Time flies! The end of January is upon us, and we’re back with more arts, culture, and food events to get your weekend started.
Consider participating in Queen’s Feast, with dozens of restaurants in the Charlotte area participating. The annual restaurant event concludes Sunday. (I’ve made reservations for Friday at Napa at Kingsley. I can’t wait!)
There’s also a fantastic street food festival worth checking out as well.
Whether you’re looking to wind down from the week with soft jazz or cheer on your hometown Hornets as they take on the Lakers, there’s something for everyone, including the little ones.
Stay informed with news and events that impact Charlotte’s Black communities.
Kid’s Corner is back with a few suggestions for the entire family.
Our Weekend Picks
The SET ft. Saxophonist Shane Wheeler (Thurs.): JazzArts Charlotte’s virtual live music series presents Greensboro-native saxophonist Shane Wheeler with a set of his progressive jazz originals.
Charlotte Hornets vs. Los Angeles Lakers (Fri.): LaMelo Ball and the hometown team will host LeBron James and the Lakers at the Spectrum Center. Not surprisingly, this is one of the hottest games of the season and is expected to sell out.
Queen’s Feast: Charlotte Restaurant Week (Fri.): Explore new dining destinations and rediscover your favorites during Queen’s Feast, running through Jan. 30. Enjoy 3-course meal deals at 70 restaurants in eight counties around the Charlotte metro area.
A Jazz Celebration of Stevie Wonder(Fri.): A Jazz Celebration of Stevie Wonder featuring Special Guest Adam McKnight presented by Noel Freidline and Maria Howell.
International Street Food Festival & Craft Market(Sat.): Taste dishes from around the world, try different beers, listen to live music, and watch or participate in the corn hole tournament at this admission-free festival.
Trolls LIVE!(Sat.): Get ready for music, glitter, comedy, and fun with Poppy, Branch, and the Trolls gang for an animated adventure featuring a unique storyline and original songs.
Meet MoLi(Sat.): Join Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library as they celebrate the arrival of MoLi, the system’s mobile library with a ribbon-cutting, storytime, and puppet show.
Note: Every week we try to spotlight events we think our audience will like. What are we missing? Let me know your thoughts.
This weekend: “Reflections of a People,” an exhibition to preserve Black History
Jamel Shabazz has been photographing Black lives for over 40 years and his work is shown in exhibitions around the world.
This Friday at the Gantt Center, Shabazz will debut “Reflections of a People: Photographs from the Archive of Jamel Shabazz.”
The exhibition will feature more than 53 framed works and 40 additional photos in a digital slide show.
Keep Reading. (Jalon Hill)
A boundary-breaking play is coming to Knight Theater
“What the Constitution Means to Me” imagines how our nation’s governing document will affect the lives of future Americans. This hilarious, hopeful, and achingly human new play traces the profound relationship between four generations of women and the founding document that shaped their lives.
When a young boy meets a librarian, his world expands and so does the power of possibility. Curiosity leads young Tomás to the library, where he gets lost in the happy imaginings of books and ultimately writes his own story of success. Get tickets for this weekend.
A bronze statue of NBA legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna was placed at the site of the helicopter crash that claimed their lives. (CNN)
Duck Donuts is offering a special treat this month with a portion of the sales going to help local children and families facing homelessness. (Charlotte Stories)
A Black culture celebration in North Carolina will focus on environmental justice this year. (The News & Observer)
CMS is being challenged to better serve Black and Brown students. (WFAE)
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