JULY EVENTS

The historic Duke Mansion is hosting its Summer Cocktail Evenings every Monday-Thursday in July from 5 to 8 p.m.

The historic Duke Mansion is hosting its Summer Cocktail Evenings every Monday-Thursday in July from 5 to 8 p.m.

SUMMER COCKTAIL EVENINGS : Duke Mansion’s cocktail evenings are back by 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 July (excluding July 4 and July 16). Duke Mansion, 400 Hermitage Road. dukemansion

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

More than 130 restaurants in the area will be serving prix fixe dinners for $30 or $35 July 19-28 during Queens Feast Charlotte Restaurant Week.

More than 130 restaurants in the area will be serving prix fixe dinners for $30 or $35 July 19-28 during Queens Feast Charlotte Restaurant Week.

QUEENS FEAST CHARLOTTE RESTAURANT WEEK: Ten delicious days when more than 130 restaurants in Mecklenburg and surrounding counties offer three-course, prix fixe dinners for $30 or $35 per person as a way to introduce, or reintroduce, residents and visitors to restaurants around the area. July 19-28. Reservations recommended. For a full list of restaurants and menus, go to CharlotteRestaurantWeek..

Comedian Jeanne Robertson, 75, brings her  Rocking Chai r tour to Knight Theater at 8 p.m. July 20.

Comedian Jeanne Robertson, 75, brings her Rocking Chair tour to Knight Theater at 8 p.m. July 20.

JEANNE ROBERTSON: At 75 years young, Jeanne Robertson continues to charm audiences with her humorous observations about life around her during her Rocking Chair tour. A former Miss North Carolina standing tall at six-foot-two, she’s known for her vivacious personality, heart and sense of humor. 8 p.m. July 20. Knight Theater uptown. $24.50, $49.50 and $99.50 (VIP Dinner Experience). blumenthalarts

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.



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.