Jody Mace

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Mar 302015
 
 March 30, 2015  Posted by  Free Events, Kids, South Charlotte No Responses »

harlow
St. Francis Hospital for Animals, 10709 Kettering Drive, is holding a Grand Opening/Open House Saturday April 18th, 2015, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. from 2p-5p. This event will be free and fun for the whole family. For the adults there will be hospital tours and informational booths. For the pets there will be pet pictures, a best dressed contest, and a blessing of the animals. For the kids there will be a bouncy house, poop scoop race (maybe not real poop?), face painting and pictures with pets. 704-527-2030

Mar 302015
 
 March 30, 2015  Posted by  Free Events, Music, South Charlotte No Responses »

Piedmont Concerts in the RoundPiedmont Town Center, at 4725 Piedmont Row Drive, will host a free series of concerts, from April 24th, 2015, through May 15th. They’ll take place on Fridays from 7pm to 11pm. Parking is free and there’s also free valet parking.

Band Schedule:

April 24 – Perfect 10
May 1 – 20 Ride ( America’s #1 Zac Brown Tribute )
May 8 – Breakfast Club ( America’s # 1 80’s Band )
May 15 – Simply Irresistible ( Golf Night )

Piedmont Town Center Cocktails & Concerts is how South Park kick-starts the weekend in style! As the largest weekly happy hour and free entertainment celebration, Piedmont Town Center provides a destination for friends and co-workers to gather and unwind, while enjoying great live music, tasty beverages and a fun, casual atmosphere. With its prominent South Park location, close to other great restaurants, bars and shopping, Piedmont Town Center is the premier Friday hot spot.

Mar 302015
 
 March 30, 2015  Posted by  Free Events, Music, North Charlotte No Responses »

steinway piano gallery
Steinway Piano Gallery-Charlotte, at 7030 Smith Corners Boulevard, often hosts free piano concerts. On Saturday, April 11th, 2015, through Monday, April 13th, award-winning pianist and educator Meral Güneyman will be presenting a master class, performing in a concert and holding an educator’s workshop. All these events are free, but you must RSVP by emailing klove@steinwaypgch.com by April 10th. Make sure to say which event you’re responding for.

Master Class
Saturday, April 11
10 am-12 pm
Ms. Güneyman will work with several area students. This class will be very informative— Parents and educators be sure to bring your students!

SPG-Live! Concert
Sunday, April 12
4 pm–5 pm
From Harlem to Paris—Fascinatin’ Rhythms
Join us for a dazzling performance of Debussy, Ravel, Gershwin, Porter and more!

Educator’s Workshop
Monday, April 13
10 am–12 pm. Light lunch to follow
Open to both educators and music enthusiasts.

Steinway Artist, Meral Güneyman, has performed with major orchestras around the world as well as in prestigious concert halls in major cities of the US, Europe, and Asia.

Meral made her orchestral debut in the United States under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas as first prize winner of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s Young Artist’s Competition. She was promptly reengaged by Tilson Thomas to play the Schumann Concerto with the Pittsburgh Symphony. Her Carnegie Hall debut was as winner of the East & West Artists’ International Competition. After winning the prestigious William Kapell International Competition at the University of Maryland she performed with Leon Fleischer and the Baltimore Symphony. Her accolades further include winner of the Juilliard School’s Chopin Concerto Competition and Naumburg Competition finalist, which, once again, brought her to Carnegie Hall.

As an academician and pedagogue she has given master classes, Informances and concerts at Harvard, MIT, Purchase, Georgetown, Marshall, Princeton and New York Universities, Bosphorus University (Istanbul), and many other music conservatories and institutions. She is an Early Childhood Music Education specialist and a Master Teacher of the Music Teacher’s National Association, U.S.A. She is a two time winner of the Laura Conover Pedagogy Award in New York City.

