By Shawn D. Allison, II
Seasons Greetings everyone! We are now in the final month of 2019 and it’s been a wild ride so far. To kick off this month, The Rundown is jam-packed with lots of Christmas plays, performances and some totally far out music jams! But if you really want to be knee deep in the mix, check out the flavor on my “Hot List”!
- THURSDAY — #ShapingCLT: Remembering 1619 at The Levine Museum of the New South
- THURSDAY–SATURDAY – Chickspeare and Charlotte’s Off Broadway presents “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some)”
- THURSDAY–SATURDAY – Brand New Sheriff Productions presents “Be A Lion”
- FRIDAY — Jazz at the Bechtler: Holiday Jazz
- FRIDAY–SATURDAY — Performing Arts & Literary Society presents “The Gift: The Musical”
- FRIDAY – Blow Your Head—December Edition at Snug Harbor
- SATURDAY – MacFly Fresh Printing Co. presents the Kids Entrepreneur Pop-Up
- SATURDAY — Family First: Adinkra Holiday Card Making Workshop at The Gantt Center
- SATURDAY — The Sound Of Christmas w/ Carmen Coulter at The Mint Museum
- SATURDAY — Off The Wall: Wu Tang Forever V.7 feat. The JETA Team at Petra’s
- SUNDAY — Jerk Chicken N’ Waffles Sunday Brunch —December Edition 2019
- SUNDAY – Classic Black Cinema Series screening of “A Woman Called Moses” at The Gantt Center
- MONDAY – Freaquency360 presents “You Are Basquiat – The Listening” at Petra’s
- TUESDAY — Talk About It Tuesday: The Seasoned Table- A Plant-Based Holiday at The Gantt Center
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——–THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5——–
This evening, head down to the Levine Museum of the New South for a special community discussion entitled #ShapingCLT: Remembering 1619. Did you know that 1619 marks the year that the first Africans arrived in America as indentured servants? Whether you answered yes or no, we invite you to grab a seat around the table and join us for a deep dive into the history of the evolution of slavery in America. We will begin the conversation around the question: What has your personal educational experience been like in relation to slavery? Levine Museum Historian Dr. Willie Griffin will be joined by Thomas Clark to discuss the history of indentured servitude, the transitioning into slavery, and the significant impact of these institutions during the past 400 years. Tickets can be purchased here: https://38686.blackbaudhosting.com/38686/Remembering-1619. Admission also includes light bites and a cash bar. The event will begin at 6 p.m. 200 E. 7th St. in Uptown.
This evening, SouthEnd ARTS invites you out to a art-filled discussion entitled “Justice or Just Us: Ensuring Opportunity for All.” From humble beginnings with Mother Theresa in Calcutta, India to Charlotte and our city’s lack of upward mobility for our neighbors, Dr. Stephanie Kripa Cooper-Lewter brings nearly 25 years of experience in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, devoted to the cause of equal opportunity for all. She moved to Charlotte in 2018 to serve as Executive Director of Leading on Opportunity, charged with working alongside our community to address the finding that Charlotte ranked last among the 50 largest U.S. cities in upward mobility, and Mecklenburg County ranked 99th out of 100. Her personal story informs her passion as a social worker to ensure every child in Charlotte-Mecklenburg has an equal chance to achieve social and economic success. This event will also feature the artwork of eleven of the QC’s local artists. Admission is FREE to attend but please be sure to RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/justice-or-just-us-ensuring-opportunity-for-all-tickets-75591776037. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Charlotte Trolley Museum. 1507 Camden Rd. In Uptown.
Learning is a gift which should be applied for the betterment of humanity and for every Thursday of the next few months, the League of Intelligence along with A Sign Of The Times and Kemetic Science Institute invite you and your minds to the Ubuntu Power of Unity Community Building Course. In these sessions, come and delve into the concepts and principles of our culture and unlock the power that unites. Modeled after the Kwanzaa principle, “Kujichagulia”, this course is designed to build determination individually and collectively and to utilize our power to accomplish our goals. Filled with history lessons, team building exercises and much more, it’s one class you shouldn’t skip! Admission is FREE. All sessions will be held at JCSU beginning at 7 p.m. 100 Beatties Ford Rd.
