, 2018 through April 28, 2019 at the Mint Museum Randolph.

AFRICAN PRINT FASHION NOW: This exhibition introduces visitors to a dynamic and diverse dress tradition and the increasingly interconnected fashion worlds that it inhabits. View garments created by local seamstresses and tailors across the continent; international runway fashions designed by Africa’s newest generation of couturiers; and boundary-breaking, transinational and youth styles favored in Africa’s urban centers. All feature the colorful, boldly designed, manufactured cotton textiles that have come to be known as African-print cloth. Oct. 7, 2018 through April 28, 2019. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road. Museum hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday and Tuesday. Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for college students and seniors 65 and older; $6 for children 5-7; free for 4 and younger. www.mintmuseum.org.

The smash Broadway musical Hamilton is being performed Oct. 10-Nov. 4 at Belk Theater.

The smash Broadway musical Hamilton is being performed Oct. 10-Nov. 4 at Belk Theater.

HAMILTON: The smash Broadway hit comes to Charlotte. It’s based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary.  Book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The score blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, Oct. 10-Nov. 4. Belk Theater at Blumenthal Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. Tickets: $154-$599. www.blumenthalarts.org.

Charlotte Ballet’s Fall Works includes a celebration of the centennial of Jerome Robbins. Performances are Oct. 11-13 at Knight Theater.

Charlotte Ballet’s Fall Works includes a celebration of the centennial of Jerome Robbins. Performances are Oct. 11-13 at Knight Theater.

CHARLOTTE BALLET: The Fall Works production is a triple bill that celebrates the centennial of two landmark artists – Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins – introduces Charlotte to French Choreographer Medhi Walerski and premieres a new work by Sasha Janes. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11-12; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. $25-$95. www.charlotteballet.com.

Emanuel Ax, one of the greatest pianists of our time, performs Oct. 18 at Halton Theater at Central Piedmont Community College.

Emanuel Ax, one of the greatest pianists of our time, performs Oct. 18 at Halton Theater at Central Piedmont Community College.

EMANUEL AX: Charlotte Concerts presents this concert by world-renowned pianist Emanuel Ax, considered to be one of the great pianists of our day. Oct. 18 at Halton Theater at Central Piedmont Community College. Pre-concert lecture begins at 6:40 p..m. in Tate Hall; the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. $65 and $55. www.charlotteconcerts.org.

Support artists who’ve experienced homelessness during the ArtWorks 945 Annual Art Show on Oct. 20.

Support artists who’ve experienced homelessness during the ArtWorks 945 Annual Art Show on Oct. 20.

ARTWORKS 945 ANNUAL ART SHOW; This fundraiser for Urban Ministry Center and the homeless men and women it helps features works by artists who have experienced homelessness with 50 percent of the proceeds going to the artists and 50 percent to ArtWorks 945/Urban Ministry Center. 4-7 p.m. Oct. 20. 945 N. College St. www.urbanministrycenter.org.

The fantastic underwater images of photographic team David Doublet and Jennifer Hayes are part of  National Geographic Live! Coral Kingdoms  on Oct. 23 at McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square.

The fantastic underwater images of photographic team David Doublet and Jennifer Hayes are part of National Geographic Live! Coral Kingdoms on Oct. 23 at McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LIVE! CORAL KINGDOMS: Follow along as photographic team David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes dive deep into the unknown of our ocean, which covers 70 percent of our planet and yet remains a mostly fragile frontier. Experience the tropical marine waters of Papua New Guinea, Philippines, and Indonesia, see the vast 1800 miles of The Great Barrier Reef, and learn how Cuba’s reefs thrive due to political isolation. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23. McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square. $19.50, $29.50 and $39.50. www.blumenthalarts.org.

Put on your best black and white formal attire for the inaugural Pumpkin Charity Ball fundraiser on Oct. 26 at Ballantyne Hotel.

Put on your best black and white formal attire for the inaugural Pumpkin Charity Ball fundraiser on Oct. 26 at Ballantyne Hotel.

PUMPKIN CHARITY BALL: This inaugural fundraiser is a black-and-white formal event sponsored by the Isabella Santos Foundation to support Atrium Health’s Levine Children’s Hospital. 7-11 p.m. Oct. 26. Ballantyne Hotel. $150. isabellasantosfoundation.org.

The Charlotte Symphony Pops performs music from  Phantom of the Opera  and other Broadway hits Oct. 26-27 at Knight Theater.

The Charlotte Symphony Pops performs music from Phantom of the Opera and other Broadway hits Oct. 26-27 at Knight Theater.

CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY POPS: The orchestra performs a program of Broadway hits titled The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and More. It includes musical numbers from Chicago, Frozen, Phantom of the Opera and Cats. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26-27. Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts. Tickets start at $19. charlotte symphony.org.

Guests at a previous Pink Boots Ball. This year’s fundraiser for Carolina Breast Friends is Oct. 27 at the Ritz-Carlton.

Guests at a previous Pink Boots Ball. This year’s fundraiser for Carolina Breast Friends is Oct. 27 at the Ritz-Carlton.

PINK BOOTS BALL: Puttin’ On The Ritz is the theme of this year’s Pink Boots Ball, a fundraiser for Carolina Breast Friends. Proceeds support the nonprofit’s mission of helping women during every stage of their breast cancer journey - from diagnosis, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatments, living with metastasis, remission; or the fear of recurrence - through encouragement, information, and assistance. Oct. 27 at the Ritz-Carlton. Cocktails at 6:30 p.m.; dinner at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $225. www.carolinabreastfriends.org.

Dress as your favorite music legend for the Duke Mansion Preservation Society’s annual fundraiser on Oct. 27.

Dress as your favorite music legend for the Duke Mansion Preservation Society’s annual fundraiser on Oct. 27.

LEGENDS OF MUSIC COSTUME PARTY: Dress as your favorite music legend from any musical era during the Duke Mansion’s annual Halloween fundraiser. Always one of the most fun parties of the year, guests will come to together to rock out and support the historic site’s Preservation Society. Dance to the Music of Hey DJ!, visit the "Rat Pack Lounge" where you are the karaoke star, play over-sized outdoor games, participate in a silent auction and enjoy food and drinks from Executive Chef Harrison Booth. 8 p.m. until on Oct. 27 at Duke Mansion, 400 Hermitage Road. $75. For tickets and more details, click here.

Galleries

Landscapes by John Beerman are on view Oct. 25-Nov. 24 at Anne Neilson Fine Art.

Landscapes by John Beerman are on view Oct. 25-Nov. 24 at Anne Neilson Fine Art.

ANNE NEILSON FINE ART: Oct. 25-Nov. 24: Renewed Wonder: Studios Into the Landscape, recent paintings by John Beerman. 532 Governor Morrison Street. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. 704-496-9181; anneneilsonfineart.

The multi-disciplinary exhibition Vicarious is at Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art from Nov. 1 through Jan. 5, 2019.

The multi-disciplinary exhibition Vicarious is at Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art from Nov. 1 through Jan. 5, 2019.

ELDER GALLERY OF CONTEMPORARY ART: Through Oct. 27: Evolution, paintings by Susan Brenner and Chase Langford. Nov. 1-Jan. 5, 2019: Vicarious, a multi-disciplinary exhibition featuring paintings by San Francisco-based Dan Bayless; drawings and paintings by Charlotte-based artist and Army veteran Will Bosbyshell; glass work by Pomona, California-based artist and Vietnam veteran Michael Aschenbrenner,; prints, objects and sculpture by Drew Cameron; installation work by Charlotte-based artist and Navy veteran Suje Garcia; a documentary produced by Susie Films; a virtual reality project produced by Army veteran Paula Kranz Broadwell; and artworks from graduates of the Chicago-based CreatiVets Program. Part of exhibit sales go to Veterans Bridge Home. 1520 S. Tryon St. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.704-370-6337; www.eldergalleryclt.com.

Street Space, Embracing the History of Street Art & Culture  is on view Oct. 24-Dec. 1 at New Gallery of Modern Art.

