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Your 5-minute guide to the best things to do in Charlotte | Aug. 11-18

Get to know makers of craft liquors and the bartenders who use them this weekend at the QC Distillers Showcase.
Get to know makers of craft liquors and the bartenders who use them this weekend at the QC Distillers Showcase. mmathis@charlotteobserver.com

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...


Mary Chapin Carpenter Sometimes Just the Sky Tour comes to Durham’s Carolina Theatre Aug. 3. BRIAN HARKIN NYT

▪ Pop country singer Mary Chapin Carpenter was a Grammy winner in the ’90s (“Passionate Kisses,” “Down at the Twist and Shout”), but her focus has turned to folkier Americana songwriting and less-commercial fare over the last decade and a half. She comes to Knight Theater at 8 p.m. with songs from her 14th album, “The Things That We Are Made Of,” and that back catalog of hits. – CD

▪ This is your second-to-last chance of the summer to catch one of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center’s Sounds on the Square events. These free Friday night concerts, which start at 7 p.m., feature different performers and musical styles each week, from hip-hop to country rock to jazz. This week: “Broadway on the Square,” featuring Gina Robinson and the Blumey Awards students sharing melodies from musicals. – TJ

▪ Get to know the work of local artists and enjoy live music and refreshments at the Downtown Concord Art Walk 6-9 p.m. The art walk also serves as the opening reception for the Cabarrus Arts Council’s newest exhibition, “Ten,” which celebrates The Galleries’ 10th anniversary and features new works by artists who have exhibited there. 65 Union St. South, Concord; 704-920-2787. – CB

▪ If you’re looking for some laughs, Julian McCullough – best known for appearances E! shows like Whitney Cummings’ “Love You, Mean It” and Chelsea Handler’s “Chelsea Lately” – will do stand-up all weekend at The Comedy Zone, with shows at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday. – TJ


▪ Golf is on lots of people’s minds this week in Charlotte, host city for the 2017 PGA Championship, and it will certainly be on David Feherty’s mind when the NBC Sports and Golf Channel announcer presents his live one-man show – titled “Off Tour” – at Knight Theater at 7:30 p.m. The irreverent former pro golfer is known for his sharp wit, but there might be a soft sadness to his performance, too: His oldest son, Shey, died of a drug overdose less than two weeks ago. – TJ

▪ The Ballantyne presents a Maker’s Mark Dinner at 6:30 p.m. that features the hotel’s custom Personal Select Whisky and is hosted by Maker’s Mark Ambassador Jane Conner, who will share insight into the bourbon-making process. The $89-per-person menu will include passed bar snacks, an entree, small plates, bourbon-infused desserts and live music; and samples of five bourbons. Reservations: 704-248-4100. – CD

▪ Which is better in wine, the Old World (AKA Europe) or the New World (AKA us)? Foxcroft Wine Co. will hold a pop-up tasting 2-4 p.m. at both its SouthPark and Dilworth locations. For $5, you get samples (about 1 to 1 1/2 ounces) of three wines from France and their counterparts from Oregon and California. No need for reservations – just drop in, taste and learn. – KP


▪ Erykah Badu headlines Funk Fest – the annual ’90s-leaning hip-hop, R&B, soul and funk festival that also features Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Goodie Mob, Jagged Edge, Bobby Brown and Doug E. Fresh – at 4 p.m. at PNC Music Pavilion. Jazz saxophonist and Charlotte native Adrian Crutchfield, who worked with Prince before his death, joins members of Badu’s band for an after-party at The Rabbit Hole (1801 Commonwealth Ave.) around 11 p.m. – CD

The 21c Museum Hotel in Durham is ... a museum and a hotel. 21C MUSEUM HOTEL

▪ If you want a weekend roadtrip saturated with contemporary art, head 2 1/2 hours northeast to Durham for an Art Weekend Getaway: Start at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, where nearly every weekend there is some kind of special Saturday programming (Aug. 12: a Slow Art Tour). Then go downtown to peruse the galleries, and be sure to check the 21c Museum Hotel, literally a contemporary art museum and boutique hotel in one. – KS


