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Joedance Film Festival

This event began a few years ago by projecting movies on the sides of homes in Fourth Ward. Its still based in the Fourth Ward neighborhood, but has grown: A sold-out audience over two nights this year saw films from local and national filmmakers, while raising nearly $25,000 for Levine Childrens Hospital and pediatric cancer research.

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Laura Allison

What: Metals, stones, feathers, beads and repurposed objects fused to create dainty but bold jewelry. Earrings, necklaces, bracelets, anklets and rings range from $10 to $75.

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Gallery: Bon Odori celebrates Japanese culture

Charlottes Bon Odori has celebrated Japanese culture for 32 years now, bringing a festival of art and dance to the city each August. This year, Aug. 6 at Wells Fargo Atrium, patrons young and old arrived in kimonos, and took in everything from a traditional Japanese tea ceremony to dance performances, to demonstrations by Matsuriza and Aikido of Charlotte. The event wound down with a gathering to dance together, while Matsuriza performed in the center of the room.

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Feast on Culture

Chef, historian and food blogger Michael Twitty led an evening of food and discussion July 28 as part of the Gantt Centers new Heritage & History series. Patrons filled Founders Hall for an evening of African-American history and culture, told through wit and plentiful food from Twitty.

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24 Hours of Booty

For one weekend a year (July 29-30 in 2016), 24 Hours Of Booty sets up camp in the Myers Park neighborhood, and welcomes cyclists to ride and raise money for cancer research. The event celebrated its 15th anniversary by raising $1.6 million. Myers Park itself has also become part of the annual race, with house parties and cheering fans set up along the mile-long course.

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Gallery: Big Hats & Bow Ties

Accessories were out in force at this event, which benefitted Second Calvary Center for Community Development (SC3D), and was held July 23 at UNC Charlotte Center City. Also on hand were a performance by the Leap of Faith Dance Academy junior company, and a keynote address by Dr. Stephen Hancock.

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Scene & Heard: Gray Classic

What began in 2009 as a golf tournament to aid the mentoring of students for 100 Black Men Of Greater Charlotte has grown into a multi-day affair called The Gray Classic. The most colorful of these events is the Womens Empowerment Brunch.