By Shawn D. Allison, II
Greetings Family! The weekend has arrived and I hope everyone is
feeling alright out there. There’s quite a bit of festivals with some truly unique works of art taking center stage and screen and if you open your minds, you’ll be sure to truly experience and appreciate some wondrous creativity from your community. I will be active at the CineOdyssey Film Festival this weekend, but if you want to know where the true cool digs are, check out my “Hot List” and scope out the dopeness!
- THURSDAY — SATURDAY – 2nd Annual CineOdyssey Film Festival
- THURSDAY – SATURDAY – Stacey Rose’s “The Danger: A Homage to Strange Fruit” performance workshops
- THURSDAY — Beats & Bars Jam Session No. 5 at JCSU Arts Factory
- THURSDAY – “Words, Wine & Weirdos” at The Weirdo Lounge
- FRIDAY – SATURDAY – Jazz Arts Initiative presents The Jazz Room: Amos Hoffman plays Kenny Burrell
- FRIDAY – Friday Nights at Camp North End feat. DJ That Guy Smitty
- FRIDAY – Diggers Delight presents “Ready, Set, Vinyl!” w/ DJ FoundACEtion at Tip Top Daily Market
- FRIDAY – Karaoke Game Night at Recess CLT
- SATURDAY — REEP Community Needs Assessment Analysis Meeting at West Charlotte Rec Center
- SATURDAY – Funny Side Up at The Comedy Zone
- SATURDAY – Old School Concert & Day Party at The Morehead Tavern
- SATURDAY – Made From Scratch Music & Arts Festival
- SATURDAY – OutenLove Events’ presents “Mature Singles Mixer” at Secret Society Cigar Bar & Lounge
- SATURDAY – The Sol Kitchen presents “A King & A Prince” w/ Mad Skillz at Snug Harbor
- SUNDAY – Dupp & Swat presents “Summatime” at Camp North End
- SUNDAY – “Cultural Dynamics –Realism to Abstract” Art Showcase at NoDa @ 28th Creative Arts Studios
- SUNDAY – Beres Hammond at The Neighborhood Theater
- MONDAY — The UNDERGROUND Mobile Gallery Fundraiser & Urban Art Show at Petra’s
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——-THURSDAY, JULY 12——-
Tonight, step into the mind of reality set in prose and come experience some interactive workshops of the all-new and all-original “The Danger: A Homage to Strange Fruit.” Written by local award winning playwright Stacey Rose, “The Danger: A Homage to Strange Fruit” is a theatrical symphony structured into four movements. The play examines the legacy of white supremacist patriarchy and violence against Black bodies through the eyes of lost souls in a dilapidated railroad waiting room. Over the course of this week, Stacey will be working on refining the plays structures and some to the characters stories. Admission is FREE, but donations are always accepted. Please be sure to RSVP here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSevrCozW8hIvhvrS5OQUhhEnH50MfrqyiCCiFYlsVqYNjCZ9A/viewform. There will be various workshops for the duration of the week, with tonight’s session beginning at 5 p.m. All workshops will be held at the Arbor Glen Outreach Center located at 1520 Clanton Rd.
It’s lights, camera and attention at Camp North End as The Gantt Center is proud to present a special Photo Walk with Frankhavemercy this evening! Frankhavemercy is a Fayetteville, NC-raised, Los Angeles-based photographer and film director whose short films and editorial photography stem from a similar spirit and space. He is methodical about the moods of his work. He gives great thought to overall tones and composition by creating elaborate mood boards for every project he commits to. The presence of raw emotion and feeling is apparent in each piece regardless of the art medium. Explore Camp North End with Frankhavemercy and capture the sights that catch your eye and discover different locations through the lens of a camera. Everyone is encouraged to bring a camera or a camera phone with you for this photo walk. Admission is FREE but please be sure to RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/photo-walk-with-frankhavemercy-tickets-47316315373. The event will begin at 5 p.m. Camp North End is located at 1824 Statesville Ave.
