AUGUST EVENTS

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.
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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

A Q&A WITH SHEP ROSE

Meet Shep Rose from the hit reality TV show  Southern Charm  at 1 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Southern Women's Show. VIP tickets for a Meet and Greet with him are $35.   www.southernshows.com  .

Meet Shep Rose from the hit reality TV show Southern Charm at 1 p.m. Aug. 27 at the Southern Women's Show. VIP tickets for a Meet and Greet with him are $35. www.southernshows.com.

Shepard "Shep" Rose is a native of Hilton Head, S.C., but he's best known as one of Charleston's most famous residents thanks to his four seasons on Bravo's hit realty TV show Southern Charm. His affable shenanigans (Shepnanigans?), witty one-liners, love of late-night parties and serial one-night stands have endeared him to viewers. 

The seemingly eternal bachelor will be getting his own Bravo TV show soon when RelationShep airs (stay tuned for news of its premiere). This time the cameras will all be on Shep as he travels the country in search of love as his friends play matchmaker.   

You can meet Shep in person on Aug. 27 at 1 p.m. during his appearance  at the Southern Women's Show at the Charlotte Convention Center uptown. VIP tickets to his Meet and Greet are $35 and include admission to the show. Details: www.southernshows.com. 

Before leaving for a recent fly fishing trip, Shep answered The O Report's questions including details about his ties to Charlotte, what his parents think about his TV fame and the one woman on Southern Charm he would love to date. 

What exactly will you be doing at the Southern Women’s Show? 

"I'll answer questions and chat with whomever wants to chat. I always look forward to spending time in Charlotte. My brother, Whitaker, and sister, Katie, and all my nieces live there. I'm sure I'll have dinner with them all somewhere, and my nieces will make a mess, and it will be wonderful."

Do you have a favorite bar or restaurant in Charlotte?

"Selwyn Pub."

What are your favorite charitable causes?

"Nature conservation and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Sick children really get to me."

Where are your favorite places for a getaway?

"The N.C. mountains and any remote beach."

What was your childhood dream profession?

"Professional basketball player."

How do your parents feel about your career. And do you want to continue in the reality show direction, or change gears and try something else?

"My parents are extremely supportive, and my mom especially likes to know all the gossip surrounding the shenanigans."

What did you learn from your parents and grandparents that still influences you today?

"Never be flashy or talk about money."

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?

"Atticus Finch (from To Kill A Mockingbird)." 

What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?

"Hopefully it hasn't happened yet."

What is your motto?

"Tomorrow is promised to no one." 

What is the best business advice you’ve ever received?

"If you're the smartest person in the room, you're in trouble."

What’s in your glass during Happy Hour?

"Beer. Always." 

Where’s your favorite place to shop for clothes?

"Now that I'm on the show, people just send me stuff. It's kind on crazy. I do like AG pants though. I buy them a lot."

What's on your Playlist?

"Radiohead. My Morning Jacket. Spoon. I don't listen to a lot of music."

It seems that everyone on the show, including your family, wants you to settle down and get married. Does that put a lot of pressure on you?

"I don't feel much pressure. The worst thing I could do is make a hasty decision."

If you could date one of the women on Southern Charm, who would it be?

"Cameran, if she was single. She'd probably laugh in my face but we get along so very well."

Who would you like to date from a different reality show?

"I literally don't watch any reality TV."

How is your bar in Charleston doing? Are you involved in any other businesses there?

"My bars are going great. There are three: The Alley, Palace Hotel and The Commodore." 

How has the show changed your life for better, and for worse?

"It's definitely for the better. I've met some amazing people through the show."

What percentage of Southern Charm is really your life versus just a scene you're shooting for the show?

"I choose to be very upfront and honest on the show, and in life, so what you see is what you get."

What’s your favorite fine dining restaurant in Charleston, and what’s your favorite inexpensive one?

"Xaio Bao Biscuit is a place in Charleston that has amazing Asian food in a cool setting. I like it there a lot. And honestly, I love the food at the Palace Hotel."

 

AUGUST EVENTS

Henriette Wyeth painted this portrait of her brother, artist Andrew Wyeth, for the cover of TIME magazine in 1963. Although it's not a part of the Mint Museum Randolph's fascinating exhibit  The Wyeths: Three Generations of American Art , the exhibit does feature 50 works of art from the family.

Henriette Wyeth painted this portrait of her brother, artist Andrew Wyeth, for the cover of TIME magazine in 1963. Although it's not a part of the Mint Museum Randolph's fascinating exhibit The Wyeths: Three Generations of American Art, the exhibit does feature 50 works of art from the family.

