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Summer Guide 2013: More fun in Charlotte 

Including upcoming festivals, visual art exhibits, comedy shows and more

FESTIVALS & OTHER EVENTS

MAY

Food Lion Speed Street Celebrating its 19th year, Food Lion Speed Street transforms the streets of Uptown Charlotte into an racing-enthused entertainment zone with live music, activities, vendors and appearances and autograph sessions with NASCAR drivers and celebrities. Free admission. May 23-25. Held in Uptown Charlotte. For more information, visit www.600festival.com.

Soul Food Festival
  • Soul Food Festival

Soul Food Festival The festival, which travels across the country, highlights local soul food institutions and gives patrons live entertainment to accompany their meals. $27 for general admission, $37 for preferred viewing and $62 for VIP tickets. May 25. Intersection of Ninth and Brevard streets. www.ilovesoulfood.com.

The Charlotte Run/Walk for Peace at Home 5K raises funds and awareness to benefit local victims of domestic violence. The 5K trail offers open flats, as well as challenging hills, for runners to navigate. Awards ceremony and live music to follow. For more information or to register, visit www.charlottepeaceathome.com. $30. May 25, 8 a.m. McAlpine Creek Greenway, 8711 Monroe Road.

Memorial Day Celebration The festival kicks off with five- and eight-mile-long trail races. There will also be live music by Marc Broussard, Bonerama and Jesse Dee, from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. The shenanigans finish off with a fireworks show. Free admission ($5 parking). May 26, 9 a.m. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway. 704-391-3900. www.usnwc.org.

4th Annual Honoring Our Heroes Picnic The Puerto Rican Cultural Society of Charlotte will host its 4th Annual Honoring Our Heroes Picnic. The event will feature family activities, live music, Puerto Rican food, a dominoe tournament and more. Wear your favorite military gear or your most creative Puerto Rican T-shirt for a chance to win prizes. May 26, 1 p.m. Park Road Park, 6220 Park Road. www.prcscnc.org.

Patriot Festival The festival, honoring military heroes and veterans, features a 5K run/walk, military demos, music, activities for children, singing of the national anthem, a presentation of colors and more. May 27, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. (5K run/walk at 7:30 a.m.) Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall, 4400 Sharon Road. For more information, visit www.patriotcharities.org.

Charlotte Shakespeare Festival Charlotte Shakespeare (formerly Collaborative Arts) presents The Taming of the Shrew (May 30-June 16). Free admission (donations accepted). May 30-31, 8 p.m. The Green, located adjacent to Three Wachovia Center between the 400 block of South Tryon and College streets. www.charlotteshakespeare.com.

ConCarolinas 2013 Annual sci-fi convention with special guests in the genres of fantasy, horror, and sci-fi. Attracting gaming enthusiasts, the three-day event also features discussion panels, costume contests, vendors and more. May 31-June 2. Hilton Charlotte at University Place, 8629 JM Keynes Drive. For full details, visit www.concarolinas.org.

'Tawba Walk Art Crawl More than a dozen artists gather to showcase artwork, crafts and other items during this Lake Norman art crawl. There is also live music, street performers, and food available for purchase during the event. May 31, 6 p.m.-10 p.m.

JUNE

What the Truck? Truck food and music festival. Trial by Fire (Journey cover band) and Sunset Strip ('80s hair metal cover band) to perform. $10. June 1, 6:30 p.m. Amos' Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St. 704-377-6874. www.amossouthend.com.

Silent Disco Kick-Off Dancing event where those attending wear wireless headphones that blare music direct from the DJ. DJs include Tony Arzadon and Tina T. June 7, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Continues on Fridays through June 28. Pavilion at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., Suite 230 B.

Taste of Charlotte This culinary festival features food from local Charlotte-area eateries. Free to enter, but must purchase coins for food samples and beverages. June 7-8, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; June 9, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Held on Tryon Street, from Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard to Sixth Street. For more information, visit www.tasteofcharlotte.com.

