The Rundown: Things To Do Wednesday, November 21 – Tuesday, November 28

By Shawn D. Allison, II 

Give thanks brothers and sisters! We are here at one of society’s most celebrated holidays! There’s a few things cooking in the QC this weekend and of course, your man, The Black Ferris Bueller has got the delicious cultural fixin’s for your soul! I’ll be in the Windy City for the week with my tribe, but if you want to know what’s really happenin’ this weekend, just check out what I got on my “Hot List” for this weekend!


  • WEDNESDAY – Radio Rehab Carolinas presents One-Year Anniversary of Sounds & Sixteens at The Morehead Tavern
  • WEDNESDAY – OutenLove Events presents “Thankful: The One Year Anniversary Pre-Thanksgiving Bash!” at Sydney’s Martini & Wine Bar
  • THURSDAY – OutenLove Events presents “Luv N’ Henny Mixer” at Sydney’s Martini & Wine Bar
  • FRIDAY – Charlotte Black Food Truck Friday at Three Spirits Brewery
  • FRIDAY – Jazz N’ Soul Music presents The Eric Brice Group at The Morehead Tavern
  • SATURDAY – I Still Love The 90s Brunch & Day Party at Sports One Bar & Lounge
  • SATURDAY – Su Casa at Petra’s
  • SUNDAY – Charlotte Civic Orchestra presents 2017 Christmas Extravaganza at CPCC Main Campus
  • MONDAY – Nu Sound Hip Hop Night CLT at Petra’s
  • TUESDAY – Mosaic Live screening of “The North Pole” at The Northwest School of the Arts


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Get ready work, move, groove, get on the good foot at jam with THE JAM: CLT this evening! For your kinetic session tonight, join the beautiful, energetic and vibrant Alicia Williams as she guides you along a special and fun Hip Hop dance class entitled “The Beat Box!” Work up a sweat with some fun, basic aerobic moves set to some uptempo and funky Hip Hop tunes of many eras—don’t worry, Alicia wants you to feel good! Tickets can be purchased here: The class will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Sedgefield Middle School. 2700 Dorchester Pl. in Historic South End. #TheJamCLT

I’ve got just one question for you—who the heck is Ryan Davis? He’s a homegrown and nationally-recognized funnyman and he’s coming to perform for you this evening at The Comedy Zone! By winning many comedy competitions, starting a successful monthly comedy showcase, and gaining the respect of comedians that have been doing it 20+ years, Ryan proved that the amount of stand-up comedy success that he saw in such a short period of time was not a fluke. Due to his success as a viral internet star, Ryan no longer is an opening act. Though he is known more for his online videos, Ryan isn’t like the other internet comedians–he is a dual threat that is the first of his kind and absolutely hilarious! Tickets can be purchased here: There will be two shows this evening: 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. The Comedy Zone is located at 900 NC Music Factory Blvd.

Kick off your holiday weekend with some sonic flavor as the good people of Radio Rehab Carolinas proudly presents the One-Year Anniversary of Sounds & Sixteens! Last year, we set out to give a platform to local musicians wanting to get some exposure and we have succeeded far beyond our wildest dreams. However, we have much more ground to cover. Tonight, we celebrate with headlining MC Joshua Gunn giving a taste of his Durham roots on the mic. Also, be sure to stick around for the cypher featuring verses and grooves from Jah Freedom, Flip Banguh, Aye Mills, Raz Omega and many more! The event will be hosted by Bluz and Loot-Tenant Trax with some special musical selections from Harvey Cummings & Friends and The Mighty DJ DR on the turntables. Admission is FREE before 10 p.m. with RSVP: The jump off is at 9 p.m. at The Morehead Tavern. 300 E. Morehead St. in Uptown.   #RadioRehabCarolinas

OutenLove Events has been turning out Charlotte for one whole year and now, they invite you out to Sydney’s Martini & Wine Bar for “Thankful: The One Year Anniversary Pre-Thanksgiving Bash!” Before you carve the turkey tomorrow, come and be thankful for this organization’s progress of delivering quality events in our city! Bring out all your crew, co-workers and older cousins and party the night away with all sorts of drink specials, dancing, networking and DJ Fannie Mae droppin’ the heat on the 1s and 2s! Tickets can be purchased here: The party starts at 10 p.m. Sydney’s is located at 401 N. Tryon St. in Uptown.   #OutenLoveEvents



OutenLove Events is back in full effect this evening as they invite you out to Sydney’s Martini & Wine Bar for fun that’s plenty at the “Luv N’ Henny Mixer!” After you’ve gotten yourselves something to eat, come out for a treat with other cool and progressive individuals and boogie the night away with Johnny Rock the DJ spinning the hottest of Hip Hop and R&B! Also, be sure to enjoy fine wines, a bevy of cocktail specials and $7 Hennessy drinks all night long. The event begins at 7 p.m. Sydney’s is located at 401 N. Tryon St. in Uptown.  #OutenLoveEvents


Everyone bring yourselves, your mama and your cousins out to Three Spirits Brewery for Charlotte Black Food Truck Friday! Mix and mingle with the community as your favorite Chocolate culinary chariots corral around the only Black-owned brewery in the city for an evening of fun and celebrating the success of our community! There will be live performers, music, vendors and more surprises in store! Admission is FREE to attend and the event will begin at 5 p.m. Three Spirits Brewery is located at 5046 Old Pineville Rd.

