By Shawn D. Allison, II
Love is in the air family! That’s right everyone, it’s Valentine’s Day weekend and there’s all sorts of goodies to bring lots of warm joy to your hearts! If you want to follow the path of my heartbeat this weekend, just check out my “Hot List” below!
- THURSDAY—WFAE’S “CHOCOLATE” Event
- FRIDAY—The Gi Spot feat. GiGi Mack at BluNotes
- FRIDAY—The Mayhue Bostic Group at The Morehead Tavern
- FRIDAY—“UNLEASHED – The Soca Experience” at Island Hub Restaurant & Lounge
- SATURDAY—“I Still Love the 90s Brunch & Day Party” at Sports One
- SATURDAY—Eliah Soul at BluNotes
- SATURDAY—Jeanette Harris and The Terrence Young Experience at The McGlohon Theater
- SATURDAY—Mid-Month Get Down at The Ivory Lounge
- SUNDAY—Diggers Delight Pop-Up Record Swap at Tip Top Daily Market
- SUNDAY—Classic Black Cinema Series screening of “Slavery By Another Name” at The Gantt Center
- MONDAY—Grown & Sexy: A Night of Jazz & Blues at East African Cuisine
- TUESDAY–“Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance” at UNCC Main Campus
Celebrate the season of love at WFAE’s inaugural 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/chocolate-tasting-registration-31160165895. The event begins at 6 p.m. and will be held at Spirit Square. 345 N. College St. in Uptown.
Come kick it with DJ FoundACEtion this evening at Banana Republlic as they host “Move In Style!” This cool-down fashion soiree is Banana Republic’s spring collection launch event featuring their global style ambassador Olivia Palmero. There will be special discounts on select garments and there will be bites and beverages served. The music starts at 6 p.m. Banana Republic is located at South Park Mall. 4400 Sharon Rd.
Think you got some top notch trivial skills? If so, head over to Coco and the Director for Free Trivia Night! Join host and local improviser Carey Head as he conducts a fun and FREE game night full of random trivia. There will be drink specials and half off all pastries and a special prize for the winning contestant! The fun starts at 7 p.m. Coco and the Director is located at 100 W. Trade St. in Uptown.
For some true adult fun, head over to Petra’s this evening for “Potions & Pixels: Video Games, Board Games and Community.” There will be a wide variety of multiplayer games from all eras and for all skill levels. From Mario Kart, Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, Super Smash Bros., Love Letter, Click Clack Lumberjack and more! Admission is only $5. 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
This afternoon, everyone head down to the 7th Street Public Market for the Valentine’s Sip & Shop Pop-Up Market. Join locally-owned business along with full-time market vendors for an afternoon of fellowship and supporting local merchants for a chance to shop small for the loves of your life this year. Over 20 vendors will be on hand with a variety of goods, services and tasty treats to choose from. The first 100 attendees will receive a glass of complimentary sparkling wine. Admission is FREE to attend and the market will open at 4 p.m. The 7th Street Public Market is located at 224 E. 7th St. in Uptown.
The Gi Spot feat. GiGi Mack is back once again at BluNotes this evening for another sultry edition of The Friday Release! If you want a unique and intimate blend of spice, sass, sultry music, mature people and delectable culinary delights, this is the joint for you! Tickets can be purchased here: http://www.blunotes.com/friday-release-gigi-mack. BluNotes is located at 3425 David Cox Rd. in the University Area.
