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.

 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

Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art: 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

 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.

 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.

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.

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. 

SOUTHERN FICTION AT ITS BEST AND MORE NEW BOOKS

Sally Brewster, owner of the independent book store Park Road Books, recommends these new offerings:

"The Nest" by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney, a quirky drama about a dysfunctional New York City family and the fluctuating bonds between siblings. According to Sally, the author is 55 and this is her first novel published - and she was given a $1 million dollar advance.

"The Queen of the Night" by Alexander Chee has real-life events and figures of the Belle Epoque era woven into a story about the scandal-filled experiences of a girl from Minnesota who escapes to Paris and becomes a famous opera singer. 

"Lies and Other Acts of Love" by North Carolina writer Kristy Woodson Harvey is praised as "Southern Fiction at its best." In this novel a grandmother finds out her family's little white lies may have influenced her responsible granddaughter to suddenly ditch her hedge fund manager fiancé to marry a musician she's only known for three days. The author will sign copies of her book May 11 at Park Road Books during a Girls Night Out event that starts at 7 p.m.

In other news from Park Road Books, Sally says that readers are snapping up copies of "The Rainbow Comes And Goes: A Mother and Son On Life, Love and Loss," by TV journalist Anderson Cooper and his famous heiress/entreprenuer mother Gloria Vanderbilt.

Also popular is "Flight of Dreams" by Ariel Lawhon, a romantic adventure novel that takes place during the days leading up to the real 1937 crash of the German airship Hindenberg.

And she confirms news reports that after the terrorist attacks in Paris last year, there was a demand from readers who wanted to revisit 1964's "A Moveable Feast," a memoir of Ernest Hemingway's expat observations of Paris in the 1920s. Interest in the book has waned, but the store still has copies in stock.

Park Road Books is at Park Road Shopping Center, 4139 Park Road. Details: 704-525-9239; www.parkroadbooks.com

Previously recommended by Sally Brewster of Park Road Books: 

 "The Arrangement" by author Ashley Warlick. Set in 1934 in California, France and the Swiss Alps, it's based on the real-life love triangle between food writer M.F.K. Fisher, her husband, and the man she left him for. The author has taught at Queens University of Charlotte's MFA program and is now the buyer for M. Judson Booksellers & Storytellers in Greenville, S.C. 

"The Swans of Fifth Avenue" by Melanie Benjamin. The New York Times bestselling author of "The Aviator's Wife" takes readers into the world of 1950s New York High Society and its brightest star, Babe Paley, who becomes involved in a literary scandal with Truman Capote.

 

 

STEP OUT TO THE MINT

"Pumped: The Art & Craft of Shoemaking" is on view through July 31 at the Mint Museum Uptown. It showcases shoe designs from around the globe, and from different centuries. The designs range from traditional leather to shoes made from a 3-D printer. All are from the Mint's permanent Fashion Collection.  Admission is $24 and also includes the special exhibit "Here & Now: 80 Years of Photography at the Mint" featuring 215 stunning images curated from the Mint's permanent collection. 

Experience La Dolce Vita for a day during the annual Festa Italiana May 22 from 1 to 7 p.m. in the courtyards of Queens University of Charlotte. Authentic Italian food, wine and beer in a beautiful setting are part of the enjoyment of this benefit for the nonprofit Nevins Center and its mission of helping those with special needs and disabilities in our community.

The $75 ticket includes food and beverages throughout the day, plus entertainment, an art show and access to vendors selling Italian goods. To buy tickets, click here.