J. Max McKee Band bluegrass Sept. 5 in York

September 2, 2013 

THURSDAY

Bluegrass music

Allison Creek Bluegrass with J. Max McKee Band, 7-9 p.m. Sept. 5, Allison Creek Presbyterian Church, Highway 274, York. Family-friendly event with no cover charge; doors open at 6 p.m. Concessions are available beginning at 6:30 p.m. allisoncreekbluegrass.com

Shag lessons

Junior Shag Lessons, 5:45-7 p.m. Thursdays, Lynn’s Dance Club, 4819 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. Free lessons are for ages 8 to 20; no partner required. More boys needed. Instructors are Bill Bateman and Fran Taylor, members of Charlotte Shag Club Junior Shag committee. 704-784-2758

Overeaters group

Overeaters Anonymous, 7-8 p.m. Thursdays, Lake Wylie Christian Assembly Church, 5766 Charlotte Hwy. 704-466-2660

SATURDAY

BBQ Fest

Butts and Bluegrass BBQ Festival, Sept. 7, Clover Community Park. There will be ice cream, a children’s corner, zip line, biker games, vendors and more. Cost: $10 adults, $5 children. Proceeds feed the hungry in Clover. Sponsored by the town of Clover and Lisa and Jeff Thornburg.

SLR basics

Digital SLR I – The Basics, 9:30 a.m.-noon Sept. 7, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Instructed by Dave Kelly, DEK Photography, learn how to set-up a digital SLR camera with settings and menu options, modes and lighting settings to create great images in every situation. Topics such as shutter speed, aperture opening, ISO sensitivity and balance will be discussed. This class requires a digital SLR camera. Cost: $40 for members, $46 for non-members. 704-829-1252; DSBG.org

Memorial concert

Dave Fugman Memorial Concert, 2-10 p.m. Sept. 7, The Trap bar and Grill, 1923 Westinghouse Road, Charlotte. Proceeds from the concert benefit the American Diabetes Association in Charlotte. Concert organizer is John Haldenwang of Tega Cay, who played with the late Dave Fugman, who died from diabetes complications. The featured live bands include Skinny Velvet, Traffic Jam, Nsane Jane, HaldenVang, Alien Radio, Raisin Cain and Red Dirt Revelators. Admission: $10 per person, $15 per couple. 803-951-837-0008; 704-910-5640

ONGOING

Mystery club

Mystery Book Club, 6:45-7:45 p.m., Steele Creek Public Library, 13620 Steele Creek Road. Titles chosen by the group will be discussed on the last Tuesday of each month until November. Audience: Adults, seniors. 704-416-6800; cmlibrary.org/programs

COMING

Bird walk

Birding Walk, 9-10 a.m. Sept. 10, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Instructed by Karen Gibson, stroll through the gardens, Meadowood Walk and Persimmon Trail to scout for seasonal birds. Free with garden admission. 704-829-1252; DSBG.org

Book club

Steele Creek Readers Book Club, 10:30 am. Sept. 10, Steele Creek Public Library, 13620 Steele Creek Road. Join a discussion of “The Chaperone” by Laura Moriarity. Led by a staff member. Audience: adults. 704-416-6800

Meet an officer

Meet a Professional: CMPD Officer Julia Conner, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 10, Steele Creek Public Library, 13620 Steele Creek Road. Join Conner to learn about the types of education and work experience that will prepare you to be a police officer specializing in humane education. Explore a typical work day. A therapy dog will participate in the program. Audience: adults and teens ages 12-18. 704-416-6800

On stage

DePue Brothers Band performs, Sept. 12, Clover School District auditorium. The first act in the CSDA Performing Arts Series, these four violinist brothers and their symphonic friends join forces, bending and blending genres while delivering a powerful mix of classical, bluegrass and rock ’n’ roll. Season tickets: $50. Individual tickets: $5 to $15. 803-222-8018; clover2.k12.sc.us/csda

Music at Wylie

DeCarlo performs, 9-10:30 p.m. Sept. 13, Lake Wylie Bowl N’ Bounce, Lakeside West, Lake Wylie. The band is fronted by current Boston lead singer Tommy DeCarlo, and will perform a collection of Boston hits along with songs by Foreigner and .38 Special. Cost: $5 cover charge; $80 per lane for up to five people for two hours of bowling and shoes. Reservations recommended. 803-831-2553; lwbnb.com

Music on Main

Main Street Live!, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Sept. 13, East Main Street, Rock Hill, hosted by York County Regional Chamber and presented by Williams and Fudge. The band The Weekends opens at 6 p.m. playing country, beach, blues, R&B, Motown and classic rock. There will be a children’s zone.

