The Rundown: List of Things to Do Thursday, December 6 – Monday, December 10

By Shawn D. Allison, II

What’s good everyone! I hope you all have had a fantastic week. The weekend is here but Mother Nature decided to give us the cold shoulder and cool things down. Whatever the weather, I’ve found all sorts of goodies to get into this weekend. Special note, I’ll be making my “DJ” debut at my event “Bueller’s Christmas Boogie” and I want you all to come experience what I got in store! But if you want to catch some other heat, peep what I got on my “Hot List” in the streets for this weekend!

  • THURSDAY – Dapper Street Productions presents The Color of Jazz: Al Jarreau Remembered feat. Kenya Templeton
  • THURSDAY – “Stimulus: Connections” Community Art Discussion at The McColl Center
  • THURSDAY – SUNDAY – A Christmas Story: The Musical at Ovens Auditorium
  • FRIDAY – SUNDAY – Theatre Charlotte presents Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”
  • FRIDAY – South End Gallery Crawl
  • FRIDAY – Blow Your Head – December Edition at Snug Harbor
  • FRIDAY – Jazz N’ Soul Music presents An Affectual Christmas: Smooth Jazz and Holiday Soul
  • SATURDAY – Meet The Authors Book Fair at TAS Academy
  • SATURDAY — Cocoa Leche Latin American Brunch at Mangos Caribbean Restaurant
  • SATURDAY – Bueller’s Christmas Boogie at Tip Top Daily Market
  • SATURDAY – AfroPop CLT Vol. 27 – Goodbye 2018 Edition at Snug Harbor
  • SUNDAY – Classic Black Cinema Series screening of “Boycott” at The Gantt Center


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Join locally-owned businesses (including full-time market vendors) at the 7th Street Public Market for the 2018 Holiday Sip & Shop this afternoon! Come scope through dozens of local vendors hosting a wide variety of goods, eats, treats and all sorts of nifty stocking stuffers for your home, friends and family! There will be free sparkling wine for the first 100 guests and live music provided by Taylor Winchester. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The 7th Street Public Market is located at 224 E. 7th St. in Uptown.

Jazz Arts Initiative is thrilled to offer a FREE jazz master workshop and concert featuring the world-famous Preservation Hall All-Stars Band from New Orleans to local student musicians this evening. The Preservation Hall All-Stars are the premiere ensemble of the most tenured artists from the greater Preservation Hall musical collective. Each performer bears a unique connection to the earliest practitioners of jazz itself, some by bloodline but all united by the sheer power of tradition. In addition to performing at the Hall weekly and internationally throughout the year, these culture bearers continue to pass the torch to the younger generation through education and music outreach. All middle and high school student musicians of any level are welcome and they must bring their instrument. Please be sure to RSVP here: The event will begin at 6 p.m. at Bryant Hall on CPCC Main Campus. 1206 Elizabeth Ave. in Uptown.

CMPD invites you out to a special and informative discussion entitled Bridging The Difference: Immigration and the CLT Community this evening. This engagement focuses on major issues that impact the Charlotte community. There will be a diverse panel of perspectives as well as open public discussion and participation on immigration-related questions, concerns and activity in Charlotte. Panelists include CMPD Chief Kerr Putney and Sheriff Gary McFadden. Admission is FREE but please be sure to RSVP here: The event will begin at 6 p.m. at the Camino Community Center. 201 Stetson Dr.

Dapper Street Productions invites you out for another installment of their “Color Of Jazz” music series and tonight, come and be captivated in tonight’s edition, “Al Jarreau Remembered.” Color Of Jazz is a live, jazz, soul and blues series centered around jazz culture, paying tribute to jazz greats and emerging jazz artists. Tonight’s feature is none other than the acclaimed powerhouse vocalist, the beautiful Kenya Templeton! Grab a seat as this magnificent woman of wonder draws you in with her velvet and timeless musical abilities channeling some of Al Jarreau’s greatest creations with her own unique flavor. Admission is FREE and the event will begin at 6 p.m. at the Mallard Creek Rec Center. 2530 Johnston Oehler Rd.

