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Summer Guide 2012: Arts/Entertainment 

CL's list of comedy, theater, art and other events happening during the hot months

COMEDY

May

The Comedy Zone Charlotte at NC Music Factory — May 23: Johnny Millwater. Live show and TV taping of Crazy Late with Johnny Millwater; May 24-27: Charlie Murphy; May 30-31: Julie Scoggins. 900 N.C. Music Factory Blvd., Suite B3, Charlotte. 980-321-4702. www.cltcomedyzone.com.

Charlie Murphy
  • Charlie Murphy

The Comedy Zone Fort Mill at Madison's On The Corner — May 18-19: Frankie Paul; May 25-26: Al Ernst. 900 Crossroads Plaza, Fort Mill. 803-802-3990. www.thecomedyzonefortmill.weebly.com.

June

Belk Theater — Aziz Ansari. June 7, 7:30 p.m. 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalarts.org.

The Comedy Zone Charlotte at NC Music Factory — June 1-2: Julie Scoggins; June 6-9: Rich Guzzi. Psycho Hypnosis Show. June 13: Johnny Millwater. Live show and TV taping of Crazy Late with Johnny Millwater; June 14-16: Jay Pharoah; June 20-23: Greg Morton; June 28-30: Lavell Crawford. 900 N.C. Music Factory Blvd., Suite B3, Charlotte. 980-321-4702. www.cltcomedyzone.com.

Greg Morton
  • Greg Morton

The Comedy Zone Lake Norman at Galway Hooker Irish Pub — June 5: Lawrence Thomas; June 12: Tony Boswell; June 25: Jody Kerns. 17044 Kenton Drive, Cornelius. 704-895-1782. www.lkncomedyzone.com.

Petra's Piano Bar and Cabaret — June 23: Sara Schaefer with Scott Moran. For more information, visit www.degenerateclt.org. 1919 Commonwealth Ave., Charlotte. 704-332-6608. www.petraspianobar.com.

Sara Schaefer
  • Sara Schaefer

Neighborhood Theatre — Suso - El Paspi. Spanish comedy show. Sat., June 9, 8:30 p.m. $30-$40. 511 E. 36th St., Charlotte. 704-358-9298. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com.

July

The Comedy Zone Charlotte at NC Music Factory — July 4-7: Bacon & Beer with Mike Speenberg and James Sibley; July 11-14: Paul Hooper; July 12-14: James Gregory; July 19-21: John Witherspoon; July 26-28: Chris Franjola. 900 N.C. Music Factory Blvd., Suite B3, Charlotte. 980-321-4702. www.cltcomedyzone.com.

The Comedy Zone Lake Norman at Galway Hooker Irish Pub — July 3: Michael Mack; July 9: Patrick Garritty; July 17: Paul Hooper; July 24: Mike Merryfield. 17044 Kenton Drive, Cornelius. 704-895-1782. www.lkncomedyzone.com.

August

The Comedy Zone Charlotte at NC Music Factory — Aug. 2-4: Jon Lovitz; Aug. 8-11: Dov Davidoff; Aug. 16-18: Arnez J; Aug. 23-25: Bobby Lee. 900 N.C. Music Factory Blvd., Suite B3, Charlotte. 980-321-4702. www.cltcomedyzone.com.

The Comedy Zone Lake Norman at Galway Hooker Irish Pub — Aug. 6: Dave Landau; Aug. 13: Mike Speanberg; Aug. 20: Tim Kidd; Aug. 27: Julie Scoggins. 17044 Kenton Drive, Cornelius. 704-895-1782. www.lkncomedyzone.com.

September

The Comedy Zone Charlotte at NC Music Factory — Sept. 12-15: Tennessee Tramp; Sept. 20-22: Tommy Davidson; Sept. 27-29: Kevin Pollak. 900 N.C. Music Factory Blvd., Suite B3, Charlotte. 980-321-4702. www.cltcomedyzone.com.

The Comedy Zone Lake Norman at Galway Hooker Irish Pub — Sept. 10: Julie Scoggins; Sept. 17: Shaun Jones. 17044 Kenton Drive, Cornelius. 704-895-1782. www.lkncomedyzone.com.

Ovens Auditorium — Anjelah Johnson. Sat., Sept. 22, 7 p.m. $32.50. 2700 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte. 704-372-3600. www.ovensauditorium.com.

Anjelah Johnson
  • Anjelah Johnson

FILM

May

Cult Movie Monday — Screening Steven Spielberg's Jaws. Free admission. Mon., May 21, 7 p.m. Actor's Theatre of Charlotte, 650 E. Stonewall St., Charlotte. 704-342-2251. www.actorstheatrecharlotte.org.

Back Alley Film Series — Screening God Bless America. For more information, visit www.backalleyfilmseries.com. $5-$8. Thurs., May 24, 7:30 p.m. Crownpoint Stadium 12, 9630 Monroe Road, Charlotte.

June

Saturday Night Cine Club — Charlotte Film Society screens Miral. Discussion to follow. For more information, visit www.charlottefilmsociety.com. $5-$8. June 2, 3 and 7 p.m. Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Road, Charlotte. 704-376-3777. www.theatrecharlotte.org.

Classic International Black Cinema Series — Screening Carmen: A Hip Hopera. Free with museum admission ($5-$8). Sun., June 10, 2 p.m. Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, 551 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-547-3700. www.aacc-charlotte.org.

Back Alley Film Series — Screening Sound of Noise. For more information, visit www.backalleyfilmseries.com. $5-$8. Thurs., June 14, 7:30 p.m. Crownpoint Stadium 12, 9630 Monroe Road, Charlotte.

Attack of the Summer Film Series — Screening Jim Henson's Labyrinth, as part of the themed "80s Fantasy Flashback". Starts at sunset. Free admission. Thurs., June 14. Transamerica Square Courtyard, 401 N. Tryon St., Charlotte.

Labyrinth
  • Labyrinth

Cult Movie Monday — Screening The Warriors. Free admission. Mon., June 25, 7 p.m. Actor's Theatre of Charlotte, 650 E. Stonewall St., Charlotte. 704-342-2251. www.actorstheatrecharlotte.org.

Ships Ahoy Film Series — June 16: Screening A Night to Remember, directed by Roy Ward Baker and starring Kenneth More and Laurence Naismith. June 23: Screening Lifeboat, directed by Alfred Hitchcock and starring Tallulah Bankhead and William Bendix. June 30: Screening The Black Pirate, directed by Albert Parker, live piano accompaniment by Ethan Uslan and starring Douglas Fairbanks and Donald Crisp. All shows are free and begin at 2 p.m. ImaginOn's Wells Fargo Playhouse, 300 E. 7th St., Charlotte. 704-416-4600. www.imaginon.org.

Summer Outdoor Cinema Series — June 13: Outdoor movie screening of Hugo. Weather permitting, film will begin at dusk. Free. 8:30 p.m. June 27: Outdoor movie screening of Jack and Jill. Weather permitting, film will begin at dusk. Free. 8:30 p.m. Kenton Place, 17111 Kenton Drive, Cornelius.

Summer Outdoor Cinema Series — June 16: Outdoor movie screening of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Weather permitting, film will begin at dusk. Free. 8:30 p.m. Ramsey Creek Park, 18441 Nantz Road, Cornelius.

July

Oscar, Spencer and Paul Series — Screening Beware, as part of a series highlighting black cinema pioneers Oscar Micheaux, Spencer Williams and Paul Robeson. Free with museum admission. Sun., July 8, 2 p.m.; Screening Body and Soul. Free with museum admission. Sun., July 8, 2 p.m. Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, 551 South Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-547-3700. www.aacc-charlotte.org.

