By: Shawn D. Allison, II
Hey everyone! We’ve survived this unexpected Carolina tundra this week and finally the weather is starting to show some signs of warmth out here! There’s a lot to get into this weekend, with something for EVERYONE to enjoy. As usual, yours truly, The Black Ferris Bueller will be busy hitting the streets, but if you want to keep up with my track of troubles, check out the itinerary on my personal “Hot List” and all the rest of the citywide gems in store!
- THURSDAY — Dooby Shop School of Cosmetology Open House & Networking Mixer
- THURSDAY-SUNDAY – “The Mountaintop” at Queens University
- FRIDAY – Dapper Hour’s book release of “RAW FOOTAGE: A Gentlemen’s Guide to Proper Foot Care” at The House of LeMond
- FRIDAY-SATURDAY – Jazz Arts Initiative presents The Jazz Room: Jeremy Davenport sings Frank Sinatra
- FRIDAY – Diggers Delight presents DJ Luke Stemmerman at Dupp & Swat Concept
- FRIDAY – Jazz N’ Soul Music presents Brut Beat – A Funky Jazz Experience at The Morehead Tavern
- SATURDAY – MARS 2018 Spring Co-Ed Kickball Open Practice at Morrison YMCA
- SATURDAY – I Still Love the 90s Brunch & Day Party at Sports One Bar & Lounge
- SATURDAY – A Sign of the Times presents “The Blues and R&B Love Ballads – With Strings”
- SATURDAY – AfroPop CLT: The Bantu Experience at The Gantt Center
- SATURDAY – A Very Dangerous Fundraiser at Dupp & Swat
- SATURDAY – The X-Ecutioners at Crown Station
- SUNDAY – Soul Food Sunday Buffet at Cuzzo’s Cuisine Restaurant
- SUNDAY — #ASATA: A Seat At The Table Awards Ceremony at Camp North End
- SUNDAY – Verbal Expression presents “My Pen Speaks” at Nest Restaurant & Lounge
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——-THURSDAY, MARCH 15——-
The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art invites you out to the March installment of their acclaimed Modernism + Film Series. Tonight, step into the world of structural creativity as you view a special screening of the documentary, “Eileen Gray: Designer & Architect.” This film examines the history of Gray’s architectural creations, including E.1027, one of the most famous houses in architectural history, built in Roquebrune, France in 1926. This modernist, seaside, L-shaped, flat-roofed building with floor-to-ceiling windows and a spiral staircase, utilizes natural light and ventilation. It was designed, said Gray, for a “minimum of space and maximum of comfort.” E.1027 has today been declared a French national monument and is presently being restored. Tickets can be purchased here: https://30796a.blackbaudhosting.com/30796a/tickets?tab=2&txobjid=d1339ee1-21e5-41a2-b0e8-d06623dcef92. The event will begin at 6 p.m. 420 S. Tryon St. in Uptown.
Join Habitat Charlotte for the third-annual “Building Futures: A Symposium on Affordable Housing” this evening. This year’s event features Dr. Tererai Trent – an internationally-renowned scholar, humanitarian, motivational speaker, educator and author. Dr. Trent recently won the 2018 NAACP Award for Outstanding Literary Work (Instructional) for her latest book, “The Awakened Woman.” Dr. Trent’s compelling story encourages people to fight for their own dreams, as well as the dreams of others. She truly exemplifies the goal of Building Futures: to foster learning and inspiration towards understanding the role of affordable housing in advancing a just society. This event is FREE and open to the public, but please be sure to register here: https://www.habitatcharlotte.org/event/building-futures-symposium/. The event will begin at 6 p.m. at The Halton Theatre at CPCC Main Campus. 1206 Elizabeth Ave. in Uptown.
SociaLight is back in effect this evening as they have teamed up with The Dooby Shop to present to you the Dooby Shop School of Cosmetology Open House & Networking Mixer! The event, sponsored by the non-profit organization Skill Builders Institute, is an informative event that allows us to make the community aware of the importance of investing in a future cosmetologist career. The cosmetology school focuses on providing opportunities for those who need affordable payment plans, flexible scheduling and no student loans. The school also enrolls students ages 16 and up and no GED is required. There will also be a few words of wisdom provided by NC Senator Joel Ford and community activist Twana Brown. Admission is FREE but please be sure to RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-dooby-shop-school-of-cosmetology-open-house-and-networking-mixer-tickets-43420056558. The event will begin at 6 p.m. The Dooby Shop is located at 2107 Beatties Ford Rd.
