MARCH EVENTS

Shine A Light When It's Gray Out , a new series of works from the creative mind of Stephen Wilson, is on view through April 7 at New Gallery of Modern Art. 

Shine A Light When It's Gray Out, a new series of works from the creative mind of Stephen Wilson, is on view through April 7 at New Gallery of Modern Art. 

New Gallery of Modern Art: Shine A Light When It's Gray Out, a new series from Stephen Wilson with more than 25 works in a multitude of sizes and shapes that combine his characteristic embroidery techniques with oil painting. Opening reception is 6-8 p.m. March 2. Coffee & Conversation with the artist is 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. March 3. The exhibit is on view through April 7. Also on view through April 7 is Miles Aldridge's exhibit (after Miller) featuring his signature highly-staged, erotic, Film Noir narratives set in the mid-20th century. 435 S. Tryon St., Suite 110. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 704-373-1464; www.newgalleryofmodernart.com. 

Matt Blashaw of HGTV's  Yard Crashers  and  Vacation House for Free  will speak daily March 2-4 at the Southern Spring Home & Garden Show. 

Matt Blashaw of HGTV's Yard Crashers and Vacation House for Free will speak daily March 2-4 at the Southern Spring Home & Garden Show. 

Southern Spring Home & Garden Show: March 2-4 at The Park Expo and Conference Center, 800 Briar Creek Road. This annual event takes place over two weekends and features hundreds of experts in remodeling, decor and more. There are also thousands of square feet of gardens, florals and unique landscaping plus a cooking stage, a marketplace where you can shop for the latest home accessories and gifts, and celebrity appearances. Matt Blashaw of HGTV's Yard Crashers and Vacation House for Free will speak at 5 p.m. March 2; 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. March 3; and 1 p.m. March 4. Tickets are $10. Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. March 2-3; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 4. For more details and to order discounted tickets online, click here.

Carolinas Healthcare Systems President and CEO Gene Woods and Charlotte Ballet's Sarah Hayes Harkins are among the businesspeople and dancers paired together to raise funds for Charlotte Ballet and other local nonprofits during the Dancing With The Stars Of Charlotte Gala March 3. 

Carolinas Healthcare Systems President and CEO Gene Woods and Charlotte Ballet's Sarah Hayes Harkins are among the businesspeople and dancers paired together to raise funds for Charlotte Ballet and other local nonprofits during the Dancing With The Stars Of Charlotte Gala March 3. 

Dancing With The Stars Of Charlotte Gala: The theme is the Most Incredible Gala, inspired by Charlotte Ballet’s premiere of The Most Incredible Thing. Local stars from some of Charlotte’s most esteemed corporations are paired with the professional dancers of Charlotte Ballet to raise funds for the ballet company and each star’s chosen charity. Gala chairs are Drs. Florence and Edward Kim. The dance pairs will compete for two awards – People’s Choice and Judge’s Choice. The People’s Choice title will be awarded for most funds raised and Judges’ Choice for the top score received from the judges. March 3 at Knight Theater. Gala Gold, Silver and Sponsor Tables are sold out; there's a waiting list for individual tickets. Detailswww.charlotteballet.org.

Theresa Drew, a managing partner with Deloitte, will be honored March 8 during the Charlotte Business Woman of the Year luncheon presented by Queens University of Charlotte. 

Theresa Drew, a managing partner with Deloitte, will be honored March 8 during the Charlotte Business Woman of the Year luncheon presented by Queens University of Charlotte. 

Charlotte Business Woman of the Year: The 2017 Award Recipient Theresa Drew, a managing partner for the Carolinas practice of Deloitte LLP, will be honored March 8 during an awards ceremony presented by Queens University of Charlotte. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m.; the program is from noon to 1:30 p.m. Individual tickets are $85; table sponsorships are $675. Registration: www.queens.edu/bwoy. 

Charlotte Ballet performs the American premiere of this pop ballet with music from the Pet Shop Boys.

Charlotte Ballet performs the American premiere of this pop ballet with music from the Pet Shop Boys.

The Most Incredible Thing: This fairytale pop ballet of Hans Christian Andersen’s fable about a King who holds a competition to determine who can make the “most incredible thing" features music from the Pet Shop Boys. March 9-18. Patricia McBride & Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance, Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon Street. $15-$85. Showtimes and details: www.charlotteballet.org.

The nonprofit TreesCharlotte is giving away free trees on March 10 at its headquarters on Tuckaseegee Road. 

The nonprofit TreesCharlotte is giving away free trees on March 10 at its headquarters on Tuckaseegee Road. 

TreesCharlotte Giveaway: Add to Charlotte's beautiful tree canopy by picking up free 6-foot to 10-foot trees from the nonprofit TreesCharlotte. 9-11 a.m. March 10 at TreesCharlotte headquarters at Landscape Management, 701 Tuckaseegee Road. Only two trees per household; proof of residency required. Details: www.treescharlotte.org.