Back Alley Film Series — Screening Beyond the Black Rainbow. For more information, visit www.backalleyfilmseries.com. $5-$8. Thurs., July 12, 7:30 p.m. Crownpoint Stadium 12, 9630 Monroe Road, Charlotte.

Beyond the Black Rainbow
  • Beyond the Black Rainbow

Attack of the Summer Film Series — Screening Wolfgang Petersen's The Never Ending Story, as part of the themed "80s Fantasy Flashback". Starts at sunset. Free admission. Thurs., July 12. Transamerica Square Courtyard, 401 N. Tryon St., Charlotte.

Cult Movie Monday — Screening The Goonies. Free admission. Mon., July 30, 7 p.m. Actor's Theatre of Charlotte, 650 E. Stonewall St., Charlotte. 704-342-2251. www.actorstheatrecharlotte.org.

Ships Ahoy Film Series — July 7: Screening Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, directed by Peter Weir and starring Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany. July 14: Screening The Crimson Pirate, directed by Robert Siodmak and starring Burt Lancaster and Nick Cravat. July 21: Screening Billy Budd, directed by Peter Ustinov and starring Terrence Stamp and Robert Ryan. July 28: Screening The Sea Hawk, directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Errol Flynn and Claude Rains. All shows are free and begin at 2 p.m. ImaginOn's Wells Fargo Playhouse, 300 E. 7th St., Charlotte. 704-416-4600. www.imaginon.org.

Summer Outdoor Cinema Series — July 11: Outdoor movie screening of Dolphin Tale. Weather permitting, film will begin at dusk. Free. 8:30 p.m. July 25: Outdoor movie screening of Zookeeper. Weather permitting, film will begin at dusk. Free. 8:30 p.m. Kenton Place, 17111 Kenton Drive, Cornelius.

Summer Outdoor Cinema Series — July 21: Outdoor movie screening of The Adventures of Tintin. Weather permitting, film will begin at dusk. Free. 8:30 p.m. Smithville Park, 19710 S. Ferry Street, Cornelius.

August

Attack of the Summer Film Series — Screening Frank Oz and Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal, as part of the themed "80s Fantasy Flashback". Starts at sunset. Free admission. Thurs., Aug. 9. Transamerica Square Courtyard, 401 N. Tryon St., Charlotte.

Oscar, Spencer and Paul Series — Screening Go Down Death, as part of this series that highlights black cinema pioneers Oscar Micheaux, Spencer Williams and Paul Robeson. Free with museum admission. Sun., Aug. 12, 2 p.m. Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, 551 South Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-547-3700. www.aacc-charlotte.org.

Ships Ahoy Film Series — Screening Mutiny on the Bounty, directed by Frank Lloyd and starring Clark Gable and Charles Laughton. Free. Aug. 4, 2 p.m. ImaginOn's Wells Fargo Playhouse, 300 E. 7th St., Charlotte. 704-416-4600. www.imaginon.org.

Summer Outdoor Cinema Series — Aug. 8: Outdoor movie screening of Dr. Seuss' the Lorax. Weather permitting, film will begin at dusk. Free. 8:30 p.m. Aug. 22: Outdoor movie screening of Journey 2: The Mysterious Island. Weather permitting, film will begin at dusk. Free. 8:30 p.m. Kenton Place, 17111 Kenton Drive, Cornelius.

Summer Outdoor Cinema Series — Aug. 25: Outdoor movie screening of Soul Surfer. Weather permitting, film will begin at dusk. Free. 8:30 p.m. Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Avenue, Cornelius.

September

Oscar, Spencer and Paul Series — Screening The Girl From Chicago. Free with museum admission. Sun., Sept. 9, 2 p.m. Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, 551 South Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-547-3700. www.aacc-charlotte.org.

THEATER

May

Opening:

Underneath the Lintel — Glen Berger's play about a bureaucratic librarian who finds an overdue travel guide in the library dropbox and goes on an adventure to fine the culprit who is somewhere in China. $10. May 24-26, 8 p.m. Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216 Westmoreland Road, Suite A, Cornelius. 704-859-5930. www.warehousepac.com.

The Edge of Our Bodies — A one-woman show written by playwright, Adam Rapp. This play captures a young woman who articulates the anguish in the things she can't know or control in her life. May 24-26, 8 p.m.; May 31, 8 p.m.; Continues on Sundays through June 23. Carolina Actors Studio Theatre (CAST), 2424 N. Davidson St., Charlotte. 704-455-8542. www.nccast.com.

Under the Red Cloak — Matchett Enterprises Inc. collaborates with CAST for the regional premiere of the powerful choreopoem, "Under the Red Cloak." Author Dee Abdullah inspired by Anita Diamant's The Red Tent, weaves a powerful portrayal of womanhood and experiences, from child birth to menstrual cycles. $15. May 27, 5 p.m. Continues on Sundays through June 17. Carolina Actors Studio Theatre (CAST), 2424 N. Davidson St., Charlotte. 704-455-8542. www.nccast.com.

Eliza — Based on the book, Eliza: The New Orleans Years by Charlotte poet Dede Wilson, the performance chronicles 25 years in the life of Eliza Moore Christie Parker. $15. May 27, 2:30 p.m. Continues through June 17. Carolina Actors Studio Theatre (CAST), 2424 N. Davidson St., Charlotte. 704-455-8542. www.nccast.com.

La Cage Aux Folles — The Tony Award-winning musical tells the story of a drag nightclub owner and his romantic partner, who come face to face with ultra conservatism during a family dinner. May 29-31, 7:30 p.m. Continues through June 3. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalarts.org.

La Cage Aux Folles
  • La Cage Aux Folles

The Tempest — As part of Collaborative Arts' annual Charlotte Shakespeare Festival, The Green transforms into the magical island where Prospero and his daughter are exiled. This Shakespeare play features a blend of magic, monsters, romance and comedy. For more information, visit www.collaborativeartstheatre.com. Free admission ($5 donation encouraged). May 31, 8 p.m. Continues through June 17. The Green, 435 S. Tryon St., Charlotte.

Ongoing:

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee — This award-winning musical tells the story of six overachieving adolescents up against each other in a spelling championship. $8-$24. May 24 7:30 p.m.; May 25-26, 8 p.m.; May 27, 2:30 p.m. Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Road, Charlotte. 704-376-3777. www.theatrecharlotte.org.

Eleemosynary — This play by Lee Blessing explores the relationships between three generations of women, all of whom are struggling to find a sense of identity and family. $20. May 25-26, 8 p.m. Ballantyne Community Theatre, 11318 N. Community House Road, Charlotte. 704-716-4650. www.ymcacharlotte.org/branches/morrison/mo.aspx.

June

Opening:

Rhyme Deferred — On Q Productions' last show of the season examines hip-hop's higher purpose through its influences and roles in society. For more information, visit www.youarenowonq.com. $17-$22. June 1-2, 8 p.m.; June 3, 3 p.m.; June 6-7, 7:30 p.m.; June 8-9, 8 p.m.; June 10, 3 p.m.; June 14, 7:30 p.m.; June 15-16, 8 p.m. Duke Energy Theatre, 345 N. College St., Charlotte. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalarts.org.

A Steady Rain — 700 Miles South Theatre Company is collaborating with CAST for the regional premiere of Keith Huff's gritty stage noir drama. $15-$22. June 1-2, 10 p.m.; June 8-9, 10 p.m.; June 15-16, 10 p.m.; June 22-23, 10 p.m.; June 29-30, 10 p.m.; Carolina Actors Studio Theatre (CAST), 2424 N. Davidson St., Charlotte. 704-455-8542. www.nccast.com.