Join Create Amazing, LLC as they host the Black Friday Comedy edition of Paint & Play at Apostrophe Lounge this evening! This festive fusion of the arts will showcase a huge lineup of the region’s most talented spoken word artists, painters, comedians and more entertainment! Acts include Don Garrett, Naomi, William, Gundry The Comedian and many more! There will be desserts provided by Insomnia Cookies and Cup Your Cakes. Also, ease the tension in your physical being with free massages from Wade the Massage Guy. The event will be hosted by comedienne and 104.4 radio personality Coco Lenell. Admission is FREE to attend. The event will begin at 7 p.m. Apostrophe Lounge is located at 1440 S. Tryon St. in Uptown.

Let loose at Petra’s this evening and take a musical journey into yesteryear with “Mirror Moves: The Free Alternative Dance Party!” DJ’s Cody Hare and Jason Herring will be dropping the best of 80s & 90s Pop, New Wave, Techno, House, Synth Pop, EDM and more! Admission is FREE to attend. The party starts at 9 p.m. Petra’s is located at 1919 Commonwealth Ave. in the Plaza-Midwood District.

Slide out to Club Vibrations this evening as G. Mitch and Charlotte Nightlife Entertainment proudly presents “Black Friday Blaque Friday”! Get down on the good foot in your all-black outfit and feel the groove as Charlotte’s premiere Go-Go band, Uptown Swagga rocks the house with some of their high energy musicianship and then bust some more moves as Johnny Rock the DJ spins on the 1s and 2s! All-black attire is desired but not required. Tickets can be purchased here: The party starts at 9 p.m. Club Vibrations is located a 5237 Albemarle Rd.

After all of the hustle and bustle from the Black Friday shopping crowds, Jazz N’ Soul Music offers a peaceful and relaxing nightcap to your end your hectic day. Everyone come out to The Morehead Tavern and get ready to experience to smooth sounds of The Eric Brice Group! This quintet of musicians is ready to deliver a smooth, yet rousing selection of Jazz, Blues and Soul covers that’ll make you forget all about your holiday troubles. Don’t miss this show! Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at the door or here: The show starts at 9 p.m. The Morehead Tavern is located at 300 E. Morehead St. in Uptown.



Join Moxie Society at Sports One Bar & Lounge as they up the ante at the “I Still Love the 90s Brunch & Day Party” this afternoon! Bring all your friends out and get ready to party a little while longer as they have extended the party time! Two maestros—DJ Tramare and DJ 360 will be ready to rock the house from the morning all the way into the evening with the best of 90s Hip Hop, R&B, House, Soul, Reggae and lots more! Admission is FREE to attend. The jump off is at 11 a.m. Sports One is located at 521 N. College St. in Uptown.

Get your creative shop on this afternoon at Charlotte Art League and come out to the Starving Artist Market. Need some cool and crafty ideas for your home to blend in the holiday atmosphere? This is the place for you! Over 30 local artists and vendors that will be pulling out all the stops to give you a five-hour, one-stop shopping experience. Skip the corporate lines and come support this very talented group of local artisans. There will be pet supplies, pottery, soaps, jewelry, paintings, prints, fiber arts, wood workings, gemstones, candles, glass art, crystals and more! Admission is FREE to enter and the market opens at 12 noon. Charlotte Art League is located at 1517 Camden Rd. in Historic South End. 

Are you stuffed from Thanksgiving dinner and need a boost of energy? Join the people of Urban Cardio Dance this afternoon as they proudly present the Gobble Wobble Dance Fit Party! Your favorite fit professional, Corey C’Yo Brown, has invited his friend, Dwight Holt, Jr. aka “Mr. Dance Your Pounds Off”, to visit the QC again with some high-octane dance cardio and performance numbers! Today’s event has a purpose and it is to collect toys for at-risk youth. The toy donations are encourage but not required. Also in the spirit of elevating your exercise experience, there will be special perks included in your purchased package! Tickets can be purchased here: The event will begin at 2 p.m. and will be held at Fuzion Force Entertainment Academy located at 6233 Old Sugar Creek Road.