Head over to C3 Lab this evening as The International House and Charlotte Film Society proudly present a screening of the documentary “Human Flow.” Over 65 million people around the world have been forced from their homes to escape famine, climate change and war in the greatest human displacement since World War II. Human Flow, an epic film journey led by the internationally renowned artist Ai Weiwei, gives a powerful visual expression to this massive human migration. The documentary elucidates both the staggering scale of the refugee crisis and its profoundly personal human impact. Tickets can be purchased here: https://squareup.com/store/charlotte-film-society/. The event will begin at 7 p.m. C3 Lab is located at 2525 Distribution St. in Historic South End.
The Actors Theatre of Charlotte is proud to present to you Katori Hall’s acclaimed piece, “The Mountaintop” this weekend. “The Mountaintop” is gripping re-imagination of events the night before the assassination of the civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On April 3, 1968, after delivering one of his most memorable speeches, an exhausted Dr. King retires to his room at the Lorraine Motel while a storm rages outside. When a mysterious stranger arrives with some surprising news, King is forced to confront his destiny and his legacy to his people. This play is directed by April A. Jones and stars Gerard Hazelton and Erica Truesdale. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.carolinatix.org/events/detail/the-mountaintop-1. Performances will begin Thursday (3/15) at 7:30 p.m. and Friday (3/16) and Saturday (3/17) at 8 p.m. and Sunday (3/18) at 2:30 p.m. All performances will be held at Hadley Theater on the campus of Queens University. 2132 Radcliffe Ave. in the Myers Park Neighborhood.
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 a duo of Charlotte’s finest lyricists – 2 TEAM featuring Luvleeh Poeticloks and Lady V Poetry and live music from MIDA$ & Friends. Admission is $FREE.99. The show starts at 8 p.m. ROC’s Jazz Bar is located at 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd.
——FRIDAY, MARCH 16——-
Step to the backdoor an utter the secret passcode in time this Friday night at The Discovery Place as they present another fun edition of their wildly popular Science on the Rocks series! This evening, grab your giggle water and your friends for one swell shindig with “Science on the Rocks: The Roaring 20s!” Discovery Place Science will take you back in time to the colorful era of mobsters, flappers and moonshine for this adults-only night at the museum. Sample a Vaportini, flaunt your flapper style and make your own flapper headband or shirt cuff, take aim in an Al Capone Laser Shootout, don your glad rags for the 1920s Costume Contest and much more! Tickets can be purchased here: https://science.discoveryplace.org/explore/events/sotr-roaring-20s?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Science%20on%20the%20Rocks%3A%20Roaring%2020s. This event is for persons 21+ with proper/valid I.D. 5 p.m. The Discovery Place is located at 301 N. Tryon St. in Uptown.
Step out in style this Friday night and stroll down to The House of LeMond for Dapper Hour! For tonight’s sole-ful session, come and celebrate the book release of “RAW FOOTAGE: A Gentlemen’s Guide to Proper Foot Care.” Author and AlphaMale Nailcare founder, the beautiful Ms. Sheena Pickett invites you out to be a part of her newest work for a meet & greet, book signing featuring some special gifts and refreshments! Admission is FREE to attend but please be sure to RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dapper-hour-best-foot-forward-tickets-43926652801. The event begins at 6 p.m. The House of LeMond is located at 116 W. 4th St. in Uptown.
Come out to the Golden Nuggets Art Show to see some of Charlotte’s most talented young artists and their work! This event is a collaboration between Behailu Academy, and a Knight Foundation-supported initiative called Golden Nuggets. This project utilizes biodegradable and other discarded materials to create art. These students have created a variety of pieces that will be on display and for sale at this event! Come support the local art scene and some super creative young artists! Admission is FREE and open to the public. The event begins at 6 p.m. and will be held in the Baku Gallery inside of Fu’s Custom Tattoo. 3200 N. Davidson St. in the NoDa District.