Catch some holiday joy as Chickspeare and Charlotte’s Off Broadway proudly presents Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!) This fast-paced and interactive romp features holiday traditions from around the world, singalongs of every Christmas carol ever sung, and all your holiday favorites shaken up in a snow globe of Christmas cheer….and beer. Tickets can be purchased here: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=cob. There will be two performances this weekend: Thursday (12/5) at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday (12/7) at 8 p.m. All performances will be held at the JCSU Westside Arts Factory. 1545 W. Trade St. near JCSU.
Come take another magical journey into Oz as the great Rory D. Sheriff of Brand New Sheriff Productions presents the acclaimed stage production, “Be A Lion!” Now that Dorothy has returned back home and that The Wiz has been revealed, who will step up and take the responsibility of ruling Oz? This production is filled with all of your favorite and beloved characters with over a dozen new and original songs, dance numbers and more fun that the entire family will enjoy! All performance times and tickets can be purchased here: http://www.carolinatix.org/events/detail/be-a-lion-4. All performances will be held at the Duke Energy Theatre at Spirit Square. 345 N. College St. in Uptown. #BeALion #BNSProductions
B-Boys, B-Girls and all true Hip Hop heads come down to Crown Station for another episode of The Jump Off this evening! Gather your crew and comrades and get down on the good foot as DJ A-Huf rocks out on the 1s and 2s giving you the best of Classic Hip Hop, Soul, Breakbeats, Funk, House, R&B and much more! Admission is FREE and the joint starts at 10 p.m. Crown Station is located at 3629 N. Davidson St. in the NoDa District. #TheJumpOff
——–FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6——–
First United Presbyterian Church invites you out to celebrate the yuletide season with the unbelievable sounds of a true master at the final United In Jazz Concert Series performance! Stanley Graham is back by demand to share his sensational gift of trumpet splendor. His fame and celebrity are well known throughout the jazz community, along with his extraordinary talent to mesmerize an audience with is wide variety of sensational sounds. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/united-in-jazz-final-concert-series-stanley-graham-tickets-81551820691. The show will begin at 5:30 p.m. 406 N. College St. in Uptown.
Kick off your jazzy holiday season as the Ziad Jazz Quartet along with special guest Al Strong proudly presents Jazz at the Bechtler: Holiday 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. Tickets can be purchased here: https://30796a.blackbaudhosting.com/30796a/sslpage.aspx?pid=196&tab=2&txobjid=2cf6055f-92b3-43c6-93d5-9a67d56d4a37. The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art is located at 420 S. Tryon St. in Uptown.
In this day of ever-changing identities, it’s important that we find common ground within ourselves but we are open to acceptance of others as well. For this Friday night, join Soul Liberation Healing & Wellness for a special cool-down mixer entitled BlaQue Folx Chill: Game Night Edition! This event is designed to be a safe space for Black LGBTQ “folx” to connect in conversation and community. It serves as an opportunity to break away from the upright world and bask in their Black queerness in a chill atmosphere of soft illumination, soothing aromatics and lo-fi Hip Hop. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/blaque-folx-chill-a-social-safer-space-for-the-black-queer-community-registration-82714466195. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. Soul Liberation Holistic Wellness is located at 4822 Albemarle Rd.
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: https://www.carolinatix.org/events/detail/a-christmas-carol-6. All performances will be held at Theatre Charlotte. 501 Queens Rd. #TheatreCharlotte
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. Performance schedule and tickets can be purchased here: https://www.ctcharlotte.org/Online/default.asp?doWork::WScontent::loadArticle=. All shows will be held at the McColl Family Theater inside ImaginOn. 200 E. 7th St. in Uptown.
