Jody Mace

I am a freelance writer in Charlotte, North Carolina who writes for magazines and websites. Find me at Google+

Jul 282015
 

mccoll center art innovation charlotte nc
Once a month (or more) the artists at McColl Center for  Art + Innovation, 721 N. Tryon Street, open their studios to the public. The next Open Studio Saturday is August 8th, 2015, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. This is a chance to meet the artists and talk with them about their work. This is a free event.

The artists-in-residence will open their studio doors to you and your family to talk about their work and creative process. Some may even have hands-on art experiences waiting for you. You’re also welcome to explore the three contemporary art galleries. The current exhibition, Prison Zoo, by 2014 Alumna Artist-in-Residence Alix Lambert, is located in the Dickson Gallery on the first floor.

The second and third floor galleries, where the artist studios are located, are filled with art by the current Artists-in-Residence.

Jul 282015
 
 July 28, 2015  Posted by  Food and Drink No Responses »

cheesecake factory
Lovers of cheesecake are in for some sweet savings. In honor of National Cheesecake Day, The Cheesecake Factory is offering 50% off any slice of cheesecake on Wednesday, July 29, and Thursday, July 30, 2015. The “factory” produces more than 30 cheesecake flavors, from the simple original cheesecake to the new salted caramel cheesecake, which makes its sweet debut on July 29. The offer is limited to one slice per guest for dine-in only. In Charlotte you’ll find The Cheesecake Factory at SouthPark Mall. For other locations, click here.

Jul 282015
 
 July 28, 2015  Posted by  Free Events 13 Responses »

Bon Odori Japanese festival charlotte nc
Plan your week on the cheap with this list of 98 and counting  free events around Charlotte, from  Monday, July, 27th, 2015, to Sunday, August 2nd. Some highlights this week are the Bon Odori Japanese Festival, Davidson’s Concert on the Green, a “dinosaur show” at Carolina Place and bluegrass music outside Discovery Place.  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.

If you’re reading this on Monday or Tuesday, check out Groupon’s Beauty sale. Get an extra 20% off Groupons for spas, hair salons, massages, facials, and more.

Monday

6:00am: Bootcamp class at Romare Bearden Park
5:30pm: Free fitness class at Romare Bearden Park: Zumba
6:00pm: Movie at Myers Park Library: Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United
7:00pm: German language conversation hour at International House
7:00pm: Crown Town Handmade Craft Session: Wood slice thumb tacks
7:30pm: Charlotte Storytellers meeting
8:00pm: Live music at Amelie’s
8:30pm: Open Mic at Puckett’s Farm Equipment
9:00pm: Open Mic at Crown Station Pub

Tuesday

10:00am: Free movie at Ayrsley Grand Cinemas: The Lego Movie
12:00pm: Idea Box: 3D Printing 101 at Main Library
12:00pm: Lunchbox Music Series at Romare Bearden Park: Mike Waters
12:00pm: French language conversation hour at International House
1:00pm: Terrific Tuesdays at ImaginOn–must be preregistered. Read about registering for future shows
3:00pm: Terrific Tuesdays at ImaginOn–must be preregistered. Read about registering for future shows
5:30pm: Yoga class at Romare Bearden Park
6:00pm: Chinese language conversation hour at International House
6:00pm: Yoga class at Pizza Peel on Central
6:00pm: Brewery tour at NoDa Brewing Company
7:00pm: English Language conversation hour at International House
8:00pm: Trivia night at Petra’s
9:00pm: Live music at Tin Roof at EpiCentre: Jon Linker

Wednesday

6:00am: Free fitness class at Romare Bearden Park: Insanity
8:30am: Free breakfast at Chick-fil-A Davis Lake–drive-thru only
8:30am: Free child car seat safety checks in Matthews
11:00am: Dakota and Friends Dinosaur Show at Carolina Place
12:00pm: Spanish language conversation hour at International House
1:00pm: Make-and-take craft for kids at A.C. Moore: Parachute chord bracelet
5:00pm: Free admission at both Mint Museum locations
6:00pm: Party in the Park at Romare Bearden Park: Rick Strickland Band
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

Thursday

C5 KatieCon: Free CharlotteFive travel mug if your name is Katie
10:00am: Free movie at Ayrsley Grand Cinemas: The Lego Movie
12:00pm: Japanese language conversation hour at International House
3:00pm: African drumming program at Independence Regional Library
3:00pm: Iced tea latte tasting at Unwind Tea Leaves
5:00pm: Alive After Five at EpiCentre: Right to Party
5:30pm: Free fitness class at Romare Bearden Park: The Werk Out
6:00pm: Portuguese language conversation hour at International House
6:30pm: Brewery tour at Birdsong Brewing
6:30pm: Open Water Swim at U.S. National Whitewater Center
7:00pm: Spanish language conversation hour at International House
7:00pm: Live music at the Wine Vault
7:00pm: River Jam at Whitewater Center: Dead 27s
8:30pm: The Happening–a collaborative arts event at Petra’s
9:00pm: Open Mic at Tommy’s Pub
9:00pm: Live music at Tin Roof at EpiCentre: Francisco Vidale