The Marvelous Wonderettes — The musical revolves around a 1958 Springfield High School Prom with girl group The Wonderettes and '50s and '60s faves — "Lollipop," "Dream Lover," "It's My Party" and more. $15 for previews on June 1-2; Pay what you can night on June 13; $24-$29 for all other shows. June 1-2, 8 p.m.; June 6-7, 7:30 p.m.; June 8-9, 8 p.m.; June 13-14, 7:30 p.m.; June 15-16, 8 p.m.; June 17, 2:30 p.m.; June 20-21, 7:30 p.m.; June 22-23, 8 p.m. Actor's Theatre of Charlotte, 650 E. Stonewall St., Charlotte. 704-342-2251. www.actorstheatrecharlotte.org.

The Devil Thought He Had Me — A stage play based on a real life story surrounded by domestic violence and self-esteem issues. $20-$25. Thurs., June 7, 7 p.m. CPCC's Pease Auditorium, 1201 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte. 704-330-6534. http://arts.cpcc.edu.

Nunsense — This comedic musical revolves around a group of nuns who are rehearsing for a fundraiser to raise money to bury a sister who was accidently poisoned by the convent cook. For more information, visit www.matthewsplayhouse.com. $15-$17. June 8-9, 8 p.m.; June 10, 2 p.m.; June 15-16, 8 p.m.; June 17, 2 p.m. Matthews Playhouse, 100 McDowell St., Charlotte. 704-846-8343. www.matthewsplayhouse.com.

Charlotte Squawks — Returning for its eighth edition, the creative troupe of Mike Collins, Brian Kahn and local talents parody pop-culture, politics, sports and the Q.C. Adult language and content. $29.50 and up. June 8-9, 8 p.m.; June 14, 7:30 p.m.; June 15-16, 8 p.m.; June 21, 7:30 p.m.; June 22-23, 8 p.m.; June 27-28, 7:30 p.m.; June 29-30, 8 p.m. Booth Playhouse, 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalarts.org.

Guys and Dolls — This popular oddball, romantic comedy includes Frank Loesser's touching scores "Luck Be a Lady," "Adelaide's Lament," and "Sit. Down You're Rockin' the Boat." $10-$22. June 15-16, 8 p.m.; June 17, 2:30 p.m.; June 19, 7 p.m.; June 20-21, 7:30 p.m.; June 22-23, 8 p.m. CPCC's Halton Theater, 1201 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte. 704-330-6534. http://arts.cpcc.edu/.

The Odd Couple — The comedy by Neil Simon follows the relationship between an unlikely pair — a clean freak and slob. $8-$24. June 15-16, 8 p.m.; June 17, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; June 20, 7:30 p.m.; June 21, 7:30 p.m.; June 22-23, 8 p.m.; June 24, 2:30 p.m. Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Road, Charlotte. 704-376-3777. www.theatrecharlotte.org.

Crazy for You — George Gershwin's song and dance extravaganza is sprinkled with Ken Ludwig's hilarious dialogue. Presented by Davidson Community Players. For more information, visit www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org. $24. June 21-23, 8 p.m.; June 24, 2 p.m.; June 28-29, 8 p.m.; June 30, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Davidson College's Duke Family Performance Hall, 207 Faculty Drive, Davidson. 704-894-2135.

Beauty and the Beast — The Broadway musical based off of Disney's animated film features hit scores by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, with additional music by Alan Menken and Tim Rice. It tells the classic story of a young woman named Belle and the Beast, a young prince trapped in the body of a ghastly creature due to a witch's spell. Only love can break the dreadful curse and time is running out. June 26-28, 7:30 p.m.; June 29, 8 p.m.; June 30, 2 and 8 p.m.; July 1, 1:30 and 7 p.m. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalarts.org.

Rapunzel — Kid-friendly staging of the classic story about a trapped princess with long locks. $7-$10. June 27-30, 10 a.m.; July 1, 2:30 p.m.; July 5-7, 10 a.m. CPCC's Pease Auditorium, 1201 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte. 704-330-6534. http://arts.cpcc.edu/.

Cybersoul — The Treehouse Acting Company presents this original teen rock musical. June 28-29, 7 p.m.; June 30, 2 and 7 p.m.; July 1, 2 p.m. Carolina Actors Studio Theatre (CAST), 2424 N. Davidson St., Charlotte. 704-455-8542. www.nccast.com.

The Screwtape Letters — The performance of this adaption of C.S. Lewis' novel includes a special after-show talkback with Max McLean. $29-$89. June 29, 8 p.m.; June 30, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalarts.org.

Noises Off — The comic play follows a cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a stage flop called "Nothing's On". June 29-30, 8 p.m.; July 1, 2:30 p.m.; July 3, 7 p.m.; July 5, 7:30 p.m.; July 6-7, 8 p.m. CPCC's Halton Theater, 1201 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte. 704-330-6534. http://arts.cpcc.edu/.

Ongoing:

La Cage Aux Folles — The Tony Award-winning musical tells the story of a drag nightclub owner and his romantic partner, who come face to face with ultra conservatism during a family dinner. June 1, 8 p.m.; June 2, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; June 3, 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalarts.org.

The Tempest — As part of Collaborative Arts' annual Charlotte Shakespeare Festival, The Green transforms into the magical island where Prospero and his daughter are exiled. This Shakespeare play features a blend of magic, monsters, romance and comedy. For more information, visit www.collaborativeartstheatre.com. Free admission ($5 donation encouraged). June 1,-2 8 p.m.; June 3, 6:30 p.m.; June 6-9, 8 p.m.; June 10, 6:30 p.m.; June 13-16, 8 p.m.; June 17, 6:30 p.m. The Green, 435 S. Tryon St., Charlotte.

Car Craze — Performances of seven N.C. and S.C. playwrights' 10 minute comedies, which are centered around cars. $15-$20. June 1-2, 8 p.m.; June 3, 2 p.m.; June 7-9, 8 p.m. Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216 Westmoreland Road, Suite A, Cornelius. 704-859-5930. www.warehousepac.com.

The Edge of Our Bodies — A one-woman show written by playwright, Adam Rapp. This play captures a young woman who articulates the anguish in the things she can't know or control in her life. June 1-2, 8 p.m.; June 7-9, 8 p.m.; June 14-16, 8 p.m.; June 21-23 8 p.m. Continues through June 23. Carolina Actors Studio Theatre (CAST), 2424 N. Davidson St., Charlotte. 704-455-8542. www.nccast.com.

Eliza — Based on the book, Eliza: The New Orleans Years by Charlotte poet Dede Wilson, the performance chronicles 25 years in the life of Eliza Moore Christie Parker. $15. June 3, 2:30 p.m.; June 10, 2:30 p.m.; June 17, 2:30 p.m. Carolina Actors Studio Theatre (CAST), 2424 N. Davidson St., Charlotte. 704-455-8542. www.nccast.com.

Under the Red Cloak — Matchett Enterprises Inc. collaborates with CAST for the regional premiere of the powerful choreopoem, "Under the Red Cloak." Author Dee Abdullah inspired by Anita Diamant's, The Red Tent, weaves a powerful portrayal of womanhood and experiences, from child birth to menstrual cycles. $15. June 3, 5 p.m.; June 10, 5 p.m.; June 17, 5 p.m. Carolina Actors Studio Theatre (CAST), 2424 N. Davidson St., Charlotte. 704-455-8542. www.nccast.com.

July

Opening:

Antigone — Shakespeare Carolina presents its production of Bertholt Brecht's Antigone. $10-$15. July 12-14, 8 p.m.; July 15, 3 p.m.; July 19-21, 8 p.m. Winthrop University's Johnson Theatre, 115 Johnson Hall, Rock Hill. 803-323-2287. www.winthrop.edu/cvpa/theatredance/.

Legally Blonde The Musical — The hilarious MGM film turned Broadway hit musical, tells the story of Elle Woods, an underestimated blonde determined to make her mark at Harvard Law. $10-$22. July 13-14, 8 p.m.; July 15, 2:30 p.m.; July 17, 7 p.m.; July 18-19, 7:30 p.m.; July 20-21, 8 p.m. CPCC's Halton Theater, 1201 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte. 704-330-6534. http://arts.cpcc.edu/.

