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The Rundown: Things to do Thursday, April 12 – Sunday, April 15

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By Shawn D. Allison, II

 Happy Thursday everyone! We have made it to the weekend and what a glorious one it is ahead! There’s all sorts of things to get into including the Charlotte Jazz Festival and CPCC Sensoria Festival of the Arts! This weekend looks pretty busy for yours truly, The Black Ferris Bueller, but I always manage to make each weekend an extraordinary one. If you want to follow my trail, check out the flavor on my “Hot List” and tag along!


  • THURSDAY – SUNDAY – 2018 CPCC Sensoria Festival of the Arts
  • THURSDAY – SUNDAY – 2018 Charlotte Jazz Festival
  • THURSDAY – MARS Charlotte Knights Outing
  • FRIDAY – AlphaMale Nailcare presents “Colognes & Cognac” at The House of LeMond
  • FRIDAY – Soul Sessions featuring Mercury Carter at The Morehead Tavern
  • FRIDAY – PLAYER MADE: An Ode To Southern Hip Hop of All Eras at Snug Harbor
  • SATURDAY — Reviving the Dream: Commemorating the Legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Little Rock AME Zion Church
  • SATURDAY – SUNDAY – 6TH Annual Charlotte African-American Festival
  • SATURDAY — #ShapingCLT: A Healthy City at Camp North End
  • SATURDAY – Black Singles in CLT presents “Southern Belles & Lapels Day Party” at Firehouse Bar & Lounge
  • SATURDAY – Open Studio Saturday at McColl Center for Art + Innovation
  • SATURDAY – AfroPop Charlotte: Vol. 20 at The Morehead Tavern
  • SATURDAY – The Sol Kitchen presents Bobbito Garcia aka “Kool Bob Love” w/ DJ Justice at Snug Harbor
  • SUNDAY – Cuzzo’s Cuisine Soul Food Sunday Buffet
  • SUNDAY – “Painting With A Purpose” at Painting With A Twist


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As part of the CPCC 2018 Sensoria Literature & Arts Festival, CineOdyssey Film Festival and Charlotte Film Society are proud to present a special screening of the Jonathan Olshefski-directed “QUEST” this evening. Filmed with vérité intimacy for nearly a decade, QUEST is the moving portrait of the Rainey family living in North Philadelphia. Beginning at the dawn of the Obama presidency, Christopher “Quest” Rainey, and his wife, Christine’a “Ma Quest” raise a family while nurturing a community of hip-hop artists in their home music studio. It’s a safe space where all are welcome, but this creative sanctuary can’t always shield them from the strife that grips their neighborhood. Epic in scope, QUEST is a vivid illumination of race and class in America, and a testament to love, healing and hope. Admission is FREE and open to the public. The event will begin at 6 p.m. in Tate Hall at CPCC Main Campus. 1206 Elizabeth Ave. in Uptown.   #ColorYourVision #Sensoria2018

Join BriGGsing this Thursday at Free Range Brewing for the April installment of the Thirsty Thursday Brewery Tour! You’ll get to see the inner workings of this NoDa nest egg and learn how this Charlotte staple came to be and enjoy some fresh brews! This tour is also a great way to connect with the community and meet new and exciting people. Admission is FREE and the event will begin at 6:30 p.m. Free Range Brewing is located at 2320 N. Davidson St. in the NoDa District.

For some true adult fun, head over to Petra’s this evening for another round of “Potions & Pixels: Video Games, Board Games and Community.” 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! 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

The good people of MARS are switching up things tonight from the kickball field to the baseball diamond tonight as they invite you out as they host their Charlotte Knights Outing! Kickback with some of the league’s kickball all-stars and enjoy a game between the Charlotte Knights versus the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. Mix, mingle and cheer on the hometown heroes in this evening of nonstop fun! There will be drink specials including $3 domestic drafts, $1 soda pops and more. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased here: https://www.ticketreturn.com/prod2/BuyNew.asp?EventID=242293&SponsorID=10185#.Ws09MdTwbAV. The game starts at 7 p.m. BB&T Ballpark is located at 324 S. Mint St. in Uptown.  #MARS #Funletics

Come and be part of the 2018 Charlotte Jazz Festival with a special First Night Celebration showcase featuring two-time Grammy-nominated duo, The Baylor Project. This dynamic husband and wife team will take you on an “eclectic musical journey” with soulful, melodic, and authentic sounds. Tickets begin at $15 and can be purchased here: https://www.carolinatix.org/events/detail/the-baylor-project. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Romare Bearden Park. 300 S. Church St. in Uptown.