Heroes Convention 2013 Enthusiasts come out to mingle with celebrities, professionals, exhibitors and vendors with rare finds at this annual convention centered around comic books. For more details, visit www.heroesonline.com. $30-$40 for a three-day pass. June 7-9. Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St. 704-339-6000. www.charlotteconventionctr.com.

Purgatory 52: S&M Superheroes 3 Single Cell Productions' S&M party with shows, electronic music, a fetish playground, vendors and more. For more information, visit www.singlecell.us. $12-$15 general admission. June 8, 8 p.m. Amos' Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St. 704-377-6874. www.amossouthend.com.

Fanta Festival A family-friendly festival that celebrates Mexican culture. The festival features live music, traditional dancing, authentic foods, a marketplace, a free soccer clinic for children 6–12 years old, and other activities for children. Free admission. June 9, 11 a.m. McAlpine Creek Park, 8711 Monroe Road.

Juneteenth Festival of the Carolinas Juneteenth – the annual festival that celebrates the end of slavery in the United States – features an array of African music, drum circles, workshops and seminars, food and more. June 13-16, times vary. Independence Park, 300 Hawthorne Lane. For more information, visit www.juneteenthofthecarolinas.com.

Carnaval Carolina Features more than 30 performances by international award-winning artists and bands from the U.S., Latin America, Mexico and the Caribbean. The festival will also have plenty of Hispanic foods, amusement rides and much more. June 16, Metrolina Expo, 7100 Statesville Road. For more information, visit www.CarnavalCarolina.com.

Charlotte New Music Festival & Composers Workshop Charlotte New Music is reaching out to young and aspiring musicians with this event, which brings in veteran composers and professional musicians for performances, collaborative workshops, concerts and studies with attendees. $8-10 for general admission, $15 class fee. June 17-29. Duke Energy Theater, 345 N. College St. 704-951-5910.

Uptown Charlotte Jazz Fest This year's performers include Brian Culbertson, Euge Groove, Peter White, 5th and York, Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum, Norman Brown, Vincent Ingala, Paul Taylor, Marion Meadows and Gregg Karukas. For more, visit www.uptowncharlottejazzfest.com. Prices/times vary. June 21-22. Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre, 1000 N.C. Music Factory Blvd. 704-549-5555. www.livenation.com.

Azúcar! A Caribbean Celebration The Latin American Coalition takes over Midwood International and Cultural Center for its fourth annual Caribbean celebration. The event features live music and dance (Puerto Rican salsa, Dominican bachata, and Cuban son), in addition to craft vendors and food. $12-$15. June 22, 7 p.m. Midwood International and Cultural Center, 1817 Central Ave. 704-941-2557. www.festivalazucar.com.

Carnival 2013 Presented by the Charlotte Caribbean Festival Association, the festival celebrates Caribbean culture with a parade, music and dance. $5. June 29, 12 p.m.-8 p.m. The Carnival Village, 4340 Rolling Hill Drive. 704-369-3449. www.charlottecarnivalfestival.com.

JULY

WBT Skyshow Charlotte Knights and News Talk 1110 WBT team up for this Independence Day celebration that includes baseball, hotdogs, fireworks, live entertainment and a kids fun zone. July 3, 5 p.m. Charlotte Knights Stadium, 2280 Deerfield Drive, Fort Mill. www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t494.

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. July 20, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; July 21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Park Expo and Conference Center, 2500 E. Independence Blvd. 704-333-7709.www.ppm-nc.com.

Charlotte Bachata & Salsa Festival Renowned dancers Jose Maldonado and Connie Lee, along with other guest instructors, will be offering attendees of this festival workshops on bachata and salsa as well as dances and performances. There will also be a marketplace, contests and pool parties. $115-130 for individuals, $85-100 dollars for each person in groups of 10, $100 party passes, $10-$35 daily passes. July 25-28. The Blake Hotel, 555 S. McDowell St. www.charlottebachata.com

Queen City Health & Wellness Expo Special event that offers information on health and wellness with demos, screenings, displays, vendor and experts. July 27. The Park Expo and Conference Center, 2500 E. Independence Blvd. 704-333-7709.www.ppm-nc.com.

