The Rundown: Things to Do Thursday, December 13- Sunday, December 16

By Shawn D. Allison, II

What’s good everyone! “The Hawk” may be out and Jack Frost is giving people the cold shoulder. However, we still keep cool under all the atmospheric pressure, you dig? Check this out, I know it’s rather chilly out there, but your man—The Black Ferris Bueller has found all sorts of goodies this weekend to heat your spirits up and bring warmth to your heart! If you want to check out what’s really smokin’ out here in the QC this weekend, peep my “Hot List” just below!


  • THURSDAY – SATURDAY – BNS Productions’ presents “Be A Lion”
  • THURSDAY – Thirsty Thursday Brewery Tour – Ugly Sweater Holiday Edition
  • THURSDAY – The Spotlight at Apostrophe Lounge
  • FRIDAY – Documentary screening of “The Create Happy Project” at Camp North End
  • FRIDAY – Blanche J’s “Voice Memos” Album Release/Going Away Party
  • FRIDAY – PLAYER MADE at Snug Harbor
  • SATURDAY – Books, Boys and Bowties: A Literacy Luncheon
  • SATURDAY – I Still Love the 90s Brunch & Day Party feat. DJ Justice at Sports One Bar & Lounge
  • SATURDAY – Book release of Boris “Bluz” Rogers’ “And Then Tamir” at The Gantt Center
  • SATURDAY – Single Saved & Serious Movement’s “All Red Holi-DAY Party”
  • SATURDAY – The Vulnerable Black Man Film Series screening of “Fruitvale Station” at Main Library
  • SATURDAY – Chosen Life CLT feat. DJ Wayne Williams
  • SUNDAY – Jerk Chicken N’ Waffles Sunday Brunch
  • SUNDAY – The Nutcracker: Remix


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The McColl Center for Art + Innovation invites your entire family to be part of their Introduction to Paper Clay Construction Class! Explore the possibilities of paper clay to create your own sculptures. In this workshop, alumnus artist Tom Thoune shows you how to manipulate, mold, and sculpt this versatile medium, as well as explains the differences between fired and unfired clay methods. Tickets can be purchased here: All ages are welcome to participate. The event will begin at 6 p.m. The McColl Center is located at 721 N. Tryon St. in Uptown.

Start your weekend off on a peaceful note and join the lovely ladies of I AM YOGA CLT for the Yoga as a Peace Practice session. Yoga lovers and teachers come lovingly unite in the midst of this hectic holiday season and engage in some calming exercises. Instructors will teach in 30 minute sessions in a mixture of Asana, Pranayama, meditation and relaxation methods. The event will begin at 6 p.m. at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. 3400 Beatties Ford Rd.

City of Charlotte Government invites you to join City Councilwoman Lawana Mayfield for a special discussion entitled Police Relationships in Communities of Color.   The forum will explore underlying issues that influence police-community relationships. Attendees will take part in a discussion about Charlotte’s history of segregation and implicit bias. Featured speakers include Judge Elisa Chinn-Gary and local historian Tom Hanchett. Admission is FREE to attend. The event will begin at 6 p.m. at the Belmont Regional Center. 700 Parkwood Ave. in the Belmont Neighborhood.

Join BriGGsing this Thursday at Bold Missy Brewery for the Thirsty Thursday Brewery Tour – Ugly Sweater Holiday Edition! Today, you’ll get an opportunity to visit Bold Missy Brewery, the first female-owned brewery in Charlotte. BriGGsing is also collecting unwrapped toys for all ages for Safe Alliance. This tour is also a great way to connect with the community and meet new and exciting people. Admission is FREE and the event will begin at 8 p.m. Bold Missy Brewery is located at 610 Anderson St.   #BriGGsing




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

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! Tickets can be purchased here: The final four shows will be tonight (12/13) at 7:30 p.m., Friday (12/14) at 8 p.m. and Saturday (12/15) at 2:30 and 8 p.m . All remaining performances will be held at the Duke Energy Theatre at Spirit Square. 345 N. College St. in Uptown. #BeALion

