The Rundown: Things to do Thursday, October 18 – Sunday, October 21

By Shawn D. Allison, II 


What’s the word family? We have made it to another week! I hope you all have been

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

enjoying Charlotte Black Restaurant Week thus far because they are pulling out all the stops with even more events this weekend! In addition to the burgeoning Chocolate cuisine scene happening around town, there’s quite a bit to enjoy – so much, that you’ll need at least 3 or 4 clones to enjoy it all! As usual, yours truly, The Black Ferris Bueller will be hitting the pavement mighty hard and if you want to follow along in my footsteps, check the flavor on my “Hot List” written below!


  • THURSDAY – SUNDAY – Charlotte Black Restaurant Week
  • THURSDAY – Jazz Arts Initiative presents “The Music of West Side Story re-imagined by The Charles Craig Trio
  • THURSDAY – Modernism + Film Series screening of “My Brooklyn” at The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
  • FRIDAY – Charlotte Black Restaurant Week – Black Food Truck Friday at The Gantt Center
  • FRIDAY – Kia Flow presents “Friday Flow” at The Legacy Center
  • FRIDAY – Jazz Arts Initiative presents “The Jazz Room: Trick or Treat Edition”
  • FRIDAY – Tip Top 54 Pt. Deux at Tip Top Daily Market
  • FRIDAY – The Sol Kitchen and The Lit Jazz Fest present Ghost-Note w/ Dynamo & The Jonathan Scales Fourchestra at The Neighborhood Theater
  • FRIDAY – Jazz N’ Soul Music presents Rhonda Thomas in Concert: A Night of Dynamic Soul and Sultry Vocals at Red Diamond Event Center
  • SATURDAY – Family First Workshop: R&B Tech and The Art of R&B: An Interactive Experience Workshop at The Gantt Center
  • SATURDAY – BLA/ALT Music Festival at Camp North End
  • SATURDAY – Empowerment Seminar with Omar Tyree & Eddie D. Love
  • SATURDAY – The Art of Easing at Tip Top Daily Market
  • SATURDAY – BBOC presents “The Dining Experience: Harlem Renaissance Style” at Packard Place
  • SUNDAY – Step N’ Style Events & Catering presents The Afribbean Fashion Show
  • SUNDAY – Scrambled Eggs at Tip Top Daily Market


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The LATIBAH Collard Green Museum invites you out to an evening of collective conversations at the second installment of their West End Talks series. This intimate discussion looks at the rapid changing of Charlotte communities due to urban and transit development. LABITAH believes that today’s diverse communities are now the nucleus of our society and there should be an understanding and sharing of one’s culture, history, and art. The series aims to provide opportunities and spaces for the community to engage in this information. The program format is designed to provide information, education, and socialization. Admission is FREE to attend and will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Mosaic Village Skyline Terrace. 1601 W. Trade St. near JCSU Main Campus.

Brothers and sisters, get ready to fill your stomachs with some soul because it’s time for Charlotte Black Restaurant Week 2018! Gather all of your friends and family and dine at several Black-owned restaurants in the Charlotte area! Discounts will be vary at all participating restaurants. Let’s unite and show these wonderful Black-owned establishments that we appreciate their service! Charlotte Black Restaurant Week will run through Sunday, October 21. Please visit: to view all participating restaurants and locations. Presented by Black Business Owners of Charlotte. #CLTBLACKRestaurantWeek #BBOC

American Cancer Society and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Charlotte have teamed up to fight for health and wellness this evening as they proudly present “A Pink Hollywood Affair — #ThinkPink!” Pink drinks, pink carpet, pink gift baskets, pink inspired attire, and everything pink in honor of October breast cancer awareness month. The event will be hosted by Yandrick and Alane Paraison. Tickets can be purchased here: The event will begin at 6 p.m. at Sydney’s Martini & Wine Bar. 401 N. Tryon St. in Uptown.

The Cultured District is ready to set your weekend off in style as they warmly welcome you to the inaugural session of Thrive – The Camp North End Fall Jazz Series! Whether you make this a date with your significant other or a cool out with your crew, enjoy the company of your host, the beautiful Davita Galloway and a headlining performance from homegrown staple Harvey Cummings & Friends! There will also be food and drink specials starting at $3 each. The Cultured District is a collection of minds, brands, and creative agencies that seek to empower artists and support opportunities that will both help individuals become established and flourish in the arts, music and business. Admission is $3 and can be purchased at the gate or here: The jam starts at 6 p.m. Camp North End is located at 1824 Statesville Ave.