 

Friday

6:00am: Bootcamp class at Romare Bearden Park
10:00am: Monopoly tournament for teens at Mint Hill Library
12:00pm: Lunchbox Music Series at Romare Bearden Park: Michael Ramsey
12:00pm: English language conversation hour at International House
6:00pm: Live music at Birdsong Brewing: Mike Blair and the Stonewalls
6:00pm: Brewery tour at NoDa Brewing Company
6:30pm: Live music at NoDa Brewing: The Hazlegroves
7:00pm: Movie night at Lincoln Charter School: Big Hero 7
7:00pm: Live music at Promenade on Providence: Pocketful of Strange
7:00pm: Birkdale Village Mingling on the Green Summer Concert Series: Robert Trice, Jr.
7:00pm: Friday Night Live concert series in Belmont: Fantastic Shakers
7:00pm: Stonecrest Concert Series: Kim Carper Band
7:00pm: Blakeney Summer Concert Series: Heroes at Last
7:00pm: Live music at The Wine Vault
9:00pm: Blue Moon Hike at Latta Plantation Nature Preserve
10:00pm: Live music at Tin Roof at EpiCenter: The Armory (arrive before 10 for free admission)

Saturday

 

Free museum admission for Bank of America customers
8:00am: Free fitness class at Romare Bearden Park: Tabata
9:00am: Free fitness class at Romare Bearden Park: Rise and Flow Yoga
10:00am: Intro to Butterflies of Mecklenburg County at West Branch Nature Preserve
10:00am: NoDa Eclectic Market
10:30am: End of summer reading party at Hickory Grove Library
11:00am: Bon Odori Japanese Festival
2:00pm: Six String Saturdays: live music outside Discovery Place–Back Creek Bluegrass Boys
2:00pm: All Arts Market at Neighborhood Theatre
2:00pm: Brewery Tour at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery (also at 3pm, 4pm)
5:00pm: Brewery tour at NoDa Brewing Company
6:00pm: Live music at Tin Roof at EpiCentre: Easy Street Apothecary
7:00pm: Concerts in the Park in Kannapolis: Face to Face (Billy Joel & Elton John Tribute)
7:00pm: Birkdale Village Mingling on the Green concert series: Tim Cook Band
7:00pm: River Jam at Whitewater Center: Underhill Rose
7:00pm: Live music at Promenade on Providence: Carolina Music Machine
7:00pm: Stonecrest Concert Series: Kim Carper Band and Jerry Dowd
7:00pm: Blakeney Summer Concert Series: Heroes at Last
7:00pm: Live music at The Wine Vault
7:30pm: Comedy Open-Mic at Smelly Cat Coffeehouse
10:00pm: Live music from Tin Roof at EpiCentre: Wes Cook Band (arrive before 10 for free admission)

Sunday

Free museum admission to Bank of America customers
Free admission to Levine Museum of the New South for groups of fewer than 10 people
2:00pm: Brewery tour at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery (also at 3pm, 4pm)
2:00pm: Wildlife myths and superstitions at Reedy Creek Nature Preserve
3:00pm Brewery tour at NoDa Brewing Company
5:00pm: Live music at The Wine Vault
5:00pm: Play pickleball for free 
6:00pm: Davidson’s Concerts on the Green: Image. Movie follows.
6:00pm: Karaoke at Snug Harbor
6:30pm: Open bluegrass jam at Tommy’s Pub
7:00pm: Organ summer recital series: Mark Johanson at Ascension Lutheran Church
Jul 282015
 
 July 28, 2015  Posted by  Affiliate No Responses »

discount massage charlotte
Today, Tuesday, July 28th, is the last day for this deal. For just two days, Monday, July 27th, 2015, and Tuesday, July 28th, get an extra 20% off Beauty and Spa Groupons. This is on top of the 50% off you’re already getting from Groupon. Use the promo code GLAM20. You can use it on up to three deals. This promo includes massages, facials, hair cuts, health care, weigh loss and more. See all the deals now.

