OCTOBER EVENTS

Historic Wing Haven’s annual Fall Sale is open to the public Oct. 4, 5 & 6.

Historic Wing Haven’s annual Fall Sale is open to the public Oct. 4, 5 & 6.

FALL PLANT SALE: Wing Haven’s Fall Sale features locally sourced tried-and-true, rare and unusual plants. Nursery volunteers will be on-hand to answer your gardening questions. And you can take a piece of Wing Haven home by purchasing something special from the Legacy Plants Collections propagated from Wing Haven’s historic gardens. There’’s also a pop-up gift shop with unique items crafted by local artists. Members Day is 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 3. Public days are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 4, 5 & 6. Wing Haven, 260 Ridgewood Avenue. www.winghavegardens.org.

The must-see  African Print Fashion Now  exhibit runs Oct. 7, 2018 through April 28, 2019 at the Mint Museum Randolph.

The must-see African Print Fashion Now exhibit runs Oct. 7, 2018 through April 28, 2019 at the Mint Museum Randolph.

AFRICAN PRINT FASHION NOW: This exhibition introduces visitors to a dynamic and diverse dress tradition and the increasingly interconnected fashion worlds that it inhabits. View garments created by local seamstresses and tailors across the continent; international runway fashions designed by Africa’s newest generation of couturiers; and boundary-breaking, transinational and youth styles favored in Africa’s urban centers. All feature the colorful, boldly designed, manufactured cotton textiles that have come to be known as African-print cloth. Oct. 7, 2018 through April 28, 2019. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road. Museum hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday and Tuesday. Tickets are $15 for adults; $10 for college students and seniors 65 and older; $6 for children 5-7; free for 4 and younger. www.mintmuseum.org.

The smash Broadway musical Hamilton is being performed Oct. 10-Nov. 4 at Belk Theater.

The smash Broadway musical Hamilton is being performed Oct. 10-Nov. 4 at Belk Theater.

HAMILTON: The smash Broadway hit comes to Charlotte. It’s based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary.  Book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The score blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, Oct. 10-Nov. 4. Belk Theater at Blumenthal Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. Tickets: $154-$599. www.blumenthalarts.org.

Charlotte Ballet’s Fall Works includes a celebration of the centennial of Jerome Robbins. Performances are Oct. 11-13 at Knight Theater.

Charlotte Ballet’s Fall Works includes a celebration of the centennial of Jerome Robbins. Performances are Oct. 11-13 at Knight Theater.

CHARLOTTE BALLET: The Fall Works production is a triple bill that celebrates the centennial of two landmark artists – Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins – introduces Charlotte to French Choreographer Medhi Walerski and premieres a new work by Sasha Janes. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11-12; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. $25-$95. www.charlotteballet.com.

Emanuel Ax, one of the greatest pianists of our time, performs Oct. 18 at Halton Theater at Central Piedmont Community College.

Emanuel Ax, one of the greatest pianists of our time, performs Oct. 18 at Halton Theater at Central Piedmont Community College.

EMANUEL AX: Charlotte Concerts presents this concert by world-renowned pianist Emanuel Ax, considered to be one of the great pianists of our day. Oct. 18 at Halton Theater at Central Piedmont Community College. Pre-concert lecture begins at 6:40 p..m. in Tate Hall; the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. $65 and $55. www.charlotteconcerts.org.

Support artists who’ve experienced homelessness during the ArtWorks 945 Annual Art Show on Oct. 20.

Support artists who’ve experienced homelessness during the ArtWorks 945 Annual Art Show on Oct. 20.

ARTWORKS 945 ANNUAL ART SHOW; This fundraiser for Urban Ministry Center and the homeless men and women it helps features works by artists who have experienced homelessness with 50 percent of the proceeds going to the artists and 50 percent to ArtWorks 945/Urban Ministry Center. 4-7 p.m. Oct. 20. 945 N. College St. www.urbanministrycenter.org.

The fantastic underwater images of photographic team David Doublet and Jennifer Hayes are part of  National Geographic Live! Coral Kingdoms  on Oct. 23 at McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square.