 Upscale Entertainment invites you out to The Morehead Tavern for the Thanksgiving Bash this evening! After you’ve stuffed yourselves with all of delectable dinners, come and stuff the dance floor as Charlotte’s own DJ Stacy Blackman gives you a strong dose of Hip Hop, R&B, House, Soul guaranteed to get you movin’ all night long! Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at the door or here: The event begins at 8 p.m. The Morehead Tavern is located at 300 E. Morehead St. in Uptown.

It’s that time of the month again—it’s time to get down on the good foot at Petra’s with the November edition of Su Casa! You know the vibes and flavor—Afrobeat, Soca, Reggae, Soul, Funk, Rare Grooves, R&B, Dancehall all night long! DJ Justice and DJ Steel Wheel with Loot-Tenant Trax will be your sound providers, get your face painted by the beautiful Catherine nd cop some fly jewelry and threads from local vendors. Admission is $10 and the party starts at 10 p.m. Petra’s is located at 1919 Commonwealth Ave. in the Plaza-Midwood District.



For some Sunday shopping, come out to Petra’s for the Hot Stuff Holiday Pop-Up Market! Bring the family out to shop local from creative vendors including Simply Handmade Soap, Fantastic Face Factory, Robot Muse, Crowned Sparrow Co., Bajari, The Gateau Baking Company, Diggers Delight and more! There will be hot and fresh food available for purchase. The market opens at 12:30 p.m. Petra’s is located at 1919 Commonwealth Ave. in the Plaza-Midwood District.

Show your love at one or many of Charlotte’s museums and come out for Museum Store Sunday! From The Gantt Center, Mint Museum, Levine Museum of the New South, The Bechtler and more, get your shop and pick up some art, a few books, trinkets, gadgets and lots more! When you make a purchase in a museum store, you directly support that museums ability to enrich the culture of your community. The museums will be open at 1 p.m.

Come celebrate an evening of exhilarating holiday entertainment with the Charlotte Civic Orchestra as they proudly present The 2017 Christmas Extravaganza! This concert will feature over 300 performers including the 70 member orchestra, the Holiday Singers, the Charlotte City Ballet, the Encore Dancers, soloist Quintessa Harper, and the spectacular combined choruses of Providence Senior High and South Meck High School. You will be sure to hear your seasonal favorites as “Sleigh Ride,” selections from The Nutcracker Suite, and the Hallelujah Chorus. Dazzling costumes and superb artistry will inspire you to begin a memorable Christmas season. Tickets can be purchased here: Doors open at 7 and the show starts at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be held at The Halton Theater at CPCC Main Campus. 1206 Elizabeth Ave. in Uptown.



Nu Sound is back with some “nu” flavor at Petra’s this evening as they host Hip Hop Night CLT this evening! Come and support a local business and some of Charlotte’s hottest up and coming rhymers! Talents include Black Linen, Railz the Principle, Indigo Jo, Richie Rust and Th3 Higher. Tickets can be purchased at the door or here: The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. Petra’s is located at 1919 Commonwealth Ave. in the Plaza-Midwood District.


This evening, take an inside look at the grips of gentrification through a comedic cinematic lens as Mosaic Live proudly presents a special screening of “The North Pole!” The North Pole is a political comedy web series about three best friends born and raised in North Oakland, CA, who struggle to stay rooted as their neighborhood becomes a hostile environment. It explores these issues in a humorous and entertaining way to help explain some of the complexities that exist in the areas of gentrification and climate change. These shorts will have you laughing, thinking and coming up with a MASTER plan on how to be a part of the solution and get off the sideline and into the game. Admission is FREE to attend but please be sure to RSVP here: Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the film will be screened at The Northwest School of the Arts. 1415 Beatties Ford Rd.



This evening, come out to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in conjunction with The Asbury for a very special community culinary conversation and dinner with Mr. Michael Twitty! A writer, culinary historian, and historical interpreter, Twitty traced his ancestors back to their arrival in the 1700s as enslaved Africans. In NC, he traces his lineage back to 1674. His new book, the aptly-titled “The Cooking Gene”, chronicles that story. In the process of claiming his kin, he also claims his food. His writing confronts the issues of race, class, and Southern culture in his ongoing journey throughout life. The conversation is a FREE event but please be sure to RSVP here: If you choose to also participate in the dinner, please purchase your ticket(s) here: or by calling (704)-342-1193. You will receive a copy of the book with your ticket purchase. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. The church is located at 115 W. 7th St. in Uptown.



11/30 — Bridging the Digital Tech Divide Amongst Minorities in Our Community

12/1 – Blow Your Head

12/1 – 80s & 90s Retro Event

12/2 – Off The Wall: Wu-Tang Forever V.5

12/8 – Gentlemen of Jazz Tour

12/8 – Soul Food Sessions Holiday Funk Fest

12/9 – No Grease Barbershop presents “Art Of Hair”

12/15 – 12/16 – On Q Productions’ “A Soulful Noel”



Everyone have a joyous and wonderful Thanksgiving! God Bless You!


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