DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND, THE HISTORIC DUKE MANSION IS CONTINUING ITS SUMMER COCKTAIL EVENINGS EVERY MONDAY-THURSDAY IN AUGUST FROM 5 TO 8 P.M.

DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND, THE HISTORIC DUKE MANSION IS CONTINUING ITS SUMMER COCKTAIL EVENINGS EVERY MONDAY-THURSDAY IN AUGUST FROM 5 TO 8 P.M.

SUMMER COCKTAIL EVENINGS : Duke Mansion’s cocktail evenings will continue through August thanks to popular demand. Guests can beat the heat with the perfect cocktail, delicious wines and summer sangrias. Everyone is welcome and no reservation is needed. Order from a cash bar in the beautiful surroundings of the historic inn and its lush gardens. Proceeds support The Lynnwood Foundation, a nonprofit organization that maintains and preserves the mansion. 5-8 p.m. every Monday-Thursday in August. Duke Mansion, 400 Hermitage Road. dukemansion

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I LOVE LUCY — A COLORIZED CELEBRATION: 7 p.m. Aug. 6. Regal Stonecrest At Piper Glen 22, 7824 Rea Road. Fathom Events and CBS present five uncut, full-length colorized episodes on Lucille Ball’s Birthday, August 6, plus Redhead Tales, a newly produced and never-before-seen featurette on the colorization of I Love Lucy. The episodes are Lucy Does a TV Commercial ( Lucy has angled her way onto Ricky's special as the show's pitch girl); Job Switching (after Ricky and Fred get upset about the girls' spending, Lucy and Ethel go to work in a candy factory while the boys do the housework); LA at Last (when the Ricardos and the Mertzes arrive in Hollywood, Lucy goes to the Brown Derby restaurant where her sighting of William Holden turns catastrophic); The Million Dollar Idea (Lucy and Ethel go into business making salad dressing based on Lucy's Aunt Martha's recipe); and Pioneer Woman (the girls revolt over housework and want modern conveniences but the boys bet that they can survive longer than the girls without using anything invented after 1900, including electricity). Run time is 2 hours 35 minutes. $12.50. Tickets must be reserved in advance at fathom events.

Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine will lend his star power to the 30th Annual Chef’s Best fundraiser for Second Harvest Food Bank on Aug. 9.

Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine will lend his star power to the 30th Annual Chef’s Best fundraiser for Second Harvest Food Bank on Aug. 9.

30TH ANNUAL CHEF’S BEST: Harris Teeter presents this benefit for Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina's Community Food Rescue Program. Guests will enjoy a reception featuring some of Charlotte's hottest restaurants, a three-course meal designed by celebrity Chef Robert Irvine paired with wonderful wines, great music, a live auction, and raffle. Emcees are Maureen O'Boyle (WBTV News) and Jon Wilson (WCCB Charlotte the CW / Wilson's World).  Aug. 9. Reception at 6 p.m.; dinner at 7 p.m. Crown Ballroom of the Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College Street. presented by Harris Teeter at the Charlotte Convention Center Crown Ballroom. Tickets are $100. secondharvestmetrolina.org.

FINAL DRAUGHT: Final Draught is a themed, quarterly discussion series featuring local thought leaders, beer and books. This event will feature a presentation by New York Times bestselling author Gavin Edwards about his lifelong fascination with Bill Murray and his book, The Tao of Bill Murray: Real-Life Stories of Joy, Enlightenment, and Party Crashing. Tickets are $25 and include a signed copy of the book and light bites. Additional food and beer will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation. 6-8 p.m. Aug. 13. Town Brewing Company, 800 Grandin Road. Purchase tickets here.

An updated production of the beloved musical  Cats  comes to Belk Theater Aug. 13-18.

An updated production of the beloved musical Cats comes to Belk Theater Aug. 13-18.

CATS: The North American Tour of this record-breaking musical spectacular by Andrew Lloyd Webber tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn. It has all-new lighting and sound design plus updated choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler of Hamilton fame. Aug. 13-18. Belk Theater. Tickets begin at $25. 704-372-1000; carolinatix.org.

Shop the Lafayette 148 New York fall collection during a trunk show at Paul Simon Women Aug. 14-17.

Shop the Lafayette 148 New York fall collection during a trunk show at Paul Simon Women Aug. 14-17.

LAYFAYETTE 148 NEW YORK TRUNK SHOW: Shop the fall collection that has been described as “warm, sophisticated clothes meant to be lived in” by WWD. Aug. 14-17. Paul Simon Women, 4400 Sharon Road. 704-333-6139; paulsimonco.

