Keynote Speaker: Dr. Gerald Friedman - Professor of Economics at University of Massachusetts, Amherst Dr. Friedman will be giving a presentation titled - “Sustainable Quality Health Care for North Carolina: Single Payer is not an Answer – it is the Answer.” Light refreshments will be provided. Health Care Justice is a chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP). Please come to our launch event to find out more about single payer advocacy and how you can get involved. Free
THE WOGGLES Formed in Athens, Ga., in 1987, The Woggles are essentially a four-piece living-breathing-singing-jamming Nuggets box set impervious to the passing of time. From the matching outfits and preponderance of 7-inches to the stage-names — Professor Mighty Manfred, Flesh Hammer, Montague and Zorko — the mid-’60s are still the font of all things swinging. That also means there’s little difference in the garage-friendly blend of soul, big beat R&B, rock and surf from the band’s 1993 debut TeenDanceParty to its latest, this year’s The Big Beat. It’s all good fun, especially live in a packed sweaty club with a beverage or two under your belt. But, at least on record, it’s equally impossible not to sometimes wonder why you’re not listening instead to the early progenitors (“Maximum R&B”-era Who, Mitch Ryder, The Yardbirds, et al.) who did it first. So, you know, point being, see ’em live and quit thinking about it so much; better to just let the rock wash over you for the night and cleanse the bullshit away. With Temperance League, Modern Primitives and more as part of the 6th Annual Snug 600 which runs through Sunday; Vroom-Vroom!
Crown Town Handmade presents a free craft class for all ages and skill levels on the last Thursday of every month. Wear your craftiness on your sleeve, or maybe your ears or around your neck. Join Crown Town Handmade and make some super cute jewelry from wooden thread spools. These are totally customizable and a great way to use up the last bits of a favorite fiber, ribbon, or fabric! We'll bring the supplies, you bring any special bits and your crafty ideas! FREE
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. For more information, visit www.clclt.com/charlotte/events/page. Free to watch; $200 per team to participate
Explore the vibrant culture of the Spanish Caribbean! The Latin American Coalition takes over Midwood International and Cultural Center on June 22, 2013, for the fourth annual Caribbean Celebration, ¡Azúcar! This year’s unique, indoor-outdoor festival features the tropical sounds of Puerto Rican salsa, Dominican bachata, and Cuban son. The intoxicating smell of Cuban cuisine will lure you from the dance floor to the outdoor plaza where you can enter the domino competition, peruse the wears from local craft vendors, and, of course, dive into a mouth-watering Cuban sandwich. $12 in advance, $15 the day of the event
Each Thursday in June the series will feature free performances by various musicians ranging from bluegrass to classical to country and rock music. Held under the oak trees, lunch will be available for or attendees can bring their own. Thursday, June 6, 2013 – White Chocolate Thursday, June 13, 2013 – SoundBarrier Thursday, June 20, 2013 – The Raisin’ Cain Band Thursday, June 27, 2013 – Corey Hunt Band Free
It is the nature of great art to allow it’s audience to see through the makeup of humanity and behold both it’s ugliness, as well as the daylight of it’s beauty through the soot and smog of the everyday grey. In Search of Sustenance is the expression of how two artists approach this concept. Through their individual techniques, philosophies, and visions, Osiris Rain and Joe Helms answer the question, “What makes us sustain?” Whether it be love, ideology or the simple carnal instinct to survive, the poetry of this exhibit speaks to the humanity in all of us. Free
Presented by Citizens of the Universe. For more information, visit www.citizensoftheuniverse.org $10
New paintings by Osiris Rain and Joe Clayton Helms examine humanity's ugliness, as well as its beauty that pierces the everyday grey. Overall, the works answer the question, "What makes us sustain?" Opening reception held June 6 from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.