Jody Mace

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Jul 312014
 

6th and Tryon Pocket ParkOne of the new additions to the Uptown landscape is the Carolina Theatre Pocket Park at 6th and Tryon. A vacant lot next to the old Carolina Theatre has been transformed into a tranquil public space with greenery, art and benches. It’s an especially welcoming place for those who work Uptown. Free events are held there throughout the week, often during lunchtime, and you can find them listed here. Food trucks will be on site during the lunchtime events.

Up next:

  • Monday, August 4, 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.: Free Yoga with Scott Lundgren
  • Tuesday, August 5, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: Greg Brewster, guitarist
  • Wednesday, August 6, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: Tim Gordon, saxophonist; Noel Friedline, pianist; program about the sun with members of Charlotte Amateur Astronomers
  • Thursday, August 7, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: Jeff Brown, guitarist
  • Thursday, August 7, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.: 48 Hour Film Project auditions. Register at 48hourfilm.com/charlotte by August 4. Those registered will receive an email August 5 with a monologue to recite. Film makers and participants will meet August 7 at 5:30 p.m.
 July 31, 2014  Posted by  dance, Entertainment, Free Events, Music No Responses »
Jul 312014
 

canvas-1_3_1This popular freebie is back! This deal is a big hit with Charlotte on the Cheap readers looking for gifts for friends and family. Upload a photo and get a FREE 8×10 canvas art print. All you pay is shipping, which is about $14.95. An 8×10 photo canvas is usually $49.99 plus shipping, so this is a great deal. If you want a bigger print, you get 60% off.

 July 31, 2014  Posted by  Shopping 2 Responses »
Jul 302014
 

U.S. National Whitewater Center CharlotteThis weekend has some especially fun free events. All in all there are 47 free events, with more being added, from Friday, August 1st, 2014, to Sunday, August 3rd. Some highlights the U.S. Whitewater Center’s Build Your Own Boat Festival, a back-to-school event with everything from free backpacks to dental screenings, Rowan Chamber Dragon Boat Festival, the Charlotte Premium Outlets Grand Opening, and a 90s themed party at Strike City. Make sure to follow each link to get the necessary details. If you’re not doing this already, you can subscribe to Charlotte on the Cheap’s daily emails (just one a day), and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

This week’s free event list is brought to you by our friends at Charlotte Warehouse Sale. Charlotte Warehouse Sale offers new designer clothing–with tags–at 65% to 90% off department store prices.

charlotte warehouse sale

Next up: the End of Summer Sale, July 30th through August 3rd. Everything is an additional 10% off.



Friday

10:00am: Grand Opening of Charlotte Premium Outlets
12:00pm: Music Box lunch at Romare Bearden Park: Noel Friedline
2:30pm: Worm race at Mooresvile Library
4:00pm: Build your Own Boat Festival at Whitewater Center. Live music by Los Colognes, Allen Thompson Band and Alanna Royale
5:00pm: Role-playing and board games at Your Local Game Shop in Matthews
5:00pm: Brewery tour at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
5:00pm: First Friday event in downtown Waxhaw
6:00pm: Live music at Birdsong Brewing Co.: The Hazelgroves
6:00pm: Brewery tour at NoDa Brewing Company
6:30pm: Live music at Tin Roof at EpiCentre: Empire Theory
7:00pm: Movies under the stars at Southpark: American Girl: Isabelle Dances into the Spotlight
7:00pm: Music on the Green at Promenade on Providence: Aerial View Band
7:00pm: Friday Night Live music in Belmont: Craig Wollard
7:00pm: Birkdale Village Mingling on the Green concert: Michael Wolf and the D.B.A.
7:00pm: Stonecrest Summer Concert Series: Kim Carper Band
7:00pm: Blakeney Summer Concert Series: Tony Barnes Band
7:00pm: Live music at The Wine Vault: Rich Challen
9:00pm: “I Love the 90s” party at Strike City at Epicentre
9:00pm: Live music at Sydney’s Martini and Wine Bar: TBA
10:00pm: Live music at Tin Roof at EpiCentre: Seventy Six and Sunny. Arrive before 10 p.m. for free admission.



