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The Rundown: Things to do Thursday, February 14 – Sunday, February 17

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By Shawn D. Allison, II

 

Greetings Brothers and Sisters! The wait is finally over – NBA All-Star

Shawn Allison shares all the places you’ll wanna be in the Queen City.

 Weekend 2019 has arrived in the Queen City! There is LOTS to do this weekend, however on this list, I decided to focus on local events, businesses and services guaranteed to give you a true taste of Charlotte experience! I will be extremely busy taking in all the sights, sounds and flavors but if you want to know where the best and affordable deals for fun are this weekend, check out my “Hot List” below!

 

  • THURSDAY – SSS Movement presents The Christian Lounge Experience Dinner and a Movie
  • THURSDAY – All Star Singles VDAY Friends With Benefits Party at Press Box Bar & Grill
  • FRIDAY—SATURDAY – The House of LeMond’s “Groom + Go All-Star Experience”
  • FRIDAY—SUNDAY — Dupp & Swat’s “All-Star ShopCLT Market”
  • FRIDAY – BBOC presents Black Food Truck Friday All-Star Edition at Recess CLT
  • FRIDAY – “Vinyl For Dinner” at Tip Top Daily Market
  • FRIDAY – Art, Beats & Lyrics at Grady Cole Center
  • FRIDAY — Detroit Ballroom & Chicago Steppin’ Line Dance Party
  • FRIDAY – PLAYER MADE: All-Star Weekend Edition at Snug Harbor
  • FRIDAY—SUNDAY — Prime After Hours Breakfast Series at Prime@6538
  • FRIDAY – SUNDAY — Celebrity Weekend Midnight Brunch Buffet at Cuzzo’s Cuisine
  • SATURDAY–SUNDAY – Jerk Chicken N’ Waffles All-Star Weekend Brunch at Mangos Caribbean Restaurant
  • SATURDAY – Taste of Soul CLT at Noda @36th Small Business Center
  • SATURDAY – Freaquency : So Wavy Pt. II at Tip Top Daily Market
  • SATURDAY – All Star Shot Clock: Kicks and Sweats Day Party at Recess CLT
  • SATURDAY – AfroPop Charlotte Vol. 29 – All-Star 2019 Edition at Crown Station
  • SATURDAY – Frequency360 presents DJ MASEO of De La Soul at Snug Harbor
  • SUNDAY – Slam Dunk Brunch w/ Chef Joya & Chef Velvet at Veltree – The Vegan Experience
  • SUNDAY – Elements of Empowerment, Inc. presents the 2019 Community Jazz Series
  • SUNDAY — Family Valentine’s Day Party at Pure Pizza

 

If you would like your event to be listed in “The Rundown” please send a detailed e-mail to me at: sdallison85@yahoo.com

 

——-THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14——-

The Single Saved and Serious Movement invites you out to experience love in a different light as they invite you to The Christian Lounge Experience Dinner and a Movie! Come and enjoy an evening of fellowship, food and fun with a film that centers around love and discussing what it takes to make it happen. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dinner-and-a-movie-tickets-56253514777. The festivities begin at 6 p.m. The address of the event is 520 Eastway Dr.

 

 

For some true adult fun, head over to Petra’s this evening for a special Potions & Pixels: Video Games, Board Games and Community – Valentine’s Day Edition! This time around, in addition to all of your favorite retro, modern and indie video and board games, they invite you to step into the vivid world of virtual reality! Also, Sumosa’s Cakery will be in the house selling some delicious desserts! Admission is only $8. Bring as many friends as you desire and have a good time! The games begin at 7 p.m. Petra’s is located at 1919 Commonwealth Ave. in the Plaza-Midwood District.   #PotionsAndPixels

CALLING ALL COUPLES—do you need a relaxing option to get away from all the hustle and bustle of Valentine’s Day? Join the beautiful and radiant Tracey Grey of Massage Life Studios as she presents “An Evening of Love” Sensual Massage Workshop. Tracey will guide you on how to enhance your massaging skills on your significant other in a quaint and intimate setting. Drinks and light hors d’oeuvres will be served. Please dress comfortably and be sure to bring a yoga mat. Admission is $75 per couple and tickets can be purchased here: https://squareup.com/store/massagelifestudios. The class will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. Massage Life Studios is located at 3623 Latrobe Dr., Suite #110-J. 

