The Mint Museum, The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, and the Knight Theater — the four institutions that comprise Levine Center for the Arts — have partnered to launch a new weekly event series known as Wednesday Night Live. Presented by Bank of America, Wednesday Night Live includes free admission to the three museums between 5-9 p.m. every Wednesday, as well as live entertainment or programming at one of the four institutions each week. The special programming, which will rotate among the partners, includes everything from Brazilian dance performances to spoken-word artists to film screenings.

2022 schedule of performances

January 5

See the film Sisters With Transistors, the remarkable untold story of electronic music’s female pioneers, composers who embraced machines and liberating technologies to transform how music is produced and listened to today, at Mint Museum Uptown. To set the stage for the Mint Museum’s screening of Sisters with Transistors, artist Nelly Kate presents an experimental music performance using an array of tape decks, speakers, synthesizers, and layered vocal effects. These mechanisms nod at the history of electronic music by demonstrating the limitations of lo-fi recording equipment alongside the expansive dynamic range of contemporary sound technology. As a partially deaf sound artist, Nelly Kate is focused on creating multiple points of access for the audience to experience listening as a somatic phenomenon that transcends hearing alone.

February 2

Follow Your HeART guide gallery tour with the “Queen of the Queen City” Buff Faye in the American and Contemporary Galleries at Mint Museum Uptown. DJ Selah Say will also be spinning tunes throughout the evening.

March 2

The QC GarMINT District. Fashion designers Tara Davis, Megan Ilene, Gege Gilzene, Gordon Holliday, and Brehon Williams headline The QC GarMINT District runway fashion show 7 PM at Mint Museum Uptown. In addition to the fashion show, a pop-up market with 50 local vendors is planned 5–9 PM at the Mint’s uptown location. The QC GarMINT District is coordinated in partnership with Davita Galloway, co-owner of DUPP&SWATT, and Charlotte-based stylist Jennifer Michelle, owner of J Model Executives. Charlotte influencer Ohavia Phillips will emcee the event, music provided by DJ Dammit Wesley, plus an additional performance by B&C Ballroom, and cash bar. Admission is free, but seating will be first come, first served.

April 13

Rothko Becoming Rothko. To celebrate two Rothko paintings recently put on view at Mint Museum Uptown, Harry Cooper, senior curator and head of modern and contemporary art at the National Gallery of Art, joins us for a lecture about the life and works of Mark Rothko. View the Rothko paintings, on loan from the National Gallery of Art, in the American-Contemporary Galleries at Mint Museum Uptown.

May 4

Charlotte Poet Laureate Jay Ward, along with Rock Hill Poet Laureate Angelo Geter, and artist Shane Manier, perform spoken word poems in response to select works in the exhibition Coined in the South: 2022 and the permanent collections at Mint Museum Uptown, plus free admission and a cash bar.

June 1

Coined in the South: 2022 winners discuss their works and practice, plus free museum admission and a cash bar.

July 6

Claudio Ortiz presents Afro-Caribbean rhythms from Cuba and Puerto Rico, plus electronic samples, plus free admission and a cash bar.

August 3

Mercury Carter lights up the Robert Haywood Morrison Atrium with a live performance of his soul-filling tunes. plus a cash bar and free museum admission.