Saturday

Free museum admission for Bank of America and Merrill Lynch customers
9:00am: Rowan County Dragon Boat Festival
9:00am: Free pickles at Atherton Market
10:00am: Workshop at Guitar Center: Recording Made Easy for Pro Tools
10:15am: Group guitar lesson at Guitar Center
11:00am: Grand Opening of Charlotte Premium Outlets
11:00am: Free fish filet and fries at Long John’s Silver
11:00am: Kids’ craft at Lakeshore Learning–Door hanger
11:00am: SWAG Back-to-school event at BB&T Ballpark. Free dental screenings, backpacks, school supplies, more
1:00pm: Build your own Boat Festival at Whitewater Center. Live music by Ancient Cities, Simplified, Mingo Fishtrap & Marc Broussard
2:00pm: Brewery Tour at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery (also at 3pm, 4pm, 5pm)
4:00pm: Live music at Birdsong Brewing Co.: Natty Boh Duo
5:00pm: Brewery tour at NoDa Brewing Company
7:00pm: Gene Gene and the Blues Machine
7:00pm: Summer Concert in Kannapolis: Darrell Harwood & Gal Friday
7:00pm: Live music at The Wine Vault: Andrew McElmurry
7:00pm: Birkdale Village Mingling on the Green Concert Series: Silver Train
7:00pm: Blakeney Summer Concert Series: Tony Barnes Band
7:00pm: Stonecrest Summer Concert Series: Kim Carper Band & Scott Smith
8:00pm: Live music at Summit Coffee: Reeve Coobs
8:30pm: Outdoor movie at Rivergate: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
9:00pm: Live music at Sydney’s Martini and Wine Bar: TBA
10:00pm: Live music at Tin Roof: Brandon Stiles. Arrive before 10 p.m. for free admission



Sunday

Free museum admission for Bank of America and Merrill Lynch customers
Free admission to Levine Museum of the New South for groups of fewer than 10 people
12:00pm: Grand Opening of Charlotte Premium Outlets
3:00pm Brewery tour at NoDa Brewing Company
3:00pm: Live music at Tin Roof: Millennial with The Morrison Bros
4:00pm: Birkdale Village Mingling on the Green Concert Series: Ben Torres
5:00pm: Live music at The Wine Vault: Jared Allan
6:00pm: Davidson’s Concerts on the Greens: Backbeat (Beatles Tribute)
6:00pm: Karaoke at Snug Harbor
7:00pm: Organ recital: John Alexander at Providence United Methodist Church
 July 30, 2014  Posted by  Free Events No Responses »
Jul 302014
 
Charlotte Premium Outlets

photo by John D. Simmons in Charlotte Observer

Charlotte Premium Outlets, which will include over 50 outlet stores, including Aeropostale, American Eagle Outfitters, Gap Factory Store and Gymboree, to name a few, opens Thursday, July 31st, 2014. The Grand Opening events take place from Thursday through Sunday, August 3rd, and will feature live music, sand sculpture, face-painting, balloon art, giveaways and more. If you join the VIP club prior to arriving you can experience the VIP Shoppers Lounge, including chair massages, a ponytail bar and facials. The VIP Shoppers Lounge is across from Under Armour.

Charlotte Premium Outlets is at 5404 New Fashion Way, which is in the Steele Creek area. You can see a map of Charlotte Premium Outlets here. See the details of the prize giveaways as well as a list of sales events at each store.

Schedule of Charlotte Premium Outlets Grand Opening events

 

THURSDAY, JULY 31, 2014

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony 9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Location: Market Hall Stage
Shoppers are invited to attend the official opening of Charlotte Premium Outlets. Governor Patrick McCrory will be on hand to mark the occasion and the Mecklenburg Police Department’s Honor Guard Unit will conduct the presentation of colors with the national and state flags. Sam Abel, a volunteer from Allegro Foundation, will also perform the National Anthem for the crowd.

Musical Entertainment 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Market Hall Stage

Local musical groups will perform on the Market Hall Stage to entertain shoppers:
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.                  The Flying Saucers
1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m.                    Coconut Groove Band
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.               5 on Sundays
The Sand Lovers Quick Sand 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Location: Coastal Region
Sand sculptors will carve their way through a pile of sand to create a sculpture of Charlotte Premium Outlets. The center will donate the sand to the US National Whitewater Center following the Grand Opening.

