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Get culture for free this week with music at Aloft and Shakespeare in the park


Live @ Aloft Hotels

Fri, Sat 7 p.m. Aloft Hotels.

In this free series, bands play in intimate lounges in more than 75 Aloft Hotels around the world. On Friday, The Alternate Routes will play at the EpiCentre Aloft, and on Saturday, Scars on 45 will play at the Ballantyne location.


‘Love’s Labor’s Lost’

Thu-Sun 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 5 p.m. workshop and 6:30 p.m. showtime Sunday. The Green, 401 S. Tryon St.

Charlotte Shakespeare is back with a new production of “Love’s Labor’s Lost” staged in a Beatles-inspired 1960s setting. Performances will be Thursdays-Sundays through June 15. Performances are free, but $5 donations are encouraged. Shows are appropriate for the whole family.


Southeast Asian Street Food Festival

Sat 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Midwood International & Cultural Center, 1817 Central Ave.

Celebrate the cultures of Southeast Asia in this festival that benefits the Southeast Asian Coalition’s youth program. Watch a pho eating contest, enjoy a screening of the mini-documentary “My Life in 5 Minutes” and watch performances by SEAC Youth. There will be a silent auction, raffle prizes and, of course, Southeast Asian street food for sale.


Party in the Park

Tue 6:30 p.m. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road.

Enjoy live music on the lawn, games, cash bar and food trucks. Visitors can browse some of the museum’s collections and exhibitions. Around dusk, the animated movie “How to Train Your Dragon” (rated PG) begins.


Charlotte Art League’s Movie Night

Sat 7 p.m. Charlotte Art League, 1517 Camden Road.

Charlotte Art League hosts free movies with an art focus for guests age 18 and older. The film this time is “Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Cycle,” which tells the story of Dorothy Parker and her recollections of the Algonquin Round Table, a group of New York writers who met daily during the 1920s.