Bechtler By Night – Bechtler Game Night
5-9 p.m. Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, 420 S. Tryon St. Free. www.bechtler.org.
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Part of the series held the third Friday of every month, August’s version has a “game night” theme. Enjoy gallery games and scavenger hunts, “Spin a Picasso Portrait” art activity, Bechtler trivia, Becthler BINGO and light bites and a featured cocktail.
Parents Night Out
5:30-7:30 p.m. Main Street Children’s Museum, 133 E. Main St., Rock Hill, S.C. $10 per child for museum members, $15 non-members. www.chmuseums.org.
Celebrate back to school with Parents Night Out at the Main Street Children’s Museum. Send your little ones ages 3-7 for museum play, games and pizza dinner courtesy of Mellow Mushroom Rock Hill. Parents then can explore Rock Hill’s downtown businesses and restaurants while children remain active.
Science on the Rocks: Back to School
5-9 p.m. Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon St. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. www.discoveryplace.org.
If you’re nostalgic for the smell of freshly sharpened pencils, enjoy this adults-only night featuring The Dirty Spelling Bee, Field Day activities, arts and crafts, killer chemistry and more. This month’s event partners with Classroom Central to collect school supplies for low-income students in Charlotte.
7 p.m. Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $35-$79.95. www.livenation.com.
The girl group that got its big break on “The X Factor” is moving from clubs like Amos’ to headlining mid-size amphitheaters. A recent show drew ample comparisons to Beyonce and Destiny’s Child and praised the women for their harmonies, dance moves, and ability to subtly highlight their individuality.
9 a.m.-3 p.m. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road. Free. www.charmeck.org.
Ornithologist Susan Campbell will share information about our feathered friends and her research, and there will be short educational sessions about backyard habitats of hummingbirds. Other activities include an art show, bird-banding demonstrations, natural play area, crafts, music, food trucks, nature hikes and more.
Saturday Night Cine Club – ‘Francofonia’
7:30 p.m. Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Road. $5 Charlotte Film Society members, $10 non-members. www.charlottefilmsociety.com.
This movie tells the history of the Louvre during the Nazi occupation, and a meditation on the meaning and timelessness of art. Evening includes a discussion with Lawrence Toppman, arts writer for The Observer.
An Intimate Evening with Jennifer Holliday
7 p.m. McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St. $39.50-$150. www.blumenthalarts.org.
Long before Jennifer Hudson struck Oscar gold, Broadway’s original award-winning Dreamgirl collected both a Grammy and a Tony for her work as Effie White in “Dreamgirls” in 1982. The Broadway legend has since had a storied career as a gospel and R&B singer with hits on both sides of the pew.
5:05 p.m. BB&T Ballpark, 324 S. Mint St. $8-$50. www.charlotteknights.com.
The AAA minor-league baseball team plays the Buffalo Bisons on Space Jam Night, which celebrates the movie’s 20th anniversary with an appearance by one of the film’s stars: Muggsy Bogues. The former Charlotte Hornet will sign free autographs for fans.
Conexiones: Exchanges Across Culture with Art
2:30 p.m. Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. 7th St. Free. www.museumofthenewsouth.org.
Join local artists for a mural-making workshop that celebrates the images and spirit of NUEVOlution. Led by Rosalia Torres-Weiner and Rosa Murillo, two of the artists who have artwork featured in the exhibit, the afternoon is interactive, cross-cultural, fun and free. Registration requested.
The Duke Mansion Home and Garden Tour
Noon-8:30 p.m. Duke Mansion, 400 Hermitage Road. Free, but RSVP required. https://tourofdukemansion.eventbrite.com.
Enjoy a free, self-guided tour of the historic Duke Mansion, including the overnight rooms and more than four acres of gardens. This year’s tour includes new gardens installed this spring. Sunday evening will feature a “Twilight Tour” with a cash bar, music and small bites from The Mansion’s chef.
NMCC Fall Open House
Mon 8.22 6:30 p.m. Community in Christ Lutheran Church, 7621 Norman Island Drive, Cornelius. Free. www.nmccsings.org.
If you’ve always liked to sing and would consider joining the North Mecklenburg Community Chorus, you can mingle with new and returning singers, meet chorus director Sandy Rogers, and learn about the organization while singing songs from the upcoming Christmas program.
Charlotte’s Country Music Story
Tue 8.23 6:30 p.m. Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Myers Park Branch, 1361 Queens Road. Free. www.cmlibrary.org.
Join noted Charlotte historian and Observer correspondent Tom Hanchett to discuss the history of country music in Charlotte – long before the rise of Nashville.
An Evening with Gillian Welch
Wed 8.24 8 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. $30 in advance, $35 at the door. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com.
Fans of Gillian Welch and her musical partner David Rawlings have become accustomed to the duo’s absence of a new album. Its last, “The Harrow & the Harvest” came out in 2011. What makes up for it is the couple’s frequent returns to the road, both as the acclaimed duo and under the moniker the Machine.
P.S. Your Cat is Dead!
Thu 8.25 7:30 p.m. (and various performances through Sept. 3). Duke Energy Theater, 345 N. College St. $23-$25. www.blumenthalarts.org.
This comedic play presents a simple tale: It’s New Year’s Eve in New York City’s West Village, you’ve been robbed twice, your girlfriend is leaving you, you’ve lost your job and the only one left to talk to is the gay burglar you’ve tied up in the kitchen who is trying to seduce you.