The Rundown: Things to do: Thursday, July 20 – Monday, July 24

By Shawn D. Allison, II

Shawn Allison shares all the places you’ll wanna be in the Queen City.

Hey everyone! The weekend is here and it’s time to get things crackin’ once more! The QC is buzzing with all sorts of goodies this weekend and to top it off, we have some great weather scheduled for our skies! Yours truly, The Black Ferris Bueller will be hot on the trail with an itinerary of stuff of my own and if you want to follow in my footsteps, check out my “Hot List!”


  • THURSDAY – Screen@Levine Series “What We Told Our Sons” at the Levine Museum of the New South
  • FRIDAY-SATURDAY – Jazz Arts Initiative’s “The Jazz Room” Corey Wilkes plays Freddie Hubbard at the Stage Door Theatre
  • FRIDAY – Pure Romance NC’s screening of “Girls Trip” at Regal Cinemas Stonecrest
  • SATURDAY – 2017 Summer Kickball Classic at The Friendship Sportsplex
  • SATURDAY – 808!704 Beat Bazaar at Snug Harbor
  • SATURDAY – Moxie Society’s “Friends With Benefits Sixth Anniversary Celebration” at Firehouse Bar & Lounge
  • SATURDAY – Su Casa – The July Edition at Petra’s
  • SUNDAY – Makossa Charlotte Cookout at The Morehead Tavern
  • SUNDAY – Single Saved & Serious Movement’s “Sunday Gospel Buffet” at Conversation Peace
  • MONDAY – SayWord Open Mic & Book Release at Petra’s


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——-THURSDAY 7/20——-

This evening at The Levine Museum of the New South come enjoy and engage with a special screening of the documentary, “What We Told Our Sons.” As part of the museum’s Screen@Levine series, filmmaker Dayvee Sutton explores the reactions families had to the death of Trayvon Martin and larger issues related to the “talk” many parents have to have with their children about how to conduct themselves around law enforcement. Tickets can be purchased here: Doors open at 6 p.m. and the film begins at 6:30 p.m. The museum is located at 200 E. 7th St. in Uptown.



Calling all fellow film aficionados, slide over to Petra’s for the Queen City Cinephiles Independent Film Screenings! Come view indie movies with other enthusiasts, join in Q&A with filmmakers, and mingle with fellow community members. Admission is FREE for Queen City Cinephiles members and $5 at the door for nonmembers. The event begins at 7 p.m. Petra’s is located at 1919 Commonwealth Ave. in the Plaza-Midwood District.

The rhythmic and rhetorical wizard known as Sir Abstraxxx invites you out to experience Seoul Vibes – The Poetic Dining Experience. Bring your friends out to Seoul Food Meat Company and enjoy Charlottes first Korean BBQ and Southern BBQ fusion restaurant set to a soundtrack of some of the QC’s most riveting poets and acoustic artists. Admission is FREE but please be sure to RSVP here: 8:30 p.m. The restaurant is located at 1400 S. Church St., Suite “A” near Uptown.

——-FRIDAY 7/21——-

Rise and shine and head over to Charlotte Regional Farmers Market for Peach Day! Your name doesn’t have to be James to attend, but come out to enjoy some organic and fresh-picked peaches and peach desserts including some homemade peach ice cream. There will also be some special recipes for you to take home for your family to enjoy! This fuzzy fruit feast-ival is FREE for all ages and it begins at 11 a.m. Charlotte Regional Farmers Market is located at 1801 Yorkmont Rd.

Gather your friends and come out to The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art for another fun edition of “Bechtler By Night!” Hailed as a leisure haven for art enthusiasts in the Charlotte region, this event for this evening will be themed as “Summer of ‘69.” Hors d’oeuvres and margarita cocktails will be available. Admission is FREE and it begins at 5 p.m. The Bechtler is located at 420 S. Tryon St. in Uptown.

Charlotte’s Jazz Arts Initiative’s monthly series—The Jazz Room is the place for cool jazz during the sizzling summer! This weekend, Los Angeles-based trumpeter Corey Wilkes plays the music of Freddie Hubbard–one of jazz’s most powerful and prolific jazz trumpeters from the 1960’s onward. The Jazz Room provides a casual and intimate setting with tables reminiscent of the classic jazz rooms of yesteryear. Tickets can be purchased here: There will be four shows this weekend: Friday (7/21) at 6 and 8:15 p.m. and Saturday (7/22) at 7 and 9:15 p.m. All performances will be held at The Stage Door Theatre. Located on the corner of E. 5th St. and N. College St. in Uptown.   #JAI

Kick off your weekend at Coco and the Director as they host their open mic night, “Art in Motion.” Sip on $5 glasses of wine, $4 beers and other tasty treats in stock. There will be live performances of poetry and music while the guest visual artist creates a piece throughout the event. 7 p.m. Coco and the Director is located at 100 W. Trade St. in Uptown.