The fantastic underwater images of photographic team David Doublet and Jennifer Hayes are part of National Geographic Live! Coral Kingdoms on Oct. 23 at McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square.

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LIVE! CORAL KINGDOMS: Follow along as photographic team David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes dive deep into the unknown of our ocean, which covers 70 percent of our planet and yet remains a mostly fragile frontier. Experience the tropical marine waters of Papua New Guinea, Philippines, and Indonesia, see the vast 1800 miles of The Great Barrier Reef, and learn how Cuba’s reefs thrive due to political isolation. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23. McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square. $19.50, $29.50 and $39.50. www.blumenthalarts.org.

Put on your best black and white formal attire for the inaugural Pumpkin Charity Ball fundraiser on Oct. 26 at Ballantyne Hotel.

Put on your best black and white formal attire for the inaugural Pumpkin Charity Ball fundraiser on Oct. 26 at Ballantyne Hotel.

PUMPKIN CHARITY BALL: This inaugural fundraiser is a black-and-white formal event sponsored by the Isabella Santos Foundation to support Atrium Health’s Levine Children’s Hospital. 7-11 p.m. Oct. 26. Ballantyne Hotel. $150. isabellasantosfoundation.org.

The Charlotte Symphony Pops performs music from  Phantom of the Opera  and other Broadway hits Oct. 26-27 at Knight Theater.

The Charlotte Symphony Pops performs music from Phantom of the Opera and other Broadway hits Oct. 26-27 at Knight Theater.

CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY POPS: The orchestra performs a program of Broadway hits titled The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber and More. It includes musical numbers from Chicago, Frozen, Phantom of the Opera and Cats. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 26-27. Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts. Tickets start at $19. charlotte symphony.org.

Guests at a previous Pink Boots Ball. This year’s fundraiser for Carolina Breast Friends is Oct. 27 at the Ritz-Carlton.

Guests at a previous Pink Boots Ball. This year’s fundraiser for Carolina Breast Friends is Oct. 27 at the Ritz-Carlton.

PINK BOOTS BALL: Puttin’ On The Ritz is the theme of this year’s Pink Boots Ball, a fundraiser for Carolina Breast Friends. Proceeds support the nonprofit’s mission of helping women during every stage of their breast cancer journey - from diagnosis, surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatments, living with metastasis, remission; or the fear of recurrence - through encouragement, information, and assistance. Oct. 27 at the Ritz-Carlton. Cocktails at 6:30 p.m.; dinner at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $225. www.carolinabreastfriends.org.

Dress as your favorite music legend for the Duke Mansion Preservation Society’s annual fundraiser on Oct. 27.

Dress as your favorite music legend for the Duke Mansion Preservation Society’s annual fundraiser on Oct. 27.

LEGENDS OF MUSIC COSTUME PARTY: Dress as your favorite music legend from any musical era during the Duke Mansion’s annual Halloween fundraiser. Always one of the most fun parties of the year, guests will come to together to rock out and support the historic site’s Preservation Society. Dance to the Music of Hey DJ!, visit the "Rat Pack Lounge" where you are the karaoke star, play over-sized outdoor games, participate in a silent auction and enjoy food and drinks from Executive Chef Harrison Booth. 8 p.m. until on Oct. 27 at Duke Mansion, 400 Hermitage Road. $75. For tickets and more details, click here.

Galleries

Landscapes by John Beerman are on view Oct. 25-Nov. 24 at Anne Neilson Fine Art.

Landscapes by John Beerman are on view Oct. 25-Nov. 24 at Anne Neilson Fine Art.

ANNE NEILSON FINE ART: Oct. 25-Nov. 24: Renewed Wonder: Studios Into the Landscape, recent paintings by John Beerman. 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.

The multi-disciplinary exhibition Vicarious is at Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art from Nov. 1 through Jan. 5, 2019.

The multi-disciplinary exhibition Vicarious is at Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art from Nov. 1 through Jan. 5, 2019.

