Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Fall fashion preview, Greek Festival, St. Paul & The Broken Bones

Explore Jazz - The Jazz Arts Initiative and the Harvey B. Gantt Center present Jazz in Session. Davidson College’s Lovell Bradford will lead the discussion of Herbie Hancock's milestone recording, “Maiden Voyage.” Bradford will discuss Hancock’s inspiration and other recordings. 6 p.m. tour the galleries and enjoy cocktails. 7 p.m. listening Session. Harvey B. Gantt Center at Levine Center for the Arts, 551 South Tryon St. $10 for non-members, free for JAI and Gantt Center members. Tickets.

Gyros and Baklava - Don’t bother eating. Bring cash and appetite to the Yiasou Greek Festival. Starts 3 p.m. today. Ends Sunday. Holy Trinity Cathedral, 600 East Boulevard. Check website for festival times, dates and performance schedule. $3.

Get Artsy - Hands-on Mixed Media Portraits Workshop with Caroline Rust. Participants will learn about color, line, and other design elements and principles. Participants will create a mixed media portrait that employs painting, drawing, collage, and assemblage. 6 p.m. McColl Center, 721 N Tryon St. Register. $30

Fashion Event - Get a preview of fall fashion trends at the Neiman Marcus Art of Fashion Event 2015. Also enjoy the Neiman Marcus beauty bar makeovers, live music and beats. 6:30 p.m. - 10 p.m., Neiman Marcus Charlotte, SouthPark Mall, 4400 Sharon Road. Get tickets and register.


Goodbye Summer - St. Paul & the Broken Bones headline the End of Summer Southern Social. Price's Chicken Coop, PBR, cocktails, Cheerwine, MoonPies, pimento cheese from Queen Charlotte's Pimento Cheese Royale and more. NC Music Factory, 1000 North Carolina Music Factory Blvd. Tickets.

Pre-show Party - I love a good concert, but I love a good pre-concert party even more. Enjoy the RockBus Concert Series before the Van Halen show at PNC Music Pavilion. 5 p.m. Check-in at Prohibition, 200 N. Tryon St. Details.

Sip & Stroll - The 6th Annual Sip and Stroll: Art & Wine Festival starts tonight. It’s a chance to sample the wines and meet the artists who will have booths set up on Saturday. The official event on Saturday features art on display and for purchase at the outdoor art show. 6-8 p.m. tonight. 1 p.m. 8 p.m. Saturday. EpiCentre, 210 East Trade Street. Tickets

Cooking Competition - Caravan Coffee and Dessert Bar invites amateur cooks for a local cooking competition featuring grills and smokers at The 9th Annual Summer Sizzlin’ Cook-Off. They’ll cook all night on Friday accompanied by live music. The Belmont Astronomy Society will host a stargazing event simultaneously, as well as a solar viewing on Saturday. At 10 a.m. Saturday, the tasting begins. Attendees will enjoy music by D.J. Buddy Love and a free 
public tasting to determine the winner of the People’s Choice Award. Judging 
will begin at noon Saturday. 

Drink & Walk - My kinda bar crawl. The Fitness Bar Walk winds through Dilworth and Southend. Each bar on the crawl is approximately a 1/2 - 1 mile apart which gives participants enough time to burn those cals before the next stop. Wear you 80s/90s gym uniforms. $5 in advance, $10 day of. The first 100 people to sign up get an official RockHouse headband, fanny pack and more. Check-in is from 1 p.m. -2:30 p.m. at Morehead Street Tavern, and we’ll get our fitness on from there by walking to Dilworth Neighborhood Grille, Ed’s Tavern, Bakersfield, Tyber Creek Pub, and All American Pub.

Outdoor Jazz Concert - Pianist Alex Bugnon headlines Jazz Under The Stars. Trombonist Buff Dillard will also perform. 7 p.m. Queens Landing, 1459 River Highway, Mooresville. Bring your lawn chair, but no coolers or tents allowed. Vendors will be available to purchase food and drinks. $20. Details.

A Worthy Cause - The 11th Annual BBQ & Blue Jeans features Midwood Smokehouse BBQ, cold beer, and live music. Benefits Pat's Place Child Advocacy Center which assists children in the Mecklenburg area facing obstacles of sexual abuse. 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 907 Huntington Park Dr. $100.  Details.

Family Day - This Land Is Our Land is the theme of this month’s family day at the Mint. Enjoy family-friendly art projects, gallery visits, artist demos, and Let’s Move! yoga sessions once a month. View America the Beautiful: Works on Paper. Hands on projects include: sketch and paint an abstract autumn picture, craft a paper animal, construct a bird feeder, learn about raptors, and meet Zlaty, a golden eagle, with the Carolina Raptor Center !  1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S. Tryon St. Free for kids. $6 for adults.