Street Space, Embracing the History of Street Art & Culture is on view Oct. 24-Dec. 1 at New Gallery of Modern Art.

NEW GALLERY OF MODERN ART: Oct. 24-Dec. 1: Street Space, Embracing the History of Street Art & Culture featuring works by Daniel Arkham, Jose Aurelio Baez, Christopher Chan, Jesse Choring, Seth Clark, Steven Firenze, Freehand Profit, Blaine Hurdle, Hnin Nie, Odriewgo, Christophe Roberts, David Rosenstraus, Grace Stott, Swoon, Dammit Wesley, Bryan Wilson and Stephen Wilson.  435 S. Tryon St., Suite 110. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 704-373-1464; www.newgalleryofmodernart.com. 

Interiors,  an exhibit of works by Damian Stamer, is on view through Nov. 9 at Soco Gallery.

Interiors, an exhibit of works by Damian Stamer, is on view through Nov. 9 at Soco Gallery.

SOCO GALLERY: Through Nov. 9: Interiors, works by Damian Stamer. 421 Providence Road. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 980-498-2811; www.soco-gallery.com. 





Coming Up

Five New York Times best-selling authors are part of Verse & Vino, a Nov. 1 fundraiser for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation.

Five New York Times best-selling authors are part of Verse & Vino, a Nov. 1 fundraiser for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation.

VERSE & VINO: An evening of food, wine, and conversation with five New York Times best-selling authors to raise funds for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation. The featured authors and their new releases are: Elliot Ackerman, Waiting for Eden; Lou Berney, November Road; Casey Gerald, There Will Be No Miracles Here; Paula McLain, Love and Ruin; Julia Reed, South Toward Home. 6-9:30 p.m. Nov. 1. Charlotte Convention Center., 501 S. College St. $150. www.foundation.cmlibrary.org.

Raise money for Dress For Success while helping them clear out space during the nonprofit’s Inventory Reduction Event on Nov. 3.

Raise money for Dress For Success while helping them clear out space during the nonprofit’s Inventory Reduction Event on Nov. 3.

INVENTORY REDUCTION EVENT: Surplus women’s suits, sweaters, dresses and shoes will be for sale to make room for new inventory at this fundraiser. Only cash in bills $20 or less and credit/debit cards will be accepted. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 3. Dress For Success Boutique & Career Transformation Center, 500-A Clanton Road. charlotte.dressforsuccess.org.

Opera Carolina presents Daughter of the Regiment Nov. 10, 15 and 18 at Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.

Opera Carolina presents Daughter of the Regiment Nov. 10, 15 and 18 at Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.

DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT: Opera Caroline presents Donizetti’s opera that actually has a happy ending. It tells the story of a spirited young orphan raised by a French army regiment who must chose between love and social status. 8 p.m. Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 and 2 p.m. Nov. 18. Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. Tickets: $22-$157. www.operacarolina.org.

Legendary comedian John Cleese comes to Ovens Auditorium on Nov. 19.

Legendary comedian John Cleese comes to Ovens Auditorium on Nov. 19.

AN EVENING WITH JOHN CLEESE: An evening of comedy with the legendary star of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Fawlty Towers and A Fish Called Wanda. 7 p.m. Nov. 19. Ovens Auditorium, www.ovensauditorium.com.

HOLIDAYS AT THE GARDEN: This annual light display has become a tradition for families. New this year is a musically-orchestrated topiary display in the Four Season’s Garden and the lights of fire and ice in the perennial gardens have been extended. There’s also an expanded Department 56 Dickens Village. Santa will be available for for pictures on select nights for an additional fee. Nov. 23-Jan. 6 (except Christmas Day). Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Adult tickets are $12.95 to $16.95. dsbg.org.

The 64th annual Singing Christmas Tree Dec. 8-9 uptown is billed as a Big Band Bash.

The 64th annual Singing Christmas Tree Dec. 8-9 uptown is billed as a Big Band Bash.

THE 64TH ANNUAL SINGING CHRISTMAS TREE: This Charlotte holiday tradition features The MainStage Choir performing favorite Christmas songs in a 32-foot tall Christmas tree. This year’s production has a Jazz twist with accompaniment by the all-star Big Band, plus the Miller Street Dance Academy. 3 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8, 4 p.m. Dec. 9. Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts, 430 S. Tryon St. $26-$45. carolinavoices.org.

The National Ballet Theatre of Odessa performs the classic ballet  The Sleeping Beauty  for one night only on Dec. 19 at Knight Theater.

The National Ballet Theatre of Odessa performs the classic ballet The Sleeping Beauty for one night only on Dec. 19 at Knight Theater.

THE SLEEPING BEAUTY: The National Ballet Theatre of Odessa and its 55 dancers perform a full-scale production of Tchaikovsky’s classic for one night only. 7:30 p.m. Dec 19. Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts, 430 S. Tryon St. $40-$60. blumenthalarts.org.

CROWN JEWELS BALL: Cugat Club is the theme of this year’s gala fundraiser for Charlotte Concerts. Gala chair is Clair Campbell. Feb. 9, 2019 at Quail Hollow Club. Tickets are $275. www.charlotteconcerts.org.

SEPTEMBER EVENTS

Celebrate Greek culture at the annual Yiasou Greek Festival Sept. 6-9.

Celebrate Greek culture at the annual Yiasou Greek Festival Sept. 6-9.

Yiasou Greek Festival: Celebrate Greek culture and its food, art and entertainment at this annual event. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 6; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 7-8; noon.-8 p.m. Sept. 9. Admission is $3; free for 12 and younger. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral. www.yiasoufestival.org. 

The 54th annual Festival in the Park is Sept. 21-23 at Freedom Park.  Photo courtesy of Tom Schellin Photography.

The 54th annual Festival in the Park is Sept. 21-23 at Freedom Park. Photo courtesy of Tom Schellin Photography.

Festival In The Park: It's the 54th year for this Charlotte tradition that features artists, concessions and entertainment around the lake at Freedom Park. Free. Hours are 4-9:30 p.m. Sept. 21; 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sept. 22; and 11-6 p.m. Sept. 23. www.festivalinthepark.

Galleries

Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art: Through Sept. 4: The Fine Art of Pop. www.eldergalleryclt.com.

New Gallery of Modern Art: 435 S. Tryon St., Suite 110. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 704-373-1464; www.newgalleryofmodernart.com. 

Juan Logan's  Long Silence  exhibit is on view through Sept. 14 at Soco Gallery.

Juan Logan's Long Silence exhibit is on view through Sept. 14 at Soco Gallery.

Soco Gallery: 421 Providence Road. Through Sept. 14: Long Silence, new works by N.C. artist Juan Logan showcasing his mixed media creations. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 980-498-2811; www.soco-gallery.com. 

AUGUST EVENTS

The Duke Mansion's Summer Cocktail Series continues through August. 

The Duke Mansion's Summer Cocktail Series continues through August. 

Summer Cocktail Series: Gather your friends for summer cocktails at Duke Mansion and stroll through the gorgeous gardens. 5-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday through August. Duke Mansion, 400 Hermitage Road. 704-714-4400. www.dukemansion.com.

Radio personality Ramona Holloway and her mother, Weezie, host the Mother Daughter Look-A-Like Contest at 2 p.m. Aug. 26. It's one of the many highlights of the Southern Women's Show, which runs Aug. 24-26 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

Radio personality Ramona Holloway and her mother, Weezie, host the Mother Daughter Look-A-Like Contest at 2 p.m. Aug. 26. It's one of the many highlights of the Southern Women's Show, which runs Aug. 24-26 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

Southern Women's Show: Charlotte's most popular weekend for women features shopping, fashion shows, gourmet treats, health and beauty ideas, celebrity guests and more. Highlights include a Literary Panel hosted by Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation Executive Director Jenni Gaisbauer with authors Kimmery Martin, Kathy Izard, Helen Kimbrough and Kathie Collins (noon-1 p.m. Aug. 24); the hot Firefighter Fashion Show at 5 p.m. Aug. 24 emceed by WBTV's Molly Grantham; an appearance by Savannah Chrisly from the reality TV show Chrisly Knows Best at 1 p.m. Aug. 25 (a special VIP meet-and-greet with Savannah is available at 11:45 and costs $35); a chance to meet bestselling author and actor Keegan Allen from Pretty Little Liars at noon Aug. 26 (tickets for special book signing and autograph packages are available online); and a  Mother Daughter Look-A-Like Contest hosted by radio personality Ramona Holloway and her mother Weezie (2 p.m. Aug. 26); Show hours are  10 a.m.-7 p.m. Aug. 24 and Aug. 25; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 26. Charlotte Convention Center Hall A.  Admission is $12 at the door (advance tickets available for $10 at Walgreen's stores); teachers, staff and military get in free with valid ID; a three-day pass is $15; $6 for ages 6-12; children 5 and younger get in free with a paying adult. www.southernshows.com.

