By Shawn D. Allison, II
Greetings Brothers and sisters! I hope you all have enjoyed your holiday weekend and now “The Rundown” is back with a whole slew of goodies for this weekend! We’re scheduled to have to great weather, which is cool because there are a number of outdoor activities for you to indulge in! If you want to know what’s really buzzing this weekend, be sure to check out what I have jotted down in my “Hot List” just below.
- THURSDAY – “Red, White & House” at Sydney’s Martini & Wine BarParent
- THURSDAY – LG Productions’ Meet & Greet Social Networking Mixer at East African Restaurant & Bar
- FRIDAY – Mosaic Live First Fridays at Mosaic Village
- FRIDAY – Scenes of a Black Woman screening of “Set It Off” at the Main Library
- FRIDAY – Jazz at the Bechtler performance of Maria Howell at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
- FRIDAY – Jazz N’ Soul Music presents “The Get Down” with GiGi Mack & The Gi Spot at Morehead Tavern
- SATURDAY – MARS’ Sports Training & Kickball Session
- SATURDAY – Parent Info Mixer at New Era Music House
- SATURDAY – OutenLove Events’ “Minute to Win It: Singles Networking Mixer” at Press Box Bar & Grill
- SATURDAY – Supermoms Foundation’s “Summer Soul Jam”
- SATURDAY – The Sol Kitchen’s “A King & a Prince” at Snug Harbor
- SUNDAY – Diggers Delight Pop-Up Record Swap at Tip Top Daily Market
- SUNDAY – Queen City CLTive’s “Sunday Funday Kickback” at 49 North
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One of Disney’s most beloved stories comes to life on stage in a youthful twist—bring the pride out to Theatre Charlotte and experience the magic of “The Lion King, Jr.!” The African Savanna comes to life with Simba, Rafiki and an unforgettable cast of characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle and back again, in this inspiring, coming-of-age tale. Tickets can be purchased here: http://www.carolinatix.org/events/detail/disneys-the-lion-king-jr. There will be five performances this weekend: Thursday (7/6) and Friday (7/7) both at 10 a.m., Saturday (10/8) at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sunday (7/9) at 2 p.m. All performances will be held at Theatre Charlotte. 501 Queens Rd.
The holiday may be over, but it’s still time to celebrate life as The Charlotte HOUSE Movement proudly presents “Red, White & House!” Get ready to feel the flow as a slew of special guest DJs rocks out some classic and soulful House, Funk, Downtempo and Soul joints for you to enjoy! Admission is FREE until 8 p.m. After 8 p.m., members are $5 and nonmembers are $10. The party starts at 6 p.m. and will be held at Sydney’s Martini & Wine Bar. 401 N. Tryon St. in Uptown.
LG Productions invites you out to East African Restaurant & Bar this evening for a special Meet & Greet Social Networking Mixer. Bring your friends, coworkers and colleagues out to meet other local business professionals, gain new leads on services and opportunities. There will be food and drink specials available. Admission is FREE to attend and the event begins at 6 p.m. 3200 Monroe Rd. #LGProductions
The Males Place invites you out to Three Spirits Brewery for “Thankful Thursdays.” This social community fundraiser is geared to help the young kings of this organization on their upcoming Sankofa educational and cultural enrichment trip to Washington D.C. For every pint of brew sold, $1 will go towards the organization. This is a great opportunity to sow seeds for a great cause for our future. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. Three Spirits Brewery is located at 5046 Old Pineville Rd. #TheMalesPlace
Treat your family to an all-new community experience on Charlotte’s Historic West End Corridor for “Mosaic Live First Fridays!” Come and engage and interact with your fellow constituents as you network, fellowship, shop and eat from local vendors, scope some fresh art, boogie to some live music and more! Admission is FREE to attend and the fun starts at 5 p.m. The event will be held at Mosaic Village 1601 W. Trade St. near JCSU.
Join Digital Divas and Talk of the City at Firehouse Bar & Lounge for “After Work Fridays!” Kick off the weekend with your friends, other mature professionals and come enjoy a bevy of cocktail specials, stogies, food, hookah, music and more! Admission is FREE to attend. The event begins at 5 p.m. Firehouse Bar & Lounge is located at 320 W. Carson St. in Uptown.
The Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Library invites you to the Main Branch this evening for a special screening of their Scenes of a Black Woman film series. For tonight’s feature, come and view the 1996 crime drama, “Set It Off.” Scenes of a Black Woman is a series of films about Black women, created by Black filmmakers and a celebration of Black cinema! There will be a short discussion of themes and aesthetics after the film. Admission is FREE to attend. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the film will start at 6 p.m. The screening will take place at the Main Library Branch. 310 N. Tryon St. in Uptown.
This weekend, The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art invites you out for a very special edition of “Jazz at the Bechtler”—vocalist/actress Maria Howell reunites with the Ziad Jazz Quartet for a special two-night performance! Maria has been on several stages and featured in a number of films showcasing her classic artistry. She also has been known to leave audiences mesmerized with her powerful, sultry, smooth voice, mixing R&B, gospel and soul into her renditions of jazz classics. This is a rare performance that you do not want to miss! Tickets can be purchased here: http://www.bechtler.org/Learn/Events/details/jazz-at-the-bechtler-maria-howell-2. There will be two shows this weekend: Friday (7/7) and Saturday (7/8) both starting at 6 p.m. The Bechtler Museum is located at 420 S. Tryon St. in Uptown.
