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June 11th, 2009
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This year's pre-summer happenings are heating up the season with sizzling selections destined to keep you connected to the art, style and culture movement in Charlotte and beyond. Grab your shades, step outside, and allow us to introduce you to...Classic Shakespeare, always a treat. Soulganic's indie soulfunk sound, need we say more? Culture Initiative's "Show & Tell" art and music extravaganza, a must see! Sol Kitchen's  Jet Set Series - your day will never be the same.  But don't stop there, there is so much more below. Stay connected! Summer in the city is going to be hot!
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Recycled Sound and The Culture Initiative presents SHOW & TELL  

An eclectic arts showcase of Sight & Sound 

CIShow & Tell is an event that brings 40 artist, 4 bands, and 6 deejays together to showcase their talents.   This gathering of the tribes is an effort to energize and connect Charlotte's arts community, by the newly ignited art organization, Culture Initiative.  During this show a wide range of style will be on display, ranging from abstract, urban, street, graffiti, low-brow, photography, mixed-media, print-media, surreal, to anything that can be classified as modern art. The night will not only showcase sight but also sound. The music for the evening will be performed by Hot House Heftones, Groove8, Fuzz & Mac, Jocelyn Ellis & the Alpha Theory and deejays: Riddim King, Your Dirty Habit, and Sapien & Platinum.

When: Friday, June 19th, 2009 from 6:30 pm to 2:00 am 
Where and More Info: The Neighborhood Theatre

 Did You Know?

Understanding the Economic Impact of Charlotte's Creative Industries


Driving Creative Economies

Please join The ASC for a rare opportunity to experience a session from the Charlotte Chamber's Inter City Visit, featuring the creative industries and how they impact Charlotte.
Be there for the release of new research on the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region's Creative Vitality Index and our place in this growing conversation about the value and size of the creative economy.
Panelists will include:
Eric Caratao, Social Research Specialist, UNC Charlotte Urban Institute
Anthony Radich, Executive Director, Western States Arts Federation
Ryan Stuffs, Director of Research, Western States Arts Federation
: Wednesday, June 17
4:30 - 5 p.m. - Networking
5 - 6 p.m. - Program
Where: The Fillmore, NC Music Factory, 820 Hamilton St.
More Info: Click here to register for the free workshop!
Creative Charlotte After Hours Reception
Enjoy one of the newest clubs in town while networking with those interested in creative industries and economics. Mix and mingle with the Inter City Visit participants. Entertainment by The Fabulous Swingin' Richards. Two drinks and light hors d'oeurves included.
When: Wednesday, June 17th, 2009 6-8 p.m.
Where: G&G Club at NC Music Factory, 820 Hamilton St.
$25 for members and nonmembers
More Info: Click here to register for the reception.
shakesphereThe Charlotte Shakespeare Festival