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Great Gatsby Gala: Guests will be transported back to the Roaring 20s at this 30th anniversary of this gala to benefit the National MS Society's Greater Carolina's Chapter's mission of creating a world free of MS. There's a live orchestra, swing dancing, heavy hors d' oeuvres and desserts from some of Charlotte's most celebrated restaurants, wine, beer, a silent auction and more. 7-11 p.m. Aug. 25. Hilton Charlotte Center City, 222 E Third St. Attire is Gatsby-inspired or black tie. General admission is $125; VIP is $250. Details: www.nationalmssociety.org.

Galleries

Black Blooded  is on view through August at New Gallery of Modern Art.

Black Blooded is on view through August at New Gallery of Modern Art.

New Gallery of Modern Art: On view through August: Black Blooded, an exhibit of talented artists of the African diaspora. 435 S. Tryon St., Suite 110. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 704-373-1464; www.newgalleryofmodernart.com. 

Juan Logan's  Long Silence  exhibit is on view through Sept. 14 at Soco Gallery.

Juan Logan's Long Silence exhibit is on view through Sept. 14 at Soco Gallery.

Soco Gallery: Aug. 1-Sept. 14: Long Silence, works by Juan Logan. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 421 Providence Road. Details: 980-498-2811; www.soco-gallery.com. 

SUMMER READING LIST

With summer in full swing, we asked Park Road Books owner Sally Brewster to share her top picks for the best books to read now. (Click here to check out her husband and fellow book lover Frazer Dobson's favorites in the Men's section.)

Here are Sally's favorites: 

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Last Cruise by Kate Christensen (Doubleday Books, $26.95). "The vintage ocean liner Queen Isabella is making it’s final run on a two week retro cruise from Long Beach to Hawaii and what happens is a fantastic read for those us landlubbers. A great book that straddles the line between a beach read and literary fiction."

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Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata (Grove Press, $20). "A unique, compelling read about a Japanese woman who starts working in a convenience store in college and still works there eighteen years later. Learn why it sold 600,000 copies in Japan."

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Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang (Berkley, $15). "Stella is smart enough to come up with algorithms to predict customer behavior but she has problems in the dating department. Being extremely logical, she decides to get professional help and hires an escort. Light and fun."

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Calypso by David Sedaris (Little Brown, $28) "Who else can make essays about mortality and middle age funny but David Sedaris? Poignant but funny works of art about his family and the vacation home he buys on the Carolina coast."

Sally also recommends these two great sequels:

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When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger (Simon & Schuster, $26.95) follows up on her bestselling The Devil Wears Prada by catching up with one of the characters 10 years later. 

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How Hard Can it Be by Allison Pearson (St. Martin’s Press, $27.99) continues from her bestseller I Don’t Know How She Does It, but this time her protagonist is going through menopause. 

 

JULY EVENTS

Enjoy patriotic music and fireworks at the Charlotte Symphony's  Celebrate America!  concert on July 1 at 8:15 p.m.

Enjoy patriotic music and fireworks at the Charlotte Symphony's Celebrate America! concert on July 1 at 8:15 p.m.

Celebrate America!: Join the Charlotte Symphony for a night of patriotic favorites including Sousa marches, "America the Beautiful" and the Armed Forces Medley followed by fireworks. 8:15 p.m. July 1 at Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall. Tickets available at Symphony Park beginning at 4 p.m.; gates open at 5 p.m. Tickets: $20 adults, $7 ages 13-18, free for 12 and younger. www.charlottesymphony.org.

Doncaster Liquidation: Thousands of spring and summer garments for sale in missy, petite and plus sizes. All sales final. In-store only. July 6-21. Tanner Warehouse, 581 Rock Road, Rutherfordton. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 

Blues, Brews & BBQ: This second annual event features music, local beer and BBQ. 12:30 p.m.-3 p.m. July 14. Trilogy at Lake Norman. www.trilogylife.com/lakenorman.

The 24 Hours of Booty fundraiser begins July 27 at 7 p.m. and ends July 28 at 7 p.m.  

The 24 Hours of Booty fundraiser begins July 27 at 7 p.m. and ends July 28 at 7 p.m.  

24 Hours of Booty: The 17th annual 24-hour event on the 3-mile Booty Loop runs through the Myers Park Neighborhood.  The community event hosts over 1,200 riders and 200 walkers raising funds for the Levine Cancer Institute, Levine Children’s Hospital, the LIVESTRONGFoundation and Queen’s University. It starts at 7 p.m. July 27 and ends at 7 p.m. July 28. www.24foundation.org.

The Glamour & Romance of Oscar de la Renta  exhibit at the Mint Museum Randolph has been extended through August 19. 

The Glamour & Romance of Oscar de la Renta exhibit at the Mint Museum Randolph has been extended through August 19. 

The Glamour & Romance of Oscar de la Renta: An exhibit of sketches, photos and gown spanning four decades of historical and contemporary fashions from Oscar de la Renta Curated by Andre Leon Talley in collaboration with the House of Oscar de la Renta. Exhibit extended through August 19. Hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesdays (closed July 4); 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 1-5 p.m. Sundays; closed Mondays and Tuesdays. $15; $10 for seniors and students. www.mintmuseum.org. 

Galleries

Anne Neilson Fine Art: Chromatic Shift, a compilation of colorful works from different view points and medium, is on view through July 27. Featured artists include Marcy Gregg, Jeff Erickson, Audrey Stone, Michael Barringer, Ken Tate and Joe Vinson. The Shops at Morrison,
532 Governor Morrison Street, Suite C-110. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. 704-496-9181; www.anneneilsonfineart.com.

The  Black Blooded  exhibit is on view through August at New Gallery of Modern Art.

The Black Blooded exhibit is on view through August at New Gallery of Modern Art.

New Gallery of Modern Art: On view through August: Black Blooded, an exhibit of talented artists of the African diaspora. 435 S. Tryon St., Suite 110. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 704-373-1464; www.newgalleryofmodernart.com. 

Works by Liz Nielsen are on view through July 27 at Soco Gallery. 

Works by Liz Nielsen are on view through July 27 at Soco Gallery. 

Soco Gallery: Through July 27: Tracing the Azimuth, works by Liz Nielsen. Aug. 1-Sept. 14: Long Silence, works by Juan Logan. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 421 Providence Road. Details: 980-498-2811; www.soco-gallery.com. 

Coming Soon

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Great Gatsby Gala: Guests will be transported back to the Roaring 20s at this 30th anniversary of this gala to benefit the National MS Society's Greater Carolina's Chapter's mission of creating a world free of MS. There's a live orchestra, swing dancing, heavy hors d' oeuvres and desserts from some of Charlotte's most celebrated restaurants, wine, beer, a silent auction and more. 7-11 p.m. Aug. 25. Hilton Charlotte Center City, 222 E Third St. Attire is Gatsby-inspired or black tie. General admission is $125; VIP is $250. Details: www.nationalmssociety.org.

THE O REPORT MAGAZINE WINS PRESTIGIOUS AWARD

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The O Report magazine (Vol. 1) has won an Award of Distinction in the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA) 2018 Communicator Awards. The magazine is an annual compilation of the best content from The O Report website and is produced and designed by Charlotte-based Spark Publications.

Founded over two decades ago, the Communicator Awards is an annual competition honoring the best in advertising, corporate communications, public relations, and identity work for print, video, interactive, and audio. 

