The Rundown: Things to Do Thursday, March 23 – Monday, March 27

By Shawn D. Allison, II

Brothers and sisters, Spring is in the air. The weather for this weekend is nothing short or glorious so be sure to let our Sun give your beings some radiance as you enjoy this delightful

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

list of goodies I’ve cultivated for you! From jazz, to theatre, dancing, exercising, empowerment workshops and so much art it’ll make your head spin! As you know, yours truly—The Black Ferris Bueller stays on the go and for the most happenin’ joints, peep my “Hot List” to stay in the know.


  • THURSDAY—Uptown Crawl in Charlotte Center City
  • THURSDAY—OnQ Productions’ “Miles & Coltrane: Blue(.)” at The Duke Energy Theatre
  • FRIDAY—SlamCharlotte’s “Power of SHE Slam” at The McGlohon Theatre
  • FRIDAY—Jackie O’ with The GrooveMasters at The Morehead Tavern
  • FRIDAY—Kami Shalom’s “Call Me Madam” at Little Rock AME Zion Church
  • SATURDAY—The Black Expo Brain Bowl at West Charlotte High School
  • SATURDAY—“We’ve Got The Jazz Festival” at NoDa Brewing Co.
  • SATURDAY/SUNDAY—Abari Game Bar One Year Birthday & Block Party
  • SATURDAY—Su Casa: The March Edition at Petra’s
  • SUNDAY—“BBQ, Bowties, Brims & Brews Dapper Hour” at House of LeMond
  • SUNDAY—Dammit Fannie tribute to Hype Williams at La Revolucion
  • MONDAY—“Session: A Listening Party” and “SayWord Poetry” at Petra’s


——-THURSDAY 3/23——-

Everyone come and get all 360 degrees of your being filled with art at the March Uptown Crawl! All of Uptown Charlotte’s art treasures will be open for the general public this evening and you’ll get an opportunity to scour and scope art at The Gantt Center, Mint Museum Uptown, New Gallery of Modern Art, Sozo Gallery, The McColl, UNCC Center City, Goodyear Arts and The Levine Museum of the New South. You’ll be able to begin the tour at any of the featured institutions, then travel freely between the stops by foot, trolley, or bike. Each stop on the tour will feature a special look at the art held within. Admission is FREE! All venues and museums are in the Uptown area and will begin at 6 p.m.

This evening, join the League of Intelligence continue their “Regaining Our Power: An African History Course.” This multi-week course is geared to help educate Black people about our powerful past which provides: knowledge of self, African cultural development and reconnection, economic wisdom, strategy and tactics for liberation, self-sufficiency in today’s climate, regaining power to self-determine, restoring our confidence and ambition and much more! There will be food and retail vendors at each session. Tonight’s session is at 7:30 p.m. All classes will be held at Clinton Chapel A.M.E. Zion. 1901 Rozzelle’s Ferry Rd.

One of America’s best-known and best-loved political comedians, Dick Gregory takes the stage at The Comedy Zone for two nights of hard-hitting and hilarious comedy. As we are fresh into another Presidential era there’s sure to be plenty of laughs abroad. Don’t miss this chance to see one of our most necessary voices live and in living color! Tickets can be purchased here:… The show will start at 7:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone is located at 900 NC Music Factory Blvd.

On Q Productions brings their 10th anniversary season to a close as they conclude with one of their most acclaimed pieces, “Miles & Coltrane: Blue (.).” In the fortuitous 1950s, the American social constituency was rapidly changing and jazz was its primary soundtrack. For two of the art’s biggest contributors, John Coltrane and Miles Davis, it was their time to combine forces to not only make music, but make a different kind of noise—revolution. Come and witness this brilliant inner social dialogue filled with an array of emotion, music, pain, struggle and culture. It’s a show that you should not miss! For tonight’s opening show, the fee is “Pay What You Can.” For future performances, please purchase your tickets here: All shows will be performed at the Duke Energy Theatre at Spirit Square. 345 N. College St. in Uptown.   #OnQ