Everyone walk, power walk, run, jog, bike pedal or drive over to C3Lab this evening for the opening reception of the “A Mile In My Shoes” project. Come and experience some live art, music and spoken word from the Guerilla Poets as they showcase an art exhibit featuring the creativity from the energetic expressions of the youth of Time Out Youth. They have transformed their struggles, triumphs and discoveries into art for each shoe to symbolize their own unique experience. Admission is FREE to attend and the showcase will begin at 7 p.m. C3 lab is located at 2525 Distribution St. in Historic South End. #GuerillaPoets
CPCC Theatre Arts is proud to present to you one of America’s most beloved tales, “Ragtime: The Musical.” Set in the volatile melting pot of turn-of-the-century New York, three distinctly American tales are woven together — that of a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician — united by their courage, compassion and belief in the promise of the future. This show will run from today (2/10) to Sunday (2/19). Tickets can be purchased here: http://tix.cpcc.edu/events/ragtime-book-by-terrence-mcnally-lyrics-by-lynn-ahrens-and-music-by-stephen-flaherty. Tonight’s show begins at 7:30 p.m. All performances will be held at The Halton Theatre at CPCC Main Campus. 1206 Elizabeth Ave. in Uptown.
Do you and your significant other want to try and create your own love potions? Head out to Coterie Company and join Liberate Your Palate CLT for “Shake. Stir. Sip. Socialize: Valentine’s Cocktail Class!” Emily Elda aka “The Crazy Bar Lady” and guest mixologist Justin Hazelton will show you how to make some special cocktails to compliment a romantic evening. Your evening will include 3 full-sized cocktails, light bites, work stations and take home recipes. Tickets can be purchased here: http://www.liberateyourpalate.com/passbook/charlottevalentinesdaycocktailclass. The session will begin at 7 p.m. Coterie Company is located at 222 S. Church St. in Uptown. #LiberateYourPalateCLT
Head out to Spirit Square this evening and get ready for an evening of words in rhythm—it’s time once again for the BreatheINK Youth Poetry Slam! These young lyricists are ready to express their minds spit hot fire in the first slam competition of 2017. If your youth desires to compete, the registration open at 7 p.m. and closes at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 to the slam and it begins at 8 p.m. Spirit Square is located at 345 N. College St. in Uptown. #BreatheINK
Jazz N’ Soul Music is ready to give you some jazz just the way you like it as they proudly welcome the all-new Mayhue Bostic Group this evening! Come and enjoy many eras of true jazz played by precision-tuned musicians lead by guitarist and vocalist, Mr. Bostic himself. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-mayhue-bostic-group-jazz-the-way-you-like-it-tickets-31667770153. Showtime is at 9 p.m. and will be held at The Morehead Tavern. 300 E. Morehead St. in Uptown. #JazzNSoul
Kehinde and DJ Corporate are back one mo’ gin’ with some all new flavor for 2017! Join them as they host the all-new, “UNLEASHED – The Soca Experience!” Gather your co-workers and crew together and come out to Island Hub Restaurant & Lounge for some high-energy Soca vibrations, a delicious and authentic Caribbean cuisine and lots of tasty drink specials. Admission is $10 all night long and the event begins at 10 p.m. Island Hub Restaurant & Lounge is located at 3723 Monroe Rd.
This morning, The League of Intelligence and #BlackOwnedCLT is proud to bring you another installment of the “Getting Bank Ready Financial Empowerment Series.” For today’s session, First Legacy Bank will be in attendance giving a presentation on “getting bank ready.” Covering key elements such as the top 3 components of a Business plan, How debts impact new loan qualification, the unique difference between a “Black bank” vs traditional banks and more. Plus Centario Grier will be educating everyone on key elements to long term wealth building. Admission is FREE and everyone is welcome. The session begins at 10 a.m. and will be held at Clinton Chapel AME Zion Church. 1901 Rozzelles Ferry Rd.
Get down and get busy with Moxie Society late this morning at Sports One as they host another fly edition of “I Still Love the 90s Brunch & Day Party!” Enjoy a delicious Southern-style brunch with all sorts of drink specials including $5 mimosas. Your groove master for this event is none other than Charlotte’s own, DJ Justice rockin’ nothing but the hotness of the 90s and the beautiful Ashley Raeneil painting her soul on the canvas! Admission is FREE to attend. The party starts at 11 a.m. Sports One is located at 521 N. College St. in Uptown. #MoxieSociety
Gather at the The Mint Museum Randolph Branch this morning for some multicultural fun! Everyone come out for Bilingual Stories & Music! Do you like to play? This is your chance to play fun traditional children games and hear stories from Latin America, in Spanish and English, with the amazing storytellers and performers from Criss Cross Mangosauce. Admission is $5 and play time starts at 11 a.m.