ELDER GALLERY OF CONTEMPORARY ART: Through Oct. 27: Evolution, paintings by Susan Brenner and Chase Langford. Nov. 1-Jan. 5, 2019: Vicarious, a multi-disciplinary exhibition featuring paintings by San Francisco-based Dan Bayless; drawings and paintings by Charlotte-based artist and Army veteran Will Bosbyshell; glass work by Pomona, California-based artist and Vietnam veteran Michael Aschenbrenner,; prints, objects and sculpture by Drew Cameron; installation work by Charlotte-based artist and Navy veteran Suje Garcia; a documentary produced by Susie Films; a virtual reality project produced by Army veteran Paula Kranz Broadwell; and artworks from graduates of the Chicago-based CreatiVets Program. Part of exhibit sales go to Veterans Bridge Home. 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.

Street Space, Embracing the History of Street Art & Culture  is on view Oct. 24-Dec. 1 at New Gallery of Modern Art.

Street Space, Embracing the History of Street Art & Culture is on view Oct. 24-Dec. 1 at New Gallery of Modern Art.

NEW GALLERY OF MODERN ART: Oct. 24-Dec. 1: Street Space, Embracing the History of Street Art & Culture featuring works by Daniel Arkham, Jose Aurelio Baez, Christopher Chan, Jesse Choring, Seth Clark, Steven Firenze, Freehand Profit, Blaine Hurdle, Hnin Nie, Odriewgo, Christophe Roberts, David Rosenstraus, Grace Stott, Swoon, Dammit Wesley, Bryan Wilson and Stephen Wilson.  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. 

Interiors,  an exhibit of works by Damian Stamer, is on view through Nov. 9 at Soco Gallery.

Interiors, an exhibit of works by Damian Stamer, is on view through Nov. 9 at Soco Gallery.

SOCO GALLERY: Through Nov. 9: Interiors, works by Damian Stamer. 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. 





Coming Up

Five New York Times best-selling authors are part of Verse & Vino, a Nov. 1 fundraiser for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation.

Five New York Times best-selling authors are part of Verse & Vino, a Nov. 1 fundraiser for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation.

VERSE & VINO: An evening of food, wine, and conversation with five New York Times best-selling authors to raise funds for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation. The featured authors and their new releases are: Elliot Ackerman, Waiting for Eden; Lou Berney, November Road; Casey Gerald, There Will Be No Miracles Here; Paula McLain, Love and Ruin; Julia Reed, South Toward Home. 6-9:30 p.m. Nov. 1. Charlotte Convention Center., 501 S. College St. $150. www.foundation.cmlibrary.org.

Raise money for Dress For Success while helping them clear out space during the nonprofit’s Inventory Reduction Event on Nov. 3.

Raise money for Dress For Success while helping them clear out space during the nonprofit’s Inventory Reduction Event on Nov. 3.

INVENTORY REDUCTION EVENT: Surplus women’s suits, sweaters, dresses and shoes will be for sale to make room for new inventory at this fundraiser. Only cash in bills $20 or less and credit/debit cards will be accepted. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 3. Dress For Success Boutique & Career Transformation Center, 500-A Clanton Road. charlotte.dressforsuccess.org.

Opera Carolina presents Daughter of the Regiment Nov. 10, 15 and 18 at Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.

Opera Carolina presents Daughter of the Regiment Nov. 10, 15 and 18 at Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.

DAUGHTER OF THE REGIMENT: Opera Caroline presents Donizetti’s opera that actually has a happy ending. It tells the story of a spirited young orphan raised by a French army regiment who must chose between love and social status. 8 p.m. Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 and 2 p.m. Nov. 18. Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. Tickets: $22-$157. www.operacarolina.org.

Legendary comedian John Cleese comes to Ovens Auditorium on Nov. 19.

Legendary comedian John Cleese comes to Ovens Auditorium on Nov. 19.

AN EVENING WITH JOHN CLEESE: An evening of comedy with the legendary star of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Fawlty Towers and A Fish Called Wanda. 7 p.m. Nov. 19. Ovens Auditorium, www.ovensauditorium.com.

