By Shawn D. Allison, II
What’s happenin’ family? Seems like Mother Nature has brought about another cold spell for us to endure, but we have handled much worse! It’s Black OURstory Month and to kick it off, there’s a fresh lineup of soul-stirring events for the entire family! To see what the real moves to make this weekend, peep what I got on my “Hot List, you dig?
- THURSDAY – Historic West End Initiative’s Community Wide Meeting at Mosaic Village
- THURSDAY-SATURDAY – Rory D. Sheriff’s “Boys To Baghdad” at Spirit Square
- THURSDAY — LYP Cocktail Class – Tequila Masterclass & Bar Takeover at Nest Restaurant & Lounge
- FRIDAY-SUNDAY – Children’s Theater of Charlotte presents “And In This Corner: Cassius Clay” at ImaginOn
- FRIDAY – “We Are” Film Series screening at Main Library Branch
- FRIDAY – Mosaic Live First Fridays at Mama’s Caribbean Grill
- FRIDAY – Blow Your Head at Salud Cerveceria
- SATURDAY – Exhibition Community Opening at The Gantt Center
- SATURDAY — 2018 Queen City African American Cultural Festival at the Carole A. Hoefener Center
- SATURDAY – Jam & Tonic at ROC’s Jazz Bar
- SATURDAY – RELEASE! Classic & Soulful House Party at The Morehead Tavern
- SATURDAY – Off The Wall – Annual J-Dilla Tribue at Petra’s
- SUNDAY – Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Tournament at Abari Game Bar
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——-THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1——-
This weekend, help Community Blood Center of the Carolinas and donate blood for those in need in the community. You will be doing a great service by helping to save local lives! Call 1-888-59-BLOOD or visit www.cbcc.us to make an appointment at any location.
Join local grassroots initiative Educate to Engage, LLC this evening at the West Boulevard Branch Library this evening for a discussion of the book “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” by Michelle Alexander. For tonight’s session, you will discuss Chapter 3 entitled “The Color of Justice.” Admission is FREE to attend and the discussion begins at 6 p.m. The library is located at 2157 West Blvd. #NoMoreBystanding
As we all know, times, people and communities change. This evening, the Historic West End Initiative invites you out for a special Community-Wide Meeting at Mosaic Village. This discussion will highlight many updates about new initiatives happening in the Historic West End of the QC. There will also be food available. If you plan on attending, please be sure to RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-wide-meeting-tickets-41712854270. The event will begin promptly at 6 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room at Mosaic Village. 1601 W. Trade St. near JCSU. #WestSideBestSide
Dapper Street Productions invites you to start your weekend on an infatuated artistic vibe as they proudly present “Love, Soul & Jazz” this evening. Take a load off and come experience the passion of Dapper Street Jazz Band with special guest vocalist Brandon Stevens setting the mood with a variety of classic jazz numbers. Admission is FREE to attend and there will be light refreshments available. The event will begin at 6 p.m. and will be held at Albemarle Road Rec Center. 5027 Albemarle Rd.