Waiting for Godot — Starring Marilyn Carter and Divina Cook. July 19-Aug. 5. Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216 Westmoreland Road, Suite A, Cornelius. 704-859-5930. www.warehousepac.com.

Zastrozzi — July 20-21, 8 p.m.; July 26-28, 8 p.m.; Aug. 3-4, 8 p.m.; Aug. 10-11, 8 p.m.; Carolina Actors Studio Theatre (CAST), 2424 N. Davidson St., Charlotte. 704-455-8542. www.nccast.com.

Rumors — Neil Simon's play about a mayor who is shot in the ear just before a gathering for his wedding anniversary. This leaves guests to trade off a round of rumors over the marriage and what happened prior to the accident. Presented by Davidson Community Players. For more information, visit www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org. July 26-28, 8 p.m.; July 29, 2 p.m.; Aug. 2-4 8 p.m.; Aug. 5, 2 p.m. Davidson College's Duke Family Performance Hall, 207 Faculty Drive, Davidson. 704-894-2135.

Ongoing:

Beauty and the Beast — The Broadway musical based off of Disney's animated film features hit scores by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman, with additional music by Alan Menken and Tim Rice. It tells the classic story of a young woman named Belle and the Beast, a young prince trapped in the body of a ghastly creature due to a witch's spell. Only love can break the dreadful curse and time is running out. July 1, 1:30 and 7 p.m. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalarts.org.

Cybersoul — The Treehouse Acting Company presents this original teen rock musical. July 1, 2 p.m. Carolina Actors Studio Theatre (CAST), 2424 N. Davidson St., Charlotte. 704-455-8542. www.nccast.com.

Noises Off — The comic play follows a cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a stage flop called "Nothing's On". July 1, 2:30 p.m.; July 3, 7 p.m.; July 5, 7:30 p.m.; July 6, 8 p.m.; July 7, 8 p.m. CPCC's Halton Theater, 1201 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte. 704-330-6534. arts.cpcc.edu/.

Rapunzel — Kid-friendly staging of the classic story about a trapped princess with long locks. $7-$10. July 1, 2:30 p.m.; July 5, 10 a.m.; July 6, 10 a.m.; July 7, 10 a.m. CPCC's Pease Auditorium, 1201 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte. 704-330-6534. arts.cpcc.edu/.

August

Opening:

New Voices for a New Generation — Actor's Theatre of Charlotte has selected four plays by emerging American playwrights to take to the stage for this new play festival. Aug. 9-12. Actor's Theatre of Charlotte, 650 E. Stonewall St., Charlotte. 704-342-2251. www.actorstheatrecharlotte.org.

A Midsummer Night's Dream — Presented by Shakespeare Carolina. $10-$15. Aug. 9-11, 8 p.m.; Aug. 12, 3 p.m.; Aug. 15-18, 8 p.m. Winthrop University's Johnson Theatre, 115 Johnson Hall, Rock Hill. 803-323-2287. www.winthrop.edu/cvpa/theatredance/.

The Merchant of Venice — As part of Collaborative Arts' annual Charlotte Shakespeare Festival, McGlohon Theatre becomes grounds for a war among religions and a battle between the sexes in this play of betrayal, love, revenge and forgiveness. For more information, visit www.collaborativeartstheatre.com. Free admission ($5 donation encouraged). Aug. 15-16, 7:30 p.m.; Aug. 17, 8 p.m.; Aug. 18, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Aug. 19, 3 p.m.; Aug. 22-23, 7:30 p.m.; Aug. 24, 8 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 25, 2 and 8 p.m.; Sun., Aug. 26, 3 p.m. McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. College St., Charlotte. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalarts.org.

Ongoing:

Rumors — Neil Simon's play about a mayor who is shot in the ear just before a gathering for his wedding anniversary. This leaves guests to trade off a round of rumors over the marriage and what happened prior to the accident. Presented by Davidson Community Players. For more information, visit www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org. Aug. 2-4, 8 p.m.; Aug. 5, 2 p.m. Davidson College's Duke Family Performance Hall, 207 Faculty Drive, Davidson. 704-894-2135.

Zastrozzi — Aug. 3-4, 8 p.m.; Aug. 10-11, 8 p.m. Carolina Actors Studio Theatre (CAST), 2424 N. Davidson St., Charlotte. 704-455-8542. www.nccast.com.

September

Opening:

The Smell of the Kill — Michele Lowe's black comedy about three 21st-century wives stuck in pre-feminist marriages. Collaboration between Warehouse PAC and Charlotte's Off- Broadway. Sept. 20-Oct. 6. Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216 Westmoreland Road, Suite A, Cornelius. 704-859-5930. www.warehousepac.com.

God Of Carnage — Yasmina Reza's comedic play is about two sets of parents who meet to discuss their children's' playground fighting. Sept. 21-Oct. 13. Actor's Theatre of Charlotte, 650 E. Stonewall St., Charlotte. 704-342-2251. www.actorstheatrecharlotte.org.

VISUAL ARTS

May Openings

CPCC Art Galleries — Annual CPCC Visual Arts Department Exhibition. The exhibit features new works from CPCC's visual arts department. Held in Pease Gallery. May 28-Aug. 20. 1201 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte. 704-330-6211. arts.cpcc.edu/art-gallery.

Mint Museum Randolph — And the Bead Goes On. The exhibit features 20th-21st century women's fashions, which display inventive beadwork embroidery. May 26-Feb. 17, 2013. Heritage Gallery. This exhibit features works of art, archival documents and photographs that document the growth and evolution of Mint Museum. May 26-May 26, 2013. 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org.

Ongoing

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art — Picasso: Select Prints and Ceramics. Pablo Picasso explores subjects such as Spanish cultural traditions to depictions of animals in works that range from lithographs to etchings and ceramics. Continues through July 23. Mid-Century Modernism: 1957 and the Bechtler Collection. Featuring a range of post-war modernism works from artists like Max Ernst, Barbara Hepworth, Sam Francis and Alberto Giacometti. Continues through Aug. 27. 420 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-353-9200. www.bechtler.org.

Charlotte Art League — Mother Earth. The exhibit features art that is ecologically green, including pieces that make use of recycled goods and earth-friendly products, as well as compositions related to the environment. Continues through May 25. 1517 Camden Road, Charlotte. 704-376-2787. www.charlotteartleague.org.

Ciel Gallery + Mosaic Studio — Back to the Garden. A juried exhibition featuring leaves, trees, blossoms, bees, Adam & Eve interpretations, and a touch of Woodstock. Juried by internationally noted Texan mosaic artist Julie Richey, the a range of works by artists from across the US as well as Canada, Australia, Turkey, and Cyprus will showcase. Continues through May 26. 128 E. Park Ave., Suite C, Charlotte. 980-202-2435. www.cielcharlotte.com.

CPCC Art Galleries — Selections from Geometry and Experimentation: European Art of the 1960's and 1970's. Held in Ross Galleries. Pre-concert talk about the exhibit by Christopher Lawing of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art on April 16, 7:30 p.m. in Halton Theater. Continues through June 3. 1201 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte. 704-330-6211. arts.cpcc.edu/art-gallery.

Dialect Gallery — Undertow. Four women — Amy Bagwell, Taryn Rubin, Shawn L. Smith and Rae Legrone — have created works that relate to the ocean and fall between the lines of fascination and fear. Continues through May 31. 3204 N. Davidson St., Suite C, Charlotte. 704-763-0506. www.dialectdesign.com.

