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Get on your bike this weekend for free fun

rlahser@charlotteobserver.com

Family

Viva La Bicycle Parade and Progressive Food Party

Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 7th Street Public Market, 224 E. Seventh St. 7thstreetpublicmarket.com.

Start with performances by McColl Center for Art + Innovation Knight artist-in-residence Robert Karimi and local middle school students. In the grand finale, Karimi will take out his Low Rider Kitchen Cart Bicycle and lead a bicycle parade around uptown, finishing with a celebration at the market. Families are encouraged to bring their own bikes or rent one from a B-Cycle station.

Music

Whiskey Wednesdays

Wed 10 p.m. Heist Brewery, 2909 N. Davidson St. heistbrewery.com.

Heist Brewery hosts live music on “Whiskey Wednesdays.” The brewery usually features one artist for a month or several weeks, so it’s a good chance to get to know the artist. This Wednesday, as well as March 11 and 25, the performer will be Sam Tayloe from the popular folk/rock band Time Sawyer. There’s no cover, and whiskey is $5.

Food trucks

NoDa F.A.M. RallyKick Off Party

Thur 6 p.m. Chop Shop, 399 E. 35th St. chopshopnoda.com.

This weekly seasonal outdoor food truck, art and music event kicks off Thursday with seasoned Charlotte Americana band the Loudermilks and roots-grass musician Josh Daniel.

Musical

‘Oliver Button Is a Sissy’

Sat 11 a.m. Hickory Grove Library, 5935 Hickory Grove Road. onevoicechorus.com.

“Oliver Button Is a Sissy,” by Tomie de Paola, will be performed through choral ensemble and acting by volunteers from One Voice Chorus, Charlotte’s LGBTQ and Straight-Allied chorus. Children will receive a free copy of the book. The story is about standing up to bullies and being proud of who you are. Show will repeat at Matthews Library Saturday at 2 p.m.

Performance

Diggin’ History Through Music and Dance

Wed 7 p.m. LATIBAH Collard Green Museum, 720 Tuckaseegee Road. asignofthetimes.org.

Presented by A Sign of the Times, this performance is an historical exploration into the contributions and struggles of Africans and African-Americans, as presented through spoken word, music and dance.

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