This evening, join the Charlotte Dept. of Transportation for another installment of the CLTMeckGov Meet & Eat series! Come take advantage of the opportunity to learn about and share your views on city and county services with city and county leaders over a nice meal. By attending, you will be able to vote on department priorities, which will influence FY2019 budget process. All city departments will be attendance, as well as, county departments not limited to but including Public Health, Park & Rec, Sheriff, Social Services and Tax Assessor. Admission is FREE but please be sure to RSVP here: The event will begin at 6 p.m. at 521 Recreation Center. 11401 Ardrey Kell Rd.

Jazz Arts Initiative aims to kick your weekend off on the classic tip as they invite you to experience The Music of West Side Story reimagined by The Charles Craig Trio. Piano virtuoso Charles Craig and his trio performs the cool and timeless melodies of Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story Soundtrack, re-imagined in the spirit of the classic Oscar Peterson Trio’s 1962 West Side Story album. The trio will swing some of the popular favorites including Maria, America, I Feel Pretty and Somewhere. Tickets can be purchased here: There will be two performances this evening at 6 and 8:15 p.m. Both shows will be held at the Booth Playhouse at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. 130 N. Tryon St. in Uptown.

The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art invites you out for the October installment of their Modernism + Film Series. Tonight’s feature is the documentary, “My Brooklyn.” This film follows director Kelly Anderson’s journey, as a Brooklyn gentrifier, to understand the forces reshaping her neighborhood. The film documents the redevelopment of Fulton Mall, a bustling African-American and Caribbean commercial district that – despite its status as the third most profitable shopping area in New York City – is maligned for its inability to appeal to the affluent residents who have come to live around it. Anderson uncovers the web of global corporations, politicians and secretive public-private partnerships that drive seemingly natural neighborhood change. The film’s ultimate question is increasingly relevant on a global scale: who has a right to live in cities and determine their future? Tickets can be purchased here: The event will begin at 6 p.m. The Bechtler is located at 420 S. Tryon St. in Uptown.

The Charlotte chapter of MALIK Fraternity, Inc. invites you out to the Levine Museum of the New South for a special discussion of Black Wall Street 2.0. Museum historian and keynote speaker Dr. Willie Griffin will be holding a lesson about the history of various Black Wall Streets from America’s past. Admission is FREE and open to the public and refreshments will be available. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. The museum is located at 200 E. 7th St. in Uptown.

Gentlemen, slide down to Tailored Smoke Cigar Lounge and join Luxe Colore For Him as they proudly present The Men’s Guide To Perpetual Style — Charlotte Edition. Luxe Colore For Him is a carefully curated e-commerce platform and event planning company dedicated to global independent designers, artists and makers, serving the stylish gentlemen in the know. Host Ryan Jor El will be on hand guiding you along this terrific trip of trims, brims, patterns and whiskey tastings with sophisticated flavor. Tickets can be purchased here: The event will begin at 7 p.m. Tailored Smoke is located at 210 E. Trade St. in Uptown.



Last year, BBQ pits were smoking, grills were raging and mobile kitchens were super busy. This year, the heat gets turned up a few notches as Black Business Owners of Charlotte invites you out to The Gantt Center for the official Charlotte Black Restaurant Week – Black Food Truck Friday! Gather all of your crew, co-workers, colleagues and cousins of all ages and come taste a wide variety of the city’s Black-owned food trucks with cuisines ranging from seafood to soul food, desserts, vegetarian and vegan dishes and everything in between! Also, there will be opportunities to some special, intimate culinary classes and a VIP Rooftop Party! This is the event you don’t want to miss! RSVPs and ticket purchases can be made here: The festivities begin at 2 p.m. The Gantt Center is located at 551 S. Tryon St. in Uptown.   #BBOC

Get ready for a night of horrorific and scientific fun as The Discovery Place invites you out for Science on the Rocks: Nightmare on Tryon St.! Hold your blood curdling screams as we play serial killer trivia. Terror strikes as you light your hand on fire or use cockroaches to paint a masterpiece. The weak of heart can try candy chromatography, slime making or adult trick or treating. And will you wear the costume crown this year? Don’t miss your chance to explore what goes bump in the night! Tickets can be purchased here: Persons 21+ with proper ID will be admitted and costumes are highly encouraged. The fun begins at 5 p.m. The Discovery Place is located at 301 N. Tryon St. in Uptown.

