Theatre Charlotte performs the Mel Brooks comedy  The Producers  through June 9.

Theatre Charlotte performs the Mel Brooks comedy The Producers through June 9.

THE PRODUCERS:: A laugh out loud at this “equal opportunity offender” of a comedy with music and lyrics by Mel Brooks that’s adapted from the 1967 film of the same name. Rated PG13. Performances are 8 p.m. May 24-25; 2:30 p.m. May 26; 7:30 p.m. May 29-30; 8 p.m. May 31; 2:30 and 8 p.m. June 1; 2:30 p.m. June 2; 7:30 p.m. June 5-6; 8 p.m. June 7-8; and 2:30 p.m. June 9. Eloise MacDonald Playhouse at Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Road. $28. theatrecharlotte.org

Seattle-based glass sculptor Jason  Gamrath’s  Grandiflora exhibit is on view at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.

Seattle-based glass sculptor Jason Gamrath’s Grandiflora exhibit is on view at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.

GRANDFLORA: GAMRATH GLASS AT THE GARDEN: Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden celebrates its 20th anniversary with this awe-inspiring, larger-than-life botanical glass exhibit. It features dozens of vibrant sculptures by Seattle-based artist Jason Gamrath including towering 10-foot orchids, vivid pitcher plants, energetic Venus flytraps and more. The garden’s annual beds are filled with big, bold, beautiful plants with large flowers and leaves to complement Gamrath’s sculptures. On view daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Sept. 29. Also open evenings from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday-Sunday (no evening hours on June 16). $14.95; $12.95 for 60 and up; $7.99 for ages 2-12; free for children under 2. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. dsbg

The Charlotte Symphony along with a vocalist and full rock band perform the music of Freddie Mercury and Queen on June 8 at Belk Theater.

The Charlotte Symphony along with a vocalist and full rock band perform the music of Freddie Mercury and Queen on June 8 at Belk Theater.

THE MUSIC OF QUEEN: Amped up with a vocalist and full rock band, the Charlotte Symphony pays tribute to Freddie Mercury and Queen with unforgettable hits including Bohemian Rhapsody, We Are the Champions and Somebody to Love. 7:30 p.m. June 8. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon Street. $19-$148. charlottesymphony

Internationally-known pianist Ethan Uslan will provide accompaniment for a silent movie comedy on June 11 at the Myers Park public library.

Internationally-known pianist Ethan Uslan will provide accompaniment for a silent movie comedy on June 11 at the Myers Park public library.

PIANIST ETHAN USLAN: A unique opportunity to enjoy a silent comedy the way it as originally meant to be experienced, with piano accompaniment Ethan Uslan who has been performing along to silent films internationally for more than ten years. 6:30-8 p.m. June 11. Myers Park Public Library Branch, 1361 Queens Road. Free. Registration required: 704-416-5800; cmlibrary

Museums

MCCOLL CENTER FOR ART = INNOVATION: 721 N. Tryon Street. Hours are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Free. 704-332-5335; mccollcenter.org.

MINT MUSEUM RANDOLPH: 2730 Randolph Road. Hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday and Tuesday. Admission is free for museum members; $15 for adults; $10 for college students and ages 65 and older; $6 for ages 5-17; free for 4 and younger. 704-337-2000; mint museum.org
MINT MUSEUM UPTOWN: 500 S. Tryon Street at Levine Center for the Arts, 500 S. Tryon St. Hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday and Tuesday. Admission is free for museum members; $15 for adults; $10 for college students and ages 65 and older; $6 for ages 5-17; free for 4 and younger. 704-337-2000; mint museum.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

JERALD MELBERG GALLERY: 625 S. Sharon Amity Road. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. 704-365-3000; jeraldmelberg

NEW GALLERY OF MODERN ART: Through June 10: Jan-Ru Wan’s The Residue of Being and Isaac Payne’s These Are The Vistas. 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


Frankie Vallie and the latest incarnation of his Four Seasons band perform July 12 at Ovens Auditorium.

Frankie Vallie and the latest incarnation of his Four Seasons band perform July 12 at Ovens Auditorium.

FRANKIE VALLI & THE FOUR SEASONS TOUR: The original Jersey Boy, Frankie Valli, is taking his latest incarnation of the Four Seasons on tour across the States in this year. The legendary falsetto and his band will be belting out the hits that made them world-famous including Walk Like A Man, Sherry, Walking My Way Back to You, Big Girls Don't Cry, Can't Take My Eyes Off You. 8 p.m. July 12. Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd.. Tickets start at $135. charlotte-theater

MAY EVENTS

Seattle-based glass sculptor Jason Gamrath’s  Grandiflora  exhibit is on view at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.

Seattle-based glass sculptor Jason Gamrath’s Grandiflora exhibit is on view at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.

GRANDFLORA: GAMRATH GLASS AT THE GARDEN: Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden celebrates its 20th anniversary with this awe-inspiring, larger-than-life botanical glass exhibit. It features dozens of vibrant sculptures by Seattle-based artist Jason Gamrath including towering 10-foot orchids, vivid pitcher plants, energetic Venus flytraps and more. The garden’s annual beds are filled with big, bold, beautiful plants with large flowers and leaves to complement Gamrath’s sculptures. On view daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Sept. 29. Also open evenings from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday-Sunday (no evening hours on June 16). $14.95; $12.95 for 60 and up; $7.99 for ages 2-12; free for children under 2. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. dsbg.

Blessed Thoughts by Jonathan Green. The artist will speak May 15 at the Mint Museum Randolph.

Blessed Thoughts by Jonathan Green. The artist will speak May 15 at the Mint Museum Randolph.