The Charlotte Shakespeare Festival returns for a 4th year, presenting free family-friendly performances of classic plays. The festival kicks off with the romantic comedy,"Twelfth Night", outdoors at The Green Uptown. Wednesdays are Shakespeare trivia nights - come early at 7:15pm for a chance to win prizes. Sundays are family days - free Shakespeare workshops held at 5 p.m. prior to the show. Picnics are welcome. No reservations required.
When: Thursday, June 11th - Saturday, June 13th, 2009 @ 8:00 p.m.
Where: The Green, between the 400 block of South Tryon Street and College Street Charlotte, NC
The Fairy Tale Chroniclesfairytale
The producer and creator of The Body Chronicles, Donna Scott Productions is excited to announce her newest effort: The Fairy Tale Chronicles! This will be an evening of theatre featuring satirical, updated fairy tales, re-envisioned for the stage by local playwrights Jennifer Hubbard, Marla Brown, Iesha Hoffman, Stan Peal and Shannon Reichley. Sheila Snow Proctor will direct. The project is a collaborative effort that has included the input of over 150 local artists and patrons of the Charlotte theatrical community during the research, development and workshop process of the concept in 2007 and 2008.
When: Thursday, June 11th- Saturday, June 13th, 2009 @ 8:00 p.m. each evening
Where: Theatre Charlotte
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soulganicSoulganic w/ Stephon Lamar
A quick note to you from The 'Ganic:   
"This is one show we're really looking forward to! We plan to debut brand new material and announce the name of our new album. This show is for all ages, so you don't need a babysitter for this one. We'll be on our best behavior. Honest." If you haven't gotten your advance tickets yet, do it soon. It'll be $10 at the door! 
When: Saturday, June 13th, 2009 @ 8 p.m.
Where: The Evening Muse
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Amel Larrieux amel
Amel Larrieux (formerly of Groove Theory) performs live at Neighborhood Theatre Saturday, June 13th at 9 p.m. The Fresh Kats' DJ Frase on the 1nz and 2's, and DJ Justice rockin' the after party at Soul Gastrolounge in Plaza Midwood. Presented to you by Neigborhood Theatre, NODA Lite Music Series, and unHeard Sound. Tickets can be purchased at, Sunshine Dreams, Manifest Discs, Lunchbox Records-1419A Central Ave.
When: Saturday, June 13, 2009 @ 9:00 p.m.
Where: The Neighborhood Theatre
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idiotsandangelsIdiots and Angels
Internationally renowned cartoonist and animator Bill Plympton newest film IDIOTS AND ANGELS is a dark comedy about a man's battle for his soul. Angel is a selfish, abusive and morally bankrupt man.  One day, Angel mysteriously wakes up with a pair of wings on his back. The wings make him do good deeds, contrary to his nature. He desperately tries to rid himself of the good wings, but eventually finds himself fighting those who view the wings as their ticket to fame and fortune.
When: Thursday, June 18th, 2009 @ 7:00 p.m.
Where:  The McGlohon Theatre
SlamCharlotte's Monthly Slam
The Carolina Slam Tour returns to Charlotte NC for a 5th year.slmclt Come witness 3 of the fiercest NC teams battle to determine who is the best team. BullCity, Respect the Mic, and SlamCharlotte go head to head in poetic battle. Only one team will be the victor. This slam is designed to assist the teams in raising funds to defray the cost associated with travel to the National Poetry Slam to be held in West Palm Beach, Florida.
You don't want to miss these 3 powerhouse slam teams!
When: Friday, June 19th, 2009 @ 8:00 p.m.   
Where: McGlohon Theater @ Spirit Square
More Info 
nikki giovanniStorytelling with Nikki Giovanni
The world renowned Nikki Giovanni is going to read to your children! Nikki will read her new children's book "Hip Hop Speaks to Children" to students at the Blumenthal. Also featuring multi-cultural storytellers, games, food, vendors and more!  This is a part of the "Change is Coming to Charlotte " a bi-monthly fundraiser efor the 2009 Charlotte Literary Festival (CLF) so come out and support a worthy cause!
When: Thursday, June 25, 2009 @ 6 p.m.
Where: McGlohon Theatre
More Info: Call 704-377-8989 or order online at

The Los Angeles Film Festival
The Los Angeles Film Festival Now in its fifteenth year, the Los Angeles Film Festival is widely recognized as a world-class event, showcasing the best in new American and international cinema and providing the movie-loving public with access to some of the most critically acclaimed filmmakers, film industry professionals, and emerging talent from around the world. More than 70 feature films - narrative and documentary - are featured in the Festival, alongside gala premieres, panels and seminars, short film programs, music video showcases, free outdoor screenings, live musical performances, and unique signature events.
When: June 18th-28th, 2009
Where: Westwood Village, Los Angeles, CA
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Melbourne International Animation Festival
Get ready to strap yourselves in for a seven day blast of exceptional animation from around the world in the 9th edition of the Melbourne International Animation Festival! This will be your only opportunity in Australia to see such a comprehensive line-up of current animated short films in competition and specially curated programs that highlight recent productions and absolute gems from the archive. MIAF aims to challenge and inspire audiences with thematic, aesthetic and technical diversity from award winners, outstanding industry veterans and those wonderful newcomers who are exploring their talent on screen for the very first time.
When: June 2, 2009 
Where: Melbourne and Victoria, Australia
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Outdoor BBQ and Art Festarthouse
Bring the family for a festive afternoon of loads of games and tons of fun! All art lovers are invited to sample lots of southern BBQ while contributing to the fundraiser to support The Art House!
When: June 13th, 2009 from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Where: The Arthouse, 3103 Cullman Avenue, Charlotte, NC
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castforgedCast, Forged & Fabricated: The Queen City Metalsmiths
See how metalwork has flourished in art, industry and trade through the ages by ensuring economic survival and creating farming and household equipment. Take a view at how artists J. Aaron Alderman, Steven Sinnett, Theron Ross, Marilyn Overton and Mindy Jacobs have used their creative talents to celebrate the legacy of metalsmithing.
When: Now - June 28th, 2009
Where: Green Rice Gallery, 451 E. 36th Street, Charlotte, NC
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Painting the Carolinas: Charles Bashan & Thomas McNickle
A unique and dual exhibition interpreting the landscape of the Carolinas, see how both Charles Basham and Thomas McNickle are inspired by the distinctive landscape and quality of light found in both North and South Carolina.
When: Now - July 3th, 2009
Where: Jerald Melberg Gallery, 625 S. Sharon Amity Rd, Charlotte
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allthatglittersAll That Glitters: Eleanor Wirth, Dina Lowery and Betsey Klein
Check out how two jewelry artists and a mixed media painter prove that all that glitters is not gold. This exhibition demonstrates the interplay of translucency and opaqueness with the art of jewelry, silver leafing and glass beads.
When: Now - July 9th, 2009
Where: RedSky Gallery, 1244 East Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 
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Fiber Constructionsfiber
A group exhibition that features the work of Jan Campos, Martha Opdahl and John Skau will stimulate all of your senses with exuberances as each artist brings his/her own personality to each piece. Cotton, wood or wool is crafted in seamless and intricate designs.
When: Now until July 10th, 2009
Where: The Gallery at Carillon, 227 W. Trade St, Charlotte, NC
Gallery Crawls

