The Rundown of Things to Do: Thursday, October 31 – Sunday, November 3

By Shawn D. Allison, II


Greetings all you guys and ghouls! Halloween 2019 is here and the horror has hit the QC with all sorts of fun and frightening events! There’s a lot of things, tricks and treats in store for the minions this weekend so be sure to have those costumes ready for loads of endless fun! To know what the scariest moves are this weekend, peep my “Hot List” down yonder!


  • THURSDAY — Ferris’ Funky Fright Night at Tip Top Daily Market
  • FRIDAY – Jazz at the Bechtler presents “Sinatra Returns” feat. Joe Grandsen
  • FRIDAY–SUNDAY – Three Bone Theatre presents “Protective Custody PRISONER #34042”
  • FRIDAY — Blow Your Head – 2nd Anniversary Jam at Snug Harbor
  • SATURDAY – Exhibiton Grand Opening at The Gantt Center
  • SATURDAY – Middle C Jazz Club Grand Opening feat. Maria Howell
  • SATURDAY – RELEASE! Classic & Soulful House Party feat. DJ Kemit at The Morehead Tavern
  • SATURDAY — Off The Wall: Down South Edition—A Tribute To Southern Hip Hop and R&B
  • SUNDAY — Dia de Muertos/Day of the Dead Festival at Levine Museum of the New South
  • MONDAY — Revolt Comedy One Year Anniversary Show


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Start your weekend off with the gift of words as SouthEnd ARTS invites you out to another episode of their interactive platform series, Warrior For Justice this evening! This evening, step into the fearless world of outspoken Charlotte City Councilwoman LaWana Mayfield, for an authentic look into why activism is more than a photo-op, learn how she ran, won and serves while living her truth in public view and serving the community. Admission is FREE but please be sure to RSVP here: The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. SouthEnd ARTS is located at 1507 Camden Rd. in Historic South End.

All you guys and ghouls, head on down to Tip Top Daily Market this evening for a night of magic and music as I invite you out to Ferris’ Funky Fright Night! Come one, come all down as yours truly, The Black Ferris Bueller spin ssome classic Funk, Hip Hop, Soul and R&B for you to boogie too and be sure to stick around for the Full Moon Slow Jams session! Admission is FREE and open to the public. The jump off is at 6 p.m. Tip Top Daily Market is located at 2902 The Plaza Rd. in the Plaza-Midwood District.

Powered By GME is ready to add some fun on this fright night as they invite you out to the Famous Celebrity Halloween Bash! Gather your crew and get down on the dance floor dressed as your favorite celebrity actor, athlete, artist or superhero! There will be a special gust DJ spinning the hottest of Hip Hop, R&B and Top 40 jams all night long along with tons of drink/meal specials from the bar! Tickets can be purchased here: The party starts at 9 p.m. at Press Box Bar & Grill. 9609 N. Tryon St. in the University Area.



Experience a weekend of rhythm as Shae Movement African Arts, Yaye Fall Cultural Arts & Kuumba West African Dancers invites you out to the 3rd Annual Nanioubolo African Dance & Drum Conference! This interactive conference will feature a variety of West African dance and drumming instructed by master choreographers and percussionists. Instructors include the esteemed Barakissa Coulibaly from the Ivory Coast and Babacar Mbaye from Senegal among other several local notable dancers and musicians. Tickets can be purchased here: All classes and performances will be held at Fuzion Force. 3716 W. W.T. Harris Blvd.

Explore some vibrant art this evening and head over to The Artisan’s Palate for a special showcase feature entitled “Scandalous!” Step into a world where color schemes and patterns take amorphous shapes in this intimate display provided by local artist, Jonay di Ragno. There will be additional local art to scope, cocktails and tasty eats. FREE admission. The event will begin at 6 p.m. The Artisan’s Palate is located at 1218 E. 36th St. in the NoDa District.

Put some jazz in your life and head down to The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art for November installment of Jazz at the Bechtler. For tonight’s episode entitled, “Sinatra Returns”, world-renowned trumpeter Joe Grandsen will pay an homage to one of the greatest voices in music. Distinguished first for the hard bop approach of his trumpet, Gransden has been able to alternate lyricism with an aggressive, angular approach. Don’t miss this show! Tickets can be purchased here: There will be 2 performances this evening at 6 and 8:15 p.m. The Bechtler is located at 420 S. Tryon St. in Uptown.

