If you’re looking to up your culture quotient in Charlotte, you can’t beat Levine Center for the Arts. In a city where newcomers are flocking from all over the country, you’ll want to celebrate the vibrant arts community right outside your door. Located at Stonewall and South Tryon Street, this cultural center includes the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture, John S. and James L. Knight Theater, and Mint Museum Uptown.

“There is a critical need to identify the real meaning and value of museums to the community and the individual,” says Hillary Cooper, Director of Advancement & Communications at The Mint Museum, representing Levine Center for the Arts. “By combining forces, Levine Center for the Arts does a great job at creating these vital and rich cultural experiences that can’t be missed. It’s a collection of Charlotte’s art, a symbol of pride.”

By seeing shows, viewing art and even having a cocktail at an evening of jazz, you’re keeping the history of Charlotte alive and making new history too. Here’s how to enjoy Levine Center for the Arts, whether you’re on your lunch break or on a date night.

Catch a show at the Knight Theater. With the sudden passing of actress Carrie Fisher, who played the beloved Princess Leia in the Star Wars movies, you might want to relive the magic of the movies in real time. That’s where The Charlotte Symphony comes in with their new show Star Wars: The Music! The show runs from January 11 through 14. Tickets are available here.

Happy Thanksgiving from Levine Center for the Arts. #longlivearts

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Take a free tour of one of the museums on your lunch break. Choose between the Mint, the Bechtler or the Gantt Center for a free “ArtBreak” lunchtime museum tour every third Thursday of each month starting at noon. You’ll experience different themes depending on when you go on the tour and get a taste of each museum’s distinct personality (and the themes rotate every three months so you can have a different experience each time!).

 


Plan a girls’ night out. Round up your gal friends for Women 2 Women: Museum Experience at the Mint Museum on Jan. 12 from noon to 2 p.m. (or a variety of other available times) to experience a private tour of Women of Abstract Expressionism and Fired Up: Contemporary Glass by Women Artists from the Toledo Museum of Art. As you leave the museum, you’ll be chattering, “Judith Godwin really captured Martha Graham’s dance gestures in that painting!” Pre-register for tickets here.

 

#Repost @crazybarlady ・・・ Another toss-back! This one in honor of @themintmuseum 80th Anniversary && the @docporters tasting event this January 18th from 6-9pm being held to raise money to support the museum! While this particular Doc’s vodka cocktail won’t be on the menu (though three other unique CrazyBarLady-Doc Porter creations will be!), the Mint’s Fired Up: Women in Glass exhibit did inspire the carved lemon garnish adorning it. Get your tickets today to sip some locally crafted spirits && support a great cause, surrounded by beautiful works of art 🍸🎨🎶 #craftcocktail #craftcocktails #cltdrinks #clteats #cltfood #cltfoodie #eatdrinkclt #eatworkplayclt #garnishgame #drinkstagram #imbibe #imbibegram #mixology #mixologist #charlotteiscreative #charlottesgotalot #qccheers #beautifulbooze #drinkdocs #qcexclusive #charlottenightlife #clture #drinkart

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Enjoy live jazz music with a cocktail. The Bechtler will feature live jazz on the first Friday of every month. Bring a date or yourself in a striking smoking jacket.

Look but don’t touch an exhibit of artisan quilts. The Harvey B. Gantt Center Center for African-American Arts+Culture is featuring Quilts and Social Fabric: Heritage and Improvisation through January 16. Discover how quilts are more than a way to stay warm by viewing traditional African-American quilts by renowned quilt maker Faith Ringgold. Learn more here.

No matter what you do at Levine Center for the Arts, you’re bound to have a new experience with your friends, on your lunch break or on your own for a fabulous evening out.

More information: Levine Center for the Arts, 550 South Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202. 704-335-3040. Website: http://levinecenterarts.org/

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