The Rundown: Things to Do September 20 – September 23

By Shawn D. Allison, II

Greetings family! Last week was unfortunate due to the effects of Hurricane Florence, but here we are with sunny skies, warm weather and a NEW season! Fall is here and yours truly, The Black Ferris Bueller has got some dopeness lined up to kick off the Autumn Equinox! If you want to know what kind of trouble I’ll be getting into this weekend, check out my “Hot List” below!


  • THURSDAY – Open House at The McColl Center
  • THURSDAY – Parent’s Right to Know Public Hearing at Little Rock AME Zion Church
  • THURSDAY – That’s My Jam! Open Mic at Sydney’s Martini & Wine Bar
  • FRIDAY – Black Food Truck Fridays at Cuzzo’s Cuisine
  • FRIDAY – Science on the Rocks: I Heart Science at Discovery Place
  • FRIDAY – Jazz N’ Soul Music presents Just Fine – The Ultimate Mary J. Blige Tribute Band
  • SATURDAY – The Look of Freedom – Digital Protest Sign Making Workshop at The Gantt Center
  • SATURDAY – Grier Town Community Bash
  • SATURDAY – The Black Mecca at Camp North End
  • SATURDAY – The Vulnerable Black Man Film Series screening of “42” at Char-Meck Main Library
  • SATURDAY – The Art of Easing w/ Cairo Black & DJ FoundACEtion at Tip Top Daily Market
  • SATURDAY – Su Casa: The September Edition at Petra’s
  • SUNDAY – HBCU Sunday Brunch Trivia at 7th Restaurant
  • SUNDAY – A Sign of the Times presents the 2018 Straight-Ahead Jazz Series
  • SUNDAY – OutenLove Events presents Livin’ Better Now : 90s Day Better Day Party at The Rabbit Hole


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Get your appetites ready for a weekend of purposeful good eatin’ as Rory D. Sheriff of Brand New Sheriff Productions invites you to “par-taste” in his Annual Cheesesteak Fundraiser! Join Rory as he transforms into his alter ego “Chef Homeboy” serving up his hometown’s delightful delicacy – the coveted Philly Cheesesteak! The goal of this fundraiser is to make 500 sandwiches to support Brand New Sheriff Productions so they can keep the narrative of our community in rotation. Each beef or chicken sandwich is $12 with options of mayonnaise, ketchup, onions, sweet peppers, hot peppers and marinara sauce. Be sure to e-mail your orders and pickup/delivery options to:

Fall is in the midst and The Gantt Center is ready to set the season off right with Gantt After Dark: Autumn Gold! Join the Charlotte Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. as they host an evening of style and sophistication with a bevy of the QC’s flyest from all walks of life. Enjoy some live entainment from 5th & York and a special guest DJ, cocktails and be sure to take a gander at their newest exhibiton, “Welcome To Brookhill.” Admission is FREE but please be sure to RSVP here: The event will begin at 5 p.m. The Gantt Center is located at 551 S. Tryon St. in Uptown.

This evening, join JAMN, Nakisa “Sista Sol” Glover, Parents Concerned With CMS and Truth 2 Power 4 U for a very important Parent’s Right to Know Public Hearing. Parents, taxpayers, and/or school bond voters are encouraged to participate in this public discussion on the CMS practice of not disclosing environmental health information about lead in drinking water, mold, and other sensitive issues to the community. The discussion will begin at 6 p.m. at Little Rock AME Zion Church. 401 N. McDowell St. in Uptown.

The Cultured District is ready to set your weekend off in style as they warmly welcome you to the inaugural session of Thrive – The Camp North End Fall Jazz Series! Whether you make this a date with your significant other or a cool out with your crew, enjoy the company of your host, the beautiful Davita Galloway and a headlining performance from homegrown staple Harvey Cummings & Friends! There will also be food and drink specials starting at $3 each. The Cultured District is a collection of minds, brands, and creative agencies that seek to empower artists and support opportunities that will both help individuals become established and flourish in the arts, music and business. Admission is $3 and can be purchased at the gate or here: The jam starts at 6 p.m. Camp North End is located at 1824 Statesville Ave.

