The Rundown: Things to do Thursday, February 7 – Monday, February 11

By Shawn D. Allison, II

Greetings everyone! I will be out spreading the joy to all this Saturday afternoon on the turntables at my event “Bueller’s Vinyltine’s Boogie” so please be sure to come through and get some of this love I have inside! If you want to know what the major moves are to make this weekend, follow the path of my heartbeat on my “Hot List” below!


  • THURSDAY – Dapper Street Productions presents Piano Jazz: The Intimate Series, Nicci Canada sings Nina Simone
  • THURSDAY—SUNDAY – Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte presents “Nina Simone: Four Women”
  • THURSDAY—SUNDAY — Theatre Charlotte presents “Ain’t Misbehavin’ – The Fats Waller Musical”
  • THURSDAY—SATURDAY – BNS Productions presents August Wilson’s “Two Trains Running”
  • FRIDAY – The Art of Easing at Tip Top Daily Market
  • FRIDAY – Lagos Bugalu/The Dynamic DJ Kato Born Day Celebration at Snug Harbor
  • SATURDAY – Financial Empowerment Seminar
  • SATURDAY – Archive Your Legacy: Photo Scanning Session at The Gantt Center
  • SATURDAY – Garden Talk w/ The Jzar Family at The Wallace Pruitt Rec Center
  • SATURDAY – RSDC Dance Expo at First Ward Arts Academy
  • SATURDAY – Bueller’s Vinyltine’s Boogie – The Quiet Storm Session at Tip Top Daily Market
  • SATURDAY – OutenLove Events presents “The Meet Market: A Singles Party”
  • SUNDAY – Jai Food Pop Up at Central Food Hub
  • SUNDAY – Classic Black Cinema Series screening of “Within Our Gates” at The Gantt Center
  • SUNDAY – The Sol Kitchen presents “Vibes & Vittles” w/ Chefs Greg Collier at Jarobi White
  • MONDAY – Revolt Comedy Show at Heist Brewery


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Dapper Street Productions returns to kick off your weekend with an all-new feature, Piano Jazz: The Intimate Series! Join the alluring vocalist Nicci Canada as she pays homage to The High Priestess of Soul, Nina Simone channeling her greatest sentiments of social struggle and Black glory. Admission is FREE to attend and all ages are welcome to attend. This event is sponsored by the Arts & Science Council’s Culture Blocks Initiative. The performance will begin at 6 p.m. at the Mallard Creek Rec Center. 2530 Johnston Oehler Rd. in the University Area.

This evening, head down to The McColl Center for Art + Innovation for another installment of their Stimulus Film Series. Tonight, McColl Alumna artist and UNC Charlotte Professor of Art (Digital Media) Heather D. Freeman will discusses the creative connections and inspirations in the production of “Familiar Shapes” — a feature documentary in production about social bots, early modern witches, misinformation, and how human behavior shapes them. The film’s director of photography and artist Hamilton Ward will join Freeman in a dialogue highlighting their filmmaking processes and how artists straddle media and research boundaries to craft compelling stories. Admission is FREE but please be sure to RSVP here: The event will begin promptly at 6 p.m. The McColl Center is located at 721 N. Tryon St. in Uptown.

SociaLight is back in full effect this evening as they once again teamed up with The Dooby Shop to present to you a special Open House & Networking Mixer! The event is an informative platform that allows us to make the community aware of the importance of investing in a future cosmetologist career. The Dooby Shop Cosmetology School focuses on providing opportunities for those who need affordable payment plans, flexible scheduling and no student loans. There will be guest speakers and light appetizers to enjoy. Admission is FREE but please be sure to RSVP here: The event will begin at 6 p.m. The Dooby Shop is located at 2107 Beatties Ford Rd.   #SociaLight


Get your laugh on at Stats Restaurant & Bar and come out for the February edition of “Laff It Up Thursdays!” For tonight’s show, join host and legendary funnyman Tone-X setting the stage up for the takeover by his headlining comedic comrade, the ever-fine and funny Vanessa Fraction! Also, be sure to stick around and boogie as Tab the Million Dollar DJ rocks the speakers with some of today’s and yesteryear’s hits! Tickets can be purchased here: Doors open at 7 and the show will begin at 8 p.m. Stats is located at 3425 David Cox Rd. in the University Area.

The Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte is ready to take you on a musical journey deep into the valleys of the Black experience as they proudly present the Chanel Blanchett -directed, “Nina Simone: Four Women.” The velvet-throated High Priestess of Soul hypnotized audiences with her signature renditions of standards from the American songbook. But on September 15, 1963, a devastating explosion in Birmingham rocked America to the core, and from the memory of the four little girls that were lost in this unimaginable tragedy came “Four Women” — along with Simone’s other activist anthems like “Mississippi God****,” “Old Jim Crow” and “To Be Young, Gifted and Black.” Songs will be performed by Destiny DeBerry Stone, Erica Truesdale, Krystal D. Gardner and Arlethia Friday. Showtimes and tickets can be purchased here: All shows will be held at the Hadley Theater at Queens University. 2132 Radcliffe Ave.   #TheatreCharlotte

Join the esteemed Rory D. Sheriff as he proudly presents the Dr. Corlis Hayes-directed BNS Productions presents August Wilson’s “Two Trains Running!” Set during the Civil Rights Movement in 1960s Pittsburgh, it tells the story of a restaurant owner who must consider selling his beloved restaurant due to urban planning taking over so much of his neighborhood. Two Trains Running is the seventh installment in Wilson’s ten-part series, The American Century Cycle, and premiered on Broadway in 1992. It was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. The American Century Cycle is a Pulitzer Prize winner. It was published later in 1993 by Plume. With an all-star cast of local actors and actresses, it’s one that you should not miss! Showtimes and ticket purchases can be found here: All performances will be held at the Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square. 345 N. College St. in Uptown. #BNSProductions


Theatre Charlotte is ready to have you rollin’ & rockin’ in your seats as the proudly present “Ain’t Misbehavin’ – The Fats Waller Musical Show!” This sassy, sultry musical celebration of the legendary jazz great, Fats Waller. This features some creative jumpin’, jivin’ swing music that evokes the delightful humor and infectious energy of the Golden Age of the Cotton Club. The intoxicating Fats Waller score includes “Honeysuckle Rose,” “The Joint is Jumpin’,” “Your Feets Too Big,” “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter,” “Two Sleepy People” and many more. Ain’t Misbehavin’ is one of the most delightful, well-crafted revues of all time. Tickets can be purchased here: All shows will be held at Theatre Charlotte. 501 Queens Rd.



It’s time to toast to a historic milestone this evening as The Levine Museum of the New South hosts Scene@Levine | Prohibition Ball! Come celebrate 85th anniversary of the repeal of the prohibition law. The museum transforms into a speakeasy with time period drinks, jazz music, and light refreshments. Play blackjack, roulette, poker (no gambling is permitted) or check out the exhibits. Want to get really get in the mood? Dress in your best 1920s attire! Tickets can be purchased here:–Prohibition-Ball. The event will begin at 7 p.m. 200 E. 7th St. in Uptown.


This evening, the Gaston County Museum of Art & History along with Life As Art Productions invites you out to a special performance entitled Dancing Stories: An Evening of African Dance and Music. Founder and dancer April C. Turner and several musicians from Life As Art Productions will demonstrate how traditional dances are used to tell stories and document history, and share the meanings and uses of songs and dances in a fun, inspiring journey through West African culture. These dance stories affirm community building concepts such as “working together”, “integrity”, and “perseverance”. Admission is FREE but please be sure to RSVP here: The event will begin promptly at 7 p.m. at the   Historic Dallas Courthouse. 130 N. Gaston St. in the town of Dallas.