This weekend, Performing Arts & Literary Society invites you and your family for a special stage production of The Gift: The Musical! Written and directed by multi-award winning playwright Vickie L. Evans, this modern-day “Good Samaritan” tale centers around the bishop of a church who is mugged in route to a revival, which he is the guest of honor. While his faithful parishioners ignored his cry for help, some unlikely homeless heroes unselfishly tend to his needs with comfort, care and consideration realizing that some “gifts” come in unexpected packages. Filled with colorful acting and extraordinary vocal talents, this play will be sure to enthrall as well as engulf your hearts with joy! Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-gift-the-musical-stage-play-tickets-74027701849. There will be three performances this weekend: Friday (12/6) at 8 p.m. and Saturday (12/7) at 3 and 7:30 p.m. All performances will be held at Camino Church. 7526 Ruben Linker Rd NW in Concord.
Everyone come and slide down to Petra’s for Hindsight 2020: Staff & Friends Art Show this evening! Come experience a variety of brilliant and riveting artwork by over a dozen of Petra’s staff and associates and then get down on the good foot with Petra’s staff musicians to celebrate this occasion. The staff asks that you reach into your hearts and give — the donations will go toward The Charlotte Resilience Project. To learn more about this program, please visit this website: https://www.thompsoncff.org/the-charlotte-resilience-project/?. Admission is $5. The event will begin at 8 p.m. Petra’s is located at 1919 Commonwealth Ave. in the Plaza-Midwood District.
Power promotion duo Black Singles in CLT and Mr. 305 Entertainment have teamed up one mo’ gin to add some Friday delight as they proudly present The Red & Black Holiday Affair! Break out your flyest red and black threads and bob your head to the best Hip Hop, R&B, Top 40 and more from DJ Johnny Kaydee! Hosted by J-Hova. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-red-black-holiday-affair-tickets-81993760545. The party starts at 9 p.m. at Stats Restaurant & Bar. 3425 David Cox Rd. in the University Area.
The good people of Jazz N’ Soul invite you out to Middle C Jazz Club to experience the heavy funk and smooth jazz melodies of First Fridays feat. The Groove Masters Band! These gentlemen have a rhythm section so powerful that you’ll want to get up and boogie—don’t miss this show! Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/first-friday-middle-c-jazz-featuring-the-groovemasters-tickets-82743767837. Showtime is at 9:30 p.m. Middle C Jazz Club is located at 300 S. Brevard St. in Uptown. #JazzNSoulMusic
For some more spaced out sonic frequencies this evening, head out to Snug Harbor for the December episode 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! Admission is FREE to attend and be ready to dance! The event starts at 10 p.m. Snug Harbor is located at 1228 Gordon St. in the Plaza-Midwood District. #BlowYourHead
——–SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7——–
This weekend, get ready to reach within your souls and reach out for justice at the 2019 Amplify and Activate Summit: Honoring Ancestry. In the third year of the summit, this two-day journey will honor ancestry as it relates to social justice, bringing together extraordinary content for learning, listening, and building relationships. The summit will include dynamic national, regional and local teachers who are actively in using their practice of yoga to lead social justice movements. By attending this unique and worthwhile event, you will connect with community beyond the locations where you practice, learn language from extraordinary social justice leaders and ways to activate your practice in creative and authentic ways. Be heard. Be activated. Be ‘inspowered!’ Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2019-amplify-and-activate-summit-honoring-ancestry-tickets-76189078585. All sessions will be held at The Posh Lofts and Co-Working Café. 9535 Pinnacle Dr., Suite #350.
