Sunday Afternoon in the Park needs artists
Mint Hill’s Sunday Afternoon in the Park committee is seeking local artists and musicians to display, perform, demonstrate and sell their products at Sunday Afternoon in the Park, on Sunday, Aug. 26.
The annual event will be held at the Mint Hill Park on Wilgrove, 5233 Wilgrove-Mint Hill Road, from 1 to 6 p.m. There is a $5 fee to participate. Artists must provide their own tables, tents and displays and electricity is not provided. Only items handmade by the exhibiting artist are allowed.
Applications are available online at www.minthill.com and are due by Aug. 20.
For more information, call Tina Ross at 704-545-6231 or email email@example.com.
Sycamore Commons concert series continues
Matthews’ Sycamore Commons shopping center continues its annual free, live music concert series this week.
The fifth annual Summer Concert Series runs from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays in the courtyard. Sycamore Commons is located off Matthews Township Parkway between U.S. 74 and Northeast Parkway.
The concert schedule includes:
• July 5, Dangerous Daze (alternative rock)
• July 12, Jim Garrett (country)
• July 19, Chuck Johnson (Americana)
• July 26, Popcorn Sippers (bluegrass)
• Aug. 2, The Cloers (acoustic pop)
• Aug. 9, Loose Lugnuts (honky tonk)
• Aug. 16, Mike Strauss Band (country blues)
• Aug. 23, Donna Duncan and Detour (blues rock)
• Aug. 30, James Deem and The Rebers (pop rock)
For more information, call Randy at 704-724-2801 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mint Hill Arts to present “America …”
The nonprofit Mint Hill Arts is looking for local artists to enter its July show, “America …”
Artwork of any medium that pertains to the United States of America can be entered during intake Friday, July 13 from 4 to 6 p.m. or Saturday, July 14 from 10 a.m. to noon at the gallery, 11205 Lawyers Road, suite A, in Mint Hill. A free opening reception for the exhibit will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 20. The show runs through Aug. 2. No prizes will be awarded.
Cost to enter is $10 for members and $20 for nonmembers. Each artist can enter up to four pieces in any medium.
For more information, call 980-226-5532.
Mint exhibits open Saturday
The Mint Museum has two exhibits opening this weekend in Uptown Charlotte.
Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial will run through September. The southern artist’s works focus on “the human spectacle and its narratives of corruption and moral strength, folly and triumph,” according to a museum news release. The exhibit, at 500 S. Tryon St., includes more than 50 large-scale paintings, sculptures and wall assemblages. A collection of Dial’s drawings is on display at the Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road.
Also debuting Saturday is Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection. The exhibit includes pins from the former secretary of state’s collection, and Albright herself will be in town to speak at an event July 13.
Find more information at the museum’s website, www.mintmuseum.org.
Auditions open for Renaissance Festival
The Carolina Renaissance Festival will hold auditions Saturday for a number of roles in this year’s show.
The festival, a combination of outdoor theater, circus, arts and crafts fair, jousting tournament and feast – is holding auditions Saturday, June 30, from 9 a.m. to noon on the second floor of the Ballantyne Arts Center, 11318 North Community House Road. Open roles include the Royal Guard (male actors needed), interactive living statues, performers like jugglers and other circus skills and outgoing personalities to portray renaissance-era villagers.
Professional and amateur opportunities are available. Prepared material, head shots and resumes are appreciated but not required. Those auditioning should be 16 or older.
Call 704-896-5555, or email email@example.com, to schedule an audition. The festival is Oct. 6 to Nov. 18 near Huntersville.
Symphony concert features American composers
The Charlotte Symphony’s next two Summer Pops concerts at Charlotte’s SouthPark’s Symphony Park are focused on American composers and the country’s birth.
The Sunday, July 1, show will feature music by composers George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein and Richard Rodgers, including “The Carousel Waltz,” the overture to “West Side Story” and “An American in Paris.”
The special Independence Day concert is Tuesday, July 3, and will include patriotic tunes like “Hail to the Spirit of Liberty” and “Stars and Stripes Forever.” The concert includes a fireworks show.
Prelude acts for the shows begin at 7 p.m., with the Charlotte Symphony starting at 8:15 p.m. People can bring food and drinks to the show, and chairs shorter than nine inches in height.
Tickets are $10 for adults. The show is free to children younger than 18. Find more information at the group’s website, www.charlottesymphony.org.