Entertainment

Fun in Charlotte: Alive After Five, Sports Tank, ‘Once’

Alive After FiveEpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.Thursday, 5-10 p.m.: The free, weekly concert series kicks off for the year with the band GrooveTown.
Alive After FiveEpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.Thursday, 5-10 p.m.: The free, weekly concert series kicks off for the year with the band GrooveTown. rlahser@charlotteobserver.com

NexGen Mint: Hang Out – Spring into Surrealism

Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S. Tryon St.

Wednesday, 6 p.m.: Designed for high school students ages 14-18, this hang out allows attendees to explore the imagery of the surrealism with activities based on fantastic and extraordinary art movement. Free with NexGen registration, www.mintmuseum.org.

Lunch and Learn: The Uncommon Bond of Julia and Rose

Historic Rosedale Plantation, 3427 N. Tryon St.

Wednesday, 1 p.m.: Local history expert and author Ann Williams will join in the basement kitchen of the 200-year-old plantation house to talk about her new book, the inspirations behind it, and some of her related research. Cost $10; space limited. www.historicrosedale.org/events

Alive After Five

EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.

Thursday, 5-10 p.m.: The free, weekly concert series kicks off for the year with the band GrooveTown.

Sports Tank

NASCAR Hall of Fame, 400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Friday, 4:30 p.m.: It’s “Shark Tank” for the sports world as the next great ideas and technology in the sports industry are pitched live to investors. Panelists include Kevin Pritchard (Indiana Pacers general manager), Chrystal Rowe (Carolina Panthers director of ticketing) and Rich Sheubrooks (retired Nike and NBA executive) among others. Tickets $32.64, http://bit.ly/1USCKly.

Once

Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St.

Saturday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.: Based on the movie of the same name, the 2012 Tony Award winner of Best Musical tells the story of a Dublin street musician who meets a beautiful, young woman. Tickets $24.50 - $94.50, www.blumenthalarts.org.

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