Come and experience a moment in shining time as Grannae’s Boyz invites you out to Apostrophe Lounge for The Spotlight this evening! Join host and acclaimed poet Jah Smalls for a great opportunity to scope out one of the city’s hottest poets and visual artists in an evening the poses to be a venture into the creative unknown opening your senses to new plateaus of creativity. Admission is FREE. The event will begin at 8 p.m. Apostrophe Lounge is located at 1440 S. Tryon St. in Uptown.   #SayWord

LG Productions is ready to soothe your mood as they proudly present Dinner & Jazz Thursdays this evening! Loosen those neckties and trade those pumps in for flats as you cool out and relax to the melodic grooves of Charlotte’s own Guitarist Isaac! And while the music fills your ears, be sure to pair your sounds with a plate of delicious eats and drink specials from the kitchen and bar staff. Admission is FREE and the event will begin at 8 p.m. at Pint Central. 1226 Central Ave. in the Plaza-Midwood District.   #LGProductions

If you want to mellow out with some more spoken word flavor on this evening, join Sir Abstraxxx as he hosts Eclectic Soul Thursdays – Friendsgiving Edition! Take a seat and glide as this wizard of words takes your soul on a ride with some riveting spoken word in a scintillating open mic set showcasing local poets, writers, musicians, singers and artists all enveloped in a special holiday flavor. To accompany the mood, there will be some Neo-Soul and R&B tunes spun by DJ Blanco with a delicious food menu provided by Chef Chianti. The event will begin at 9 p.m. at QC Social Lounge located at 300 N. College St. in Uptown.

For all my underground heads out there, slide over to Snug Harbor for another episode of Le Bang tonight! Everyone get ready to get down on the dance floor as you tune in to the Le Bang crew and special guests, Charlotte’s own Vacation Pay — Axnt, FLLS, and Simon SMTHNG rockin’ out some more supersonic frequencies for you to jam to! Admission is FREE and the party starts at 10 p.m. Snug Harbor is located at 1228 Gordon St. in the Plaza-Midwood District.



The LATIBAH Collard Green Museum invites you out for a night of classic dance and music as they host Swingin’ @ The Savoy! Swingin’ @ the Savoy is a cultural celebration with live music, dance, food and art. The event will feature A Sign of the Times band along with Demond Carter & The Purple Charlotte Steppers. Attire for this event is Harlem Renaissance. Dress to impress. Tickets can be purchased here: The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Mecklenburg County Bar & Foundation Center. 2850 Zebulon Ave.

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. All performance schedules and tickets can be purchased here: All shows will be held at the McColl Family Theater inside ImaginOn. 200 E. 7th St. in Uptown.

Photographer Will Jenkins invites you out to Camp North End for a special preview of his newest documentary, “The Create Happy Project.” This interactive documentary explores the lives of four of Will’s friends and respectively, creative of color dealing with mental health in the creative world. Admission is FREE to attend and the event will begin at 6 p.m. at the Good Year Arts building. 1720 Statesville Ave.


The folks at Liberate Your Palate CLT are back to make your spirits bright with some special spirits in an interactive cocktail tutorial called, “Hands-on Mixology Class – Holiday Entertaining.” The holidays are here and you know you’ll be attending and throwing parties galore. In advance of hosting your own gathering, spice up your shindig with something a little more unexpected than spiked eggnog. Working off a simple Sour recipe, you will learn how to add seasonal flavors and holiday flair to almost any base spirit. You’ll cover a wide range of syrups, fruits and infusions, using all seasonal holiday ingredients. Also you’ll gather some secret insight to making complex punches that will wow the crowd. Rest assured that these holiday cocktail recipes are not only fancy, but fun (and easy!) to recreate. Tickets can be purchased here: The class will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Sweet Spot Studio CLT. 4412 Monroe Rd.