Mar 302015
 
 March 30, 2015  Posted by  Free Events 10 Responses »
The Bechtler Museum is free for kids in K-12 all week

The Bechtler Museum is free for kids in K-12 all week

Plan your week on the cheap with this list of free events around Charlotte, from  Monday, March 30th, 2015, to Sunday, April 5th. Some highlights are the UNCC International Film Fest, Easter egg hunts, a living history evening in Salisbury, and a free workshop on marbling.  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.

Monday

Free admission to Bechtler Museum for kids
Free Bloomin’ Onion at Outback Steakhouse with any purchase
2:30pm: UNCC 49ers women’s tennis match
6:00pm: Game night at Tin Roof at EpiCentre plus $13 all-you-can-eat tacos
6:00pm: Free Easter Bunny pictures at Bass Pro Shops
7:00pm: Marbling workshop at Craft Tasting Room and Growler Shop
8:00pm: Live music at Amelie’s
8:30pm: Open Mic at Puckett’s Farm Equipment
9:00pm: Open Mic at Crown Station Pub
9:00pm: Live music at Tin Roof at EpiCentre: Time Sawyer

Tuesday

12:00pm: French language conversation hour at International House
2:00pm: Program on the link between music and memory
5:00pm: UNCC International Film Fest: Kiss Them All (Russian)
6:00pm: Arabic language conversation hour at International House
6:00pm: Free Easter Bunny pictures at Bass Pro Shops
6:00pm: Program in the link between music and memory
6:00pm: Brewery tour at NoDa Brewing Company
7:00pm: English language conversation hour at International House
8:00pm: Trivia night at Petra’s

Wednesday

Free admission to Bechtler Museum for kids
8:30am: Free child car seat safety checks in Matthews
12:00pm: Spanish language conversation hour at International House
2:30pm: UNCC International Film Fest: Shorts from Russia and UNCC
3:00pm: Japanese calligraphy at International House
3:00pm: UNCC 49ers women’s softball game (double-header)
5:00pm: Free admission at both Mint Museums
5:00pm: UNCC International Film Fest: The Night is Young (France)
6:00pm: Free Easter Bunny pictures at Bass Pro Shops
6:00pm: Live music at Heist Brewery: All Star Jazz Trio
6:00pm: Russian language conversation hour at International House
6:30pm: Brewery tour at Triple C Brewing Company
7:00pm: French language conversation hour at International House
7:00pm: Trivia and Karaoke at Tin Roof at EpiCentre
7:00pm: Open Mic at Sam Ash Music. Performers get $10 gift card.
9:00pm: Open Mic at Hattie’s Tap and Tavern
10:00pm: Snug Harbor Residency: Andy the Doorbum

Thursday

Free admission to Bechtler Museum for kids
12:00pm: Japanese language conversation hour at International House
2:00pm: UNCC International Film Fest: The Missing Picture (France, Cambodia)
3:00pm: UNCC 49ers women’s tennis match
3:00pm: UNCC 49ers men’s tennis match
5:00pm: Alive After Five at EpiCentre: Sol Fusion and Heroes at Last
6:00pm: Spring concert series at Shoppes at University Place: Orquesto Mayor
6:00pm: UNCC International Film Fest: A Bottle in the Gaza Sea (Israel, France)
6:00pm: Eggnormous Twilight Easter Scramble at Harrisburg Park
6:00pm: Free Easter Bunny pictures at Bass Pro Shops
6:00pm: Food truck, art, music rally at Chop Shop
6:00pm: Portuguese language conversation hour at International House
6:30pm: Brewery tour at Birdsong Brewing
7:00pm: Spanish language conversation hour at International House
7:00pm: Charlotte Talks show on Charlotte music scene–at The Evening Muse
9:00pm: Open Mic at Tommy’s Pub
9:00pm: Live music at Tin Roof at EpiCentre: Mic Larry

