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August’s five essential dates. 4 Wrap up the summer with Movies Under the Stars. Every Friday in August, starting Aug. 4, bring the whole family to Symphony Park for a free outdoor show. The fun starts at 7 p.m. with food and refreshments available for purchase. The movies for August are “Trolls,” “Secret Life of Pets,” and “Sing.” The last…

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July’s five essential dates. 1 Start your Independence Day celebrations early with the Charlotte Symphony’s “Celebrating America” concert, part of the annual Summer Pops series, featuring popular patriotic songs. The performance ends with a bang, as fireworks go off after dark. Cost is $16 for adults, $5 for ages 13 to 18, and free for children ages 12 and under.…

The Show Must Go On

Actors Theatre of Charlotte gets knocked down—and gets back up again. The email came on a fall day last October. It was the day Actors Theatre of Charlotte was opening its 28th season in a space they’d been renovating. “Important Schedule Update from ATC—Please Read” was the subject line. “We’ve run into some trouble… it’s going to take more time…to…

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February’s five essential dates.   4 Help fight heart disease by joining Novant Health and TIAA for the 59th Annual Greater Charlotte Heart Ball. There will be entertainment, auctions, and fine dining at the black-tie affair. The event takes place at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. 500 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, www.charlottencheartball.org.   8 Enjoy a night of art…

Shall We Dance?

Blumenthal Performing Arts wants the whole community to experience Twyla Tharp. After half a century as one of the world’s biggest names in dance, Twyla Tharp could take a victory lap. Her fans would likely welcome a “greatest hits” tour from the woman who choreographed five Hollywood movies (including Hair, with its famous scene of a ragtag band of hippies…

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January’s five essential dates. 7 The Ambassador’s Ball is the annual fundraiser for the Allegro Foundation, a nonprofit that helps children with disabilities, and it offers the chance to mingle with Charlotte’s international business community. This year’s special guest is His Excellency Mohammed Jaham Al Kuwari, the Ambassador of Qatar. The evening is held each year at Quail Hollow Country…