One of America’s greatest theatrical pieces returns through the talents of Theatre Charlotte for a special two-week performance run! Everyone get ready to experience Lorraine Hansberry’s seminal piece, “A Raisin in the Sun!” Set on Chicago’s South Side, the plot revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family. The tensions and prejudice they face mixed with the sacrifice, trust and love among the family and their heroic struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world is a searing and timeless document of hope and inspiration. Tickets can be purchased here: Tonight’s show starts at 7:30 p.m. Theatre Charlotte is located at 501 Queens Rd.   #TheatreCharlotte

Do you yearn for a different vibe? This evening, come out to Oneaka Dance Company for the Afro + Latin Evening Social! Get on the good food and dance to some Kizomba, Zouk, Bachata, Salsa and Afro House rhythms. There will be a 15-minute dance lesson to learn some of the dances mentioned previously. Bring your friends and experience something new and different! Admission is $5. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. Oneaka Dance Company is located at 4450 The Plaza Rd., Suite A.

——-FRIDAY 3/24——-

Hey kids, I found something you’ll enjoy on this Friday night! Gather your parents and friends and head down to The Wells Fargo Playhouse at ImaginOn for a special premiere of the stage adaption of the beloved story, “Bud, Not Buddy!” Presented by the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, come see the Newberry Medal and Coretta Scott King Award-winning novel by Christopher Paul Curtis. Set in Depression-era Michigan, Bud Caldwell is 10 years old, and is tired of living life as an orphan. He decides to set off on his own on a courageous journey to find the man believed to be his father, however the only evidence Bud has is a picture of a man on jazz concert ads his mom used to keep around the house before she died. Come along on this journey with Bud, as he finds the true meaning of family. Tickets can be purchased here: Tonight’s show begins at 7:30 p.m. ImaginOn is located at 300 E. 7th St. in Uptown.

It’s Women’s HERstory Month and the creative forces of SlamCharlotte invite you out to The McGlohon Theatre at Spirit Square to experience the “Power of SHE Slam!” Author, teacher, poet and fate changer Ashley Lumpkin serves as the feature and she is poised to bring a fierce verbal disposition filled with fire, passion and love—you will not be disappointed! Tickets can be purchased here: The slam begins at 7:30 p.m. The McGlohon Theatre is located at 345 N. College St. in Uptown.

Art serves many purposes in life and this evening, join the team of Different Roads Home at Le Meridien as they present their inaugural event, “Artstravaganza!” Hosted by 107.9 personality Ramona Holloway and DRH CEO Dale Pierce, the event will feature musical and spoken word performances, as well as a live auction component to evening that will highlight local and national artists. So if you love art of all sorts, this is the event for you! Different Roads Home is a nonprofit organization providing individuals living with chronic illnesses with personalized supportive services. Tickets can be purchased here: The event begins at 7:30 p.m. Le Meridien is located at 555 S. McDowell St. in Uptown.

Head out to Spirit Square this evening and get ready for an evening of words in rhythm—it’s time once again for the BreatheINK Youth Poetry Slam! These young lyricists are ready to express their minds spit hot fire in the third competition of the new school year. 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 beautiful and multitalented Kami Shalom returns to Charlotte for a performance of her award-winning production of “Call Me Madam: The Making of a Millionaire” this evening. The true story of Madam CJ Walker, written and performed by Mrs. Shalom is a dynamic one woman show that chronicles the life of an unforgettable visionary who was born on a plantation in 1867 yet overcame homelessness and poverty to become America’s first self-made female millionaire. She masterfully details Madam Walker’s fascinating story through the vivid portrayal of more than 20 characters, with clarity, sensitivity, humor and passion. This is truly an amazing show—please do not miss this! Tickets can be purchased here: The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and will be held at Little Rock AME Zion Church. 401 N. McDowell St. in Uptown.

