Your 5-minute guide to the best things to do in Charlotte | June 7 to 13

Courtesy of Taste of Charlotte


Six blocks of Tryon Street in uptown Charlotte will be filled Friday through Sunday for Taste of Charlotte 2019, featuring food, entertainment and cooking demonstrations. Patrons purchase coins to buy food and beverage samples from over 100 local restaurants. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Free to attend. $10 for a small cup of coins. $20 for large cup of coins.

Courtesy of Justin Driscoll

The UNCC Alumni Association presents its annual art exhibition, Spotlight 2019, featuring 22 former and current students. Curated by photographer Justin Driscoll and artist Sharon Dowell, whose work can be seen in murals and paintings from Central Avenue to Rock Hill, the show includes work by Jon Hairston, Jr., who will be painting on sight, Donna Outwater, Brian Twitty, Carlos Vargas, Hamilton Ward, Sterling Brown, Aba Hutchinson and others. 6 p.m. C3Lab, 2525 Distribution St. Free.

“Black-ish” and “Grown-ish” star Deon Cole will record his upcoming Netflix Special Taping during two sets at Belk Theater. The actor/comedian who got his start in the “Barbershop” films and as part of Conan O’Brien’s Emmy nominated writing team also appeared on “Angie Tribeca” and hosts BET’s “Face Value.”  7 p.m. and 9 p.m. 130 N. Tryon St. $20.

“The Office” star Craig Robinson returns to Comedy Zone for a four-night run. A former teacher who often brings musical comedy to the stage, Robinson has won raves for his roles in films like the James Brown biopic “Get On Up” and 2016’s “Morris From America.” But he’s still a comic at heart with upcoming “Dolemite,” “Jay and Silent Bob,” and “Dr. Doolittle” projects in the pipe. 7:30 p.m. and 9:40 p.m. Friday, 6 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. Saturday, and 6 p.m. Sunday. Comedy Zone, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd., Suite 3B. $30-$65.

This weekend, two local venues pay tribute to two musical artists who died prematurely. Neighborhood Theatre celebrates Prince’s birthday with Purple Note 4: Celebrating the Life of Prince Through Jazz. The show features The X Men and Shelby J with DJ That Guy Smitty and guest vocalists like local singer and fashion icon Mercury Carter. Saturday Visulite welcomes Black Hole Son, a touring tribute to the musical projects of Chris Cornell, who died in 2017 shortly after performing in Concord at Carolina Rebellion. That show will cover his solo work, as well as Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple of the Dog. Both shows begin at 8:30 p.m. 511 E. 36th St. and 1615 Elizabeth Ave., respectively. $25-$35 and $10-$12.


Children’s Theater of Charlotte ends its season with performances of “A Sick Day for Amos McGee,” which had its world premiere here in late May. Adapted from the book by Philip C Stead, the story follows Amos, who visits animals at the zoo daily. The play features puppets designed especially for the show and is geared toward younger children. 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday. Wells Fargo Playhouse at Imaginon, 300 E. Seventh St. $10.80-$14.  

Actor’s Theater concludes its 30th season with a production of Alison Bechdel’s best selling graphic novel, “Fun Home.” A poignant, tragic and sometimes funny examination of her sexuality, her closeted father’s and the dysfunctional family his secrets create, “Fun Home” won five Tonys for its Broadway run, and its first national tour starred Charlotte native Abby Corrigan. Discounted tickets are available for Friday and Saturday’s 8 p.m. shows, with the opening set for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Runs Wednesday to Sunday through June 29. Hadley Theater, Queens University, 2132 Radcliffe Ave. $8.75-$25.

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Charlotte Symphony’s Summer Pops series.

With the Oscar winning “Bohemian Rhapsody” reigniting the Queen craze, the band’s upcoming summer show with Adam Lambert and the touring Queen musical, “We Will Rock You” set for November, there’s really no hotter time for Charlotte Symphony Summer Pops Series’ The Music of Queen. Vocalist Tony Vincent and conductor Brent Havens bring the pomp and bombast of the group’s originals to the stage with the electricity of the full orchestra. 7:30 p.m. Belk Theater. $19-$142.


It’s hard to think of Grammy winning pop singer Ariana Grande without considering the two years she’s been through, from the bombing at her concert in Manchester to her whirlwind broken engagement to Pete Davidson to ex Mac Miller’s death. She’s in the midst of the Ariana Grande: Sweetener World Tour, which finds the singer growing more comfortable on stage after a tumultuous two years. 8 p.m. Spectrum Center, 333 Trade St. $160.02-$999.

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Ayrsley Grand Cinema kicks off its 2019 Summer Kids Shows movie series with “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation.” Another encore film screens each week. Other returning favorites include “Small Foot,” “Paddington 2,” and “Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse.” 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through August 8. 9111 Kings Parade Blvd. $3.70.

James Renner’s Confessions of a True Crime Addict Tour bring a new niche to NoDa. Comedy and serial killers make for a strange coupling, to say the least, but stand-up comedian Renner makes it work as he shares his kooky, spooky adventures as a true crime journalist who investigates serial killers and tracks down missing persons. 7:30 p.m. Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St., $10.


Canadian-Egyptian entrepreneur Tarek Mounib and YouTube celebrity activist Adam Saleh travel across the U.S. offering Americans from all walks of life a “Free Trip to Egypt” in this documentary. Bringing together Americans from different religious, ethnic, political and cultural backgrounds half a world away, Mounib attempts to bridge these differences and expand world views. The movie screening will be followed by a live panel discussion in Washington, D.C., featuring U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, Rabbi Rami Shapiro, Marla Maples, U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, director Tom Shadyac and others in observance of Pledge To Listen Day of Unity. 7:30 p.m. AMC Concord Mills 24, 8421 Concord Mills Blvd. and Regal Stonecrest at Piper Glen 22, 7824 Rea Rd. $13.40.


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