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
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
Hosted by Nashville Recording Artist Brett Greer, Tommy's Pub has provided a platform for Charlotte musicians and songwriters to come play, sing and bounce musical ideas off of each other for the past four years. We have a solid core of musicians, rooted in country, bluegrass, folk, alternative/classic/southern rock, and blues genres who gather every week. **FREE**
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
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.
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