Kids and families can explore the art and artists in the Bechtler collection through special hands-on art activities and family-focused museum tours during Family Day Saturday! Celebrate Valentine’s Day by creating your own modern art-themed handmade Valentine’s Day cards in the second-floor classroom. Explore the abstract art of Italian artist Italo Valenti by constructing a torn paper collage in the museum’s lobby. Finally, create Alberto Giacometti-styled portraits using graphite pencils in the fourth-floor family gallery. Admission is FREE for children under 18 and $8 for adults. 12 noon. 420 S. Tryon St. in Uptown.
Everyone head out to Open Studio Saturday and experience what makes McColl Center a vibrant space for contemporary art. Explore art and ideas of all kinds when McColl Center artists-in-residence – Rob Carter, Dustin Farnsworth, Scott Gardner, Rebecca Kamen, Marcus Kiser and Jason Woodberry open their studio doors to talk about their creative process. Then be sure to stick around as local Renaissance Man, Quentin Talley & The X-Men bring Kiser’s and Woodbury’s “Intergalactic Soul” art exhibit characters to life with a jazz/soul fusion sound and spoken word. Also, be sure to grab some grub from Hiya Korean Fusion Food Truck. Admission is FREE to attend and the fun starts at 12 noon. The McColl Center is located at 721 N. Tryon St. in Uptown.
All of my fellow bearded brethren, head down to Club One for the launch of the all-new Mug Mane Launch Celebration! Mug Mane is the newest in men’s grooming for the modern man. During this “Beards & Babes Day Party”, guests will enjoy a showcase of the full product line, singles speed dating, a best beard contest, prize giveaways, and more! Admission is FREE but please be sure to RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mug-mane-launch-celebration-tickets-31310435355. The event will begin at 1 p.m. Club One is located at 950 NC Music Factory Blvd.
Get your groove on at The Gantt Center this afternoon and come out for the first edition of “Moving Spirits: Intensive Dance Workshop.” Led by Gantt Center teaching artist and Assistant Professor of Dance at UNC Charlotte, Tamara Williams, she will demonstrate the importance of empowerment of the female form, explorations of spirituality, and ritual practices as they relate to movement of the body. By exploring global perspectives through dance, we create even more opportunities to share and celebrate Black heritage. The class is FREE with museum admission and will begin at 2 p.m. The Gantt Center is located at 551 S. Tryon St. in Uptown.
Everyone get your threads together and come on down to LaCa Projects for a specialty social soiree entitled, “#REPURPOSED: An Upcycled Fashion Show + Auction.” Join more than 20 local designers who have scoured through Goodwill, Value Village and other thrift/consignment stores and have created some timeless upcycled masterpieces. Presented by CrownKeepers and the City of Charlotte Solid Waste Services, #REPURPOSED will educate local residents about upcycling while encouraging them to consider this option as a way to reduce waste. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/repurposed-an-upcycled-fashion-show-auction-tickets-28541023971. The event begins at 5 p.m. LaCa Projects is located at 1429 Bryant St.
Musa Moon Herbal Tea + Apothecary is coming to Revolution EGO and they want you to help celebrate by spreading love with a Self-Love Session! Join them for an afternoon dedicated to loving on yourself. They will be welcoming local apothecary, Musa Moon to the retail shelves of Revolution EGO and this gathering will be a chance to try various products, meet the creator and connect with some good energy. Admission is FREE to attend but please be sure to RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/self-love-session-tickets-30821839953. The event will begin at 4 p.m. Revolution EGO is located at 312 N. Myers St., Suite #115 in Uptown.