HEIRLOOM JEWELRY SALES EVENT: A sale of historical pieces from across America dating from the 18th century onward. Featuring one-of-a-kind jewelry from Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian and Retro periods. Includes rings, pendants, bracelets and earrings in every price range (prices start at $300). 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Aug. 22-24. Morrison Smith Fine & Custom Jewelers, 705 Providence Road. 704-332-1605; morrisonsmith

Champion dancer Val Chmerkovskiy of  Dancing with the Stars  fame will speak at 1 p.m. Aug. 24 during the Southern Women’s Show, which runs Aug. 23-25 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

Champion dancer Val Chmerkovskiy of Dancing with the Stars fame will speak at 1 p.m. Aug. 24 during the Southern Women’s Show, which runs Aug. 23-25 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

SOUTHERN WOMEN’S SHOW: Aug. 23-25 at the Charlotte Convention Center. It features hundreds of boutiques filled with the latest fashions, jewelry, gourmet treats, health and beauty products and more. Enjoy fashion shows, top chefs, and celebrity guests. Among the highlights are the popular Firefighter Fashion Shows at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 23-24. And champion dancer and reality star Val Chmerkovskiy of Dancing with the Stars will speak at 1 p.m. Aug. 24. He’s also the author of I’ll Never Change My Name: An Immigrant's American Dream from Ukraine to the USA to Dancing with the Stars, which chronicles the failures and successes that have shaped him, from his early life in Ukraine to immigrating to the U.S. to his ascent to pro dancing stardom.
For a full list of events, go to southernshows

Legendary multi-Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Delbert McClinton performs at 8 p.m. Aug. 30 at Neighborhood Theater.

Legendary multi-Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter Delbert McClinton performs at 8 p.m. Aug. 30 at Neighborhood Theater.

DELBERT MCCLINTON: The multi-Grammy Award winning artist performs music from his 19th studio album. 8 p.m. Aug. 30. Neighborhood Theater, 511 E. 36th Street. $37.30. 704-372-1000; carolinatix

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. $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

Museums

HARVEY B. GANTT CENTER FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN ARTS + CULTURE: 551 S. Tryon Street. The center hosts art exhibitions, performances, education programs and events that celebrate the contributions of Africans and African-Americans to our nation’s culture. Hours are Sunday 1-5 p.m.; closed Monday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Admission is $9; $7 for college students, educators, military and seniors. 704-547-3700; ganttcenter.

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

SHAIN GALLERY: 2823 Selwyn Avenue. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 704-334-7744; shaingallery.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

Atrractions

HISTORIC ROSEDALE HAS BEEN A PART OF CHARLOTTE’S HISTORY SINCE 1815.

HISTORIC ROSEDALE HAS BEEN A PART OF CHARLOTTE’S HISTORY SINCE 1815.

HISTORIC ROSEDALE PLANTATION: Historic Part of Charlotte’s history since 1815. In those early days, it was three miles out of town. Today, it is an urban oasis that has survived the development around it. Located on about 9 acres, the restored historic house, recreated blacksmith shop, and verdant and blooming gardens give visitors a look back at life in earlier times, as well as an invitation to explore the grounds and big tree museum. The home is open only during tours (check the website for tour times). Closed through July 9 for the holiday. 3427 N. Tryon Street. 704-335-0325; historicrosedale.

COMING UP

Philanthropists Tim and Madia Barber will receive the Paradigm Award at Dress for Success Charlotte’s fundraising luncheon on Sept. 24.

Philanthropists Tim and Madia Barber will receive the Paradigm Award at Dress for Success Charlotte’s fundraising luncheon on Sept. 24.

THE ULTIMATE POWER LUNCH: Dress for Success Charlotte’s signature annual fundraiser is Sept. 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at the Fillmore at the avidXchange Music Factory, 1000 Music Factory Boulevard. A highlight is the presentation of the 2019 Paradigm Award to Madia and Tim Barber for their efforts in linking individual and corporate philanthropy with social needs activism. Presenting sponsor is Wells Fargo. Ticket prices and details: 704-525-7706; dressforsuccesscharlotte

Wine, Women & Shoes — a fundraiser for Second Harvest Food Bank — is from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

Wine, Women & Shoes — a fundraiser for Second Harvest Food Bank — is from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Charlotte Convention Center.

WINE, WOMEN & SHOES: This fundraiser for Second Harvest Food Bank is an evening of shopping, wine tastings and bidding on silent auction items plus a fabulous fashion show presented by Suzanne Libfraind, SouthPark Mall’s personal shopper. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sept. 27. Charlotte Convention Center. $100. secondharvest

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.


















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