Jazz Arts Initiative is proud to bring you a very special edition of their acclaimed series The Jazz Room this weekend – everyone get ready for Jeremy Davenport paying vocal homage to the late, great Frank Sinatra. For over a decade, Jeremy Davenport has been a vital part of the New Orleans music scene. Davenport’s talent has tempted such performers as Harry Connick Jr. and Diana Krall. He caught the ear of Wynton Marsalis who introduced Davenport to Connick. Together they persuaded Jeremy to move to New Orleans where he enrolled at the University of New Orleans and began training under the patriarch of the Marsalis family, Ellis Marsalis – music educator and jazz pianist. This weekend, hear him recreate one of the most storied figures in entertainment backed by a multitalented jazz ensemble. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.carolinatix.org/events/detail/the-jazz-room-at-the-stage-door-theater-4. There will be four performances this weekend: Friday (3/16) 6 and 8:15 p.m. and Saturday (3/17) at 7 and 9:15 p.m. All shows will be held at the Stage Door Theater. Located on the corner of E. 5th St. & N. College St. in Uptown. #JAI
Anchor’D Events aims to smooth out the flavor for your Friday evening as they proudly present Grits & Soul – The Neo-Soul Karaoke Edition! Showcase your skills as you intertwine the lyrics with your own distinctive melodies to the instrumentals of some of your favorite Neo-Soul artists! From Ms. Badu, to Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild, D’Angelo, Anthony Hamilton, The Roots, Floetry, Maxwell, Meshell Ngdeocello and more! Also, you’ll be able to color a pre-drawn canvas while enjoying the essence of the evening. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/grits-soul-neosoul-karoke-edition-tickets-41767578953. The event will begin at 7 p.m. at Kanvas Gallery & Lounge. 525 E. 6th St., Suite #117 in Uptown.
Diggers Delight is back to add some flavor to your Friday night – join the dynamic duo, Flock of Slagles and UNTAMD as they host DJ Luke Stemmerman spinning live this evening! Luke is most known to people as the sole proprietor of the Premium Sounds record collection pop-up, but tonight, he’s digging into his own crates to give your senses a musical experience unlike any other! From Funk, to Punk Rock, Dub and more, you’ll be sure to get an earful of dopeness! Admission is FREE. The event will begin at 7 p.m. at Dupp & Swat Concept at Camp North End. 1824 Statesville Ave. #DiggersDelight
Ladies, get ready to “werk” your way to a healthier lifestyle at the “Trap Out: The Werk Out” exercise session this evening! Now I bet you’re wondering what in the world is Trap Out – The Werk Out? It’s an interactive workout party fully stocked with Hip Hop, Soca, twerking and majorette-style dancing routines that’ll set your course to a healthier size-sexy fit lifestyle. What’s unique about this class is that you will be taught by four instructors at once who specialize in their designated field of dance. If you want to be healthy and have fun at the same time, this is the class for you! Please feel free to encourage your friends to join! Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/trap-out-the-werk-out-tickets-42767928024. The session will begin at 7 p.m. and will be held at Noda@28th Creative Arts Studios. 2424 N. Davidson St. in the NoDa District.
Are your ears starving for some nourishment? Come down to Sydney’s Martini & Wine Bar and help yourselves to a funky serving of 2 Piece & A Biscuit performing live! One of Charlotte’s most boldest and beautiful voices reemerges from the shadows to give you some of her Detroit-bred soul – the one and only GiGi Mack is back! Spend your Friday with this voluptuous vixen as her vocals take you on a soothing and soulful ride across many genres performing classic covers and some of her original grooves! Showtime is at 8 p.m. Sydney’s is located at 401 N. Tryon St. in Uptown.
Take a load off and relax on this Friday night at Mama’s Caribbean Bar & Grill for “Open Mic Night!” Join your beautiful hosts Tiffany Brown–the Writer as she takes you on a trip to paradise with her extraordinary talents, leaving the floor for your freedom of expression. Whether you have a song, story, poem, testimony, dance number or whatever is on your heart, the floor is yours! Also, while you enjoy the free flowing art, be sure to grab a hot and delicious meal from the kitchen! 8:30 p.m. 1504 Central Ave. in the Plaza-Midwood District.
Jazz N Soul Music is proud to welcome back an extremely gifted collective to Ella’s Speakeasy this evening—everyone get ready for the rousing sounds of Brut Beat — A Funky Jazz Experience! Brut Beat combines contemporary jazz rhythms with fresh up-tempo arrangements that pay homage to jazz greats like Miles Davis and John Coltrane molded with the grooves of The Roots and Esperanza Spalding. Brut Beat is comprised of bandleader and trumpeter Stan Graham who will be joined by Korey Dudley setting the groove line on bass, Robert Knox as the funky drummer rums and Warren Rayborn harmonizing melodies on sax. If you love great music, this is definitely the show for you! Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/brut-beat-a-funky-jazz-experience-live-tickets-43938572453. Showtime is at 9 p.m. at The Morehead Tavern. 300 E. Morehead St. in Uptown.
