Thursday, August 13, 2009

Weekend Ahead: August 14-16

LISTEN
Every Saturday this summer the U.S. National Whitewater Center has offered live music and specials at the River’s Edge Bar & Grill. It’s free (parking is $5) and it’s a great way to escape the city for a few hours while you enjoy all the center has to offer. Plus, the event goes from 6 to 9 p.m. and considering the heat these days, those might just be the only hours one could be there and not actually melt. Summer Saturdays only continue through the end of August so now is your chance! Go to www.usnwc.org for more information.

CELEBRATE
This Saturday uptown goes green—that is, green as in “the luck of the Irish” and all that—for the third annual Charlotte Summer Irish Festival. Featuring concerts, games, dancing, food, drinks, and even a place for the wee ones to play, this is a family-friendly festival. Head to Connolly’s Irish Pub on Friday at 6 p.m. for the kickoff party for the event, which starts at noon on Saturday. Admission is free. Check out www.charlotteirishsummerfestival.com for more information.

SHOP
I’m a self-sufficient adult in my 20’s, but occasionally I go shopping with my mom. And for some reason when I do I turn into a nine-year-old who wants her mother to buy everything for her. For years we’ve had a running joke that when I do want her to purchase something for me I say it’s for “back-to-school” (because “back to school” time was always so glorious growing up as it meant I did get some stuff purchased for me). Interestingly enough, my mom doesn’t find this nearly as amusing as I do. Anyway, this weekend you can do some back to school shopping all for yourself—whether you’re going back to school or just want to look super-fashionable this fall. Poole shop in Phillips Place is having a back to school sale through Saturday that features 20% off items like jeans, tees, sweaters, bags, and shoes. Maybe I should call my mom to see if she feels like shopping. Call poole shop at 704.553.8868 for more information.

WATCH
This Saturday is the last time you can catch Grits: The Musical, a four-actor play set in the South (bet you would have never guessed with a title like that, huh?), which shows the audience what it means to be a proper Southern lady. (Of course, if you want tips on that, you could just ask Jenn or Sarah. Ok. That’s a lie. You could just ask Jenn.) However, we’re not nearly as amusing as a musical. Go to www.actorstheatrecharlotte.org for more information.

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