Head down to Reeder Memorial Baptist Church for the second installment of The State of Our Black Boys conversation series. Tonight, join host The People’s Voice for an interactive panel discussion about the state of welfare in regards to Charlotte Black male youth voiced by some of Charlotte’s dignitaries. Panelists include Charlotte City Councilman Braxton Winston, community activist Brandi Williams, Civil Rights Icon and Attorney James Ferguson, II, CMPD Deputy Chief Johnny L. Jennings and Power98 FM personality Janine Davis. The discussion will be moderated by WBTV reporter Dedrick Russell and Spectrum News reporter Kirstin Garris. Admission is FREE to attend. The event will begin at 6 p.m. 3725 Beatties Ford Rd.

Thursdays are for relaxing, entertainment, food, drinks and time well spent with your friends and tonight, slide down to Sydney’s Martini & Wine Bar for the That’s My Jam! Open Mic session! Join host El Lambert events as they set the mood for you and your crew of professionals as you enjoy some local talents extend their skills of vocals and instrumentals in R&B, Soul, Jazz and spoken word. Admission is FREE all night long and there will be plenty of drink and meal specials available. Please be sure to RSVP here: The event will begin at 6 p.m. Sydney’s is located at 401 N. Tryon St. in Uptown.

This evening, head down to The McColl Center for Art + Innovation for an Open House Social! Today marks the start of new artist residencies in their respective studios and to get a first look at the McColl’s new fall exhibiton, “New Works / Alumni One.” The artists-in-residence are Juan Dolhare, Alice Gosti, Liz Miller, Tom Stanley, and Antoine Williams. Admission is FREE to attend and there will be beer and wine for sale along with some live music from a guest DJ. Admission is FREE to attend. The event will begin at 6 p.m. The McColl Center is located at 721 N. Tryon St. in Uptown.

Fill your spirit with an abundance of creativity and come out to Artists Spotlight Thursdays this evening! Step into a world where words and visuals harbor a harmonious vibrancy with featured acts and power creative couple CFour Black and Aiden Lee! This ongoing showcase will also feature local creatives bring forth their talents of singing, instrumentalism, visual art, spoken word or however else they feel creative led to express themselves. Admission is FREE and there will be plenty of drink specials, $5 wing baskets, $15 hookahs and other leisurely elements to enhance your experience. The event will begin at 7 p.m. at The Rack CLT. 6912 Old Lawyers Rd.

The wait is over – some new turf has been marked in the QC and it’s time to witness some new hotness of the Play MARSports Turf Takeover Fall 2018 Turf Kickball League! It’s the same hi-octane energy as before, only this time teams will test their kickball skills on an AstroTurf surface. If you want to witness this historic and trailblazing venture, head out to Charlotte Soccer Academy at Ortho Carolina Complex and cheer on the greatness on the field! If you’re interested in joining a team, please send an e-mail to: or be sure to register at: Kickoff is at 7 p.m. The field is located at 13301 Dorman Rd. in Pineville.   #MARS #Funletics



It’s time for the 54th annual Festival In the Park! This beautiful Lake Walk art festival features the work of talented local artisans and craftsmen featuring their jewelry, paintings, woodwork, pottery, glasswork, and lots more! There will also be local musicians, activities for kids and food vendors. Come experience Charlotte’s favorite and longest standing festival! Admission is FREE and the festival will run from today at 4 p.m. through Sunday (9/23) at Freedom Park. 1900 E. Blvd. in the Dilworth Neighborhood.