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


Charlotte, if you’re ready to feel the holiday spirit in song, head over to Vibrations Night Club for an evening with the band Kemetztry performing LIVE! Relive your favorite holiday classics with a special soulful and funky twist featuring the vocals of the alluring songstress Deitra Dean. Admission is $10 per person. Doors open at 8 and the show starts at 9 p.m. Vibrations is located at 5237 Albemarle Rd.

Head out to Spirit Square this evening and get ready for an evening of words in rhythm—it’s time for the BreatheINK Youth Poetry Slam—December Edition! These young lyricists are ready to express their minds as they spit the hotness in the final competition of 2018. If your youth desires to compete, the registration open at 7 p.m. and closes at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 to the slam and it begins at 8 p.m. Spirit Square is located at 345 N. College St. in Uptown.   #BreatheINK

The Sol Kitchen is ready to deck the halls with an unpleasantly fun Friday as they present “It’s Time To Get Ugly: The Ultimate Ugly Sweater Party!” Bring out your fly friends and rock your ugliest Christmas sweater for a night of nonstop fun with an abundance of drink specials and dope music provided by Charlotte staple DJ Louie Vee! The party starts at 9:30 with FREE admission until 11 p.m. The event will be held at Suite. 210 E. Trade St. in Uptown.   #TheSolKitchen

One of the QC’s most talented voices is leaving our city on a bittersweet note and tonight, come show your love as multitalented songstress Blanche J invites you out to her “Voice Memos” Album Release / Going Away Party! She’s rocked many stages around this town and now here’s your chance to catch this captivating Chocolate goddess one last time as she brings forth her long-awaited and much-anticipated debut album “Voice Memos”! Even as she relocates to Texas, come celebrate her creativity as she embarks on a new journey for her career. Tickets can be purchased here: Doors open at 9 and the party starts at 10 p.m. at The Rack Lounge. 6912 Old Lawyers Road

Everyone hop in your Chevy, Cadillac or Pontiac and head down to Snug Harbor for the December 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 and A-Huf and there will be a special performance from the very fine fire spitter from Winston-Salem, Tia Corine! 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.



Little Brown Girl Publishing, Co. cordially invites you out to the Books, Boys and Bowties: A Literacy Luncheon this morning. This informative but fun-filled event will focus on empowering boys in both Elementary and Middle School through books while engaging them in discussions about other aspects of self-awareness. There will be guest speakers, hands on activities, food and more. If you have a son, nephew, male cousin or hold a vital role in the life of any school-aged boy this event is for you. Tickets can be purchased here: The event will begin at 11 a.m. at the University City Regional Library. 301 E. W.T. Harris Blvd. in the University Area.

Start your Saturday off the right way and get another dose of Charlotte’s best brunch experience as Moxie Society hosts another installment of the I Still Love the 90s Brunch & Day Party! Gather all your crew, colleages and older cousins out for an afternoon of delicious Southern-inspired brunch eats, drink specials including $5 mimosas and a special sonic cocktail blend provided by one of Charlotte’s illest, DJ Justice! Admission is FREE and the jump off is at 11 a.m. at Sports One Bar & Lounge. 521 N. Tryon St. in Uptown.   #MoxieSociety

This afternoon, head over to The Gantt Center for the book release and singing of the all-new poetic memoir “And Then Tamir.” This book of poetry by Charlotte’s own, Emmy Award-winning and my Radio Rehab comrade Boris “Bluz” Rogers inquires as a reflection on the deaths of people of color by police since Tamir Rice’s murder. Each poem starts with “and then Tamir” followed by Bluz offering his poetic perspective surrounding the tragic events of each person. Rogers’ frustration and anger at Tamir’s death and the all the deaths that followed that no one seemed to care about, birthed this powerful book of poetry. Bluz did not want Tamir’s name (and the names of countless others) and what happened to be forgotten. A portion of proceeds from each book will be donated to the Tamir Rice Foundation. This event is hosted by JSW Media Group. The event will begin at 12 noon. The Gantt Center is located at 551 S. Tryon St. in Uptown.

