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Free fun in Charlotte this week topped by evil clowns

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.

Choir

African Children’s Choir

Fri 7 p.m. Central United Methodist Church, 6030 Albemarle Road. 704-536-9157 cumccharlotte.com

The African Children’s Choir will perform a free concert. The children have spent about five months preparing for their world tour and have stayed with Charlotte families while in the U.S. The concert is free, but donations will help with the children’s education when they return home to Africa.

Shakespeare

Charlotte Shakespeare Festival

Thur-Sun 7:30 p.m. Booth Playhouse, 130 N. Tryon St. charlotteshakespeare.com

Charlotte Shakespeare Festival returns with the first performance of “Macbeth.” The shows are free, but a $5 donation is suggested. The performances continue Thursdays-Sundays through Aug. 25.

Music

Charlotte Folk Society presents Kate Campbell

Fri 7:30 p.m. Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Ave. folksociety.org

Charlotte Folk Society’s monthly concert and gathering features singer-songwriter Kate Campbell, whose music is influenced by soul, rhythm and blues, Southern rock, country and folk music. Doors open at 7 p.m. Refreshments, a song circle and jam sessions follow the concert.

Blues

Blues Out Back

Fri 6:30 p.m. Gaston County Museum, 131 W. Main St., Dallas. 704-922-7681 gastoncountymuseum.org

Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and a picnic, and enjoy David Holt and Josh Goforth perform a special concert of Piedmont Blues.

Clowns

4th Annual Evil Clown Bar Crawl

Sat 5 p.m. Common Market South End, 1515 S. Tryon St. http://on.fb.me/16xwGof

Sometimes evil clowns aren’t all that evil after all. The Evil Clown Bar Crawl benefits A Child’s Place, which works with homeless kids. A donation of school supplies or snacks gets the cover waived in all the bars, but perhaps more importantly, gets you free clown makeup. Show up at Common Market South End to get your makeup on and get the itinerary. Visit the event’s Facebook page for a list of A Child’s Place’s needs.

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