The Jazz Arts Initiative is back for more weekend fun as they aim to send chills down your spine with The Jazz Room – Trick or Treat Edition! A thrilling fun-filled evening of Halloween-themed jazz classics that will help you and your friends catch the Spirit of Swing! Charlotte’s most talented artists re-imagine your favorite delightful and frightful jazz standards including I Put a Spell on You, The Great Pumpkin Waltz, and Mack the Knife! Tickets can be purchased here: There will be four performances this weekend: Friday (10/19) at 6 and 8:15 p.m. and Saturday (10/20) 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. and N. College St. in Uptown.

It’s time to get on the good foot retro style as the good people of Tip Top Daily Market invite you out for their Tip Top 54 Pt. Deux! Bring your dancing shoes and come boogie with Flock of Slagles who’ll be providing lots of Disco, House and Funk tunes! There will be a dance contest and lots more in store! Admission is FREE and the get down starts at 8 p.m. Tip Top Daily Market is located at 2902 The Plaza Rd. in the Plaza-Midwood District.

The Sol Kitchen and The Lit Jazz Fest invite you out for a special evening of incendiary instrumental innovation as they proudly present the stylings of Ghost-Note with Dynamo & The Jonathan Scales Fourchestra! Ghost-Note’s sound has evolved to a state that can best be described as ‘conscious funk’ – an elaborate and sonically powerful surge of the tremendous talents that each of the players provides, with the bandleaders leaning back and letting the band go. Dynamo is a Nashville-based, nationally touring band whose music fuses jazz, rock, and funk with elements of soul and R&B. The culmination is a sound that’s both spontaneous and composed—and an energy that’s undeniably infectious. Jonathan Scales is one of the most innovative steel pannists on the planet, and is redefining and challenging traditional expectations of his signature instrument. Scales’ mesmerizing compositions have captivated listeners and elevated him to the status of a true composer, forging new territory in the medium of instrumental music. Tickets can be purchased here: Showtime starts at 8 p.m. at The Neighborhood Theater. 511 E. 36th St. in the NoDa District.

Jazz N’ Soul Music turns up the heat this evening as they proudly present Rhonda Thomas in Concert: A Night of Dynamic Soul and Sultry Vocals! As a musical dignitary who performs nationally and internationally, Rhonda’s natural talent, professional drive, and amazing charisma have landed her in the presence of greatness many times and has opened numerous doors for her. Her boundless energy on stage enchants crowds as her voice exudes power and passion executed with precision. She has performed or shared the stage with Luther Vandross, Roberta Flack, The String Cheese Incident, Roy Ayers, Frank McComb, Dwele, Eric Roberson, Avery Sunshine, Isaac Hayes and many more! Tickets can be purchased here: The show will begin at 9 p.m. at Red Diamond Event Center. 11021 Downs Rd. in Pineville.   #JazzNSoul



Do you have a desire to be active in Charlotte on the sociopolitical landscape? Tired of just talking about the issues? Want to learn how you can get more involved with addressing the huge issues facing Charlotte? This morning, head down to Little Rock AME Zion Church for the Charlotte Justice Conference. This is a great opportunity to intermix with the community as you listen to national and local speakers cover actionable steps we can take to assist with efforts over topics of public safety reform, human trafficking, immigrant and refuge mental health, educational success, foster care, affordable housing, social enterprise and building social capital. Tickets can be purchased here: The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. Little Rock AME Zion Church is located at 401 N. McDowell St. in Uptown.

Hey young world, do you have a desire to utilize your gift of song or just curious about how music works? If so, head down to The Gantt Center for TWO special workshops today! First up, come down this morning for the Family First Workshop entitled R&B Tech. Participants will gain first-hand experience with song structure, elements of a hit song and an intro to song writing under the direction of musical sensation Jason Jet. By the end of the workshop attendees should have a verse and chorus to their own R&B ballad which will be recorded using the Audacity app. Admission is $5 per person and can be purchased here: This workshop is for children ages 7-12. 11 a.m. The Gantt Center is located at 551 S. Tryon St. in Uptown.

Moxie Society is back to add some more spice to your Saturday presenting the I Still Love The 90’s Brunch & Day Party! You know the flavor – get your grub on with a delicious Southern-inspired brunch with all sorts of cocktail specials including $5 mimosas, get your boogie on with some classic 90s Hip Hop, R&B, House and Soul tunes from DJ 06’ and DJ C-Rob! Admission is FREE to attend and the event will begin at 11 a.m. at Sports One Bar & Lounge. 521 N. College St. in Uptown. #MoxieSociety

Step away from the radio and all forms of commercial and maintstream music and head out to Camp North End for the BLA/ALT Music Festival! Filled with all sorts of funky and soulful sonic frequencies, come experience some progressive Rock, Soul, Funk, Jazz and Hip Hop all doused in Chocolate creativity. Acts include The Business People, Black Haus, LeAnna Eden & The Garden Of, Blame the Youth, Dallas Thrasher, Neycha and many more! Food and vendors will also be available. Admission is FREE to attend but please be sure to RSVP here: The event will begin at 12 noon. Camp North End is located at 1824 Statesville Ave.