Single Saved & Serious Movement (SSS) is back to make spirits bright this afternoon as they proudly present the All Red Holi-DAY Party! It’s the end of the year and the dynamic duo known as The Lover & The Giver want to give your spirits some joy with a special afternoon of fellowship, fun and food with music from DJ Stacey Blackman and a special live performance from saxophonist Charles McMurray II! Admission is $5 per person and the event will begin at 2 p.m. at Press Box bar & Grill. 9609 N. Tryon St. in Uptown.   #SSSMoves

This afternoon, join Charlotte Mecklenburg Library as they host the fourth 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 “Fruitvale Station.” This riveting drama chronicles the final hours of the life of Oscar Grant, the youth who was shot and killed by a BART police officer on Jan. 1, 2009 after he and his friends were pulled off a train at Oakland’s Fruitvale Station in connection with an alleged fight. Admission is FREE to attend and all ages are welcome. The event will begin at 2 p.m. at the Main Library Branch. 310 N. Tryon St. in Uptown.

The Konnected Foundation invites everyone out to Northwest School of the Arts this evening for the 12th Annual Queen City Awards Show! Charlotte, this is your chance to take a gander and congratulate all of the tremendous talents within the region. Bring your entire family to see these and other entertainers recognized for their hard work. Tonight’s honorees include rapper Petey Pablo and six Charlotte-area teachers. You will also be blown away by some performances from artists of all styles and genres! This event will be televised, so come dressed to impress! Tickets can be purchased here: The event will begin at 6 p.m. Northwest School of the Arts is located at 1415 Beatties Ford Rd.

Join The Guerilla Poets for a special creative event of memorable proportions as they invite you out to their event, Carry Their Name this evening. This inspiring event allows you to bring a photo of a loved one and share a story about them on the mic. After sharing your story, the crowd responds with the person’s name and you will get handed a complimentary candle to light in their honor. As long as you share their story, they live on. Storytelling is an essential part of our humanity, through this tradition, you are able to share the love, the wisdom and the light of those you cherish. If you have lost a loved one, this event is a must for you. Admission IS free, but donations will be taken up for Behailu Arts Academy. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Charlotte Art League. 4100 Raleigh St.   #GuerillaPoets

Get those ugly sweaters out and get ready to rock n’ roll because it’s time for the “Ugly Sweater FUNK SHUN!” Enjoy an evening with tons of other cool peeps in their hideous holiday daps under a funky soundscape featuring holiday classics, jazz, 808’s and downtempo from artists like Sade, Sonder, Daniel Ceasar and several regional newcomers. Also, be sure to grab some delicious food, fresh cookies and some “holidaze punch” to lift your spirits. Tickets can be purchased here: The event will begin at 7 p.m. and the address of the venue will be provided upon ticket purchase.

Neema’s Purse invites you out to their inaugural “Desserts, Chucks, Tux & Tutus Soiree” this evening! Street classics collaborates with timeless sophistication in this evening of lounging, networking, charity and more while enjoying some delicious holiday desserts from some of Charlotte’s finest pâtissier. All proceeds from this event will go to Neema’s Purse Inc. Tickets can be purchased here: The event will begin at 7 p.m. at Venue @ 1801. 1801 N. Tryon St.



Jazz N’ Soul Music is ready to put your Saturday night at ease with a special performance from Joseph Priester presenting “A Soulful Celebration!” Prepare for a night of R&B, Soul and holiday favorites from this well-versed staple who has been compared to the likes of Rance Allen, Thomas Whitfield and many others! Tickets can be purchased here: The show will start promptly at 8 p.m. at Loft & Cellar. 305 W. 4th St. in Uptown.   #JazzNSoul

Snooty Judy invites you out for a night of street flyness paired with elegance at Sneaker Ball ’18! Come step out in classic black tie attire with your favorite pair of sneakers while giving back to the community.   SB18 is a fundraising opportunity that supports 20SDS and the local non-profit, Experiment in Self Reliance (ESR). The goal is to collect 250 pairs of new and/or gently used shoes for the families that ESR serves throughout North Carolina. This night is poised to be filled night filled with fun, hors d’oeuvres, cocktailss and chance to watch your favorite past 20SDS features swab it out in another epic AuxGod Battle! Tickets can be purchased here: The event will begin at 8 p.m. at The Gantt Center. 551 S. Tryon St. in Uptown.