See gorgeous displays of camellia blooms on March 10 during the annual Camellia Flower Fair & Plant Sale, a free event hosted by the Charlotte Camellia Society. 

See gorgeous displays of camellia blooms on March 10 during the annual Camellia Flower Fair & Plant Sale, a free event hosted by the Charlotte Camellia Society. 

Camellia Flower Fair & Plant Sale: The Charlotte Camellia Society presents this annual event featuring gorgeous displays of camellia blooms, a chance to bring your blooms in for identification and judging, a prize for best bloom, and a Camellia Q&A. Free and open to the public. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 10. Charlotte Council of Garden Clubs House, 1820 E. Seventh St. Details: 704-609-4888. 

The Irish group Celtic Woman performs March 11 at Belk Theater. 

The Irish group Celtic Woman performs March 11 at Belk Theater. 

Celtic Woman Homecoming Live: The Grammy Award-winning group Celtic Woman joins an ensemble of musicians and dancers for this celebration of Ireland's musical and cultural heritage. March 11. Belk Theater uptown. Tickets: $39-$105. www.blumenthalarts.org.

Steve Luquire will receive the 2018 Echo Award Against Indifference March 12. 

Steve Luquire will receive the 2018 Echo Award Against Indifference March 12. 

The Echo Foundation 20th Anniversary Gala: Since its inception, the Echo Award Against Indifference has honored those individuals in the Charlotte region and beyond who personify the Echo Foundation's mission of promoting human dignity, justice and moral courage through positive, effective action for humankind. The foundation's 20th anniversary event honors Steve Luquire, the 2018 Echo Award Against Indifference Recipient, who'll be introduced by Carolina Panther Luke Kuechly. Ambassador Samantha Power, the keynote speaker, is the Sandra & Leon Levine Medal for Life Recipient. March 12 at McGlohon Theater and Foundation for the Carolinas. $300. www.echofoundation.org. 

Legendary vocalist Tony Bennett performs March 15 at Ovens Auditorium with special guest Antonia Bennett.

Legendary vocalist Tony Bennett performs March 15 at Ovens Auditorium with special guest Antonia Bennett.

Tony Bennett In Concert: At almost 90, the legendary vocalist with the charming stage presence performs with special guest Antonia Bennett. 7:30 p.m. March 15. Ovens Auditorium, 2900 E. Independence Blvd. $80 and $105. 704-372-1000; www.ticketmaster.com.

The Lupus Mardi Gras Gala is 7 p.m.-midnight March 17 at Founders Hall. The deadline to register to attend is March 9. 

The Lupus Mardi Gras Gala is 7 p.m.-midnight March 17 at Founders Hall. The deadline to register to attend is March 9. 

Lupus Mardi Gras Gala: Celebrate the spirit of New Orleans at this fundraiser for The Lupus Foundation of America, N.C. Chapter. It features live music from the Hot Sauce Band, Creole cuisine, a masquerade contest, the coronation of the gala King and Queen, and more. 7 p.m.-midnight March 17. Founders Hall. Tickets are $175. Registration deadline is March 9. www.lupus.org.

Historic Rosedale's annual Oyster Roast fundraiser is March 25. 

Historic Rosedale's annual Oyster Roast fundraiser is March 25. 

Oyster Roast: This annual fundraiser for Historic Rosedale on March 25 from 2 to 5 p.m. includes roasted oysters and oyster cocktail with all the fixings; craft beer from Birdsong; music from Rusty Barkley, Vic Rorrer & Johnny Barkley, John Rewick and Maya Beth Atkins; plus garden tours by Larry Mellichamp. $35 before March 9; $50 after. Reserved table for 4 ($300) and 6 ($500) includes sponsor mentions at the event and on the website. RSVP by March 16: www.historicrosedale.org/events

FEBRUARY EVENTS

Shop special occasion dresses for spring from NYC design duo Tom & Linda Platt Feb. 1-3 at Paul Simon Women. 

Shop special occasion dresses for spring from NYC design duo Tom & Linda Platt Feb. 1-3 at Paul Simon Women. 

Tom & Linda Platt Spring Collection: Shop the spring special occasion trunk show Feb. 1-3 at Paul Simon Women at The Village at SouthPark, 4310 Sharon Road. Brand expert Drew Scott will be in the store to assist customers. www.paulsimonco.com.

Experience contemporary ballet during Charlotte Ballet's  Innovative Works  through Feb. 17. 

Experience contemporary ballet during Charlotte Ballet's Innovative Works through Feb. 17. 

Innovative Works: One of Charlotte Ballet's most popular performances, Innovative Works showcases contemporary ballet in an intimate setting. It features ballets by Sasha Janes, Myles Thatcher and Robyn Mineko Williams. Performances are Feb. 1-3; Feb. 8-10; and Feb. 15-17. Patricia McBride & Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance, Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon Street. Tickets and showtimes: www.charlotteballet.org.

View the Doncaster Spring Collection through Feb. 9. 

View the Doncaster Spring Collection through Feb. 9. 

