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.
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.