crawlNoDa - Every first and third Friday of the month    
Southend - Every first Friday of the month
Mooresville -  Every first Saturday of the month 
PlazaMidwood  -  Click here for schedule   

Exhibition of Japanese Art
Experience the peaceful, back-to-nature concept of an extraordinary collection by Nobuyoshi Hamanaka and Kinue Kondo. There will be brush paintings, ceramic teapots, teacups, urns and accessories. Japanese tea and refreshments will be served. Come out and meet the artists June 23rd -27th, 2009 between 11a.m to 4p.m., Center Stage on the first floor.
When: June 23rd - July 20th, 2009
Where: Takashimaya New York - New York
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Massys: An Old Woman (The Ugly Duchess)
This painting continues to inspire lively debate - are we looking at a real woman or a fiction? Have her distorted features been invented as a figure of fun, or can we identify a particular disease of the bones? This 'old woman' has been known by several names over the years and her appearance has inspired a range of responses. How will it inspire you?
When: June 1st,-29th, 2009
Where: The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, England
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The Soul Movementthemovement
The ultimate underground experience returns with two of the hottest DJs Jersey ever produced! DJ Badala B and The Music Programmer Johnnie Davis will be bringing you the very best in soulful house music! This event will be hosted by the lovely Ms. Amber La Day, so come and hang out with the Global Soul Groove's hostess!
When: Thursday, June 11th, 2009, 6pm-2am
Where: Apostrophe Lounge
Touch One Thursdaymic
Touch One Thursday is a weekly event that showcases Live Music and Poetry. This is not an open mic. This is a poetry show featuring nationally recognized poets and live band. Doors open at 9 p.m. and the show starts at 10 p.m. Hosted by JC the poet. The cover is $10 all night long. East Coast Bad Boy DJ Flemingo will be spinning the after party so come relax and enjoy!
When: Every Thursday - 9:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Where: The Wine Up - 3306 N Davidson St. Charlotte, NC
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Join The Underground Soul Station as they showcase the ladies, the ladies of BlacCatt! This exotic all-female band has performed nationally with Missy Elliot, Common, Joe, Chico Debarge and Ms. Erykah Badu and will soon bring their elegance and energy to The Soul Cafe! An evening with BlacCatt and later DJ Double A on the turntables. Sounds purrrrfect!
When:  Friday, June 12th, 2009
light hors d'oeuvres from 8p-9p, Performance 9:30p
Where: The Wine Up - 3306 N Davidson St. Charlotte, NC
More Info: $10 at the door! For limited $5 advanced tix, RSVP to
thekrawlThe Krawl | Plaza Midwood's Quarterly Party
Plaza Midwood's THE KRAWL is coming up! Here's a sample of what's happening that night:
Pura Vida Worldly Art- Live music and art by two Colombian artists: 1) Pablo Zapata whose work has been featured throughout South America and the United States. 2) Nico Amortegui. Nico will showcase 8 original pieces inspired by fashion. 
Queen's Gallery - Realism Found, Charlotte Artists Find New Meaning in an Old Tradition- art exhibit featuring 8 local artists.
Common Market - Live music with Hip-hop troupe, Kid Monsterz
Breathe-Bodywork - Art by Stefan Duncan
Snug Harbor - Live Music with M.E.G.O. and Drat
Corner of Thomas and Central - D.J. George Brazil and local artists selling everything from purses and jewelry to paintings and photography. Local artists will also be in front of Pura Vida Worldly Art and Tribal Wisdom.
When: Saturday, June 13, 2009 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Where: Plaza Midwood
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Special Blend @ PJ's pj's
Special Blend is a living platform that presents genres of artistry, music, visual and humor;  in the spirit of good times and subsequently good people.  Lounge amidst the trappings of an intelligent set without pretense or scene.  We invite you to partake in this Special Blend on Sundays, 7 p.m. to midnight at PJ's Coffee & Lounge. Come and enjoy the vibe along with the sounds of DJ Justice, as we liberate Sunday evenings from Monday mornings.
When: Every Sunday at 7 p.m. - No Cover
Where: PJ's Coffee and Lounge (Epicentre) 210 East Trade St. Charlotte, NC
More Info: [email protected] or call 704-688-0366

