Five things to do this weekend in Charlotte

No matter what you do, make your weekend great. Here’s some inspiration:


Music Box Lunch at Romare Bearden Park is a great event if you are looking for a place to eat besides the break room. This Friday will feature Casey Clark starting at noon and will go until 1:30. Don’t worry if you miss it, they happen every Tuesday and Friday through the end of August.


Cheese_cake_de_Jamie_OliverUh, yes please! National Cheese Cake day at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market. The farmers market was on the lineup last week, and Cheese cake (or any delicious baked goods) make for a worthy second listing.


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Phillip Phillips & Matt Nathanson are playing July 29th at the Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheater. If you want a slower, acoustic filled Friday night this is the place to be. Acoustic Syndicate is a step to the left with more of a bluesy, country vibe. They play at the Visulite Theatre on Friday as well.

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Pints and Puppies is the place to bring your best bud, while grabbing a drink and making a new friend too. Sycamore Brewing is hosting this dog friendly event and welcomes your pup to a costume competition, two beers and a meal from Tin Kitchen Food Truck all for $20. More info here.



Sugar Creek Brewing Company is hosting a Charlotte Artist Showcase featuring work from Jen Hill, Andy Rocco to name a few. This event will be a fun community event featuring local beers, local artists and will benefit the Carolinas HealthCare Foundation.” You’ll find all this info on their Facebook page.

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‘It is not a great shock,’ Sanders responds after DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz resigns

Sen. Bernie Sanders released a statement Sunday in response to DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz announcement of stepping down after the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

The Statement reads, “Debbie Wasserman Schultz has made the right decision for the future of the Democratic Party.” The resignation of Schultz came after nearly 20,000 emails from the DNC were released by Wikileaks.

The leaked emails showed bias against the Sanders Campaign as DNC staff suggested to bring out the truth of Sander’s religious beliefs as a way to boost Hillary Clinton’s campaign. DNC chief financial officer Brad Marshall  wrote in one email “It might may no difference, but for KY and WVA can we get someone to ask his belief.” adding “This could make several points difference with my peeps.”

Debbie Wasserman Schultz sent off an email shortly after the Nevada Caucuses where Sanders supporters caused a scene and sent death threats to Nevada delegates. “Damn liar. Particularly scummy that he barely acknowledges the violent and threatening behavior that occurred.” Wasserman Schultz wrote.

“The party leadership must also always remain impartial in the presidential nominating process, something which did not occur in the 2016 race.” Sanders adds in his statement. Sanders also mentioned in an interview with CNN that “it is not a great shock to me” after hearing of a biased committee “it’s what we talked about six months ago.”

The Democratic National Convention will start Monday, July 25th and go until the 28th where Sanders will address delegates on the opening night of the convention.

Charlotte businesses see economic domino effect after NBA pulls 2017 All-Star game

All star game in Toronto 2016 - Photo by Laslovarga
All star game in Toronto 2016 – Photo by Laslovarga

Area businesses will soon feel the crunch after the NBA’s decision last week to pull the 2017 All-Star game from the Queen City due to controversy over HB2.

Time Warner Cable Arena, home of the Charlotte Hornets, spent more than $40 million in renovations — $30 million of which was covered by the city of Charlotte — and those expenses were the first of many economic impacts on Charlotte-area businesses. Renovations for All-Star games and other special events are common, and the profit often outweighs the cost well before the event is over. Charlotte planners expected the event to rake in over $100 million and bring troves of tourists to what is normally a bleak month.

The decision to move the game came after North Carolina passed state law HB2, barring local ordinances from adding protective LGBTQ laws and keeping transgender people from using the bathroom of the gender they identify with.

In a statement released Thursday, the NBA said, “Since March, when North Carolina enacted HB2 and the issue of legal protections for the LGBT community in Charlotte became prominent, the NBA and the Charlotte Hornets have been working diligently to foster constructive dialogue and try to effect positive change,” adding they hope to return the All-Star game to Charlotte in 2019, granted HB2 has been amended.