This weekend, the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte invites you and your family out for the premiere of the all-new stage musical, Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.” Inspired by the music of the legendary reggae legend Bob Marley, this jammin’ show takes audiences to the beautiful island of Jamaica. Three little birds share their sweet songs with Ziggy, a shy child who’s content on seeing the world from his television inside the safety of his own room. Ziggy’s friend Nansi, though, encourages him to venture outside his room and experience Jamaica. But Ziggy’s afraid of hurricanes, mongooses and, most of all, the voodoo villain Duppy, who steals the hair of children. The music of the one and only Bob Marley weaves through the friends’ adventures in this reggae-infused musical. Showtimes and tickets can be found here: https://www.ctcharlotte.org/Online/default.asp?doWork::WScontent::loadArticle=Load&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::article_id=1A3A45E3-1223-4676-AD46-95EC60B2B3C4. All Shows will be held at the McColl Family Theater inside ImaginOn. 300 E. 7th St. in Uptown.

The Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte is ready to take you on a musical journey deep into the valleys of the Black experience as they proudly present the Chanel Blanchett -directed, “Nina Simone: Four Women.” The velvet-throated High Priestess of Soul hypnotized audiences with her signature renditions of standards from the American songbook. But on September 15, 1963, a devastating explosion in Birmingham rocked America to the core, and from the memory of the four little girls that were lost in this unimaginable tragedy came “Four Women” — along with Simone’s other activist anthems like “Mississippi God****,” “Old Jim Crow” and “To Be Young, Gifted and Black.” Songs will be performed by Destiny DeBerry Stone, Erica Truesdale, Krystal D. Gardner and Arlethia Friday Hailstock. Tickets can be purchased here: Tonight’s performance begins at 7:30 p.m. and all remaining shows will be held at the Hadley Theater at Queens University. 2132 Radcliffe Ave.   #TheatreCharlotte

Theatre Charlotte is ready to have you rollin’ & rockin’ in your seats as the proudly present “Ain’t Misbehavin’ – The Fats Waller Musical Show!” This sassy, sultry musical celebration of the legendary jazz great, Fats Waller. This features some creative jumpin’, jivin’ swing music that evokes the delightful humor and infectious energy of the Golden Age of the Cotton Club. The intoxicating Fats Waller score includes “Honeysuckle Rose,” “The Joint is Jumpin’,” “Your Feets Too Big,” “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter,” “Two Sleepy People” and many more. Ain’t Misbehavin’ is one of the most delightful, well-crafted revues of all time. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.carolinatix.org/events/detail/aint-misbehavin. All shows will be held at Theatre Charlotte. 501 Queens Rd.

Kick off your weekend with OutenLove Events and Black Singles in CLT as they invite you out to the All Star Singles VDAY Friends With Benefits Party! Love in the air, so is All-Star Weekend and here’s your chance to enjoy the energy of both at the hottest singles party in the city! Join your host, model and reality show star Deelishis for an evening of nonstop fun, mingling, mixing and cocktail specials. Tunes will be provided by DJ B.U. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/all-star-singles-vday-friends-with-benefits-hosted-by-deelishis-tickets-55362412466. The party starts at 9 p.m. at Press Box Bar & Grill. 9609 N. Tryon St. in the University Area.

——-FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15——-

Moxie Society is ready to start your weekend off the fun way as they present the I Still Love The 90’s Brunch & Day Party – NBA All-Star Edition! Come and kick it with your crew as my guy B-Man spins an incredible arsenal of classic 90s Hip Hop, House, R&B, Soul, Reggae and Go-Go joints! The kitchen is ready to rock with a delicious Southern specialty brunch menu and the bar is fully stocked with all sorts of craft cocktail combos, champagne specials including $5 mimosas and more! Also, the creative, curvaceous and charming Whitney Austin will be there giving some colorific soul on the canvas. Tickets for Charlotte’s best brunch experience can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/i-still-love-the-90s-brunch-party-nba-all-star-edition-tickets-55951912677. The party starts at 11 a.m. at Explicit Bistro & Lounge. 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. #MoxieSociety #TheArtOfTheDayParty