AUGUST

Charlotte Shakespeare Festival Charlotte Shakespeare (formerly Collaborative Arts) presents Macbeth. Free admission (donations accepted). Aug. 15, 7:3 0 p.m.; Aug. 16-17, 8 p.m.; Aug. 18, 3 p.m.; Aug. 22, 7:30 p.m.; Aug. 23-24, 8 p.m.; Aug. 25, 3 p.m. The Green, located adjacent to Three Wachovia Center between the 400 block of South Tryon Street and College Street. www.charlotteshakespeare.com.

Dirty Dancing Festival Fans of the cult classic movie Dirty Dancing can get the whole summer fun experience at the film's original backdrop of Lake Lure. This year's festival will have a free screening of the movie Friday, a daytime dance festival on Saturday, live music, competitions, games, dance lessons, crafts and much more. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.dirtydancingfestival.com. $15 adult ($20 at the door), $5 children ($8 at the door). August 16-17. Lake Lure, NC.

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. 23, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Aug. 24, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Aug. 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Park Expo & Conference Center, 2500 E. Independence Blvd. 704-333-7709. www.ppm-nc.com.

Pride Charlotte The weekend of LGBT festivities includes live music, comedy, dance, art, activities for children and vendors, culminating with an Uptown parade on Sunday, August 25. Aug. 24-25. For more information, visit www.charlottepride.org.

Carolina Guitar Show Music enthusiasts come together for this special showcase of guitars. $10 for one-day pass; $15 for two-day pass; free for children 12 years old and under. August 25, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; August 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Metrolina Expo, 7100 Statesville Road. www.metrolinatradeshowexpo.com.

Matthews Alive! Festival A family-friendly Labor Day weekend festival that brings together arts and crafts, entertainment and activities for children. August 30-Sept. 2. For more information, visit www.matthewsalive.org.

September

Labor Day Celebration This party at the U.S. National Whitewater Center begins with a 5K and a 15K, then segues into live music and a fireworks display. Free. VIP Passes will be available for purchase. Sept. 1. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway.

Yiasou Greek Festival This award-winning festival, now in its 36th year, features vendors, dancing, food and other activities to give patrons a taste of Grecian culture. A kids' zone, raffles and a 5K are part of the festivities as well. $2 for adults; Free for children 12 years old and under. Sept. 5-8. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 600 East Blvd. www.yiasoufestival.org.

Festival of India The India Association of Charlotte presents the 19th annual Festival of India. This festival showcases the diverse culture and heritage of India through traditional Indian food, art, classical and modern dancing, yoga demos, music, films, and various exhibits. For more information, visit www.indiafestival.iacofcarolinas.org. $7, free for kids under 10. Sept. 14-15, 12 p.m.-7 p.m. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalarts.org.

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. 20, 4 p.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sept. 21, 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sept. 22, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Freedom Park, 1900 East Blvd.

VISUAL ARTS

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art Appetite for Risk: Works by Emilio Stanzani. Though small — the exhibit only contains 12 works created by Stanzani between 1956 and 1968 — it provides insight into the styles of his works, which vary from abstract drawings, sketches and paintings that are polychromatic and shape shifting, to more representational sculptures of wood, stone and bronze. The exhibit continues through July 1. Artistic Relationships: Partners, Mentors, Lovers. The museum's latest exhibit showcases more than 50 pieces by some of modern art's most renowned figures, including Joan Miró and Alexander Calder. The exhibit continues through July 29. Modernism in Changing Times: Works from 1968. Aug. 30-Jan. 24, 2014. $4-$8 (free for members and children ages 10 and under). 420 S. Tryon St. 704-353-9200. www.bechtler.org.

Center for the Arts Arc of Time. An exhibit of photographic works by Matthew Allred. The exhibit continues through May 30. Gerry King and Holly Fox. Features various photographs.The exhibit continues through May 30. 9th Annual Photography Competition. June 20-July 28. 4th Annual Youth Photography Competition. June 20-July 28. 121 E. Main St., Rock Hill. http://www.yorkcountyarts.org

Ciel Gallery + Mosaic Studio Back to the Garden. In addition to garden-themed mosaics and mixed-media fine art, the show will feature a large fantasy sculpture created by community members. Exhibit continues through June 1. Free admission. 128 E. Park Ave., Suite C. 980-202-2435. www.cielcharlotte.com.