Celebrate the musical tradition of the Historic West End with local artists and JCSU student musicians for fifth revolution of a live throw down entitled Beats & Bars Jam Session No. 5! Bring your friends and family out for night of great music while learning more about Soul Junction, a two-day music festival hosted in the Historic West End. This showcase of electric jazz, soul, and funk will be led by acclaimed Charlotte multitalented Renaissance man Quentin Talley and funky drummer Tim Scott, Jr. Admission is FREE to attend but please be sure to RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/soul-junction-bars-beats-jam-session-no-5-tickets-47478375098. The event will begin at 6 p.m. at the JCSU Arts Factory. 1545 W. Trade St. near the JCSU Main Campus. #WestSideBestSide
Join BriGGsing along with OutenLove Events this Thursday at The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery for the July installment of the Thirsty Thursday Brewery Tour! OMB has been named the best brewery in America by USA Today. You read that correctly–the best brewery in America is located right here in the Queen City. This is a tour you don’t want to miss! Your $15 ticket purchase gets you a tour of this immaculate facility, a beer, and a commemorative glass marking the occasion. There will also be some snacks and goodies to keep the party going. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/thirsty-thursday-brewery-tour-ttbt-tickets-47434094654. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery is located at 4150 Yancey Rd. #Briggsing #OutenLoveEvents
This weekend, get your cultural cinematic fix in at the 2nd Annual CineOdyssey Film Festival! The CineOdyssey Film Festival seeks to introduce audiences to diverse, contemporary films from around the world. The festival intends to give a platform to the next wave of filmmakers of color, celebrating their artistic achievements, as well as cultivating an appreciation of the art form, inspiring audiences to bridge cultural understanding. The three-day event will showcase the works of filmmakers from the U.S. and African, Caribbean, Latino, Asian, and Native American diasporas. This year’s impressive lineup of films will boldly address the multicultural issues of today, which meet at the intersection of race, class, and gender, as well as celebrating the creative craft of the artform. Panel discussions, guest speakers, and networking events will augment the festival. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-cineodyssey-film-festival-tickets-45425369503. Tonight’s opening reception will be held at the Wells Fargo Auditorium at Knight Theater beginning at 7 p.m. 430 S. Tryon St. in Uptown. #ColorYourVision
For some true adult fun, head over to Petra’s this evening for another round of “Potions & Pixels: Video Games, Board Games and Community.” This time around, in addition to all of your favorite retro, modern and indie video and board games, they invite you to step into the vivid world of virtual reality! Admission is only $8. Bring as many friends as you desire and have a good time! The games begin at 7 p.m. Petra’s is located at 1919 Commonwealth Ave. in the Plaza-Midwood District. #PotionsAndPixels
Come relive of literature’s finest works on stage as Blumenthal Performing Arts proudly presents “The Color Purple!” Don’t miss this stunning re-imagining of an epic story about a young woman’s journey to love and triumph in the American South. It’s the musical sensation that New York Magazine calls “one of the greatest revivals ever.” With a soul-raising score of jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues, The Color Purple Musical gives an exhilarating new spirit to this Pulitzer Prize-winning story. Tickets can be purchased and show times can be found here: https://www.blumenthalarts.org/even…/detail/the-color-purple. Tonight’s show will begin at 7:30 p.m. All shows will be held at the Belk Theater. 130 N. Tryon St. in Uptown.
Take a cool ride out to Gastonia and prepare your minds for an evening of unfiltered oddity at “Words, Wine & Weirdos!” Join host Jaycee the Poet as he brings forth his creative swagger and setting the stage for the stanzas of some of Charlotte’s boldest and brightest creative talents – Sam Fox, Jay Ward and Shane Manier! Also, be sure to get your boogie on with DJ Taz Infinite rockin’ out on the wheels of steel and enjoy some special glasses of Muscadine and Moscato for $3.00. The event will begin at 8 p.m. at The Weirdo Lounge. 420 W. Main Ave. in Gastonia.