Want to House it up on this Friday night? Head over to East African Cuisine for the “Classic House Party!” Come and get busy with five turntablists—DJs Police, Cee Low, Paul Croom, Johnny Darling and Deacon as they give you nothing but House—all night long! They will also celebrating DJ Deacon’s retirement and bon voyage. Admission is $10 all night long. The party starts at 8 p.m. East African Cuisine is located at 3200 Monroe Rd.

Need some Hip Hop flavor for your Friday night? Head down to The Fillmore and get ready for one of the culture’s hard-hitting groups—The Lox performing live! Part of their “Filthy America…It’s Beautiful Tour”, these three lauded MCs take the stage bringing you nothing but that gritty, lyrical, street New York flavor. Tickets can be purchased here: Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. The Fillmore is located at 820 Hamilton St. in the NC Music Factory.

The Sol Kitchen and The Jazz Diva team up once again to bring you a dose of quality entertainment for the QC and tonight, come experience the beautiful vibes, sounds and melodies of Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves! Totally immersed in music, Ms. Reeves has been a staple on the jazz scene for many years performing with such music dignitaries such as David Benoit, Stanley Turrentine, Wayne Shorter and many more! If you want to get a feeling of that classic jazz sound wrapped up in a soothing velvet voice, this is the joint for you! Tickets can be purchased here: Doors open at 8 p.m. and will be held at the Knight Theater. 430 S. Tryon St. in Uptown.   #TheSolKitchen   #TheJazzLifestyle

Slide out to Kanvas Gallery this evening and prepare yourselves for some new creative culinary flavor in “Trap Art & Soul Pop-Up Restaurant!” Join Chef Chianti as she curates and cultivates and six-course dinner filled with some soulfully exotic edibles set to a soundtrack of today’s hottest tunes, live painting and more! Tickets can be purchased here: The event begins at 8 p.m. Kanvas Gallery is located at 525 E. 6th St., Suite #117.

Get ready for a new sound on Ella’s Speakeasy’s stage at The Morehead Tavern! Making her debut with the Jazz N’ Soul family is the lovely and talented Jackie O’! She has this warm comfort in her voice fueled by searing range, ability all wrapped up in a delightful chocolate package. Come see her and her guest rhythm section, The GrooveMasters Band give your ears a night of pleasure! Tickets can be purchased here: Showtime is at 9 p.m. The Morehead Tavern is located at 300 E. Morehead St. in Uptown.

——-SATURDAY 3/25——-

This morning, rise up and head down to JCSU and get loose for the “Our Health, Our Priority, Our ZIP Codes, Our Community 5K Walk/Run!” Presented by Village Heart Beat, this morning stroll is geared towards community wellness, education and empowerment. If you choose to participate, please be sure to sign up here: Please arrive at JCSU by 7:30 a.m. ready to move. 100 Beatties Ford Rd. in the Historic West End Corridor.

This morning, gather at West Charlotte High School as Project LIFT invites you out to The Black Expo Brain Bowl. Project LIFT schools in CMS collaborate to celebrate black history and execute innovative ways to drive student achievement. Six middle school teams will face-off for jaw dropping prizes, bragging rights and pride in this Black History quiz bowl designed by West Charlotte IB students, with support from Charlotte City Councilman James “Smuggie” Mitchell, and his wife, former astronaut Joan Higginbotham. Admission is FREE to attend. The event begins at 9 a.m. West Charlotte High School is located at 2219 Senior Dr.

The good people of FUNKSHUN want to move your souls and your soles on a different path this morning. Join them at Morrow Mountain State Park for “Hiking With FunkShun!” Celebrate the arrival of the Spring Equinox with a day of exercise, fellowship and lots of positive energy. Please be sure to dress comfortably and bring water, fruit, sandwiches, nuts, small musical instruments and love in your heart. Admission is FREE to attend. Everyone will meet at Walmart (9101 Albemarle Rd.) at 9 a.m. The address of Morrow Mountain State Park is 49104 Morrow Mountain Rd. in Albemarle.   #FUNKSHUN