One of Charlotte’s most versatile and soulful crooners, Eliah Soul, will be hitting the stage at BluNotes this evening as part of its Rare Soul Saturdays series. If you have never experienced Eliah before, it’s like pouring a bottle of Hennessy on a microphone. His vocalism is so rich, distinguished and polished—you don’t want to miss this! Tickets can be purchased at: http://www.blunotes.com/live-soul-saturday-eliah. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. 3425 David Cox Rd. in the Northlake Area.
Ladies, gather your homegirls together and come out to NoDa@28th Creative Arts Center for a special pre-Valentine’s Day social entitled, “Self-Love: An Intimate Dinner.” Hosted by Ignite HER Life Coaching & Consulting, come enjoy a delicious three-course meal filled with a beautiful, interactive experience designed to help you embrace, accept and love YOU. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/self-love-an-intimate-dinner-tickets-31672227485. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. NoDa@28th Creative Arts Center is located at 2424 N. Davidson St. in the NoDa District.
Make a short drive down to Rock Hill this evening and join Carolina Creative Expressions as they present to you “Erotic Poetry Paint & Sip!” Whether you got a significant other or a group of friends, come on down to enjoy some fresh wine and hear some lascivious lyricism from a host of creative poets guaranteed to get you and your paint brush in the mood. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/30-erotic-poetry-paint-and-sip-with-carolina-creative-expressions-tickets-31207896659. The event will begin at 7 p.m. Carolina Creative Expressions is located at 244 E. Black St. in Rock Hill.
The Charlotte Film Society invites you out for a special evening screening of the documentary, “Harry Benson: Shoot First.” As part of their Saturday Night Cine Club series, this film charts the illustrious career of the renowned photographer who initially rose to fame alongside The Beatles, having been assigned to cover their inaugural trip to the United States in 1964. With unprecedented “behind the scenes” access, Benson captured some of the most vibrant and intimate portraits ever taken of the most popular band and various social dignitaries in history. Admission is FREE to attend and the film will begin at 7:30 p.m. Screening will be held at Theatre Charlotte. 501 Queens Rd. near Uptown.
It’s that time again! Join Salon Infini and Global Sisters as they host the 3rd Annual Sweet for my Sweet Pre-Valentine’s Fashion Show & Dance! Come see some beautiful models strut their stuff donning some of the latest fly fashions and then stick around to get down on the dance floor with a special guest DJ rockin’ out with the best tunes of today and yesteryear! Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/salon-infini-and-global-sisters-3rd-pre-valentines-fashion-show-and-dance-tickets-30981144437. The event will begin at 8 p.m. and will be held at 1801 N. Tryon St.
The beautiful Tammy Greene aka The Jazz Diva is back once again to bring you an evening of stellar smooth jazz performances. For tonight’s show, head down to The McGlohon Theatre and inhale the sounds of the lovely saxophonist Jeanette Harris and The Terrance Young Experience. Ms. Harris is the scintillating saxtress of smooth jazz who understands that energetic and captivating performances matched with uplifting and inspiring vibrations bring a calming air to your senses. Mr. Young Young has earned the reputation of one of the most talented and electrifying lead guitarist in the world with a decorated professional track record to be reckoned with. Tickets can be purchased here: http://www.carolinatix.org/events/detail/jeanette-harris. Showtime is at 8 p.m. The McGlohon Theatre at Spirit Square is located at 345 N. College St. in Uptown. #TheJazzLifestyle
Get ready for some live romantic comedy at Petra’s this evening and join the World Famous Tampones as they present to you “LoveFest – A Very Special Valentine’s Cabaret.” From song and dance, to humor The Tampones want you to feel the love in this quirky comedy cabaret! Bring someone you love and make a hot new friend as you play games, tell stories, and win prizes! Doors open at 8 p.m. and the event will begin at 9 p.m. Petra’s is located at 1919 Commonwealth Ave. in the Plaza-Midwood District.
