The Rundown of Things to Do: Thursday, October 10 – Tuesday, October 15

Shawn Allison shares all the places you'll wanna be in the Queen City.


By Shawn D. Allison, II

Saltutations everyone! We’ve got a totally jam-packed weekend ahead of us and this extra crisp Fall weather is only going to add more enjoyment! I’ll be hitting the decks this Sunday afternoon at The Turn-Up Alternative at Tip Top Daily Market so be sure to slide through and enjoy some of the sounds! In the meantime and in between time, check out the other flyness on my “Hot List” below!


  • THURSDAY — Stimulus: Alternate Visions & Counter-Institutions at The McColl Center
  • THURSDAY – The Terence Young Experience w/ Arsena Schroeder LIVE at The Evening Muse
  • THURSDAY – Le Bang presents DJ Dee Diggs LIVE at Snug Harbor
  • FRIDAY – Black Food Truck Friday at Cuzzo’s Cuisine
  • FRIDAY — Unplugged + Live: Brosnan Granger and TAMRA
  • FRIDAY — The Art of Easing: The Rap Edition
  • FRIDAY –Jazz N’ Soul Music presents Dee Lucas and Persona Bell at The Stage Door Theater
  • SATURDAY — SocaFit LIVE — Flags Up & Shell Down Experience
  • SATURDAY — I Still Love the 90s Brunch: Samples & Breakbeats w/ DJ Justice
  • SATURDAY — 16th Annual 15 Short Film Festival
  • SATURDAY – Repainted Tomorrow October Edition at Tip Top Daily Market
  • SATURDAY — Midnight Ravers – The Saturday Night Get Down at Petra’s
  • SUNDAY – Classic Black Cinema Series screening of “The Brother From Another Planet” at The Gantt Center
  • SUNDAY – The Turn-Up Alternative w/ The Black Ferris Bueller at Tip Top Daily Market
  • TUESDAY – Harlem 100 at The Knight Theater


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Start your weekend off of a creative note and head down to The McColl Center for Art + Innovation for their October community discussion entitled, Stimulus: Alternate Visions & Counter-Institutions. This roundtable discussion brings together four Charlotte-based artists in an open dialogue about counter-institutions and alternate visions for the arts in Charlotte. From art trucks to murals to residencies, McColl Center alumna artist Rosalia Torres Weiner, Dammit Wesley, Janelle Dunlap and Amy Herman will share their experiences at the intersections of art, activism, and community organizing. Facilitated by visiting curator Laura Ritchie, this community conversation will explore the unique characteristics of Charlotte’s independent arts scene, focusing on its values, challenges, and potential futures. Admission is FREE 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.

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.



Get ready for an evening of laughter at Bold Missy Brewery for the Beerly Funny Comedy Show! For tonight’s feature, come experience the quirky humor of headliner Shane Rhyne! Shane explores the bright side of his darkest thoughts with playful, intelligent autobiographical comedy that turns personal tragedies (and the occasional triumph) into jokes for strangers. Whether he is discussing nervous first steps into second marriage, parenthood for the first time at 50, his battles against depression and anxiety, Shane reveals that he is a “the glass is only half-shattered” kind of guy willing to celebrate the silver lining and the cloud at the same time. Joining him in this laughable affair are local comedians and comediennes Adrienne Freeman, Hillary Staple, Leigh Gannon, Chris Monds and host Lauren Ansley. Admission is FREE to attend but please be sure to RSVP here: The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. Bold Missy Brewery is located at 610 Anderson St. in the NoDa District.



Bring your friends out for an evening of cool grooves featuring the string-plucking smoothness of The Terence Young Experience performing LIVE! This virtuoso has been on many stages showcasing his impeccable musicianship and tonight, come experience Terence and his band performing your favorite contemporary R&B and Soul classics with a touch of smooth jazz flavor. The lovely songstress Arsena Schroeder will provide the opening artistic energy. Tickets can be purchased here:   The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at The Evening Muse. 3227 N. Davidson St. in the NoDa District.



Get in the groove this evening as Le Bang proudly presents the sonic stylings of Dee Diggs performing LIVE! Coming straight out of Brooklyn, come and lose yourself as the lovely and unapologetically Black, nonconforming sound selectress DJ Dee Diggs gives your ears a soulful dose of House, Deep House, Funk, R&B, Pop and much more! Additional frequencies will be provided by Longchild, Don4ld and Alan Ospina. Admission is $5 per person. The party starts at 10 p.m. at Snug Harbor. 1228 Gordon St. in the Plaza-Midwood District.





