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Nerd CLTure – April Events in Charlotte

By Eric Cutchin

April 6, 2016

Stomp at Knight Theater 

April 5-10 at Knight Theater Tickets: $30 to $68

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The groundbreaking performance of percussion returns to Charlotte to bring the noise. The eight-member troupe creates percussion using everything from matchboxes to trashcans but nothing ordinary.  

US Olympic Trials-Canoe/Kayak at US National Whitewater Center

April 7-9, 2016 FREE

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The best of the best in canoe and kayaking compete for a chance to go to Rio for the Olympics this summer. Cheer them on as they navigate the rapids and slaloms of the Whitewater.

Statewide Star Party at Discovery Place 

April 8, 2016 7:30 pm -10:00 pm FREE

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Grab your binoculars or telescope and join the Belmont Astronomy Society in the Fourth Annual Statewide Star Party. Join Jeff Bassett, ScienceReach Educator at Discovery Place, on the parking deck and view celestial objects inside and outside of our solar system.

120th Anniversary of the Shinn Nugget at Reed Gold Mine

April 9, 2016 FREE

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Rush up to Reed Gold Mine and celebrate the discovery of the Shinn Nugget, the last large nugget found on John Reed’s property in April 1896. Costumed interpreters will lead visitors on special guided tours, historical mining equipment will be on display and gold panning will be available.

Science on the Rocks: Geek Out, Freak Out at Discovery Place

April 15, 2016 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets $8-$10

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This month’s adult science party celebrates the geekiness of comics, robotics. Let your freak flag fly and show up in your finest superhero outfit. There will be prizes for the best outfit.

Moo & Brew at avidXchange Music Factory 

April 16, 2016  2 pm – 6 pm (VIP entry at 12:30)
Tickets: $45-$65

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There aren’t many two foods that go together better than burgers and beer. This second annual festival combines them with a great lineup of music that will have you stomping your feet while you’re chomping your jaws. Last year’s festival was so popular that there will be a restaurant in Plaza Midwood opening soon under the same moniker and idea.

South End Spring Bazaar 

April 16, 2016 11 am to 6pm. FREE

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The South End Bazaar which celebrates small business and entrepreneurship in Charlotte will incorporate over 50 great area fashion, arts and food vendors throughout the entire creative space at C3 Lab. Artisans will showcase their hand-crafted goods and original artwork by local merchants will be for sale. Local brews, pastries and other food options will keep you energized and excited to shop all day. Get all your gifts early for those special graduates, birthdays and of course, super moms in your lives!

STEMlympics at Discovery Place

April 16, 2016 10 am – 4 pm. Tickets: $12-$15

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STEM programs are a big part of the present of future of education. Check out how they are being used to teach coding, circuitry, the internet of things and more in today’s schools and other educational areas. Watch live demonstrations of 3D printing and be a judge of the Ugly Robot competition.  

EarthFest at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden 

April 16 & 17 11 am to 3 pm. FREE for members. 

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Celebrate Earth Day at the botanical garden with crafts, music, lawn games, hikes and more.  There will also be educational programs designed towards sustainable living.

Loch Norman Highland Games at Rural Hills 

April 15-17, 2016 Tickets: $7- $21

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Celebrate the culture and heritage of Scotland at this annual two-day event. Experience traditional games such as: hammer throw, sheaf toss and turning the caper. There will also be Celtic music, dancing, kilted races and whisky tasting. All the best the Scots have to offer will be there.

Alton Brown: Eat Your Science at Blumenthal Theatre

April 17, 2016 Tickets $20-$70 

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The star of Good Eats and Iron Chef America brings his tour that combines food, science and music to town. Brown promises that demonstrations will be bigger and messier than previous tours, including stuff he’s never been able to do on television. If you sit in the first few rows, you’ll receive extra special protective gear.

Pinball Tournament at Abari Game Bar 

April 17, 2016 $10 to enter + quarters to play the machines

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Are you a pinball wizard? You can prove it at Abari’s first pinball tournament. You’ll be paired up with a competitor for a two-player game. The loser gets a strike, and after three strikes you’re out.  Get your flipper fingers ready!

Kevin Smith at The Comedy Zone 

April 18, 2016 at The Comedy Zone $30

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Writer, director, podcaster and comic book nerd Kevin Smith is not a stand up comedian. He is a great storyteller, and that’s what you will get at his performances: great stories. You’ll hear behind the scene stories from his movies, his lifelong friendships with Walter and Brian of Comic Book Men and probably also his man crush Ben Affleck. If you’re lucky he might even tell the story of his weeklong experience with Prince, which is a doozy.  

Neil deGrasse Tyson at Ovens Auditorium

April 21, 2016 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $70-110

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Tyson is possibly the king of space nerds right now. His popular podcast StarTalk has catapulted him to immense popularity and notoriety. He has become the voice of reason on Twitter, including recently getting into an exchange with rapper B.O.B. over whether or not the world is flat– seriously.

Rock the Ed Music Fest at Amos South End 

April 30, 2016 4 pm -11 pm. Tickets: $15

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We can’t be nerds without being educated. CLTure is proud to present a music festival that will benefit the East Mecklenburg High School Foundation. The foundation seeks to enhance the educational program at East Mecklenburg High School by developing and supporting initiatives, projects and programs that promote professional development, provide resources, improve the educational environment and otherwise support and encourage teachers, administrators, students, and parents. This is an event for the entire family that will benefit our whole community. Join us for an awesome night.

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