Once again, the Discovery Place is back once again to do what they do best – science. Tonight, gather your friends for a night of geeked-out fun at Science on the Rocks: I Heart Science! Strap on your goggles and lab coat, and celebrate all the wacky, amazing and spectacular science in store for this eventful evening — with a cocktail in hand, of course. From fun with fire to 3D-printed pancakes, sipping on vaportinis, gas balloon roulette, dive into decomposition and more, this adults-only evening will show you why you should have paid attention in science class! Tickets can be purchased here: This event is for people 21+ with proper I.D. The fun starts at 5 p.m. The Discovery Place is located at 301 N. Tryon St. in Uptown.   #SOTR

Black Business Owners of Charlotte (BBOC) has been on a serious roll with recycling our coins back into our community and tonight, get your stomachs revved up at Cuzzo’s Cuisine for another round 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 6 p.m. Cuzzo’s Cuisine is located at 3418 Tuckaseegee Rd. #BBOC

Before the Chocolate mecca showdown tomorrow, head out to Camp North End for The Black Mecca Pre-Party with Everyday People this evening! Gather all of your friends for a totally fun and funky outdoor culture jam! Join host Shernita So Fly along with DJ Fannie Mae and DJ Moma as they set things off with an energetic soundtrack full of your favorite bangers from today and yesteryear! Tickets can be purchased here: The party starts at 7 p.m. Camp North End is located at 1824 Statesville Ave.

The vibrant sounds of the Crescent City comes to the Queen City at The Neighborhood Theater as MaxxMusic presents the Grammy Award-winning Rebirth Brass Band! This institution of sound, hailing from New Orleans has long since graduated from the streets of their native hometown to theaters and festivals all over the world. Rebirth is committed to upholding the tradition of brass bands while at the same time incorporating modern music into their show. Their signature brand of heavy funk has placed them among the world’s top brass bands and they are the hands-down favorite among the younger generation. Tickets can be purchased here: Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. The Neighborhood Theater is located at 511 E. 36th St. in the NoDa District.

Moxie Society is ready to kick your weekend off on a cool, relaxing note presenting Havana Nights this evening! Join one of Charlotte’s finest leisure firms as they turn the heat up with positive vibes, fresh-rolled Cuban cigars and delightful Mojito specials 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.

Jazz N’ Soul Music is ready to turn up the heat this Friday night as they proudly present Just Fine – The Ultimate Mary J. Blige Tribute Band at the Red Diamond! This 7-piece band’s groove and sound provides you with the amazing throwback memories as well as the more recent feel good vibes from the Queen of Hip Hop Soul! Led by professional recording drummer Rashad King and lead vocalist, Ms. Tre’ Jae who’ll delivers the look and sound of her musical idol! Tickets can be purchased here: Get your tickets now because this show will sell out! Doors open at 8 and the band strikes at 9 p.m. Red Diamond Event Center is located at 11021 Downs Rd. in Pineville.   #JazzNSoul


Everyone rise, shine and head down to the Gantt Center for The Look of Freedom – Digital Protest Sign Making Workshop. Explore the ways indigenous cultures and other people of color have used poster and sign making to address issues in the community. Participants will use graphic design skills to create signage that will be printed and mounted for them to take home. Admission is FREE but please be sure to RSVP here: The workshop will begin at 10 a.m. The Gantt Center is located at 551 S. Tryon St. in Uptown.

Slide back down to Discovery Place for more scientific splendor this morning as they proudly invite you out to The Science Olympiad! Families of all walks of life are welcome to try science challenges that inspire teamwork, shape critical thinking skills and introducing them to STEM topics. Participants can solve a crime using science clues, explore prehistoric fossils, predict weather patterns, unearth facts about earthquakes and volcanoes, and much more! Tickets can be purchased here: The event starts at 11 a.m. The Discovery Place is located at 301 N. Tryon St. in Uptown.

Moxie Society is ready to start your Saturday off the fun way with the I Still The 90’s Brunch & Day Party! Come and kick it with your crew as the beautiful DJ Micki Blendz and my homeboy DJ C-Rob spin an incredible arsenal of classic 90s Hip Hop, House, R&B, Soul, Reggae and Go-Go joints! The kitchen is ready to rock with a delicious Southern brunch menu and the bar is fully stocked with all sorts of drink specials, including $5 mimosas. Get there early and get ready for Charlotte’s best brunch experience! The party starts at 11 a.m. at Sports One Bar & Lounge. 521 N. College St. in Uptown. #MoxieSociety

Summer may be ending and the weather may be starting to cool down but that’s no excuse to let your health and wellness wither away. This morning, join Turning Point Dance Creations for the Hip Hop Heat Dance WERKshop! Come and learn some fly dance routines as well as getting yourselves in shape with a soundtrack of some fun and funky Hip Hop tunes that’ll definitely have those sweat beads glistening with Black Girl Magic! No matter your dance level, everyone is welcome to join. Admission is $12 per person. Ticket purchases and RSVPs can be made here: The class will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Jump Carolinas. 428 E. 4th St. in Uptown.