Liberate Your Palate CLT is back one mo’ gin’ with another fun class and this time, an extra lesson is in store! Gather all your friends and head over to Nest Restaurant & Lounge for “LYP Cocktail Class – Tequila Masterclass & Bar Takeover!” Join instructor Mr. Sean Dean as he takes you and your taste buds south of the border to Mexico to meringue with Mezcal and tango with some tequila! These two spirits are often vilified, but there is far more to them than most imbibers know. So forget about the worm and all the inferior shots at inferior parties. Instead, Mr. Dean will lead you through mixing techniques and recipes for these absolutely delicious, frequently misunderstood liquors. After your lesson, be sure to stick around for the Bar Takeover. Mr. Dean and Nest’s mixologists and bartenders will be serving cocktails from a signature cocktail menu focused on the Mixology of Mexico with some accompanying music in the upstairs lounge until 11 p.m. The class will include some light bites and three full-sized cokctails. Tickets can be purchased here: http://www.liberateyourpalate.com/passbook?category=COCKTAIL%20CLASS. The class will begin at 6:30 p.m. Nest Restaurant & Lounge is located at 505 E. 6th St. in Uptown. #LiberateYourPalateCLT
Join the Gantt Center, renowned civil rights photographer Cecil Williams and WBTV’s Steve Crump for the documentary premiere of “Orangeburg, 50 Years Later.” A little-known story of the civil rights movement, bloody violence unfolded 130 miles from Charlotte on the campus of South Carolina State University in Orangeburg. Three students were shot to death and more than two dozen injured at the hands of the South Carolina Highway Patrol on February 8, 1968, simply because Black students wanted to integrate an all-white bowling alley. Following the screening and discussion, Williams will sign copies of his latest book, Unforgettable: Life Hope Bravery, which documents both the Orangeburg Massacre and the civil rights movement in South Carolina. Admission to this event is FREE but please be sure to RSVP here: https://61686.blackbaudhosting.com/61686/Screening-Orangeburg-50-Years-Later?_ga=2.32288510.1102267121.1516910357-1214326347.1516910357. The event will begin at 6 p.m. at The Gantt Center. 551 S. Tryon St. in Uptown.
The brilliant Rory D. Sheriff returns to Spirit Square once again to present is acclaimed stage play, “Boys to Baghdad!” It’s a story intertwining Sheriff’s creativity, personal life experiences and militarized dramatic circumstances that highlight a battalion of soldiers who eventually become a band of brothers. The men encounter a series of obstacles and conflict and learn to set aside differences to fight for the common good. Performance dates and times and ticket purchases can be found here: http://www.carolinatix.org/events/detail/boys-to-baghdad-1. All remaining performances will be held at the Duke Energy Theatre. 345 N. College St. in Uptown.
Get ready to be geeked out with laughter as Theatre Charlotte proudly presents, “The Nerd!” By the author of The Foreigner, it brims with funny bits and pieces inspired by “The Man Who Came to Dinner”, “Arsenic & Old Lace”, “George Washington Slept Here”, and even “The Three Stooges.” The play is free from any purpose other than reducing the audience to laughter. “The Nerd” is the stuff of one-liners, non-sequiturs and lots of physical comedy, but with a heartwarming storyline. Thirty-four year old Willum Cubbert is at a crossroads. He is not exactly failing at life, more like going through the motions. But things get exciting when an old army buddy arrives uninvited at his doorstep just as he is hosting a dinner party for an important business client. With suitcase and bad manners in tow, his friend not only crashes the party, but throws Willum’s life into complete chaos. And as might be surmised, hilarity ensues. To see all performance times and dates and to purchase tickets, please visit this link: http://theatrecharlotte.org/1718thenerd.shtml. Theatre Charlotte is located at 501 Queens Rd. in the Cherry Neighborhood.
Get ready to lose yourself in laughter at The Morehead Tavern this evening as they present to you, “Laff It Up Thursdays!” This first-Thursday-of-every-month comedy jam is full of nonstop humor with a list of comedians and comediennes ready to clear your heart’s cholesterol with laughter. Tonight’s headliner is the riotous Tony Woods and will be hosted by none other than homegrown and legendary funnyman Tone-X. Tickets can be purchased here: https://moreheadtavern.primetix.com/Tickets/?perfid=3024. The event will begin at 7 p.m. The Morehead Tavern is located at 300 E. Morehead St. in Uptown.
Slide over to ROC’s Jazz Bar this evening as one of Charlotte’s most beloved cool downs “Touch One Thursdays” takes center stage! Back with new flavor, new energy at a new location, join host Jaycee the Poet as he sets the mood presenting an open mic experience like no other. Whatever is on your mind or your heart, the floor is yours and everyone’s ears are attentive. There will be drink specials all night and be sure to bring your friends! Admission is FREE and the doors open at 8 p.m. ROC’s Jazz Bar is located at 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd.
