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180 Seconds Comedy Show

Tue., Aug. 2, 8 p.m. and Tue., Sept. 13, 8 p.m.

Fast-paced, FUN! You might have trouble catching your breath because the jokes come at you fast and furious 180 Seconds at a time then it's on to the next act. Hosted by JD Colwell. Special guest Paul Pallotta. And featuring the best local talent within a 200 mile radius.

The Comedy Zone Charlotte at NC Music Factory (map)
900 N.C. Music Factory Blvd., Suite B3
Uptown
phone 980-321-4702

2nd Annual QC Summerfest - Day 1: Boney James:

Fri., July 29, 7 p.m.
phone 704-327-1000

A three-day weekend of music in uptown Charlotte. Day 1 features Boney James, who is considered by his critics as the most influential jazz artist of his generation. James himself dislikes labels and refuses all of them. With influences from both jazz and R&b, the talented saxophonist is sure to be a hit. 39.50

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Belk Theater (map)
130 N. Tryon St.
Uptown
phone 704-372-1000

All That Sparkles: 20th Century Artists' Jewelry

Through Jan. 8, 2017

This exhibit focuses on the art of jewelry, featuring work from Harry Bertoia and Claire Falkenstein, as well as Bechtler Collection artists Alberto Giacometti, Alicia Penalba, Raffael Benazzi, and Niki de Saint Phalle.

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art (map)
420 S. Tryon St.
Uptown
phone 704-353-9200

Almost Famous Comedy Show

Wed., Aug. 31, 8 p.m. and Wed., Sept. 28, 8 p.m.

Produced by Charlotte Magazine's pick for Best Comedian and local favorite Blayr Nias, the Almost Famous Comedy Show is a monthly competition for up and coming comics. Each show is closed by a nationally touring headliner that will have you rolling in the aisles. So come, laugh, vote, and help an aspiring comic win a professional Comedy Zone gig! Almost Famous Comedy Show: they may be almost famous but they're ABSOLUTELY funny!

The Comedy Zone Charlotte at NC Music Factory (map)
900 N.C. Music Factory Blvd., Suite B3
Uptown
phone 980-321-4702

The Art & Craft of Shoemaking

Through July 31

The exhibit features an array of diverse and unique shoes, from past to present eras of the Mint’s permanent collection. The show explores both the cultural history and the meticulous craft of shoemaking.

Mint Museum Uptown (map)
500 S. Tryon St.
Uptown
phone 704-337-2000

Best Of Open Mic Celebration

Fri., July 29, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
openmic@ncbpac.org

Join us for Blumenthal’s first annual Best Of Open Mic Celebration. Recent audiences have submitted the names of their favorite acts and performers who have received the most “votes” have been asked to return to the stage for this special event! We have folk singers, pop singers, storytellers, dancers, and so much more! Blumenthal’s first annual Best Of Open Mic Celebration will be free to attend and seating will be first-come-first serve! Free

http://www.blumenthalarts.org/whirl
McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square (map)
345 N College St.
Uptown
phone (704) 348-5740
Best Of Open Mic Celebration

Beyond Rubik’s Cube

Through Sept. 5

Whether you’ve ever been good at twisting, turning and figuring out how to get all the colors correctly placed on a Rubic’s cube or not, this exhibit is likely going to be pretty interesting. In the exhibit, you’ll learn how the Rubik’s Cube emerged from a workshop in Communist-era Hungary. Includes dozens of memory and matching games, as well as strategies for conquering the puzzles. $13-$17

Discovery Place (map)
301 N. Tryon St.
Uptown
phone 704-372-6261

Big Jay Oakerson

Thu., Aug. 25, 8 p.m., Fri., Aug. 26, 7:30 & 9:45 p.m. and Sat., Aug. 27, 7 & 9:30 p.m.
The Comedy Zone Charlotte at NC Music Factory (map)
900 N.C. Music Factory Blvd., Suite B3
Uptown
phone 980-321-4702

Birdman -Film Plus Live Drum Score

Sun., Oct. 30, 7 p.m.
phone 704-372-1000

The visually stunning 2015 Oscar winner for Best Picture by maverick director Alejandro Inarritu stars Michael Keaton as a washed-up action star trying to reinvent his career as a credible actor and director on the Broadway stage. For this special performance, the film will be accompanied live by renowned jazz drummer Antonio Sanchez. 15

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McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square (map)
345 N College St.
Uptown
phone (704) 348-5740

Bloom: Tranformations

Sat., July 23, 6 & 9 p.m.

Satarah, a performance art troupe that offers dance, aerial acrobatics and fire throwing/breathing is presenting this showcase. A take on “the beautiful journey of life, death and rebirth,” it’s a show that will leave you feeling inspired. Two shows include one family-friendly and one adults-only. $15 and up

McColl Center for Art + Innovation (map)
721 N. Tryon St.
Uptown
phone 704-332-5535

Bloom: Transformations

Sat., July 23, 5:30-11:30 p.m.
phone 602-486-3831
studiosatarah@gmail.com

Join us for Bloom: Transformations as we take you on the beautiful journey of Life:Death:Rebirth. Performers from around the country will be bringing you their passion using movement on the ground, in the air and through the flames. This immersive experience will be unlike anything you've ever experienced, allowing you to delve into the deepest caverns of your consciousness to create a deep connection with your power, sadness, fear and intense joy. The performer lineup will be announce mid-May but get your tickets soon as this show promises to be a one of a kind event. $15-20

http://www.satarahpresents.com
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McColl Center for Art + Innovation (map)
721 N. Tryon St.
Uptown
phone 704-332-5535
Bloom: Transformations

Bobby Collins

Thu., Sept. 29, 8 p.m., Fri., Sept. 30, 7:30 & 9:45 p.m. and Sat., Oct. 1, 7 & 9:30 p.m.

Bobby Collins is always the funniest guy in the room. A native of New York, he was literally born into comedy when his father named him for his favorite comedian, Bob Hope. In the 1980s, Bobby left a lucrative position as vice president of Calvin Klein to pursue his dream and ended up working alongside such comedy legends as Jerry Seinfeld and Jay Leno. While other comics have left stand-up behind, Bobby has kept going, preferring the intimacy and energy he finds in live clubs, theaters and casinos.

The Comedy Zone Charlotte at NC Music Factory (map)
900 N.C. Music Factory Blvd., Suite B3
Uptown
phone 980-321-4702

Breakin' Convention CLT 2016:

Fri., Sept. 30, 7:30 p.m. and Sat., Oct. 1, 10 a.m.
phone 704-372-1000

Straight from London’s Sadler’s Wells theatre, this festival will feature various performances from hip-hop stars from around the globe. Free activities and performances for the entire family.

Brian Wilson Presents Pet Sounds:

Mon., Sept. 19, 7:30 p.m.
phone 704-372-1000

Many would call Brian Wilson one of the most influential composers of the last century with his more than two dozen top 40 hits. His album PetSounds is considered to be one of his best and is an emotional autobiography of its 23-year old “auteur," Which reached number 10 in the American top hits. 20

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Cabaret: A Roundabout Theatre Company Production:

Tue., Nov. 8, 7:30 p.m., Wed., Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m., Thu., Nov. 10, 7:30 p.m., Fri., Nov. 11, 8 p.m., Sat., Nov. 12, 2 & 8 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 13, 1:30 & 7 p.m.
phone 704-372-1000

The Roundabout Company celebrates their 50th Anniversary with the Broadway masterpiece, Cabaret, a tale of Berlin nightlife in pre-WWII Germany.

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