Three Bone Theatre is back to set the stage for your weekend as they proudly present their latest piece, “Appropriate.” Every estranged member of the Lafayette clan has descended upon the crumbling Arkansas homestead to settle the accounts of the newly-dead patriarch. As his three adult children sort through a lifetime of horded junk, they collide over clutter, debt, and a contentious family history. But after disturbing discoveries surface among their father’s possessions, the reunion takes a turn for the explosive, unleashing a series of crackling surprises and confrontations. Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins examines dealing with family’s legacy of white supremacy in his new play, blending dark comedy with mystery. This play is directed by Sarah Provencal. “Appropriate” is rated “R” for adult language and content and is not recommended for those under 18. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.carolinatix.org/events/detail/appropriate-by-branden-jacobs-jenkins. There will be three performances this weekend: Thursday (7/12), Friday (7/13) and Saturday (7/14) all starting at 8 p.m. at the Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square. 345 N. College St. in Uptown.
——-FRIDAY, JULY 13——-
Get a relaxing start to your weekend and bring your friends out Friday Nights at Camp North End! Chill out by the fire pit, play some games, grab some grub from some food trucks and meet someone new as my good brother DJ That Guy Smitty provides some soulful Downtempo, House, Funk and R&B #EarholeGoodness! Admission is “positive vibes.” The kickoff is 5 p.m. Camp North End is located at 1824 Statesville Ave.
Jumpstart your weekend with a second helping of shuttering and shooting as the creative known as Frankhavemercy guides you along a special tour of his incumbent artistic residency at The Gantt Center entitled, “Frequency.” Here’s your chance to learn about his creative process, get a sneak peek of his newest film project and gain a deeper understanding about the life of a professional artist. Admission is FREE but please be sure to RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/frequency-frankhavemercy-tickets-47312750711?aff=GanttCenter. The tour will begin at 7 p.m., sharp at The Gantt Center. 551 S. Tryon St. in Uptown.
Jazz Arts Initiative returns for the month of July and this month’s installment of The Jazz Room will feature Amos Hoffman playing tribute to jazz icon Kenny Burrell. Guitarist, composer and Detroit native Kenny Burrell is one of the most respected jazz artists in the world. As a producer and recording artist, his extensive discography includes the critically acclaimed “Guitar Forms”, “Ellington is Forever” and “Kenny Burrell & John Coltrane.” Amos Hoffman is an Israeli Jazz guitarist and oudist known worldwide as a pioneer in fusing the rhythms and melodic themes of the Middle East with Modern Jazz. Hoffman started playing guitar at the age of six, and the oud a few years later. Following his studies at the prestigious Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem, his search for new musical experiences led him first to Amsterdam, and then to New York City. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.carolinatix.org/events/detail/the-jazz-room-at-the-stage-door-theater-8. There will be four performances this weekend: Friday (7/13) at 6 and 8:15 p.m. and Saturday (7/14) at 7 and 9:15 p.m. All shows will be held at the Stage Door Theater located at the corner of E. 5th St. & N. College St. in Uptown. #JAI
Diggers Delight invites you to experience some vibrant energy on the wax tip this evening as they proudly present “Ready, Set , Vinyl!” Enjoy a calm Friday evening with your crew as my good brother and one of Charlotte’s most talented maestros, DJ FoundACEtion rocks out a very special set of New Jack Swing on an all-vinyl set! Admission is FREE to attend. The event will begin at 7 p.m. at Tip Top Daily Market. 2902 The Plaza Rd. #DiggersDelight
Everyone hop in your Chevy, Cadillac or Pontiac and head down to Snug Harbor for another 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 special guests Clay James, DJ Mike Swift, Jaboi B Rab and A-Huf. 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.
