JULY EVENTS

Enjoy patriotic music and fireworks at the Charlotte Symphony's  Celebrate America!  concert on July 1 at 8:15 p.m.

Enjoy patriotic music and fireworks at the Charlotte Symphony's Celebrate America! concert on July 1 at 8:15 p.m.

Celebrate America!: Join the Charlotte Symphony for a night of patriotic favorites including Sousa marches, "America the Beautiful" and the Armed Forces Medley followed by fireworks. 8:15 p.m. July 1 at Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall. Tickets available at Symphony Park beginning at 4 p.m.; gates open at 5 p.m. Tickets: $20 adults, $7 ages 13-18, free for 12 and younger. www.charlottesymphony.org.

Doncaster Liquidation: Thousands of spring and summer garments for sale in missy, petite and plus sizes. All sales final. In-store only. July 6-21. Tanner Warehouse, 581 Rock Road, Rutherfordton. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 

Blues, Brews & BBQ: This second annual event features music, local beer and BBQ. 12:30 p.m.-3 p.m. July 14. Trilogy at Lake Norman. www.trilogylife.com/lakenorman.

The 24 Hours of Booty fundraiser begins July 27 at 7 p.m. and ends July 28 at 7 p.m.  

The 24 Hours of Booty fundraiser begins July 27 at 7 p.m. and ends July 28 at 7 p.m.  

24 Hours of Booty: The 17th annual 24-hour event on the 3-mile Booty Loop runs through the Myers Park Neighborhood.  The community event hosts over 1,200 riders and 200 walkers raising funds for the Levine Cancer Institute, Levine Children’s Hospital, the LIVESTRONGFoundation and Queen’s University. It starts at 7 p.m. July 27 and ends at 7 p.m. July 28. www.24foundation.org.

The Glamour & Romance of Oscar de la Renta  exhibit at the Mint Museum Randolph has been extended through August 19. 

The Glamour & Romance of Oscar de la Renta exhibit at the Mint Museum Randolph has been extended through August 19. 

The Glamour & Romance of Oscar de la Renta: An exhibit of sketches, photos and gown spanning four decades of historical and contemporary fashions from Oscar de la Renta Curated by Andre Leon Talley in collaboration with the House of Oscar de la Renta. Exhibit extended through August 19. Hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesdays (closed July 4); 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 1-5 p.m. Sundays; closed Mondays and Tuesdays. $15; $10 for seniors and students. www.mintmuseum.org. 

Galleries

Anne Neilson Fine Art: Chromatic Shift, a compilation of colorful works from different view points and medium, is on view through July 27. Featured artists include Marcy Gregg, Jeff Erickson, Audrey Stone, Michael Barringer, Ken Tate and Joe Vinson. The Shops at Morrison,
532 Governor Morrison Street, Suite C-110. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. 704-496-9181; www.anneneilsonfineart.com.

The  Black Blooded  exhibit is on view through August at New Gallery of Modern Art.

The Black Blooded exhibit 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. 

Works by Liz Nielsen are on view through July 27 at Soco Gallery. 

Works by Liz Nielsen are on view through July 27 at Soco Gallery. 

Soco Gallery: Through July 27: Tracing the Azimuth, works by Liz Nielsen. 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. 

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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.

OCTOBER EVENTS

Tom and Linda Platt are known for their classic designs with an avant-garde twist. Shop their Fall collection Oct. 5-7 at Paul Simon Women. 

Tom and Linda Platt are known for their classic designs with an avant-garde twist. Shop their Fall collection Oct. 5-7 at Paul Simon Women. 

Tom & Linda Platt Trunk Show: Shop the design duo's Fall collection featuring couture quality clothes for day and evening. Drew Scott from the Tom & Linda Platt Design Studio in New York will assist customers with their selections. 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 5-7. Paul Simon Women, The Village at SouthPark, 4310 Sharon Road. 704-333-6139; www.paulsimonco.com.   

Artist and social activist Edwin Gil will unveil his "Mental Health Faces in Diversity" mural at the MHA's inaugural Art In Mind event Oct. 5 at the Mint Museum Randolph. 

Artist and social activist Edwin Gil will unveil his "Mental Health Faces in Diversity" mural at the MHA's inaugural Art In Mind event Oct. 5 at the Mint Museum Randolph. 

MHA’s Inaugural Art In Mind (AIM): An art exhibition and sale with proceeds promoting mental wellness locally. It features MHA's own PhotoVoice photographers as well as works by other noteworthy artists. During registration, guests will be asked to consider donating anywhere from $1 to $200. Along with the art sale, there's music, appetizers and a cash bar.  A brief program at 7 p.m. will highlight MHA's work through PhotoVoice and feature the unveiling of the "Mental Health Faces in Diversity" mural by artist and social activist Edwin Gil. 6-8 p.m. Oct. 5. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road. For details, click here.

