I hear from people all the time who want to tell me about the latest farm-to-table restaurant or local jewelry designer.
Charlotte is embracing what makes it unique — its own flavor of people, places and things.
What we sometimes miss in the conversation about the importance of shopping local is the importance of interacting with local art and local artists, especially when it comes to performance work. We all hear about big touring shows, but what if we’re itching to experience the distinct Charlotte performance scene?
I’ve compiled a list of four things to see and do in June that are not only showing locally, but that were also created locally.
These events showcase interesting, innovative and new performance work being created right under our noses. It’s farm-to-table freshness for your eyes and ears (and sometimes for your tastebuds, fingertips and noses, too).
– When and where: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 27; Dana Auditorium, Queens University, 1928 Selwyn Ave.
– How much? $10-$15.
– What is it? Charlotte’s New Music Festival brings together choreographers and composers for a week of local and national collaboration. Arts Align showcases the premiere of original pieces designed and collaborated by the festival’s participating composers and choreographers during the festival.
– When and where: 7 p.m. Thursday, June 25; McColl Center for Art+Innovation, 721 N. Tryon St.
– How much? $5 suggested donation.
– What is it? Local artists from across disciplines open up their process and give audiences a chance to get the inside scoop about how and why they create their work. Audience members are then given a chance to ask questions, get feedback and share their thoughts with artists over food and drinks.
– When and where: 9:45 p.m. Thursday, June 25; The Courtroom at Gettys, 201 E Main St., Rock Hill.
– How much? $10 for the whole festival.
– What is it? An aesthetic feast, Collywobble is part concert, part dance performance and a whole lot of Charlotte-area awesomeness, featuring dance, music and performance artists from around town.
Collywobble is presented as part of Don’t Sweat It Fest, which runs June 25-27 in Rock Hill and is as good a reason as any to cross the state line.
– When and where? 8 p.m. Sunday, June 28; World Famous Milestone Club, 3400 Tuckaseegee Road.
– How much? $5-7.
– What is it? Andy the Doorbum has become the poster child for Charlotte’s weird underbelly with his musical performance art. He is moving away, but before he does, come out and experience his dark, strange invasion of the senses.
Brianna Susan Smith