It’s time to wake and shake things up this morning as the beautiful ladies of SocaFit USA invites you out to SocaFit LIVE! Bring your friends, bring your flags and get ready to “wuk up” ya’ waists, mash up da’ place and get some sweat on your face as you enjoy and endure a morning of nonstop, hi-octane dancing and exercise with a fresh and vibrant Soca soundtrack provided by The Dynamic DJ Kato! Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/socafit-live-last-lap-tickets-82527188041. Light refreshments will be provided. The class will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m. at 2332 Mount Harmony Church Rd. in Matthews. #SocaFit
Calling all young inspired minds, their peers and parents – head down to MacFly Fresh Printing Co. for the Kids Entrepreneur Pop-Up Shop this afternoon! Come out and support some of Charlotte’s budding, busiest and brilliant youth entrepreneurs in this interactive marketplace in an effort to build our community and encourage financial empowerment for our future. There will be over a dozen youth vendors offering a variety of services ranging from eats, treats, jewelry, accessories, body products and much more! Hosted by Madi Girl and Chakra Boy. The event will begin at 11 a.m. MacFly Fresh Printing Co. is located at 301 Camp Rd., Suite #106 inside Camp North End.
Get your family involved with some creativity this morning as The Gantt Center hosts its December workshop, Family First: Adinkra Holiday Card Making. Here’s a great opportunity to learn about West African traditions, specifically how Adinkra symbols have intricate meanings that date back hundreds of years. Led by teaching artist Natalie Chanel, participants will learn how to carve their own Adinkra inspired stamps. Once the stamps have been completed, participants will use their handmade stamps to create a 12×12 inch piece on paper, followed by adding patterns on holiday cards to give away to loved ones! Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/family-first-adinkra-holiday-card-making-tickets-82050738969. The session will begin at 11 a.m. The Gantt Center is located at 551 S. Tryon St. in Uptown.
Get your midday groove on and get on down with Moxie Society as they host another installment of the I Still Love the 90s Brunch & Day Party! You know the flavor—delicious Southern-inspired brunch menu items, top shelf drinks and $5 mimosa specials and an arsenal of throwback Hip Hop and R&B classics from B-Man! Admission is FREE to attend. The party gets rockin’ at 11 a.m. at Recess CLT. 832 Seigle Ave. in the Belmont Neighborhood. #MoxieSociety #TheArtOfTheDayParty
Bring your friends, bring some toys and bring some love in your heart down to The Dooby Shop School of Cosmetology for the 3rd Annual Stuff the Bus Christmas Giveaway! Join radio personality DJ Ace of 92.7 The Block for an afternoon of generous fun as you pack a school bus full of toys that will be delivered as Christmas gifts to deserving children in the QC! Please be sure to bring new or lightly used toys and games. There will also be food for purchase, live performances, tunes provided by DJ Ninja Kydd and much more! The festivities begin at 12 noon. The Dooby Shop is located at 2107 Beatties Ford Rd.
Come hear a joyful noise unto Thee and head down to The Mint Museum for a very special concert entitled “The Sound Of Christmas!” Grab your friends, grab a seat and gear your ears to the stage and enjoy the enchanting effervescence of one of Charlotte’s most beautiful hidden gems, Carmen Coulter. Excelling in a wide variety of vocal styles, this gorgeous chanteuse will be performing a collection of Gospel and holiday classics in styles of classical, contemporary, jazz, soul, choral and more! And joining her will be none other than the smooth soulful sounds of crooner Ken Gober! Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-sound-of-christmas-tickets-73990655041. There will be two performances this afternoon at 3:30 and 6 p.m. 2730 Randolph Rd.
Black Singles in CLT keep things jumpin’ this Saturday afternoon with the Kicks N Sweats Vol. 2 ACC Championship Day Party! Gather your crew, step out in your best athletic gear and cheer on your savored ACC squad with host The SuberMan Lovah along with will some extra music energy from DJ Phalse ID giving you the hotness for all the fly sneaker heads in attendance! Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kicks-n-sweats-vol-2-acc-championship-day-party-tickets-84765785747. The event will begin at 4 p.m. at Firehouse Bar & Lounge. 320 W. Carson St. in Uptown.
