If you are a Charlotte yoga fan, you may already know about The Art of Yoga, the free yoga event happening tonight in the plaza of the Levine Center for the Arts (500 block of South Tryon Street).

It will be the first time a giant outdoor yoga class has taken over the plaza connecting Mint Museum Uptown, the Knight Theater, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, and Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture.

But even if you’re not a yogi or a fan of public outdoor fitness classes, you should come by between 5:30 and 9 p.m. And I’m not just saying that because I do PR for The Mint Museum. (OK, I sort of am.)

But stick with me here, because where else could you possibly see or do all of these things together in one evening?

At the Mint

– See a “Slow Room” that’s slowly collapsing on itself, courtesy of artist Jonathan Schipper, as part of the Mint’s “State of the Art” exhibition.

– Visit the powerful show “Kidnapped Pagans” featuring works by former Charlottean Antoine Williams at the Mint.

At the Bechtler

– See this happen inside The Bechtler, as part of their brand-new show “Celebrating Jean Tinguely and Santana.”

– Or this.

At the Gantt Center

– Visit the rooftop of the Gantt Center during “Gantt After Dark” (running until 10 p.m.) and hear the sounds of Herb & Felicia Gray’s Happy Hour.

– Experience powerful photography in the show “Zun Lee: Father Figure”.

International photographer, Zun Lee, during his gallery talk and book signing @ the Gantt Center. 📷 by the amazing @togainesphoto

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In the plaza

– Learn the answer to “What exactly is Levine Center for the Arts, anyway?”

– Drink from cash bars whose proceeds support the museums, and munch from food trucks including Rico’s Acai, Libretto’s and Viva Raw.

– Go shopping for the best souvenirs from each museum’s gift shop. Who couldn’t use one of these?

We can’t even explain how fun this is 🐉 #dragon #oddlysatisfying #tonguesout @schyllingtoys

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Or these?

This little guy 😂 #tintoys #tin #windup #robot @schyllingtoys

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– Learn a really cool bit of news about the Mint’s Grand Staircase (this will make a lot more sense when you’re there, we promise!).

Hope to see you there. Namaste, y’all.

The Art of Yoga

When: Thursday, May 18, 5:30-9 p.m. (The yoga, led by C5 co-editor Katie Toussaint, starts at 6 p.m.

Where: Levine Center for the Arts, 550 South Tryon St.

Register: The event is free, we just ask that you RSVP here.

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