Are you a single parent and want to share your story? Join the Single Saved and Serious Movement (SSS) Team as they host their first annual Single Parent Forum. Come out for an afternoon full of discussions from speakers who’ll give mature insight on single parenthood, share testimonies, network and enjoy a delicious meal from the kitchen. Men and women are encouraged to attend—men specifically! Admission is FREE to attend but please be sure to RSVP here: The event begins at 11 a.m. and will be held at Conversation Peace. 846 Union Street South in Concord.   #SSS

How many times have you been paralyzed by fear, which has prevented you from accomplishing the very thing that you were purposed to do? If this binds you, then head out to UNCC this morning for the 2nd Annual Empowerment Seminar – “What a Time to Be Alive.” Presented by Free2Fly, Inc., this seminar will feature three distinguished and beautiful women – Monica L. McNeill, Cara J. Terrance and Dionne M. Lackey, all of whom will help give you tools to overcome fear and soar to new heights. Refreshments will be available and all proceeds from this event will go towards scholarship opportunities for Free2Fly’s eight-week Soar Program. Tickets can be purchased here: The seminar begins at 11 a.m. and will be held in the Cone Center in room #210. UNCC is located at 9201 University City Blvd. in the University Area.

Ladies, gather your friends and join the Deltas of Charlotte this afternoon as they host the Ladies Day Out Shopping Event! Spiring is here and it’s time to strut your stuff on the street. Come and enhance your wardrobe as you support local small business owners while you shop unique items and gifts! Admission is FREE and the market opens up at 12 noon. The address of the event is 5408 Beatties Ford Rd.

When you’ve got that energy in your soul that means that you’ve got the jazz! Join the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art and CLTure at NoDa Brewing Company for the first ever “We’ve Got the Jazz” Festival. Inspired by the seminal A Tribe Called Quest song, this festival aims to bring the arts to non-traditional venues introducing or reintroducing the joy of jazz music to a wide range of people. In addition to some great music, this community gathering will feature food trucks, local vendors, games, raffles and a special anchor jam performed by The Harvey Cummings Project! Admission is FREE to attend but please be sure to RSVP here: The fun starts at 1 p.m. NoDa Brewing Company is located at 2921 N. Tryon St. in the NoDa District.   #WeGotTheJazzCLT

The Healing Light Community invites you out to the “Awaken to the Truth: Keys to Health” seminar this afternoon. Power love couple Love Oneness guides you through a lecture/workshop featuring elements of nervous system massages, ear candling and various readings/divinations. Admission is $25 for entry and for an extra fee of $85, the beautiful Chief Sugarfoot will give you a personal blood cell analysis and will help construct a plan for detoxification. Doors open at 1 p.m. and the event begins at 2 p.m. The event will be held at Simfield AME Zion Church. 2500 Simfield Church Rd. in Matthews.

Calling all ballers! Lace up those sneakers and come on down to Johnson & Wales University for the “Love & Basketball Charity All-Star Game!” Test your skills on the court in this co-ed matchup of hoops in order to raise money for the American Heart Association. The event will be hosted by local promoter and personality Koke the Ken Doll. Admission is $5 to attend. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. and the event begins at 2 p.m. The event will be held at J&W’s Wildcat Center. 235 S. Cedar St. in Uptown.

Jazz Undaground International invites you out to KinderCare this afternoon for the kickoff of their event, “Saving Children Saving Lives.” This is charity concert campaign event for children who are affected by parents that are incarcerated, survivors of domestic violence and neglect. Jazz Undaground Int’l is working with nonprofits and local small businesses to contribute to a great cause. Bring the family out to enjoy an afternoon of fun, games, music and more! The event will be hosted by Coco LeNell with Power 104.4FM and DJ Silvio on the 1s and 2s. Admission is FREE to attend and the fun starts at 2 p.m. KinderCare is located at 6601 E. W.T. Harris Blvd.

Can you believe Abari Game Bar has been open for a full year? Neither can I! Come out and celebrate one of my favorite QC hangout joints as they host their One Year Birthday & Block Party! In addition to all the cool indoor and outdoor arcade games, satisfy your palate with food trucks, music from local rock/alternative bands, and shop from local vendors. Donations will be taken at the door for the North Mecklenburg Animal Rescue. The celebration starts at 1 p.m. and will run all weekend. Abari Game Bar is located at 1721 N. Davidson St. in the NoDa District.