Set your weekend off with a bang and join Le Bang for Thrown Folks Radio! Get down wit’ yo’ bad selves as and special guest DJs Party Dad, Flock of Slagles and Jah Freedom venture into the depths of Soul, Funk and R&B grooves for your dancing pleasure! Admission is FREE to attend and the party starts at 10 p.m. at Snug Harbor. 1228 Gordon St. in the Plaza-Midwood District.
——-FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2——-
Head down to The Levine Museum of the New South for a special Family Focus Groups social this afternoon. To better serve Charlotte families, Levine Museum of the New South is hosting focus groups with parents throughout the city. Participants will be asked questions about what type of events and programs they are interested in seeing featured at Levine Museum. Each session will take approximately 90 minutes. There is no fee to participate, and all participants will receive FREE tickets to the museum for their family. If you desire to participate, please RSVP here: https://38686.blackbaudhosting.com/38686/Family-Focus-Groups–LMNS. The event will begin at 12 noon and lunch will be provided. The museum is located at 200 E. 7th St. in Uptown.
Everyone is invited down to First United Presbyterian Church as they present another soul-stirring edition of their United In Jazz Concert Series. Enjoy a delicious dinner, good fellowship, and live jazz from Three Fold Chord! Jazz with a spiritual message and a touch of harmonic soul makes Three-Fold Chord one of the most popular musicians in the region. Their heavenly voices blend so beautifully that they seem to be kissed by the angels. Three-Fold Chord takes audiences on a celestial journey that leaves listeners breathless and defines the joy of jazz entertainment. Admission is $20 for the concert and dinner or just $10 for the concert. All ages are welcome. Dinner will be served starting at 5:30 and the music starts at 7 p.m. First United Presbyterian Church is located at 406 N. College St. in Uptown.
Love is in the air at The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art this evening as they present to you a special edition of Jazz at the Bechtler! Grab your sweetie, other half, boo thang and head down to the museum for an intimate concert entitled, “Jazz For Lovers!” Relax as the sounds of in-house sound The Ziad Jazz Quartet with guest vocalist Toni Tupponce evokes the moods of love for the upcoming Valentine’s Day. Also, there will be special performance from young talent Bria Alexander. Two shows this evening: 6 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling (704)-353-9200. The Bechtler is located at 420 S. Tryon St. in Uptown.
Come celebrate Black History Month at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Main Library Branch with a special presentation of the “We Are” Film Series. “We Are” is a narrative short film series that offers a glimpse into the lives of seven women of color who call Austin home. These stories illustrate that people who occupy multiple identities – woman, Black, Latinx – have experiences that surpass common stereotypes. The event will be hosted by my beautiful friend Angel Truesdale. Admission is FREE and the screening will begin at 6 p.m. The library branch is located at 310 N. Tryon St. in Uptown.
The Children’s Theater of Charlotte invites you out for a very special stage performance from Idris Goodwin entitled “And In This Corner: Cassius Clay” this weekend. At the sound of the bell, young Cassius Clay Jr. takes his first step into the ring and starts becoming the man the world will one day know as Muhammad Ali. This vibrant historical drama takes the audience through the iconic boxer’s early life in Jim Crow-era Louisville, Kentucky. And in This Corner: Cassius Clay goes an extra, exhilarating round by exploring how remarkable communities inspire people to greatness. There will be three performances this weekend: Friday (2/2) at 7:30 p.m., Saturday (2/3) at 3 p.m. and Sunday (2/4) at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.ctcharlotte.org/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=shows-and-in-this-corner-cassius-clay&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::context_id=. All performances will be held at the McColl Family Theater inside the museum. 300 E. 7th St. in Uptown.
