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Free stuff in Charlotte: Gaze at the stars or enjoy star-quality art

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.
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    The Stray Birds
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    Accordionist David DiGiuseppe will perform at St. Peter’s Episcopal.
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    Kinetic artist Joseph Herscher works on"The Dresser."
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    Star-gazing
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    Bollywood dancing

Stargazing

Stars and Doughboys

Fri 6:30 p.m. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road. 704-432-6460. parkandrec.com.

Kids ages 6 and older and adults will enjoy a treat around the campfire, and then use the nature center’s powerful telescopes to look at the stars. Registration required.

Music

Charlotte Folk Society: The Stray Birds

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

Charlotte Folk Society’s November gathering features The Stray Birds, a young acoustic trio from Pennsylvania whose self-titled debut recording was named by National Public Radio as one of the Top 10 Folk & Americana Albums of 2012. Doors open at 7. Refreshments, song circle and jam sessions follow the concert.

Performance

‘The Dresser’

Sat 1-5 p.m. McColl Center for Visual Art, 721 North Tryon St. 704-332-5535. mccollcenter.org.

Artist Joseph Herscher will build and perform with a kinetic structure called The Dresser. This piece of art, inspired by Rube Goldberg’s absurd and elaborate inventions, performs a simple act in a highly complicated manner, drawing from physics and engineering, along with wit and creativity.

Music

Music at St. Peter’s

Mon Noon. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 115 W. Seventh St. web.st-peters.org/concertseries.

Free lunchtime music is back in uptown Charlotte. The November installment of this six-concert series focuses on French café music, featuring accordion player David DiGiuseppe with Robbie Link and Beverly Botsford. They’ll perform music from the cabarets of Montmartre, the musettes of Paris and the songs of singer Edith Piaf.

Art

ArtFusion: ‘Journey to India’

Wed 6-9 p.m. Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S. Tryon St. mintmuseum.org.

Mint Museum Uptown explores the art and culture of India. Participants will create their own Indian wood block to bring home and enjoy classical and Bollywood dance performances.

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