Meet author

Meet the children’s author, 3 p.m. Sept. 15, Main Street Children’s Museum, Rock Hill. Author Tameka Fryer Brown will be on hand. The new OWL (Our Wee Literature) Book Club is held once a month for families with children of beginning and early readers interested in sharing stories at home and learning about the author or illustrator. 803-909-7218; chmuseums.org

Film fest

“Tying the Knot” and “ManDove” showing, noon and 7 p.m. Sept. 18 respectively, Dina’s Place, Winthrop University, Rock Hill. Part of the Underexposed Film Series. Jim de Sève directs “Tying the Knot,” which digs deeply into the past and present to uncover the meaning of civil marriage in America today. From award-winning documentary filmmakers Jim de Sève and Kian Tjong “Man Dove” unusual film leaves the interpretive narrative at home as it blends ethnographic filmmaking and reflexive documentary form into a unique cultural adventure. Question-and-answer session with the directors follows. The documentary runs 65 minutes and is not rated. Tickets: $5. 803-328-2787; yorkcountyarts.org

New play

“Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson,” Sept. 18-Oct. 5, Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte, 650 E. Stonewall St., Charlotte. By Alex Timbers with music and lyrics by Michael Friedman. This play tells the story of America’s first political maverick. A.J. beat the British, shafted the Indians and smacked down the Spaniards all in the name of these United States - who cares if he didn’t have permission? For ages 16 and older. Tickets - $24-431 - on sale Aug. 20; pay what you can Sept. 12, and preview performances Sept. 13-14. 704-342-2251, ext. 21; actorstheatrecharlotte.org

Carolina Brass

Arts at the Abbey presents Carolina Brass, 8 p.m. Sept. 19, Abbey Basilica, 100 Belmont-Mt. Holly Road, Belmont. From the elegance and grace of classical music to the hard driving sound of a big band, Carolina Brass puts it all together. Free; donations accepted. 704-461-6813; bac.edu

Hot dog!

Charlotte Chapter of DeMolay Hot Dog sale, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sept. 21, Setzer Lodge, 4217 Stacy Blvd., Charlotte. DeMolay is a nonprofit organization that shows males ages 12- 21 how to be responsible adults with good moral character, and helps develop social and leadership skills. Hot dog plate: $5, includes fixings, chips and drink. 704-315-3804, 704-280-9921

Garden walk

Horticultural Highlight Walk, 1 p.m. Sept. 21, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Join garden staff on a custom tour of the garden, highlighting what’s in bloom, seasonal gardening tips and behind-the-scenes details. Free with garden admission. 704-829-1252; DSBG.org

Comedy

The Second City, Happily Ever Laughter, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27, The Community Performance Center, 249 E. Main St., Rock Hill. Doors open at 7 p.m. Drawing on classic material from The Second City archives as well as scenes ripped from the morning headlines, The Second City’s Happily Ever Laughter is a chance to see comedy stars in the making during an evening of smart, cutting-edge comedy. Arts Council of York County member, $40; nonmember, $45; at the door, $50. 803-328-2787; yorkcountyarts.org

Photo light

Digital SLR II – Metering, 9:30 a.m.-noon Sept. 28, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Instructed by Dave Kelly, DEK Photography, learn how to get the correct quality of light to reach the camera’s sensor. Both incident and reflective light metering will be presented. Class requires a digital SLR camera. Cost: $40 for garden members, $46 for non-members. 704-829-1252; DSBG.org

Collect seeds

Seed Collection Workshop, 10:30 a.m.-noon Sept. 28, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. Participants will join the horticulture staff on a guided tour of the perennial gardens to seek out and collect seed from the garden’s best summer performers. A classroom presentation will focus on seed preparation and tips for successful germination. Cost: $20 for garden members, $25 for non-members. 704-829-1252; DSBG.org

Fundraiser fun

Christy’s Courage Foundation fundraiser, 2-6 p.m. Oct. 5, Mac’s Speed Shop, Steele Creek. Christy’s Courage is a nonprofit organization helping children with Esophageal Atresia. 704-609-3756; christyscourage.com

BBQ Championship

Q-City Charlotte BBQ Championship, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Oct. 18-19, uptown Charlotte on Tryon Street, between Trade and Stonewall streets. This is the largest Memphis Barbecue Network sanctioned competition in the Southeast. Vintage Trouble is the music headliner on Saturday and The Soul Rebels headline Friday night. Other performances include Tinsley Ellis and Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights. Registration for barbecue competition teams is open. Previous grand champions include Myron Mixon of Jack’s Old South BBQ, Melissa Cookston of Yazoo’s Delta Q and Mark Lambert of Sweet Swine O’Mine. Free event. charlottebbqfestival.com

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