My good friends of the Single, Saved & Serious Movement invite you out to the Grier Heights Community Center as they host SSS Talk – Roundtable Discussion & Potluck this evening! SSS goes back to its roots and main focus–roundtable discussions about topics important to today’s singles. The goal is helping singles navigate a harsh world with these conversations. Open and honest, but always backed by God’s Word, these talks cover issues in today’s dating scene, so that the single woman or man of God is fully equipped to walk in confidence, faith and love. Admission is FREE. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. Grier Heights Community Center is located at 3100 Leroy St. #SSSMoves
Jazz N’ Soul Music is ready to enhance your Friday night with some superior sounds as they proudly present B. Stanley Graham & Upscale! Comprised of a four-man soundscape and one alluring vocalist, you’ll be sure to have your spirits lifted as one of Charlotte’s best collectives plays a vivid variety of classic and smooth Jazz cuts, R&B sweetness with an strong dose of Soul coming straight to your earholes! Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/upscale-classic-smooth-jazz-with-a-twist-of-soul-tickets-47913564762. The event will begin promptly at 9 p.m. at The Morehead Tavern. 300 E. Morehead St. in Uptown. #JazzNSoul
Get ready to cut loose this Friday as OutenLove Events, Mr. 305 Events and High Society CLT proudly present Karaoke Game Night this evening! It’s some new flavor with a funky twist as you try sing your sober or sloshed hearts out with karaoke songs, play a wide variety of games and party into the night with a special guest DJ rockin’ out all the dope tunes of today and yesteryear! Admission is FREE with RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/karaoke-game-night-tickets-47953474132. The event will begin at 9 p.m. at Recess CLT. 832 Seigle Ave. in the Belmont Neighborhood. #OutenLoveEvents
——-SATURDAY, JULY 14——-
Everyone rise, shine and head over to the West Charlotte Recreational Center for the REEP Community Needs Assessment Analysis meeting this morning. City Startup Labs has a unique initiative which uses entrepreneurship as a tool for restorative justice for those who were formally incarcerated. The Community Needs Assessment Analysis meeting will bring together community stakeholders of the Historic West End to discuss what economic activity could move the corridor forward and how REEP can assist. Admission is FREE to attend and all are welcome. Please be sure to RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/reep-community-needs-assessment-analysis-tickets-47716459214. The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. 2401 Kendall Dr.
Start your Saturday off with some throwback flavor at the “I Still Love the 90s Brunch & Day Party!” Moxie Society invites you out to enjoy an afternoon of fine Southern cuisine, top shelf drink specials, fellowship and music! Step Black into time with DJ C-Rob and DJ Shogun rockin’ out the best of 90’s Hip Hop, R&B, House, Dancehall, Reggae and Neo-Soul cuts and take a gander at the lovely Ashley Raeneil creating some of her wondrous art in front of your eyes. Admission is FREE to attend. Event begins at 11 a.m. and will be held at Sports One Bar & Lounge. 521 N. College St. in Uptown. #MoxieSociety
Bring your family and friends out for an afternoon of creative splendor and fun for Open Studio Saturday at The McColl Center for Art + Innovation! Everyone is invited to explore this vibrant contemporary art space with chances to meet the McColl Center’s artists-in-residence, participate in fun hands-on activities and create a work of art of your very own! Activities include robotics and 3D printing with Oliver Lewis, an iconography workshop hosted by Marcus Kiser and much more! The first people to arrive will receive a refreshing popsicle from King of Pops courtesy of the museum. Admission is FREE and the fun begins at 12 noon. The McColl Center is located at 721 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 and comedienne Blayr Nias for a fun filled afternoon of comedy, cocktails and brunch guaranteed to leave you in stitches! While stomach is filled with some delicious food, fill your heart with the raucous humor from Ben Jones, Brent Blakeney, Vishal Krishnalsami, Shari Diaz, Liz Carnage, Jason King, Holly Manus and special guests Don Garrett and Dominique Grayer. Tickets are only $10 and can be purchased here: https://www.cltcomedyzone.com/buy-tickets/?Page=https%3a%2f%2fpublic.ticketbiscuit.com%2fComedyZoneCharlotte%2fEvents%2f347886. The event will begin at 2 p.m. The Comedy Zone is located at 900 NC Music Factory Blvd.