Escape Hair & Skin Salon — My Town. Culture Initiative and Escape Hair & Skin Salon's My Town exhibit is giving us here at CL the chance to brag. The showcase features snapshots from Charlotte-area photogs, including three of our contributors — Graham Morrison, Justin Driscoll and Meredith Jones. Other works, by Courtney Zepeda-Hawkes, Lunahzon (Jeremy and Debby Deal), Desta Stutts and Karen Pierce, are also on view. Continues through June 1. 1440 S. Tryon St., Suite 102, Charlotte. 704-375-3131. www.welcome2escape.com.

Espada Bicycles — Dreamers Don't Sleep. The Dreamers Don't Sleep exhibit is a group show presented by Carlleena Person. New works by local artists including Person, as well as Infamous Jean Claude, Oscar Arango and Switch will be on showcase at Espada Bicycles in NoDa. Continues through May 31. 3206 N. Davidson St., Suite R, Charlotte. 704-557-0303. www.espadabicycles.com.

Genome — The Gnome Show. The exhibit features new gnome-inspired works by artists Hans Drost, Tripper Dungan, Joshua Gage, Derek Ingram, Kelly Keith, Alexandra Loesser, Erich J Moffitt, Dustin Myers, Robert Page, Kyungmin Park, Ron Pete, Rodney Raines, Theron Ross, Henry Schreiber, Hannah Yata and Scott Partridge. Continues through June 7. 120 Brevard Court, Charlotte. 704-332-4322. www.ohgenome.com.

Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture — Contemporary African Photography: Malick Sidibé & Zwelethu Mthethwa. The exhibit showcases the works of two prominent photographers from Africa. This includes Malick Sidibé of Mali and Zwelethu Mthethwa of South Africa. Continues through May 27. Rhythm-A-Ning: James Phillips, Charles Searles & Frank Smith. Artists James Phillips, Charles Searles and Frank Smith have created a series of abstract works that visually reflect on the characteristics of jazz. Continues through May 27. Cash Crop exhibit. An intense new exhibit comprised of 15 slavery-inspired sculptures by artist Stephen Hayes. Continues through May 27. 551 South Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-547-3700. www.aacc-charlotte.org.

Hidell Brooks Gallery — Recent Paintings. Featuring new dreamy landscape paintings by David Kroll. Continues through June 30. 1910 South Blvd., Suite 130, Charlotte. 704-334-7302. www.hidellbrooks.com.

Jerald Melberg Gallery — Bright Light, Big City. This solo exhibit showcases new works by Susan Grossman, New York artist and drawing instructor at the National Academy School of Fine Arts. Grossman creates dreary cityscapes that pop with smidgens of color. Continues through June 7. 625 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte. 704-365-3000. www.jeraldmelberg.com.

Lark & Key Gallery and Boutique — Memory & Metaphor . New works from Honora Jacob, Duy Huynh, and Jennifer Mecca. Continues through May 26. 128 E. Park Ave., Suite B, Charlotte. 704-334-4616. www.larkandkey.com.

The Light Factory — My Family, Our Stories. The Light Factory's yearly photo-literacy project showcases student work created by English as a Second Language students in Charlotte-area high schools. Continues through June 1.The Light Factory 40th Annual Members Show. The exhibit displays the creative talents of The Light Factory's diverse member base. Artists featured range from professional photographers to amateur hobbyists, filmmakers and students. Opening reception on June 2, from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Continues through Aug. 12. The Light Factory Fifth Juried Annuale. Showcasing new work from photographers and artists throughout the country. Opening reception on June 2, from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Continues through Aug. 19. 345 N. College St., Charlotte. 704-333-9755. www.lightfactory.org. 345 N. College St., Charlotte. 704-333-9755. www.lightfactory.org.

McColl Center for Visual Art — Squared. Artists Injoo Whang and Caitlin Masley address symbolic squares by using illusion and space-defining elements to transform an existing space into a place. Continues through July 28. 721 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-332-5535. www.mccollcenter.org.

Mint Museum Randolph — Celebrating Queen Charlotte's Coronation. The exhibit combines works of art from the museum's permanent collection, including paintings, works on paper, and decorative arts. Continues through Oct. 28. Fashionable Silhouettes. The exhibit celebrates the museum's acclaimed historic costume and fashionable dress collection with newly reinstalled galleries featuring garments and accessories spanning three centuries of fashion history. Continues through Dec. 31. The Shape of Life: Contemporary Native American Ceramics. All Native American vessels in the exhibit are hand-built without the use of the potter's wheel. Continues through Dec. 31. Threads of Identity: Contemporary Maya Textiles. The exhibit reflects on traditional Mayan attire and fashion trends of Kaqchikel, Ixil, K'iche', Mam, Tz'utujil, Chuj, Awakatek, Jakaltek and Poqomchi' from Guatemala, and Tzotzil and Tzeltal from Chiapas, Mexico. Continues through Dec. 31. The Transformed Self: Performance Masks of Mexico. Features a variety of performances masks from regions throughout Mexico. Continues through Dec. 31. The American Art Tile. The exhibit will show approximately 40 tiles from The Mint Museum's permanent collection. Continues through Jan. 6, 2013. Sophisticated Surfaces: The Pottery of Herb Cohen. This event focuses on the ceramic creations of Herb Cohen. Continues through Jan. 6, 2013. A Thriving Tradition: 75 Years of Collecting North Carolina Pottery. Features a wide range of pottery by NC artists. Continues through Jan. 6, 2013. 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org.

Mint Museum Uptown — Fairytales, Fantasy, & Fear. This event will feature the fairytale and fantasy-inspired works by internationally acclaimed artists including Mattia Biagi, Mark Newport, Kako Ueda, Tom Price, and Kate Malone. Continues through July 8. Colorbind: The Emily and Zach Smith Collection. The display of works illuminates a personal side of the couple's relationship to art and regional landscapes. Continues through Aug. 12. Matthew Weinstein. New York-based artist Matthew Weinstein creates paintings that are essentially abstractions of his animated worlds. These paintings accompany the digital installations and enable the artist to explore the boundaries between real and virtual trends in contemporary culture. Continues through Aug. 19. 500 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org.

MoNA — Recollection. A group exhibition featuring work by McColl Center alumni Alyssa Wood, Ashley Lathe, Ben Premeaux, Carmella Jarvi, Diane Hughes, Felicia Van Bork, Laura Alma McCarthy, Lori Larusso, Nancy G. Cook, Nathaniel Lancaster, Sharon Dowell, and Terry Shipley. Continues through June 30. 1200 Central Ave., Charlotte. 704-970-9676. www.monacharlotte.com.

New Gallery of Modern Art — The Great Masters of Lithography. Featuring works by Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro, Marc Chagall, Alberto Giacometti and more. Continues through June 3. 435 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-373-1464. www.newgalleryofmodernart.com.

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Providence Gallery — New Plein Air Compositions. The exhibit features new works by Paula Holtzclaw and Isabel Forbes. Continues through May 31. 601 Providence Road, Suite A, Charlotte. 704-333-4535. www.providencegallery.net.

Redsky Gallery — Tranquility. Featuring new works by North Carolina artists Victor Chiarizia and Sarah Faulkner. Continues through July 7. 1523 Elizabeth Ave., Ste. 120, Charlotte. 704-377-6400. www.redskygallery.com.

Shain Gallery — New Works by Curtis Jaunsen and Robert Langford. Featuring new art by Curtis Jaunsen and Robert Langford. Continues through May 31. 2823 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte. 704-334-7744. www.shaingallery.com.

Twenty-Two — Echoed Locations. The exhibit revolves around plotted points and pattered communication. Featuring art by Jon Prichard, Phillip Larrimore, Joseph James, Merja Isomaa-James and Nick Bloomberg. Continues through May 26. 1500 Central Ave., Charlotte. 704-334-0122. www.acecustomtattoo.com/twentytwo/twentytwo.html.