Touch One Productions sets your Thursday off in style at ROC’s Jazz Bar as they present “The Poetry Vibe!” Put your minds and souls at ease as host and creative Jaycee the Poet takes you on a ride away from all the hustle and bustle from life-related traffic with some of his riveting rhythmic wordplay. Also, stay tuned as he welcomes one of Charlotte’s finest lyricists – Roscoe Burnems to the stage as the main feature. Admission is $FREE.99. The show starts at 8 p.m. ROC’s Jazz Bar is located at 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd.




CPCC is proud to welcome each and everybody out to the 2018 Sensoria: A Celebration of Literature & The Arts! Filled with a multisensory landscape of art, theatre, music, poetry and food, this festival is sure to bring out the beauty of humanity from a host of featured local and national creatives. Event info, features and ticket purchases can be found here: https://sensoria.cpcc.edu/.

Brothers, there’s some “scent-illating” schooling in the air as AlphaMale Nailcare proudly presents “Colognes & Cognac” this evening! Join host and AlphaMale Nailcare founder, the beautiful Sheena Pickett for an evening of networking, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres paralleled with cognac while receiving a special, intimate lesson on seasonal colognes, perfumes and essential oils. Ladies, you’re more than welcome to join in on the fun too! Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/colognes-cognac-tickets-44519652479. The event will begin at 6 p.m. at The House of LeMond. 116 W. 4th St. in Uptown.

Slide out to Salud Cerveceria this Friday night and get ready for the Funky Fresh Getdown! Join maestro DJ Dangfunky filling your dome with lots of rare Funk, House, Soul and other legendary throwback classics for you to shake your booty to! Admission is FREE to attend and then music starts at 8 p.m. Salud Cerveceria is located at 3306 N. Davidson St. in the NoDa District.



Get ready to experience some true jazz magic at The Knight Theatre as the Charlotte Jazz Festival proudly welcomes the return of Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) with Wynton Marsalis paying homage to Thelonious Monk! With complex yet always-swinging rhythms, poetic and beautiful harmonic progressions, and iconoclastic, tuneful melodies, Monk’s compositions lend themselves to endless adaptation. Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis will take on Monk’s harmonies, demonstrating why this repertoire is a definitive platform for thoughtful improvisation and high quality jazz. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.carolinatix.org/events/detail/music-of-monk. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. at The Knight Theater. 430 S. Tryon St. in Uptown.

My good friends of the Single, Saved & Serious Movement invite you out to the Grier Heights Community Center as they host their first SSS Talk – Roundtable Discussion & Potluck of Spring 2018! SSS goes back to its roots and main focus–roundtable discussions about topics important to today’s singles. The goal is helping singles navigate a harsh world with these conversations. Open and honest, but always backed by God’s Word, these talks cover issues in today’s dating scene, so that the single woman or man of God is fully equipped to walk in confidence, faith and love. Admission is FREE. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. Grier Heights Community Center is located at 3100 Leroy St.   #SSSMoves

This evening, head over to The Morehead Tavern for a true musical delight as J Macks Ent. proudly presents Soul Sessions featuring Mercury Carter! You’ve probably heard his voice, but unaware of who he is. Mercury Carter may be young in age, but his mature and multilayered vocals are the complete opposite of retrograde. It’s full of richness, depth and dexterity and you’ll be definitely craving for more! Before this young prodigy takes the stage, come feel the melodic energy from singers De Moore and Lillian Blanche. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/soul-sessions-with-mercury-carter-tickets-44349144485. Doors open at 8:30 and the show will begin at 9 p.m. 300 E. Morehead St. in Uptown.

It’s been a while, but this evening at Heist Brewery, come enjoy a Friday night cool out with Dusty Grooves! Grab your friends and grab some food and drinks as the band grabs your ears with a delightful selection of Soul and Jazz tunes with some pristine live instrumentation! Your sound providers for the evening are Shago Elizondo plucking the guitar strings, Lamont McCain giving that bass groove, Curtis Hayes tickling the ivory keys and John Peer setting the rhythms on drums and percussion. Admission is FREE to attend and the music starts at 9 p.m. Heist Brewery is located at 2909 N. Davidson St. in the NoDa District.

The weekend has arrived and now it’s time to relax as Buck Long & Friends proudly presents another installment of Feel Good Fridays featuring Michael Porter. Step into the world of woodwinds as this classically trained flautist sets the mood for your Friday. Admission is $10 per person. Doors open at 8 and the band strikes at 9 p.m. The show will be held at ROC’s Jazz Bar. 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. near Uptown.