If you want some high-energy flavor this evening, slide out to BluNotes and get ready for “Go-Go Takeover 2017!” Presented by Charlotte Nightlife Entertainment and BluNotes, this jam session will feature none other than Charlotte’s premier Go-Go band, Uptown Swagga! Also, they will be paying tribute to those zealous ladies of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.! Additional tunes will be provided by DJ CK and the event will be hosted by the lovely Jacqui Renee. Tickets can be purchased here: Happy Hour will begin at 6 p.m. and the band strikes at 9 p.m. BluNotes is located at 3425 David Cox Rd. in the Northlake Area.

This evening, join the Guerilla Poets and several other cool cats for “ENCORE! Open Mic!” at The Last Word. Every 4th Saturday of the month, gather ‘round as various and diverse individuals engage an open mic with song, poetry and riveting visual artwork. This is a love-filled atmosphere and if you are the drawing/painting type, I strongly suggest this event for you! Admission is FREE and the love starts at 7 p.m. The Last Word is located at 5744 N. Tryon St. #GuerillaPoets

It’s lights, camera and action at C3 Lab this evening as The Back Alley Film Series and Charlotte Film Society hosts a special screening of the film, “The Girl With All the Gifts.” From British filmmaker Colm McCarthy come the story of a scientist and a teacher living in a dystopian future as they embark on a journey of survival with a special young girl named Melanie. Full of suspense, action and several other thematic elements, it’s sure to keep you on the edge of your seat! Admission is FREE to attend and the event will begin at 7:30 p.m. C3 Lab is located at 2525 Distribution St. in Historic South End.

Head out to Ovens Auditorium this evening and get ready to take a trip way back in time to one of the most definitive decades known to music–Back 2 the 80s! This mashup of Hip Hop and R&B greatness will feature Whodini, Big Daddy Kane, Slick Rick, The Force MDs, Hi-Five, Cherelle, Al B. Sure! And Doug E. Fresh! You know the tunes! You know the flavor! See them live and reminisce about it later! Tickets can be purchased here: Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Ovens Auditorium is located at 2700 E. Independence Blvd.

Need something to do tonight? How about me and you, yo’ mama and your cousin too hop in the Cadillac on vogues, slam the doors and head down to The Fillmore for Grits & Biscuits: The Dirty South Set! Enjoy a night of Southern-fried, trunk-rattling, booty shaking Hip Hop classics from all eras! Tickets can be purchased here: Showtime is at 9 p.m. The Fillmore is located at 820 Hamilton St. in the NC Music Factory.

Be Free Entertainment presents the “2nd Annual Tux & Chucks Soiree” at FireWater Restaurant & Lounge this evening! Street classics collaborates with timeless sophistication in this evening of lounging, networking, charity and just some good ol’ fashioned fun! Tickets can be purchased here: A portion of each ticket will go towards cancer research. The event begins at 10 p.m. FireWater is located at 8708 J.W. Clay Blvd. in the University Area.

Spring is in full effect and it’s time to spring onto the dance floor at Petra’s for the March edition of Su Casa! Join your resident ear, mind and soul-grabbing turntablists, DJ Justice and DJ Steel Wheel with Loot-Tenant Trax for a night of Soul, Afrobeat, Afro-House, Funk, Reggae and more! Get your face painted by Catherine, witness Dammit Wesley do his thing on the canvas, grab something nifty from local vendors and dance the night away! Admission is $10 all night long. The party starts at 10 p.m. Petra’s is located at 1919 Commonwealth Ave. in the Plaza-Midwood District.