CPCC Art Galleries The Factories Don't Install Emotion Tapes. A solo exhibition of artwork by artist Amy Bagwell. Held in Ross Gallery I. Kit Kube: Turbulent Trajectories. Sculptures explore spheres of movement, visual feedback and interaction with found artifacts, forging symbiotic affinities with elemental forces such as gravity and angular momentum. Held in Ross Gallery II. Exhibits continue through June 14. Faculty Art Show. Exhibit features work in all media, created exclusively by CPCC faculty. Includes works by Carolyn Jacobs, Isaac Payne, Elizabeth Ross, Al Torres, Rae LeGrone, Jennifer Zito-Payne, Heather Felts, Paula Smith, Ashley Knight, Byron Baldwin and others. Opening reception on May 14, from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Held in Pease Gallery. The exhibit continues through Sept. 6. Self Portraits Inspired By Alberto Giacometti. As part of an education outreach grant program with the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art and the Arts and Science Council, students worked with resident artist Ginny Boyd to create the portraits shown after viewing the exhibit Giacometti: Memory and Presence. Held in Ross Gallery. Opening reception on June 27, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. June 21-July 31. Free admission. 1201 Elizabeth Ave. 704-330-6211. arts.cpcc.edu/art-gallery.

Elder Gallery Carolina's Got Art. Created in 2009 by Elder Gallery owner Larry Elder, CGA rounds up artists, both professional and emerging, from North and South Carolina for a competition and exhibition that brings their works into the public eye. The juried portion of the exhibition concludes on June 1 and will be followed by two more, June 7-29 and July 5-27. For more information, visit www.carolinasgotart.com. Free admission. 1427 South Blvd. 704-370-6337. www.elderart.com.

Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture Etched in the Eyes: David Herman, Jr. Comprised primarily of black and white photographs of the Gullah community, the exhibit also features mixed media and sculptures. I Got Freedom Up Over My Head: Portraits by Julie Moos. Known for pairing her subjects to display the complexities of human relationships, Canadian photographer Julie Moos shifts her lens to an exquisitely clad bunch of churchgoing Baptists, dubbed "hat ladies," shot as portraits. Jonathan Green: A Spiritual Journey of Life. Much of Green's work is reflective of simple past times, Southern culture and sweeping landscapes as seen through the eyes of an insider in the Gullah community. Through June 15. $5-$8; Free for members and children 2 years old and under. 551 S. Tryon St. 704-547-3700. www.ganttcenter.org.

Hidell Brooks Gallery 15 Year Anniversary Group. The exhibit continues through May 31. Free admission. 1910 South Blvd., Suite 130. 704-334-7302. www.hidellbrooks.com.

Jerald Melberg Gallery Ida Kohlmeyer. A solo exhibit of paintings, prints and small sculptures by New Orleans native Ida Rittenberg Kohlmeyer (1912-1997). May 18-July 27. 625 S. Sharon Amity Road. 704-365-3000. www.jeraldmelberg.com.

Lark & Key Gallery and Boutique Wit & Whimsy. The exhibit features artwork by Vicki Sawyer and pottery by Paula Smith. Both have a playful, light-hearted quality to their work, with references to the natural world. The exhibit continues through May 31. Summer Showcase. June 7-July 27. Duy Huynh & Julie Covington. Aug. 2-Sept. 28. Free admission. 128 E. Park Ave., Suite B. 704-334-4616. www.larkandkey.com.

The Light Factory My Family, Our Stories. The exhibit continues through July 1. Fifth Juried Annuale. The exhibit continues through Aug. 19. 41st Annual Members Show. The exhibit continues through Aug. 12. Sixth Juries Annuale. The exhibit continues through Sept. 15. Pieces of Me. Aug. 19-Oct. 20. Something Other Than Now. Sept. 23-Jan. 19. Free admission. The Light Factory, 345 N. College St. 704-333-9755. www.lightfactory.org.