For your Friday night steeze, join 5 Burroughs Ent. as they host The Official Face Off: Biggie Smalls vs. Tupac featuring the legendary DJ Mister Cee! It’s all things Hip Hop as Mister Cee pilots you back in time to the heart of the 90s when these two icons wrecked mics giving some of our culture’s most memorable joints! But before the main event, get warmed up with live music from Uptown Swagga and DJ K.L. rockin’ the house! Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3385137. The party starts at 9 p.m. at Club Vibrations. 5237 Albemarle Rd.

Everyone hop in your Chevy, Cadillac or Pontiac and head down to Snug Harbor for another Southern-fried edition of PLAYER MADE! This is the jam session that celebrates Southern Hip Hop from all eras ranging from The Geto Boys, The Hot Boys, UGK, Nappy Roots, Little Brother, DJ Screw, T.I., The Dungeon Family and a lot more! Your host is local MC Elevator Jay and your feature for the evening is Keenon Rush spitting that hotness to your soul! Accompanying sounds will be provided by DJ Ahuf and Jaboi B-Rab. Admission is FREE for everyone 21+ and $5 for persons 18-20. Doors open at 9 p.m. Snug Harbor is located at 1228 Gordon St. in the Plaza-Midwood District.

For some late night fun, gather your fellow chaps, strap on your proton packs and get ready for Adult Night: Late Night Laser Tag! It’s no holds barred as those red lasers project across the yard—join host Anchor’D Events for some out-of-this-world excitement as you compete in a few rounds of laser tag! There will also be lots of food, fun and other games to enjoy! Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/adult-night-late-night-lasertag-tickets-44690513529. The fun starts at 11 p.m. at Laser Quest. 10403 Park Rd.



Kids, I’ve got something special lined up for you today! Gather all your friends and parents and come down to the Discovery Place for “Takeover Days: Little Engineering!” Little Diversified Architectural Consulting (LDAC) will join Discovery Place this morning for a museum-wide takeover. From electrical and mechanical to structural and civil, explore the different engineering disciplines at LDAC with hands-on experiences that real engineers use in the field with a dozen interactive stations. Exhibitons include building sound structures, roller coaster models, making binary code necklaces and much more! Tickets can be purchased here: https://science.discoveryplace.org/explore/events/takeover-days-little. The fun starts at 9 a.m. Discovery Place is located at 301 N. Tryon St. in Uptown.

Everyone head out to Little Rock AME Zion Church this morning for a special program entitled “Reviving the Dream: Commemorating the Legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.” As we are in the midst of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we pause to commemorate a life and legacy dedicated to social justice and civil liberty. The mission of this event is to host a multi-pronged movement of local and national dialogue centered around Dr. King’s impact on our nation’s past, present and future. This gathering will feature courageous conversations, dynamic worship, and inspiration from written and spoken word award recipients. The conclusion of the program will feature a symbolic march to a community fellowship at the First Ward Recreation Center for food, music, and fun for the whole family. Please be sure to RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/reviving-the-dream-commemorating-the-legacy-of-rev-martin-luther-king-jr-tickets-41484093039. The event will begin at 9 a.m. 401 N. McDowell St. in Uptown.

Brothers and Sisters, it’s time for the 6th Annual Charlotte African-American Festival! Bring the family out for three days full of nonstop fun including musical performances, art, literature, food, dancers, drummers, a beauty pageant, speakers, vendors, a trip through the Underground Railroad, a Black History Walk of Fame and lots more! Come, learn, get engaged and enjoy! Admission is FREE all weekend and will be held at Spirit Square. 345 N. College St. in Uptown.

It’s time to feel the heat in the streets as Moxie Society rocks another “I Still Love the 90s Brunch & Day Party!” Gather your crew, grab some food, enjoy some tasty drinks and get revved up for the day at Sports One Bar & Lounge as DJ 06 spins out the hottest R&B and Hip Hop classics of the 90s, giving those speakers a serious pound! Then be sure to stick around as turntable wizard, my man DJ L.O. makes his debut for Charlotte’s best brunch experience as he reps his native Virginia with a special “2 Up, 2 Down” mix of VA’s hottest artists! And for your visual pleasure, check out the ever-fine Nikii Vonn giving a blank canvas some colorful treasure! Admission is FREE to attend and 11 a.m. is when the music starts to spin. 521 N. College St. in Uptown.   #MoxieSociety