Get ready for some more wheelin’ and dealin’ as Black Business Owners of Charlotte (BBOC) invites you out to another installment of Black Food Truck Friday! Bring all your friends and family out for an evening of fun as you dine from some of the city’s finest and most delicious Chocolate culinary chariots, scoop up some cool fashions and trinkets from local vendors, have chances to win cool prizes and get down on the good foot to the sounds of DJ Steel Wheel! Admission is FREE and the event will begin at 5 p.m. at Cuzzo’s Cuisine. 3418 Tuckaseegee Rd.

This afternoon, The Mint Museum Uptown invites you to be part of a special interactive tour based on the book, “The Warmth of Other Suns.” This public tour features Isabel Wilkerson’s “The Warmth of Other Suns” which follows three individuals representative of the six million Black Southerners who participated in the Great Migration to Northern or Western destinations within the U.S. with the hope for a better life. The tour will begin with an in-depth discussion of the book. Following the talk, a docent-led tour of selected pieces in the museum that enhance the work of this Pulitzer Prize-winning author. Admission is $10 per person. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. The Mint Museum is located at 500 S. Tryon St. in Uptown.

Dear Soul Music Company invites you out to experience some Friday smoothness as they proudly present Unplugged + Live: Brosnan Granger and TAMRA! First up, come and get a taste of some stringed-out goodness with Brosnan Granger setting the scene on his good-tar, providing a Bluesy feel all rooted in Carolina flavor. Armed with an afro and a whole lot of soul, the endearing and ever-fine TAMRA has a rich and velvet voice that is full of that classic and warm down-home energy guaranteed to bring an everlasting smile to your being. Sponsored by ASC Culture Blocks. Admission is FREE. Doors open at 6:45 and the show starts at 7 p.m. at The Hut. 413 Johnston Dr. in Pineville.

Calling all film buffs — Queen City Cinephiles invites you out to Thirsty Nomad Brewing this evening as they host QCC Short Film Collection: Films with a Twist. This showcase will feature a collection of foreign viewings with colorful, suspenseful and mind-bending plots guaranteed to have your attention sitting at the edge of your seat! Admission is $5 and can be purchased here:  The screenings will begin at 7 p.m. Thirsty Nomad Brewing is located at 4402 Stuart Andrew Blvd.

The lovely Dani Outen of OutenLove Events invites you to an all-new concept this evening as they proudly present Plates and Playlists: The R&B Dinner Party! Bring your friends out for an evening of cuisine and culture at one of Charlotte’s newest fine dining establishments, Explict Bistro & Lounge with some delightful delectable, creative cocktails and a vibrant soundtrack of R&B grooves from all eras provided by a special guest DJ! And then, be sure to stick around for the midnight snack segment entitled, The Session, which will be full of musical and social surprises! Admission is FREE but please be sure to RSVP here: The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. Explict is located at 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd.



Come fill your Friday night with the creativity of words and rhythm as Poets in Autumn LIVE! Poets in Autumn is a spoken word extravaganza that showcases the nation’s largest inspirational poets. Although it is a full poetry event, this event merges comedy, monologues and theatrical elements to make it an experience like none other. Using state-of-the-art production, each piece has visuals presented on a massive video wall which brings each word to life. Tickets can be purchased here:  The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Forest Hill Church. 7224 Park Rd.

If you want to experience some extra head-bobbing hotness on this funky Friday night, head over to Tip Top Daily Market and plug yourselves into The Art of Easing: The Rap Edition! Join my good brothers ½ of Diggers Delight, Cairo Black and DJ Foundacetion as they purvey a bevy of Hip Hop frequencies ranging from Boom Bap, Electro-Funk, Hip House, Golden Era classics and many more styles that you dig on all vinyl sets! Admission is $FREE.99 and the tables start turning at 8 p.m. Tip Top Daily Market is located at 2902 The Plaza Rd. in the Plaza-Midwood District.