What inspires artists to create? What stimulates their imaginations? This evening, discover some unique and organic responses to those questions as The McColl Center of Art + Innovation hosts a special art discussion entitled, “Stimulus: Connections.” In conjunction with their current exhibition, New Works / Alumni One, curator Tom Stanley will introduce McColl Center alumna artist Michaela Pilar Brown‘s work in the exhibition and how she connected it to Minuette Floyd, a professor of art education and director of the Young Artist’s Workshop at the University of South Carolina School of Visual Art and Design. During this discussion, Brown and Floyd will explore their own connections and the role that camp meetings have played in their work. Admission is FREE to attend but please be sure to RSVP here: The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. The McColl Center is located at 721 N. Tryon St. in Uptown.

The good people at Advent Coworking have reason to celebrate today because they’ve invited everyone out for their 3-Year Anniversary Party! Join Advent staff and friends in the community for this joyous occasion filled with food, drinks, art and entertainment. Also come and experience their newest venture, Advent 3.0, meet their neighbors at HUB 933 and be sure to tell the staff how much you love them. We will have food, drinks, art and entertainment for all. Admission is FREE to attend, but please be sure to RSVP here: The party starts at 7 p.m. Advent Coworking is located at 933 Louise Ave. in the Plaza-Midwood District.

Get your laugh on at Stats Restaurant & Bar and come out for another edition of “Laff It Up Thursdays!” For tonight’s show, join host and legendary funnyman Tone-X setting the stage up for the takeover by his headlining comedic comrade BoDacious! Also, be sure to stick around and boogie as Tab the Million Dolla DJ rocks the speakers with some of today’s and yesteryear’s hits! Tickets can be purchased here: Doors open at 7 and the show will begin at 8 p.m. Stats is located at 3425 David Cox Rd. in the University Area.

From the songwriting team behind the smash hit Tony Award-winning musical “Dear Evan Hansen” and the Academy Award-winning film “La La Land”, “A Christmas Story, the Musical” brings the classic 1983 movie to hilarious life on stage! Set in 1940s Indiana, a young and bespectacled Ralphie Parker schemes his way toward the holiday gift of his dreams, an official Red Ryder® Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle. An infamous leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a maniacal department store Santa, and a triple-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the distractions that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas wish. Tickets can be purchased and weekend performance times can be found here: Tonight’s show will begin at 8 p.m. at Ovens Auditorium. 2700 E. Independence Blvd.



This evening, take a stroll, ride your bicycle or catch the light rail to Historic South End for the December edition of the South End Gallery Crawl! This signature neighborhood event which combines fine art galleries, local shops, restaurants and fine art for sale with the intentions to showcase all sorts of new exhibitions, meet new people and meet the artists themselves. Admission is FREE to attend. Please visit this link to view all participating venues, restaurants and artistic features:

Kick off your jazzy holiday season as the Ziad Jazz Quartet presents Jazz at the Bechtler: Holiday Jazz XI – Jingle Bell Jazz this evening! Enjoy classic holiday favorites such as “Winter Wonderland”, “Deck the Halls”(arranged by Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea), “Sleigh Ride” and the John Coltrane version of “Greensleeves” will be performed alongside other jazz holiday renditions that are quickly becoming new classics. There will be two shows this evening at 6 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Please call (704)-353-9200 for ticket purchases. The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is located at 420 S. Tryon St. in Uptown.

This evening, join The Family Tree and Homebrewed Christianity for a special launch of the brand new book, “A Riff of Love: Notes on Commuity and Belonging.” Greg Jarrell’s new book celebrates the master improvisers of his neighborhood, Enderly Park, and explores the stories of how surprising teachers, tragic losses, and unexpected gifts he has encountered there have shaped his faith over more than a dozen years. This gathering will include a live recording of Homebrewed Christianity, one of the country’s most popular theology podcasts. Tickets can be purchased here: The event will begin at 7 p.m. at Good Bottle Co. 125 Remount Rd. in Historic South End.

Jazz Arts Initiative returns this Friday for some musical magic presenting The Jazz Room Holiday Edition! It’s a New Orleans Holiday Jazz Party and you’re invited! The Preservation Hall All-Stars return to the Queen City to perform a host of popular holiday favorites with a traditional New Orleans jazz twist. This will be a fun-filled holiday celebration that you don’t want to miss! Tickets can be purchased here: The event will begin with a pre-show reception at 7 in the Spirit Square lobby and the show will begin at 8 p.m. at McGlohon Theater. 345 N. College St. in Uptown.