Sisters, join My Darling Doula and A Woman’s Way this morning for a special commemoration social of Black Maternal Health Week. Maternal health refers to the health of an individual during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), black women in the U.S. die or suffer serious illness during and after childbirth, in dramatically disproportionate numbers—three to four times higher—than do their white counterparts. These racial disparities have been shown to persist regardless of income and education level. In its inaugural year, Black Maternal Health Week was created by Black Mamas Matter Alliance, to increase attention to the state of Black maternal health in the US, the root causes of poor maternal health outcomes, and community-driven policy, program, and care solutions. Locally, they are committed to creating safe spaces and platforms that amplify the voices and experiences of Black families. Join them in conversation and share your stories, as we strive to create solutions that accelerate maternal health equity. Admission is FREE to attend but donations are accepted. Please RSVP and make your donation here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/black-maternal-health-week-tickets-44751822907. The event will begin at 11 a.m. at Baby + Co. 131 Providence Rd.

The captivating curvy queens of 4Thirty-Two are back in action and this morning, they invite you out for a special Body Werk dance aerobics session! Ladies, join 4Thirty-Two founder and leader Charity Holloway and crew for a hi-octane morning of fun, music and dance guaranteed to lift your spirits! This hour-long class is both fun and challenging so please encourage your girlfriends to come and “werk” up a sweat! Admission is $5 and can be paid at the door. The session will begin at 11 a.m. at Noda@28th Creative Arts Studios. 2424 N. Davidson St. in the NoDa District.

This afternoon, join The Levine Museum of the New South for a special community conversation entitled “ShapingCLT: Healthy City.” A do-it-yourself social change toolkit, #ShapingCLT is a monthly solutions-oriented variety show aimed at vanquishing apathy. The examination of Charlotte’s future will move participants beyond conversation towards civic action. Guest-curated by Davita “Miss Swatty” Galloway of Dupp & Swat, this brunch program will bring together thought-leaders in our community representing a variety of perspectives on trending issues. The inaugural April edition will explore the cultural turning point of the #MeToo movement and our next steps as a community and country. Speakers include artist Myloan Dinh, Tony Porter of A Call to Men, Laura Noble of the Noble Firm, and CMPD Officer Muriel Hughes. The panel will be moderated by attorney Sonya Pfeiffer. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased here: https://38686.blackbaudhosting.com/38686/tickets?tab=2&txobjid=525ebec6-15a5-4b06-af46-779953817136. The event will begin at 12 noon at Camp North End. 1824 Statesville Ave.

Everyone, bring your family out to the Howie Acres Community for their Cultural Arts Festival this afternoon! Enjoy face painting by Ms. Bunny Gregory, a performance from Garinger High School Marching Band, various vendors and tasty treats from Casa Food Truck, Calvine’s Gourmet Coffee, Tastyee Ice, Jamaican Jerk, Inc., a capoeira demonstration from American Capoeira Foundation and lots more! The fun starts at 12 noon at Howie Acres Neighborhood Park. 4200 Redwood Ave.

Bring your friends and family to Open Studio Saturday and experience what makes McColl Center for Art + Innovation a vibrant contemporary art space for everyone. You will have a chance to meet McColl artists-in-residence Xenobia Bailey, Bethany Collins, Javier de Frutos, Julio Gonzalez and Marion Wilson as they open their studio doors to talk with you about their work and creative processes. Also, you will get to experiment with making your own artwork with a few featured creative workshops! Admission is FREE and open to the public. The festivities begin at 12 noon. The McColl Center is located at 721 N. Tryon St. in Uptown.

Join the good people of Liberate Your Palate CLT at Nest Restaurant & Lounge for the “Brunch Cocktail Class: Tequila Masterclass” this afternoon! Why tequila? It’s all about the agave. These plants sit for 6-8 years under the Mexican sun absorbing the sun’s energy. It’s a very different base product from other spirits. Made from the agave plant, tequila production is rich in culture, history and tradition. We will step beyond the classic margarita and explore cocktails made with aged tequilas and mezcals. You will get to enjoy a complimentary signature LYP Salt Air Margarita upon arrival, three full-sized cocktails, brunch bites paired with each cocktail and live music to accompany the ambience. Tickets are $70 per person and can be purchased here: http://www.liberateyourpalate.com/passbook/charlottecocktailclass-9tm6t-nxwzl-32j9x-63yb7-b294b-brszz. The class will begin at 1 p.m. Nest Restaurant & Lounge is located at 505 E. 6th St. in Uptown.   #LiberateYourPalateCLT

This Saturday, join Charlotte Poor People’s Campaign along with Ben & Jerry’s for the Non-Violent Moral Fusion Direct Action Seminar this afternoon. Did you know that 40.6 million people are in poverty and of those 75% are women and children? Did you know that 23 states have passed voter suppression laws since 2010? Well this has gone on far too long! Your Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for a Moral Revival State Leadership recently joined 41 other states in a very intense 3 1/2 day training for the Non-Violent Moral Fusion Direct Action. Today will be a training session for those who strongly desire to get involved to be an agent for change. The event will begin at 1 p.m. 1609 E. 5th St. in Uptown.