The Single Saved & Serious Movement invites you out for an afternoon of family fun at the Grier Town Community Bash! It’s all love and fellowship at one of Charlotte’s most storied communities in a day including spoken word performances, food, games, arts & crafts, neighborhood businesses and agencies, CMPD meet & greet, comedy, international music and much more! Admission is FREE to attend and the celebration will begin at 12 noon at the Grier Heights Community Center. 3100 Leroy St.

Some new flavor has hit the QC and this afternoon, come out to the all-new restaurant Veltree – The Vegan Experience for a special Soul Food Vegan Tasting Social! Join celebrity Vegan Chef Velvet as she presents a delicious vegan menu with a Southern twist. Menu items include Mac & Cheese, yams, stuffing with gravy, lasagna, Sal’mon patties, curry vegetables and more! Also, there will be a special brunch held on Sunday (9/23) with aforementioned menu items including waffles, pancakes, scrambled tofu, potato hash, a variety of greens and more. Tickets can be purchased here: The restaurant will open at 1 p.m. Veltree is located at 7945 N. Tryon St., Suite #110 in the University Area.

Everyone grab your crew and come experience 360 degrees of total and unrivaled Blacknificence at The Black Mecca this afternoon! This multisensory festival will feature a brilliant and Black utilization of artistry, technology and creative innovation to highlight the significance of Black culture in America. And for your multisensory enjoyment, gear your ears to the stage, eyes to the canvas to feel the frequencies of SiR, Deniro Farrar, Cyanca, Grits & Biscuits, CHD:WCK!, Marcus Kiser & Jason Woodberry, High Off Markers, AfroPop Nation, Simon Smthng, Jasmine Mans, a taste of the upcoming BLA/ALT festival and much more! There will also be vendors and food trucks as well. Tickets can be purchased here: The Black experience actually began at the beginning of time but today’s episode begins at 2 p.m. at Camp North End. 1824 Statesville Ave.

This afternoon, join Charlotte Mecklenburg Library as they host the second installment of their brand new interactive cinematic platform entitled “The Vulnerable Black Man Film Series.” In today’s society, the Black man has been pitted against our own livelihood leaving us devoid of necessary expression of our emotions. Today, join the beautiful Angel Truesdale as she hosts a screening of the Academy Award-winning film “42.” In 1946, Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford), legendary manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, defies major league baseball’s notorious color barrier by signing Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) to the team. After the film the audience will examine how this complex identity plays out in contemporary American society with a facilitated discussion. Admission is FREE but please be sure to RSVP here: The event will begin at 2 p.m. at the Main Library Branch. 310 N. Tryon St. in Uptown.

Get ready for a tasty brunch and a taste of laughter at The Comedy Zone and come experience Funny Side Up! Join your lovely host, comedienne and expectant mother Blayr Nias for a fun filled afternoon of food, cocktails and “brunch” of funny folks guaranteed to leave you in stitches! Tickets are only $10 and can be purchased here: The event will begin at 2 p.m. The Comedy Zone is located at 900 NC Music Factory Blvd.

If you want to experience some theatrical treasure this afternoon, join Xpressions From the Heart as they proudly present their hit stage play “What A Difference A Day Makes!” Written by the lovely playwright Lisa Renee, come experience this compelling story of one woman’s journey who turns her back on God and decides to take matters into her own hands resulting in her world crumbling apart into pieces. Featuring an all-star cast of local and national talents, you’ll be sure to remain on the edge of your seats! Tickets can be purchased here: There will be two performances today at 2 and 7 p.m. Both shows will be held at the Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts. 100 McDowell St. in Historic Downtown Matthews.

