This Week May 18 – May 24

Another great week for arts-related activities around Charlotte!


For regular readers of HappeningsCLT, you have heard us complain before that many of the arts institutions in Charlotte are not always great about collaborating. So we were delighted to hear about The Amazing Taste – a progressive dinner at the Levine Center for the Arts, on May 18 from 5:30-9:39pm. The event, held on International Museum Day, will benefit all three of the participating institutions. Tickets are between $100-$120 (depending on whether you are a member of none, one or more institutions), you will enjoy appetizers at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, (551 South Tryon Street) dinner at Mint Museum Uptown (500 South Tryon Street) and dessert and coffee at Blumenthal Performing Arts’ Knight Theater (430 South Tryon Street). The event includes tours of the Gantt’s current exhibition, Venturing out of the Heart of Darkness, the Mint’s exhibition, Body Embellishment, and a musical performance at the Knight Theater. Food is catered by Something Classic Catering and includes West African chicken shish kebob, lamb & potato samosas, spicy beef meatballs with peanut sauce, rocket salad with avocado, spring Strawberries, crispy chick pea croutons ,and a mango vinaigrette, squid ink fettuccini with peppadew pesto and seared scallops, Bang Bang beef short ribs, fresh plum tart with almond cream, individual espresso chocolate cakes, and more! (Sounds good for 2/3 for the HappeningsCLT team but what happened to the veg options? Lettuce. Always lettuce. Sigh.) Wine, beer, and signature cocktails included at all locations, with wine courtesy of Shelton Vineyards and Raffaldini Winery.

From "Body Embellishment" at Mint Museum

From “Body Embellishment” at Mint Museum


The #weloveclt talk tonight at 809 features writer Jeff Jackson. An exhibition (organized by Happenings CLT) featuring the amazing work of Anna Kenar is still on view at 809. The event opens at 5:30, talk begins promptly at 6. Hang around from 6:30 until about 7:30 checking out the artwork.

Anna Kenar

Anna Kenar


Head to the McColl Center for Art + Innovation from 8-9:30pm for New Frequencies, an event showcasing cutting edge music and film from acclaimed international artists. Funded through generous support from the Knight Foundation, the May 22 event features a one-hour program of short films by Janie Geiser, internationally acclaimed animator whose innovative films use cut-out animations, old children’s toys, and bits of archival Hollywood films to weave a hypnotic spell. Admission is $5, with limited seating. The show starts promptly at 8pm.

Janie Geiser

Janie Geiser


Spend the afternoon with at the Culture Initiative’s Culture Fair. This family friendly event will be at the Chop Shop from 1-5pm and is like a giant swap meet-Memorial Day pig pickin’-arts fair-vintage market all in one. With chefs from Passion 8 and Heirloom and a slew of local artisans on board, we can’t wait for this event! Check out the updates on the Facebook event page.


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