“The NBA will make an announcement on the new location of the 2017 NBA All-Star Game in the coming weeks,” the statement concluded.

It’s not just the sports world that is taking a hit. International Business Times reported 18 performances, including Bruce Springsteen and Ringo Starr, have canceled shows as a result of HB2 as of April. Businesses such as PayPal withheld putting roots down in Charlotte that would have employed 400 people, The Advocate reported.

Four things you cant miss in Charlotte this weekend

Charlotte has endless things to do over each weekend so here’s our top four events for this weekend.

Tread Nightly / Tread Brightly is a unique two day event where the run starts at sunset and continues through the night. Campout and start running the same distance in the morning. You can do a half marathon or a 4-mile run, one or both days.

Fruits and vegetables from a farmers market. photo cred: Emerika
Fruits and vegetables from a farmers market. photo cred: Emerika

If you haven’t gone to one this summer you must! Fresh, local food makes the best salads and toppings on a sandwich. There are always locally created goods which makes this one a weekly visit for me. Tuesday through Saturday 8AM-6PM and Sunday 12PM-6PM

  • Get your butt to a food truck.

Photo by Autopilot
Photo by Autopilot

Matthews Food Truck Friday brings over ten different food trucks to the historic downtown. Live music and playgrounds nearby make it ideal for all ages. No pets or alcohol though.

For those above the drinking age  Unknown Brewing Co. hosts Friday Night Festival every week with seven different food trucks with live music to bring the South End to life. Good eats always come from a food truck so you can’t go wrong with either location.

Gwen Stefani will be performing Saturday, July 23rd. Tickets are $14-68.

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Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa will follow up on Sunday, July 24th. Tickets are $35-130.

Honestly I could spend my whole weekend at PNC watching these acts. No matter what, make your weekend great!

 Free Press story by Joshua Komer

NASA’s Juno sends its first photo

This color view from NASA’s Juno spacecraft is made from some of the first images taken by JunoCam after the spacecraft entered orbit around Jupiter on July 5th (UTC). Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS

A small, dark photograph reveals more than just a planet and three of it’s moons. It shows that NASA has successfully made the first step in learning more about Jupiter than ever before. Juno, a spacecraft no larger than a basketball corse has slipped into orbit and for now, avoided large amounts of radiation that will ultimately destroy it.

Image of Jupiter taken by the Hubble Space Telescope in 2014. Credit: NASA, ESA, and A. Simon

“This scene from JunoCam indicates it survived its first pass through Jupiter’s extreme radiation environment without any degradation and is ready to take on Jupiter,” said Scott Bolton, principal investigator from the Southwest Research Institute in a press release. “We can’t wait to see the first view of Jupiter’s poles.”

JunoCam is a color, visible-light camera designed to capture pictures of Jupiter’s poles and cloud tops. As Juno’s eyes, it will provide a wide view, helping to provide context for the spacecraft’s other instruments.

 “The first high-resolution images of the planet will be taken on August 27 when Juno makes its next close pass to Jupiter.” said Candy Hansen, Juno co-investigator from the Planetary Science Institute, Tucson, Arizona.

While waiting more than a month for updated photos may seem tough, groundbreaking imagery has been NASA’s expertise as of late and this round shouldn’t disappoint.

Story: Free Press Staff


Pokémon Go Charlotte: Three things that show it’s a success


Pokémon Go’s was released less than a week ago and the franchise is coming back stronger than ever. Nintendo stocks have soared after the game proved its popularity through becoming the most downloaded and highest grossing app. After I casually downloaded the app my day off turned into all out search for creatures not yet registered on my Pokédex.

  1. Charlotte has started a Facebook page and a Google map resource to help fellow trainers out. Awesome.Charlotte Go map
  2. It became quite the Google search throughout last week.Popularity graph(Google Trends: Numbers represent search interest relative to the highest point on the chart. If at most 10% of searches for the given region and time frame were for “pizza,” we’d consider this 100. This doesn’t convey absolute search volume.)
  3. Nintendo stocks got quite the boost. The stock has soared up 82% since it’s lowest point in January of this year.Untitled-4By Joshua Komer