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Your 5-minute guide to the best things to do in Charlotte | Aug. 25-31

Last year’s Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade.
Last year’s Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade. Hogan Imaging


▪ Catch “State of the Art: Discovering America Now” before it leaves the Mint Museum Uptown (its last day is Sept. 3). This traveling exhibition was curated by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and features about 75 works found by curators during studio visits outside of “typical metropolitan venues.”

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Nathalie Miebach’s “Retiring Bob,” 2013, in the Mint Museum’s “State of the Art.” Edward C. Robison III Courtesy Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

▪ Like the pages of Glamour or Southern Living brought to life, the Southern Women’s Show is a hub for shopping, beauty, fashion, health and food, with exhibitors, vendors, guest speakers and celebrities. Special guests include Olympic gold and silver medalist and “Dancing With the Stars” winner Laurie Hernandez (12:45 p.m. Saturday) and reality TV star Shep Rose from Bravo’s “Southern Charm” (1 p.m. Sunday). Friday-Sunday. $10-$12 single day; $15 or 3-day pass; $6 children age 6-12, under 6 free. www.southernshows.com.

The Southern Women’s Show returns to the Charlotte Convention Center this weekend. Courtesy of Southern Women’s Show

▪ Long before Sisqo’s “Thong Song” eclipsed the notoriety of his group’s previous output, Dru Hill had a string of No. 1 R&B hits. Now it’s continuing the 20th-anniversary celebration it began last year (by opening the BET Awards). Note: Dress code for this 8 p.m. show at The Fillmore is all-white, so no pre-show red wine ...

▪ The latest triple-threat breakout Disney star, Sabrina Carpenter brings her De-Tour to Belk Theater. After three seasons as Maya Hart on “Girl Meets World” and 2016’s TV remake of “Adventures in Babysitting,” the 18-year-old has returned to music, cracking the Top 40 earlier this year with “Thumbs” and headlining this summer tour. www.blumenthalarts.org.

▪ Stand-up comedian John Heffron, a podcast veteran who won the second season of “Last Comic Standing” way back in 2004 and recently appeared on “Brad Paisley’s Comedy Rodeo,” continues his three-day run at The Comedy Zone with two shows Friday and Saturday. $20-$22.50. www.cltcomedyzone.com.

▪ Army veteran-turned-country singer Luke Pell became a finalist on last year’s installment of “The Bachelorette” (and a fan favorite). Now he’s back in Nashville focusing on music – and refuting those player claims that materialized in April. He’ll hit the stage at Coyote Joe’s with rising Missouri singer-songwriter Chris Bandi.


From last year’s Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade. Jennifer Hogan Hogan Imaging

▪ After more than a week of buildup, The Charlotte Pride Festival takes over downtown for its big Pride Week finale and parade. Broadway star Deborah Cox (who took on the Whitney Houston role in “The Bodyguard” musical), Latin pop outfit Los 5, R&B singer Keke Wyatt, comedians Sandra Valls, Matteo Lane, and Sam Jay, and Cazwell of “Ice Cream Truck” fame are among Saturday’s performers. Sunday, Kennedy Davenport, Cynthia Lee Fontaine, and Eureka from “Ru Paul’s Drag Race” hit the stage following the parade. Hours are noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, with the annual Pride Parade along Tryon and Trade streets from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday. Free. Two-day VIP passes are available for $150 and include access to an air-conditioned indoor lounge, premier parade and stage-front viewing, DJs and catering (like Krispy Kreme bread pudding). Check www.charlottepride.org for full schedule of events, unofficial happenings and after-parties.

▪ Discovery Place launches its Year of the Engineer with the debut of two new interactive features, Thinker Space and Think It Up, as well as the IMAX film “Dream Big: Engineering Our World.” The opening-day event is part of a yearlong effort to encourage kids to embrace science and engineering and pursue future STEM careers. Engineering workshops, challenges, and takeovers are scheduled for the first, second, and third Saturdays of each month through June. www.discoveryplace.org.

▪ More than 25,000 square feet of donated merchandise makes up Providence United Methodist Church’s massive attic sale, which includes furniture, clothing, and toys and school supplies. Proceeds from the Haiti and Missions Attic Sale benefit local organizations dedicated to housing, hunger, education and health care as well as Haiti’s Tovar Medical Clinic, the building of clean-water wells in the country’s rural areas, and a Microcredit Lending Program to help Haitian women start and develop their own businesses. The church has raised $45,000 in 2016. 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. www.providenceumc.org.

▪ Today, wi-fi failure can bring things to a screeching halt – but imagine what living in the 18th century was like. You’ll have the chance with the Backcountry Days and Ice Cream Social at the Charlotte Museum of History. Presented in collaboration with Charlotte Folk Society, the event celebrates past times and lost arts with storytelling, Celtic, bluegrass and old-time jams, and candle-making, spinning, leather working and beer brewing demonstrations. 12 to 4 p.m. Free.

▪ Imagine being given a name, a genre, a prop and one line of dialogue, “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”-style, and having two days to create a 7-minute film. More than 500 participants took part in such a feat, creating short films for the annual 48 Hour Film Project. It’s time to see the results when the 15 best films are screened at McGlohon Theatre. www.blumenthalarts.org.


▪ Best known for ’90s hits like “Name” and “Iris,” the Goo Goo Dolls, who celebrated 30 years together in 2016, are back onstage joined by “American Idol” grad Phillip Phillips at Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre. $29.50-$89. www.livenation.com.

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The Goo Goo Dolls perform at Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre on Sunday. Bob Mussel

▪ If it were the ’80s or ’90s, country-folk singer-songwriter Jim Lauderdale’s name would be hanging on a plaque as you enter Troutman, N.C., the way Randy Travis’s is in his native Marshville. The recipient of a lifetime achievement honor from the Americana Music Awards in 2016, Lauderdale has worked with everyone from Dr. Ralph Stanley to Nick Lowe, and his songs have been covered by the Elvis Costello, the Dixie Chicks and Blake Shelton. He performs at the Evening Muse at 7:30 p.m.


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Kendrick Lamar performing in Quebec in July. Amy Harris Amy Harris/Invision/AP

▪ Quite possibly the voice of a generation, it was Kendrick Lamar whose lyrics were often referenced on social media as the country was reeling from the fallout from Charlottesville last week. The Compton rapper’s DAMN. Tour – following the massive global hit album of the same name – rolls into the Spectrum Center with D.R.A.M. and YG in tow. $39.50-$99.50. www.ticketmaster.com