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Nerd CLTure – 10 fun but slightly nerdy events happening in August

By Eric Cutchin

July 29, 2016

The dog days of summer are here, stay cool by being a nerd.

Naked Magic Show

August 4 from 7 pm to 9:30 pm at McGlohon Theater. Tickets: $20-$55

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There’s nothing up the sleeves of these two magicians because they don’t wear shirts. The show features everything you want in a magic show and adds abs. You don’t want to miss seeing what they pull out of their top hats. These guys prove that great magicians don’t need pants.

Blacklight Slide

August 6  – Check-in at 5 pm and event at 7 pm at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Tickets: $50

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Everyone loved a Slip’N Slide when we were kids. With the weather being so hot lately it seems like a perfect time to do it again. This one takes it up a notch by adding neon glow-in-the-dark water to the mix. After a few slides you’ll look like you were slimed in the Ghostbusters movie!

Charlotte ComicCon Summer Show

August 7 from 10 am – 5 pm at Embassy Suites Concord. Tickets: $5

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Get out of the heat and into the con for the summer edition of Charlotte’s seasonal comic convention. This edition will feature a Q&A session from 11 actors of The Walking Dead TV series. You’ll also have the opportunity to attend a debate for Charlotte’s comic mayor featuring The Joker vs. The Penguin. Personally, if the Penguin can deliver some ice to cool us down he’s got my vote.

Nick Offerman & Megan Mullally Summer of 69: No Apostrophe

August 10 at 8 pm Ovens Auditorium. Tickets: $40-$60

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One of Hollywood’s funniest couples brings their variety show to town for a night of “talking, singing, and sex acts.” Don’t expect to see Ron Swanson or Karen Walker, this is a mostly autobiographical show about Nick & Megan’s relationship.

Potions & Pixels

August 11 from 7 pm – 12 pm at Petra’s. Tickets: $5

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Petra’s recently created a monthly get-together devoted to drinking and playing games. There are a variety of board games and video games to choose from. Grab your clan and get some drinks with other gaming fans.

Speedcubing Competition

August 13 from 10 am at Discovery Place – Free with museum admission

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This competition is a part of the current Beyond Rubik’s Cube exhibition. Cube enthusiasts from all over the Southeast will compete in an official competition through the World Cube Association. The competition will be held in Discovery 3D theatre but you’ll also be able to catch the cubists practicing throughout the museum and even through the windows on Tryon. See if your eyes can keep up with the hands.

Charlotte Roller Girls 10th Anniversary Throwback Game

August 13 at 5 pm Grady Cole Center. Tickets: $7-$16

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For ten years the Charlotte Roller Girls have been skating and entertaining their fans in the city. This month they’ll be taking it old school by paying tribute to the two original teams: the ‘Fraid Knots and the Block ‘Em Sock ‘Em Rollers.  Former skaters, referees and officials will be honored at halftime.

Rockabilly Resurrection

August 20 from 12 pm -10 pm at McCabes Smokehouse. Free

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Rockabilly will rise from the dead at this concert and vintage car show in Kannapolis. The daddios will bring their hot rods to show off and the ladies can become a pinup queen. There will also be lessons in swing dancing.

Summer Barbershop Concert

August 27 at 2 pm Providence Presbyterian Church. Tickets: $15-$20

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Travel back to the days of classic barbershop quartets with the Charlotte Acapella Chorus. Join the all-female group for an afternoon of harmony and laughs. They have invited Zero Hour Quartet to perform as well.

Great Gatsby Gala

August 27 from 7 pm to 11 pm at Wells Fargo Atrium Uptown. Tickets: $75-$125

Gatsby-Logo-2016It’s time to put on your best 1920’s-inspired ensemble for an evening of glitz and glamour. This award-winning event is a major fundraiser for the National MS Society Greater Carolinas Chapter. Dance to the Russ Wilson and his Famous Orchestra and schmooze with your cronies. Get there early for the VIP Speakeasy Lounge.

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