Jazz N’ Soul Music is ready to welcome back one its most requested acts for a night of endless pleasure! Get ready for “The Get Down” with GiGi Mack & The Gi Spot! Grab your partner and grab a seat as this homegrown Detroit diva puts some sass, soul and spice in your Friday night and be sure to show some birthday love for the sultry songstress as well! Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/first-friday-the-get-down-featuring-gigi-mack-and-the-gispot-tickets-35529616038. Showtime is at 9 p.m. at The Morehead Tavern. 300 E. Morehead St. in Uptown. #JazzNSoul
Need a downtempo groove for your Friday evening? Head over to Twenty-Two Art Lounge as Dance In the Park CLT proudly presents “Sessions @ Twenty-Two!” Relax in a calm and eclectic atmostphere with some cool House, Deep House and Soul grooves provided by DJs Alan Ospina and Johnny Darling. Admission is FREE all night and there will be plenty of drink specials. 9 p.m. 1500 Central Ave. in the Plaza-Midwood District.
The Sol Kitchen invites you out to ‘Stache House Bar & Lounge this evening for the July edition of #ThankGawdIts1stFriday! Relax with some Hip Hop and R&B tunes of today and yesteryear with DJ Ngenius on the wheels of steel. There will be drink specials all night long and the event jumps off at 10 p.m. ‘Stache House is located at 1520 South Blvd. #TheSolKitchen
The good people of MARS and former NFL linebacker Horace Miller have joined forces to present to you a special Sports Training & Kickball Session at Veterans Park this morning. Whether you’re a pro athlete or participating in a local intramural sports league, fitness is key. Join Horace and MARS for a FREE team workout session and fitness coaching to boost your confidence regarding your health and wellness. Horace is a former linebacker of the Carolina Panthers, Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks and is the current CEO of Get Right Sports Performance & Fitness here in Charlotte. The session begins at 9 a.m. Veterans Park is located at 737 Elm St. in the Plaza-Midwood District. #MARS #Funletics
If you’re a Veteran, Blackberry Realty would like to show you how much we appreciates your service. Come out to Advent Coworking for the “Home Sweet Home: Veteran’s 100% Loan and How it Works” workshop. Blackberry Realty understands the sacrifices of our service members and their families. The 100% VA loan is one of the most important benefits extended to a service member, yet a large majority don’t understand how it works. They will take the guess work out of the VA home buying process so that you and your family are able to live the American Dream of owning a home. Admission is FREE but please be sure to RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/home-sweet-home-veterans-100-loan-and-how-it-works-tickets-33298001218. The workshop begins at 10 a.m. Advent Coworking is located at 933 Louise Ave. in the Plaza-Midwood District.
Do you want to learn how to make money using the power of social media? This morning, join the beautiful Shey Morton as she hosts “Social Media Saturdays!” This intimate workshop with hands-on training will help you learn how to develop, grow and make money on various social media mediums. You’ll learn how to create a Facebook business page, running a good promo ad, how/what to post to get potential customers engaged and lots more. Bring your laptop, smartphone and a willingness to learn. Tickets for this workshop can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/social-media-saturdays-tickets-35849058499. The event begins at 10 a.m. and will be held at Eastland Business Commons. 3557 N. Sharon Amity Dr., Suite #102.
The curvy, courageous and captivating ladies of 4Thirty-Two invites you out to their Hip Hop Cardio Class & Dance Party! 4-Thirty Two is turning one year old, and ladies, you’ll enjoy over an hour of fun choreography that makes you sweat in a judgment-free zone. Bring your sisters and friends and get ready to feel great! Also, bring a pair of sexy heels for a special sultry dance lesson. Admission is $10 online and $13 at the door. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/4thirty-two-1-year-anniversary-hip-hop-cardio-class-tickets-35252735882. The session will be held at NoDa @ 28th Creative Arts Studio. 2424 N. Davidson St., Suite #110 in the NoDa District. #4ThirtyTwo
Join Carolina Farm Trust and JCSU at Mosaic Village as they host the West End Day Party for Food Security! Bring the entire tribe out for some tunes from Groove 8, delicious BBQ and local craft brews from Three Spirits Brewery. Admission is FREE and the fun starts at 12 noon. Mosaic Village is located at 1635 W. Trade St. near Uptown.
Parents, head over to New Era Music House for a special Parent Info Mixer. This is a great opportunity to meet a host of community-minded people who provide enrichment services which are geared towards the betterment of local youth. There will also be thought-provoking conversations regarding youth-related issues happening in Charlotte and refreshments. Admission is FREE to attend but please be sure to make a donation here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/parent-info-mixer-tickets-35380234233. This event is brought to you by The Pansy Willis Project. 5 p.m. New Era Music House is located at 5814 Old Concord Rd.