Charlotte, are you ready for some serious soul? Then slide over to The Evening Muse and get ready for a special live performance from The Queen’s Guard feat. Blanche J.! Just imagine a musical setting with a fine-tuned rhythm section with a fierce and fine goddess possessing vocalisms that are as rich as the greats of our time—that’s what you can expect. This is one of my favorite groups in the QC and if you’ve never heard them before, do yourselves a favor and experience them! Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1647572?utm_medium=ampOfficialEvent&utm_source=fbTfly. Doors open at 10 and the show starts at 10:30 p.m. The Evening Muse is located at 3227 N. Davidson St. in the NoDa District.
——-SATURDAY, MARCH 17——-
Hey kids, are you interested in a career in healthcare? Have your parents bring you and your friends down to The Discovery Place for a special workshop entitled “Day In the Life: Histotechnology.” As part of their 2018 Day in the Life Series, join professionals from Carolinas HealthCare System every month in the Explore More Me lab to explore different careers in the healthcare field. Have you ever looked under a microscope to view tiny specimens on a slide? This Saturday, meet some local histotechnologists — the scientists who prepare thin slices of tissue for microscopic examination, and discover what their day-to-day job looks like. The workshop will be held all day. The museum opens at 9 a.m. 301 N. Tryon St. in Uptown.
Parents, I’ve got some more goodies for the kids today! Head over to Fox & Hound this morning for the Children’s Writing Workshop. Writing is an art, skill to communicating in the written form. Poetry, short stories, songs, essays, movie scripts, journaling, memories, blogs, are all forms of expression. Join host Queen Azima Lok as she helps to enhance your child’s communication skills with a fun and informative workshop that can tap into expression, both you and the child many not even be aware is present. This is a great time to give your child the opportunity to discover, and improve the skill of taking thoughts, from their mind, and heart and placing it on paper, and have fun doing it. Admission is $10 and the tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/childrens-writing-workshop-tickets-43482377963. Lunch will be served after the program. The event begins at 10 a.m. Fox & Hound is located at 9325 Center Lake Dr., Suite #200, across from Northlake Mall.
Charlotte, need a fun way to stay active shape for the upcoming Spring season? Join my friends of MARS, LLC as they host an Open Practice session for the upcoming 2018 Spring Co-Ed Kickball Season! This league is a great way to get in shape and have loads of fun. Come out and learn kickball basics, rules, work on drills, exercises, meet the league administrators and players, network and play a pick-up game or two! This event is FREE to attend. Be sure to send a text to (704)-412-1952 or send an email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in participating in the upcoming season. Practice will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Morrison YMCA. 9405 Bryant Farms Rd. in Ballantyne. #MARS #Funletics
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 Louie Vee and B-Man 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
Everyone come and “scoop” yourselves a seat at Dupp & Swat as CrownKeepers and Ben & Jerry’s proudly presents #CreamAndConvo this afternoon! This is not your typical ice cream social—come out for some mixing, mingling, networking, flavor-infused community conversations about art and creativity that drips and melts into our Charlotte streets! Panelists include two distinguished and beautiful women handling business in the local art scene—The Bechtler’s Sharon Holm and The Gantt Center’s Alexys J. Taylor. Admission and ice cream is free, but please be sure to RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creamandconvo-march-17th-tickets-44141740133. The event will begin at 2 p.m. Dupp & Swat is located at 2521 The Plaza Rd. #duppandswat
Everyone gather at one of Charlotte’s favorite spots, Reggae Central, for a special book signing and meet and greet with author and educator Cray Mahalia Francis. Bring the entire family out—especially the little ones out for an afternoon of literary fun, adventure and education as she presents her book “Honey Dew’s Carnival Fever.” Dive in this exciting book with ten-year-old Honey Dew as she explores the rich culture of Antigua and Carnival during her summer vacation. Come celebrate diversity and reading with Cray this afternoon—don’t miss this! The event will begin at 2 p.m. Reggae Central is located at 1506 Central Ave. in the Plaza-Midwood District.