OutenLove Events invites you and your crew out to FLO Bar & Lounge for R&B Vibes @ FLO Game Night! Get your groove on with a sultry selection of R&B and Soul tunes from today and yesteryear and test your gaming skills with life-size Jenga, life-size Connect Four, Uno, Spades and much more! There will be $5 drink specials all night long. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rb-vibes-game-night-tickets-42648858885. The event will begin at 9 p.m. at FLO Bar & Lounge. 440 E. McCullough Dr. in the University Area. #OutenLoveEvents
All my fellow Hip Hop heads, I’ve got something cool for you on this Friday evening! Head out to Pangaea Tapas Bar and get ready to mellow out down memory lane as my good friend DJ Chance hosts and plays “The Classics!” Get your fix as Chance rocks out the hottest mix of Golden Era Hip Hop, Soul, R&B and more classic gems of yesteryear. Also, be sure to inquire the staff about meal and drink specials. Admission is FREE and the event kicks off at 9 p.m. Pangaea Tapas Bar is located at 13016 Eastfield Rd., Suite “B-100” in Huntersville.
Jazz N’ Soul Music invites you out to mellow out with the Groovemasters Band at The Morehead Tavern this evening as they proudly present “The First Friday Jam!” Enjoy an evening with your friends as you experience this brilliant band of Brothers with fine-tuned musicianship, impeccable instrumentation and a whole lot of soul! Relive your favorite Funk, Soul and Jazz classics and some other treats in their musical medley. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-groovemasters-live-first-friday-smooth-jazz-and-funky-soul-ellas-speakeasy-tickets-42337687162. The band strikes at 9 p.m., sharp. The Morehead Tavern is located at 300 E. Morehead St. in Uptown. #JazzNSoul
Local grassroots initiative collective Mosaic Live returns for the month of February as they present First Fridays at Mama’s Caribbean Bar & Grill! This evening, bring the entire family out to engage and interact with your fellow constituents as you network, fellowship, eat and shop from local vendors, scope some art, boogie to some music and more! Your host for the evening will be quite the delight—it’s yours truly, The Black Ferris Bueller! Admission is FREE all night long. 7 p.m. Mama’s Caribbean Grill is located at 1504 Central Ave. in the Plaza-Midwood District.
Some new sonic flavor is in the QC–tonight, come out to Salud Cerveceria for the February session of “Blow Your Head!” Join local musicians and cultural activists DJs Flock of Slagles and Jah Freedom spinning an entire vinyl set of Funk, Soul, Boogie, Garage, House and Rare Grooves for your listening pleasures! Also, be sure to be camera ready as renowned photographer Jonathan Cooper with be abroad snapping fun still shots throughout the night! Admission is FREE to attend and be ready to dance! The event starts at 10 p.m. Salud Cerveceria is located at 3306 N. Davidson St., Suite “C” in the NoDa District.
The Sol Kitchen is back to provide some electric relaxation this evening at ‘Stache House with another installment of “#Thankgawdits1stfriday!” Sound provider and Charlotte staple DJ Loui Vee will spin the best of today’s and yesterday’s Hip Hop and R&B grooves. Admission is FREE. 10 p.m. ‘Stache House is located at 1520 South Blvd. in Historic South End. #TheSolKitchen
——-SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3——-
Calling all young scholars, the good folks over at Digi-Bridge invite you out to Hygge Coworking – West for their #STEAMSaturdays workshop! In this series of workshops, your youth will learn exciting ways to apply STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics) to their educational and social futures! Today’s session will focus on “Emphasis on Building” – scholars will use LEGO WeDo motors and hubs to design a programmable robot. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here: http://digi-bridge.org/events/hygge-2018-winter-steamsaturdays/. The workshop will begin at 9 a.m. Hygge Coworking – West is located at 2128 Remount Rd.
Attention all! The Gantt Center is ready to reveal some new visual extravagancies this morning at the Exhibition Community Opening! Bring the family and kick off Black History Month while enjoying gallery talks, docent-led tours, art- making workshops, scavenger hunts and other activities as we celebrate the launch of “By and About Women” — The Collection of Dr. Dianne Whitfield-Locke and Dr. Carnell Locke, “A Creative Journey” — The Collection of Patrick and Judy Diamond, Lillian Blades’ “Mirrors of Life,” and “Frankhavemercy: Frequency.” Admission is FREE to attend and all ages are welcome. The event begins at 10 a.m. The Gantt Center is located at 551 S. Tryon St. in Uptown.