Share a table at the Carriage House of the beautiful Wadsworth Estate in West End for an evening of an epicurean awakening at Carolina Farm Trust Benefit for Brewington Farms. A special collaboration dinner with Farmer Paul Brewington and Chef Njathi Wa Kabui will be the cause of the gathering. But this isn’t just any pop up dinner. As a center focus for the docuseries The Farmer That Feeds Us, the evening will be filmed and featured in an episode that highlights the importance of African American farming and traditions in cooking. Heritage, technique and education coming together in a language we all speak – food. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/carolina-farm-trust-benefit-for-brewington-farms-tickets-35328857564. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. The Wadsworth Estate is located at 400 S. Summit Ave. near Uptown.
Need something relaxing for this Saturday? Head out to Romare Bearden Park this evening for another round of Bearden Music Series! For your entertainment, feel the energy from guitarist Jmichael Peeples and then stick around for the rousing sounds of the A.J. Ghent Band. You don’t want to miss these performances! Your host is none other than the lovely Jazz Diva herself, Ms. Tammy Greene. Admission is FREE to attend. Please be sure to bring your lawn chairs and blankets. There will be food trucks available too. The music begins promptly at 6 p.m. Romare Bearden Park is located at 300 S. Church St. in Uptown.
OutenLove Events is back one mo’ gin’ at Press Box Bar & Grill with another spiced up social mixer entitled “Minute to Win It: Singles Networking.” Calling all singles—get your feet wet in the world of speed dating as you and a partner engage in two 1-minute lightning rounds in a “minute to win it” game. Want to meet singles, but don’t want to participate in speed dating? OuteNLove has you covered! There will be a separate area designated for a game night with Jenga, Spades, Uno, Twister, Taboo and more! Also, while you get your “game” on, DJ-TO will be rockin’ the 1’s and 2’s with some of today’s hottest music! Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/minute-to-win-it-singles-networking-tickets-35607866086. The event starts at 7 p.m. Press Box Bar & Grill is located at 9609 N. Tryon St. in the University Area.
The Supermoms Foundation invites you to their Summer Soul Jam this evening! Join founder and host Anne Hill as she takes you on a journey of sound featuring the talents of JPennelope, Eliah Soul, Jarvis Walker, The One Keon, Yummy Bingham and more! Proceeds from this concert will benefit the Women & Children’s Shelter in Charlotte. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/summer-soul-jam-benefiting-the-women-childrens-shelter-tickets-35593545252. Showtime is at 8 p.m. The event will be held at 1801 Commonwealth Ave. in the Plaza-Midwood District.
The forces of The Sol Kitchen and Mad Skillz have combined to bring you “A King & A Prince!” Ride in your little red corvette or moonwalk over to Snug Harbor for a musical tribute mashup of grooves, rarities, hits, remixes and hits from Michael Jackson and Prince! You’ll be sure to dance your souls and soles away! Admission is $5 and the party starts at 10 p.m. Snug Harbor is located at 1228 Gordon St. in the Plaza-Midwood District.
Caribbean music lovers head out to Mooney’s Lounge for another edition of “The Reggae Lounge” this evening. Come enjoy a night of endless Reggae, Soca, Dancehall, Calypso, and Afrobeat vibes along with a grown and sexy atmosphere and fun people. The event will be hosted by Power 98’s Bill Blass and The Sexy Lifestyle Specialist, Iz-Real The Poet. Doors open at 10 p.m. and admission is FREE before 11 p.m. Mooney’s Lounge is located at 2525 N. Graham St. in Uptown.
This morning at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, come out for the Civics 101—A Roadmap to Voter Empowerment course. For today’s session, join hosts Judge Yvonne Mims Evans and Reverend Maurice Jones discussing The 13th Amendment, Black Codes, Reconstruction, The Rise of Political Power and Separate but Equal clauses. There will be two classes today at 11:45 p.m. in room #359 and at 3:30 p.m. in the Conference Center. Friendship Missionary Baptist Church is located at 3400 Beatties Ford Rd.
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.
Queen City CLTive is back with an all-new edition of their Sunday Funday Kickback! Come relax with other cool QC peeps and hear from some awesome local poets, play games, volleyball, enjoy delicious food and more! Admission is FREE but there is a suggested donation of $3. Bring your friends and enjoy some fun in the sun! The event begins at 4 p.m. and will be held at 49 North. 10035 Dabney Dr. in the University Area.
Need a breather from the weekend and a recharge for the upcoming week? Head over to Grier Heights Community Improvement Center for the Weekend Wind Down. Join your lovely host and instructor Jasmine Hines as she guides you along a series of breathing and stretching exercises to release negativity and to reaffirm spiritual tools for those who are on a path of peace, justice, love and joy. Be sure to dress comfortably and bring a yoga mat. Admission is $5. The session begins at 6:30 p.m. The address is 3100 Leroy St. in the Grier Heights Community.
7/27 – 7/29 – CineOdyssey Film Festival
8/5 – Dance In the Park CLT
8/19 – Respect Fest Block Party: Big Daddy Kane, DJ D-Nice, DJ Clark Kent and Greg Nice
Have a terrific weekend everyone! Live. Laugh. Love. Learn. Listen. Give.
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