Gentlemen, All-Star Weekend is poised to be one of epic proportions and you want to make sure that you’re always stepping out in style. That’s why you should head down to The House of LeMond for their Groom + Go All-Star Experience! Come and enter the quarters of one of the QC’s finest men’s fashion lounges and choose from a wide variety of fly threads, receive tips from noted celebrity stylists, get a manicure and massage, stock up on oils and fragrances and enjoy top shelf beverages and refreshments. You’ll also have a chance to win some gifts and prizes. Admission is FREE but please be sure to RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-house-of-lemond-present-groom-go-tickets-54827412266.  The store will open at 12 noon on Friday, 2/15 and Saturday, 2/16. The House of LeMond is located at 116 W. 4th St. in Uptown.

Everyone slide over to one of the QC’s most beloved spots, Dupp & Swat as they host the All-Star ShopCLT Market! This is the spot to cop the flyest threads, jewelry, accessories, explore a variety of vendors and get engaged with notables and featured networking mixers! The operating hours are 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Friday, 2/15, Saturday, 2/16 and Sunday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Sunday, 2/17. Dupp & Swat is located at 223 S. Brevard St. in Uptown.   #duppandswat

 

 

Promotion firm Powered By GME is ready to power up your weekend as they set things off with All-Star Bar Carwl w/ DJ Kool | DJ Chuck Chillout | DJ Red Alert | DJ Flexx and the ATL*Star*Power All-Star Celebrity Takeover! Head down to the center of all attractions at The Epicentre and get ready for an afternoon full of nonstop Hip Hop, R&B, Soul, House, Funk, Top 40, Pop, Go-Go and much more from these four legends of our culture! Then, be sure to stick around as hometown hero DJ Shakim rocks the house along with a live performance from Karlie Redd, Q Parker and Daron Jones of the group 112! Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/all-star-bar-carwl-w-dj-kool-dj-chuck-chillout-dj-red-alert-dj-flexx-tickets-52433974429 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/atlstarpower-all-star-celebrity-takeover-tickets-53144064327. The first party starts at 1 p.m. and the second will begin at at 9 p.m. at Wild Wing Café at The Epicentre. 210 E. Trade St. in Uptown.

 

 

Black Business Owners of Charlotte (BBOC) has been on a serious roll with recycling our coins back into our community and tonight, get your stomachs revved up at Recess CLT for Black Food Truck Friday All Star Edition! Charlotte, bring all your friends and family from all over for an evening of fun as you dine from some of the city’s finest and most delicious Chocolate culinary chariots, scoop up some cool fashions and trinkets from local vendors, have chances to win cool prizes! Admission is FREE and the event will begin at 4 p.m. Recess CLT is located at 832 Seigle Ave. in the Belmont Neighborhood. #BBOC

 

 

This evening, head over to Tip Top Daily Market for a special sonic feast entitled, “Vinyl For Dinner!” It’s all love and community at one of Charlotte’s most beloved hangout spots as Scott “ASoM” Blackwood will be spinning an all-vinyl acid jazz set paired with Chef Colleen O’Hare of The Bottle Tree sneak peaking some new menu items on the Killer B’s Food Truck! Admission is $12 for eats and brews and $FREE.99 if you just want to chill with the crew. The cool down starts at 5 p.m. Tip Top Daily Market is located at 2902 The Plaza Rd. in the Plaza-Midwood District.

 

 

Celebrate the season of love at WFAE’s annual CHOCOLATE tasting event that focuses on all things cocoa! This decadent two-hour chocolate tasting will feature unique, hand-crafted chocolates, desserts and other chocolate-inspired items (both sweet AND savory) from Charlotte area chocolatiers, bakeries, restaurants, wine shops, breweries and others. Attendees will also help judge the “Best of” awards at the event. Proceeds will benefit WFAE’s award-winning local news and Charlotte Talks. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wfaeats-chocolate-tasting-event-tickets-53964997761. The event begins at 6 p.m. and will be held at Spirit Square. 345 N. College St. in Uptown.