Mint Museum Randolph New Eyes on America: The Genius of Richard Caton Woodville. The exhibit features approximately four dozen paintings and works on paper by Richard Caton Woodville and his contemporaries. June 29-Nov. 3. Dior, Balmain, Saint Laurent: Elegance and Ease. The exhibit explores the fashion of these three top Parisian designers with selections from Mint Museum's fashion collection. Continues through Jan. 12, 2014. Arts of Africa. A collection of art forms showcasing the vast cultural, physical, historical and religious diversity that can be found across the African continent. Heritage Gallery. This exhibit features works of art, archival documents and photographs that document the growth and evolution of Mint Museum. The American Art Tile, 1880-1940. This exhibition will feature approximately 40 decorative tiles from the Mint Museum's permanent collection, including an installed fireplace, Arkansas Traveller. The exhibit continues through Dec. 29. American Ceramics, 1825-1875. The exhibit examines this period of evolution, expansion and innovation in ceramics. American Glass. The exhibit showcases works from American glass companies and a variety of styles and forms from 19th and 20th centuries. Classically Inspired: European Ceramics Circa 1800. Showing examples of European ceramics and other works inspired by classical antiquity from the Mint Museum's permanent collection. The Transformed Self: Performance Masks from Mexico. The works come from the primary mask-producing regions of Mexico where dance performances commonly accompany religious rituals and civic events. Fashionable Silhouettes. The exhibit features garments and accessories spanning from three centuries of fashion history. Threads of Identity: Contemporary Maya Textiles. The exhibit features traditional Maya clothing, including fashions of the Kaqchikel, Ixil, K'iche', Mam, Tz'utujil, Chuj, Awakatek, Jakaltek and Poqomchi' from Guatemala, and Tzotzil and Tzeltal from Chiapas, Mexico. The exhibit continues through Dec. 31, 2013. $5-$10; free for children 4 years old and under; free on Tuesdays, from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. 2730 Randolph Road. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org.

Mint Museum Uptown Return to the Sea: Saltworks by Motoi Yamamoto. The exhibit features a site-specific salt installation, as well as recent drawings, photography, sketchbooks and more by Japanese artist Motoi Yamamoto. Continues through May 26. Sociales: Débora Arango Arrives Today. The modern Colombian artist's paintings feature political and social context about the unofficial civil war of the 1940s and 1950s, la época de La Violencia (1946-1963). The exhibit continues through June 16. F.O.O.D. (Food, Objects, Objectives, Design). The exhibit provides a thematic look at inventive objects, both handmade and mass-produced, that have one of three objectives: to prepare, to cook or to present food. The exhibit continues through July 7. $5-$10; free for children 4 years old and under; free on Tuesdays from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. 500 S. Tryon St. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org.

McColl Center for Visual Art Connectivity. Exploring a rather broad topic that's open to plenty of interpretation, this new exhibit features a variety of artists, all of whom have created artwork with their own ideas of "connectivity" in mind. Features works by 10 emerging artists — Janet Echelman, Yizkah Elyashiv, Beth Galston, Beth Ganz, John Grade, Daniel Kohn, Jonathan Prince, Shuli Sade, George Sherwood, and Claire Watkins. The exhibit continues through June 15. Mel Chin: Recap. The exhibit highlights Chin's recent residency as a Knight Artist-in-Residence at McColl Center for Visual Art. His works are comprised of sculpture, video, drawing, collage, painting and ongoing work on Operation Paydirt, a long-term collaborative effort to develop scientific protocols for the remediation of lead in urban soils. Opening reception on June 28, from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. June 28-August 17. Free admission. 721 N. Tryon St. 704-332-5535. www.mccollcenter.org.

RedSky Gallery Change and Transformation. The exhibit features wall sculptures by Stanley Burford. The exhibit continues through June 1. Free admission. 1523 Elizabeth Ave., Suite 120. 704-377-6400. www.redskygallery.com.