Communicator Award winners are hand-selected by AIVA members including executives from organizations such as Airtype Studio, Big Spaceship, Conde Nast, Coach, Disney, The Ellen Degeneres Show, Estee Lauder, Fry Hammond Barr, Lockheed Martin, MTV Networks, Pitney Bowes, rabble+rouser, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Time, Inc, Victoria’s Secret, Wired, and Yahoo. 

The Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA) is an assembly of leading professionals dedicated to recognizing the rapidly evolving nature of traditional and interactive media. It has a diverse group of 600+ members from all 50 states and 15 countries worldwide, AIVA’s mission is to honor, promote and encourage creativity by providing a benchmark standard of excellence for evaluating media design, production and distribution.

 

JUNE EVENTS

O Fourteena is the theme of the 14th annual Charlotte Squawks runs through June 24 at Booth Playhouse.

O Fourteena is the theme of the 14th annual Charlotte Squawks runs through June 24 at Booth Playhouse.

Charlotte Squawks: Saturday Night Live meets Broadway during the fourteenth edition of Squawks. Creative team Mike Collins and Brian Kahn collaborate with the area's most talented performers  to make fun of pop-culture, sports, life and politics both local and national. 7:30 p.m. May 31; 8 p.m. June 1-2; 7:30 p.m. June 5-7; 8 p.m. June 8-9; 7:30 p.m. June 12-14; 8 p.m. June 15; 2 and 8 p.m. June 16; 7:30 p.m. June 19-21; 8 p.m. June 22; 2 and 8 p.m. June 23; 3 p.m. June 24. Booth Playhouse in the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Tickets start at $24.50: 704-372-1000; www.carolinatix.org.

The Party Parrot Band, a Jimmy Buffett tribute band, performs at SummerFest on June 9 at Trilogy Lake Norman.

The Party Parrot Band, a Jimmy Buffett tribute band, performs at SummerFest on June 9 at Trilogy Lake Norman.

SummerFest: Head to the tropics when Jimmy Buffett tribute band Party Parrot Band performs at Trilogy Lake Norman, a 55 + community from Shea homes that's west of Lake Norman. Noon-3 p.m. June 9. www.trilogylife.com/lakenorman..

Harry Connick Jr. brings his  A New Orleans Tricentennial Celebration  tour to Belk Theater June 11-12. 

Harry Connick Jr. brings his A New Orleans Tricentennial Celebration tour to Belk Theater June 11-12. 

Harry Connick Jr.: The Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award-Winning singer, pianist and composer brings his A New Orleans Tricentennial Celebration tour to Charlotte. 7:30 p.m. June 11-12. Belk Theater at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. $25, $49.50, $84.50, $109.50 and $225. Tickets: www.blumenthalarts.org; 704-372-1000. 

Bonterra Executive Chef Blake Hartwick will prepare a five-course meal June 13 for Taste of Bonterra.

Bonterra Executive Chef Blake Hartwick will prepare a five-course meal June 13 for Taste of Bonterra.

Taste of Bonterra: Carolina Panthers Coach Ron Rivera and his wife, Stephanie, host this evening of fine dining, wine and mingling. Chef Blake Hartwick of Bonterra will prepare a five-course dinner. There are live and silent auctions featuring signed football memorabilia. Auctioneers are Morgan Fogarty and Derek James of WCCB-TV. Proceeds benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. 6-9 p.m. June 13. VIP tickets are sold out. General Tickets are $500 (includes two tickets for general dinner seating). www.secondharvestmetrolina.org. 

Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen will interview each other and take questions from the audience on June 15 at Belk Theater.

Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen will interview each other and take questions from the audience on June 15 at Belk Theater.

An Intimate Evening With Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen: Journalist Anderson Cooper of CNN and Bravo TVs Andy Cohen take the stage to talk about their lives and current events in news and popular culture. 8 p.m. June 15. Belk Theater in the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center uptown. Tickets: $69.50, $79.50; $105; and $350. VIP Package includes premium seating: a Meet and Greet with Anderson and Andy; and a chance to have your picture made with them. 704-372-1000; www.carolinatix.org. 

Sister Sledge performs June 16 at a fundraiser for Vision for Israel.

Sister Sledge performs June 16 at a fundraiser for Vision for Israel.

Sister Sledge: Following the 2017 death of their sister Joni, sisters Debbie and Kim continue to perform as Sister Sledge, the Grammy-nominated singers behind hits including We Are Family and He's The Greatest Dancer.They'll headline this fundraiser for Vision for Israel. 7 p.m. June 16. The River Place, 8400 Regent Parkway, Fort Mill, S.C. $49. Tickets: www.sistersledgecharlotte.eventbrite.com; 1-866-351-0075. 

An evening ensemble from Oscar de la Renta, one of the gowns that's part of  The Glamour & Romance of Oscar de la Renta  exhibit at the Mint Museum Randolph. It's on view through July 29.

An evening ensemble from Oscar de la Renta, one of the gowns that's part of The Glamour & Romance of Oscar de la Renta exhibit at the Mint Museum Randolph. It's on view through July 29.

The Glamour & Romance of Oscar de la Renta: An exhibit of sketches, photos and gown spanning four decades of historical and contemporary fashions from Oscar de la Renta Curated by Andre Leon Talley in collaboration with the House of Oscar de la Renta. On exhibit through July 29. Hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesdays; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 1-5 p.m. Sundays; closed Mondays and Tuesdays. $15; $10 for seniors and students. www.mintmuseum.org. 

Coming Up

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Great Gatsby Gala: Guests will be transported back to the Roaring 20s at this 30th anniversary of this gala to benefit the National MS Society's Greater Carolina's Chapter's mission of creating a world free of MS. There's a live orchestra, swing dancing, heavy hors d' oeuvres and desserts from some of Charlotte's most celebrated restaurants, wine, beer, a silent auction and more. 7-11 p.m. Aug. 25. Hilton Charlotte Center City, 222 E Third St. Attire is Gatsby-inspired or black tie. General admission is $125; VIP is $250. Details: www.nationalmssociety.org.

MAY EVENTS

An evening ensemble from Oscar de la Renta, one of the gowns that's part of  The Glamour & Romance of Oscar de la Renta  exhibit at the Mint Museum Randolph. It's on view through July 29.

An evening ensemble from Oscar de la Renta, one of the gowns that's part of The Glamour & Romance of Oscar de la Renta exhibit at the Mint Museum Randolph. It's on view through July 29.

The Glamour & Romance of Oscar de la Renta: An exhibit of sketches, photos and gown spanning four decades of historical and contemporary fashions from Oscar de la Renta Curated by Andre Leon Talley in collaboration with the House of Oscar de la Renta. On exhibit through July 29. Hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesdays; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 1-5 p.m. Sundays; closed Mondays and Tuesdays. $15; $10 for seniors and students. www.mintmuseum.org. 

Unstoppable  by Vesela Baker is one of the works on view through June 1 at the  Botanica  exhibit at Anne Neilson Fine Art.

Unstoppable by Vesela Baker is one of the works on view through June 1 at the Botanica exhibit at Anne Neilson Fine Art.

Botanica: In celebration of its 4th anniversary, Anne Neilson Fine Art is showcasing an exhibit of works by Jhina Alvarado, Vesela Baker, Caroline Boykin, Paige Follmann, Pam Moxley, Vikki Stockton, Eliza Thomas and Nick Veasey. On view through June 1. Anne Neilson Fine Art, 532 Governor Morrison Street, Suite 100. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. 704-496-9181. www.anneneilsonfineart.com.

One of the beautifully decorated tables at last year's Festival of Tables. The 2018 fundraiser hosted by the Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary is May 3 at the Sheraton. 

One of the beautifully decorated tables at last year's Festival of Tables. The 2018 fundraiser hosted by the Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary is May 3 at the Sheraton. 

