Your guide to entertainment in Charlotte this week

Mike Rust pedaling one of his early handmade mountain bikes over Pearl Pass, Crested Butte Colorado. Circa 1981.
Mike Rust pedaling one of his early handmade mountain bikes over Pearl Pass, Crested Butte Colorado. Circa 1981. Frank Staub



Show Stoppers! Songs of Stage and Screen

7:30 p.m., McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St. $13-$29, www.blumenthalarts.org.

Broadway meets Hollywood as Carolina Voices’ MainStage Choir sings tunes from musicals such as “Kinky Boots,” “Pippin,” “Chicago” and more. Dancers from Northwest School of the Arts join.


Whitewater Film Series: ‘The Rider and the Wolf’

8:19 p.m. (projected sunset), U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway. Free (but $5 parking). www.usnwc.org.

The weekly outdoor film series continues with “The Rider and the Wolf,” a documentary about the life and mysterious 2009 disappearance of Mountain Bike Hall of Fame cyclist Mike Rust.


Charlotte Folk Society: Little Big String Band

7:30 p.m., Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Ave. Free, but donations accepted. www.folksociety.org.

The Little Big String Band was created as a way to get the owners of The Violin Shoppe, David McGuirt and Glen Alexander, a chance to play swing music and get out of the shop. They recruited Scot Caviness to play bass and Sharon Fogarty to play flute.



Bootcamp and Block Party

11 a.m., STAX, 3722 S. Tryon St. Free. www.staxcharlotte.com/bootcamp.

The free, twice-a-week bootcamp run by former NFL player Randy Moss and Crossfit competitor Emily “Breeze” Ross-Watson is attempting to break the Guinness Book record for world’s largest bootcamp. It currently has 2,168 participants, and 3,200 are expected to attend. Register in advance.

Food and Drink

South End Hops Festival

2-6 p.m., 308 W. Carson Blvd. $35-$50, www.southendhopsfestival.com.

Celebrate craft beer, enjoy live music and food trucks, and even bring your dog.


Charlotte Cuban Festival

3-10 p.m., A Piece of Havana, 11126 S. Tryon St. Free. www.facebook.com/CarlotanTalents/events.

Live music performances, kids’ activities, arts and crafts and Cuban cuisine will all be a part of the 8th Annual Charlotte Cuban Festival.


Tossin’ for Tykes Cornhole Tournament

11 a.m.-4 p.m., Bryant Park, 1701 W. Morehead St. $55 team registration, $10 just to attend activities. www.freemorewest.com/events/65/Tossin-For-Tykes.

A round-robin cornhole tournament allows teams to play a minimum of three games as they compete for $500 or more in cash prizes. Music, food and beer vendors and games such as mini golf and a bounce house also on hand. The event raises money for Bright Blessings, which helps homeless and impoverished children in the Charlotte area.



Charlotte Pet Expo

11 a.m.-4 p.m., Metrolina Tradeshow Expo, 7100 Statesville Road. Free. www.charlottepetexpo.com.

Bring your dog or adopt one at the expo, which includes exhibitors, discounted vaccinations, free nail trims, agility demonstrations, obedience demonstrations, the latest pet products, and everything else you’d want to know about caring for your pet.


Which Way Home: Refugees in Charlotte

2-4:30 p.m., Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. 7th St. Free. www.museumofthenewsouth.org.

Learn about the refugee experience directly from individuals who have fled from different countries and are now building a life in Charlotte. Also explore what local organizations are doing to help.


The Secret Gardens of Fourth Ward

Noon-4 p.m., corner of Ninth and Poplar streets. $20. www.fofw.org.

Homeowners on the tour will open their rarely seen private gardens to the public on this walkable, self-guided tour, revealing the secret green worlds tucked behind courtyard walls. Free beer and craft cocktail tastings included.

Week ahead


The Amazing Tour is Not on Fire

Tue 5.17 7:30 p.m., Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. $35-$110. www.blumenthalarts.org.

A stage show with hilarious anecdotes, sketches, tons of audience interaction and a loose story tying it all together, performed by Dan and Phil.


An Evening of Poetry and Music

Wed 5.18 7-8:30 p.m., Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road. Free. www.mintmuseum.org.

An evening of music and poetry performances by local Latin American artists. This is a bilingual program. Appetizers and beverages available.


New South for the New Southerner: Queen City Brews

Thu 5.19 5:30-7:30 p.m., Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. Seventh St. $5 members, $12 non-members. www.museumofthenewsouth.org.

With 17 breweries in the Charlotte-metro area and 20-something on the way, Charlotte is home to one of the nation’s most vibrant craft beer scenes. Explore the history of brewing in Charlotte and sample beers from Birdsong Brewing, NoDa Brewing and Sugar Creek Brewing. Cost includes a Southern buffet dinner from Mert’s Heart and Soul. Registration required.

Food and Drink

Strawberry Day

Fri 5.20 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Charlotte Regional Farmers Market, 1801 Yorkmont Road. Free. www.charlottefarmersmarket.com.

The North Carolina Strawberry Growers Association and the North Carolina Dairy Producers Association have partnered with the market to provide free North Carolina-produced strawberry ice cream. Vendors at the market also will be selling fresh strawberries, desserts and more.


Charlotte Symphony KnightSounds: Romeo and Juliet

Fri 5.20 7:30 p.m., Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. $29. www.blumenthalarts.org.

The Symphony teams up with Opera Carolina and Charlotte Ballet to tell Shakespeare’s timeless tale. It will feature in-theater screens with close-ups, plus a live outdoor feed of the concert on the Levine Center for the Arts plaza.