Theatre Charlotte’s holiday tradition is back in full effect for its new season and to kick off the festivities, prepare yourselves for the QC-flavored edition of the Charles Dickens’ classic, “A Christmas Carol!” It’s the classic tale of the cold-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge making a drastic alteration from his stingy ways ultimately becoming a man of genuine charity. Tiny Tim, Bob Cratchit, Fezziwig, Jacob Marley, Nephew Fred will all be there and you should be too! Tickets purchases and showtimes can be found here: Tonight’s show begins at 7:30. All performances will be held at Theatre Charlotte. 501 Queens Rd. #TheatreCharlotte

Jazz N’ Soul Music is back for another jam-packed Friday evening with local delight — everyone get ready to spend an affectionate evening with AFFECTUAL: Smooth Jazz & Holiday Soul! As no stranger to any stage, this band of brothers really know how to wow a crowd with impeccable and interactive musicianship, you’ll want to get up and dance along! And they’ll give all of your favorite holiday grooves a special twist with some of their funky flavor! Tickets can be purchased here: There will be two shows this evening at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Both show will be held at Loft & Cellar. 304 W. 4th St. in Uptown.   #JazzNSoul

Back by popular demand is Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s most-popular show of all time — The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical! What happens when the “worst kids in the history of the world” find out about free food at Sunday school? Worse yet, what happens when they decide to audition for the annual Christmas pageant? This hilarious and heartfelt musical comedy, adapted from Barbara Robinson’s classic story, will have your family laughing and crying as we celebrate the holidays. Tickets can be purchased here: There will be five performances this weekend: Friday (12/7) at 7:30 p.m., Saturday (12/8) at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and Sunday (12/9) at 2 and 4 p.m. All shows will be held at the McColl Family Theater inside ImaginOn. 200 E. 7th St. in Uptown.

For some more stage magic this weekend, join the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte as they present a very special piece entitled, “Spelling 2-5-5”! Have you ever wanted to be a star? Simon’s a terrific speller, and now he has a chance to shine as a contestant on a televised spelling bee. Simon’s brother, Jake, who has autism, unwittingly reveals he’s also a gifted speller in a way that’s uniquely his. Sibling rivalry takes center stage as Simon faces choices about his role as the protective big brother and his desire to gain celebrity status. Tickets can be purchased here: There will be four performances this weekend: Friday (12/7) at 7:30 p.m., Saturday (12/8) at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and Sunday (12/9) at 2 p.m. All shows will be held at the Wells Fargo Playhouse at ImaginOn. 200 E. 7th St. in Uptown.

Moxie Society is ready to kick your weekend off on a cool, relaxing note presenting Society First Friday this evening! Join one of Charlotte’s finest leisure firms as they turn the heat up with positive vibes, fresh-rolled Cuban cigars, delightful cocktail specials and tasty treats to put yourselves at ease. And for your audible amusement, Charlotte’s own DJ Shogun will blend some spicy, classic and contemporary Hip Hop and R&B jams to enhance your experience! Admission is FREE and the dress code is mature and classy. 8 p.m. at Secret Society Cigar Lounge. 2415 W. Morehead St. near Uptown.

Get ready to cut loose this Friday as OutenLove Events, Mr. 305 Events and High Society CLT proudly present Karaoke Game Night this evening! It’s some new flavor with a funky twist as you try sing your sober or sloshed hearts out with karaoke songs, play a wide variety of games and party into the night with a special guest DJ rockin’ out all the dope tunes of today and yesteryear! Admission is FREE with RSVP: The event will begin at 9 p.m. at Recess CLT. 832 Seigle Ave. in the Belm ont Neighborhood.   #OutenLoveEvents

Head out to Bakadi Lounge and get ready to feel the funky fusion of music and community at Afro Soca Love tonight! One of the largest multicultural celebrations of love makes its way into the Queen City featuring an Afro-Caribbean rave infused atmosphere filled with an endless supply of vibrant music to add to this wondrous experience! Tickets can be purchased here: The party starts at 9 p.m. Bakadi Lounge is located at 4205 Monroe Rd.