 

 

Audial and visual elements come together at one of the most heralded culture jams in the country this evening as Charlotte welcomes back the return of Art, Beats & Lyrics! Gather your crew and come experience this multisensory, colorful urban art and music exhibition centered around Hip Hop Culture. Featuring street art by some of the region’s hottest creatives, you’ll be sure to be wowed by these visual wonders. This jam will be hosted by my man D.R.E.S. Tha Beatnik. Admission is FREE but please be sure to RSVP here: https://jackhoneyabl.rsvp360.co/eventfull?lang=en&eventId=23870. The festivities begin at 7 p.m. at The Grady Cole Center. 310 N. Kings Dr. in Uptown. #ArtBeatsLyrics #FOLLOWTHEHAT

 

 

CPCC Theatre invites you to the grand premiere of the stage classic “Gypsy” this weekend! Considered by many to be the greatest of all American musicals, “Gypsy” tells the story of Gypsy Rose Lee and her indomitable mother. Often called the King Lear of musicals, Mama Rose’s Turn is a tour de force that climaxes an evening of musical theatre filled with amazing tunes like “Everything’s Coming up Roses,” “Let Me Entertain You,” and the show-stopping “You Gotta Get a Gimmick.” Gypsy promises to be a night of theatre to remember for a lifetime! Showtimes and tickets can be found here: http://tix.cpcc.edu/events/cpcc-theatre-presents-gypsy. The Halton Theater is located at CPCC Main Campus. 1206 Elizabeth Ave. in Uptown.

 

 

This evening, come and step away from all the hustle and bustle in the Uptown area and partake in a more sophisticated rhythm at the Detroit Ballroom & Chicago Steppin’ Line Dance Party! If you want to be away from the madness of the Top 40 scene, put a stride a glide, a dip in your hip and join your lovely instructor Kim Pickett for an evening of classic Midwest dancing styles set to a soothing soundtrack provided by DJ Moe Got It! And no matter where you’re from, come represent your city in relaxing and mature casual attire. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/detroit-ballroom-chicago-steppin-line-dance-party-tickets-54513790214. The event will begin at 8 p.m. at Fuzion Force Dance Studio. 3716 West W.T. Harris Blvd, Suite “A.”

 

 

Cap off this festive Friday with some funky House music flavor and join the Unified Souls as they host the 2019 All Star House Party! Join DJs Badala B, Tony Cutlass as they give you all of the best of classic & soulful House, Funk, R&B, Downtempo and much more with a very special set from the world renowned super producer, DJ Kemit who will add a special jolt of Afrocentric sonic juice into the speakers! Your host for the evening is the ever-fine and fly Brooklyn Stace! Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/house-music-str8house-all-star-weekend-tickets-55744099101.  The party starts at 9 p.m. at Crown Station. 3629 N. Davidson St. in the NoDa District.

 

 

Charlotte, it’s time to stand up and be known as one your favorite homegrown crews, Permanent Vacation gets down to the nitty gritty in the Queen City presenting PLAYER MADE: All-Star Weekend! Join hometown heroes MC/DJ Elevator Jay, A-Huf and Jaboi B-Rab for an evening of nonstop trunk-rattlin’, subwoofer boomin’, Dirty South Hip Hop super funk! And be sure to stick around for special guest, Atlanta native and DJ Sofa King Evil giving you an extra boost of crunk juice! Admission is $5 and tickets can be purchased here: http://snugrock.tunestub.com/event.cfm?cart&showTimingID=293280. The jump off is at 10 p.m. at Snug Harbor. 1228 Gordon St. in the Plaza-Midwood District.

 

 

This weekend, Moxie Society, Gaskins Productions, Glamourlife.com and Big Swole Entertainment are proud to present to you, Prime After Hours Breakfast Series! Enjoy three full nights of live entertainment, food and fellowship in an upscale and elegant environment with an all-inclusive menu, cocktail specials and music from guest DJs and live performers. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/prime-after-hours-breakfast-series-premium-friday-glamourlife-saturday-moxie-sunday-tickets-56209503137. The festivities begin at 11 p.m. at Prime@6538. 6538 N. Tryon St.