VIP Shopper Club Lounge 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Across from Under Armour
Join our VIP Shopper Club and gain access to the VIP Shopper Club Lounge! Members receive hot deals, coupons and other exclusive benefits. In the lounge, members will enjoy five-minute facials from The Body Shop and relaxing chair massages. Try different hair styles at the Pony Tail Bar and get your beauty fortune from the Lipstick Reader! Capture all the fun at the TapSnap Photo Station and share pictures on social media using #CPOGO. Be sure to enroll in the VIP Shopper Club at premiumoutlets.com/vip before the Grand Opening festivities to gain access into the lounge.

Prize-an-Hour Giveaways
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Market Hall Stage
Register every hour to win, starting at 11 a.m., at the Market Hall Stage. Five minutes before each hour, all entries will be collected for that hour’s drawing. Beginning at 12 p.m., two winners will be announced at the top of each hour at the prize display area near the Market Hall Stage. See entry forms for complete rules and regulations.

FRIDAY, AUGUST 1, 2014

Olympic Trojan Marching Band 10 a.m.
Location: Market Hall
Directed by James Smallwood, the Olympic Trojan Marching Band from Olympic High School will perform three songs near Market Hall.

Musical Entertainment 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Location: Market Hall Stage
Local musical groups will perform on the Market Hall Stage to entertain shoppers:

12 p.m. – 1 p.m.        Bing Bang Boom
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.   Early Ray
3 p.m. – 4 p.m.         Yellow Brick Road
4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.      Gump Fiction

The Sand Lovers Quick Sand 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Location: Coastal Region
Sand sculptors will carve their way through a pile of sand to create a sculpture of Charlotte Premium Outlets. The center will donate the sand to the US National Whitewater Center following the Grand Opening.

VIP Shopper Club Lounge 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Across from Under Armour
Join our VIP Shopper Club and gain access to the VIP Shopper Club Lounge! Members receive hot deals, coupons and other exclusive benefits. In the lounge, members will enjoy five-minute facials from The Body Shop and relaxing chair massages. Try different hair styles at the Pony Tail Bar and get your beauty fortune from the Lipstick Reader! Capture all the fun at the TapSnap Photo Station and share pictures on social media using #CPOGO. Be sure to enroll in the VIP Shopper Club at premiumoutlets.com/vip before the Grand Opening festivities to gain access into the lounge.

Prize-an-Hour Giveaways 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Market Hall Stage
Register every hour to win, starting at 11 a.m., at the Market Hall Stage. Five minutes before each hour, all entries will be collected for that hour’s drawing. Beginning at 12 p.m., two winners will be announced at the top of each hour at the prize display area near the Market Hall Stage. See entry forms for complete rules and regulations.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 2, 2014

Musical Entertainment 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Location: Market Hall Stage
Local musical groups will perform on the Market Hall Stage to entertain shoppers:

4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Chris Marks Band
6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Hot Sauce

The Sand Lovers Quick Sand 12 p.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Location: Coastal Region

Sand sculptors will carve their way through a pile of sand to create a sculpture of Charlotte Premium Outlets. The center will donate the sand to the US National Whitewater Center following the Grand Opening.

VIP Shopper Club Lounge 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Across from Under Armour
Join our VIP Shopper Club and gain access to the VIP Shopper Club Lounge! Members receive hot deals, coupons and other exclusive benefits. In the lounge, members will enjoy five-minute facials from The Body Shop and relaxing chair massages. Try different hair styles at the Pony Tail Bar and get your beauty fortune from the Lipstick Reader! Capture all the fun at the TapSnap Photo Station and share pictures on social media using #CPOGO. Be sure to enroll in the VIP Shopper Club at premiumoutlets.com/vip before the Grand Opening festivities to gain access into the lounge.