Winthrop University Galleries — MFA Works in Progress. The exhibit showcases works by Meg Crowley, Andrew Davis Foozhan, Amanda Foshag, Geraldine Powell, Jim Stratakos, Jon Hoffman, Leah Cabinum, Manal Esmail, Charlotte Coolik and Janet Lasher. Continues through Aug. 17. 107 McLaurin Hall, Rock Hill. 803-323-4897. www2.winthrop.edu/vpa/galleries.

June Openings

Charlotte Art League — Members Only Salon. Charlotte Art League members showcase their best and newest works of art. Opening reception on June 1, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. June 1-29. 1517 Camden Road, Charlotte. 704-376-2787. www.charlotteartleague.org.

CPCC Art Galleries — New Works by Chris Watts and Isaac Payne. The exhibit of works on paper features by Central Piedmont Community College faculty, Isaac Payne and Charlotte artist Chris Watts. The pieces explore the artists' personal views on a sense of place and identity. Opening reception on July 12, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. June 14-Aug. 2. People Under the Stairs: Antoine Williams. Charlotte artist Antoine Williams exhibits new paintings that explore issues of race and class. Opening reception on July 12, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Held in Ross Gallery II. June 14-Aug. 2. 1201 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte. 704-330-6211. arts.cpcc.edu/art-gallery.

Doma Gallery — Dante and the Delta. Photographers Magdalena Solé and Mike Smith explore people and places that have been left behind or are mostly forgotten. Opening reception on June 1, from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. June 1-Aug. 17. 1310 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-333-3420. www.domaart.com.

Espada Bicycles — Tao of Savnac. The exhibit features a collection of new works by Carlleena Person. Opening reception on June 1, from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. June 1-30. 3206 N. Davidson St., Suite R, Charlotte. 704-557-0303. www.espadabicycles.com.

Genome — Botanica. A group exhibition showcasing works related to plant-life by surrealist painters from around the country. Artists include Dan May, Jason Limon Scott Scheidly, Joe Vaux and Nathan Spoor. June 16-19. 120 Brevard Court, Charlotte. 704-332-4322. www.ohgenome.com.

Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture — America I AM: The African American Imprint. The exhibit features more than 200 artifacts and information that gives context to how African Americans have shaped American culture across four core areas (economic, socio-political, cultural, and spiritual) throughout the country's history. June 30-Jan. 1. 551 South Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-547-3700. www.aacc-charlotte.org.

Heroes Aren't Hard to Find — John Hairston Jr. 1962: The Age of Marvels. Artist John Hairston Jr. celebrates the 50th anniversary of Marvel Comics' beloved characters in this solo art show. June 1-30. 1957 E. 7th St., Charlotte. 704-375-7462. www.heroesonline.com.

Hodges Taylor Art Consultancy — New Work Cristina Cordova. Talk and reception on June 7, from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. To RSVP, call 704-334-3799. June 7-July 6. 401 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-334-3799. www.hodgestaylor.com.

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Jerald Melberg Gallery — Collage: An Invitational Exhibit. Featuring new works by Felicia van Bork and Thornton Dial. June 9-Aug. 25. 625 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte. 704-365-3000. www.jeraldmelberg.com.

Lark & Key Gallery and Boutique— Storytellers. New works by Vicki Sawyer, Elizabeth Foster and Tracey Broome. Opening reception on June 1, from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. June 1-July 28. 128 E. Park Ave., Suite B, Charlotte. 704-334-4616. www.larkandkey.com.

Mint Museum Uptown — Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection. The exhibition will feature more than 200 pieces of jewelry collected and cultivated by Madeleine Albright. June 30-Sept. 23. Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial. The exhibition will feature over fifty large-scale paintings, sculptures, and wall assemblages. June 30-Sept. 30. 500 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org.

Shain Gallery — New Works by Connie Renner. The exhibit features new art by the award-winning pastelist and oil painter. June 1-30. 2823 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte. 704-334-7744. www.shaingallery.com.

July Openings

Charlotte Art League — Proud to Be an American. The exhibit features USA-inspired artwork. July 6-27. 1517 Camden Road, Charlotte. 704-376-2787. www.charlotteartleague.org.

Genome — Megafauna. The exhibit features paintings of beastly creatures and installation work of large, mythical animals like sea dragons and a pterodactyl. Work by Scott Partridge and Erich J Moffitt. July 21-23. 120 Brevard Court, Charlotte. 704-332-4322. www.ohgenome.com.

Hidell Brooks Gallery — New Works by Selena Beaudry. The exhibit will showcase new art by Selena Beaudry. Opening reception on July 13, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. July 13-Aug. 31. 1910 South Blvd., Suite 130, Charlotte. 704-334-7302. www.hidellbrooks.com.

Hodges Taylor Art Consultancy — Exhibition of Gallery Artists. A showcase of works by southeastern-area artists. July 16-Sept. 6. 401 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-334-3799. www.hodgestaylor.com.

Pura Vida Worldly Art — Works by Cher Cosper. Opening reception July 6, from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. July 6-31. 3202A N. Davidson St., Charlotte.

Redsky Gallery — Anniversary Exhibition. RedSky Gallery is celebrating its nine year anniversary with a collaborative group exhibition from artists living in San Miguel, Mexico. It will featuring glass by Ana Thiel, printmaking by Marisa Boullosa, sculptures by Edward Swift and mixed media by Hope Swann. July 13-Aug. 31. 1523 Elizabeth Ave., Ste. 120, Charlotte. 704-377-6400. www.redskygallery.com.

Shain Gallery — New Works by Jerry Lee Kirt and Paul Wendel. Opening reception on July 13, from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. July 13-31. 2823 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte. 704-334-7744. www.shaingallery.com.

August Openings

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art — Giacometti: Memory and Presence. The exhibit presents sculptures, paintings, prints and drawings by Alberto Giacometti, a major figure in 20th century modernism. Aug. 31-Feb. 11, 2012. 420 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-353-9200. www.bechtler.org.

Charlotte Art League — Summer Days and Nights. Aug. 3-31. 1517 Camden Road, Charlotte. 704-376-2787. www.charlotteartleague.org.

Lark & Key Gallery and Boutique — New Works by Duy Huynh and Jim Connell. The exhibit will feature new paintings by Duy Huynh and pottery from ceramic artist Jim Connell. Opening reception on August 1, from 6 p.m.-­9 p.m. Aug. 1-Sept. 29. 128 E. Park Ave., Suite B, Charlotte. 704-334-4616. www.larkandkey.com.

The Light Factory — Out In the Streets. The exhibit remembers the intensity of the DNC when it visited Chicago in 1968. Works document demonstrations, beatings, tear gas usage and police lines. Aug. 27-Jan. 21. Speak Your Mind. The exhibit is a student art exchange. Students have come together to respond to various political concepts using still images and short films. Aug. 20-Oct. 14. 345 N. College St., Charlotte. 704-333-9755. www.lightfactory.org.

McColl Center for Visual Art — An Exhibition Featuring Amze Emmons, Imminent Disaster, Greg Haberny, Chris Stain and Ben Wolf. In honor of the 2012 Democratic National Convention taking place in Charlotte, the exhibit features five contemporary artists who live and work in America. This includes site-specific installations that address our tumultuous world, in addition to other works that address world events and thoughts related to the political arena. Opening reception on Sept. 28, from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Aug. 31-Nov. 3. 721 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-332-5535. www.mccollcenter.org.

Pura Vida Worldly Art — Works by Sharon Dowell and Nico Amortegui. Opening reception August 3, from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Aug. 3-Sept. 6. 3202A N. Davidson St., Charlotte.