Get ready for a night of laughs and lessons at Take One: The Gospel Truth feat. Gabby Moore! Life! What is it REALLY all about? Gabby thinks she knows! Come hear the facts of life like you have never heard them before in the form of a one-woman variety show including stand-up, music, improv and more creative talent in this fun night of comedy with the many faces of Gabby Moore. It’s the last life lesson you’ll ever need! Tickets can be purchased here: The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Comedy Arts Theater of Charlotte. 4200 South Blvd., Suite “B.”

This weekend, Three Bone Theatre invites you out for the world premiere of the gritty, raw play Protective Custody PRISONER 34042. Written by Charles LaBorde and based on the memoir of well-known Charlotte Holocaust survivor Dr. Susan Cernyak-Spatz, this intimate piece brings the audience on Susan’s personal experiences as a young woman in Europe during the rise of Nazism and her riveting survival of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camps. A universal story of survival and the strength of the human spirit in the most extreme circumstances, is told beautifully by a two-person cast as they bring Susan’s story to life and reflect on the current rise of antisemitism. Tickets can be purchased here: There will be three performances this weekend: Friday (11/1), Saturday (11/2) and Sunday (11/3) all beginning at 8 p.m. All performance will be held at the Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square. 345 N. College St. in Uptown.

Get ready for an all-new musical experience with Funk Shun as they invite you out to the inaugural session of Issa Bop – Pass the Aux Party! This interactive event grants you the position of becoming the DJ and you have the reign to jam your favorite joints from any era and across a myriad of flavors! Have your playlist ready and come vibe with some cool people! Admission is FREE but please be sure to RSVP here: The party starts at 8 p.m. at Crown Station. 3629 N. Davidson St. in the NoDa District.

OutenLove Events and Mr. 305 Entertainment have teamed back up to host the weekend party jam, 1st Fridays The Glow Up—Glow In the Dark Edition! Step into the dark side for some fluorescent fun with some vibrant neon glow sticks bringing new life and light as The Blend King, DJ Shaun Nyce gives you the best of classic Hip Hop, R&B, Neo-Soul, House and much more! Tickets can be purchased here:  The party starts at 9 p.m. at Stats Restaurant & Bar. 3425 David Cox Rd. in the University Area.

For some more spaced out sonic frequencies this evening, head out to Snug Harbor for the Blow Your Head – 2nd Anniversary Jam! 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.



The Gantt Center invites you and your entire tribe out for a special celebration of its newest exhibition, “and justice for all” and “Painting Is Its Own Country.” In addition to guided tours and hands-on workshops, exhibiting artist Sherrill Roland will discuss being imprisoned under false charges and his subsequent visual and performance art process. Curator Dexter Wimberly, who assembled works by 26 emerging and established artists painting today, will share his perspective of the art form’s ability to offer space for freedom, diversity and self-expression. Admission is FREE and the event will begin at 10 a.m. The Gantt Center is located at 551 S. Tryon St. in Uptown.

Get ready for another episode of Charlotte’s best brunch experience as Moxie Society welcomes you out to the I Still Love the 90s Brunch & Day Party! Same festive Saturday flavor but now in a different neck of the Carolina woods – join one of the OC’s hottest entertainment firms as they fill your day with some of that cultural coolness with an revamped Southern-inspired brunch menu, mimosas, cocktail specials and fly 90s Hip Hop, R&B, Neo-Soul, Reggae tunes from my good brother, DJ Tramare aka Hot Rod! Admission is FREE. The jump off is at 11 a.m. at Recess Charlotte. 832 Seigle Ave. in the Belmont Neighborhood. #MoxieSociety #TheArtOfTheDayParty

Charlotte, bring the family out for the return of one of the city’s biggest “feastivals” at the Southeast Crab Feast! Bring the entire clan out for a day of Lowcountry fresh fish, French fries, fresh brews, wine, music and fellowship! Tickets can be purchased here: The event will begin at 12 noon at Park Road Park. The park is located at 6220 Park Rd.

The musical madness continues at Tip Top Daily Market this Saturday with a special avant-garde culture jam entitled Dreamplaza! Join CSDj & KRAFTWARD as they will be spinning the deepest Electronic, House, Experimental and Psychedelia sounds from the 1960s on that’ll totally warp your mind! FREE admission. The journey begins at 7 p.m. 2902 The Plaza Rd. in the Plaza-Midwood District.