Joe Clayton Helms' 'Mango and Mantis'
  • Joe Clayton Helms' 'Mango and Mantis'

Twenty Two In Search of Sustenance. New paintings by Osiris Rain and Joe Clayton Helms. Reception on July 6, from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. July 2-July 28. 1500 Central Ave. www.gallerytwentytwo.com.

COMEDY

MAY

Drew Carey
  • Drew Carey

The Comedy Zone at N.C. Music Factory Charlie Murphy. May 23, 8 p.m.; May 24, 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.; May 25, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.; May 26, 7 p.m. $20-$25. Almost Famous Comedy Show Finals. May 28, 8 p.m. $10. Charles Viracola. May 29-30, 8 p.m. $12-$17. Drew Carey. May 31, 7 p.m.; June 1, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $30-$35. 900 N.C. Music Factory Blvd., Suite B3. 980-321-4702. www.cltcomedyzone.com.

The Comedy Zone Fort Mill at Madison's On The Corner Tim Kidd. May 24-25, 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. $10. 900 Crossroads Plaza, Fort Mill. 803-802-3990. www.thecomedyzonefortmill.weebly.com.

Ovens Auditorium Kevin James. May 28, 8 p.m. $49.55- $71.15. 2700 E. Independence Blvd. 704-372-3600. www.ovensauditorium.com.

JUNE

Ballantyne Art Center The Chuckleheads. June 8, 8 p.m. 11318 N. Community House Road, Suite 303. www.planetimprov.com.

The Comedy Zone at N.C. Music Factory Drew Carey. June 1, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $30-$35. The Open Mic of Charlotte. June 4 & 11, 7:30 p.m. $5. Kevin Bozeman. June 5-6, 8 p.m.; June 7, 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.; June 8, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $12-$15. Laugh It Up Blue Show. June 12, 7 p.m. $20. John Caparulo. June 13, 8 p.m.; June 14, 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.; June 15, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $20-$25. Crazy Late with Johnny Millwater. June 18, 8 p.m. $10. All-Stars Comedy Showcase. June 19, 8 p.m. $5. D Cameron. June 20, 8 p.m. $12-$17. John Witherspoon. June 21, 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.; June 22, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. $20-$25. The Chuckleheads. Family show at 4 p.m. and adult show at 6 p.m. June 23. $10. Kyle Kinane. June 24, 8 p.m. $15. Almost Famous Comedy Show. June 25, 8 p.m. $10. Sebastian Maniscalco. June 27, 8 p.m.; June 28, 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.; June 29, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $15-$20. 900 N.C. Music Factory Blvd., Suite B3. 980-321-4702. www.cltcomedyzone.com.

The Comedy Zone Lake Norman Mo Alexander. June 4, 8 p.m. Grandma Lee. June 11, 8 p.m. D. Cameron. June 18, 8 p.m. Craig Carmean. June 25, 8 p.m. 17044 Kenton Drive, Cornelius. 704-895-1782.www.lkncomedyzone.com.

Tracy Morgan
  • Tracy Morgan

The Fillmore Tracy Morgan June 30, 8 p.m. 1000 N.C. Music Factory Blvd. 704-549-5555. www.livenation.com.

JULY

The Comedy Zone Charlotte at N.C. Music Factory The Open Mic of Charlotte. July 2 & 23, 7:30 p.m. $5. Tim Statum. July 3-4, 8 p.m.; July 5, 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.; July 6, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $12-$15. Dave Martin. July 10-11, 8 p.m. James Gregory. July 12, 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.; July 13, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.; July 19, 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.; July 20, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $19-$22.50. Crazy Late with Johnny Millwater. July 16, 8 p.m. $10. J Bliss. July 17-18, 8 p.m. $12-$17. Corey Holcomb. July 25, 8 p.m.; July 26, 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.; July 27, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $20-$25. Almost Famous Comedy Show. July 30, 8 p.m. $10. 900 N.C. Music Factory Blvd., Suite B3. 980-321-4702. www.cltcomedyzone.com.