Bethenny Frankel Meet and Greet 12:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: VIP Shopper Club Lounge
Meet Bethenny Frankel, TV Personality, New York Times Bestselling Author and Entrepreneur, in the VIP Shopper Club Lounge. Bethenny will mingle with shoppers in the VIP Shopper Club Lounge, providing inspiration and her own unique style of advice and lifestyle tips.*

12:45 p.m. Bethenny’s Must Haves For Summer
1 p.m. Autograph Session
2:45 p.m. Accessorizing On the Go: Take Your Look from Day to Night
3 p.m. Autograph Session

*Bethenny Frankel will mingle with fans as time and space permits in the VIP Shopper Club Lounge. Autographs will only be given during the two 30-minute session timeframes.

Prize-an-Hour Giveaways 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Market Hall Stage
Register every hour to win, starting at 11 a.m., at the Market Hall Stage. Five minutes before each hour, all entries will be collected for that hour’s drawing. Beginning at 12 p.m., two winners will be announced at the top of each hour at the prize display area near the Market Hall Stage. See entry forms for complete rules and regulations.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 3, 2014

VIP Shopper Club Lounge 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Across from Under Armour
Join our VIP Shopper Club and gain access to the VIP Shopper Club Lounge! Members receive hot deals, coupons and other exclusive benefits. In the lounge, members will enjoy five-minute facials from The Body Shop and relaxing chair massages. Try different hair styles at the Pony Tail Bar and get your beauty fortune from the Lipstick Reader! Capture all the fun at the TapSnap Photo Station and share pictures on social media using #CPOGO. Be sure to enroll in the VIP Shopper Club at premiumoutlets.com/vip before the Grand Opening festivities to gain access into the lounge.

Jul 302014
 

SalisburyThe first Rowan Chamber Dragon Boat Festival takes place Saturday, August 2nd, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Shrine Club at High Rock Lake, 6480 Long Ferry Road in Salisbury. It’s free to watch. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Food trucks will be on site and there will be live musical entertainment.

Here’s some information on dragon boat racing, from the festival’s website:

With a history of more than 2,500 years, the sport of dragon boating originated in ancient China. The legends include warring states, radical politics and fierce loyalty and passion written poetically by one man – Qu Yuan. This man was exiled from the land that he loved, and in turn committed suicide in the Miluo River in a final form of protest against the corruption of his era. During an attempt to save Qu Yuan, the locals took to the river in their fishing boats, splashing their paddles to keep the water demons and evil spirits away.

Modern day dragon boating has few elements to this ancient tale remaining. However, it has evolved into a worldwide competitive sport, bringing together millions across the globe annually. Festivals with traditional Asian flare and culture are commonplace alongside a dragon boat race in recent years. High level competitions have also been organized since the mid 1970s.

But the sport’s growth has been most commonly found at the grassroots level. Dragon boating has become an extremely popular vehicle for fundraising, and tool for corporate team building. Local communities combine these two concepts to breathe new life into their waterfront areas, and to stimulate their local economy.

Standard sized teams are formed with 18-25 people from all walks of life, while small boat events have teams of 8-14 people. Any age, size, ability and gender can learn to paddle on a dragon boat team. 10 or 20 paddlers are seated in rows of 2 with a drummer sitting in the bow, facing the paddlers. The paddler’s job is to paddle in unison with the entire team. The drummer’s job is to beat the drum in sync with the paddlers and to motivate their team to the finish line. A steersperson (provided by the festival) stands in the stern of the boat, guiding the boat straight down the race course with a 10-foot oar.

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Jul 302014
 


The first weekend of every month, Bank of America and Merrill Lynch customers get into many museums nationwide for free. Saturday, August 2, and Sunday, August 3, take advantage of this opportunity. Also, call individual museums for their hours. As of this posting  the following Charlotte museums are included. If you are reading this post at a later time make sure to check the link yourself.

Mint Museum Uptown
Mint Museum Randolph
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
Levine Musem of the New South
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture

Bring a Bank of America/Merrill Lynch  credit or debit card for admission. Excludes special exhibitions, fundraising events and ticketed shows.

Jul 302014
 

U.S. National Whitewater CenterCelebrate Labor Day at U.S. National Whitewater Center Sunday, August 31st, 2014, with a 5K, 15K, live music and fireworks. The two trail races do have fees associated with them. Rafting, climbing and zip lines will be available at their regular rates. Parking costs $5. The headlining musical act is the one and only Langhorne Slim and the Law. Lefty Williams and Joe Pug are also on the bill. Fireworks will be set off at dusk. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. No outside food and drinks are permitted. They’re pretty serious about that.