Friday

Free admission to Bechtler Museum for kids
12:00pm: English language conversation hour at International House
12:00pm: Eggstravaganza at Romare Bearden Park
12:00pm: UNCC 49ers women’s tennis match
2:00pm: Free Easter Bunny pictures at Bass Pro Shops
3:00pm: UNCC 49ers women’s softball game (double-header)
4:00pm: Easter coloring craft at Bass Pro Shops
5:00pm: “History Alive” in Downtown Salisbury
6:00pm: Live music at Birdsong Brewing: Greg Lilley
6:00pm: Brewery tour at NoDa Brewing Company
10:00pm: Live music at Tin Roof at EpiCentre: Wes Cook (Arrive before 10 for free admission)

Saturday

 

Free admission to Bechtler Museum for kids
9:00am: Home Depot Kids’ Workshop: Chalkboard Planter Stand
10:00am: Easter Egg Hunt at Bible Baptist Church
10:00am: NoDa Eclectic Market
11:00am: Free Easter Bunny pictures at Bass Pro Shops
11:00am: Craft at Lakeshore Learning: Bunny basket
12:00pm: UNCC 49ers women’s softball game
1:00pm: Community Easter egg hunt at Zeta House
1:00pm: Easter coloring craft at Bass Pro Shops
2:00pm: Easter Egg hunt at Bass Pro Shops
2:00pm: Brewery Tour at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery (also at 3pm, 4pm)
2:30pm: Spring Scavenger Hunt at Reedy Creek Nature Preserve
3:00pm: Village Kids Eggstravaganza at Ballantyne Village
5:00pm: Brewery tour at NoDa Brewing Company
7:30pm: Comedy Open-Mic at Smelly Cat Coffeehouse
10:00pm: Live music at Tin Roof at EpiCentre: The Armory (arrive before 10 for free admission)

Sunday

Free admission to Bechtler Museum for kids
Free admission to Levine Museum of the New South for groups of fewer than 10 people
11:00pm: Free Easter Bunny pictures at Bass Pro Shops
1:00pm: Easter coloring craft at Bass Pro Shops
2:00pm: Easter Egg hunt at Bass Pro Shops
2:00pm: Brewery tour at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery (also at 3pm, 4pm)
3:00pm Brewery tour at NoDa Brewing Company
5:00pm: Pickleball in Matthews. Includes equipment and lesson
6:00pm: Karaoke at Snug Harbor
6:30pm: Open bluegrass jam at Tommy’s Pub
Mar 302015
 

The Ivey, an adult daycare facility at 6030 Park South Drive, is presenting a free program on the link between music and memory. This program is intended for family caregivers. Call 704-909-2070 to register.

More info:
Music Therapy and Memory: Reaching Past and Present Through Song
In this free presentation especially for Family caregivers, learn about music therapy and its benefits for enhancing short-term and long-term memory and improving quality of life.

Music therapist Danielle Glefke will show how music can help people with early-stage dementia feel more relaxed and able to cope with their surroundings. As stages of memory loss progress, music can provide a familiar structure for accessing memories and abilities that are not yet lost. It can also help maintain access to those memories and abilities for as long as possible.

You’ll leave with a better understanding of what happens during music therapy, as well as techniques to use at home with your loved one.

Presented by Danielle Glefke, Board Certified Music Therapist

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
2:00- 3:30 pm and repeated 6:00 – 7:30 pm

The Ivey
6030 Park South Drive
Charlotte, NC 28210

This community education program is designed to enhance memory wellness knowledge. The program is especially for family caregivers. Industry professionals are welcome, as space permits.

Admission is free but pre-registration is requested. Call The Ivey at 704-909-2070.

For caregivers, free care is available for loved ones during the workshops (with advance notice), please call The Ivey to arrange.