This afternoon, fill your day with loads of artful fun as The McColl Center for Art + Innovation for Open Studio Saturday! Bring your family and friends to meet the artists-in-residence, participate in fun hands-on activities and create a work of art of your very own. Activities include a tattoo workshop, a screening of short films, a dance and storytelling workshop a live performance from School of Rock and much more! Admission is FREE to attend and all ages are welcome. Please be sure to RSVP here: The event will begin at 12 noon. The McColl Center is located at 721 N. Tryon St. in Uptown.

Back at The Gantt Center, come get engaged in the second half of today’s musical experience with The Art of R&B: An Interactive Experience Workshop. Get ready to learn the ins and outs of making music in two interactive sessions. Spend an afternoon immersed in the technical aspects of R&B music with artists who are making their mark on the industry. Join us for an interactive panel on songwriting, performance, music production and the business of Charlotte’s music scene. Then discover what it takes to write, record, perform and brand yourself as an artist. Tickets can be purchased here: The workshop will begin at 12:30 p.m. 551 S. Tryon St. in Uptown.

If you want to experience some coolness in this humidity, 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! Admission is $FREE.99 and the tables start turning at 2 p.m. Tip Top Daily Market is located at 2902 The Plaza Rd. in the Plaza-Midwood District.

Join my fellow PRIDE contributor, entrepreneur, author, life coach and good friend Eddie D. Love as he proudly presents the Empowerment Seminar with Omar Tyree & Eddie Love this afternoon! Come meet, greet and listen to New York Times Bestselling Author, Poet and Journalist Omar Tyree as never before. Omar will be live and up close to empower you with the do’s/dont’s and ins and outs of life to get the most out of it. He will cover topics such as: work/life balance, money, his life in the literary world and much more. Attendees will walk away with a wealth of insight about making better life decisions which take them to another level of living to create a life of abundance. Refreshments will be provided, vendors will be on hand and of course there will also be plenty of networking opportunities. Tickets can be purchased here: The event will begin at 2 p.m. at Fairfield Inn & Suites. 8540 E. Independence Blvd.

Need some House in your life? Not to worry, I got you! Head on down to Crown Station and join The Hit Agency in conjunction with RELEASE! Classic & Soulful Ent. and Chicago Clique CLT for the October jam session of Chosen Life CLT! Experience 360 degrees of hard-hitting, soul-snatching House, Deep House, Funk, Soul and Downtempo grooves from RELEASE!’s own “Jackmaster” Gary Wallace, hometown hero Cody Hare aka “Longchild”, DJ Access 107 Tim G and legendary Chosen Few DJs Andre Hatchett who will all add a touch of Afro Deep House flavor to the mix! So gather your friends, your whistles and tambourines and get ready to party! The jump off is at 6 p.m. Admission is $5 before 9 p.m., $10 before midnight and $15 after midnight. Crown Station is located at 3629 N. Davidson St. in the NoDa District.

Many milestones are met in life. But for one brave warrior, it has been a decade in the making. This evening, join the lovely Tamara Jackson as she invites you to her Ten Party 2018! Join Coach Tam in this glorious celebration as she celebrates losing 100 pounds in 10 years! This evening will also include a pictoral and verbal stroll down memory lane, words of encouragement, refreshments, side-splitting humor from comediennes Tara Brown and Kennedy Alexander Robertson and some fly tunes from DJ Music in Moetion! Tickets can be purchased here: The event will begin at 7 p.m. at the Carole A. Hoefener Center. 615 E. 6th St. in Uptown. #265Point

Black Business Owners of Charlotte invites you Packard Place for an evening of elegance and sophisticated fun as they proudly present The Dining Experience: Harlem Renaissance Style! Break out your fly threads and dancing shoes and get ready for nonstop dancing, fellowship and a three-course meal provided by some of Charlotte’s finest chefs and caterers! Tickets can be purchased here: The event will begin at 7 p.m. Packard Place is located at 222 S. Church St. in Uptown.   #BBOC

Mid-term elections are quickly approaching and it is very nerve-wrecking for many – especially with all the abundance of annoying and mundane campaign ads. This evening, take a fun, alternative route to voting and join the beautiful Hannah Hasan of the Epoch Tribe as she proudly presents “Vote So Hard – Open Mic Event!” Come and celebrate our right to vote, the opportunity to create change in the community through some riveting and inspiring performance from a brilliant collective of creatives determined to shake and wake up the world! These performances will center around themes of social consciousness, uplifting the people and enhancing humanity. There will also be a special guest DJ and a delicious selection of food to add to the ambience of the evening. Admission is FREE to attend but please be sure to RSVP here: The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Warehouse 242. 2307 Wilkinson Blvd.