HOLIDAYS AT THE GARDEN: This annual light display has become a tradition for families. New this year is a musically-orchestrated topiary display in the Four Season’s Garden and the lights of fire and ice in the perennial gardens have been extended. There’s also an expanded Department 56 Dickens Village. Santa will be available for for pictures on select nights for an additional fee. Nov. 23-Jan. 6 (except Christmas Day). Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Adult tickets are $12.95 to $16.95. dsbg.org.

The 64th annual Singing Christmas Tree Dec. 8-9 uptown is billed as a Big Band Bash.

The 64th annual Singing Christmas Tree Dec. 8-9 uptown is billed as a Big Band Bash.

THE 64TH ANNUAL SINGING CHRISTMAS TREE: This Charlotte holiday tradition features The MainStage Choir performing favorite Christmas songs in a 32-foot tall Christmas tree. This year’s production has a Jazz twist with accompaniment by the all-star Big Band, plus the Miller Street Dance Academy. 3 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8, 4 p.m. Dec. 9. Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts, 430 S. Tryon St. $26-$45. carolinavoices.org.

The National Ballet Theatre of Odessa performs the classic ballet  The Sleeping Beauty  for one night only on Dec. 19 at Knight Theater.

The National Ballet Theatre of Odessa performs the classic ballet The Sleeping Beauty for one night only on Dec. 19 at Knight Theater.

THE SLEEPING BEAUTY: The National Ballet Theatre of Odessa and its 55 dancers perform a full-scale production of Tchaikovsky’s classic for one night only. 7:30 p.m. Dec 19. Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts, 430 S. Tryon St. $40-$60. blumenthalarts.org.

CROWN JEWELS BALL: Cugat Club is the theme of this year’s gala fundraiser for Charlotte Concerts. Gala chair is Clair Campbell. Feb. 9, 2019 at Quail Hollow Club. Tickets are $275. www.charlotteconcerts.org.

MAY EVENTS

An evening ensemble from Oscar de la Renta, one of the gowns that's part of  The Glamour & Romance of Oscar de la Renta  exhibit at the Mint Museum Randolph. It's on view through July 29.

An evening ensemble from Oscar de la Renta, one of the gowns that's part of The Glamour & Romance of Oscar de la Renta exhibit at the Mint Museum Randolph. It's on view through July 29.

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. On exhibit through July 29. Hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesdays; 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. 

Unstoppable  by Vesela Baker is one of the works on view through June 1 at the  Botanica  exhibit at Anne Neilson Fine Art.

Unstoppable by Vesela Baker is one of the works on view through June 1 at the Botanica exhibit at Anne Neilson Fine Art.

Botanica: In celebration of its 4th anniversary, Anne Neilson Fine Art is showcasing an exhibit of works by Jhina Alvarado, Vesela Baker, Caroline Boykin, Paige Follmann, Pam Moxley, Vikki Stockton, Eliza Thomas and Nick Veasey. On view through June 1. Anne Neilson Fine Art, 532 Governor Morrison Street, Suite 100. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. 704-496-9181. www.anneneilsonfineart.com.

One of the beautifully decorated tables at last year's Festival of Tables. The 2018 fundraiser hosted by the Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary is May 3 at the Sheraton. 

One of the beautifully decorated tables at last year's Festival of Tables. The 2018 fundraiser hosted by the Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary is May 3 at the Sheraton. 

Festival of Tables: A luncheon, silent auction, display of decorated tables and inspirational talk. Proceeds benefit the Pathway of Hope program at the Salvation Army Center of Hope and college scholarships for youth at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte. Mistress of Ceremonies is Moira Quinn; keynote speaker is Jane McIntyre. 10 a.m. May 3. Sheraton hotel on South McDowell Street. $55. www.salvationarmycharlotte.org. 

Counselor and comedian David Granirer is the speaker at a May 3 event presented by HopeWay.

Counselor and comedian David Granirer is the speaker at a May 3 event presented by HopeWay.