 

 

After you’ve finished partying this weekend, the fine folks at Cuzzo’s Cuisine are ready to give your stomach some late-night joy presenting the Celebrity Weekend Midnight Brunch Buffet! Slide away minutes from Uptown and head over to one of the QC’s finest culinary establishments as Chef Andarrio Johnson and crew provide you with a specialty buffet with red velvet waffles, shrimp & grits, World Famous Lobster Mac & Cheese and much more! For carry out orders, please call (980)-298-6811. The buffet will be open from 12 midnight – 4 a.m. on Friday 2/15 and Saturday 2/16. Cuzzo’s Cuisine is located at 3418 Tuckaseegee Rd.

 

 

 

——-SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16——-

Ladies, it’s time to rise, shine and move those hips like the ocean as 4Thirty-Two invites you out to a special dance workout class called Curves N’ Motion – All Star Weekend Edition! Join these courageous and curvaceous divas as you sweat and dance to some dope routines that these ladies have performed in various states and in countries around the world! Everyone and every dance level is welcome. Admission is $5 per person. The class begins at 9 a.m. at NoDa @ 28th Creative Arts Studio. 2424 N. Davidson St. in the NoDa District.

 

 

Charlotte, get ready for the ultimate brunch experience as The Culture Cooperative and Africana Connections proudly presents the Jerk Chicken N’ Waffles All-Star Weekend Brunch! This Saturday and Sunday, join The Dynamic DJ Kato, DJ Pahri and DJ Steel Wheel for a weekend full of NONSTOP daytime flavor as they give you a colorful cornucopia of music ranging from Afrobeats, Soca, House, Reggae, Hip Hop, Dancehall, R&B, Afro-Trap, Afro-House and much, much more! Also, the kitchen will be sizzling up the scene with all sorts of savory meal and cocktail specials! Tickets for each event can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jerk-chicken-n-waffles-brunch-all-star-weekend-edition-2019-tickets-55595741359. Both events will be held at Mangos Caribbean Restaurant beginning at 11 a.m. 3112 N. Davidson St. in the NoDa District.

 

 

This morning, join educator and activist Bro. Adrian Sundiata as he hosts the Cultures Impact On The Brain & Early Child Development forum. Today, you’ll look at brain functions and how non-physical environmental influences can impede development, and even damage critical regions of the child’s brain. You’ll also explore the determining of how that child views themselves, the world around them and how they respond or react to both. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cultures-impact-on-the-brain-early-child-development-tickets-55682787717. The event will begin at 11 a.m. at Behavioral Health Intervention Center. 8401 Medical Plaza Dr., Suite #120.

 

 

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library invites you and your family to be part of their Make-a-Movie: Telling Stories for the Screen Workshop this afternoon! Join UNC Charlotte film studies and video production educator Rodney Stringfellow as he teaches this creative course designed to help you craft stories expressly for the screen. Also, as a screenwriter, Rodney has written episodes for Nickelodeon, PBS, Disney Channel and more. This workshop teaches story structure, screenplay formatting, idea development and what happens after you’ve finished your script. Admission is FREE but please be sure to RSVP here: https://secure.meetup.com/register/?ctx=ref. The event will begin at 1 p.m. at the West Boulevard Library Branch. 2157 West Blvd.

 

 

Black Business Owners of Charlotte and Noda @36th Small Business Center have teamed up to present to you Taste of Soul CLT! Enhance your All-Star Weekend experience as local chefs, merchants and vendors provide an opportunity to get a true taste of Charlotte’s Black community with a vivid and vivacious collection of multicultural cuisines, desserts and everything in between! RSVPs can be made here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/taste-of-soul-clt-tickets-52971976608. The event will begin at 1 p.m. at NoDa@36th. 1025 E. 36th St. in the NoDa District.   #BBOC

Powered By GME keeps things rockin’ on this Saturday afternoon at The Roxbury presenting The Ultimate All-Star Saturday Day Party with Kid Capri & DJ Red Alert! Not one, but two true school Hip Hop legends rock the house giving all sorts of special blends all the way from their New York roots to the new school flavor of today! There Roxbury’s resident DJ will be spinning some additional flavors upstairs. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-ultimate-all-star-saturday-day-party-with-kid-capri-dj-red-alert-tickets-53071041915. The party starts at 1 p.m. The Roxbury is located at 116 W. 5th St. in Uptown.