Charlotte Nightlife Entertainment is ready to turn up the heat tonight as they welcome you out for Uptown Swagga’s Black & Red Holiday Gala! Get your boogie on as Charlotte’s premiere Go-Go band throws down some authentic Go-Go flavor with all your favorite Soul, Funk and R&B jams! Then be sure to stick around as DJ Johnny Kaydee rocks the house with a special blend of tunes for you to enjoy! There will be Holiday-themed drink specials and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Tickets can be purchased here: The party starts at 9 p.m. at The Blue Line Event Center. 9100 Olmsted Dr. in the University Area.

Need some House in your life? Not to worry, I got you! Head on down to Crown Station and join The Hit Agency in conjunction with RELEASE! Classic & Soulful Ent. and Chicago Clique CLT for the December jam session of Chosen Life CLT! Experience 360 degrees of hard-hitting, soul-snatching House, Deep House, Funk, Soul and Downtempo grooves from RELEASE!’s own “Jackmaster” Gary Wallace, Johnnie Davis, The FREEZ Project, Tony Motley and legendary Chosen Few DJs Wayne Williams who will all add a super special blend of deep Chi-Town flavor to the mix! So gather your friends, your whistles and tambourines and get ready to party! The jump off is at 9 p.m. Admission is $10 before 11:30 p.m. and $15 after. Crown Station is located at 3629 N. Davidson St. in the NoDa District.





Everyone, gather your crew and come experience some tropical heat in this cold weather as The Culture Cooperative is back in action one mo’ gin for the Jerk Chicken N’ Waffles Sunday Brunch! Join sound masters The Dynamic DJ Kato and DJ Heff as they spin an eclectic blend of House, Afrobeats, Reggae, Dancehall, Soca, Hip Hop, R&B and much more! There will be lots of delicious items on the new and updated menu, a fully stocked bar and a few surprise giveaways added to the mix! Please be sure to RSVP here: The celebration starts at 11 a.m. Mangos is located at 3112 N. Davidson St. in the NoDa District.

Charlotte Performing Arts Academy is proud to present a twist on your favorite holiday tradition – The Nutcracker: Remix! Their version of The Nutcracker brings you a wide variety of styles including jazz, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, tap and ballet to tell the exciting story of the family-friendly Holiday tale. You don’t want to miss this exciting take on Tschiovsky’s classic! Tickets can be purchased here: There will be two performances today at 2 and 6 p.m. at the Booth Playhouse at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. 130 N. Tryon St. in Uptown.

This afternoon, join Diamond Girl Project for the ‘CHIC’ Happens Fashion Show Production! Fashion, film, courage and confidence will collide in this unique, never-seen-before spectacle of flair and flyness. The purpose of this show is to inspire and build confidence of young girls and women from all walks of life through the art of fashion. Tickets can be purchased here: The Black Carpet Mixer will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. at Urban Garden. 150 N. College St. in Uptown.

Join Linus, Lucy, Franklin, Peppermint Patty, Pigpen, Marcy, Charlie Brown and the world’s most beloved beagle Snoopy in A Charlie Brown Christmas LIVE this evening! Adapted from Charles M. Schulz’s timeless story of the spirit of Christmas, A Charlie Brown Christmas LIVE features the unforgettable music of Vince Guaraldi, as well as a concert of beloved holiday carols performed by the Peanuts characters. There’s no better way to discover the magic of the season! Tickets can be purchased here: Doors open at 6 and the show starts at 7 p.m. at Ovens Auditorium. 2700 E. Independence Blvd.



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

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

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

12/29 — Radio Rehab Carolinas presents JUSTICE 4 ALL

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

Everyone have a great weekend! Peace.


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