Festival of Tables: A luncheon, silent auction, display of decorated tables and inspirational talk. Proceeds benefit the Pathway of Hope program at the Salvation Army Center of Hope and college scholarships for youth at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte. Mistress of Ceremonies is Moira Quinn; keynote speaker is Jane McIntyre. 10 a.m. May 3. Sheraton hotel on South McDowell Street. $55. www.salvationarmycharlotte.org. 

Counselor and comedian David Granirer is the speaker at a May 3 event presented by HopeWay.

Counselor and comedian David Granirer is the speaker at a May 3 event presented by HopeWay.

Stand Up For Mental Health: HopeWay's annual George C. Covington Educational Event features speaker David Granirer, a counselor and stand-up comic. David, who himself has depression, promotes laughter as an important form of therapy for those struggling with mental illness. 7:30 p.m. May 3. McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square. $20; $15 for students. 704-372-1000; www.carolinatix.org. HopeWay is a nonprofit residential mental health facility. Details: www.hopewayfoundation.org.

The Wing Haven Gardeners' Garden Tour is May 5-6. 

The Wing Haven Gardeners' Garden Tour is May 5-6. 

Wing Haven Gardeners' Garden Tour: Visit beautiful and unique gardens with expert residents on hand at each site. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 5; 1-4 p.m. May 6. Day-of-tour tickets are $35 at Wng Haven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary, 248 Ridgewood Avenue. Proceeds benefit Wing Haven gardens, its programs and educational outreach. 704-331-0664; www.winghavengardens.com.

Reenactors will demonstrate what life was like for Allied and Axis troops during a historic reenactment May 5-6 at Latta Plantation. 

Reenactors will demonstrate what life was like for Allied and Axis troops during a historic reenactment May 5-6 at Latta Plantation. 

World War II Historic Reenactment: Reenactors will show what the lives of Allied and Axis troops were like during WWII. Battle reenactment each day at 2 p.m. There are also food vendors, self-guided tours and a chance to visit with the reenactors. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 5-6 at Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road. $9; $8 for 62 and up and students; free for 5 and younger. 704-875-2312; www.lattaplantation.org.

Photographer Jim Hoffman is one of the artists participating in the Kings Drive Art Walk May 5-6.   www.hofmannphoto.com.

Photographer Jim Hoffman is one of the artists participating in the Kings Drive Art Walk May 5-6. www.hofmannphoto.com.

Kings Drive Art Walk: Paintings, jewelry, watercolors, glass, clay, sculpture from artists around the country will be on display along the Little Sugar Creek Greenway near uptown. There's also food, jazz and strolling musicians. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. May 5; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. May 6. Little Sugar Creek Greenway. www.kingsdriveartwalk.org. 

The World Affairs Council of Charlotte honors Pat Rodgers as its 2018 World Citizen during a black tie celebration on May 8. 

The World Affairs Council of Charlotte honors Pat Rodgers as its 2018 World Citizen during a black tie celebration on May 8. 

World Citizen Award Dinner: The World Affairs Council of Charlotte honors Pat Rodgers, president and CEO of Rodgers Builders, as its 2018 World Citizen. May 8 at the Hilton Charlotte Center City. Reception 6-7 p.m.; dinner and celebration 7:15-9 p.m. $175 (general reception and dinner; $250 VIP reception and dinner). Sold Out. Call 704-687-7762 to be placed on the wait list. www.worldaffairscharlotte.org.

Shop Lafayette 148 New York's pre-Fall collection May 9-12 at Paul Simon Women at the Village at SouthPark. 

Shop Lafayette 148 New York's pre-Fall collection May 9-12 at Paul Simon Women at the Village at SouthPark. 

Lafayette 148 New York: Shop a selection of pre-Fall clothes inspired by architectural legend Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece, Fallingwater. Available in sizes from petite to plus. 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. May 9-May 12. Paul Simon Women. Village at SouthPark, 4310 Sharon Road, Suite X17. 704-333-6139; www.paulsimonco.com.

Last year's HousingFest raised $50,000 for Urban Ministry Center. This year's concert is May 10 at Ovens Auditorium.

Last year's HousingFest raised $50,000 for Urban Ministry Center. This year's concert is May 10 at Ovens Auditorium.

HousingFest: Urban Ministry Center in conjunction with MaxxMusic presents this concert to help end homelessness in Charlotte. Headliners are Buddy Guy and Mavis Staples. May 10 at Ovens Auditorium. $51.50; $56.50; $66.50. Tickets: 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com. 

The Art & Soul of South End spring festival is May 12. 

The Art & Soul of South End spring festival is May 12. 

Art & Soul of South End: A spring festival for the South End neighborhood featuring food, artists, entertainment and more. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. May 12. 1616 Camden Road in Historic South End. www.historicsouthend.com.

Concert master Calin Lupanu (left) and principal tuba Aubrey Foard are among the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra musicians performing May 11-12.

Concert master Calin Lupanu (left) and principal tuba Aubrey Foard are among the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra musicians performing May 11-12.

Charlotte Symphony: The finale of the symphony's classical series features Christopher Warren-Green conducting three works that displaying Mozart's musical genius, including his final symphony Jupiter. 7:30 p.m. May 11-12 at Knight Theater. $19; $36; $53; $72; $89. Tickets: www.charlottesymphony.org.

Musical legend James Taylor performs May 16 at the Spectrum Center uptown. 

Musical legend James Taylor performs May 16 at the Spectrum Center uptown. 

An Evening With James Taylor & His All-Star Band: The musical legend will perform two sets with a brief intermission. 7:30 p.m. May 16 (doors open at 6:30 p.m.). Spectrum Center, 333 E. Trade Street, uptown. $68.50 and $103. Tickets: www1.ticketmaster.com. Details: www.jamestaylor.com.

Celebrate Charlotte's 250th birthday on the lawn of the Queen City's oldest home. 

Celebrate Charlotte's 250th birthday on the lawn of the Queen City's oldest home. 

Colonial Gem: Celebrate Charlotte's 250th birthday on the lawn of the Queen City's oldest home. Guests will enjoy dinner, live folk music, special tours of the historic Hezekiah Alexander Home and a moonshine tasting. Community historian Tom Hanchett will speak about the importance of preserving history in a city of newcomers. All proceeds support the Charlotte Museum of History's mission and the ongoing preservation of the historic home site. 6-8:30 p.m. May 17. The Charlotte Museum of History. $100. Details: www.charlottemuseum.org.

Colonial re-enactors are part of the MecDec Celebration May 18 uptown. 

Colonial re-enactors are part of the MecDec Celebration May 18 uptown. 

MeckDec Noon Commemoration: The annual commemoration of one of Charlotte's most important historic events, the signing of the famed Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. This annual celebration is hosted by The May 20th Society and includes military and Colonial re-enactors, historical readings and cannon firing in uptown Charlotte. Noon May 18, Independence Square, corner of Trade and Tryon streets. Free. www.may20thsociety.org.

The Charlotte Museum of History is the site of the MeckDec Celebration from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. May 19. 

The Charlotte Museum of History is the site of the MeckDec Celebration from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. May 19. 

MeckDec Celebration at The Charlotte Museum of History: Celebrate the 243rd anniversary of the signing of the legendary Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence with a day of family fun at The Charlotte Museum of History. Tour the city's oldest home, enjoy live fiddle music and experience a re-enactment of the signing of the MeckDec, followed by Colonial artillery demonstrations. Try your hand at pen-and-ink writing with quills and learn about 18th century tavern foods with cooking demos in the historic kitchen. Visit "Captain Jack's Tavern" in the barn for a Colonial beer brewing tutorial and then grab a drink from Bold Missy Brewery. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. May 19. Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive. $10 adults, $8 children. Details: www.charlottemuseum.org.

Dine with artists during the McColl Center Art + Innovation's annual Studio Party on May 19. 

Dine with artists during the McColl Center Art + Innovation's annual Studio Party on May 19. 

Studio Party: Enjoy cocktails, dining with artists, a live auction, dessert and dancing at this gala fundraiser for the McColl Center for Art + Innovation.  6-11 p.m. May 19. $250. $35 for the After Party only. www.mccollcenter.org.

Help homeless children reach their educational dreams by attending A Child's Place annual gala on May 19 at the Westin uptown. 