Stand Up For Mental Health: HopeWay's annual George C. Covington Educational Event features speaker David Granirer, a counselor and stand-up comic. David, who himself has depression, promotes laughter as an important form of therapy for those struggling with mental illness. 7:30 p.m. May 3. McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square. $20; $15 for students. 704-372-1000; www.carolinatix.org. HopeWay is a nonprofit residential mental health facility. Details: www.hopewayfoundation.org.

The Wing Haven Gardeners' Garden Tour is May 5-6. 

The Wing Haven Gardeners' Garden Tour is May 5-6. 

Wing Haven Gardeners' Garden Tour: Visit beautiful and unique gardens with expert residents on hand at each site. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 5; 1-4 p.m. May 6. Day-of-tour tickets are $35 at Wng Haven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary, 248 Ridgewood Avenue. Proceeds benefit Wing Haven gardens, its programs and educational outreach. 704-331-0664; www.winghavengardens.com.

Reenactors will demonstrate what life was like for Allied and Axis troops during a historic reenactment May 5-6 at Latta Plantation. 

Reenactors will demonstrate what life was like for Allied and Axis troops during a historic reenactment May 5-6 at Latta Plantation. 

World War II Historic Reenactment: Reenactors will show what the lives of Allied and Axis troops were like during WWII. Battle reenactment each day at 2 p.m. There are also food vendors, self-guided tours and a chance to visit with the reenactors. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 5-6 at Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road. $9; $8 for 62 and up and students; free for 5 and younger. 704-875-2312; www.lattaplantation.org.

Photographer Jim Hoffman is one of the artists participating in the Kings Drive Art Walk May 5-6.   www.hofmannphoto.com.

Photographer Jim Hoffman is one of the artists participating in the Kings Drive Art Walk May 5-6. www.hofmannphoto.com.

Kings Drive Art Walk: Paintings, jewelry, watercolors, glass, clay, sculpture from artists around the country will be on display along the Little Sugar Creek Greenway near uptown. There's also food, jazz and strolling musicians. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. May 5; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. May 6. Little Sugar Creek Greenway. www.kingsdriveartwalk.org. 

The World Affairs Council of Charlotte honors Pat Rodgers as its 2018 World Citizen during a black tie celebration on May 8. 

The World Affairs Council of Charlotte honors Pat Rodgers as its 2018 World Citizen during a black tie celebration on May 8. 

World Citizen Award Dinner: The World Affairs Council of Charlotte honors Pat Rodgers, president and CEO of Rodgers Builders, as its 2018 World Citizen. May 8 at the Hilton Charlotte Center City. Reception 6-7 p.m.; dinner and celebration 7:15-9 p.m. $175 (general reception and dinner; $250 VIP reception and dinner). Sold Out. Call 704-687-7762 to be placed on the wait list. www.worldaffairscharlotte.org.

Shop Lafayette 148 New York's pre-Fall collection May 9-12 at Paul Simon Women at the Village at SouthPark. 

Shop Lafayette 148 New York's pre-Fall collection May 9-12 at Paul Simon Women at the Village at SouthPark. 

Lafayette 148 New York: Shop a selection of pre-Fall clothes inspired by architectural legend Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece, Fallingwater. Available in sizes from petite to plus. 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. May 9-May 12. Paul Simon Women. Village at SouthPark, 4310 Sharon Road, Suite X17. 704-333-6139; www.paulsimonco.com.

Last year's HousingFest raised $50,000 for Urban Ministry Center. This year's concert is May 10 at Ovens Auditorium.

Last year's HousingFest raised $50,000 for Urban Ministry Center. This year's concert is May 10 at Ovens Auditorium.

HousingFest: Urban Ministry Center in conjunction with MaxxMusic presents this concert to help end homelessness in Charlotte. Headliners are Buddy Guy and Mavis Staples. May 10 at Ovens Auditorium. $51.50; $56.50; $66.50. Tickets: 800-745-3000; www.ticketmaster.com. 

The Art & Soul of South End spring festival is May 12. 

The Art & Soul of South End spring festival is May 12. 

Art & Soul of South End: A spring festival for the South End neighborhood featuring food, artists, entertainment and more. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. May 12. 1616 Camden Road in Historic South End. www.historicsouthend.com.