September Openings

Charlotte Art League — My Carolina Home. The exhibit features art inspired by life in the Carolinas. Opening reception on Sept. 7, 6 p.m.–9 p.m. Sept. 7-28. 1517 Camden Road, Charlotte. 704-376-2787. www.charlotteartleague.org.

Genome — Chris Watts: Dreamin'. Chris Watts is an artist and designer based in Charlotte. His work focuses primarily on painting and digital media. Sept. 1-Oct. 4. 120 Brevard Court, Charlotte. 704-332-4322. www.ohgenome.com.

Jerald Melberg Gallery — New Works by Brian Rutenberg. The exhibit features new paintings by Brian Rutenberg Sept. 1-Nov. 10. 625 S. Sharon Amity Road, Charlotte. 704-365-3000. www.jeraldmelberg.com.

Mint Museum Uptown — Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art and Craft. The exhibition will feature approximately 80 works that range from furniture to installations created by international artists and designers. Sept. 1-Jan. 6. 500 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org.

Pura Vida Worldly Art — A Photographic Series. The exhibit features photography by Christina Welsh depicting local artists of different media, engaged in the discipline and creation of their art. Opening reception September 7, from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. Sept. 7-22. Many Backgrounds, One American Spirit. The exhibit celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month, featuring works by Charlotte area Hispanic artists. Sept. 28-Nov. 3. 3202A N. Davidson St., Charlotte.

Redsky Gallery — Sculpture by Betsy Towns. The exhibit features new works from artist Betsy Towns. Jewelry artist Megan Clark will also visit for a special two-day trunk show on Sept. 14-15. Opening reception on Sept. 14, from 6 p.m.– 8:30 p.m. Sept. 14-Nov. 3. 1523 Elizabeth Ave., Ste. 120, Charlotte. 704-377-6400. www.redskygallery.com.

Winthrop University Galleries — Between the Springmaid Sheets. The exhibit examines gender and social standards through the visual culture of the 1940's and '50s. Sept. 10-Oct. 26. Remnants: A Collection of Rock Hill's Visual Alterations. The exhibit features photographs by New York designer and photographer, Mara Kurtz. Her works captures Rock Hill during the early 1970's and prior to its participation in a federally funded "beautification program". Sept. 10-Oct. 26. 107 McLaurin Hall, Rock Hill. 803-323-4897. www2.winthrop.edu/vpa/galleries.

FESTIVALS AND SPECIAL EVENTS

May

Charlotte Speed Demons — Women's flat track roller derby bout between Charlotte Speed Demons and the Soul City Sirens. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; bout starts at 7 p.m. $8-$10. May 19, 7 p.m. Metrolina Tradeshow Expo, 7100 Statesville Road, Charlotte. 704-596-4650. www.metrolinatradeshowexpo.com.

Food Lion Speed Street Festival — The Uptown festival celebrates NASCAR with a showcase of motorsports-related activities, autograph sessions with drivers, live music, food vendors and other activities. May 24-26. For more details, visit www.600festival.com.

Coca-Cola 600 — NASCAR's annual 600-mile racing event and patriotic salute to the U.S. armed forces. May 27. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway South, Concord. 704-455-3200. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.

Memorial Day Celebration — Featuring a fireworks show and live music (Otis Taylor, The Black Lillies and Chasing Edison). Music starts at 4 p.m.; fireworks at dark. Free admission ($5 parking). May 27. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte. 704-391-3900. www.usnwc.org.

Patriot Festival — The festival will feature parachute jumps, military demos, music, activities children, singing of the national anthem and a presentation of colors. 5K run/walk at 7:30 a.m. For more information, visit www.patriotcharities.org. May 28, 9-11 a.m. Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall, 4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte.

June

Fresh Music Festival — The fest is a combination of R&B, hip-hop, soul, and comedy. Performers include Doug E. Fresh, Keith Sweat, K-Ci & JoJo, Guy and SWV. For more information, visit freshmusicfestival.com. $41.50 and up. June 1, 7 p.m. Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St., Charlotte. 704-688-9000. www.timewarnercablearena.com.

Extreme Midget Wrestling — Some of the world's smallest people duke it out. $15. June 2, 8 p.m. Amos' Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-377-6874. www.amossouthend.com.

Azucar: A Caribbean Celebration — The Latin American Coalition presents a journey through the Spanish Caribbean. The event features traditional dancing, live music, traditional cuisine, arts & crafts and more. $10-$15. June 1, 7 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., Charlotte. 704-358-9298. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com.

ConCarolinas 2012 — Annual sci-fi convention with special guests in the fantasy/horror/sci-fi genres, gaming, discussion panels, costume events, music events and more. For full details, visit www.concarolinas.org. June 1-3. Hilton, University Place, 8629 JM Keynes Dr., Charlotte.

Catawba Canoe & Kayak-a-thon —NC Wildlife Federation's annual seven-mile paddling event raises money for natural resource conservation. June 2. For more information or to register, visit www.ncwf.org/canoe/.

Murphy's Dirty 30 Habitat Mud Volleyball — Initially conceptualized as a fun way to celebrate his birthday, Tim Murphy has evolved the Mud Volleyball Tournament into a fundraiser that helps Habitat for Humanity build and repair homes for Charlotte's low-income families. Levels range from fun to competitive and a circus and sideshow is also be there. For more information or to register, visit www.habitatmudvolleyball.org/registration. $150-$200 (team registration). June 3, 9 a.m.-noon. Metrolina Tradeshow Expo, 7100 Statesville Road, Charlotte. 704-596-4650. www.metrolinatradeshowexpo.com.

Taste of Charlotte — The culinary festival offers an array of food from local Charlotte-area eateries. Held Uptown at Tryon Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to 6th Street. June 8-9, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; June 10, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

For more information or details about participating restaurants, visit www.tasteofcharlotte.com.

Charlotte Roller Girls — Two roller derby bouts. Charlotte Roller Girls B Dazzlers vs. New River Valley Roller Girls B Team, and Charlotte Roller Girls All-Stars vs. New River Valley Roller Girls. For more information, visit www.charlotterollergirls.com. June 9, 6 p.m. Grady Cole Center, 310 N. Kings Drive, Charlotte. 704-353-0200.

Micro Brews Cruise — U.S. National Whitewater Center's Micro Brews Cruise series features a guided flatwater kayaking trip across the Catawba River to Hawk Island where a fireside dinner and beer tasting (a different brewery each week) follows. $55. June 13, 6 p.m. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte. 704-391-3900. www.usnwc.org.

All Arts Market — This NoDaRioty event features an array of local artists and craftmakers selling affordable goods (like paintings, jewelry, pottery, clothing, soaps, lotions and more). Free admission. June 15, 6-10 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., Charlotte. 704-358-9298. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com.

Charlotte Speed Demons — Women's flat track roller derby bout between Charlotte Speed Demons and the Columbia Miss B-Havers. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; bout starts at 7 p.m. $8-$10. June 16, 7 p.m. Metrolina Tradeshow Expo, 7100 Statesville Road, Charlotte. 704-596-4650. www.metrolinatradeshowexpo.com.

C&E Gun Show — The show features vendors selling a large selection of firearms, ammo, knives and related merchandise. For more information, visit www.cegunshows.com. $8. June 21-22. The Park Expo & Conference Center, 2500 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte. 704-333-7709. www.ppm-nc.com.

Heroes Convention 2012 — Fans mingle with celebrities, professionals and exhibitors at this annual convention centered around comic books. For more details, visit www.heroesonline.com. June 22-24. Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St., Charlotte. 704-339-6000. www.charlotteconventionctr.com.