Doncaster Spring: View spring designs from North Carolina-based Doncaster through Feb. 9. Appointments required: 704-370-0433. To see new styles, click here

One of the world's leading baritones, Anooshah Golesorkhi, performs the title role in Opera Carolina's production of  Rigoletto .

One of the world's leading baritones, Anooshah Golesorkhi, performs the title role in Opera Carolina's production of Rigoletto.

Rigoletto: Tragic even by operatic standards, one of Verdi's greatest operas is filled with deceit, lust and a curse that comes to pass. Performed by Opera Carolina 2 p.m. Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15 and 8 p.m. Feb. 17. For tickets and details, click here

Gala chair Gail Brinn Wilkins and her husband, Howard Freese, dance at last year's fundraiser. Gala chair Gail Brinn Wilkins and her husband Howard Freese at last year's Crown Jewels Ball. This year's gala to benefit arts education is Feb. 17 at Quail Hollow Club.

Gala chair Gail Brinn Wilkins and her husband, Howard Freese, dance at last year's fundraiser. Gala chair Gail Brinn Wilkins and her husband Howard Freese at last year's Crown Jewels Ball. This year's gala to benefit arts education is Feb. 17 at Quail Hollow Club.

Crown Jewels Ball: Stardust & Stetsons is the theme of the annual Charlotte Concerts gala that honors Bill Gorelick and includes silent and live auctions, dinner and dancing. Proceeds benefit arts education for more than 600 Charlotte area students. Emcee is media personality Francene Marie Morris. Feb. 17 at Quail Hollow Club. $250. Details: www.charlotteconcerts.org.

Broadcast journalist Dan Rather will speak in Charlotte Feb. 20 at Knight Theater.  

Broadcast journalist Dan Rather will speak in Charlotte Feb. 20 at Knight Theater.  

An Evening with Dan Rather: The Learning Society of Queens University of Charlotte presents this evening with the award-winning broadcast journalist. The former CBS News anchor and 60 Minutes correspondent has covered major news stories from Kennedy's assassination (he was the first to break the news the president had been killed) to staying on the air for 18 hours straight on Sept. 11, 2001 and the Indian Ocean tsunami. 7 p.m. Feb. 20. Knight Theater. $45. 704-372-1000; www.carolinatix.org.

Vern Yip will give a talk at the Southern Home & Garden Show at 5 p.m. Feb. 23; and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Feb. 24. 

Vern Yip will give a talk at the Southern Home & Garden Show at 5 p.m. Feb. 23; and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Feb. 24. 

Southern Spring Home & Garden Show: Feb. 23-25 and March 2-4 at The Park Expo and Conference Center, 800 Briar Creek Road. This annual event takes place over two weekends and features hundreds of experts in remodeling, decor and more. There are also thousands of square feet of gardens, florals and unique landscaping plus a cooking stage, a marketplace where you can shop for the latest home accessories and gifts, and celebrity appearances. Top American designer Vern Yip who spent four seasons on TLC's Trading Spaces and a decade as one of the favorite designers on HGTV will speak at 5 p.m. Feb. 23; and 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Feb. 24. Matt Blashaw of HGTV's Yard Crashers and Vacation House for Free will speak at 5 p.m. March 2; 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. March 3; and 1 p.m. March 4. Tickets are $10. Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Feb. 23-24 and March 2-3; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 25 and March 4. For more details and to order discounted tickets online, click here.

Upcoming Events

Carolinas Healthcare Systems President and CEO Gene Woods and Charlotte Ballet's Sarah Hayes Harkins are among the businesspeople and dancers paired together to raise funds for Charlotte Ballet and other local nonprofits during the Dancing With The Stars Of Charlotte Gala March 3. 

Carolinas Healthcare Systems President and CEO Gene Woods and Charlotte Ballet's Sarah Hayes Harkins are among the businesspeople and dancers paired together to raise funds for Charlotte Ballet and other local nonprofits during the Dancing With The Stars Of Charlotte Gala March 3. 

Dancing With The Stars Of Charlotte Gala: The theme is the Most Incredible Gala, inspired by Charlotte Ballet’s premiere of The Most Incredible Thing. Local stars from some of Charlotte’s most esteemed corporations are paired with the professional dancers of Charlotte Ballet to raise funds for the ballet company and each star’s chosen charity. Gala chairs are Drs. Florence and Edward Kim. The dance pairs will compete for two awards – People’s Choice and Judge’s Choice. The People’s Choice title will be awarded for most funds raised and Judges’ Choice for the top score received from the judges. March 3 at Knight Theater. Gala Gold, Silver and Sponsor Tables are sold out; there's a waiting list for individual tickets. Detailswww.charlotteballet.org.

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The Most Incredible Thing: This fairytale pop ballet of Hans Christian Andersen’s fable about a King who holds a competition to determine who can make the “most incredible thing features music from the Pet Shop Boys. March 9-18. Patricia McBride & Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance, Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon Street. $15-$85. Showtimes and details: www.charlotteballet.org.