Concert master Calin Lupanu (left) and principal tuba Aubrey Foard are among the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra musicians performing May 11-12.

Concert master Calin Lupanu (left) and principal tuba Aubrey Foard are among the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra musicians performing May 11-12.

Charlotte Symphony: The finale of the symphony's classical series features Christopher Warren-Green conducting three works that displaying Mozart's musical genius, including his final symphony Jupiter. 7:30 p.m. May 11-12 at Knight Theater. $19; $36; $53; $72; $89. Tickets: www.charlottesymphony.org.

Musical legend James Taylor performs May 16 at the Spectrum Center uptown. 

Musical legend James Taylor performs May 16 at the Spectrum Center uptown. 

An Evening With James Taylor & His All-Star Band: The musical legend will perform two sets with a brief intermission. 7:30 p.m. May 16 (doors open at 6:30 p.m.). Spectrum Center, 333 E. Trade Street, uptown. $68.50 and $103. Tickets: www1.ticketmaster.com. Details: www.jamestaylor.com.

Celebrate Charlotte's 250th birthday on the lawn of the Queen City's oldest home. 

Celebrate Charlotte's 250th birthday on the lawn of the Queen City's oldest home. 

Colonial Gem: Celebrate Charlotte's 250th birthday on the lawn of the Queen City's oldest home. Guests will enjoy dinner, live folk music, special tours of the historic Hezekiah Alexander Home and a moonshine tasting. Community historian Tom Hanchett will speak about the importance of preserving history in a city of newcomers. All proceeds support the Charlotte Museum of History's mission and the ongoing preservation of the historic home site. 6-8:30 p.m. May 17. The Charlotte Museum of History. $100. Details: www.charlottemuseum.org.

Colonial re-enactors are part of the MecDec Celebration May 18 uptown. 

Colonial re-enactors are part of the MecDec Celebration May 18 uptown. 

MeckDec Noon Commemoration: The annual commemoration of one of Charlotte's most important historic events, the signing of the famed Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. This annual celebration is hosted by The May 20th Society and includes military and Colonial re-enactors, historical readings and cannon firing in uptown Charlotte. Noon May 18, Independence Square, corner of Trade and Tryon streets. Free. www.may20thsociety.org.

The Charlotte Museum of History is the site of the MeckDec Celebration from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. May 19. 

The Charlotte Museum of History is the site of the MeckDec Celebration from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. May 19. 

MeckDec Celebration at The Charlotte Museum of History: Celebrate the 243rd anniversary of the signing of the legendary Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence with a day of family fun at The Charlotte Museum of History. Tour the city's oldest home, enjoy live fiddle music and experience a re-enactment of the signing of the MeckDec, followed by Colonial artillery demonstrations. Try your hand at pen-and-ink writing with quills and learn about 18th century tavern foods with cooking demos in the historic kitchen. Visit "Captain Jack's Tavern" in the barn for a Colonial beer brewing tutorial and then grab a drink from Bold Missy Brewery. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. May 19. Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive. $10 adults, $8 children. Details: www.charlottemuseum.org.

Dine with artists during the McColl Center Art + Innovation's annual Studio Party on May 19. 

Dine with artists during the McColl Center Art + Innovation's annual Studio Party on May 19. 

Studio Party: Enjoy cocktails, dining with artists, a live auction, dessert and dancing at this gala fundraiser for the McColl Center for Art + Innovation.  6-11 p.m. May 19. $250. $35 for the After Party only. www.mccollcenter.org.

Help homeless children reach their educational dreams by attending A Child's Place annual gala on May 19 at the Westin uptown. 

Help homeless children reach their educational dreams by attending A Child's Place annual gala on May 19 at the Westin uptown. 

A Night Of 4,000 Dreams: A celebration of A Child's Place and its supporters whose mission is to erase the impact of homelessness on the education of the more than 4,000 homeless children in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Features dinner, drinks and bidding on silent and live auction items including entertainment and travel packages. Black tie optional. 7-10 p.m. May 19. Westin, 601 S. College Street. $200. www.achildsplace.org.