The Wyeths: Three Generations Of American Art, Works From The Bank Of America Collection: Time is running out to see this acclaimed exhibit that explores the artistic impact of the Wyeth family. It showcases 50 remarkable paintings and drawings from family patriarch N.C. Wyeth (1882-1945); his son, Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009); Andrew's sister, Henriette Wyeth (1907-1997), and her husband, Peter Hurd (1904-1984); and Andrew's son, Jamie Wyeth (b. 1946). It's on view through Aug. 13 at the Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road. Hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $12; $9 for seniors and students. 704-337-2000; www.mintmuseum.org.

The Lafayette 148 New York trunk show is Aug. 16-19 at Paul Simon Women. 

The Lafayette 148 New York trunk show is Aug. 16-19 at Paul Simon Women. 

Lafayette 148 New York Trunk Show: Get an early look at the luxe Fall 2017 collection. It features neutral colors (light heather grey to charcoal; camel to caramel) and seasonal color accents inspired by earthy mineral colors (bronze, platinum, rhodium and rose gold). Aug. 16-19. Paul Simon Women, Village at SouthPark, 4310 Sharon Road. 704-333-6139; www.paulsimonco.com.  

Break out your best 1920s attire for the Great Gatsby Gala Aug. 19 at Wells Fargo Atrium.

Break out your best 1920s attire for the Great Gatsby Gala Aug. 19 at Wells Fargo Atrium.

Great Gatsby Gala: Save the date Old Sport for this 29th annual fundraiser for the National MS Society, Greater Carolinas Chapter. Dress in your best Great Gatsby attire, or black tie, and enjoy food from some of Charlotte's best restaurants, dancing, costume contest and a silent auction. The evening's emcee is WBTV anchor Brigida Mack. 7-11 p.m. Aug. 19, Wells Fargo Atrium, 301 S. Tryon Street. General admission is $75. VIP Speakeasy tickets are $150 and include a private pre-event reception starting at 6 p.m., access to the Speakeasy throughout the event, and an invitation to the VIP After-Party at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse uptown. www.greatgatsbygala.org.

Famous chef Rocco Whalen is sharing his talents with Second Harvest Food Bank for its 28th Chef's Best fundraiser on Aug. 25 at the Charlotte Convention Center Crown Ballroom. 

Famous chef Rocco Whalen is sharing his talents with Second Harvest Food Bank for its 28th Chef's Best fundraiser on Aug. 25 at the Charlotte Convention Center Crown Ballroom. 

Chef's Best: Fahrenheit Charlotte's executive chef Rocco Whalen will prepare a three-course meal for guests at this fundraiser for Second Harvest Food Bank. The theme of the evening is "91" because it takes $91 for Second Harvest to provide one person living in poverty a daily meal for a year. The event also includes a reception, music, a live auction and more. The raffle prize is dinner for two at 52 of Charlotte's best restaurants; raffle prize tickets cost $91. And $91 is also the price of a ticket to attend the event on Aug. 25 at the Charlotte Convention Center Crown Ballroom, 501 S. College St. The reception starts at 6 p.m.; dinner beings at 7 p.m.  704-376-1785; www.chefsbestcharlotte.org.

Southern Charm's  Shep Rose, one of the South's most eligible bachelors and perennial party boys, makes an appearance at the Southern Women's Show on Aug. 27. 

Southern Charm's Shep Rose, one of the South's most eligible bachelors and perennial party boys, makes an appearance at the Southern Women's Show on Aug. 27. 

Southern Women's Show: There's shopping, food, fashion, beauty tips and celebrity appearances at this three-day show running Aug. 25-27 at the Charlotte Convention Center uptown. Highlights include appearances by 17-year-old Olympic gold medal gymnast and Dancing With The Stars winner Laurie Hernandez on Aug. 26 (VIP tickets are $50); and Southern Charm's Shep Rose on Aug. 27 (VIP tickets are $35). On Aug. 26 at 2 p.m. there's a Mother Daughter Look-Alike Contest hosted by Ramona from 107.9 The Link and her mother. There's also a Plus-Size Fashion Show; Firefighters Fashion Show; and on Aug. 26 at 4 p.m., the Wheel Pretty Fashion Show emceed by Ms. Wheelchair N.C. Deja Barber and featuring models in wheelchairs from The Raw Beauty Project Charlotte wearing fashions from the Isabel Vernard label. Hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Aug. 25-26; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 27. General admission tickets are $10 in advance; $12 at the door. Teachers, student teachers and school staff with school ID get in free; so do women military veterans with military ID. www.southernshows.com.

WP Kitchen + Bar at Phillips Place is teaching a Cocktail Class on Aug. 31. 

WP Kitchen + Bar at Phillips Place is teaching a Cocktail Class on Aug. 31. 

Cocktail Class: Learn the art of cocktail-making using local spirits paired with gourmet bites. 4:30 p.m. Aug. 31. WP Kitchen + Bar at Phillips Place. $45. Space is limited; must be 21. Reservations: 704-295-0101.