Black Singles in CLT is back to add some flair for your weekend flavor as they invite you out to Firehouse Bar & Lounge for the Southern Belles & Lapels Day Party! Step on this Saturday in style with some of your best Springtime threads in this sophisticated atmosphere featuring drink specials, networking, fly tunes from DJ Fannie Mae and a special Born Day celebration for Black Singles in CLT founder Danielle Outen and Charlotte socialite Chanita Harvey! Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/southern-belles-lapels-day-party-tickets-44647337388. The get down starts at 3 p.m. 320 W. Carson Blvd. in Uptown.   #BlackSinglesCLT

Take a short drive down to Fort Mill and head over to Vee’s Beauty Supply for a special meet & greet with artist Cindy H. Reed! Come see, try on and buy some of this beautiful jewelry maker’s newest creations while enjoying some fresh wine, cheese, crackers and conversation! Also, be sure to RSVP here for a chance to win some of her special and rare none-of-any-other-kind pieces: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/meet-the-artist-cindy-h-reed-tickets-44276454066. The event will begin at 5 p.m. Vee’s Beauty Supply is located at 1162 Fort Mill Hwy. in Fort Mill.

This evening, join my beautiful friend LaKania Crosby-Gay as she hosts a Socializing for Scholarships Painting Event. Come and enjoy this evening of painting and socializing to support our future scholars in reaching their full potential through gaining access to higher education. All proceeds will be donated directly to scholars to help build futures, obtain dreams and enhance their academic achievements. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/socializing-for-scholarships-painting-event-tickets-44584720098. The event will begin at 7 p.m. at NoDa@28th Creative Arts Studios. 2424 N. Davidson St. in the NoDa District.

LG Productions invites you to slide back in time as they host the Saturday Night Old School Meet & Greet this evening! Enjoy classic music from the 70s, 80s, 90s and early 2000s as you mix and mingle with a group of progressive and fun-loving individuals! Admission is FREE and the event will begin at 8 p.m. 3200 Monroe Rd.

Birthday season is in the air and tonight, join one of Charlotte’s most beautiful radio personalities, Coco LeNell at Nest Restaurant & Lounge for the “Aries Takeover Pt. 3 Birthday Bash!” This lovely on-air goddess for Power 104.4 FM is stepping away from the mic for a night and stepping out in style to celebrate her glorious birthday and she wants you all to join in all the fun too! This super soiree will feature some fly music from Chris Roddey and will be hosted by Freaky Ty and Boss Bellz! There will also be plentiful $5 drink specials and the kitchen will be serving up some delicious hotness all night long. The jump off is at 9 p.m. and ladies are admitted FREE until 11 p.m. Nest Restaurant & Lounge is located at 505 E. 6th St. in Uptown.

The spirit of the Motherland makes its way into Spring as The Bantu Fête Team proudly presents “AfroPop Charlotte Vol. 20!” Come represent your dancing spirits as my good brothers The Dynamic DJ Kato and DJ Steel Wheel bust out with the best of Afrobeat, AfroHouse, Soca, DanceHall, Afro-Trap, and so much more! Also, be sure to shop from a bevy of local vendors and get there early to learn some quick and easy Soca-related dance moves from the beautiful Keisha Bridgeman of SocafitUSA/Socacise! Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/afropop-charlotte-vol20-afrobeats-soca-fashion-vendors-tickets-44663191809. The party starts at 9 p.m. The Morehead Tavern is located at 300 E. Morehead St. in Uptown.   #AfricanaConnections #WelcomeToTheTribe

Hip Hop Culture was built on a foundation of five elements and tonight, The Sol Kitchen is proud to present Bobbito Garcia aka Kool Bob Love giving you a dose of our culture through the power of music! Bobbito, known as one half of the legendary radio show “Stretch & Bobbito” is immersed in street culture—from kicks, to basketball, filmmaking and music. Tonight, see this icon get busy on the turntables with a special arsenal of foundational grooves and rhythms. Opening up for him is one of Charlotte’s most gifted turntablists, DJ Justice, giving you a strong dose of his specially-branded sonic satisfaction. Tickets can be purchased here: http://snugrock.tunestub.com/event.cfm?cart&id=275462. Doors open at 9 and the show starts at 10 p.m. at Snug Harbor. 1228 Gordon St. in the Plaza-Midwood District.   #TheSolKitchen

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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 cool and crafty ideas for your home to blend in the Spring atmosphere? 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 11 a.m. Charlotte Art League is located at 600 E. Sugar Creek Rd.

