Remembering Joe Thompson
7:30 p.m. Friday. Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Ave. folksociety.org
Charlotte Folk Society’s March gathering is a special one – a celebration of the life and music of Mebane fiddler Joe Thompson, mentor to the Carolina Chocolate Drops. The memorial tribute concert features Grammy winners Rhiannon Giddens Laffan and Justin Robinson, two of the founding members of the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Thompson died last year at age 93. Doors open at 7, but due to the interest in this concert, you should arrive early. Refreshments, a song circle and jam sessions follow the concert.
Projecting Hope Film Festival
Various times Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Ayrsley Grand Cinemas 14, 9110 King’s Parade Blvd. projectinghopecharlotte.com
Catch a weekend of free faith-based films, including “Unconditional,” “The Ultimate Gift” and “Abel’s Field.” Pick up free tickets at the box office the day of the film, or pay $5 in advance to guarantee seating. See the film schedule on the Projecting Hope website.
11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Center Court at South Park Mall. bit.ly/XRZ2nX
At this literacy-promoting event sponsored by Barnes and Noble, listen to books such as “Pete the Cat,” “Llama Llama” and “Skippyjon Jones.” Kids can make their own books or create Curious George puppets. Bring new or gently used books for donation. The event is free for Simon Kidgits Club Members. Membership costs $5 for a year of events.
6-9 p.m. Tuesday. Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S Tryon St. 704-337-2000. mintmuseum.org
Learn about the exotic history and use of spices in a workshop with Amy MacCabe, owner of Savory Spice Shop in the South End. Interact with bilingual storytellers and discuss your favorite recipe or food memory. Learn how to paint with spices while enjoying a glass of wine, then explore the F.O.O.D. exhibit.
Providence Chamber Museum Series
7 p.m. Sunday. Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Road. bit.ly/Xrplmx
This free chamber music series is celebrating its 30th year. The March concert features “Sonata for Flute and Piano” by Verne Reynolds and “Octet in E-flat Major, op. 20” by Felix Mendelssohn.
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