TerryBerry Events is back one mo’ gin’ with another fly evening groove as she presents the “Mid-Month Get Down!” Under the sound guidance of DJ Shogun, kick back and relax to the best tunes of Hip Hop and R&B of today and yesteryear! Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mid-month-get-down-tickets-31258960392. The party starts at 10 p.m. and will be held at The Ivory Lounge. 900 NC Music Factory Blvd. #TerryBerryEvents
Global Biz Entertainment is set to spice up your Saturday night with the Official Red & White Valentine Party and Lingerie Show! Get down on the good foot with the vibes of Azonto, Zouk, Ndombolo, Makossa, Salsa, Kizomba and some of the most gorgeous African ladies right here in the QC! Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/official-red-and-white-valentine-party-and-lingerie-show-azonto-zouk-couper-decaler-ndombolo-and-tickets-30215584627. The party starts at 10 p.m. and will be held at Bakadi Lounge. 4201 Monroe Rd.
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Get your creative shop on this afternoon at Charlotte Art League and come out to the Starving Artist Market. Need some last minute ideas to get your significant other a Valentine’s Day gift? This is the place for you! Over 30 local artists and vendors that will be pulling out all the stops to give you a five-hour, one-stop shopping experience. Skip the lines and come view this very talented group of local artisans. There will be pet supplies, pottery, soaps, jewelry, paintings, prints, fiber arts, wood workings, gemstones, candles, glass art, crystals and more! Admission is FREE to enter and the market opens at 12 noon. Charlotte Art League is located at 1517 Camden Rd. in Historic South End.
Attention all Crate Diggers, Vinyl Enthusiasts and Music Lovers… Spin yourselves over to the Tip Top Daily Market for the “Diggers Delight Pop-Up Record Swap” this afternoon. Sift and scour through a healthy selection of Jazz, Funk, Soul, Hip Hop, R&B and Rock LPs for trade or purchase! Admission is FREE. The fun begins at 2 p.m. Tip Top Daily Market is located at 2902 The Plaza Rd. in the Plaza-Midwood District.
Join Mr. Felix Curtis of Classic Black Cinema Series this afternoon at The Gantt Center for a special screening of the PBS documentary, “Slavery By Another Name.” This film eviscerates one of America’s most cherished myths: the belief that slavery ended with the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863. Slavery by Another Name documents how thousands of African Americans were pulled back into forced labor with shocking force and brutality, sanctioned by the judicial and legislative system, and propelled by the loss of slave labor after the Civil War. Admission to the film is FREE and it will begin promptly at 2 p.m. The Gantt Center is located at 551 S. Tryon St. in Uptown.
Maybe you’ve heard the term, “going steady” in your lifetime. But have you ever heard the term “Going S.T.A.G.?” This afternoon, join Prosocialites at The Broken Spoke as they host “Going S.T.A.G.: Cocktails & Conversations.” S.T.A.G., short for ‘Singles Talkin’ and Groovin’’ is a mix and mingle event with eligible bachelors and bachelorettes with the aid of conversation starters, matching games, live music and all sorts of tasty treats! Admission is FREE to attend but please be sure to RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/going-stag-singles-talkin-and-groovin-a-cocktails-connection-event-tickets-31762601797. The event will begin at 4 p.m. The Broken Spoke is located at 227 Southside Dr.
Sir Abstraxxx has been on a roll so far in 2017 and this time, join him and QC CLTive as they host “Love Jones: Valentine’s Edition.” Enjoy a night of wordplay filled with infatuation from a lineup of guest poets, drink and hookah specials, live music and lots of fellowship! Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/love-jones-valentines-edition-tickets-31728103612. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the show starts at 6 p.m. The event will be held at Club One. 950 NC Music Factory Blvd.
Want to feel the love island style? Join Awesom & E.O.C. So Street Ent. at BluNotes as they host the “Pre-Valentine’s Day Red & Black Affair.” Relax on this Sunday evening with great food, drinks a live performance from Reggae Fusion legend Wayne Wonder! Then stick around as DJ Undertaker rocks out some fly Reggae grooves on the wheels of steel! Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/awesom-eoc-pre-valentines-day-red-and-black-affair-tickets-30989889594. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. BluNotes is located at 3425 David Cox Rd. in the Northlake Area.