Jazz N’ Soul Music and SoundVizion LLC present an Intimate evening of jazz with Dee Lucas and Persona Bell! National recording artist and saxophonist Dee Lucas has been steadily growing his brand and fan base beginning with Remembrance in 2004. Thereafter, it has been a steady showcase of unique stylings including performing alongside a plethora of artists such as Boney James, Norman Brown, Ronnie Laws, Nnenna Freelon, Hugh Masekela, Gregg Karukas, Peter White, Nick Colionne, and Michael Franks just name a few! Filled with warm, rich melodies, an angelic voice and top notch ivory tickling skills, Persona Bell is not only an artist, she’s a voice of radiance, creativity and elegance. If you’ve never witnessed this enchanting chanteuse before, I highly suggest that you come and witness one of Charlotte’s finest talents. Tickets can be purchased here:  The show will begin at 8 p.m. at The Stage Door Theater. Located on the corner of E. 5th St. and N. College St. in Uptown.

Everyone hop in your Chevy, Cadillac or Pontiac and head down to Snug Harbor for the October Southern-fried edition of PLAYER MADE! This is the jam session that celebrates Southern Hip Hop from all eras ranging from The Geto Boys, The Hot Boys, UGK, Nappy Roots, Little Brother, DJ Screw, T.I., The Dungeon Family and a lot more! Your host is local MC Elevator Jay along with Jaboi B Rab, A-Huf, The Mighty DJ DR and a performance from a special guest! Admission is FREE for everyone 21+ and $5 for persons 18-20. Doors open at 9 p.m. Snug Harbor is located at 1228 Gordon St. in the Plaza-Midwood District.





It’s time to wake and shake things up this morning as the beautiful ladies of SocaFit USA invites you out to SocaFit LIVE — Flags Up & Shell Down Experience! Bring your friends, bring your flags and get ready to “wuk up” 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:–shell-down/.  Light refreshments will be provided. The class will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m. at 2332 Mount Harmony Church Rd. in Matthews. #SocaFit



Take a short ride out to nearby Monroe and come experience the 2nd Annual Taste of the World International Food Festival! Everyone prepare your palates for a delectable afternoon of unforgettable multicultural cuisines from a variety of food trucks and food vendors! Also, there will be lots of live entertainment, giveaways and much more! Hosted by Community Events Foundation, Inc. Admission is FREE to attend. The event will begin at 11 a.m. The address of the event is 1600 Skyway Dr. in Monroe.

Charlotte’s best brunch takes a special spin on Foundation Avenue this afternoon as Moxie Society invites you out to the I Still Love the 90s Brunch: Samples & Breakbeats w/ DJ Justice! Bring your crew out for some Saturday swingin’ with a delightful Southern-inspired brunch menu, drink specials, $5 mimosas and more! And while your food steaming, get ready for some smokin’ hot true school flavor from Soul Brother DJ Justice giving your ears a special helping of classic and rare breakbeats, samples, remixes, B-sides, album cuts and more from multiple eras! Admission is FREE and the tables start turning at 11 a.m. at Recess Charlotte. 832 Seigle Ave. in the Belmont Neighborhood.



Spectrum invites your entire family out for an afternoon of fun as they host the Community Day Festival! You’ll get a chance to explore a variety of nonprofit booths, get your face painted, enjoy some food trucks, Spectrum job recruiters, get down with a guest DJ from 105.3 RnB, and enjoy a LIVE performance from R&B duo, Kindred the Family Soul! FREE admission. The event will begin at 11 a.m. at The Movement School. 2701 Freedom Dr.

The 8th annual HOLA! Charlotte Festival returns to Uptown for an afternoon full of fun! Everyone bring the family out and celebrate Latino heritage with live music, culture, arts & crafts, dance, children’s activities, fresh Latin cuisine and more! Admission is FREE to attend and the fun starts at 12 noon. The festival will be located on the corner of Trade & Tryon in Uptown.

Catch some more cinematic magic this weekend at the 16th Annual 15 Short Film Festival! This celebration of creativity will offer films from around the world that are in the categories of Documentary, Comedy, Animation, Something Different and Narrative are no longer that 15 minutes. The festival has showcased several Oscar nominated and winning films in its long history and remains as one of the few Charlotte film festivals that concentrates specifically on the short film platform. Tickets can be purchased here:  The event will begin at 7 p.m. at Heist Brewery. 2909 N. Davidson St. in the NoDa District.