Slide out to Cuzzo’s Cuisine Food Truck mothership brick & mortar location for the Soul Food Sunday Buffet! Whether you’re leaving church or just out enjoying this gorgeous Charlotte weather, put your stomach in the mix as Chef Andarrio Johnson and crew creates a delicious fix of your favorite soul food menu items — Cajun fried chicken, collard greens, macaroni & cheese, greens beans, rice pilaf, fish, green beans, World Famous Lobster Mac & Cheese and lots more! Admission is $15 per person and the buffet will run from 12 noon – 5 p.m. 3418 Tuckaseegee Rd.

Everyone come out to the Beatties Ford Regional Library for a unique and informative interactive InPrepofHIV Workshop and learn and how HIV is affecting our community today. Join Beverly Rhodes, CEO of America RAVES Empowerment Organization in Atlanta as she gives more insight about the disease, its statistics and an opportunity to view the trailer for the film “Now That You Know” which contains HIV themes. Also, you’ll get to meet the stars of the film Jessica Gathers and Brandon Noah Allen. Admission is FREE but please be sure to RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/inprepofhiv-workshop-tickets-43868675389. Parents of children under 18 are highly encouraged to attend. 1:30 p.m. 2412 Beatties Ford Rd.

The wait is over! M.A.R.S. 2018 Spring Co-Ed Kickball is officially live and in full effect! Come and see 10+ teams battle it out on the diamond as we kick, bunt, run, throw and pitch our way to glory! If you’re still interested in joining the league, please be sure to register at: http://www.playmarsports.com.  The first pitch will be rolled at 3 p.m. at the Morrison Family YMCA. 9405 Bryant Farms Rd. in Ballantyne.   #MARS #Funletics

This evening, join the fabulous and foxy KeKe Duncan as she hosts “Painting With A Purpose” this evening. Creativity connect with community at Painting With a Twist instructor Steven guides you and a room full of guests along a path of color and patterns designed for this special evening. This social will benefit Divina Chapter #1062 who conducts community service projects such as feeding our homeless Brothers and Sisters, back-to-school giveaways and providing scholarships to students. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.paintingwithatwist.com/studio/charlotte/event/1465555. The event will begin at 5 p.m. Painting With A Twist is located at 4724 Sharon Rd., Suite “J” in the South Park Area.

It’s all fashion this evening at C3 Lab as they proudly present “Curve The Runway Show: Charlotte’s Curvy Fashion Weekend.” Come out for a night of fun, fashion and curves! Area designers and retailers have curated and designed complete collections for our carefully selected curvy models to rock on the runway! Many of the designs you see on the runway will be available for sale in our vendor village during the event! Bring your girlfriends and enjoy a live DJ, music, drinks, fashion and “fabulosity!” Be sure to come in your most stylish attire because the red carpet will be official! Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/curve-the-runway-show-charlottes-curvy-fashion-weekend-tickets-44178056757. 6:30 p.m. C3Lab is located at 2525 Distribution St. in Historic South End.




4/20 – 4/22 – 3rd Annual BOOM Charlotte Arts Festival

4/20 – Eric B. & Rakim Performing LIVE

4/20 – Mental Health & Women’s Issues Forum

4/21 – Living With PRIDE Home Buying Seminar

4/21 – Grooves: An Ode to R&B Music

4/22 – The Offering: A Plant-Based Brunch Series

4/28 – 3rd Annual International Sandwich Festival

4/28 – 2nd Annual Black Men ROCK Awards

4/28 – Su Casa: The April Edition

4/29 — WCOS Presents: The Ladies & Gents Forgiveness Luncheon

5/5 – Global Peace International Festival

5/5 – Off The Wall: Best of the 80s V.14 + Slow Jam Session


May your weekend be full of endless joy, fun and excellence! Peace.


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


#WeekendWarrior   #TheBlackFerrisBueller   #EarsToDaSkreets   #CommunityFirst




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