Arts Beat: July 13

Corn roast, tomato contest coming

The nonprofit Matthews Community Farmers’ Market will host two upcoming special events at the market, 188 N. Trade St., in downtown Matthews.

The annual Sweet Corn Roast, a fundraiser for the market, will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, July 21. Chef Joseph Bonaparte of the International Culinary Schools of the Art Institute will roast freshly-harvested ears for $2 each, which include your choice of gourmet butters. All profits will benefit the farmers’ market.

The annual Tomato Tasting Day and contest will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 28. Customers are invited to browse the market to sample dozens of tomato varieties ranging from the biggest beefsteaks and old-fashioned heirlooms to all kinds of cherry tomatoes. Customers then vote for their favorite. The farmers who grow the winning varieties get award ribbons they can display in their booths for the season.

For more information about the market, visit or call 704-821-6430.

Meet Charlotte Symphony member

The Matthews Library will host a free educational performance and interactive program at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 25 with Shirley Gilpin, flautist and educator from the Charlotte Symphony.

The program is designed for children ages 5 to 11 and their caregivers. Advanced registration is required by calling 704-416-5000.

The library is located at 230 Matthews Station St., in Matthews.

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 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

Mint Hill Arts presents ‘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.

For more information, call 980-226-5532.

Sunday Afternoon in the Park needs artists

Mint Hill’s Sunday Afternoon in the Park Committee is soliciting 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 and are due by Aug. 20.

For more information, call Tina Ross at 704-545-6231 or email

Matthews Artists Guild event helps nonprofit

Through Aug. 27, members of the nonprofit Matthews Artists Guild will have paintings on display at Christ Episcopal Church for an art sale to benefit the charities supported by the church.

For any artwork sold, the church will receive a 30 percent commission, according to a news release from the guild. The charities the church supports include: A Child’s Place, Augustine Project For Literacy, Baby bundles, Bethlehem Center of Charlotte, Charlotte Family Housing, Charlotte Rescue Mission, Communities In Schools, Crisis Assistance Ministry, Elida Children’s Home, Family Support Network, The Fistula Foundation, Friendship Trays, Harvest Center, Hope Haven, Inc., Hospitality House of Charlotte, Inreach, Jacob’s Ladder Job Center, Jubilee House Community, KinderMourn, Love In the Name Of Christ, Our Little Roses, Pat’s Place Child Advocacy Center, Salvation Army, Shelter Health Services, Southminister Foundation, The Center for Community Transitions, The Learning Collaborative, The Relatives Inc., Thompson Child and Family Focus, UMAR, United Family Services and the Urban Ministry Center.

Christ Episcopal Church is located at 1412 Providence Road, in Charlotte.

Charlotte Children’s Choir needs donations

The Charlotte Children’s Choir needs donations to make sure all the kids who want to take part can afford to do so.

The choir has space for 25 students who need financial assistance to join the group, which holds concerts and events around the region. The choir also serves as an educational experience for the kids.

Find more information on the group and how to donate for kids at the choir’s website,

Dig for Dinos at nature museum

The Charlotte Nature Museum’s Creature Feature in July is “Diggin’ on Dinos.”

At the special event, kids can dig up and study stones, bones and other fossils. They will learn about dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures, including those from North Carolina.

The event is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 21 and free with museum admission, $6 per person. Children younger than 2 get in free.

The museum is located at 1658 Sterling Road in Charlotte.

Find more information at the museum’s website,

Audition dates set for Carolina Voices

People can start signing up for auditions for the three Carolina Voices choirs.

Audition dates are Aug. 18, 21 and 27. Spots are open in the MainStage, Festival Singers and Impromptu choirs.

Auditions will be held by appointment at Myers Park Baptist Church.

Find more information and sign up for an audition by calling 704-374-1564 or visiting

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