This weekend, the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte invites you and your family out for the premiere of the all-new stage musical, Bob Marley’s “Three Little Birds.” Inspired by the music of the legendary reggae legend Bob Marley, this jammin’ show takes audiences to the beautiful island of Jamaica. Three little birds share their sweet songs with Ziggy, a shy child who’s content on seeing the world from his television inside the safety of his own room. Ziggy’s friend Nansi, though, encourages him to venture outside his room and experience Jamaica. But Ziggy’s afraid of hurricanes, mongooses and, most of all, the voodoo villain Duppy, who steals the hair of children. The music of the one and only Bob Marley weaves through the friends’ adventures in this reggae-infused musical. Showtimes and tickets can be found here: All Shows will be held at the McColl Family Theater inside ImaginOn. 300 E. 7th St. in Uptown.

If you want to experience some extra coolness on this funky Friday night, 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! There will also be a food truck on site serving up and selling the goodness! 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.

Friday night is here and it’s time to live it up with The Sol Kitchen as they proudly present “Girls Just Want To Have Fun” w/ DJ Princess Cut & DJ Shaun Nyce! Step out with your crew and get busy with the best of today’s and yesteryear’s Top 40 bangers in Hip Hop, Trap, R&B, Pop, Go-Go and much more from Atlanta’s DJ Princess Cut and the QC’s very own and hard hittin’ DJ Shaun Nyce aka “The Blend King!” Admission is FREE before 11 p.m. The party starts at 9 p.m. at Suite — Epicentre. 210 E. Trade St. in Uptown.

Put some juice in your weekend jig and join Jazz N’ Soul Music as they invite you out to Prime@6538 for a taste of The Peace & Love Band performing LIVE! Prepare yourselves for a night of classic Soul and Funk classics with one of the Southeast’s most hardest-working and talented sound machines! Known for their colorful versatility, you’ll be sure to feel the power of music from this incredible septet! Tickets can be purchased here: The show will begin promptly at 9 p.m. Prime@6538 is located at 6538 N. Tryon St. in the University Area.



OutenLove Events, Mr. 305 Entertainment and High Society CLT are back with some serious new school flavor as they present Trap Out! It’s trap music and Top 40 hits all night long as you sing/rap along with your crew and others in an atmosphere of endless fun! There will be drink/meal specials all night. Admission is FREE but please be sure to RSVP here: The party starts at 10 p.m. at Recess CLT. 832 Seigle Ave. in the Belmont Neighborhood.



Get your Friday night fix with a vibrant tropical mix of sound, community and culture at Lagos Bugalú this evening! This brand new cultural showcase celebrates African Pop music and culture while simultaneously debuting the latest tunes and music videos from across The Motherland! Vibes include but not limited to Afrobeats, Afro-house, Afrofunk and much, much more! Sounds will be provided by DJ Steel Wheel and a special born day celebration for my man The Dynamic DJ Kato! There will also be vendors and a food truck on site. Tickets can be purchased here: The event will begin at 10 p.m. at Snug Harbor. 1228 Gordon St. in the Plaza-Midwood District.


Is your financial house in order and are you looking to become a homeowner? If so, join Charlotte Alumni Chapter UPOX at their Financial Empowerment Seminar this morning. Hear reliable and valuable information from noted and tenured financial experts Malcolm Rose, Jr., Natasha Glasgow and Wells Fargo consultant Maurice Williams as they provide wisdom on saving and investing money, retirement options, discussing the type of credit for home ownership, mortgage options and much more. Admission is FREE to attend but please be sure to send an RSVP e-mail to: The event will begin at 10 a.m. 2701 Colts Gate Rd., Suite #100.



Take steps to a healthy lifestyle and join Body Konstruction as they host the Nutrition Talk & Taste Seminar this morning! Come and get engaged in a conversation about food, health and ways to prepare healthy & balanced meals all while sampling some tasty options. Your presenters for the day are chiropractic physician, Dr. Tara Staten, Body Konstruction owner and founder Brother CJ, clean eating enthusiast Organic Chrissy and BulaFit ambassador Keisha Myrie. Admission is FREE and the event will begin at 10 a.m. 211 B. Peachtree Dr.