A Sign Of the Times invites you out for an afternoon and evening of meaningful melodies as they proudly present the 18th Annual Black History Production entitled “The Blues and R&B Love Ballads – With Strings!” This special, intimate concert focuses on that special penchant Black folks have for love, romance, community, family and God. In spite of our struggles for equality and freedom, and the atrocities and historic losses among us, we’ve been able to persevere. Our music has been an integral part of our struggle – especially the wonderful stories in our love songs. Tickets can be purchased here: https://tickets.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix&e=e7342215c5afa700467a661d0c2ff115&vqitq=b236d98d-de72-4b3a-b446-7bf724d034f6&vqitp=cd794ea9-989b-422b-a958-95976c9cee7a&vqitts=1520980011&vqitc=vendini&vqite=itl&vqitrt=Safetynet&vqith=a0ef71483606db8ed301dbd28f8825df. There will be two performances today at 3 and 7 p.m. Both shows will be held at The Pease Auditorium at CPCC Main Campus. 1206 Elizabeth Ave. in Uptown.
Parents, I’ve got MORE stuff for the little ones today! Head over to The Last Word and come out for the Cupcakes & Paint Party this afternoon! Join Butterfly Visions Project and Art From the Heart instructor Christopher Clarke for an afternoon of creativity as the youth will create their own canvassed masterpiece under guidance. And while the colors fly, enjoy some tasty cupcakes provided by Kisha’s Kakes and Exotic Eats Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cupcakes-and-paint-tickets-42821301666. The event will begin at 3:30 p.m. The Last Word is located at 5744 N. Tryon St.
The Empowerment Authors Showcase is one of the most motivational and inspirational events highlighting local authors sharing their stories of overcoming, self-help, personal development and children’s books. This afternoon, come out for a special Men’s Edition featuring a wide range of male authors. Authors include: Oasiris Yates, James Sutton Jr., Sean Douglas, Prince Okoli, Brian K. Mitchell and many more! There will also be a special performance from international recording artist Cassandra O’Neal and comedienne Tara Brown. Admission is FREE but please be sure to RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-empowerment-authors-showcase-male-edition-tickets-44117863718. The event will begin at 5 p.m. at Advent Coworking. 933 Louise Ave. in the Plaza-Midwood District.
Africana Connections and Eat Work Play CLT is teaming up to take one of the city’s most vibrant events to the next level—well, three of them, that is. Everyone head down to The Gantt Center for “AfroPop CLT: The Bantu Experience!” Bring all of your extended tribe members out for an evening of nonstop fun, music, dancing, art, vendors, fellowship and even some cool activities for the kids! Activities include a pop-up artist showcase and gallery, African dance and drumming classes, live screen printing from MacFly Fresh Apparel Services, an arts & crafts workshop for kids and the after party featuring The Dynamic DJ Kato and DJ Steel Wheel on the rooftop spinning all of the hottest African, Caribbean, Soca, Reggae, Afrobeat, House and Dancehall cuts! Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/afropop-charlotte-the-bantu-experience-the-gantt-center-tickets-43691083206. The festivities begin at 6 p.m. The Gantt Center is located at 551 S. Tryon St. in Uptown. #WelcomeToTheTribe
People, head over to Dupp & Swat and get ready for an evening full of unexpected literary parallels unlike any other as The Danger 2018 and Stacey Rose proudly presents, “A Very Dangerous Fundraiser!” Come and get an earful of art as you hear excerpts from the mind of the great and beautiful Stacey Rose and her plays: “America v. 2.1: The Sad Demise & Eventual Extinction of The American Negro”, “As Is: Conversations with Big Black Women in Confined Spaces” and “The Danger: A Homage to Strange Fruit.” Food and adult beverages will be provided and proceeds from this event will go towards workshop and production of “The Danger: A Homage to Strange Fruit.” Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.artful.ly/store/events/14424. The event will begin at 7 p.m. Dupp & Swat is located at 2521 The Plaza Rd.
The vibrant sounds of the Crescent City comes to the Queen City at The Rabbit Hole as Time2Fly Music presents the Grammy Award-winning Rebirth Brass Band! This institution of sound, hailing from New Orleans has long since graduated from the streets of their native hometown to theaters and festivals all over the world. Rebirth is committed to upholding the tradition of brass bands while at the same time incorporating modern music into their show. Their signature brand of heavy funk has placed them among the world’s top brass bands and they are the hands-down favorite among the younger generation. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rebirth-brass-band-at-rabbit-hole-tickets-43448809559. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. The Rabbit Hole is located at 1801 Commonwealth Ave. in the Plaza-Midwood District.