Hey kids, wake your parents up and bring them out to the West Boulevard Library Branch for FREE! Art & Music Workshops! Hosted and curated by The Guerilla Poets, the goal for these workshops is to empower the community through the skills they will learn and to enrich the community in culture and togetherness building stronger neighborhoods and more successful individuals. Today’s sessions will focus on creating Black History Portraits for the art segment and Chorus (Breathing, Control, Pitch, Diction & Tonality) for the music portion. All ages are welcome to join and the event is FREE. 11 a.m. The library is located at 2157 West Blvd. #GuerillaPoets
Get your midday groove on and get busy with Moxie Society as they host another fun installment of the I Still Love the 90s Brunch & Day Party! You know the flavor—a delicious Southern-inspired brunch menu, top shelf drinks and $5 mimosa specials, an arsenal of throwback Hip Hop and R&B classics from DJ Puff and DJ 360 featuring some captivating “Chocolate Art” from the beautiful Tiffany Wilkins! Admission is FREE to attend. The party gets rockin’ at 11 a.m. at Sports One Bar & Lounge. 521 N. College St. in Uptown. #MoxieSociety
Create Amazing, LLC is back for February and to commemorate this historical month, they proudly present the 2018 Queen City African American Cultural Festival! This afternoon, bring the entire tribe out to the Carole A. Hoefener Center for an afternoon of Networking, community building and retail featuring over 50 local, Black-owned vendors. There will also be food, free giveaways and lots more fun surprises in store! Admission is FREE to attend and the event will begin at 1 p.m. The Carole A. Hoefener Center is located at 615 E. 6th St. in Uptown.
The lovely ladies of Revolution EGO Salon and the beautiful Melissa Chanel invite you out to “Kinky.Coily.Loc’D: Consultations & Community” this afternoon! Got questions about your natural kitchen? This is event for you! These ladies are opening their doors to get to the root of your questions and concerns, give product recommendations and will provide the support you need to wear your natural crowns with confidence! There will be a mini-panel discussion, light refreshments, giveaways and much more! Admission is FREE to attend and will begin at 1 p.m. Revolution EGO is located at 312 N. Myers St. in Uptown.
Join City of Charlotte Waste Services at ROC’s Jazz Bar for a very special and different libation celebration with “Jam & Tonic!” Everyone come and raise your glass to good health in 2018 featuring a variety of health tonics that assist with energy, weight loss, digestion and allergies. There will be no alcohol but you will have just as much fun at a wine tasting with some accompanying music. Admission is FREE to attend but please be sure to RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jam-and-tonic-tickets-41714943519. The event will begin at 3 p.m. ROC’s Jazz Bar is located at 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd.
Ladies and open-minded gentlemen, Iconic Affairs, LLC invites you out to NoDa@28th Creative Arts Studios for Erotic Paint N’ Drank this evening! Instead of the usual protocol of painting an element of nature, come re-create your own wonder of Mother Nature on canvas featuring a live nude male model! In addition to create your own special image on the canvas, the model has graciously allowed you and the class to paint extravagant colors and designs on his canvas! Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/paint-n-drank-tickets-42105858757. Tickets will include all art supplies, unlimited wine and of course, some delicious eye candy! 6 p.m. 2424 N. Davidson St. in the NoDa District.
This Saturday night, get ready to have your souls rocked away at Nest Restaurant & Lounge as DeJaVu performs live! While you dine with your friends and down some delicious cocktails, DeJaVu will add some sonic elegance to your ambience as they mix soulful sounds of Aretha Franklin, Jill Scott, Sade, Marvin Gaye and more for your listening pleasures! The band strikes at 7 p.m. Nest Restaurant & Lounge is located at 505 E. 6th St. in Uptown.