▪ Mr. K’s Soft Ice Cream (2107 South Blvd.) in South End will celebrate 50 years in Charlotte’s food industry by giving away orders of its original four menu items: hot dogs, potato chips, sodas and ice cream cones. Your order is free with a donation of $5 or more to Levine Children’s Hospital and the Isabella Santos Foundation. Doors open at 11 a.m., and they will close after 1,500 orders have been fulfilled. – KT

▪ Pink Floyd fans are in for a treat: The Australian Pink Floyd Show will perform, at 7:30 p.m. at Belk Theater, “The Best Side of the Moon,” essentially a live spin through the legendary British band’s 1973 album “The Dark Side of the Moon.” Adding to the ambience: special effects like a light and laser show and video animations and filmed sequences on a large LED screen, along with several large inflatables – including a giant pig and a pink kangaroo. – TJ

▪ Learn about life long ago at Anne Springs Close Greenway’s Historic Cabin Experience. Visitors can check out two historic cabins built around 1800; the Faires-Coltharp and Graham cabins are behind the Greenway’s Dairy Barn, on the path towards the swinging bridge. Docents will offer information and answer questions. The experience – 1-3 p.m. – is free for greenway members; $5 fee for non-members. Details: 803-547-4575. – CB


▪ Nourish vegan meal delivery’s team is offering a Plant-Based Mexican Cuisine Cooking Class, including gluten-free and vegan dishes like tofu rancheros, elote kale salad, tortilla pie with “nacho” cheese, and deconstructed tamales with tempeh chorizos. Students will work (and eat) 6:30-9 p.m. at Garden of Vegan (1421 Orchard Lake Suite F). $55 includes dinner and snacks. www.nourishcharlotte.com. – CD

▪ NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne and NHRA drag racer Tanner Gray will wave the green flag on Charlotte Motor Speedway’s ninth annual Parade of Power, along Bruton Smith Boulevard. The free fan event will begin with a driver Q&A at noon at Concord Mills Mall; the parade will feature more than two dozen vehicles, including race cars, pace cars, a monster truck and luxury automobiles. At the finish – on the speedway’s Avenue of Flags – Kahne, Gray and other drivers will sign autographs for fans who came early enough (at 8 a.m.) to pick up a wristband. – TJ


Get your hands on the secrets of making sushi with a class at Cavendish Brewing in Gastonia. Observer files

▪ Alabama-based sushi instructor Kelly Viall of Birmingham Sushi travels the country teaching sushi classes. Her Charlotte stops are already sold out, but there’s another chance in Gastonia, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Cavendish Brewing. The $40 class covers everything from rice to how to buy fish. Registration: www.birminghamsushiclasses.com.– KP

Next Friday

▪ The first QC Distillers Showcase kicks off three days of events, including a cocktail reception, a Saturday expo filled with craft-liquor makers, a bar takeover at Tilt and a Sunday brunch. It’s put on by Charlotte’s chapter of the U.S. Bartenders Guild and the Behind the Bar Foundation, and benefits CORE (Children of Restaurant Employees). Tickets range from $20 for individual events to $60 for the whole shebang. btbcharlotte.com. – KP

Coming up

Selasie Dotse, the assistant sous chef at Luca Modern Italian, will cook a special dinner with food from Ghana and Ethiopia next week. Darius Evans for Soul Food Sessions

Selasie Dotse, assistant sous chef at Luca Modern Italian Kitchen, caught attention recently for her cooking at one of the Soul Food Sessions dinners featuring Charlotte’s African-American chefs and mixologists. She’s going solo Aug. 20 with a six-course dinner at Luca, featuring Ghanian and Ethiopian cuisine. $85; www.lucaitaliankitchen.com. – KP