Everyone head down to Camp North End and get some more holiday shopping done at the 2019 Mistletoe Market! Kiss those corporate lines goodbye and come support your community with a wide variety of over 25 local vintage and handmade vendors, delicious eats, tasty beverages and more! Also, come and explore some of Camp North End’s workspaces including Dupp & Swat, Blk Mrkt CLT, grab some eats from HEX Coffee, Leah & Louise, Birch Fine Tea and many more! For your entertainment, enjoy a live performance from Quentin Talley & The Soul Providers, Reinaldo Brahn, Chelsea Locklear and more! Admission is FREE and the festivities begin at 5 p.m. Camp North End is located at 1824 Statesville Ave.
Experience some artistic community coolness and join the Guerilla Poets at Charlotte Art League this evening as they host, Vibrations Open Mic! Are you looking for an open mic that inspires, sets your soul on fire and features camaraderie, passion and collaboration? Then this is the open mic for you! This event creates a way to bridge the gap between at risk youth while also securing them a future. There will be creative interactive parts of the event, an open mic segment and more. Admission is FREE to attend and the event begins at 7 p.m. Charlotte Art League is located at 4100 Raleigh St. #GuerillaPoets
Come and “wuk up” da’ elegance in your souls at the Soca Gala Dinner & Dance this evening! Strut your stuff down the red carpet and join Charlotte Caribbean Carnival as they invites you out for a cultural experience of island cuisine, music, awards and recognition, live entertainment, a silent auction, surprise giveaways and much more! Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/soca-gala-dinner-dance-tickets-73063421661. The event will begin at 7 p.m. at SocaFit USA Dance Studios. 7200 Albemarle Rd.
Jazz Around Town invites you out for an evening of soothing jazz tunes with Kim & Kayla Waters LIVE! Saxophonist Kim Waters has made a career of writing timeless anthems with insatiable grooves, undeniable hooks and memorable melodies that combine the best of jazz, R&B, funk and soul. This formula has catapulted him to the top of the charts time and time again and has made him one of the biggest selling saxophonist to date. His beautiful and endearing wife Kim Waters, is an ebullient, classically trained, crossover jazz pianist, vocalist and composer who has shared the stage with a bevy of luminaries including Patrice Rushen, Maysa, Stevie Wonder and many more. In other words, you do not want to miss this show! Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.blumenthalarts.org/events/detail/an-evening-with-kim-and-kayla-waters. The show will begin promptly at 8 p.m. at The McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square. 345 N. College St. in Uptown.
Get in the mix this Saturday night and feel the flavor as First 2 First Ent. LLC presents Cool Saturday! Come and celebrate the one year anniversary of one of Charlotte’s hottest promotion firms in a night of nonstop fun with Grammy Award-winning super producer Cool of Cool & Dre and DeeJay Trap rockin’ the spot with a dope blend of Hip Hop, R&B, Soul, Top 40, Trap and more! Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cool-saturday-aka-grammy-saturday-tickets-81715159241. The party starts at 9 p.m. at Press Box Bar & Grill. 9609 N. Tryon St. in the University Area.