3rd Annual Uptown Charlotte Jazz Festival — The two-day festival features performances by an assortment of jazz artists. June 22: Pieces of a Dream, Innertwyned, Soul of Summer with Jonathan Butler, Maysa and Warren Hill; June 23: Boney James, Incognito featuring Maysa and Joey Sommerville. For more details, visit www.uptowncharlottejazzfest.com. June 22-23. Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre, 1000 N.C. Music Factory Blvd., Charlotte. 704-549-5555. www.livenation.com.

Purgatory: S&M Superheroes — Single Cell Productions' presents this fetish event where superhero and villain attire inspired by books, movies and cartoons is encouraged. Contests for the sexiest superhero or villain. Music provided by DJ Spider. For more information or to reserve tickets, visit www.singlecell.us. $10-$15. June 23, 8 p.m. Amos' Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. 704-377-6874. www.amossouthend.com.

Charlotte Bayou Festival — An all-you-can-eat extravaganza with crabs, cajun seafood, beer, arts & crafts, live music and other activities. $25 for adults. June 23, noon-8 p.m. Independence Park, 300 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte.

July

Legends Big Money 100 — The event boasts of the fiercest competition among some of the best grassroots racers around the globe. July 2-3. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway South, Concord. 704-455-3200. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.

Coca-Cola 4th of July Festival — The two-day festival features live music (July 3: Tab Benoit, Eric Lindell and Sol Driven Train; July 4: Moreland & Arbuckle, These United States and Have Gun, Will Travel) and fireworks. Music begins at 4 p.m.; fireworks at dark. Free admission ($5 for parking). July 3-4. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte. 704-391-3900. www.usnwc.org.

Micro Brews Cruise — U.S. National Whitewater Center's Micro Brews Cruise series features a guided flatwater kayaking trip across the Catawba River to Hawk Island where a fireside dinner and beer tasting (a different brewery each week) follows. $55. July 11, 6 p.m.; July 25, 6 p.m. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte. 704-391-3900. www.usnwc.org.

Wedding Festival — The wedding festival offers tips for folks planning for their big day. July 12. The Park Expo & Conference Center, 2500 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte. 704-333-7709. www.ppm-nc.com.

Charlotte Roller Girls — Roller derby bout between the Charlotte Roller Girls All-Stars and Atlanta's Denim Demons. For more information, visit www.charlotterollergirls.com. July 14, 6 p.m. Grady Cole Center, 310 N. Kings Drive, Charlotte. 704-353-0200.

Charlotte Speed Demons — Women's flat track roller derby bout between Charlotte Speed Demons and the Rogue Rollergirls. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; bout starts at 7 p.m. $8-$10. July 14, 7 p.m. Metrolina Tradeshow Expo, 7100 Statesville Road, Charlotte. 704-596-4650. www.metrolinatradeshowexpo.com.

River Bound Race Series — The event a signature trail running race series featuring scenic and challenging trails. For more information or to register for a race, visit www.riverboundrace.com. July 21. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte. 704-391-3900. www.usnwc.org.

August

Charlotte Roller Girls — Two roller derby bouts. Charlotte Roller Girls B Dazzlers vs. Blue Ridge's French Broads, and Charlotte Roller Girls All-Stars vs. Blue Ridge All Stars. For more information, visit www.charlotterollergirls.com. Aug. 4, 6 p.m. Grady Cole Center, 310 N. Kings Drive, Charlotte. 704-353-0200.

Micro Brews Cruise — U.S. National Whitewater Center's Micro Brews Cruise series features a guided flatwater kayaking trip across the Catawba River to Hawk Island where a fireside dinner and beer tasting (a different brewery each week) follows. $55. Aug. 8, 6 p.m.; Aug. 22, 6 p.m. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte. 704-391-3900. www.usnwc.org.

Charlotte Speed Demons — Women's flat track roller derby bout between Charlotte Speed Demons and the Sumter Fly Girls. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; bout starts at 7 p.m. $8-$11. Aug. 11, 7 p.m. Metrolina Tradeshow Expo, 7100 Statesville Road, Charlotte. 704-596-4650. www.metrolinatradeshowexpo.com.

3rd Annual Evil Clown Bar Crawl — The evil clown crawl is for a good cause. Proceeds and school supply donations benefit A Child's Place. Plus, it gives you an excuse to dress up and drink. Sat., Aug. 11, 4 p.m.

All Arts Market — This NoDaRioty event features an array of local artists and craftmakers selling affordable goods (like paintings, jewelry, pottery, clothing, soaps, lotions and more). Free admission. Aug. 17, 6-10 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., Charlotte. 704-358-9298. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com.

Southern Ideal Home Show — The three-day event features experts in a variety of home improvement trades. Exhibits and live talks/demonstrations will also take place. For more details, visit www.southernshows.com. $5-$9. Aug. 24, noon-8 p.m.; Aug. 25, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Aug. 26, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Park Expo & Conference Center, 2500 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte. 704-333-7709. www.ppm-nc.com.

Pride Charlotte — The LGBT festivities include live music, comedy, dance, art, activities for children and vendors. The festival is held on South Tryon Street, between 3rd Street and Stonewall Street. Aug. 25-26. For more information, visit www.pridecharlotte.com.

September

Micro Brews Cruise — U.S. National Whitewater Center's Micro Brews Cruise series features a guided flatwater kayaking trip across the Catawba River to Hawk Island where a fireside dinner and beer tasting (a different brewery each week) follows. $55. Sept. 12, 6 p.m.; Sept. 26, 6 p.m. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte. 704-391-3900. www.usnwc.org.

Southern Women's Show — The four-day event offers shopping, in addition to fashion and cooking demos, freebies and celebrity appearances. For more information, visit www.southernshows.com. $5-$9. Sept. 20, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sept. 21, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sept. 22, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sept. 23, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The Park Expo & Conference Center, 2500 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte. 704-333-7709. www.ppm-nc.com.

Charlotte Roller Girls — Roller derby bout between Charlotte Roller Girls All-Stars and Cardiff Roller Collective (of Cardiff, Wales). For more information, visit www.charlotterollergirls.com. Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m. Two roller derby bouts between Charlotte Roller Girls B Dazzlers and Cardiff Roller Collective (of Cardiff, Wales), and Charlotte Roller Girls All-Stars vs. Rocktown Rollers. For more information, visit www.charlotterollergirls.com. Sept. 22, 6 p.m. Grady Cole Center, 310 N. Kings Drive, Charlotte. 704-353-0200.

Festival in the Park — The festival features an assortment of regional artists, in addition to food vendors, live music and activities. For more information, visit www.festivalinthepark.org. Free admission. Sept. 21, 4 p.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sept. 22, 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sept. 23, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Freedom Park, 1900 East Blvd., Charlotte.

River Bound Race Series —The event a signature trail running race series featuring scenic and challenging trails. For more information or to register for a race, visit www.riverboundrace.com. Sept. 22. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte. 704-391-3900. www.usnwc.org.

International Festival — The festival offers a parade of nations with representatives from each country in traditional attire, in addition to ethnic foods, jewelry, arts & crafts, music and more. Free admission. Sept. 29, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. UNC Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte.

14th Annual Charlotte Oktoberfest — The festival features top-notch breweries, including a large number from the southeast portion of the U.S. In addition, there is also live music and other activities throughout the event. For more information, visit www.charlotteoktoberfest.com. Sept. 29, 2-7 p.m. Metrolina Tradeshow Expo, 7100 Statesville Road, Charlotte. 704-596-4650. www.metrolinatradeshowexpo.com.

C&E Gun Show —The show features vendors selling a large selection of firearms, ammo, knives and related merchandise. For more information, visit www.cegunshows.com. $8. Sept. 29-30. The Park Expo & Conference Center, 2500 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte. 704-333-7709. www.ppm-nc.com.

ArtFest of Matthews —The 27th annual juried fine arts and crafts show also features live music and activities. Sept. 29-30. For more information, visit www.matthewschamber.com/artfest.htm.

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