Get ready to party Lowcountry style with DubV-SC Takeover as they present the DubV-SC Celebrity Day Party Takeover! It’s food, fun and fellowship as renowned turntablist DJ Cleve rocks the house with a special blend of Hip Hop, classic R&B, Soul, House, Pop, Top 40 and much more! And the kitchen with be fired up with lots of fish and chicken plate and cocktail specials! The event will be hosted by Kricket and Stephanie. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dubvsc-all-star-weekend-day-party-ft-dj-cleve-tickets-53894720560. The party starts at 1 p.m. at Club 704. 3930 Brookshire Blvd.

This afternoon, slide out to Tip Top Daily Market for the fifth installment of the not-your-average networking jam session entitled, “Freaquency : So Wavy Pt. II.” This gathering of creatives will feature some dope music of course, but at the core its main focus is to create a platform for artists and art enthusiasts to meet, greet and collectively share positive vibrations. Today’s focus will feature the art of DJ-ing and who better to represent for the wheels of steel than one of Charlotte’s most beloved dignitaries, That Guy Smitty! There will also be an additional introspection from musician K-Hill and the lovely DJ DK will be commanding the decks for the duration of the event. Admission is FREE. The event will begin at 2:30 p.m. Tip Top Daily Market is located at 2902 The Plaza Rd.

OutenLove Events and Black Singles in CLT keep things jumpin’ this Saturday afternoon with the All Star Shot Clock: Kicks and Sweats Day Party! Gather your crew and step out in your best athletic gear with host Courtney Larisa of OWN Network’s “Ready To Love” and sounds by DJ Stormy! Also, Charlotte’s own J-Hov and the lovely DJ Micki Blendz will be adding extra energy for all the fly sneaker heads in attendance! Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/all-star-shot-clock-kicks-and-sweats-day-party-tickets-55815070378. The event will begin at 3 p.m. at Recess CLT. 832 Seigle Ave. in the Belmont Neighbborhood.

Take your All-Star experience to exciting Afrocentric levels and join Africana Connections as they proudly present AfroPop Charlotte Vol. 29 – All-Star 2019 Edition! Celebrate with your fellow tribe as The Dynamic DJ Kato and DJ Steel Wheel give you the best in Afrobeats, AfroHouse, Soca, House, Dancehall, Afro-Trap, Reggae, Hip Hop, live African drumming and much more! There will also be local vendors on hand with all sorts of creative gifts for sale that’ll definitely enhance your experience. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/afropop-charlotte-vol29-all-star-edition-2019-tickets-55297498306. The party starts at 9 p.m. at Crown Station. 3629 N. Davidson St. in the NoDa District.

Freaquency360 invites you to come and party like an all-star as they proudly present a night with all-star Hip Hop icon DJ Maseo of De La Soul spinning LIVE! Get ready to be immersed in a ton of true school Funk, R&B, Soul and Hip Hop grooves as the mighty Maseo takes the stage along with Blow Your Head duo Jah Freedom & Flock of Slagles. Also, come and feel the power of verbs, nouns and things from one of the QC’s hottest MCs giving you knowledge of skin, the one and only Kil Ripkin! Tickets can be purchased here: http://snugrock.tunestub.com/event.cfm?cart&showTimingID=293806. The jump off is at 9 p.m. at Snug Harbor. 1228 Gordon St. in the University Area.

 

——-SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17——-

Give your palate a different taste this Sunday and head out to Veltree – The Vegan Experience for the Slam Dunk Brunch w/ Chef Joya & Chef Velvet! It’s all things vegan as these two culinary queens serve up some Southern-fried goodness with an eclectic menu full of health and life. Dishes include: Southern Fried Shrimp & Cheddar Grits, Chic’n & Country Gravy, homemade butter biscuits, Southern-style collard greens, sesame green beans, Salted Caramel Cinnabuns, classic style banana pudding and much more! Please call (980)-355-0075 for reservations. Doors open at 11 a.m. Veltree – The Vegan Experience is located at 7945 N. Tryon St. in the University Area.   

