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Get a dose of free culture this week with Shakespeare outdoors, big band music and free admission to the Mint

By Jody Mace
Jody Mace
Jody Mace is a freelance writer based in Charlotte, where she lives with her husband, two kids, and a dog, Shaggy.

Outdoor Theater

Shakespeare at the Green

8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Thursday. 6:30 p.m. Sunday. The Green on Tryon Street, across from The Bechtler Museum. charlotteshakespeare.com.

Catch “Taming of the Shrew” outdoors Thursdays through Sundays, May 30-June 16. At 5 p.m. Sundays, free Shakespeare workshops will be offered for adults and kids 8 and up. The Green is a beautiful place to enjoy the show. Bring lawn chairs and a picnic. The shows are free, but a $5 donation is suggested.

Big Band

Davidson’s Concerts on the Green

6 p.m. Sunday. Village Green, Main Street and Concord Road, Davidson. concertsonthegreen.com.

Lake Normal Big Band plays this Sunday. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs. Coolers and picnics are welcome; food and drink are also available from vendors.

Art

ArtFusion

6 p.m. Tuesday. Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S. Tryon St. mintmuseum.org.

Every Tuesday after 5 p.m. both Mint Museum locations offer free admission. About once a month one of them hosts an ArtFusion event, which extends the scope of an exhibit through music, poetry, food, dance or other interpretations. This Tuesday’s ArtFusion event, “Of This Land,” explores the theme of cultural identity through art, music and poetry.

Kids

Lego mini-build

5 p.m. Tuesday. Lego Store, Concord Mills. stores.lego.com.

The first Tuesday of every month, Lego stores host a free mini-build, where kids ages 6-14 can build and take home a small Lego creation. The project this month is a fisherman.

Music

Live music at Wine Vault

7 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Thursday. 6 p.m. Sunday. The Wine Vault, 9009 J. M. Keynes Drive. headwino.com.

The Wine Vault at University Place hosts live music on the patio four nights a week. Enjoy wine or beer from The Wine Vault or a treat from the frozen yogurt or ice cream shops that share the same stretch of sidewalk. The Saturday, Sunday and Thursday performers aren’t announced yet, but the local folk/rock band Time Sawyer is performing Friday.

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