The Comedy Zone Lake Norman Larry XL. July 2, 8 p.m. $10. James Gregory. July 16, 8 p.m. $25. 17044 Kenton Drive, Cornelius. 704-895-1782. www.lkncomedyzone.com.

Dilworth Neighborhood Grille The Chuckleheads. July 13, 8 p.m. 911 E. Morehead St. www.planetimprov.com.

AUGUST

The Comedy Zone Charlotte at N.C. Music Factory Tom Arnold. Aug. 2, 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.; Aug. 3, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $20-$25. The Open Mic of Charlotte. Aug. 6 & 20, 7:30 p.m. $5. Rob Delaney. Aug. 7, 8 p.m. $15-20. Chris D'Elia. Aug. 8, 8 p.m.; Aug. 9, 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.; Aug. 10, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $20-25. Crazy Late with Johnny Millwater. Aug. 13, 8 p.m. $10. Pauly Shore. Aug. 14, 8 p.m. $25. Adam Cayton-Holland Aug. 15, 8 p.m.; Aug. 16, 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.; Aug. 17, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. $12-$17. Arnez J. Aug. 22, 8 p.m.; Aug. 23, 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.; Aug. 24, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Almost Famous Comedy Show. Aug. 27, 8 p.m. $10. 900 N.C. Music Factory Blvd., Suite B3. 980-321-4702. www.cltcomedyzone.com.

SPORTS

MAY

Outlaw Showdown Winged, 850-horsepower, open-wheel sprint cars compete. $25. May 24. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway South, Concord. 704-455-3200. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.

Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR's annual 600-mile racing event and patriotic salute to the U.S. armed forces. $10-$140. May 26, 6:30 p.m. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway South, Concord. 704-455-3200. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.

Charlotte Knights Toledo Mud Hens vs. Charlotte Knights. May 27-30, 7:15 p.m. Rochester Red Wings vs. Charlotte Knights. May 31, 7:15 p.m. Charlotte Knights Stadium, 2280 Deerfield Drive, Fort Mill. www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t494.

JUNE & JULY

Warrior Dash The national obstacle race series offers a 3.08 mile-long course with challenges that test strength, strategic thinking and endurance, through obstacles that range in difficulty levels. For more details, visit www.warriordash.com. $60-$80. June 1. Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville. 704-875-3113. www.ruralhill.net.

Catawba Canoe & Kayak-a-thon N.C. Wildlife Federation's seven-mile paddle across a stretch of the Catawba River raises money for natural resource conservation. All participants and volunteers will receive a T-shirt, lunch and a special wildlife gift. There will also be prizes and giveaways. For more information or to register, visit www.ncwf.org/canoe. June 1 at the Riverbend Steam Station on Mountain Island Lake.

Volleyball Bash Tournament The annual volleyball tournament offers a range of games with cash prizes. To participate, pre-registration required. For more information, visit www.charlottevb.com. June 1-2. Memorial Stadium, 310 N. Kings Drive.

Charlotte Knights Rochester Red Wings vs. Charlotte Knights. June 1, 7:15; June 2, 2:15 p.m.; June 3, 7:15 p.m. Columbus Clippers vs. Charlotte Knights. June 13-15, 7:15 p.m.; June 16, 2:15 p.m. Syracuse Chiefs vs. Charlotte Knights. June 17-18, 7:15 p.m.; June 19, 12:15 p.m.; June 20, 7:15 p.m. Buffalo Bisons vs. Charlotte Knights. June 29, 7:15 p.m.; June 30, 2:15 p.m. Charlotte Knights Stadium, 2280 Deerfield Drive, Fort Mill. www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t494.

Happy Hour Rush 5K run/walk down the Little Sugar Creek Greenway. Registration through June 5. A portion of proceeds will go to help support Running Works. $40. June 7, 6:30 p.m. The Little Sugar Creek Greenway & The Metropolitan, 1100 Metropolitan Ave. www.happyhourrush.com.

Lake Wylie Splash Dash 5K and 10K sponsored by the Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce. Runners who register on the day of the race will receive a T-shirt (as supplies last). Proceeds go to the Camp Thunderbird Scholarship Fund. Registration for the race is $20-$25; $10 to walk. To register, call 803-831-2827 or visit www.lakewyliesplashdash.com. June 8. River Hills Plantation, 165 Heritage Drive, Lake Wylie, SC.