mintBig Easy on the Lawn
Enjoy live entertainment, New Orleans-inspired fare, raffle featuring prizes from local merchants, a docent-led museum tour, lawn seating featuring souvenir YAM blankets for sale and hurricane cocktails in souvenir glasses! This outdoor event celebrates the closing of the Mint's exhibition Masterworks from the New Orleans Museum of Art, with proceeds benefiting the Children's Holiday Party.
When: Friday, June 19th, 2009 @ 6:00 pm
Where: The Mint Museum of Art
Go WILD! Benefit Auction and Receptiongowild

The silent and live auction will feature work donated by amateur and professional photographers from our Fall and Spring PhotoWILD! shoots. There will be 75 framed and matted photographs up for auction at the event, and all of the work features Carolina Raptor Center's resident raptors. The reception will offer hors d'oeuvres provided by Sonoma restaurant, beverages, a raffle and entertainment. Special guests include Mike Collins and Bob Morgan.
When: Saturday, June 20th, 2009 @ 7:00 pm  
Where: Bank of America Corporate Center Lobby
Big Apple Barbeque Block Party
June at the Big Apple Barbeque Block Party in Manhattan's Madison Square Park (June 13-14). Saveur Magazine's Deputy Editor Dana Bowen shares a tip: Go the night before when all the pit masters are gathered in the park "having a good time and getting ready for party."
When: June 13th-June 14th, 2009
Where: Manhattan, NYC, Madison Square Park
Rainforest Aid 2009
Rainforest Aid 2009, a three-day live music festival is set to rock the rainforest June 19 - 21, 2009 to raise money for protection of the Osa Peninsula's renowned biodiversity. The summer-solstice music festival features a tour-style lead-up to the main event, kicking off in the capital city of San Jos� with the final three days of the festival ending up near the town of Puerto Jim�nez on southwestern Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula. Artists committed to the concert include local Puerto Jim�nez band The Villalobos Brothers, Atlanta-based blues musician Mudcat, jam band The Revolution Project, veteran Costa Rican rock group Igni Ferroque and others.
When: June 19th -21st, 2009
Where: Osa Peninsula, Coata Rica
More Info:
day dreamsThe Summer Jet Set Series
The Summer JetSet Series presents "Day Dreams" brought to you by The Sol Kitchen & A-List Charlotte. Music by DJ Skillz. This is the kick-off to a monthly series of summer day parties! Your day will never be the same!
When: Saturday, June 20th, 2009 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Pravda & Rooftop Garden @ The Forum - 300 N. College St. Charlotte, NC
More Info: 21 & up/25 preferred. Advance tickets $10. For more info/adv. tix visit or call 704.605.8668
Women Who Jam
The Charlotte Network of The National Association of Black Female Executives in Music and Entertainment (NABFEME) presents "Women Who Jam" an exclusive concert series featuring independent female musical acts from across the Carolinas. NABFEME Charlotte will honor three women who truly jam-media personalities Chirl Girl, Consuella and Ife Moore. Celebrated Poet and Spoken Word Artist Bluz will serve as the evening's host and Master of Ceremonies. This year, a portion of proceeds earned will go toward Amped 4-A-Cure, a new initiative providing support to cancer research through the universal language of music.
When: June 24th, 2009 @ 7 p.m.
Where: Utopia - 10210 Berkeley Place Drive, Charlotte
More Info: $15 at the door. Visit or call 704-965-3297

                                                                                                               Style News 
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Tiffany Tate
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