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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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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
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
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
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
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.
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: 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