March 31, 2015 2:00pm – 3:30pm and 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Mar 302015
 
 March 30, 2015  Posted by  Free Events, Music, NoDa, The City No Responses »

The Daily Press CLT
Mike Collins, of WFAE’s Charlotte Talks, is hosting a discussion about the Charlotte music scene on Thursday, April 2nd, 2015, 7:00 p.m., at The Evening Muse, 3227 North Davidson Street. A panel of folks involved in Charlotte’s music scene will discuss how it’s re-emerging as a music hub. The panel includes Gregg McCraw, owner of Maxx Music, which brings top-notch artists to Charlotte, Creative Loafing music editor Jeff Hahne, and Croquet Records’ founder James Willamor. Local band Sinners and Saints will be playing some tunes. It’s free but you have to sign up in advance, and there’s limited space.

Mar 292015
 
 March 29, 2015  Posted by  Free Events, Music, NoDa, The City No Responses »

Birdsong-Brewing-CoBirdsong Brewing Co., at 2315 North Davidson Street, frequently hosts live music. There’s no cover. You can always verify their schedule on their website. They also host free brewery tours Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and some other events. Birdsong Brewing was founded in 2011 and is part of Charlotte’s growing craft beer community. If you have questions about their events or beer, call them at 704-332-1810.

 

 

Music schedule at Birdsong

Friday, April 3, 6 p.m.: Greg Lilley
Friday, April 17, 6 p.m.: Josh Watson
Friday, April 24, 7 p.m.: New Hires
Saturday, April 25, 5 p.m.: Amy Broome
Saturday, May 2, 5 p.m.: Shana Blake Band

Mar 292015
 

andy the doorbum
Snug Harbor, at 1228 Gordon Street, invites an act to be an “Artist in Residence” all the Wednesdays in a month. In September, 2014, the artist is Andy the Doorbum. The shows are free, at 10pm, and various bands open throughout the month. Age 18+. $5 surcharge for those under 21. Various artists will be joining Andy the Doorbum each Wednesday.

Andy the Doorbum: Andy the Doorbum is Music and Art. Andy the Doorbum is a Man and a Band. Andy the Doorbum is a Concept and a Project. Andy the Doorbum is a Movement of one life trying to prove its own existence and affirm its perception and interpretation of the world around it. Andy the Doorbum is Survival.

Mar 292015
 
 March 29, 2015  Posted by  Free Events, Music, The City No Responses »

tin roofTin Roof, at the EpiCentre, 210 East Trade Street, hosts live music several nights a week. The shows Sunday through Thursday have no cover. The shows on Friday and Saturday do have a cover. However, there’s no charge if you arrive before 10:00 p.m., when the shows typically start. You can arrive at 9:59 p.m. and watch the show for free. It’s not cheating! They told me to tell you that. There’s also usually trivia and karaoke Wednesday nights and a game night on Wednesdays. Here’s the schedule of free events. Visit Tin Roof’s website for other events:

 

 

Monday, March 30, 9 p.m.: Time Sawyer
Wednesday, April 1, 7 p.m.: Trivia and Karaoke
Thursday, April 2, 9 p.m.: Mic Larry
Friday, April 3, 10 p.m. Wes Cook (arrive before 10 for free admission)
Saturday, April 4, 10 p.m. The Armory (arrive before 10 for free admission)

Wednesday, April 8, 7 p.m.: Trivia and Karaoke
Thursday, April 9, 9 p.m.: Pluto for Planet
Friday, April 10, 9 p.m.: Mirrors (a JT tribute) (arrive before 10 for free admission)
Saturday, April 11, 10 p.m.: Francisco Vidale (arrive before 10 for free admission)
Sunday, April 12, 5 p.m.: Tuxedo Shop

Wednesday, April 15, 7 p.m.: Trivia and Karaoke
Thursday, April 16, 9 p.m.: Kaleb Hensley
Friday, April 17, 10 p.m.: Sean Rivers Band (arrive before 10 for free admission)
Saturday, April 18, 10 p.m.: Kaleb Hensley (arrive before 10 for free admission)