5 local performance art and music picks for August

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There’s a little bit of everything happening in August: Local performances from musicians and theater artists featured beside local visual arts, Charlotte Pride, and storytelling from above lays down some vulnerable moments direct from performers to you.

Labor Day is near. Below are my picks for what to see if you need a dose of local talent to shake up your routine before summer comes to an end.

(1) Purgatory 65: Fetish Fairytales presented by Single Cell Productions.

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Fire, music, theater, side shows, aerial dance, live art creation and fetish fantasy in one place. It’s a summer extravaganza that is unlike anything else in Charlotte. Get ready for a twisted evening of vendors, performers and fetish delights showing off the darker side of artistic creation.

What you need to know: $12 to $25, August 8th at 8 p.m., Amos Southend.

(2) “Herself Rising” presented by Caroline Calouche and Co.

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Not only created by Charlotte artists, “Herself Rising” features actual life experiences and stories from the dancers featured.

Aerial dance has become increasingly popular in Charlotte, but CC&Co are some of the original Charlotte aerialists. “Herself Rising” features aerial dance, theatrical elements and storytelling.

What you need to know: $20 to $30, August 7th at 8:00, Booth Playhouse.

(3) Miss and Mr. Charlotte Pride Pageants presented by Charlotte Pride.

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It’s Pride, y’all! After historic advancements in gay rights over the last year, this year’s Pride is set to be an even more inclusive and celebratory weekend than ever before.

This year’s theme for Miss and Mr. Charlotte Pride is “Show Girls.” Local Kings and Queens show off their assets in transformative fashions and performances. Visit Charlotte Pride‘s website for a full list of events.

What you need to know: $10, August 9th at 7 p.m. (Mr.) and 9 p.m. (Miss), The Scorpio.

(4) God Save The Queen City Music Festival presented by Ink Floyd. 

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Three Days, four locations, and 21 bands, GSTQC is in its fifth year of local glory. The mission? To bring together some of Charlotte’s best bands into some of our best venues.

While some of the acts are national, Ink Floyd has made a point of highlighting some of Charlotte’s best and brightest in the music scene. It’s a perfect place to find your new favorite local band and to hear that national act on the verge of blowing up.

What you need to know: Cost ranges from $14 to $55 depending on day, venue and time of purchase, August 27th-29th at various times (check the website for more details).

(5) August Artists’ Showcase presented by Skyline

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#SkylineCLT is a new series of Charlotte artists are taking up residency in the old Goodyear building on Stonewall. At the end of July, August and September, the resident artists are showing work from their time in residency.

Showings for August and September feature both visual and performing artists in an eclectic event for people interested in connecting with the local art scene.

What you need to know: FREE, August 28 Sept. 4 at 6:00, Goodyear building on Stonewall.


brie Brianna Susan Smith is a multidisciplinary artist working in Charlotte. She  works locally as a director, producer, designer and performer. Smith is a member  of the League of Independent Theatres of Charlotte, one of the core curatorial  artists for Que-OS and one of the Artistic Directors of TAPROOT.

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