Creativity and community come full circle this Saturday as The Underground Mobile Art and Rep Yourz proudly presents the “What Do You Rep?” Art Showcase! Come and represent who you are in this special, interactive paint & sip event as you create your own take-home masterpiece, enjoy a ton of live performances from local talents and much more! Tickets can be purchased here: The event will begin at 7 p.m. at The Peace Pipe. 204 W. Woodlawn Rd., Suite “H”.



Join my friends Diggers Delight and the Vacation Pay crew as the proudly present the October installment of Repainted Tomorrow this evening! This half beat show/half live painting hybrid showcase will feature the sonic stylings of local talents SWVN Sega and LucMacNumera along with visual vibrations provided by Kamo. Additional sonic frequencies will be provided by resident musicians Axnt, FllS and Simon SMTHNG. Hosted by Peculiar Hippie. Admission is FREE but donations will be accepted. The event will begin at 8 p.m. at Tip Top Daily Market. 2921 The Plaza Rd.



Get ready to bust a move as Charlotte Nightlife Entertainment proudly presents 2nd Saturday with The Uptown Swagga Band! Bring your friends and come get down on the good foot this Friday night as Charlotte’s premiere Go-Go band, Uptown Swagga gives you a ton of funk with original jams, classic and all sorts of rousing rhythms in-between! Tickets can be purchased here:  The party starts at 9 p.m. The Press Box is located at 9609 N. Tryon St. in the University Area.

Step out in style as one of the QC’s fastest growing social meetups, Charlotte Social Society invites you out to their CSS Red Carpet Anniversary Party! From the comments section to the inbox to the dance floor, you’re invited to meet this intriguing collective of fun-loving kindred spirits in a night of cocktails, classiness and sonic coordination provided by Charlotte’s own, DJ 704! Preferred attire is “Mature & Classy”. Tickets can be purchased here:  The party starts at 9 p.m. at Sage Restaurant & Lounge. 505 E. 6th St. in Uptown.



It’s all things House music tonight as Crown Station hosts Release and Funkbox CLT! Get into the zone with Jackmaster Gary Wallace, Raw Substance’s Charles Gatling and Steve Howerton, DJ Oba Shaanti, Mike Brown, DJ Tony Cutlass and a special guest spin from the legendary DJ Tony Touch giving you 360 degrees of Soulful and Classic House, Deep House, Latin Boogie, R&B, Soul, Funk, Afrobeat, Downtempo and much more! Also, be sure to stick around for a special LIVE performance from Dajae! Tickets can be purchased here:  The jump off is at 9 p.m. Crown Station is located at 3629 N. Davidson St. in the NoDa District.

Catch some more avant-garde QC action and head over to Petra’s for Midnight Ravers – The Saturday Night Get Down! Get in the mix with three of the finest from the Carolina sticks – DJs Jah Sun Rising, VonFunkHauser and birthday honoree That Guy Smitty as they take you into the realms of Deep House, Astro Funk, Disco, World Music, Rare Grooves and much more! Admission is $5 per person. The party starts at 9 p.m. Petra’s is located at 1919 Commonwealth Ave. in the Plaza-Midwood District.

This Saturday night, get up and jam and lose yourself in a world of music at the Sol Afri International Dance Party! Join one of the QC’s hottest and most in-demand turntablists, DJ Steel Wheel for an evening of unparalleled tropical essence set to the soundtrack of and much more! Sol Afri is a celebration of cultural synthesis of all music for all people. It’s more than just a party, it’s a trip around the African Diaspora! The party starts at 10 p.m. at Apostrophe Lounge. 1440 S. Tryon St. in Uptown.





Join Free Press, WFAE, The Charlotte Observer, Solutions Journalism Network and La Noticia for a special community conversation entitled Imagine Home: Co-Creating Solutions for Housing in Charlotte this afternoon. At its best, journalism brings people together to address urgent issues — like the housing crisis in Charlotte. How do local media cover stories about land, housing, and how housing inequity impacts community members? How can local residents co-create solutions and influence local journalism? Come out to this drop-in event connecting residents with the Charlotte Journalism Collaborative so that we can figure out those questions together. Food provided by Uptown Yolk Cafe. Music provided by DJ SPK. Admission is FREE but please be sure to RSVP here:  The event will begin at 1 p.m. at ImaginOn. 300 E. 7th 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 DJs Mike Brown and Raw Substance’s Steve Howerton and Charles Gatling as they power the place with a vibrant mix of House grooves ranging from Classic, Soulful, Afro-Latino, Deep and much more! Admission is FREE, but donations will also be accepted. 1 p.m. 3629 N. Davidson St. in the NoDa District.