Help homeless children reach their educational dreams by attending A Child's Place annual gala on May 19 at the Westin uptown. 

A Night Of 4,000 Dreams: A celebration of A Child's Place and its supporters whose mission is to erase the impact of homelessness on the education of the more than 4,000 homeless children in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Features dinner, drinks and bidding on silent and live auction items including entertainment and travel packages. Black tie optional. 7-10 p.m. May 19. Westin, 601 S. College Street. $200. www.achildsplace.org.

The Friendship Picnic is May 25 at C3Lab in South End. 

The Friendship Picnic is May 25 at C3Lab in South End. 

Friendship Picnic: Grab your friends and join everyone at C3Lab for fun, friendship and food. Friendship Trays will be offering their usual selections of delicious lunch options; proceeds benefit the nonprofit that delivers healthy food to the homes of the elderly and infirm.. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 25. C3Lab, 2525 Distribution Street. 

Jessica Gaynelle Moss curated Black Blooded, an exhibit at New Gallery of Modern Art. 

Jessica Gaynelle Moss curated Black Blooded, an exhibit at New Gallery of Modern Art. 

Black Blooded: Curated by Jessica Gaynelle Moss, this exhibit is built like a family photo album with close to 70 pieces by 50 artists, Preview is May 15-29. The public opening celebration is 7-11 p.m. May 30. Gallery Crawl is 6-9 p.m. May 31. New Gallery of Modern Art, 435 S. Tryon Street. 704-373-1464; www.newgalleryofmodernart.

O Fourteena is the theme of the 14th annual Charlotte Squawks running May 31-June 24 at Booth Playhouse.

O Fourteena is the theme of the 14th annual Charlotte Squawks running May 31-June 24 at Booth Playhouse.

Charlotte Squawks: Saturday Night Live meets Broadway during the fourteenth edition of Squawks. Creative team Mike Collins and Brian Kahn collaborate with the area's most talented performers  to make fun of pop-culture, sports, life and politics both local and national. 7:30 p.m. May 31; 8 p.m. June 1-2; 7:30 p.m. June 5-7; 8 p.m. June 8-9; 7:30 p.m. June 12-14; 8 p.m. June 15; 2 and 8 p.m. June 16; 7:30 p.m. June 19-21; 8 p.m. June 22; 2 and 8 p.m. June 23; 3 p.m. June 24. Booth Playhouse in the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Tickets start at $24.50: 704-372-1000; www.carolinatix.org.

COMING UP

Harry Connick Jr. brings his  A New Orleans Tricentennial Celebration  tour to Belk Theater June 11-12. 

Harry Connick Jr. brings his A New Orleans Tricentennial Celebration tour to Belk Theater June 11-12. 

Harry Connick Jr.: The Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award-Winning singer, pianist and composer brings his A New Orleans Tricentennial Celebration tour to Charlotte. 7:30 p.m. June 11-12. Belk Theater at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. $25, $49.50, $84.50, $109.50 and $225. Tickets: www.blumenthalarts.org; 704-372-1000. 

Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen will interview each other and take questions from the audience on June 15 at Belk Theater.

Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen will interview each other and take questions from the audience on June 15 at Belk Theater.

An Intimate Evening With Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen: Journalist Anderson Cooper of CNN and Bravo TVs Andy Cohen take the stage to talk about their lives and current events in news and popular culture. 8 p.m. June 15. Belk Theater in the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center uptown. Tickets: $69.50, $79.50; $105; and $350. VIP Package includes premium seating: a Meet and Greet with Anderson and Andy; and a chance to have your picture made with them. 704-372-1000; www.carolinatix.org. 

Sister Sledge performs June 16 at a fundraiser for Vision for Israel.

Sister Sledge performs June 16 at a fundraiser for Vision for Israel.

Sister Sledge: Following the 2017 death of their sister Joni, sisters Debbie and Kim continue to perform as Sister Sledge, the Grammy-nominated singers behind hits including We Are Family and He's The Greatest Dancer.They'll headline this fundraiser for Vision for Israel. 7 p.m. June 16. The River Place, 8400 Regent Parkway, Fort Mill, S.C. $49. Tickets: www.sistersledgecharlotte.eventbrite.com; 1-866-351-0075. 

The 30th Great Gatsby Gala is Aug. 25 at the Hilton Charlotte Center City. 

The 30th Great Gatsby Gala is Aug. 25 at the Hilton Charlotte Center City. 

Great Gatsby Gala: Guests will be transported back to the Roaring 20s at this 30th anniversary of this gala to benefit the National MS Society's Greater Carolina's Chapter's mission of creating a world free of MS. There's a live orchestra, swing dancing, heavy hors d' oeuvres and desserts from some of Charlotte's most celebrated restaurants, wine, beer, a silent auction and more. 7-11 p.m. Aug. 25. Hilton Charlotte Center City, 222 E Third St. Attire is Gatsby-inspired or black tie. General admission is $125; VIP is $250. Details: www.nationalmssociety.org.

APRIL EVENTS

Andreas and Regine Bechtler at a past Bechtler Museum  of Modern Art gala. This year's fundraiser is April 20. 

Andreas and Regine Bechtler at a past Bechtler Museum  of Modern Art gala. This year's fundraiser is April 20. 

Icon Gala: Expect an evening of artistic, over-the-top fun at the fundraiser for the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. Guests will enjoy cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, small plates, music, entertainment throughout the museum's four floors and a silent auction. Black Tie. 7-11 p.m. April 20. Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, 420 S. Tryon St.. Individual tickets are $250 each; Benefactor tickets are $375 and include a pre-party VIP reception at 6 p.m. www.bechtler.org.

Contemporary artist Robert Mars signs copies of his new book  Futurelics: Past is Present  April 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. at New Gallery of Modern Art. 

Contemporary artist Robert Mars signs copies of his new book Futurelics: Past is Present April 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. at New Gallery of Modern Art. 

Robert Mars Book Signing: 5-7 p.m. April 23. Contemporary artist Robert Mars, who's been compared to Pop Art masters including Andy Warhol, signs copies of his new coffee table art book, Futurelics: Past is Present. It features collage art inspired by pop culture and iconography of the 1950s and 1960s New Gallery of Modern Art, 435 S. Tryon St., Suite 110. 704-373-1464; www.newgalleryofmodernart.com

 

 

 

 

MARCH EVENTS

Shine A Light When It's Gray Out , a new series of works from the creative mind of Stephen Wilson, is on view through April 7 at New Gallery of Modern Art. 

Shine A Light When It's Gray Out, a new series of works from the creative mind of Stephen Wilson, is on view through April 7 at New Gallery of Modern Art. 

New Gallery of Modern Art: Shine A Light When It's Gray Out, a new series from Stephen Wilson with more than 25 works in a multitude of sizes and shapes that combine his characteristic embroidery techniques with oil painting. Opening reception is 6-8 p.m. March 2. Coffee & Conversation with the artist is 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. March 3. The exhibit is on view through April 7. Also on view through April 7 is Miles Aldridge's exhibit (after Miller) featuring his signature highly-staged, erotic, Film Noir narratives set in the mid-20th century. 435 S. Tryon St., Suite 110. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 704-373-1464; www.newgalleryofmodernart.com. 

Matt Blashaw of HGTV's  Yard Crashers  and  Vacation House for Free  will speak daily March 2-4 at the Southern Spring Home & Garden Show. 

Matt Blashaw of HGTV's Yard Crashers and Vacation House for Free will speak daily March 2-4 at the Southern Spring Home & Garden Show. 

Southern Spring Home & Garden Show: March 2-4 at The Park Expo and Conference Center, 800 Briar Creek Road. This annual event takes place over two weekends and features hundreds of experts in remodeling, decor and more. There are also thousands of square feet of gardens, florals and unique landscaping plus a cooking stage, a marketplace where you can shop for the latest home accessories and gifts, and celebrity appearances. Matt Blashaw of HGTV's Yard Crashers and Vacation House for Free will speak at 5 p.m. March 2; 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. March 3; and 1 p.m. March 4. Tickets are $10. Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. March 2-3; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 4. For more details and to order discounted tickets online, click here.