Enjoy food, wine, music and meet Carolina Panthers player Kurt Coleman at a Breast Cancer Cure Benefit Oct. 6 at Napa on Providence.

Enjoy food, wine, music and meet Carolina Panthers player Kurt Coleman at a Breast Cancer Cure Benefit Oct. 6 at Napa on Providence.

Breast Cancer Cure Benefit: The American Cancer Society is partnering with Napa on Providence for this event with special guest Carolina Panthers safety Kurt Coleman. The $25 donation includes appetizers, food and wine plus music from Gena Chambers. 6-9 p.m. Oct. 6. Napa on Providence, 110 Perrin Place. www.napaonprovidence.com. 

The Doncaster Fall/Winter collection is a mix of the femme fatale with menswear details.   

The Doncaster Fall/Winter collection is a mix of the femme fatale with menswear details.   

Doncaster Fall/Winter Collection: The new collection is inspired by femme fatales and all-American silhouettes with menswear details. Showings are Oct. 9-20 at Doncaster stylist Marguerite Rupar's Dilworth studio. For appointment reservations, call 704-370-0433. 

Charlotte Collects: Contemporary Couture: An exhibit of museum-quality fashion from the personal collections of some of Charlotte's best dressed: Amanda Weisiger Cornelson, Lisa Dargan, Myra Gassman, Deidre Grubb, Alex Holleman, Chandra Janway Johnson, Ashley Mattei, Cam Newton, Laura Vinroot Poole, Kim Blanding Putney and Ann Tarwater. Designers include Roberto Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana, Carolina Herrera, Marc Jacobs, Missoni, Issey Miyake, Isaac Mizrahi, Rochas, Rodarte, Jason Wu, Valentino, Giambattista Valli, and Junya Watanabe. Oct. 14-Feb. 4. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday; Closed Monday-Tuesday. $15; $10 for students and seniors 65 and older; $6 for 5-17. 704-337-2000; www.mintmuseum.org.

Bungalow Social: Presented by SOCO Gallery, Not Just Coffee and Tabor on Oct. 14. Designer appearances by The Elder Statesmen, Nick Fouquet, Billy Kirk and Save Khaki; an exhibit by Elliott Puckette; and artist appearance by Erin Reitz and Emily Hoerdemann. At 11 a.m. there's a Contemporary Art Panel with Amy and John Phelan; Emily Hoerdemann and John Bossard. At 2 p.m., there's a performance by Carter King and Daniel Womack of Futurebirds. 421 Providence Road. www.taborclt.com.

Learn more about Urban Ministry Center and its ArtWorks 945 program that helps the homeless during the annual See My Voice art show and sale on Oct. 14. 

Learn more about Urban Ministry Center and its ArtWorks 945 program that helps the homeless during the annual See My Voice art show and sale on Oct. 14. 

See My Voice: Annual ArtWorks 945 Art Show: An evening of art and light refreshments celebrating the homeless artists working at the Urban Ministry Center. The art for sale benefits both the artists and the program. There's also a chance to meet the artists and learn more about what's going on at Urban Ministry Center. 4-7 p.m. Oct. 14. Urban Ministry Center, 945 N. College St. Free. For details, click here.

Men, and their families, will walk the runway in support of solving the issue of domestic violence at the Man-Up Against Domestic Violence Fashion Show Oct. 14 at the Park Expo and Conference Center.

Men, and their families, will walk the runway in support of solving the issue of domestic violence at the Man-Up Against Domestic Violence Fashion Show Oct. 14 at the Park Expo and Conference Center.

Man-Up! Against Domestic Violence Fashion Show: The Park Church and Myers Park United Methodist Church, with a supporting Grant from the Jamie Kimble Foundation For Courage, have partnered together to present an event that focuses on the importance of male leadership in solving the issue of domestic violence. The fashion show is designed to be a fun, family oriented event. It includes a vendor market, local celebrities and a VIP reception. 7 p.m. Oct. 14. The Park Expo and Conference Center. $25. VIP tickets are $50; Premium tickets are $35; General Admission is $25; Student tickets are $10 for ages 13-21; Youth tickets are $5 for ages 5-12. To order tickets, click here.

Art Poetry Music Oct. 21 at Halton Theater is a gala concert celebrating Asian artists. 

Art Poetry Music Oct. 21 at Halton Theater is a gala concert celebrating Asian artists. 

Art Poetry Music: A gala concert celebrating Charlotte's Asian community featuring visual art, poetry, traditional songs, dance and opera. Starring Metropolitan Opera and Opera Carolina star tenor Yi Li and guest artists from Opera Carolina's upcoming production of Cyrano. 7 p.m. Oct. 21. Halton Theater on the campus of Central Piedmont Community College. $10-$20. For tickets, click here.