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Nerd CLTure – March Events

By Eric Cutchin

February 27, 2016

Each month we feature the odd, spectacular, quirky, but fun events happening in Charlotte, North Carolina. Check out this month’s Nerd CLTure events.

‘90s Nickelodeon Night Charlotte Hornets vs Phoenix Suns at Time Warner Cable Arena

March 1, 2016 7 p.m.

Tickets prices start at $18.50

Relive your favorite characters and shows from the ‘90s era of Nickelodeon. Kel Mitchell and Jeff Sutphen will be on hand to help fans transport back to the glory days of the kids network. There will be characters for photo opportunities, a one-of-a-kind Hornets shirt featuring Chuckie from “Rugrats,” and there will be a round of Double Dare at halftime. Be careful, though, or you’ll get slimed.

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Robot Johnson Returns to Charlotte

March 4, 2016 Doors 7:30; Show 8:30 The Rabbit Hole

Tickets: $12.00

Robot Johnson triumphantly returns to Charlotte to melt your face from laughter overdose. The sketch comedy troupe is an eclectic mix of actors, writers, stand ups, improv and sketch comedy veterans, which means there’s a little something for everyone. This show is rated R for ridiculous amounts of laughter.

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Charlotte Roller Girls Season Opener

March 5, 2016 First Bout 5:00 at Grady Cole Center

Tickets: $7 to $16

The Charlotte Roller Girls will kick off their tenth season with a doubleheader bout against the Gate City Rollers of Greensboro. This is one of the coolest and most intimate sporting events in the Queen City. The more noise you make, the faster they skate.

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Queen: A Night in Bohemia

March 8, 2016 at 7 p.m. at AMC Concord Mills & Regal Stonecrest

Tickets: $15

Oh mamma mia, mamma mia, you must go see this iconic performance of one of the greatest bands in the world. This film celebrates the fortieth anniversary of the first-ever live recording of “Bohemian Rhapsody”. Watch as this amazing live band hits their performance peak as they rock the stage of the London Hammersmith Odeon on Christmas Eve 1975. Grab your seat to do the fandango.

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15th Annual Laugh for the Cure

March 10, 2016 Doors 5:30 at McGlohon Theatre

Tickets: $65 to $80

Think pink in the month of green. For 15 years, this evening has helped raise money and awareness for breast cancer research by making people laugh their asses off. This year’s show will be headlined by comedian Bobby Collins. It will also feature silent and live auctions.  

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14th Annual St. Pat’s Block Party

March 12, 2016 12 p.m to 11 p.m at Galway Hooker Irish Pub – FREE

Celebrate the greenest of the holidays at the region’s largest Irish block party. There will be live music, games, Irish dancers and bagpipers. This also kicks off Galway Hooker’s “Week of Green”, culminating in a party on St. Patrick’s Day which will include Kegs & Eggs at 8 a.m.  

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Latta Celtic Festival

March 12 – 13 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Historic Latta Plantation

Tickets: $8 Adults, $7 Seniors/Students, Children 5 & Under FREE

Looking for a more family-friendly celebration of all things Irish? This Celtic-centric festival will feature live music, dance performances, children’s activities and historical presentations. On Friday night they will host an evening of Celtic music under the stars from 6 to 9 p.m. ($10).

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Nuv Yug India Fest

March 12 – 13 at The Park Expo and Conference Center

Tickets: $6 to $10

If you’re not ready to celebrate the Irish culture yet, then how about a taste of India? This second annual festival celebrates the Indian culture with programs of a high artistic merit that entertain and educate. It will also feature a performance by Indian Idol star Torsha Sarkar.

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Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra

March 13, 2016 at McGlohon Theatre

Tickets: $20 to $29.50

The Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra presents the ukulele as it’s never been played before, featuring songs made famous by artists such as Justin Timberlake, Elvis, The Beatles, Hall and Oates, Cyndi Lauper, Prince and Kings of Leon. These Kiwis combine high octane ukulele solos, heavenly harmonies, outrageous costumes and comedic banter to bring crowds to their feet.  

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Science on the Rocks: Final Frontier

March 18, 2016 5 p.m. at Discovery Place

Tickets: $20 in advance, $22 at the door (includes Science on the Rocks admission)

The monthly gathering of adults learning about science while drinking boldly goes where none has gone before. Explore the virtual reality of Oculus Rift, the power of compressed air rockets and enjoy astronaut ice cream. As always there will be the opportunity to explore the rest of the museum as well as go through Body Worlds or enjoy the IMAX movie “Journey to Space”, narrated by Captain Pickard himself (for an extra charge).

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St Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival

March 19 at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Parade begins at 11 a.m. between Tryon St, College St, and Church St.

Free

Uptown Charlotte turns green in the twentieth annual parade and festival celebrating St. Patrick.  The parade will feature local organizations showing their love for the Irish culture, and will be led by Grand Marshal Anne Anderson, Ireland’s Ambassador to the United States. After the parade enjoy live music, Irish dancers, Celtic/Irish vendors, children’s activities and food.

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Sweet Tooth Festival

March 20, 2016 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Omni Charlotte

Tickets: $30

Satisfy your sweet tooth with this gathering of the area’s best purveyors of delicious decadence.  Get your nom on with cupcakes, candies and other sweet treats. This fifth annual festival is presented by RAIN Youth Affiliates to benefit RAIN services in the Charlotte community.

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Mad Monster Party

March 25 to March 27 at the Sheraton

Tickets: $25 to $60

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Have a frightening good time at Charlotte’s biggest celebration of all things horror, sci-fi and fantasy. Meet characters and creators, get autographs, buy merchandise and congregate with other monster fans. There are many things to do inside the party including a film festival, scaraoke, costume contest and the annual Miss Scarolina beauty pageant.  

Rural Hill Easter Egg Hunt

March 26, 2016 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rural Hill

Free; register in advance

It’s time to grab the young ones and set them off in search of hidden eggs left by the Easter Bunny. Rural Hill is a great place to do this, as there is much to do after the kids find the eggs.  Have a family picnic, search the trails or play a game of frisbee. Don’t forget to get your photo taken with the big rabbit himself.

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Abari Game Bar Grand Opening 

March 26, 2016 12 p.m to 2 a.m at Abari Game Bar

FREE Admission

Abari Game Bar welcomes Charlotte friends, neighbors, and gamers to its grand opening on March 26, 2016, from 12PM to 2AM. With featured cocktails, classic game high score challenges, food trucks, and vinyl spinning, it’s time to start saving your quarters for a full day of leveled-up fun. As Charlotte’s first vintage game bar, Abari brings back memories of childhood arcades, substituting mom and dad’s watchful eye and rations of quarters for craft beers and neighborly competition. Joe’s Doughs will be making a special appearance at the grand opening, serving up game-themed doughnuts as a preview of their near future as Abari’s sweet-toothed next door neighbor. Abari will also debut its high score board, where players will submit their high scores to be featured for as long as they hold the high score in each game. Elon Shoemaker will spin a set of pressed wax classics. 

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Check out all of our recommended events on the CLTure Calendar

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