Your 5-minute guide to the best things to do in Charlotte | August 9 to 15

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The 4th annual LoSo Block Party celebrates the neighborhood's growth Saturday.


Paris Hilton’s pups aren’t the only ones playing dress up these days. Plenty of pooches get in on the fashion fun as Pride Week kicks off with Charlotte Pride Dog Day: A Paws-Itively Fierce Doggie Fashion Show. First and second prizes will be given for Best in Pride (best rainbow or pride wear) and Natural Beauty. Pups can enjoy treats and water, while light refreshments will be available for their human companions. 5-8 p.m. Freedom Park, 1908 East Blvd. Free. 

[Related: Your guide to Charlotte Pride: What to wear, eat, drink and do]

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Sounds of Summer returns to First Ward Park on Friday.

It’s hard to find a better pop-up outdoor music venue than First Ward Park, which continues its Sounds of Summer monthly live music series (formerly Live on the Green) in the shadow of the city’s skyscrapers with California-based folk-pop singer-songwriter Brett Dennen and Charlotte-based opener Emily Sage. Food and local craft beer and wine vendors will be on site, although picnic baskets are welcome (no outside alcohol, though). Leashed dogs are welcome, too. 7 p.m. The corner of East 8th and Brevard streets. Free. 

Little over a month after playing PNC Music Pavilion with Dead and Company — his project with former members of the Grateful Dead — bluesy pop singer/guitarist John Mayer returns to Charlotte to headline his own show. While it may not clock in at the four-hour mark like the Dead’s recent concert, fans still get two ample sets of Mayer’s original work.7:30 p.m., Spectrum Center, 333 E. Trade St., $59.50-$129.50.

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Kat Sanchez Standfield is among the artists in residence at Goodyear Arts.

Goodyear Arts’ June/July Artists-in-Residence Showcase features new mixed media, sculpture, installations and compositions by recent residents Kat Sanchez Standfield, David Sackett, Lenny Muckle and Milik Kashad. Kashad will host an interactive film screening at 7:15 p.m., followed by an aural performance and audio presentation from Muckle. Triple C Brewing and Sierra Nevada will have free beer available, and Nourish and King of Pops will be there with vegan eats and ice cold treats. 6-9 p.m. 301 Camp Rd. Free.  


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The Lower South End neighborhood — a former industrial warehouse district turned craft brewing hub — celebrates the revitalized area with the day-long 4th annual LoSo Block Party. Participating businesses include Old Mecklenburg Brewery, Doc Porter’s Distillery, GoodRoad Ciderworks, Great Wagon Road Distilling Co., The Broken Spoke, Queen Park Social, Lower Left Brewing, Red Clay Ciderworks, Sugar Creek Brewing, Brewers at 4001 Yancey and Thirsty Nomad Brewing. Activities include food vendors, live music from Mighty Mango at 3 p.m., and ’80s tribute Kids in America and ’90s tribute Super Fly at 7 p.m., children’s activities, a dog area, and chilled water from Charlotte Water’s Water Wagon. 2-11 p.m. Southside Drive and Yancey Street, which will be closed to vehicles but open for foot traffic and tents for shade. Free.

Northern Georgia-based author, old west historian and Wyatt Earp researcher Mark Warren will present a slide show about the life and times of Earp and discuss his trilogy, “Wyatt Earp: An American Odyssey” prior to the October publication of the final book in the trilogy “Promised Land.” The second book in the series, “Born to the Badge,” was a 2019 Spur Award Finalist, and Warren has been praised for his balance of history, action sequences, lyrical writing and inclusion of oft-ignored female characters of the Western Frontier. 4 p.m. Main Street Books  126 Main St., Davidson. Free.

The beauties and boas of Big Mamma’s House of Burlesque return to Visulite for Rainbow-Lesque, a new show celebrating diversity and variety just in time for Charlotte Pride Week. While Big Mamma herself, Deana Pendragon, creates and premiers a new themed show every couple of months and continues to showcase performers of various color, size and gender, this one should be a special treat for the LGBTQ community, ready to swing into the campy, bawdy fun. 8 p.m. 1615 Elizabeth Ave. $20-$25.

Miss Congeniality from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and “Drag Race Allstars,” Katya Zamolodchikova, presents her new stand-up show Katya: Help Me I’m Dying. More than typical stand-up, expect song, dance, costumes, video, characters and stories in this multi-media event about what it’s like to be a woman (and what you learn dressing like one). 8 p.m. McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St. $25 to $65, or spring for the Eccentric Billionaire Benefactor and Suspicious Rich Person meet-and-greet VIP tickets at $150 and $110, respectively. 


One of the first comedians to blow up on Twitter, Rob Delaney, has gone on to star and co-write Amazon’s international relationship series “Catastrophe.” He takes a break from his busy summer of big screen releases “Hobbs & Shaw” and “The Hustle” (and filming next year’s “Tom and Jerry” movie) for an intimate return to the stand-up stage. 7 p.m. Comedy Zone, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd. $35. 

Charlotte’s Self Aware and Lunchbox Records team up to screen director Matt Riggle’s “Filmage: The Story of the Descendents/All” — a documentary on the influential punk vets and its brother band All, which formed when Descendents’ singer Milo Aukerman famously left to pursue biochemistry in the late ’80s. The screening will be followed with a Q&A with Riggle and performances by his band This Kills Me and Charlotte’s Late Bloomer. 8 p.m. Tommy’s Pub 3124 Eastway Dr. Free. 


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Belk Theater

Before Taylor Swift alters our memory (pun intended) of “Cats” with the theatrical version in December (along with Idris Elba, Judi Dench, Rebel Wilson, Jennifer Hudson and other cats with tested acting chops), revisit Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record breaking Broadway juggernaut during its five-day run. With new lighting and sound design, choreography (based on Gillian Lynne’s original numbers) and direction by Trevor Nunn, it’s being build as “Cats” for a new generation. Well, they do have nine lives. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. $25-$79.50/VIP $99.50.

At just 21, El Paso’s Khalid is one of modern R&B’s biggest stars with a 59-week streak of Billboard hits, a multi-platinum worldwide smash debut and this year’s No. 1 follow-up. He’s also Spotify’s biggest global artist with over 50 million monthly listeners. He announced Monday that he’ll play a benefit concert for victims of the El Paso shooting later this month. You can bet his hometown-referencing lyrics take on deeper meaning when the Free Spirit World Tour hits Spectrum Center. 7:30 p.m. 333 E. Trade St. $49.95-$99. 

Dine with the bard under the stars as Actor’s Theatre launches its own version of Shakespeare in the Park with Midsummer Nights @ Queens. The inaugural family-friendly series features evening performances of the beloved comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Grab a blanket or a lawn chair, fill your picnic basket and settle in on the lawn located between Morrison (the cafeteria building), Dana, McEwen and Knight-Crane Hall, which faces Selwyn Ave. 8:15 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays through Aug. 24. Queens University, 1900 Selwyn Ave. Free. 


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