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Jul 282015
 
 July 28, 2015  Posted by  Free Events, The City No Responses »

katiecon
There seem to be a lot of Katies around Charlotte, and CharlotteFive is celebrating them Thursday, July 30th, 2015, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., at C5 KatieCon at Rush Espresso, 120 Brevard Court. Hang out with the CharlotteFive crew, including, of course, Katie Toussaint. If your name is Katie or some variation (Kate, Kathryn, Cate, etc.) and you can prove it you’ll get a free C5 travel mug. While supplies last. There are a lot of you. If you’re not Katie, come by anyway and hang out.

If you haven’t subscribed to CharlotteFive yet, you should. Each morning you’ll receive an email with the top five Charlotte news and entertainment stories of the day. It’s a quick read and will connect you with more stuff about this city than you can imagine.

Jul 282015
 


The first weekend of every month, Bank of America and Merrill Lynch customers get into many museums nationwide for free. Saturday, August 1st, and Sunday, August 2nd, 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 Museum 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 272015
 
 July 27, 2015  Posted by  film, Free Events, Kids, South Charlotte No Responses »

film reelAyrsley’s Grand Cinemas, 9224 Kings Parade Boulevard, is showing free movies for kids on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. They fill up quickly so get there early, especially if you’re arriving with a large group. No outside food, drink or containers are allowed. You can find other cheap movies for kids on this list.

Here’s the schedule:

June 16 & 18: Despicable Me 2
June 23 & 25: Hotel Transylvania
June 30 & July 2: The Lorax
July 7 & 9: Turbo
July 14 & 16: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
July 21 & 23: The Croods
July 28 & 30: The Lego Movie
August 4 & 6: How To Drain Your Dragon 2

Jul 272015
 
 July 27, 2015  Posted by  Free Events, Sports, The City No Responses »

Carolina Panthers FanFest
Celebrating the upcoming NFL season at Carolina Panthers FanFest 2015 on Friday, August 7th, 2015, at Bank of America Stadium, 800 South Mint Street. The event is free and runs from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Fans will receive a 2015 team roster photo card with a 2015 schedule. The stadium gates open at 6:30 p.m. with performances by the TopCats, Sir Purr, PurrCussion and Black & Blue Crew. Practice begins at 7:30 p.m. and will include individual drills as well as seven-on-seven, special teams and team periods. The event will be capped around 9:30 p.m. with a fireworks and laser show.

Jul 272015
 

the happening
Every Thursday at 8:30 p.m., Petra’s Piano Bar, 1919 Commonwealth Avenue, hosts The Happening, a collaborative arts event. There’s no cover charge. It’s a chance to see, hear and create art. There will be DJs, drum circles, spontaneous music, working artists, and free art supplies for you to use. There will also be drink specials. This is a 21+ event.

Jul 252015
 
 July 25, 2015  Posted by  Free Events No Responses »
Picture: Charlotte Observer

Picture: Charlotte Observer

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library is presenting tons of free activities all summer, for all age groups. They are free and include technology programs, entertainment, multi-cultural programs and much more. To see them all, visit the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library website.

Here are just a few this week, Monday, July 27th, 2015, through Sunday, August 2nd. Make sure to follow each link to get the details. Some events require advance registration and they might fill up early. Also, some of these programs occur more than once, and often at more than one library branch, so make sure to check the list of all the events to see the options.

Movie: Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United
Monday, July 27, 6 p.m.
Myers Park
Age 5 and up
The invincible Iron Man and the Incredible Hulk join forces to stop the energy consumer monster Zzzax from destroying the planet. Can these two titans find a way to work together without smashing heads before time runs out?

Idea Box: 3D Printing 101
Tuesday, July 28, 12 p.m.
Main Library
Age 12 to adult
Come to Main Library for an orientation on the MakerBot Replicator & LulzBot Mini, the 3D printers in Idea Box. No experience needed. Registration required. The Idea Box is a makerspace at the Main Library in uptown Charlotte. It is a learning environment for people to connect with others, share ideas and create meaningful projects, using technologies and other tools such as MakerBot 3D printers, CAD stations, vinyl and laser cutters and more.

African Drumming
Thursday, July 30, 3 p.m.
Independence Regional
Age 5-11
Explore the history of Africa with an entertaining and informative gathering featuring the history of the drum. Participants will have hands-on opportunities for drumming.

Monopoly tournament for teens
Friday, July 31, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Mint Hill
Age 12-18
Come participate in the Mint Hill Library Monopoly Tournament and build your negotiation and resource management skills.

End of Summer Reading Party
Saturday, August 1, 10:30 a.m.
Hickory Grove
All ages
Join us for our End of Summer Reading Celebration! Bring your lawn chairs to enjoy music and entertainment on the blacktop — all ages welcome!