This morning, head down to The Gantt Center for the start of a new workshop series entitled, Archive Your Legacy: Photo Scanning Session. This workshop series teaches practical tips for preserving and caring for photographs and paper documents. Participants are invited to bring photo albums, printed photographs, letters and other memorabilia. Your instructor for the afternoon, Monika Rhue is currently serving as the Director of Library Services and Curation at the James B. Duke Memorial Library at JCSU. Mrs. Rhue’s work experiences include library management, grant writing, teaching basic archival instruction, serving as an archival consultant, conducting oral histories, museum curation, and managing information literacy training. Tickets can be purchased here: The class will begin at 11 a.m. The Gantt Center is located at 551 S. Tryon St. in Uptown.



Calling all agriculturalists – Spring is near and if you want to gain some insight on your current cultivation, join Wisdom & Cherie Jzar as they host the second installment of their “Garden Talk” series. You first learned how to build a garden bed and this time you will gain some tips on what to plant. This discussion will also cover purchasing seeds, how to get your seedlings underway, purchasing starter plants and other methods of gathering and starting plants. This garden talk is good for beginner who plan to grow in a raised bed in the yard or for those who want to grow in a container. More experienced gardeners are welcomed and may find information beneficial and have wisdom to share. Please bring a notebook and a detailed drawing or picture of your growing area. Admission is FREE to attend. The event will begin at 1 p.m. at Wallace Pruitt Rec Center. 440 Tuckaseegee Rd.



This afternoon, join Hannah Hasan of The Epoch Tribe and The Family Tree and get engaged at the Muddy Turtle Talks Gentrification & Conversation. Charlotte is in the middle of a housing crisis. Every day we hear stories about gentrification and forced displacement, especially on the West Side. Come and hear brand new stories that are all focused on the human experiences surrounding forced displacement and erasure of one of Charlotte’s historically Black neighborhoods. This event sheds an interesting light on those who are heavily impacted.   After live stories are shared, you will engage in a very important community conversation on this issue and the systems that contribute. Admission is FREE but please be sure to RSVP here: The event will begin at 1 p.m. at Warehouse 242. 2307 Wilkinson Blvd.



This afternoon, gear your ears, hearts and minds on a journey down Lover’s Lane and get ready to experience Bueller’s Vinyltine’s Boogie – The Quiet Storm Session! Once again it’s on, yours truly, The Black Ferris Bueller will be taking control of the wheels of steel as I spin an incredible and eclectic mix of Classic R&B, Soul, Downtempo, Jazz, Rare Grooves and all sorts of Slow Jams from my personal record collection. Also, my dear friend Sharelle Curinton of Sae Productions will be back in the house selling some satisfactory stomach sanctions as you digest the audible aphrodisiacs. Admission is FREE, but I am taking up donations which will be given to The Males Place — an organization which provides young Black adolescent males in Charlotte with viable and useful life skills from an Afrocentric standpoint. The tables start turning at 4 p.m. 2902 The Plaza Rd.



7th Street Public Market and Viva Raw are proud to present to you the first ever Wellness Fair & Vegan Drinks Social! This event provides an opportunity to explore the variety of healthy food options that the market has to offer in Uptown Charlotte. Vendors will be featuring healthier options on their menus, plus, there will be a handful of other local vendors present inside the market with their products and information to support a healthier lifestyle — everything from yoga to skin care to tonics, massages, and more! Admission is FREE to attend and the event will begin at 4 p.m. 224 E. 7th St. in Uptown.



