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What’s Happening, Charlotte?

Who needs cash when the Qcity is hosting so many free events this weekend? Just for starters, Romare Bearden Park will be the site of free concerts tonightand Saturday. And why cook when you and the family can pop in on Charlotte’s first and only breakfast food truck rally — and enjoy FREE JAZZ on Saturdaymorning at Mosaic Village?

Not everything is free, of course. Ronnie Laws and Walter Beasley are in town this evening for a performance at McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square. And back at Spirit Square on Saturday is Gina Robinson, who will take you “Back to the Gospel.”

Don’t forget to check out Toni Baker-Tyson’s new three-minute podcast. It’s fun for grown folks.


Ronnie Laws and Walter Beasley
McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square, 345 North College St. 
Kick back and enjoy these musical greats with special guest Willie Bradley, who hold a music degree from South Carolina State University and has played with Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Frank Foster, Max Roach. Betty Carter and Nat Adderly. More info

DST Legacy Scholarship Reception
Harvey B. Gantt Center, 551 S. Tryon St
Join the Charlotte Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta as they celebrate 75 years of community service with this scholarship fundraiser. More info

Uptown Pops
Romare Bearden Park, 300 S. Church St.
The Charlotte Symphony will perform a free, outdoor concert in uptown Charlotte with music from theatre and motion pictures. Food truck nearby. Grab your blanket and find a spot. More info

Inside|Out Charlotte in Historic Washington Heights
Inaugural Outdoor Cultural Living Room, 1001 Beatties Ford Road
Enjoy art in the great outdoors and win prizes both locally and nationally by taking a selfies with the art and using the tags #InsideOutCLT, #InsideOutUSA. More info


Savory Saturday
Mosaic Village, 1545 West Trade Street
Charlotte’s first and only breakfast food truck rally. In addition to coffee and doughnuts, there will be live jazz preformed by Michael Porter. More info

Moving Spirits: A Community Intensive Dance Workshop
Harvey B. Gantt Center, 551 S. Tryon St.
Every second Saturday you can head to the Gantt Center and dance your way through the African diaspora. More info

Gina Robinson: Back to the Gospel
Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square, 345 North College St.
Get ready to sing, clap and dance as gospel singer/songwriter and recording artist Gina Robinson takes you “Back to the Gospel.” She’ll perform gospel songs from all genres, so you are sure to get a taste of something you love. More info

Bearden Music Series
Romare Bearden Park, 300 S. Church Street
Hear the band Four80East as they perform at this free music event in Bearden Park. Presented by Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation. More info


Classic Black Cinema Series: Siren of the Tripic
Harvey B. Gantt Center, 551 S. Tryon St
This silent film tells the story of Marquis Sévéro, a rich, lazy Parisian, who wants to divorce his wife and marry his god-daughter, Denise. But Denise loves André Berval, an engineer who works for the marquis. Oh, well! More info

Summer Pops: Jazz in the Park
Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall, 4400 Sharon Rd.
The Charlotte Symphony is joined by musicians of the Jazz Arts Initiative to bring you a night of standards. Hear all the favorites, including “In the Mood,” “Stardust,” “Moonlight Serenade,” “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “Sing, Sing, Sing” and more. More info

DST Ecumenical Service
Friendship Missionary Baptist Church (old sanctuary)
Join the Charlotte Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta as they wrap up their weekend of celebrations with a worship service that’s open to all. Guest speaker: Cynthia M.A. Butler-McIntyre, 24th national president of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. More info

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