 

 

SCHEDULE:
9:00 a.m. – Labor Day 15K Trail Race begins
9:15 a.m. – Labor Day 5K Trail Race begins
3:30 p.m. – VIP opens
4:00 p.m. – Lefty Williams
6:00 p.m. – Joe Pug
8:00 p.m. – Langhorne Slim & The Law
9:30 p.m. – Fireworks display
10:30 p.m. – VIP closes

 July 30, 2014  Posted by  Festivals, Free Events, Music No Responses »
Jul 302014
 

Screen Shot 2014-07-30 at 4.22.21 PMHeads up: Lettuce Carry, an online grocery store that delivered, sadly, is going out of business. Starting Thursday, July 31st, 2014, they’re having a sale at their physical location, 520- B Eagleton Downs Drive in Pineville, and everything will be 50% off. They have a warehouse full of grocery items such as wine, beer, cigarettes, pet food, baby food, can goods, dry items, frozen food, dairy products and more. They will be open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. through the weekend and next week.

 July 30, 2014  Posted by  Food and Drink No Responses »
Jul 302014
 

kids meal charlotteBurger 21 at Ballantyne, 14825 Ballantyne Village Way, offers a special deal for families on Wednesdays. Buy an adult entrée and get a kid’s entrée (age 12 and under) for half price. Through August 20th, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, they’re also presenting a special kids’ activity during those times.

Make a Party Hat 8/6
Craft a Slice of Cake 8/13
Back-To-School Activity 8/20

 July 30, 2014  Posted by  Free Events, Kids No Responses »
Jul 302014
 

Measure by MeasureCharlotte Shakespeare is back with part 2 of their 2014 summer series. Measure for Measure will be presented from August 7th, 2014, to August 24th, at Booth Playhouse, 130 North Tryon. (Inside Founders Hall at Trade & Tryon. The performances are free to attend, but donations are encouraged, with a $5 suggested donation. Allow a little extra time as tickets will be given at the “pay what you can” donation point. Seating is first-come, first-served and opens 45 minutes prior to curtain. However, advance donors can reserve seats for a minimum $25 donation. This production is recommended for those age 12 and older.

Parking information: The Blumenthal sells $5 Exit Passes for the 7th Street Station and Bank of America Corporate Center. Exit Passes can be purchased at the theatre. Please allow time in your schedule to park and walk to the Booth.

Step aside, Shaft. Get down, Foxy Brown. Here comes Isabella, and she’s fighting for justice. When the young Isabella learns that Angelo, the acting mayor of Vienna, has condemned her brother to death she pleads for his life – only to be on the receiving end of an indecent proposal from the pious Angelo! What happens next brings Isabella into the bizarre and seedy underbelly of Vienna. Inspired by the exploitation films of the 1970s, Los Angeles-based director Tiger Reel brings a fun and funky vibe to this, one of the Bard’s darkest–and most modern–comedies.

Showtimes are:
Thursdays – 7:30 p.m.
Fridays – 8 p.m.
Saturdays – 2 p.m. (workshop following) and 8 p.m.
Sundays – 3 p.m.

Aug 7, 2014: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm (Thu)
Aug 8, 2014: 8 pm – 10 pm (Fri)
Aug 9, 2014: 2 pm – 4 pm (Sat)
Aug 9, 2014: 8 pm (Sat)
Aug 10, 2014: 3 pm – 5 pm (Sun)
Aug 14, 2014: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm (Thu)
Aug 15, 2014: 8 pm – 10 pm (Fri)
Aug 16, 2014: 2 pm – 4 pm (Sat)
Aug 16, 2014: 8 pm (Sat)
Aug 17, 2014: 3 pm – 5 pm (Sun)Aug 21, 2014: 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm (Thu)
Aug 22, 2014: 8 pm – 10 pm (Fri)
Aug 23, 2014: 2 pm – 4 pm (Sat)
Aug 23, 2014: 8 pm (Sat)
Aug 24, 2014: 3 pm – 5 pm (Sun)

 July 30, 2014  Posted by  Free Events, Theater No Responses »