The creative people at Liberate Your Palate CLT invite you out to partake in their “Shake. Stir. Sip. Socialize: Tiki Masterclass” this evening! It’s time to go retro – with a fun bit of kitsch! One of the coolest retro trends in cocktails is the return of the reinvented tiki cocktail. A proper rum blend is the key to a balanced tiki cocktail. This class will present the fundamentals for blending base spirits for cocktails. These refreshing, Polynesian-inspired drinks were all the rage in the ‘40s and ‘50s. Now they’re back with the benefit of fresher, higher quality ingredients like fresh-squeezed tropical juices, layered flavors, multiple liquors – like two or more rums, homemade syrups and flavor accents like homemade grenadine, and fresh spices, like nutmeg, cinnamon and almond. Tickets can be purchased here: The class begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be held at Hygge Coworking. 1776 Statesville Ave.   #LiberateYourPalateCLT

All my fellow singles, this evening come out to Regal Cinemas Stonecrest as Pure Romance NC proudly hosts a premiere screening of the new hit romantic comedy, “Girls Trip!” The hilarious story of four single women slide out to the Essence Festival in New Orleans for a few days of tantalizing fun, twists and trysts. All tickets include admission to the movie, and a goody bag filled with $40 worth of Pure Romance products, plus a discount travel voucher valued at $200. First Class tickets for $50 will also includes admission, goody bag and concessions. Tickets can be purchased here: The meet up, registration and pre-film photo shoot will begin at 6:30 p.m. The movie theatre is located at 7824 Rea Road.   #PureRomanceNC

Jazz N’ Soul Music proudly welcomes back the ever-funky Jazz Munkee this Friday evening at The Morehead Tavern! Complete with their signature sound of funk, jazz, soul and fusion you will not want to just sit in your seat and listen—their sound is totally infectious and interactive! Tickets can be purchased here: Showtime is at 9 p.m. The Morehead Tavern is located at 300 E. Morehead St. in Uptown. #JazzNSoul

Slide out to Sydney’s Martini & Wine Bar for the Friday Night Turn Up! For tonight’s show, get ready to experience the heavy funk and smooth jazz melodies of The Groove Masters Band! These gentlemen have a rhythm section so powerful that you’ll want to get up and boogie—don’t miss this show! Admission is FREE and the show starts at 9 p.m. Sydney’s is located at 401 N. Tryon St. in Uptown.

——-SATURDAY 7/22——-

The wait is over! Come enjoy a full day of nonstop, hi-octane competitive athletic action at the 2017 Summer Kickball Classic! MARS and Streetz 103.3 have teamed up to bring you this fierce tournament kickball battle of epic proportions! There will be local, regional and a few teams from around the Southeast competing for a grand cash prize and bragging rights. There will be lots of other activities, food, music and fellowship. Admission is FREE to attend. The games begin at 9 a.m. at The Friendship Sportsplex. 2310 Cindy Ln.   #MARS #Funletics


The Gantt Center will reopen this morning for a special Community Opening Social! Bring the family and enjoy gallery talks, docent-led tours, art-making workshops and other activities as we celebrate the launch of “Simple Passion, Complex Vision: The Darryl Atwell Collection”; “Instill & Inspire: Selections from the John & Vivian Hewitt Collection of African-American Art”; “Immortal: A New Series by Miya Bailey:; and “Sloane Siobhan: Archetypes of the Subconscious.” These exhibits of contemporary collections, figurative and abstract paintings, and mixed-media sculptures celebrate collectors of African-American art. Join us as we celebrate collectors who are preserving African-American art for future generations. Admission is $5. The museum opens at 10 a.m. 551 S. Tryon St. in Uptown.

Charlotte, get ready for an evening full of nonstop soul at TCB 5400 Bar & Grill proudly presents The Hamiltones Live! As the new face of Soul music, crooner Anthony Hamilton’s protégés, The Hamiltones—Tony Lelo, J. Vito and Twoey exhibit strong elements of style, charisma, and captivating onstage energy. Joining them is none other than one of the QC’s most versatile, powerful and organic instrumentalists, Sai the Violinist. Also, be sure to stick around for a special performance from Anthony Hamilton himself! Tickets can be purchased here: Doors open at 12 noon. TCB 5400 Bar & Grill is located at 5400 Nevin Rd. in the Derita Community.

Charlotte, get ready to feel the boom as Snug Harbor and Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum presents “808!704 Beat Bazaar!” Come and feel the groove with a wide variety of funked up 808 drum & bass patterns, percussion compositions and other instrumental delights from various artists. There will be vendors on hand to add some flavor to the frequencies abroad and of course, lots of food, fellowship and fun! Tickets are $10 and can be paid here: The event begins at 2 p.m. Snug Harbor is located at 1228 Gordon St. in the Plaza-Midwood District.