The wait is over—it’s time to feel the power of the groove as the Rhythmic Soul Dance Company proudly presents the RSDC Dance Expo! Get ready for a day full of hi-octane, colorful, vibrant routines in a totally brilliant kaleidoscope of various dance styles! Several dance teams will compete in several categories including junior & senior solo/duo/trio, group dance teams, Hip Hop, Jazz, majorette and stepping. HBCU and Divine Nine organizations are invited to come and showcase their routines as well. Your host for this grand event is Rhythmic Soul Dance Company founder, the lovely Siobhan Washington and the maestro for this throw down will be my brother DJ Steel Wheel. Tickets can be purchased here: The event will begin at 4:30 p.m. at First Ward Arts Academy. 715 N. Caldwell St. near Uptown.



Join my friends Diggers Delight and the Vacation Pay crew as the proudly present the February installment of “Repainted Tomorrow” this evening! This half beat show/half live painting hybrid showcase will feature the sonic stylings of Cosmore, Deviant Sounds and Sega along with the visual vibrations of Mauveoshun. Additional sonic frequencies will be provided by resident musicians Axnt, FLLS and Simon SMTHNG. 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.



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! Spring is not too far away and if you’re looking to spring into the arms of someone new, bring yourselves, your own flyness and your friends out for an evening of nonstop fun! Over 500 people have attended each of these events in the past and this episode is guaranteed to be a surefire hit! There will be a social hour with the band El Lambert & A Few Dope People and DJ B.U. who’ll turn up the heat with more hot tracks to enjoy! Please dress to impress. Tickets can be purchased here: The event will begin at 9 p.m. at Press Box Bar & Grill. 9609 N. Tryon St. in the University Area. #OutenLoveEvents #BlackSinglesCLT



Love is about unity and House music exemplifies it – and if you want to experience this feeling, join the Unified Souls crew this evening for STR8 HOUSE—For the Love of House! Enjoy some eclectic and electric blends of Classic House, Soul, R&B, Downtempo, Funk and much more! Your love doctors for the evening are none other than DJ Badala B and DJ Tony Cutlass and hosted by my girl Brooklyn Stace! Tickets can be purchased here: The party starts at 10 p.m. at Crown Station. 3629 N. Davidson St. in the NoDa District.





Put some life in your system this morning and head down to Central Food Hub for the Jai Food Pop Up! Gather your peoples and your palates as the Jai Food Southeast Asian Catering Co. crew brings forth a special Jai Delight Combo meal menu including Pad Thai Noodles, papaya salad, Nam Khao w/ lettuce wrap and Thai tea. Please pre-order plates by texting/calling (704)-879-1374. The event will begin at 11 a.m. Central Food Hub is located at 1911 Central Ave. in the Plaza-Midwood District.



Get your creative shop on this afternoon at Charlotte Art League and come out to the Starving Artist Market. Need some last minute ideas to get your significant other a Valentine’s Day gift? This is the place for you! Over 30 local artists and vendors that will be pulling out all the stops to give you a five-hour, one-stop shopping experience. Skip the lines and come view this very talented group of local artisans. There will be pet supplies, pottery, soaps, jewelry, paintings, prints, fiber arts, wood workings, gemstones, candles, glass art, crystals and more! Admission is FREE to enter and the market opens at 11 a.m. Charlotte Art League is located at 4100 Raleigh St.



This afternoon, treat yourselves to some vintage cinematic delight as Mr. Felix Curtis of Classic Black Cinema Series proudly presents a special screening of “Within Our Gates.” Released in 1920, this silent film and stars an independent heroine, Evelyn Preer, fighting for what she believes in. Abandoned by her fiancé, an educated black woman with a shocking past dedicates herself to helping a near bankrupt school for impoverished black youth. This is this first surviving film produced and directed by Oscar Micheaux also serves as the response to the 1915 propaganda “Birth of a Nation” by D.W. Griffith. Admission to the film is FREE with a museum admission of $9 per person. Refreshments will be provided. The screening will begin promptly at 2 p.m. at The Gantt Center. 551 S. Tryon St. in Uptown.   #CBCS



Are you ready for 2 hours of fun, attitude, style, sweat and dance? If so, join the lovely Sayana Semb’Afro as she hosts the Sweaty Afro Dance Workshop! If you want to learn some new moves on different type of African music (AfroHouse, Afrobeats, Gqom) and learn choreography to practice those moves, this is the class for you. All are welcome to participate. Tickets can be purchased here: The event will begin at 1 p.m. at NoDa @ 28th Creative Arts Studios. 2424 N. Davidson St. in the NoDa District.



