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Your 5-minute guide to the best things to do in Charlotte | June 22-29

You can do happy hour with style in the Duke Mansion gardens Monday-Thursday through July.
You can do happy hour with style in the Duke Mansion gardens Monday-Thursday through July. Paul Purser

What is there to do in Charlotte this weekend? Here’s our experts’ picks on everything from entertainment – movies to music to theater – to food and wine, beer and restaurants. And shopping, of course...


▪ A self-made indie band in the ’90s, Dispatch took a nearly decade-long hiatus before regrouping in 2011. During its absence and in the time since, the Boston trio’s legend has grown in the roots-rock and jam community. New album “America: Location 12” shows that the band’s post-reunion work really gels. Dispatch co-headlines with Guster at 7 p.m. at Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre; ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro opens. – CD

▪ “Charlotte Squawks” wraps up another round (this is the 13th year!) of biting satire that touches on pop culture, sports and politics both locally and nationally – meaning everything from the Panthers to President Trump are fair game. Host Mike Collins and producer-lyricist Brian Kahn will give the final performances of “Charlotte, We Have a Problem” at 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Booth Playhouse. – TJ

▪ Ali Siddiq’s comedy comes from an awfully unique place: prison. The Houston-based comic, who spent six years behind bars beginning at age 19, has told jokes about prison riots and prison food on HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam” and Comedy Central. This weekend, he’ll tell them at The Comedy Zone, with shows at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday and 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday. – TJ


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Chicago band members and inductees Robert Lamm, left, and James Pankow at the 48th Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Gala on June 15. at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel on Thursday, June 15, 2017, in New York. Evan Agostini Invision/AP

▪ On the surface, 2016 Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee Chicago’s jazz-inflected, horn-fueled pop-rock and The Doobie Brothers’ harmony-driven R&B and country-infused rock n’ roll may seem an odd mix, but they churned out hits in the ’70s and early ’80s side by side, and remain a staple at classic rock radio. Together, they’ll undoubtedly deliver a hit-packed show with tight musicianship at 7:15 p.m. at PNC Music Pavilion. – CD

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Among work at the upcoming Lake Norman Festival of the Arts: Jewelry from Charlotte maker Galo Arias, who made this 18k yellow gold and platinum butterfly brooch with hand-carved watermelon tourmalines and sapphires, rubies and diamonds. Lake Norman Festival of the Arts

▪ Birkdale Village hosts 100 artists, both local and national, in the Lake Norman Festival of the Arts, Saturday-Sunday. Expect jewelry, apparel, crafts and more, with artists and artisans on hand to talk about the work. – HS


▪ The Charlotte Symphony returns for Week 4 of its Summer Pops series at Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall. This week’s program: “Best of Broadway,” a night of Broadway’s best-loved show tunes including selections from “The Sound of Music,” “My Fair Lady,” “Les Miserables,” “Grease!,” “Wicked” and “Phantom of the Opera.” Christopher James Lees will conduct. Parking is free, gates open at 5 p.m., prelude performances begin at 7, and the main event is at 8:15. – TJ

▪ The Moo & Brew Birthday Bash celebrates the Plaza-Midwood burger and beer joint’s first anniversary with a parking-lot concert featuring folk-rock, jam and Americana from Charleston’s Susto, drummer Jeff Sipe’s Electric Buddah and local duo Sinners & Saints. Also part of the festivities: the Charlotte launch of Oregon-based Deschutes Brewery, which co-hosts the 5 p.m. bash at 1300 Central Ave. $5; proceeds benefit Kids First of the Carolinas. $5. Details: www.mooandbrew.com. – CD


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Meet Andre Hueston Mack and his wines for Mouton Noir at Customshop this week. Customshop

▪ Andre Hueston Mack calls himself “the mythical unicorn” – a black man in the wine industry. He should be called better names, like brilliant. Famed as a wine educator from his days as Thomas Keller’s sommelier, he’s now winemaker at Mouton Noir in the Pacific Northwest. You have two chances to meet him: At a free meet-and-greet From 8-10 p.m. at Customshop in Elizabeth, and from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at a wine social at Del Frisco’s ($25, including appetizers and wine tasting, plus $25 for a special Oregogne Rouge.) No reservations needed at Customshop; call 704-552-5502 for Del Frisco’s. – KP

▪ Eat, drink and think art from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Mint Museum’s Taste of the Mint event. You get to view art, see a cooking demonstration by Evoke chef Rodrigo Valezco and taste food by Valezco and pastry chef Chelsea Ecdao that’s inspired by the Mint’s fiber art exhibit. Oh, and there are cocktails, too. Tickets are $40 (25% off for members) at www.mintmuseum.org. – KP


▪ The Duke Mansion is Charlotte’s answer to Jay Gatsby’s estate, and chances to visit the property are special. You have a bunch of chances this summer with the return of the Cocktails and Garden happy hours. From 5-8 p.m. every Monday-Thursday until the end of July, you can visit the cash bar, get a drink and stroll the gardens at 400 Hermitage Road. You don’t need reservations. – KP