Ladies, join the vibrant forces of CALMmiss and Island Savvy Enterprises for a special workshop entitled, “How To Adorn & Protect Your Crown” this evening. Stress management tutor, Tenisha Jones will be leading a Soul Glo Guided Group Meditation during this night of healing. This calming session will start the process of purging the thoughts and feelings that make you feel miserable or may be causing energetic blocks from your destiny. After the meditation, join Island Savvy Enterprises founder Ital Al-Amin will guide you along an intimate head-wrapping workshop designed to adorn and protect your crown and glory. Cloths will be provided and you can take them home after the workshop is finished. Tickets can be purchased here: https://calmmiss.com/product/how-to-adorn-and-protect-your-crown-soul-glo-meditation-and-headwrap-workshop/. The event and marketplace will begin at 6 p.m. The address of the event will be revealed in an e-mail after ticket purchase.
Need something fun for your Saturday? How about me and you, yo’ mama and your cousin too hop in the Cadillac on vogues, slam the doors and head down to The Fillmore for Grits & Biscuits: The Dirty South Set! Enjoy a night of Southern-fried, trunk-rattling, booty shaking Hip Hop classics from all eras! Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.livenation.com/events/752111-mar-17-2018-grits-biscuits. Showtime is at 9 p.m. The Fillmore is located at 820 Hamilton St. in the NC Music Factory. #GritsAndBiscuits
Be Free Entertainment presents the “3rd Annual Tux & Chucks Soiree” at Dilworth Neighborhood Grille this evening! Street classics collaborates with timeless sophistication in this evening of lounging, networking, charity and just some good ol’ fashioned fun! Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/be-free-entertainment-presents-the-3rd-annual-tux-chucks-soiree-tickets-42296549117. A portion of each ticket will go towards cancer research. The event begins at 9 p.m. Dilworth Neighborhood Grille is located at 911 E. Morehead St. near Uptown.
For all my true Hip Hop heads, I got something special lined up for you all tonight! Everyone head over to Crown Station and get ready for one of our culture’s most talented and legendary turntablist wrecking crews, The X-Ecutioners performing live! Get ready for a night of high-octane scratches, mixes and blends from cutmasters DJ Rob Swift and DJ Mista Sinista! But before they destroy the stage, feast your senses upon Asheville-based collective, Free The Optimus opening up with some surefire sonic funk! Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventnation.co/event/untitled-event-2ff554ed-7f0f-47f0-9c24-9bbeb9bc1c24. The joint starts at 9 p.m. Crown Station is located at 3629 N. Davidson St. in the NoDa District.
——-SUNDAY, MARCH 18——-
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.
Black women are the most courageous, captivating, charming beings on the planet—yet at the same time, they are the most unappreciated and undervalued women known to humanity. But today, that’s about to change. Join Davita “Miss Swatty” Galloway and Brandi “Bea” Williams as they host the inaugural #ASATA: A Seat At the Table Awards Ceremony! This celebration will honor the contributions and creativity of Black women in the Charlotte area in some unconventional but inspiring award categories! #ASATA is providing the opportunity for Black women to finally be recognized and to have their say! Be a part of this magnificent spectacle of Black Girl Magic and cheer them on! Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/asata-a-seat-at-the-table-awards-clt-tickets-42262753032. The event will begin at 3 p.m. and will be held at Camp North End. 1824 Statesville Ave.
Need another option to center yourselves before the upcoming work week? Join Peace Filled Mama at Dupp & Swat for another relaxing session of the Weekend Wind Down. Host and yoga instructor Kelley Carboni-Woods will guide you along a series of community-oriented breathing exercises and stretches to empower yourselves, achieve wellness, balance, affirmation, truth and light. All ages and levels are welcome. Admission is $5 per person. Please dress comfortably. The session will begin at 6:30 p.m. Dupp & Swat is located at 2521 The Plaza Rd.
Verbal Expressions is back for the month of March and tonight, join host Chosen the Poet as she proudly presents “My Pen Speaks.” Chosen will guide your minds along a colorful tapestry of poetry in her own vibrant manner and then, stay tuned for your featured creative for the evening—Scarlet Ra! If you’re in the mood for deep, thought-provoking, multisensory spoken word, this is definitely the event for you! Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/my-pen-speaks-ft-scarlet-ra-tickets-43572861602. The event will begin at 7 p.m. at Nest Restaurant & Lounge. 505 E. 6th St. in Uptown.
3/21 – Hump Day 3.0
3/23 – Black Linen “3.0” Album Release Party
3/24 – Abari Game Bar 2nd Anniversary Block Party
3/31 – Denim & Diamonds Women’s Expo
4/7 – Charlotte Brunch Festival
4/7 – Off The Wall: Aries Edition
“Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.” – Dr. Maya Angelou
Live. Laugh. Love. Learn. Listen. Give.
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