The Hit Agency is back for some more action this Saturday as turn up the heat at Snug Harbor with another energetic episode of the RELEASE! Classic & Soulful House Party! For your dancing pleasures tonight, Jackmaster Gary Wallace and House staple Ron Carroll will set things off properly with a super round Classic House, Deep House, Funk, Soul, Afro-House and R&B flavor in an unforgettable night of dance and unity! Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/release-appreciation-party-december-edition-part-1-featron-carroll-tickets-81348673071. The party starts at 9 p.m. Snug Harbor is located at 1228 Gordon St. in the Plaza-Midwood District. #TheHitAgency
This Saturday, get ready to experience the rough, rugged & raw style as The JETA Team presents one of their MOST ANTICIPATED jams of the year — Off The Wall: Wu Tang Forever V.7! Join Chief Rocka Aking Allah & Soul Brother DJ Justice as they bring the ruckus paying tribute to the mighty Wu-Tang Clan—celebrate the month of #Wucember as they rock out with TONS of Wu-Tang hits, remixes, album cuts, collabos, posse cuts, solo projects along with a special dose of Classic Hip Hop, R&B, Soul, Funk, House, Reggae, Pop, Rock & much more! Also, K&J’s Kitchen Food Truck will be parked out front serving all the Caribbean deliciousness! Admission is $5 before 10 p.m. and $10 after. The jump off is at 9 p.m. at Petra’s. 1919 Commonwealth Ave. in the Plaza-Midwood District. #OffTheWall704
If you’re in the traveling mood, take down I-77 to Columbia and and head over to the Nickelodeon Theater for Super Soul Sinema presents Disco Godfather! This 1979 Blaxploitation cult classic starring Rudy Ray Moore and Carol Speed tells the story of a retired cop who owns and operates a discothèque and tries to shut down the local angel dust (PCP) dealer after his nephew gets “whacked out” on the drug. The Disco Godfather personally vows to seek revenge on anyone who’s producing the drug while piloting his club and more cinematic craziness. There will also be an opening DJ set from host Preach Jacobs and a concluding set from DJ Saxana. Tickets can be purchased here: https://36372.blackbaudhosting.com/36372/tickets?tab=2&txobjid=5ddbbcbb-17b8-4a0d-94cf-d5e9a157a76d&fbclid=IwAR21tnqMUpvbk8v_yoY0qbsdEOuX18H2KDajBYIVE_8TLl0YLZBfmCflXjc. The event will begin at 9 p.m. The Nickelodeon Theater is located at 1607 Main St. in Columbia.
Get a taste of The Motherland this evening and join Africana Connections and NBOC Entertainment as they proudly present Soweto Saturdays: December Edition 2019! From the tip of Tunisia to the Horn of Africa, the coast of Senegal to the Great Karoo, DJs Steve Nizzo and The Dynamic DJ Kato are ready to rock the spot with 360 degrees of authentic Afro-fusion flavor with sounds ranging from Afrobeats, Afro-House, Afro-Trap, indigenous rhythms and more music from across the Disapora! Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/soweto-saturdays-december-edition-a-premium-afro-fusion-experience-2019-tickets-82958215255. The party starts at 10 p.m. at 321 Lounge. 321 N. Caldwell St. in Uptown.
——–SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8——–
The Culture Cooperative is ready to add an extra serving of weekend fun as they invite you out to the Jerk Chicken N’ Waffles Sunday Brunch —December Edition 2019! Enjoy this tropical spin on your Sunday brunch as sound crafter, The Dynamic DJ Kato and friends blend a sonic cocktail of Afrobeats, Hip Hop, House, Soca, Reggae, Dancehall and much more! There will be a special Caribbean-inspired brunch menu with delicious mimosas and other drink specials to enhance your experience! Please be sure to RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jerk-chicken-n-waffles-brunch-december-2019-tickets-84262107231. Admission is $5 per person at the door. The brunch will begin at 11 a.m. at Mango’s Caribbean Restaurant. 3112 N. Davidson St. in the NoDa District.
This afternoon, join Mr. Felix Curtis at The Gantt Center for the December installment of the Classic Black Cinema Series! Today’s feature is the 1978 made-for-TV film, “A Woman Called Moses” starring Cicely Tyson. Featured as real-life escaped slave Harriet Tubman, she helped organize the Underground Railroad, which enabled hundreds of enslaved African-Americans to make their way to the freedom of the Northern states. Adding to the tension are Harriet’s frequent epileptic fainting spells. Orson Welles narrates this adaptation of Marcy Heidish’s novel. The screening is FREE with Gantt Center admission and will begin promptly at 2 p.m. 551 S. Tryon St. in Uptown.