Carolinas Healthcare Systems President and CEO Gene Woods and Charlotte Ballet's Sarah Hayes Harkins are among the businesspeople and dancers paired together to raise funds for Charlotte Ballet and other local nonprofits during the Dancing With The Stars Of Charlotte Gala March 3. 

Carolinas Healthcare Systems President and CEO Gene Woods and Charlotte Ballet's Sarah Hayes Harkins are among the businesspeople and dancers paired together to raise funds for Charlotte Ballet and other local nonprofits during the Dancing With The Stars Of Charlotte Gala March 3. 

Dancing With The Stars Of Charlotte Gala: The theme is the Most Incredible Gala, inspired by Charlotte Ballet’s premiere of The Most Incredible Thing. Local stars from some of Charlotte’s most esteemed corporations are paired with the professional dancers of Charlotte Ballet to raise funds for the ballet company and each star’s chosen charity. Gala chairs are Drs. Florence and Edward Kim. The dance pairs will compete for two awards – People’s Choice and Judge’s Choice. The People’s Choice title will be awarded for most funds raised and Judges’ Choice for the top score received from the judges. March 3 at Knight Theater. Gala Gold, Silver and Sponsor Tables are sold out; there's a waiting list for individual tickets. Detailswww.charlotteballet.org.

Theresa Drew, a managing partner with Deloitte, will be honored March 8 during the Charlotte Business Woman of the Year luncheon presented by Queens University of Charlotte. 

Theresa Drew, a managing partner with Deloitte, will be honored March 8 during the Charlotte Business Woman of the Year luncheon presented by Queens University of Charlotte. 

Charlotte Business Woman of the Year: The 2017 Award Recipient Theresa Drew, a managing partner for the Carolinas practice of Deloitte LLP, will be honored March 8 during an awards ceremony presented by Queens University of Charlotte. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m.; the program is from noon to 1:30 p.m. Individual tickets are $85; table sponsorships are $675. Registration: www.queens.edu/bwoy. 

Charlotte Ballet performs the American premiere of this pop ballet with music from the Pet Shop Boys.

Charlotte Ballet performs the American premiere of this pop ballet with music from the Pet Shop Boys.

The Most Incredible Thing: This fairytale pop ballet of Hans Christian Andersen’s fable about a King who holds a competition to determine who can make the “most incredible thing" features music from the Pet Shop Boys. March 9-18. Patricia McBride & Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance, Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon Street. $15-$85. Showtimes and details: www.charlotteballet.org.

The nonprofit TreesCharlotte is giving away free trees on March 10 at its headquarters on Tuckaseegee Road. 

The nonprofit TreesCharlotte is giving away free trees on March 10 at its headquarters on Tuckaseegee Road. 

TreesCharlotte Giveaway: Add to Charlotte's beautiful tree canopy by picking up free 6-foot to 10-foot trees from the nonprofit TreesCharlotte. 9-11 a.m. March 10 at TreesCharlotte headquarters at Landscape Management, 701 Tuckaseegee Road. Only two trees per household; proof of residency required. Details: www.treescharlotte.org.

See gorgeous displays of camellia blooms on March 10 during the annual Camellia Flower Fair & Plant Sale, a free event hosted by the Charlotte Camellia Society. 

See gorgeous displays of camellia blooms on March 10 during the annual Camellia Flower Fair & Plant Sale, a free event hosted by the Charlotte Camellia Society. 

Camellia Flower Fair & Plant Sale: The Charlotte Camellia Society presents this annual event featuring gorgeous displays of camellia blooms, a chance to bring your blooms in for identification and judging, a prize for best bloom, and a Camellia Q&A. Free and open to the public. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 10. Charlotte Council of Garden Clubs House, 1820 E. Seventh St. Details: 704-609-4888. 

The Irish group Celtic Woman performs March 11 at Belk Theater. 

The Irish group Celtic Woman performs March 11 at Belk Theater. 

Celtic Woman Homecoming Live: The Grammy Award-winning group Celtic Woman joins an ensemble of musicians and dancers for this celebration of Ireland's musical and cultural heritage. March 11. Belk Theater uptown. Tickets: $39-$105. www.blumenthalarts.org.

Steve Luquire will receive the 2018 Echo Award Against Indifference March 12. 

Steve Luquire will receive the 2018 Echo Award Against Indifference March 12. 

The Echo Foundation 20th Anniversary Gala: Since its inception, the Echo Award Against Indifference has honored those individuals in the Charlotte region and beyond who personify the Echo Foundation's mission of promoting human dignity, justice and moral courage through positive, effective action for humankind. The foundation's 20th anniversary event honors Steve Luquire, the 2018 Echo Award Against Indifference Recipient, who'll be introduced by Carolina Panther Luke Kuechly. Ambassador Samantha Power, the keynote speaker, is the Sandra & Leon Levine Medal for Life Recipient. March 12 at McGlohon Theater and Foundation for the Carolinas. $300. www.echofoundation.org. 

Legendary vocalist Tony Bennett performs March 15 at Ovens Auditorium with special guest Antonia Bennett.

Legendary vocalist Tony Bennett performs March 15 at Ovens Auditorium with special guest Antonia Bennett.

Tony Bennett In Concert: At almost 90, the legendary vocalist with the charming stage presence performs with special guest Antonia Bennett. 7:30 p.m. March 15. Ovens Auditorium, 2900 E. Independence Blvd. $80 and $105. 704-372-1000; www.ticketmaster.com.

The Lupus Mardi Gras Gala is 7 p.m.-midnight March 17 at Founders Hall. The deadline to register to attend is March 9. 

The Lupus Mardi Gras Gala is 7 p.m.-midnight March 17 at Founders Hall. The deadline to register to attend is March 9. 

Lupus Mardi Gras Gala: Celebrate the spirit of New Orleans at this fundraiser for The Lupus Foundation of America, N.C. Chapter. It features live music from the Hot Sauce Band, Creole cuisine, a masquerade contest, the coronation of the gala King and Queen, and more. 7 p.m.-midnight March 17. Founders Hall. Tickets are $175. Registration deadline is March 9. www.lupus.org.

Historic Rosedale's annual Oyster Roast fundraiser is March 25. 

Historic Rosedale's annual Oyster Roast fundraiser is March 25. 

Oyster Roast: This annual fundraiser for Historic Rosedale on March 25 from 2 to 5 p.m. includes roasted oysters and oyster cocktail with all the fixings; craft beer from Birdsong; music from Rusty Barkley, Vic Rorrer & Johnny Barkley, John Rewick and Maya Beth Atkins; plus garden tours by Larry Mellichamp. $35 before March 9; $50 after. Reserved table for 4 ($300) and 6 ($500) includes sponsor mentions at the event and on the website. RSVP by March 16: www.historicrosedale.org/events

FEBRUARY EVENTS

Shop special occasion dresses for spring from NYC design duo Tom & Linda Platt Feb. 1-3 at Paul Simon Women. 

Shop special occasion dresses for spring from NYC design duo Tom & Linda Platt Feb. 1-3 at Paul Simon Women. 

Tom & Linda Platt Spring Collection: Shop the spring special occasion trunk show Feb. 1-3 at Paul Simon Women at The Village at SouthPark, 4310 Sharon Road. Brand expert Drew Scott will be in the store to assist customers. www.paulsimonco.com.

Experience contemporary ballet during Charlotte Ballet's  Innovative Works  through Feb. 17. 

Experience contemporary ballet during Charlotte Ballet's Innovative Works through Feb. 17. 

Innovative Works: One of Charlotte Ballet's most popular performances, Innovative Works showcases contemporary ballet in an intimate setting. It features ballets by Sasha Janes, Myles Thatcher and Robyn Mineko Williams. Performances are Feb. 1-3; Feb. 8-10; and Feb. 15-17. Patricia McBride & Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance, Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon Street. Tickets and showtimes: www.charlotteballet.org.

View the Doncaster Spring Collection through Feb. 9. 

View the Doncaster Spring Collection through Feb. 9. 