Come and boogie old school style at The Morehead Tavern as Jazz N’ Soul Music proudly presents “The Old School Concert & Day Party!” Gather all your friends and get ready to jam just like you did back in the day with guest DJ LeBron rippin’ and rockin’ classic tunes from yesteryear and a special live performance from the band Sista 6! Your host is none other than the lovely Chirl Girl. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/old-school-concert-day-party-july-edition-hosted-by-chirl-girl-w-the-sista-6-band-live-tickets-47699084245. The get down starts at 3 p.m. 300 E. Morehead St. in Uptown.
Take your senses underground and head on down to Route 29 Pavilion for the Made from Scratch Music & Arts Festival! This one-of-a-kind outdoor music festival alters the traditional outdoor concert experience by not only having an exciting musical line up, but include an art installation featuring large scale murals, sculptures and a sound system delivering audio the way the artist intended. Artist lineup includes Curren$y, Robb Banks, Elhae, Reese Laflare, Sir Michael Rocks (THE COOL KIDS), Cyanca, Austin Royale and many more! There will be a variety of food trucks, yard games and refreshments to choose from. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.madefromscratch.xyz/tickets. The event will begin at 3 p.m. 5650 Sandusky Blvd. in Concord.
Get your party with a purpose on at Divine Barrel Brewing as they host the Band Together Benefit for Behaiu this afternoon! Join Bold Missy Brewery, Crown Station and Yelp Charlotte for a festive block party on a little corner of NoDa to raise money for the wonderful organization, Behailu Academy, which offers year-round educational programs for underserved youth. There’ll be numerous local vendors’ booths, food trucks, live art exhibitions and a special battle of the bands featuring 9 local bands competing for a grand prize! A portion of all sales will go to benefit Behailu! Admission is FREE and the event will begin at 3 p.m. 3701 N. Davidson St. in the NoDa District.
The Queen City Omegas are ready to add some sophistication to your weekend as they present their Fourth Annual Seers & Sheers Summer Soiree. This upscale outdoor garden party is designed for the mature crowd that appreciates the sundress & Seersucker style. Bring your lawn chairs for an evening of music, cuisine, libations, vendors, networking and dance, under the stars. There will be food, retail, business and professional vendors on hand as well. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/queen-city-omegas-seers-sheers-summer-soiree-iv-weekend-affair-tickets-43961103845. The event begins at 5 p.m. at Symphony Park. 4400 Sharon Rd. in the South Park Area. #CLTQuesSeerandSheers
Take a load off and enjoy some soothing sounds in the comforts of Mother Nature as Mecklenburg Country Parks & Rec proudly presents the Summer Jazz Series! Bring your family and friends out for a delightful evening of Smooth Jazz, Blues, R&B and Soul instrumentations from jazz guitarist J’Michael Peeples and sax man Art Sherrod, Jr. Admission is FREE. You will be allowed to bring your own food, drinks, blankets and lawn chairs. The event will begin at 6 p.m. at Freedom Park. 1900 East Blvd. in the Dilworth Neighborhood.
OutenLove Events is out to prove to you that it’s never too late for love as they invite you to Secret Society Cigar Bar & Lounge for the Mature Singles Mixer! Whether you are ten years shy of AARP benefits or you’re already received them, it’s never too late to live life out on a limb! For all my mature folks, here’s a chance to step out and meet someone new, make new connections all in the name of fun! Admission is FREE but please be sure to RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mature-singles-mixer-tickets-47688915831. The event will begin at 8 p.m. 2415 W. Morehead St. near Uptown. #OutenLoveEvents
Join my friends Diggers Delight and the Vacation Pay Crew as the proudly present another round of “Repainted Tomorrow” this evening! This half beat show/half live painting hybrid showcase will feature the sonic stylings of Oak City Slums, Newman and BlackSmith Sundays along with the visual vibrations of Miguel Hall. 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.