Craving some food for your soul? This evening, slide over to The Third Place for the February edition of the Black Folks Dinner. This monthly potluck dinner is a gathering by and for Black folks. It is a space for Blackness that spans nations, nationalities, mediums and mindsets, which also serves as a place for us to build community and to just be comfortable with ourselves. Feel free to bring any dish you please. Admission is FREE to attend and it will begin at 7 p.m. The Third Place is located at 1609 E. 5th St. in Uptown.
Put some soul in your Monday evening and come out for “Grown & Sexy: A Night of Jazz & Blues!” Join Soulejukebox Entertainment Group and host, the lovely and multitalented Lalesha McKoy for an evening full of local acts ranging from spoken word, jazz, blues, a dash of Hip Hop flavor all immersed in love and community. Admission is $7. The event starts at 8 p.m. and will be held at East African Cuisine. 3200 Monroe Rd.
Rounding out your marvelous Monday, head out to Petra’s Bar for the “Second Monday Jazz Workshop & Improv.” Join host, instrumentalist and local jazz enthusiast, John Shaughnessy as he conducts a live jazz session in front of an intimate audience. All are welcome to join in! Whether you are a flautist, guitarist, funky drummer, vocalist, horn-blower, percussionist or ivory tickler, this is the workshop for you! FREE. The jam session begins at 8 p.m. Petra’s is located at 1919 Commonwealth Ave. in the Plaza-Midwood District.
Shoot over to Snug Harbor for a special edition of everyone’s favorite alternative/underground Hip Hop jam session, Knocturnal! B-boys and B-girls come out for an evening of positive energy with a purpose—to raise funds for one of Charlotte’s most talented photographers, Brian Twitty. All of Brian’s equipment was recently stolen and tonight you will have a chance to give a love offering to help him replace his things. Admission is FREE but donations are strongly suggested. The get down starts at 10 p.m. Snug Harbor is located at 1228 Gordon St. in the Plaza-Midwood District. #CLTLovesBT
Bring your soulful selves down to Apostrophe Lounge this evening as Conscious Productions presents “Free Your Mind”—a new open mic experience! Enjoy a diverse stage full of spoken word, musicians, live art, a special guest DJ and lots of Valentine Day-tinged creativity in the building! Admission is FREE—but only if you bring a bag of hygiene products that will be distributed to the less fortunate. The event begins at 7 p.m. Apostrophe Lounge is located at 1440 S. Tryon St. in Uptown.
This evening at UNCC, come and experience the institution’s Core Ensemble as they proudly present “Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance.” This is a unique performance format in which an actor portrays multiple characters while interacting with the onstage musical trio of cello, piano and percussion. Dracyn Blount will celebrate the music and poetry of the Harlem Renaissance era in New York City for this performnce. “Of Ebony Embers” will examine the lives of three outstanding but very different African American poets, Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen and Claude McKay, as seen through the eyes of the great painter and muralist Aaron Douglas and a musical score will include works by Golden Era jazz artists arranged by Jeffrey Mumford and George Walker. Admission is FREE to attend but please be sure to RSVP here: email@example.com. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be held at the Rowe Recital Hall on UNCC Main Campus. 9201 University City Blvd.
Sydney’s Martini & Wine Bar wants to spice up your Valentine’s Day night with a very sultry and special performance from the one and only Trish Andrews! This vivacious vocalist as serenaded many on several stages and tonight, she wants to set the mood right just for you! Admission is $25 and this will include a ticket for the performance, one tapas selection and your choice of a martini. Please be sure to make your reservations here: https://www.opentable.com/sydneys-martini-and-wine-bar-reservations-charlotte?restref=187468. Showtime is at 8 p.m. Sydney’s is located at 401 N. Tryon St. in Uptown.
Everyone have a fantastic weekend and always spread the love to your neighbors! Peace.
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