Gospel songstress Akya Canada and 646 Entertainment Group invites everyone to come and be part of the “I Choose To Love“ Feeding the Homeless concert this afternoon. Celebrate the transfer of love as Akya and friends serve the community with provisions food with hot meals and bag lunches to our less fortunate brothers and sisters. There will be live performances, games and much more. Donations for supplies are welcomed to be delivered in person or through: The event will begin at 3 p.m. 1420 N. Tryon St.



Can I Cook It? Yes you can! Well go on and get you palates ready as the frequencies of music fuses with the fulfillment of food as The Sol Kitchen proudly presents VIBES & VITTLES! Music artists, cultural and culinary enthusiasts, join Charlotte’s own Chef Gregory Collier owner of The Yolk Uptown along with special guest chef and Hip Hop icon, Chef Jarobi White for an evening of creativity. As they are paired with a local chef, each dish will be the name of a song and will be paired with different wines. In essence, Greg & Jacobi have put their brains to work and created eight A Tribe Called Quest-inspired dishes. While the deliciousness is digesting, there will be an intimate dialogue with Jarobi about his beats, rhymes and life with ATCQ, his calling as a chef and more insight into the mystic man. ATCQ’s sound master DJ Rasta Root will be on the wheels of steel spinning all sorts of exclusive joints, covers, remixes, B-sides, album cuts and more. Tickets can be purchased here: Check-in and social hour begins at 5:30 and the event will commence at 6pm at 7th Street Public Market. 224 E. 7th St. in Uptown.





Join local community organization Spread Love The Divine Way as they host the Labor of Love Clothing Drive this evening. Bring new and/or gently used clothing and toiletries down to the University City Regional Library to serve our brothers and sisters in the community. February is known to some as the month of love, so what better way to spread yours — divinely of course! The event will begin at 6 p.m. The library is located at 301 E. W.T. Harris Blvd. in the University Area.


Get your laugh on at Heist Brewery this evening and come out for another gut-busting session of the Revolt Comedy Show! Sit back, relax and get ready to laugh away those Monday blues with a hilarious blend of raw and clever comedic performers hosted by The Revolt Duo, Brian O’Neil and Alex Spears! Music will be provided by Black Light the DJ. Admission is $3 and will begin at 7:30 p.m. Heist Brewery is located at 2909 N. Davidson St. in the NoDa District.



2/14 – Massage Life Studios presents “An Evening of Love — The Sensual Massage Workshop”

2/15 – PLAYER MADE—All Star Weekend Edition

2/16 – The House of LeMond presents “GROOM + GO”

2/16 – Freaquency: “So Wavy” Pt. II

2/16 — AfroPop! Charlotte, Vol.29: All-Star Edition 2019

2/16 – Freaquency360 presents DJ MASEO of De La Soul

2/17 – 2019 Community Jazz Series

2/20 — ShapingCLT: KNOW Justice KNOW Peace

2/20 – 2/23 – The Legacy Theatre Production Co. presents “SISTAS: The Musical”

2/23 — In White America: A Documentary Play

2/23 — Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges & Universities

2/28 – 3/2 – CIAA Tournament 2019

3/2 – Radio Rehab Carolinas presents “House Iz My Release” feat. Lady Alma/”OutKast On A Quest”

3/2 – The JETA Team presents “Off The Wall: Sincerity An Ode to Mary J. Blige & Nas” feat. DJ Shakim

3/9 — THE B.I.G.G.I.E. BRUNCH | Steak, Cheese Eggs & Welch’s Grape

3/9 — POPPA | The 8th Annual Notorious BIG & Bad Boy Tribute


“Black Love is Black Wealth” – Nikki Giovanni


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


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