ARTIST JONATHAN GREEN: Friends of the Mint is hosting an evening with Jonathan Green. Based in Charleston, SC, he is considered to be one of the most important southern painters. His colorful works reflect a sense of history and place and he has exhibited in major national and international venues. 5:30 p.m. May 15. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road. Free. 704-337-2090; mintmuseum.org.

The Charlotte Ballet’s  Choreographic Lab  is May 16-18 at the Patricia McBride and Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance.

The Charlotte Ballet’s Choreographic Lab is May 16-18 at the Patricia McBride and Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance.

CHARLOTTE BALLET: Experience Choreographic Lab, an up-close and informal performance designed to give aspiring choreographers the opportunity to present new work and audiences the chance to see new choreographic voices. 7:30 p.m. May 16-18. Patricia McBride and Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance, 701 N. Tryon Street. Tickets start at $25.

Christopher Warren-Green will conduct the Charlotte Symphony' Orchestra’s performance of Ravel’s  Bolero  May 17-19 at Knight Theater.

Christopher Warren-Green will conduct the Charlotte Symphony' Orchestra’s performance of Ravel’s Bolero May 17-19 at Knight Theater.

RAVEL’S BOLERO: The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra closes its Classical season with one of the most famous pieces of music ever written. Also on the program are Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, Ravel’s Tzigane, Saint-Saens Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso and Edgar Meyer’s New Piece for Orchestra. Conducted by Christopher Warren-Green. 7:30 p.m. May 17-18; 3 p.m. May 19. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon Street. Tickets: 704.972.2000; charlotte symphony.org.

Theatre Charlotte performs the Mel Brooks comedy  The Producers  May 24-June 9.

Theatre Charlotte performs the Mel Brooks comedy The Producers May 24-June 9.

THE PRODUCERS:: A laugh out loud at this “equal opportunity offender” of a comedy with music and lyrics by Mel Brooks that’s adapted from the 1967 film of the same name. Rated PG13. Performances are 8 p.m. May 24-25; 2:30 p.m. May 26; 7:30 p.m. May 29-30; 8 p.m. May 31; 2:30 and 8 p.m. June 1; 2:30 p.m. June 2; 7:30 p.m. June 5-6; 8 p.m. June 7-8; and 2:30 p.m. June 9. Eloise MacDonald Playhouse at Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Road. $28. theatrecharlotte.org.

Museums

MCCOLL CENTER FOR ART = INNOVATION: 721 N. Tryon Street. Hours are 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Free. 704-332-5335; mccollcenter.org.

MINT MUSEUM RANDOLPH: 2730 Randolph Road. Hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday and Tuesday. Admission is free for museum members; $15 for adults; $10 for college students and ages 65 and older; $6 for ages 5-17; free for 4 and younger. 704-337-2000; mint museum.org.
MINT MUSEUM UPTOWN: 500 S. Tryon Street at Levine Center for the Arts, 500 S. Tryon St. Hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday and Tuesday. Admission is free for museum members; $15 for adults; $10 for college students and ages 65 and older; $6 for ages 5-17; free for 4 and younger. 704-337-2000; mint museum.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: Through June 10: Jan-Ru Wan’s The Residue of Being and Isaac Payne’s These Are The Vistas. 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.

Actors January Jones talks with former editor at large of  Vogue  Andre Leon Talley at last year’s Coveted Couture Gala. Andre Leon Talley is returning to Charlotte as the Honorary Chair of this year’s gala on April 27 at the Mint Museum Randolph.

Actors January Jones talks with former editor at large of Vogue Andre Leon Talley at last year’s Coveted Couture Gala. Andre Leon Talley is returning to Charlotte as the Honorary Chair of this year’s gala on April 27 at the Mint Museum Randolph.

COVETED COUTURE GALA & AFTER PARTY: Presented by Wells Fargo Private Bank on April 27, this signature spring fundraiser for the Mint Museum has become one of the must-attend galas of the year. More than 400 of Charlotte’s top civic leaders, museum patrons and chic supporters will attend the black-tie dinner and dance that celebrates the closing of the African Print Now! exhibition. Ashley and Scott Mattei are Gala Chairs. Former editor at large of Vogue Andre Leon Talley is the gala’s Honorary Chair. Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m.; tickets start at $650. Even if you can’t attend the gala, tickets are available for the After Party from 9:30 p.m. to midnight with an open bar, late-night bites and sweet treats from La-Tea-Da’s Catering and dancing to the band Groove Nation and DJ DOMii. Attire ranges from cocktail to black tie and tickets cost $100 (gala attendees get in free). Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road. mint museum.org.

Museums

Afcrican-Print Fashion Now! A Story of Taste, Globalization and Style  is on view through April 28 at the Mint Museum Randolph.

Afcrican-Print Fashion Now! A Story of Taste, Globalization and Style is on view through April 28 at the Mint Museum Randolph.

MINT MUSEUM RANDOLPH: Afcrican-Print Fashion Now! A Story of Taste, Globalization and Style is on view through April 28. Sculptor Thomas Sayre gives a free talk about his exhibit Somewhere Between Earth and Sky at 6 p.m. April 24. 2730 Randolph Road. Hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday and Tuesday. Admission is free for museum members; $15 for adults; $10 for college students and ages 65 and older; $6 for ages 5-17; free for 4 and younger. 704-337-2000; mint museum.org.

MINT MUSEUM UPTOWN: 500 S. Tryon Street at Levine Center for the Arts, 500 S. Tryon St. Hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday and Tuesday. Admission is free for museum members; $15 for adults; $10 for college students and ages 65 and older; $6 for ages 5-17; free for 4 and younger. 704-337-2000; mint museum.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. 

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. 

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.

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.