Powered By GME is set to end your weekend off on a high note as they proudly present the Kid Capri Mix Master All-Star Brunch & Day Party Finale! Come and celebrate the last day of NBA All-Star Weekend with one of Hip Hop’s biggest names and legends, DJ Kid Capri giving your ears all sorts of dopeness in his familiar flavor! But before he takes center stage, come and enjoy the sounds of the Mary J. Blige tribute band entitled, Just Fine! Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kid-capri-mix-master-all-star-brunch-day-party-finale-tickets-55222171000. The party starts at 12 noon at Press Box Bar & Grill. 9609 N. Tryon St. in the University Area.

 

Before this weekend fades away, come out one more time to play at The Tavern for the Official DJ Shakim All-Star Pre-Game Day Party! Before the big game, come and live it up in Uptown once more with Charlotte’s own and the official tour DJ of New Edition/BBD/RBRM DJ Shakim giving you the business with all sorts of classic Hip Hop jams, R&B, Soul, Pop, Reggae and more as he tears up the 1s and 2s! Both levels will have a cash bar, kitchen specials and an open patio. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shakim-all-star-pre-game-day-party-tickets-56264326114. The jump off is at 1 p.m. The Tavern is located at 300 E. Morehead St. in Uptown.

Elements of Empowerment, Inc. invites you out to Belmont Abbey College for a special installment of the 2019 Community Jazz Series this afternoon. Be among the first to experience the forthcoming Community Music Series with a special live jazz performance from The Mayhue Bostic Jazz Group, fellowship, coffee and a dessert reception. Admission is FREE to attend but please be sure to RSVP at: ElementsOfEmpowerment@gmail.com. If unable to attend, please be sure to leave a donation by clicking this link: https://www.givelify.com/givenow/1.0/MjMwMzc=/selection. The event will begin at 4 p.m. and will be held at the Haid Theater at Belmont Abbey College. 100 Belmont-Mt. Holly Rd. in nearby Belmont.

Love is still in the air and it’s time to share it among your community at the Family Valentine’s Day Party! Join QC Stay-At-Home Moms and QC SuperMom for an afternoon family fun! For this year’s theme, “Rugrats”, kids are encouraged to dress up as the characters from the show and enjoy some live entertainment, photography, some delicious plant-based pizza and a dessert bar! Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/family-valentines-day-party-rug-rats-tickets-54684879948. The fun starts at 4 p.m. at Pure Pizza. 1911 Central Ave. in the Plaza-Midwood District.   #QCSAHM   #QCSuperMom

 

COMING SOON…

2/20 — ShapingCLT: KNOW Justice KNOW Peace

2/20 – 2/23 – The Legacy Theatre Production Co. presents “SISTAS: The Musical”

2/23 — In White America: A Documentary Play

2/23 — Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges & Universities

2/23 – Su Casa: The February Edition

2/26 — 2019 Breakfast Conversations™ Business Networking

2/28 – 3/2 – CIAA Tournament 2019

2/28 – 3/9 — Three Bone Theatre presents “By The Water” by Sharyn Rothstein

3/2 – Radio Rehab Carolinas presents “House Iz My Release” feat. Lady Alma/”OutKast On A Quest”

3/2 – The JETA Team presents “Off The Wall: Sincerity An Ode to Mary J. Blige & Nas” feat. DJ Shakim

3/9 — THE B.I.G.G.I.E. BRUNCH | Steak, Cheese Eggs & Welch’s Grape

3/9 — POPPA | The 8th Annual Notorious BIG & Bad Boy Tribute

3/10 – The Sol Kitchen presents Robert Glasper at The Fillmore

3/15 — Culture + Kicks: The Intersection of Sneakers & Justice

3/23 — 19th Annual Black History Concert: Women Movers of the Movement

 

“You have to be able to center yourself, to let all of your emotions go… Don’t ever forget that you play with your soul as well as your body.”   –Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

 

Everyone have a fun, festive and safe All-Star weekend! Peace.

 

Live. Laugh. Love. Learn. Listen. Give.

 

#WeekendWarrior   #TheBlackFerrisBueller   #EarsToDaSkreets   #CommunityFirst

 

 

 

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