Need some more House music in your life? Don’t worry, I got you! Bring all your friends and fellow House heads down to Crown Station for the Second Sunday Jam! Join Raw Substance DJs Steve Howerton, Charles Gatling and Mike Brown as they send jolts of sonic juice with a vibrant mix of House grooves ranging from Classic, Soulful, Afro-Latino, Deep and much more! Admission is FREE. 3 p.m. 3629 N. Davidson St. in the NoDa District.
The birthday of the reason for the season is approaching and this afternoon head down to St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church for their Annual Christmas Musicale Concert! All are invited to come out and share in this evening of music, singing, liturgical dancing and more with Gospel recording artist Earnest Pugh with The Queen City Singers! Admission is FREE to attend. The concert will begin promptly at 6 p.m. 1600 Norris Ave.
——-MONDAY, DECEMBER 9——–
This evening, prepare your palates for some enticing delight as 7th Street Public Market presents a special class entitled Working with Jackfruit feat. Cooking with Joya! Jackfruit is one of the leading meat alternatives! Chef Joya will be leading this great vegan cooking class for those wanting to learn how to prep and cook with jackfruit. The intimate kitchen setting, with seating for 8-12 people, allows participants to watch the menu being prepared and ask questions Your ticket includes dinner; one drink ticket redeemable for wine, beer or pressed juice; recipes; and a 7th Street Public Market apron to take home. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/working-with-jackfruit-cooking-with-joya-tickets-81870255137. The event will begin at 7 p.m. 7th Street Public Market is located at 224 E. 7th St. in Uptown.
This evening, Freaquency360 invites you out to an artistic mind warp experience entitled You Are Basquiat – The Listening! Come out for this multisensory exhibition in honor of the release of musician Jah Freedom’s latest jazz release, “Basquiat Vol. 1: Samo Suite.” While the grooves are flowing, gear your senses to the stage and immerse yourself in the colorful colloquialisms of poets Bluz and Marlanda Dekine aka Sapient Soul. Experience some visual vibrations from Bunny Gregory and Josh Henderson with FLLS providing the soundtrack for the evening. There will also be an “express yourself” open mic segment for anyone creative individual after the film. Admission is FREE but please be sure to RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/you-are-basquiat-the-listening-tickets-84818968819. The event will begin at 8 p.m. at Petra’s. 1919 Commonwealth Ave. in the Plaza-Midwood District.
——–TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10——–
Head down to The Gantt Center for a special installment of their monthly community discussion series entitled Talk About It Tuesday: The Seasoned Table- A Plant-Based Holiday. Dive deep into the culture of food as it relates to being vegan and vegetarian during the holidays. How have cultural responses and reactions changed over time? How have offerings in the home and at restaurants evolved? Paneltists and foodies Jasiatic Anderson, Letitia Richards, Jenelle Kellam and Omari Campbell will discuss how food influences culture and vice versa, particularly the ways contemporary Black culture both support and impede a healthy diet. The discussion will be moderated by Jameka Whitten. Admission is FREE to attend but please be sure to RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/talk-about-it-tuesday-the-seasoned-table-a-plant-based-holiday-tickets-83868873057. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. 551 S. Tryon St. in Uptown.
12/13 — Sir Abstraxxx presents ¨If Only I Could Kiss You¨
12/13 – The Player’s Ball
12/14 — Covers: A Celebration of Album Covers
12/14 – 2019 Chili Cook-Off
12/14 — Sol Afri All Things Natural Pop Up
12/15 – Bueller’s Christmas Boogie 2019
12/20–12/21 — OnQ Productions presents ¨A Soulful Noel¨
12/21 — View The RIght Thing FIlm + DIscussion Series: Boyz N The Hood
12/21 — Eric Roberson Music Fan First 10th Anniversary Tour
12/21 – AfroPop CLT: Vol. 38
12/26 — Kil Ripkin X Jah Freedom : Premedicated- The Listening
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