The Friendship Picnic is May 25 at C3Lab in South End. 

The Friendship Picnic is May 25 at C3Lab in South End. 

Friendship Picnic: Grab your friends and join everyone at C3Lab for fun, friendship and food. Friendship Trays will be offering their usual selections of delicious lunch options; proceeds benefit the nonprofit that delivers healthy food to the homes of the elderly and infirm.. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. May 25. C3Lab, 2525 Distribution Street. 

Jessica Gaynelle Moss curated Black Blooded, an exhibit at New Gallery of Modern Art. 

Jessica Gaynelle Moss curated Black Blooded, an exhibit at New Gallery of Modern Art. 

Black Blooded: Curated by Jessica Gaynelle Moss, this exhibit is built like a family photo album with close to 70 pieces by 50 artists, Preview is May 15-29. The public opening celebration is 7-11 p.m. May 30. Gallery Crawl is 6-9 p.m. May 31. New Gallery of Modern Art, 435 S. Tryon Street. 704-373-1464; www.newgalleryofmodernart.

O Fourteena is the theme of the 14th annual Charlotte Squawks running May 31-June 24 at Booth Playhouse.

O Fourteena is the theme of the 14th annual Charlotte Squawks running May 31-June 24 at Booth Playhouse.

Charlotte Squawks: Saturday Night Live meets Broadway during the fourteenth edition of Squawks. Creative team Mike Collins and Brian Kahn collaborate with the area's most talented performers  to make fun of pop-culture, sports, life and politics both local and national. 7:30 p.m. May 31; 8 p.m. June 1-2; 7:30 p.m. June 5-7; 8 p.m. June 8-9; 7:30 p.m. June 12-14; 8 p.m. June 15; 2 and 8 p.m. June 16; 7:30 p.m. June 19-21; 8 p.m. June 22; 2 and 8 p.m. June 23; 3 p.m. June 24. Booth Playhouse in the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Tickets start at $24.50: 704-372-1000; www.carolinatix.org.

COMING UP

Harry Connick Jr. brings his  A New Orleans Tricentennial Celebration  tour to Belk Theater June 11-12. 

Harry Connick Jr. brings his A New Orleans Tricentennial Celebration tour to Belk Theater June 11-12. 

Harry Connick Jr.: The Grammy, Emmy and Tony Award-Winning singer, pianist and composer brings his A New Orleans Tricentennial Celebration tour to Charlotte. 7:30 p.m. June 11-12. Belk Theater at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. $25, $49.50, $84.50, $109.50 and $225. Tickets: www.blumenthalarts.org; 704-372-1000. 

Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen will interview each other and take questions from the audience on June 15 at Belk Theater.

Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen will interview each other and take questions from the audience on June 15 at Belk Theater.

An Intimate Evening With Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen: Journalist Anderson Cooper of CNN and Bravo TVs Andy Cohen take the stage to talk about their lives and current events in news and popular culture. 8 p.m. June 15. Belk Theater in the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center uptown. Tickets: $69.50, $79.50; $105; and $350. VIP Package includes premium seating: a Meet and Greet with Anderson and Andy; and a chance to have your picture made with them. 704-372-1000; www.carolinatix.org. 

Sister Sledge performs June 16 at a fundraiser for Vision for Israel.

Sister Sledge performs June 16 at a fundraiser for Vision for Israel.

Sister Sledge: Following the 2017 death of their sister Joni, sisters Debbie and Kim continue to perform as Sister Sledge, the Grammy-nominated singers behind hits including We Are Family and He's The Greatest Dancer.They'll headline this fundraiser for Vision for Israel. 7 p.m. June 16. The River Place, 8400 Regent Parkway, Fort Mill, S.C. $49. Tickets: www.sistersledgecharlotte.eventbrite.com; 1-866-351-0075. 

The 30th Great Gatsby Gala is Aug. 25 at the Hilton Charlotte Center City. 

The 30th Great Gatsby Gala is Aug. 25 at the Hilton Charlotte Center City. 

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.