Head out to Spirit Square this evening and get ready for an evening of endless creativity at the BreatheINK October Youth Open Mic! These young creatives are ready to express their minds however they feel the need to and they want you to come and experience the art from within their being exerted out on stage with passion. Admission is FREE and will begin at 8 p.m. Spirit Square is located at 345 N. College St. in Uptown.   #BreatheINK

Charlotte, one of your favorite shining stars returns home for a show-stopping performance – head down to Press Box Bar & Grill and come experience BLACKOUT: The Libra Edition! Join host and crooner Daron Jones of R&B quartet 112 as he warms the stage up for the multitalented and ever-fine songstress, Ida Divine! Feel her passion and energy through her gift of song as this soulful and sultry multifaceted vocalist takes you on a whirlwind through time, space, chords and maybe even a couple of hot 16 Hip Hop bars! This party is also the birthday celebration of Michael Lewis aka Spillz and my man DJ Polo will be rockin’ out additional tunes on the 1s and 2s! Tickets can be purchased here: All-black attire is preferred, but not required. The party starts at 9 p.m. Press Box is located at 9609 N. Tryon St. in the University Area.

Black Singles in CLT turns up the heat this Saturday night as they proudly present “Adult Playhouse: The Libra Edition!” Come and celebrate yourselves and all Libras tonight with food and drink specials, music and games all night long! Tickets can be purchased here: The jump off is at 10 p.m. at Recess CLT. 832 Seigle Ave. in the Belmont Neighborhood.   #BlackSinglesCLT



Join Step N Style Special Events & Catering as they invite you out for the return of The Afribbean Fashion Show! Come and experience an afternoon filled with a vibrant fashion show featuring works from African and Caribbean designers. Each designer is going to have their merchandise available for you to purchase. If you see something you like displayed on the runway you can purchase it as soon as the model exits the runway. There will also be a village of vendors with various products and merchandise including Afro-Caribbean cuisines. Tickets can be purchased here: The event will begin at 2 p.m. at The Legacy Center. 4217 South Blvd.

This afternoon, slide out to Tip Top Daily Market for a special sonic brunch entitled Scrambled Eggs! Come and relax as DJs Luke Stemmerman and Flock of Slagles sets the mood with a selection of avant-garde Dub, Reggae, Fusion, Soul and Jazz tunes from their own personal vinyl collections. Also, be sure to grab a tasty mimosa from the bar, enjoy some fresh-grilled food and be sure to scoop some sounds from the record store in the back! Admission is FREE and the event will begin at 2 p.m. 2902 The Plaza Rd. in the Plaza-Midwood District.

Look, I know it’s Sunday and you want to be lazy, right? How about you come out to Petra’s instead and experience Hazy Sunday! This afternoon cool down is a meeting for those who appreciate the finer things in music. Join sound selectors, my man DJ Ray and Probably Will as they cultivate a carefully curated selection of vibes from jazzy instrumentals, Hip Hop, avant-garde frequencies, trippy Deep House music, and whatever else your purveyors of waves care to dig. Admission is FREE and the music starts at 3 p.m. Petra’s is located at 1919 Commonwealth Ave. in the Plaza-Midwood District.





10/23 — WFAE’s Charlotte Talks Midterm Election Special

10/24 — Center City House presented by Unified Souls

10/24 – 11/3 – BNS Productions’ “Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters First 100 Years”

10/26 – Black Girls Gather: Charlotte

10/26 – Friday Flow hosted by Kia Flow

10/26 – Radio Rehab Carolinas presents “James Brown vs. Everybody”

10/27 — The Vulnerable Black Man Film Series: Get Out

10/27 — Freaquency : Soundwave I

10/27 – Su Casa: We Love Fela Edition

10/27 – Abari Monster Bash

10/31 – Moxie Society presents A Nightmare on 6th St. feat. DJ Shaun Nyce

11/3 – presents The Early Voting Party & Parade to the Polls

11/3 – The JETA Team presents “Off The Wall: Memory Lane Edition”

11/4 – Weekend Wind Down w/ Peace Filled Mama

11/10 – 7th Annual Total Children’s Wellness Fair

11/11 – Massage Life Studios presents Paint & Sip: Sugar Walls Edition





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