Charlotte, come experience an all-new spot for all the cool cats at the grand opening of the Middle C Jazz Club!   Step inside this new establishment which is poised to have all of your senses at attention and some experience a special treat with a live performance from the beautiful chanteuse Maria Howell! Maria has been on several stages and featured in a number of films showcasing her classic artistry. She also has been known to leave audiences mesmerized with her powerful, sultry, smooth voice, mixing R&B, gospel and soul into her renditions of jazz classics. This is a rare performance that you do not want to miss! Tickets can be purchased here: The event will begin at 7:15 p.m. Middle C Jazz Club is located at 300 S. Brevard St. in Uptown.

This sophisticated Saturday continues to get even more sultry as Moxie Society invites you to Professionals Night Out! Enjoy a breezy and cool November night in a debonair atmosphere with your friends, delicious cocktails, tasty eats and some funky treats from Celebrity DJ Shogun spinning the hottest of classic Hip Hop, R&B, Top 40, Pop and much more! Tickets can be purchased here: The event will begin at 9 p.m. at Explict Restaurant & Lounge. 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd.

The Hit Agency is back for some more action this Saturday as turn up the heat at The Morehead Tavern with another energetic episode of RELEASE! Classic & Soulful House Party! For your dancing pleasures tonight, Jackmaster Gary Wallace and DJ Tony Cutlass will set things off properly with special guest DJ Kemit getting’ down on the good foot with 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: The party starts at 9 p.m. The Morehead Tavern is located at 300 E. Morehead St. in Uptown.

Once again it’s on–The JETA Team is back in full effect and ready to catch wreck this Fall with another true school episode of “OFF THE WALL: Down South Edition–A Tribute To Southern Hip Hop & R&B”! Join three of the QC’s illest – Chief Rocka Aking Allah, Soul Brother DJ Justice and The Mighty DJ DR as they rock the spot with TONS of Classic Hip Hop, R&B, Soul, Pop, Rock, Funk, Reggae and Rare Grooves.   Then, get ready for a sonic journey into the land of Crunkville as they give your earholes a trunk rattlin’ tribute of Dirty South super funk from Hypnotize Minds, Grand Hustle, Little Brother, 2 Live Crew, Screwed Up Click, Cash Money, No Limit, Miami Bass, The Dungeon Family, So So Def Records Lil’ Jon and much more! Also, @kandjs_kitchen will be at the spot serving up the Caribbean deliciousness!! Admission is $5 before 10pm and $10 after. The jump off is at 9pm at @petrasbar. 1919 Commonwealth Ave.

Get a taste of The Motherland this evening and join Africana Connections and NBOC Entertainment as they proudly present Soweto Saturdays! 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: The party starts at 10 p.m. at 321 Lounge. 321 N. Caldwell St. in Uptown.



Enjoy a beautiful Sunday afternoon at The Levine Museum of the New South with your family and come out for the Dia de Muertos/Day of the Dead Festival. Join Museum staff along with the Latin American Coalition and community members as you will eat tasty treats, dance to some festive music, create arts and crafts associated with the Mexican holiday. Admission is FREE to attend. The fun starts at 12 noon. The museum is located at 200 E. 7th St. in Uptown.



Get your laugh on at Heist Brewery this evening and come out for the Revolt Comedy One Year Anniversary Show! Sit back, relax and get ready to laugh away those Monday blues with a hilarious blend of raw and clever comedic performers featuring Joy Wills, James R. Hustle, Tara Brown, Bob Maier and headliner Jason Allen King! Hosted by Brian O’Neil with music provided by Black Light the DJ. Admission is $5 and will begin at 8:30 p.m. Heist Brewery is located at 2909 N. Davidson St. in the NoDa District.


11/7 — CONTRA-TIEMPO’s “joyUS justUS

11/7 – The Color of Jazz – Nicci Canada sings Dinah Washington

11/8 – What The Fries CLT presents “What The …. Sammiches?”

11/9 – Sol Afri: All Things Natural Pop-Up

11/9 – Taste of Cuba: Fiesta

11/15 – Denim Art Show

11/16 – View The Right Thing Film & Discussion Series: Higher Learning

11/16 — Thuggishness: A Celebration of CLT Hip-Hop, Pt. II

11/23 – Media Maven Connect

11/23 – Jazz N’ Soul Music presents Pieces of a Dream LIVE

11/30 – Radio Rehab Carolinas presents JUSTICE 4 ALL


Everyone have a great weekend!


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


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