——-SUNDAY 3/26——-

Brothers and sisters, join The House of LeMond, Sterling Shoe Shines and Alphamale Nailcare Services for Men this afternoon for the good ol’ “BBQ, Bowties, Brims & Brews Dapper Hour!” It’s a family affair at The House of LeMond that you don’t want to miss filled with live music, quality food from celebrity chef Shine the Chef, top-shelf drinks and of course a selection of fine stogies provided Tailored Smoke Cigar Lounge. Admission is FREE to attend and the fun starts at 1 p.m. The House of LeMond is located at 3010 Monroe Rd.

Ladies, this afternoon, join Tina Owens Knox at Imani’s Fusion Café as she hosts “Sip Shop & Sisterhood!” Mix and mingle with other beautiful souls as you all socialize in the spirit of sisterhood with a variety of accessories, beauty and wellness products an express manicure station, fine cuisine and lots of drink specials! Admission is FREE to attend but please be sure to RSVP here: If you have any additional questions please call Tina at (704)-363-5420 or send an email The fun starts at 3:30 p.m. Imani’s Fusion Café is located at 3535 Randolph Rd. near Uptown.

The Dammit Fannie crew presents you with its first digital exhibiton in honor of the cinematographic legend Hype Williams. Come enjoy a night inspired by the visuals and music that defined the 90’s and early 2000’s. Come dressed for black lights and the photobooth. DJ Fannie Mae will provide the sounds and Dammit Wesley will provide the canvassing. Tickets can be purchased here: The event begins at 6 p.m. and will be held at La Revolucion. 900 NC Music Factory Blvd.

Get ready for a steamy, sensual and sexual evening of erotic verbiage as renowned poet JstJah presents the “Erotic Poetry Slam!” Come and experience this tantalizing tryst of titillating wordplay from a host of verbally endowed lyricists as they compete for a cash prize. This night of naughty and sometimes nice wordplay is only for adults 21 and up. If you choose to participate, the fee is $10. Admission for the audience is $5 before 9 p.m. and $10 after. The event will begin at 9 p.m. at Apostrophe Lounge. 1440 S. Tryon St. in Uptown.   #SayWord

——-MONDAY 3/27——-

The Historic West End Initiative aims to make your gut feel good this week as they proudly present to you Trade Street Eats – Lunch Food Truck Event! Come on down to the Mosaic Village and support one or many of Charlotte’s culinary chariots armed with a variety of flavors your taste buds will be sure to enjoy! The food trucks will operate from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. today. Come and support your community! The address of the lot is 1600 W. Trade St. near JCSU.

Do you have three minutes to hear a great idea? That’s all it will take for a great Charlotte nonprofit to share their story with you at “SEED20 OnStage!” Social Venture Partners’ (SVP) 6th annual program that spotlights and supports the region’s most innovative ideas for tackling pressing social challenges. They have identified 20 nonprofits that will inspire you. Their ideas will spark change in the way you think about our community. Their stories will ignite your passion for making Charlotte a better place. You won’t want to miss what they have to say! Tickets can be purchased here: The event begins at 5:30 p.m. and will be held at The Knight Theater. 430 S. Tryon St. in Uptown.

It’s time to relax and explore some new talent within the QC at Petra’s this evening. Get ready for another installment of “Session: A Listening Party.” Join host and soul rocker LeAnna Eden along with super spinner DJ SPK as they presents three brilliant and rising musical luminaries in our city—Lala Specific, Kelcey Sunqueen and Nige Hood. There will also be a selection of local vendors with various products for your health, wellness and natural flyness. Admission is $5 and will begin at 7:30 p.m. Also, be sure to stick around for the grand return of “SayWord Poetry” hosted by none other than JstJah. It’s a night of culture and art that you won’t forget! Petra’s is located at 1919 Commonwealth Ave. in the Plaza-Midwood District.


3/30 – 4/2—7th Annual Charlotte Black Film Festival

3/31-4/2—5th Annual Charlotte African American Festival

4/1—Family First: The Literary Visionaries Workshop

4/2—An Intimate Night with Angela Winbush

4/7—Architechtonic Exhibition

Enjoy this weather, enjoy yourselves, enjoy each other and enjoy life! Peace to you all!Live. Laugh. Love. Learn.   Listen. Give.

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