The forces of The Sol Kitchen and MC Mad Skillz have combined one again to bring you the second installment of “A King & A Prince!” Hop in your little red Corvette or moonwalk over to Snug Harbor for a musical tribute mashup of grooves, rarities, hits, B-Sides remixes and hits from Michael Jackson and Prince! You’ll be sure to dance your souls and soles away! Tickets can be purchased here: http://snugrock.tunestub.com/event.cfm?cart&showTimingID=280758. The party starts at 10 p.m. Snug Harbor is located at 1228 Gordon St. in the Plaza-Midwood District. #TheSolKitchen
——-SUNDAY, JULY 15——-
This afternoon, step out in style and head down to the Mint Museum Randolph for a special Taste of the Mint Social! Today’s experience will featuring the museum’s popular exhibition, “The Glamour & Romance of Oscar de la Renta.” Come socialize, wine and dine on small plates prepared by 5Church Charlotte Executive Chef Jamie Lynch and then attend a private-guided tour of the exhibition. Tickets can be purchased here: https://13800.blackbaudhosting.com/13800/Taste-of-the-Mint–ODLR. The event will begin at 1:30 p.m. The Mint Museum Randolph is located at 2730 Randolph Rd.
The Blood Center of the Carolinas invites you to donate your time and blood at the Non-Profit Community Blood Center Drive this afternoon. Blood is in high demand for people across greater Charlotte and the BCC is calling upon you to be a vessel of life for those in need. If you choose to donate, please fill out your form here: http://www.cbcc.us. Today’s drive will begin at 1:30 p.m. at St. Paul Baptist Church. 1401 N. Allen St. in the Belmont Neighborhood.
My good friends at Dupp & Swat invite you out to a Sunday groove that’s slightly transformed providing just a bit of a break from the norm with a family-fun function known as “Summatime” this afternoon! Everyone slide out to Camp North End and get a taste of community with some cool vendors, nourishment, grown folks beverages and a dope lineup of DJs providing the soundtrack all enveloped in atmosphere of love, peace and happiness! Admission is “positive energy” and the jump off is at 3 p.m. Camp North End is located at 1824 Statesville Ave. #duppandswat
This afternoon, join St. Lawrence & Martin at NoDa @ 28th Creative Arts Studios for the opening of their brand new exhibition entitled, “Cultural Dynamics –Realism to Abstract.” Cultural Dynamics features a collection of four artists from the African and Latino Diaspora, who are affecting their environment through art with their visualizations which speaks to how they view the world, their imaginations and expressions in art. Their images show multi-faceted, multi-dimensional representations that convey a non-stereotypical point of view, a defining of their world in both traditional and non-traditional subject matter, from realism to abstract. It shows that African-American, African, Latino and Afro-Latino expressions in art at this juncture are intermingled and certainly not to be put in a small box as oftentimes the media and the art world does. Admission is FREE to attend and the event will begin at 4 p.m. NoDa @ 28th Creative Arts Studios is located at 2424 N. Davidson St. in the NoDa District.
Ladies, need some evening fun? Join the lovely Chelsea Ellis at Sydney’s Martini & Wine Bar as she hosts the Inspire Her Networking Mixer! Come and politic with some of the area’s most progressive dignitaries about pushing toward your goals, women’s empowerment and entrepreneurship. Panelists include: Davida Jackson — Phone Wallet Keys Podcast, Chrysten Crockett – GetFitWithChrys, Freda Hendley — BlkTechCLT and Jamie Miller — The 518 Group. Also, be sure to stick around for some special live mood music from local Hip Hop and R&B artists Kori Black, J-Alta and Sasha Renee. The event will be co-hosted by Desa’Rae Jackson and Tiffany Clemons. Admission is FREE with RSVP but please be sure to register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/inspire-her-networking-mixer-tickets-44902946923. Admission is $10 at the door. 6 p.m. 401 N. Tryon St. in Uptown.