Charlotte Roller Girls Roller derby bouts between Charlotte Roller Girls' All-Stars vs. Soul City Roller Girls and Charlotte Roller Girls' B-Dazzlers vs. Kannapolis Roller Girls. June 23, 4 p.m. Grady Cole Center, 301 N. Kings Drive. www.charlotterollergirls.com.

Habitat Mud Volleyball Tournament In its seventh year, this muddy volleyball tournament is an annual fund-raiser that helps Habitat for Humanity build and repair homes for Charlotte's low-income families. Come prepared to get dirty. $150-$200 (teams of six). June 23, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Arysley Town Center.

Charlotte Knights Buffalo Bisons vs. Charlotte Knights. July 1-2, 7:15 p.m. Durham Bulls vs. Charlotte Knights. July 3, 7:15 p.m. Norfolk Tides vs. Charlotte Knights. July 6, 7:15 p.m.; July 7, 2:15 p.m. Durham Bulls vs. Charlotte Knights. July 8-9, 7:15 p.m. Norfolk Tides vs. Charlotte Knights. July 18-19, 7:15 p.m. Indianapolis Indians vs. Charlotte Knights. July 22-25, 7:15 p.m. Gwinnett Braves vs. Charlotte Knights. July 26-27, 7:15 p.m.; July 29, 12:15 p.m. Charlotte Knights Stadium, 2280 Deerfield Drive, Fort Mill. www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t494.

River Bound Race Series This event is a signature trail-running race series, featuring scenic and challenging trails in 5k and 15K races. For more information or to register for a race, visit www.riverboundrace.com. July 20. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte. 704-391-3900. www.usnwc.org.

AUGUST

Charlotte Knights Lehigh Valley IronPigs vs. Charlotte Knights. Aug. 5-8, 7:15 p.m. Durham Bulls vs. Charlotte Knights. Aug, 17, 7:15 p.m.; Aug. 18, 2:15 p.m.; Aug. 19, 7:15 p.m. Norfolk Tides vs. Charlotte Knights. Aug. 28-30, 7:15 p.m. Gwinnett Braves vs. Charlotte Knights. Aug. 31, 7:15 p.m.; Sept. 1, 7:15 p.m.; Sept. 2, 2:15 p.m. Charlotte Knights Stadium, 2280 Deerfield Drive, Fort Mill. www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t494.

Dive After Five Seventh annual grass doubles volleyball tournament. August 17, 5 p.m. Memorial Stadium, 301 N Kings Drive. 704-336-2884. www.charlottevb.com.

Charlotte Roller Girls Roller derby bouts between Charlotte Roller Girls' All-Stars vs. Gate City Roller Girls and Charlotte Roller Girls' B-Dazzlers vs. Classic City Roller Girls. Aug. 24, 6 p.m. Grady Cole Center, 301 N. Kings Drive. www.charlotterollergirls.com.

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Creative Loafing Tire Change Challenge NASCAR fans can test their tire-changing skills on a full-size race car during the day on Friday at the CL booth. The top five who are fastest will go up against NASCAR's best pit crew tire changers to win prizes and bragging rights. CL is also hosting many different autograph sessions during the three-day Food Lion Speed Street Festival. Free. May 23-25. Booth on the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Tryon Street.

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Creative Loafing Field Day This event will pit co-ed teams of 6-10 people against one another in old-fashioned competitions. Assorted festivities and T-shirts are included in the price of the event. Free to watch; $200 per team to participate. June 8, 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Veteran's Park, 2136 Central Ave.

Creative Loafing Arts and Music Festival This festival celebrates local artists by allowing them to showcase their talents and sell their goods while local musicians entertain patrons. Participating surrounding restaurants will offer specials on food and drink during the event also. Free admission. July 20, 12 p.m.-5 p.m. N.C. Music Factory, 1000 N.C. Music Factory Blvd.

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