Moxie Society has been in the game for a strong six years now, and today they invite you to Firehouse Bar & Lounge to celebrate as they host the “Friends With Benefits Day Party!” Come groove and chill with DJ Shaun Nyce aka “The Blend King” as he rocks out with the best of Hip Hop and R&B jams of today and yesteryear. The bar is fully stocked with drink specials and the Firehouse Food Truck will be loaded with lots of tasty treats and meals. Don’t miss this! Tickets can be purchased here: The party starts at 3 p.m. Firehouse Bar & Lounge is located at 320 W. Carson St. in Uptown.   #MoxieSociety

Cosmolinx is proud to invite you out to their second annual summer fashion soiree, The Summer Show 2017! Experience some of the hottest summer attire by local designers and boutiques in a grand fashion show that you do not want to miss! This year Cosmolinx will be bringing awareness to not 1 but 2 amazing organizations–The Myrtis Simpson Walker Youth Leadership Foundation and OvercomeHER. Tickets can be purchased here: The event begins at 7:30 p.m. and will be held at the Carole A. Hoefener Center. 610 E. 7th St. in Uptown.

Alright everyone. It’s time for one of Charlotte’s favorite underground culture jams—everyone head out to Petra’s for the July edition of Su Casa! Get down and 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 and lots of other sonic goodness! Also, be sure to stick around for a special performance from Quentin Talley & The Soul Providers who’ll light the stage on fire with a rousing set of soul-stirring grooves! Admission is $10 all night long. The event begins at 10 p.m. at Petra’s. 1919 Commonwealth Ave. in the Plaza-Midwood District.


——-SUNDAY 7/23——-

Charlotte, come experience a party unlike any other. Bring your entire crew out to the Morehead Tavern and get ready for the Makossa Charlotte Cookout! Starting in the great borough of Brooklyn, this summertime get down is growing into a festival full of delicious foods, games, fellowship and some of the best music around. For your entertainment, sounds will be provided by Wonway Posibul, Tara, DJ Shinobi, Haylow and introducing to the mix, Charlotte’s own DJ Steel Wheel rockin’ out with Hip Hop, Reggae, Dancehall, Electronic and Latin jams! The event will be hosted by none other than cultural icon, Bobbito Garcia aka Kool Bob Love of the legendary Stretch & Bobbito Radio Show! Admission is FREE to attend but please be sure to RSVP here: The party starts at 2 p.m. 300 E. Morehead St. in Uptown.

This morning at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, come out for the Civics 101—A Roadmap to Voter Empowerment course. For today’s session, join hosts Atty. Ciera Spencer-Mattox and Atty. Brandon Neal as they discuss “The Fight for Inequality: NAACP, Brown v. Board of Education and the Montgomery Bus Boycott.” There will be two classes today at 11:45 p.m. in room #359 and at 3:30 p.m. in the Conference Center. Friendship Missionary Baptist Church is located at 3400 Beatties Ford Rd. 

Ladies, this afternoon get dolled up and come out to Tisun Beauty Supply for the Simple Glam Makeup Class! Come out to see how to not only choose the right makeup for you but also learn how to apply it so that you can put your best face forward! You will get to discuss brows, contouring, lash applications and more. If you wish to bring your own makeup, you can. Also, you can arrive early to pick up some items to use during the class. Lastly, each participant will receive a gift card to Tisun Beauty Supply. This class will be hosted by the lovely Lorri Ashly. Tickets can be purchased here: The session will begin at 2 p.m. Tisun Beauty Supply is located at 9011 S. Tryon St.   

Sunday afternoon gets real smooth as the Single Saved and Serious Movement hosts another Sunday Gospel Buffet! Slide out to Conversation Peace and enjoy a delicious buffet as renowned, award-winning and homegrown Renaissance man Bluz takes the stage delivering some of his innovative and thought-provoking spoken word flavor. Admission for the buffet is $15.95 per person. The event starts at 4 p.m. Conversation Peace is located at 846 Union St. South in Concord.   #SSS

——-MONDAY 7/24——-

Spend your Monday evening in the comforts of spoken word artistry as renowned poet Jst Jah proudly welcomes back “SayWord Open Mic!” This organic atmosphere of love and art is one that will make everyone feel at home as you bask in the various avenues of creativity. Also, Jst Jah will have copies of his newly-release first poetry book entitled, “My Thoughts: #BlackLove” for sale. Be sure to grab a copy—it is an excellent read! Admission for the event is $5 and it will begin at 7 p.m. at Petra’s. 1919 Commonwealth Ave. in the Plaza-Midwood District.   #SayWord


7/27 – 7/29 – CineOdyssey Film Festival

7/28 – 7/30 – QC Summerfest 2017

8/5 — Off The Wall – Annual Michael Jackson Tribute

8/20 – UNITE International Dance Concert


Enjoy your weekend family! God Bless You!


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


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