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.
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.
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. Details: www.charlotteballet.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.