For some different sonic flavor in the QC this weekend, come out to Snug Harbor for the December 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. Snug Harbor is located at 1228 District.   #BlowYourHead

The Sol Kitchen invites you out to ‘Stache House Bar & Lounge this evening for the December 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



Get your blood pumping for a purpose this morning and come out for the 2018 Jingle Bell Run Charlotte! In honor of the Arthritis Foundation, this annual run features a representative of both the event and the Arthritis Foundation. They are selected for their ability to portray a confident and positive image that carries an inspirational message, not only to those living with arthritis, but to the general public as well. This year’s honoree is the bold, brave and beautiful Jamila Perry-Harley of her nonprofit organization RheumMates who’ll share her personal story. Jamila is always eager to serve as a role model for people impacted by arthritis and to raise awareness among people who may not have a great deal of knowledge about the disease. To join her team and donate, please visit this link: The event will begin at 7:30 a.m. at St. Matthew Catholic Church. 8015 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy.   #RheumMates


Everyone rise, shine and head over to TAS Academy for the Meet The Authors Book Fair this morning! This kid-friendly literature festival will feature several children’s books for purchase, including a special appearance from selected authors Jermaine & Jordan Seamon, Jamie Brown, Darrell McCollum and many more! Admission is FREE to attend and the event will begin at 9 a.m. TAS Academy is located at 9200 University City Blvd. in the University Area.

Put some Afro-Latin flavor in your Saturday and come out to Mangos Caribbean Bar & Grill for the Cocoa Leche Latin American Brunch! The Jerk Chicken N’ Waffles crew is ready to add some Latin spice to the menu and to the soundboards as The Dynamic DJ Kato and Tab The Million Dollar DJ D’Biassi rock out with a special sonic blend of Afrobeats, Latin grooves, House, Hip Hop, Salsa, Reggae, Soul and much more! The kitchen staff has altered the menu and has included some tasty Latin American dishes and cocktails to have your palates dancing in rhythm. Tickets can be purchased here: The party starts at 11 a.m. Mangos is located at 3112 N. Davidson St. in the NoDa District.

Moxie Society is in the giving spirit and today come party with a purpose at the I Still Love the 90s Brunch & Day Party – Christmas Edition! Bring all your friends out for a full day of delicious Southern-inspired meals, $5 mimosas, cocktail specials and a dope arsenal of tunes provided by my man DJ Shogun. For this special Christmas Edition of Charlotte’s best brunch experience, Moxie Society is asking guests to bring donations of feminine care products for homeless women. FREE admission and the party starts at 11 a.m. at Sports One Bar & Lounge. 521 N. College St. in Uptown.

The moment you’ve all been waiting for has arrived – this afternoon, I need everyone to head over to Tip Top Daily Market and come out for Bueller’s Christmas Boogie! Yours truly, The Black Ferris Bueller will be making sure you get on the good foot as I spin three whole hours of classic Jazz, Funk, Soul, R&B, Hip-Hop, Inspirational and Christmas grooves for you to enjoy! And while the music is bumpin’ give your stomachs a thumpin’ of goodness as my girl, the lovely Sherelle Curinton provides a hearty feast guaranteed to warm your soul! Admission is $FREE.99, however I will be taking up donations for the local arts community. The jump off is at 4 p.m. Tip Top Daily Market is located at 2902 The Plaza Rd. #BuellersChristmasBoogie

Spend your Saturday evening with some sophisticated and dapper brothers and sisters at The Gantt Center as The Grays and V-101.9 host The Grays Holiday Party! This stylist soiree will serve as a fundraiser benefitting programs for The Gantt Center. Your ticket for this festive evening includes delectable sweets and savory treats, a specialty drink, live music, lots of dancing to the sounds of the in-house DJ and more throughout this evening. Tickets are $60 each and can be purchased here: The dress code is mature. The event will begin at 8 p.m. The Gantt Center is located at 551 S. Tryon St. in Uptown.

First 2 First Ent LLC invites you out to Press Box for a special Crush On You Saturday 90’s Edition featuring Junior M.A.F.I.A.’s very own Lil’ Cease! Come spend your evening with this Hip Hop legend performing all of his hits and some new hotness that he’s recently released! Additional sounds will be provided by DJ Freedom and there will be drink/meal specials available. Tickets can be purchased here: The party starts at 9 p.m. Press Box is located at 9609 N. Tryon St. in the University Area.