Doncaster Spring: View spring designs from North Carolina-based Doncaster through Feb. 9. Appointments required: 704-370-0433. To see new styles, click here

One of the world's leading baritones, Anooshah Golesorkhi, performs the title role in Opera Carolina's production of  Rigoletto .

One of the world's leading baritones, Anooshah Golesorkhi, performs the title role in Opera Carolina's production of Rigoletto.

Rigoletto: Tragic even by operatic standards, one of Verdi's greatest operas is filled with deceit, lust and a curse that comes to pass. Performed by Opera Carolina 2 p.m. Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 and 8 p.m. Feb. 17. For tickets and details, click here

Gala chair Gail Brinn Wilkins and her husband, Howard Freese, dance at last year's fundraiser. Gala chair Gail Brinn Wilkins and her husband Howard Freese at last year's Crown Jewels Ball. This year's gala to benefit arts education is Feb. 17 at Quail Hollow Club.

Gala chair Gail Brinn Wilkins and her husband, Howard Freese, dance at last year's fundraiser. Gala chair Gail Brinn Wilkins and her husband Howard Freese at last year's Crown Jewels Ball. This year's gala to benefit arts education is Feb. 17 at Quail Hollow Club.

Crown Jewels Ball: Stardust & Stetsons is the theme of the annual Charlotte Concerts gala that honors Bill Gorelick and includes silent and live auctions, dinner and dancing. Proceeds benefit arts education for more than 600 Charlotte area students. Emcee is media personality Francene Marie Morris. Feb. 17 at Quail Hollow Club. $250. Details: www.charlotteconcerts.org.

Broadcast journalist Dan Rather will speak in Charlotte Feb. 20 at Knight Theater.  

Broadcast journalist Dan Rather will speak in Charlotte Feb. 20 at Knight Theater.  

An Evening with Dan Rather: The Learning Society of Queens University of Charlotte presents this evening with the award-winning broadcast journalist. The former CBS News anchor and 60 Minutes correspondent has covered major news stories from Kennedy's assassination (he was the first to break the news the president had been killed) to staying on the air for 18 hours straight on Sept. 11, 2001 and the Indian Ocean tsunami. 7 p.m. Feb. 20. Knight Theater. $45. 704-372-1000; www.carolinatix.org.

Vern Yip will give a talk at the Southern Home & Garden Show at 5 p.m. Feb. 23; and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Feb. 24. 

Vern Yip will give a talk at the Southern Home & Garden Show at 5 p.m. Feb. 23; and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Feb. 24. 

Southern Spring Home & Garden Show: Feb. 23-25 and March 2-4 at The Park Expo and Conference Center, 800 Briar Creek Road. This annual event takes place over two weekends and features hundreds of experts in remodeling, decor and more. There are also thousands of square feet of gardens, florals and unique landscaping plus a cooking stage, a marketplace where you can shop for the latest home accessories and gifts, and celebrity appearances. Top American designer Vern Yip who spent four seasons on TLC's Trading Spaces and a decade as one of the favorite designers on HGTV will speak at 5 p.m. Feb. 23; and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Feb. 24. Matt Blashaw of HGTV's Yard Crashers and Vacation House for Free will speak at 5 p.m. March 2; 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. March 3; and 1 p.m. March 4. Tickets are $10. Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Feb. 23-24 and March 2-3; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 25 and March 4. For more details and to order discounted tickets online, click here.

Upcoming Events

Carolinas Healthcare Systems President and CEO Gene Woods and Charlotte Ballet's Sarah Hayes Harkins are among the businesspeople and dancers paired together to raise funds for Charlotte Ballet and other local nonprofits during the Dancing With The Stars Of Charlotte Gala March 3. 

Carolinas Healthcare Systems President and CEO Gene Woods and Charlotte Ballet's Sarah Hayes Harkins are among the businesspeople and dancers paired together to raise funds for Charlotte Ballet and other local nonprofits during the Dancing With The Stars Of Charlotte Gala March 3. 

Dancing With The Stars Of Charlotte Gala: The theme is the Most Incredible Gala, inspired by Charlotte Ballet’s premiere of The Most Incredible Thing. Local stars from some of Charlotte’s most esteemed corporations are paired with the professional dancers of Charlotte Ballet to raise funds for the ballet company and each star’s chosen charity. Gala chairs are Drs. Florence and Edward Kim. The dance pairs will compete for two awards – People’s Choice and Judge’s Choice. The People’s Choice title will be awarded for most funds raised and Judges’ Choice for the top score received from the judges. March 3 at Knight Theater. Gala Gold, Silver and Sponsor Tables are sold out; there's a waiting list for individual tickets. Detailswww.charlotteballet.org.

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The Most Incredible Thing: This fairytale pop ballet of Hans Christian Andersen’s fable about a King who holds a competition to determine who can make the “most incredible thing features music from the Pet Shop Boys. March 9-18. Patricia McBride & Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance, Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon Street. $15-$85. Showtimes and details: www.charlotteballet.org.

AUTHOR KIMMERY MARTIN RULES

Author Kimmery Martin's debut novel is set in Charlotte.  

Author Kimmery Martin's debut novel is set in Charlotte.  

There's a new Queen in Charlotte - The Queen of Hearts author Kimmery Martin.

Her debut novel, described as a cross between Grey's Anatomy and Big Little Lies, is already generating a lot of buzz nationally even though its official launch date isn't until Feb. 13. A mix of medical drama and love gone wrong, it tells the story of pediatric cardiologist Zadie Anson and trauma surgeon Emma Colley, their friendship and a secret from their pasts. 

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Kimmery grew up in Eastern Kentucky. After graduating from Medical School at the University of Louisville and completing her internship and residency, she moved to Charlotte in 1998. It's where she met her husband, Dr. James Fleischli, a sports medicine surgeon at OrthoCarolina, and they are raising their three children here. 

Although the two main characters are from Kentucky, Kimmery's novel takes place in Charlotte. The references to Charlotte are fun to read and her witty observations are spot-on. "It's a case of the saying write what you know," Kimmery says. "It didn't make sense to research another city when I could set it in a place that I knew well."

The book is dedicated to her mother, whom Kimmery credits with igniting her love of literature. "She got her Master's Degree at the University of Kentucky," Kimmery says. "She always took me with her to the library and I would load up on books."

Still a self-proclaimed book nerd, Kimmery loves reading so much that her website www.kimmerymartin.com is filled with her reviews of works by other writers. One of her favorite authors is Tom Wolfe; and she loves to read about science and technology, especially astrophysics. But she's also a fan of Bridget Jones's Diary. That personal literary mix is what makes her novel a success: It's well-written with a serious medical side, yet funny and soapy enough to keep it entertaining. 

The grueling process of not only writing a novel but finding a publisher - especially one as coveted as Penguin Random House - is a major accomplishment. The majority of the reviews, including Publishers Weekly and Southern Living, have praised the novel, but the few less positive ones are hard for her to read. "You can't escape criticism," she says. "It took five years and I failed a lot along the way. But if you feel compelled to write a story that's in you, you will find a way to do it."

Kimmery is on hiatus from her longtime job as an ER physician at CMC-Pineville and CMC-Mercy to promote her novel. Here are upcoming opportunities to meet her and learn more about her creative process.

January 25, 6-8 p.m.: Kimmery will join fellow authors Charles Thomas and Austin Light at Final Draught, a panel discussion moderated by Queen City Forward director Amy Chiou. Presented by The Friends Council, it benefits the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation. $10 in advance; $15 at the door. Includes light bites; beer and wine may be purchased. 7th Street Public Market, 224 E. Seventh St. For tickets, click here.

11 a.m. Feb. 13: A Luncheon/Book Signing at Quail Hollow Club. Ticketed event.

6:30 p.m. Feb. 13: A Book Signing with wine and cheese at Morrison Regional Library, 7015 Morrison Boulevard. Free. To RSVP, click here.

Noon-1:30 p.m. Feb. 22: Author Luncheon at Flatiron Kitchen + Taphouse. hosted by Main Street Books in Davidson. Tickets are $30 and must be purchased by Feb. 20. For details, click here