If you want to experience some coolness in this humidity, head over to Tip Top Daily Market and plug yourselves into The Art of Easing! Join my good brothers ½ of Diggers Delight, Cairo Black and DJ FoundACEtion as they purvey a bevy of funky frequencies ranging from Jazz to Neo-Soul, Classic Hip Hop, Rare Grooves and more surprises from their own personal vinyl collections! Admission is $FREE.99 and the tables start turning at 2 p.m. Tip Top Daily Market is located at 2902 The Plaza Rd. in the Plaza-Midwood District.

Ladies, fall is in full effect and it’s time to shine with the season! Bring your homegirls down to Dupp & Swat and come out for the Onion Trunk Show! The eclectic and beautiful fashion designer, Whitney Mero is back once again to give your womanly curves a boost with some elegant flair and flavor. After you’ve made your selections, the items are cut to length by hand. Admission to the event is FREE. Cash and cards are accepted. The event begins at 3 p.m. Dupp & Swat is located at 2921 The Plaza Rd. in the Plaza-Midwood District.

Come and enjoy an evening of multicultural musical magic as Charlotte Repertory Dance Theatre proudly presents the UNITE International Dance Concert! Bring your family out and see a cornucopia of collective celebratory dances from Africa, Israel, India, China, Russia, Italy, Ireland, Puerto Rico, Latin America, Cuba, Brazil, Hawaii, Canada, Afro-America and more! Admission is FREE and all ages are welcome. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Northwest School of the Arts. 1415 Beatties Ford Rd.

Treat yourselves to some more musical delight as Dear Soul Music Co., LLC invites you to a special listening concert and album release party for the beautiful Arsena Schroeder! This soulful vocalist and guitarist returns with her second album “Sleep Talking” featuring One Way North. Tonight, come and celebrate local artistic greatness in a time of fellowship and fun that you don’t want to miss! Tickets can be purchased here: The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Rock University. 5700 Concord Parkway South in nearby Concord.

Join the lovely Elyse Sadler of the fast-growing social media collective The Conversation as she invites you out for a special Bowling Night Social! Whether you’re in the group or need something fun and exciting to do, here’s your chance to meet some progressive and positive peeps as you all “strike” your way to victory! Admission is $12 per person for two hours of bowling. The event will begin at 8 p.m. at Park 10 Lanes. 1700 Montford Dr.   #TheConversation

It’s time for one of Charlotte’s favorite underground culture jams—everyone head out to Petra’s for the September edition of Su Casa! Get down and get on the good foot with residents DJ Justice and DJ Steel Wheel with Loot-Tenant Trax for an evening of nonstop dancing set to the rhythms of Afrobeat, Soca, Reggae, Funk, Dancehall, House, Latin and lots of other cultural sonic goodness! Also, this is the grand born day celebration of one half of Su Casa’s creators, the lovely Jasiatic – so be sure to show your love and save her a dance! Admission is $10 all night long. The event begins at 10 p.m. at Petra’s. 1919 Commonwealth Ave. in the Plaza-Midwood District.

OutenLove Events and Black Singles in CLT wants to add some spice to your Saturday night as they proudly present “The Meet Market: A Singles Party!” Fall is in effect and the mingling spirit is staring to heat up! Bring yourselves, your own flyness and your friends out for a night of nonstop fun! Over 5 00 people have attended each of these events in the past and this Saturday is guaranteed to be a surefire hit! Two special guest DJs will be on hand to provide the musical vibes for the night. Please dress to impress. Tickets can be purchased here: The event will begin at 10 p.m. at Press Box Bar & Grill. 9609 N. Tryon St. in the University Area.   #OutenLoveEvents #BlackSinglesCLT



For some fly eats and cool treats, head down to Cuzzo’s Cuisine for the Soul Food Sunday Buffet! Chef Andarrio Johnson and crew invite you to add some delicious and delectable delight to your day — whether you’re leaving church service, out for a stroll, exercising, leaving another event or just plain ol’ hungry, gather all of your friends and come on down and enjoy a meal that’ll sho’ nuff stick to your ribs! From Cajun fried chicken, collard greens, World Famous Lobster Mac & Cheese, green beans, rice pilaf and so many other choices your stomach will be more than satisfied! Other menu items include a wonderful dining experience, fellowship and lots of community love. The buffet will be open from 12 noon to 5p.m. Cuzzo’s Cuisine is located at 3418 Tuckaseegee Rd. #CuzzosCuisine