The Charlotte Film Society invites you out to C3 Lab as they host a special screening of the newly-released acclaimed documentary “The Final Year.” This film gives a look at the inner workings of the Obama Administration’s foreign policy team as they prepare to establish a legacy when leaving power after eight years. Over the course of 2016, they travel the world attempting to solidify and “lock-in” policies that they believe will define their legacy, promote diplomacy over large-scale military action and fundamentally alter how the US government confronts questions of war and peace, as they prepare to hand over the machinery of American power to a new administration. Tickets can be purchased here: https://squareup.com/store/charlotte-film-society/item/the-final-year. Doors open at 7 and the screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. C3 Lab is located at 2525 Distribution St. in Historic South End.
Need to free yourself for a while? Head out to The Morehead Tavern this evening for the February edition of RELEASE! Classic & Soulful House Party! Join the Deep House Providers (DJ Marcus, Gary “Jackmaster” Wallace, Badala B and DJ Tony Cutlass) as they provide nothing but the best of House, Downtempo, Soul and Funk grooves all night long! Admission is $10 all night long. The party starts at 9 p.m. The Morehead Tavern is located at 300 E. Morehead St. in Uptown. #HouseMusicLives #DeepHouseProviders
For your Saturday night cap, join the mighty JETA Team as they host another fly episode of “Off The Wall!” Get ready for some serious head bobbin’ science with DJ Aking Allah and The Mighty DJ DR as they rock out with the best of Golden Era Hip Hop, Rare Joints, R&B, House, Soul, Reggae and a special audible tribute for the late, great J-Dilla! Admission is $5 before 11 p.m. The music starts at 9 p.m. Petra’s is located at 1919 Commonwealth Ave. in the Plaza-Midwood District. #TheJETATeam
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Abari Game Bar and Save Point Video Games have teamed up to host the first-ever Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Tournament! Bring your friends and fellow gaming nerds out for an afternoon of fun as you all prove yourself on the tracks of the Mushroom Kingdom and beyond for cool prizes and bragging rights. The best part? They will be giving away a brand new Nintendo Switch with a game to the crowned champion! Even if you don’t come in first place there will be providing additional prizes such as cash, gift cards, and swag bags! The entry fee is $10 per contestant and all ages are welcome to participate. The tournament begins at 12 noon. Abari Game Bar is located at 1721 N. Davidson St. in the NoDa District.
Moxie Society invites you out to Firehouse Bar & Lounge to cap off your weekend with, Sippin On Sundays – the February Edition! Relax in this snazzy Uptown QC venue with delicious food, drink specials, hookah and music from DJ Louie Vee giving the hottest R&B and Hip Hop joints of today and yesteryear! Admission is FREE but please be sure to RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sippin-on-sundays-super-bowl-watch-party-tickets-42171438909. The event begins at 4 p.m. Firehouse Bar & Lounge is located at 320 W. Carson St. in Uptown. #MoxieSociety
For some fly eats and cool treats, head down to Cuzzo’s Cuisine for Soul Food Sundays! Chef Andarrio Johnson and crew invite you to add some delicious and delectable delight this evening! Whether you’re leaving a late church service, out for a stroll, exercising, leaving another event or just plain ol’ hungry, gather all of your friends and come on down and enjoy a meal that’ll sho’ nuff stick to your ribs! From Cajun fried chicken, collard greens, World Famous Lobster Mac & Cheese, rice pilaf and so many other choices your stomach will be more than satisfied! Other menu items include a wonderful dining experience, fellowship and lots of community love! Please call (980)-298-6811 for reservations. The buffet will be open from 6 p.m. to midnight. Cuzzo’s Cuisine is located at Tuckaseegee Rd. #CuzzosCuisine
2/11 – Classic Black Cinema Series presents “Black Orpheus”
2/14 – Couples Only Sensual Massage Workshop
2/14 – BYOV (Bring Your Own Vinyl)
2/15 – Intergalactic Soul Showcase
2/16 – The Blackest Weekend Ever “Black Panther” Premiere Party
2/17 – Off The Wall – “For The People Edition”
2/23 – Black Fathers ROCK!
2/27 — CI Tournament Networking Mixer
3/10 – Rhythmic Soul Dance Company presents “Broadway: The Remix”
Have a great weekend everyone! One Love…
Live. Laugh. Love. Learn. Listen. Give.
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