Queen City Theatre Company is kicking off it’s 10th season with a dark comedy. This one follows a man who is down on his luck — he’s been robbed twice, his girlfriend cut ties with him and he’s just been sacked. To make matters worse, a burglar breaks into his home and ties him up — all the while lending a listening, flirtatious ear to his troubles and informing him that his cat is dead. $23-$25
No longer held in the defunct Goodyear space, but still retaining the Goodyear name, this showcase is always fun and interesting to see. This go round will display works from the artists-in-residence for the months of July and Aug., including Micah Cash, Ramya and Chris Thomas. There’s paintings, drawings, photography, sculptures, installations, virtual stories, and film screenings at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Free admission
These films are the byproduct of hardwork and talent from Charlotte-area independent filmmakers. That’s not to forget the ability to work well under preassure, a skill set necessary for participation when given only 48 hours to complete a film based around an assigned genre and featuring certain required additions. There’s a Q&A to follow the screenings. $10
The folks at Warehouse PAC are presenting this outdoor performance of William Shakespeare’s classic comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The possibilities are endless as local improv entertainers and aerial artists team up to take on the roles of couples in love, envious onlookers and twisted fairies. Live music, too. Free, but $5 suggested donation.
It’s been 10 years since Big Mammas House of Burlesque started doing shows and generating a fan following in Charlotte. The lady behind the magic, Deana Pendragon aka Big Mamma, is a dazzling character with a voice to back her show antics. This special burlesque show also celebrates her birthday and as the event’s Facebook post has already revealed: “Someone’s getting covered in cake!!!” $20
The winner of several Aboriginal Music Awards as a Mohawk Indian musician, Joseph Michael Mahfoud presents a Herculean task on this night — paying tribute to the music of Stevie Ray Vaughan. An online video of Mahfoud rifling through “The Travis Walk” with ease is impressive. It only lacks a bit of soul, so he gets the benefit of the doubt — there was only one SRV. $8-$10
It's Find Your Muse open mic night at The Evening Muse this and every Monday. Musicians, grab up your music gear and head over to perform one of your own creations in front of a crowd. No one can guarantee they'll be liked, but constructive criticism is always helpful! Get there early to snag a performance spot. And, if you don't play, come out to watch. You never know who might show up. $3
This yearly skateboard deck art show has picked up wins in CL’s Best of Charlotte for good reason. Artists purchase new or salvaged skateboards and give them new life through art. Locals like Alexandra Loesser and Phoebe Alicia gave us a peek (one of Loesser’s works features David Bowie and Alicia’s features kittens) and CL graphic designer and artist Dana Vindigni shared another kickass board design (pictured) that goes down the rabbit hole.
This exhibit presents two local artists that you should be watching. The first is Nicholas Napolentano, a hyperrealist figurative with a message. The flyer features two semi-nude women in bed in a fetal-like position. The second artist is Matthew Steele, who creates wooden sculptures that resemble complex manmade infrastructures. Reception on July 15, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Free admission
It’s a one-man show that’s earned the reputation as being a guitar dance party like no other. A freaky, circus-like, and somewhat spacey experience — Bob Log III is known for wearing a cannonball suit and a motorcycle helmet. Aside from the outrageous elements, Log III is impressive on the slide guitar. He also sings and plays the drums with his feet. He’ll be joined by Kevin Dowling, Fitness Hour and Human Pippi. $8
Earlier in the year, The Kominas, a Pakistani-American punk band, were kicked out of a Donald Trump Rally. It’s unlikely that Trump would understand the bands’ satire behind lyrics like “Sharia Law in the USA” or “No One’s Gonna Honor Kill My Baby But Me.” The Boston-based band was featured in the documentary, Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam. With The Foxfires, Lara Americo and more. $5-$7
The band has been off the radar for quite a few years, but this final night of the God Save The Queen City residency at Snug Harbor is a don’t-miss with the “return of” the Houston Brothers headlining. Also on the bill are the talented pop-rock songwriting of Jason Scavone and the talented jazz of Fat Face Band. There’s also a “special guest” listed, but your guess is as good as ours who that might be. $2-$10
Brew enthusiasts can expand their knowledge — rather than just their bellies! During Growler's buzz-worthy talks, hosted by brewers and distributors, you'll learn the art of craft brewing. Free admission
The first Tuesday of each month is your chance to talk dirty. This open mic gives folks the chance to share stories about sex, desire and romance. If you've got the nerve to jump on stage, you'll get seven minutes to tell your tale, whether it has a happy ending or not, to a room full of strangers looking for a new guilty pleasure. Free admission