Visionary Vibes is back for some more brain work this afternoon as they invite you out to 7th Restaurant for HBCU Sunday Brunch Trivia! Get your teams together and join host G. Buggs as he tests your knowledge of the HBCU experience! With great food, cocktail specials and positive vibes, this is where you want to spend your Sunday afternoon! Admission is FREE and the event starts at 12 noon. 7th Restaurant is located at 321 N. Caldwell St. in Uptown.

This afternoon, slide out to Tip Top Daily Market for a special sonic brunch entitled Scrambled Eggs! Come and relax as DJs Luke Stemmerman and Flock of Slagles sets the mood with a selection of avant-garde Dub, Reggae, Fusion, Soul and Jazz tunes from their own personal vinyl collections. Also, be sure to grab a tasty mimosa from the bar, enjoy some fresh-grilled food and be sure to scoop some sounds from the newly-minted record store in the back! Admission is FREE and the event will begin at 2 p.m. 2902 The Plaza Rd. in the Plaza-Midwood District.

Put some soul in your Sunday and head over to Little Rock Cultural Center for the September installment of the 2018 Straight-Ahead Jazz Series! Hosted and played by A Sign of the Times, come celebrate jazz—the “gift” our culture gave to America. This event will include a free jazz workshop where they explain the basics of playing the ‘Blues and Rhythm’ changes and a special interactive performance featuring some notable straight-ahead jazz classics from jazz masters of yesteryear! Admission is $5 per person and tickets can be purchased at the door or here: The event begins promptly at 3 p.m. Little Rock Cultural Center is located at 401 N. Myers St. in Uptown.

OutenLove Events returns for a Sunday spill and chill at The Rabbit Hole and they cordially invite you out to “Livin’ Better Now : 90s Day Better” day party! Gather your crew in your flyest 90s-inspired threads and cool out to the sounds of classic 90s Hip Hop, R&B and Neo-Soul jams provided by the lovely Micki Blendz! The joint starts at 3 p.m. The Rabbit Hole is located at 1801 Commonwealth Ave. in the Plaza-Midwood District.   #OutenLoveEvents

Elements of Empowerment, Inc. invites you out to Belmont Abbey College for a special preview of the 2018 – 2019 Community Jazz Series this afternoon. Be among the first to experience the forthcoming Community Music Series with a special live jazz performance from Dawn Anthony with the Lovell Bradford Ensemble, fellowship, coffee and a dessert reception. Admission is FREE to attend but please be sure to RSVP at: If unable to attend, please be sure to leave a donation by clicking this link: The event will begin at 4 p.m. and will be held at the Haid Theater at Belmont Abbey College. 100 Belmont-Mt. Holly Rd. in nearby Belmont.



9/28 – Charlotte Film Festival screening of “Spoiler Alert”

9/28 – Mosaic LIVE at the Lake

9/28 – Radio Rehab Carolinas presents “A Jam Called Whatever”

9/29 – Peeltoberfest

9/29 – 15th Annual Nigerian Day Party

9/29 – Radio Rehab Carolinas presents “Justice 4 All – A Soulful Dance Experience”

9/30 – African Americans & the Fine Arts

9/30 – Jerk Chicken & Waffles Sunday Brunch

10/1 – 10/5 – New Era Music House presents “The Elements: Music Production Courses”

10/6 – 7th Annual Literary Festival of Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

10/6 – The Charlotte UNITE Festival

10/6 – Rock the Runway: Brown Girl Edition

10/6 – Off The Wall: A Tribe Called Quest/Native Tongues Tribute, Vol. 6

10/6 – Everything Is Love Adult Prom

10/11 – West End Talks

10/13 — South Africa – Land of Beauty and Splendour



Have a great weekend Brothers & Sisters! Peace.


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