This afternoon, join Mr. Felix Curtis for the October installment of Classic Black Cinema Series with a special screening of the 1984 cult classic, “The Brother From Another Planet.” “The Brother” (Joe Morton) is an alien and escaped slave on the run from his home planet. After he lands in New York City, he tries to adapt to life on the streets of Harlem. Although the Brother is mute, he does have great abilities at fixing machines, and he gets a job. As the Brother tries to blend in with his new culture, he finds an apartment and gradually makes friends. Meanwhile, he is pursued by two agents from his home world who are intent on returning there with him. The screening is FREE with museum admission. The screening will begin promptly at 2 p.m. at The Gantt Center. 551 S. Tryon St. in Uptown.

The Culture Cooperative is ready to add a dose of Southern flavor in your weekend as they invite you out to A Southern Fried Kickback Day Party: October Edition ’19! Enjoy this funky blend on your Sunday as The Dynamic DJ Kato spins a sonic cocktail of classic Southern Hip Hop and R&B mixed with Afro-Fusion frequencies and much more! There will also be drink and “Southern Fried” food specials running all day. Tickets can be purchased here:  The party will begin at 4 p.m. at Recess CLT. 832 Seigle Ave. in the Belmont Neighborhood.



Spend your Sunday with some soulful sounds as yours truly invites you out to Tip Top Daily Market for The Turn-Up Alternative! Take a break from all the hustle & bustle of the world and come enjoy some flavorful frequencies, jazzed-out juxtapositions and soulful serenity as your Brother, The Black Ferris Bueller, creates an atmosphere of relaxation through some Jazz, Fusion, Jazz-Funk, R&B and Rare Grooves from my own personal vinyl collection. Feel free to bring a book, a friend or a few of them, your food and a free spirit to enjoy this mellow ride. Admission is $FREE.99 and the table start turning at 5 p.m. 2902 The Plaza in the Plaza-Midwood District.



The League of Creative Interventionists invites you to be part of the Gathering and Giving: CLT LoCI Family Dinner this evening! This casual, family-style dinner will be prepared by Chef Greg Collier of the Yolk Café and soon to open Leah and Louise, with fresh, local produce from the garden of incoming LoCI Fellow Brandon Ruiz. Your attendance will support CLT fellows and their 2019-2020 projects such as: Alex Alcorn – Mobile Makers Space, CLT Herbal Accessibility Project Community Garden and Hannah Hasan – Community Storytelling Project. Chief Rocka Aking Allah will be spinning the tunes on the 1s and 2s. Tickets can be purchased here:  The event will begin at 6 p.m. at Camp North End. 1824 Statesville Ave.





The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center invites you to a spectacle that’s a century in the making as they proudly present “Harlem 100!” 100 years after one of the most culturally significant periods in human history, Harlem is in the midst of a resurging creative movement sparked by the centenarian embers left by the wildfire that was the Harlem Renaissance. The Harlem Renaissance has since proven to be an unrivaled period of brilliance in both profound intelligent expression and preeminent entertainment. Created in collaboration with the National Jazz Museum in Harlem and JMG Live, this multi-media show captures the sights and sounds of Harlem when legendary artists such as Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Langston Hughes and Billie Holiday made Harlem the cultural center of the country. Tickets can be purchased here:  The show will begin at The Knight Theater. 430 S. Tryon St. in Uptown.




10/16 – ONDAS do Brasil – October Edition

10/17 – Butcher Brown: A Tribute To Fela Kuti

10/18 – Art Play Pop-Up

10/18 – Hot Gumbo Season Finale

10/18 — Power Of One Singles Conference

10/19 — I Still Love The 90’s Brunch Feat. Micki Blendz

10/19 — Mask Making 101

10/19 – AfroPop CLT: Vol. 36

10/20 — Incognito Feat. Maysa 40th Anniversary Tour

10/21 – 10/28 – Charlotte Black Restaurant Week

10/25 – Radio Rehab Carolinas presents Hella Collab

10/25 — Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde ft. SlimKid3, Fatlip & DJ Undrkut

10/27 — The 2019 Community Connection Fall Expo


Everyone have a fantastic weekend!


Live. Laugh. Love. Learn. Listen. Give.


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