Jody Mace: On the Cheap

Play on a green river in free St. Paddy’s fun

THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER

Festival

Green River Revival

Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway. 704-391-3900, usnwc.org.

Celebrate a family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day at the Whitewater Center. At 10 a.m. the Color Me Green 5K (charge for participating) begins. At 1, live music from Bombadil and Matrimony starts, and the river will turn green. Outdoor activities such as rafting, climbing, kayaking and riding the zip-line all have a charge. There’s also a parking fee.

Tradition

Jewish Culture Festival

Sun Noon-3:45 p.m. Davidson College’s Alvarez College Union, 207 Faculty Drive. davidson.edu/the-arts/theatre/fiddler-symposium.

This family-oriented festival spotlights the vitality and history of the Jewish people. Highlights include a Klezmer band from New York City, Russian folk dance lessons, storytelling with puppetry, food, art-making for children, a panel talk on “The Making of Fiddler From Russia to Broadway” and a musical excerpt from the college’s upcoming production of “Fiddler on the Roof,” which will run March 20-29.

Music

Charlotte Folk Society’s Monthly Gathering and Concert: Mipso

Fri 7:30 p.m. Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Ave. folksociety.org.

This month’s gathering features the Chapel Hill-based, bluegrass-influenced “renegade traditionalists” Mipso. It’s a young, four-piece acoustic group known for flawless harmonies, award-winning songwriting and a modern approach to traditional instrumentation. It brings pop, rock and funk influences to bluegrass music. Doors open at 7, but arrive early because the venue is likely to fill up. Refreshments, a song circle and jam sessions follow the concert. Donations will be accepted.

Art

Family Day/Día de Familia

Sat Noon-4 p.m. McColl Center for Art + Innovation, 721 N. Tryon St. mccollcenter.org.

McColl Center for Art + Innovation will present Family Day/Día de Familia during its free Open Studio. This event, with the Latin American Coalition, will offer opportunities for kids and adults to create art and enjoy music and food. Also, local Latin American artists will showcase their art and Dignicraft will show special screenings of their acclaimed documentary, “Brilliant Soil/Tierra Brillante.”

Music

Center City Concerts

Mon Noon-7:30 p.m. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 115 W. Seventh St. centercityconcerts.org/2014-2015-concerts.

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church hosts free lunchtime concerts the third Monday of every month through May. This Monday, there is a second free concert at 7:30 p.m. The program features Marilyn Keiser, chancellor’s professor of music emeritus at Jacob’s School of Music, Indiana University. She will play a classic organ recital showcasing St. Peter’s pipe organ. The program will include a broad repertoire, including works by Mendelssohn, Bach and Rheinberger. The 7:30 p.m. concert will feature a more extensive program.

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