2018 is coming to a close and what a year it has been! To put a final cap on it, the fine folks of The Bantu Fete Team invite you out to Snug Harbor for AfroPop CLT Vol. 27 – Goodbye 2018 Edition! Round out the this groundbreaking year in style with two of the QC’s hardest working sound maestros, The Dynamic DJ Kato and DJ Steel Wheel for an unforgettable night of Afrobeats, Afro-House, Soca, Reggae, Dancehall, Latin flavors, Hip Hop, R&B, some live African drumming thrown in the mix and much, much more! Also, be sure to support the various vendors supplying lots of garments, jewelry, accessories, homemade skin and hair products and more! Tickets can be purchased here: The party starts at 9:30 p.m. Snug Harbor is located at 1228 Gordon St. in the Plaza-Midwood District.



This afternoon, join Mr. Felix Curtis for the final installment of Classic Black Cinema Series for 2018! Today’s feature is the 2001 acclaimed film “Boycott”. Starring Jeffery Wright and Terrence Howard, Boycott tells the story of a pivotal time in the history of a young republic still bleeding from civil war. The famous mid-1950s bus boycott of Montgomery – which launched the modern American civil rights movement – is presented with restraint and an obvious commitment to truth over drama. Before the film, join Gantt Center Collections & Exhibition Manager, Alexys J. Taylor as she takes participants on a special behind the scenes of the museum’s “What We Ask Is Simple” exhibition with a guided tour and talk about the work, which commemorates 20th century protest. The film screening is FREE with museum admission. The tour will begin at 1:15 and the screening will begin promptly at 2 p.m. The Gantt Center is located at 551 S. Tryon St. in Uptown.     #CBCS

This evening, join C-3 Church as they host their annual Holiday JAM Fest! Bring the entire family out for this fun festival of fellowship which will feature talents from inside the C-3 Church as well as other anointed outside talents coming in to bless your senses. There will be a praise & worship segment, praise dance, spoken word and some uplifting Gospel Hip Hop tunes to bounce to! Admission is $5 per person. All proceeds will be donated to one of C-3 Church’s partnering ministries “Theophilos III, who’ll assist in giving toys to deserving children in the community. The event will begin at 6 p.m. C-3 Church is located at 5805 W. Highway 74 in Indian Trail.

The Sol Kitchen and Jazz Around Town are back in effect this weekend presenting one of the flyest and innovative contemporary jazz artists to the stage – everyone get your senses ready for an evening with the Grammy Award-winning Robert Glasper at The Fillmore! The name “experimental” may be associated in the musician’s title, but classically-trained pianist Robert Glasper and his sound machine has mastered jazz, soul and fusion stylings in ways that is totally spellbinding! If you have never seen this band of Brothers perform before, you are definitely missing out on some true musical delight! Tickets can be purchased here: Doors open at 7:30 and the show starts at 8 p.m. The Fillmore is located at 820 Hamilton St.



Ladies of all classes, colors and curves, you’re invited to join Turning Pointe Dance Creations for the Beginner Adult Dance WERKshop this evening! If you’re 21 and up, come strut your stuff and feel lifted with an empowering and interactive workout session led by the extraordinarily beautiful Melissa McDaniel. Tickets can be purchased here: No dance experience is necessary. The event will begin at 8 p.m. at LacedWell.  5221 Equipment Dr.


12/12 – Soul Food Sessions presents Soul Sisters – A Dining Experience

12/12 — 12/15 – Brand New Sherrif Productions presents “Be A Lion”

12/12 – Zo! w/ Carmen Rogers

12/4 – Swingin’ @ The Savoy with Sign of The Times Band & Demond Carter

The Purple Charlotte Steppers

12/16 – Clean Comedy Brunch

12/16 – 5th Annual Chili Cook-Off

12/21 – 12/22 – On Q Productions presents “A Soulful Noel”

12/21 – The They Reminisce Over You Tour feat. CL Smooth & Mel Starr

12/29 – Black Singles in Charlotte presents “R&B vs. Hip Hop”

12/29 — Radio Rehab Carolinas presents JUSTICE 4 ALL

12/30 — Midnight Hour Tour feat. Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younger w/ 10 Piece Band


Enjoy your weekend Brothers & Sisters! Peace. Live. Laugh. Love. Learn. Listen. Give.


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