This evening, head down to The Neighborhood Theater as BrightWorks Promotions and Reggae Central proudly presents an evening with Beres Hammond! It’s a Sunday groove one of Reggae’s and Lovers Rock most legendary and longstanding artists guaranteed to take you to paradise with an aura full of love, light and peaceful vibes! Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1690408?utm_medium=ampOfficialEvent&utm_source=fbTfly. Doors open at 7 and the show begins at 8 p.m. The Neighborhood Theater is located at 511 E. 36th St. in the NoDa District.
The Rural Advancement Foundation International – RAFI and Come to the Table initiative invites you to the campus of JCSU proudly presenting its Equity at the Table Speaker Series this evening. For the final discussion in the series, “Hunger: A Racial Equity Issue”, come and hear the wisdom and insight from activist Minerva Delgado. In her talk Minerva will explain how racial inequity plays a role in the likelihood of whether someone will experience hunger. Participants will also take part in a wealth gap simulation that illustrates this reality. RAFI invites people of faith, farmers, activists, and journalists to come hear these perspectives addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion, while educating the community about food security issues. Admission is FREE but please be sure to RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hunger-a-racial-equity-issue-tickets-45723689787. The event will begin at 7 p.m. at Grimes Lounge on JCSU Main Campus. 100 Beatties Ford Rd.
Ladies, are you in need of a fun method to get in shape? This evening, come put some physical delight back in your life and join Turning Pointe 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! Your host for this class is the lovely Melissa McDaniel. No matter your dance level, everyone is welcome to participate. Admission is $12 per person and will begin at 7:30 p.m. The class will be held at LacedWell. 5221 Equipment Dr., Suite “D”.
Tonight, slide out to Petra’s for The UNDERGROUND Mobile Gallery Fundraiser & Urban Art Show! Come experience 360 degrees of cultural art, music and dance which is an integral part of the Black experience and existence. This showcase will promote and highlight self-awareness, pride, self-preservation all in the name of community togetherness. The UNDERGROUND Mobile Gallery will bring amazing visual, musical, poetic, graphic, and historical works from local and accessible Black artists to Charlotte lower-income neighborhoods. Their goal is to put an interactive Renaissance-style art movement right in the heart of the hood, thus giving the youth in Charlotte’s at risk neighborhoods (where there’s mad talent, but nowhere to cultivate it) the opportunity to work with local artists, musicians, writers, gardeners, and historians on their own turf! Admission is $5 per person. 8 p.m. Petra’s is located at 1919 Commonwealth Ave. in the Plaza-Midwood District.
7/21 – Legacy Theatre Productions’ “Blood Ties” Revised Stage Recital
7/21 – ARTIFICATION: Sophisticated Art Therapy with Sound Healing
7/21 — AfroPop! Charlotte: Tribal-Palooza, Two Year Anniversary
7/22 — Jerk Chicken N’ Waffles Sunday Brunch
7/22 – Afro Cool Fest
7/27 – Black Food Truck Friday
7/28 – The Black Pearl Session
7/28 – Su Casa: The July Edition
7/29 — Hot Stuff Summer Pop-Up Market
8/2 — Dapper Street Presents: Jazz In The Key of Coltrane
8/4 – Off The Wall – The Annual Michael Jackson Tribute
“I think Black people have to be in control of their own image because film is a powerful medium. We can’t just sit back and let other people define our existence.” -Spike Lee
Everyone have a wonderful weekend! Spread, peace, love and joy to all!
Live. Laugh. Love. Learn. Listen. Give.
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