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On the town with Toni

Looking for something fun to do this weekend that’s not related to the CIAA? Check out Toni Baker-Tyson’s weekly entertainment picks. It’s fun for grown folks.

Toni Baker-Tyson

Toni Baker-Tyson

I’m not sure why ratings were low for the movie “Race,” which is based on Olympic track star Jesse Owens’ journey during the 1936 Berlin Games. I found it worth every bit of the 2 hours and 14 min. The movie started out slow but went beyond Owens winning four gold medals. It also touched on his relationship with his coach and overcoming racism and barriers before, during and after the Olympic. I would call it a must-see movie, so check it out before it fades away.

Looking to go out on the town this weekend, but not quite in the mix of CIAA uptown events? Check out my weekend picks for free parking and events on the outskirts of town.

FRIDAY

Jazz, Funk, and Dance ~ Enjoy live jazz and food in the University area at BluNotes (3425 David Cox Rd). Guest DJ in the house, singer Angelique and Crew, bass player Mayhue Bostic, and the sensational saxophonist Adrian Crutchfield, who currently tours with Bette Midler and Prince & The New Power Generation. This is sure to be a great show, and if Adrian is in town, you are definitely in for a great evening. Show starts at 3 p.m., and Crutchfield performs at 10 p.m. Cover charge: $15. More info: http://www.blunotes.com/jazz-funk-live-showcase/adriancrutchfieldclt

SATURDAY

Pieces of a Dream ~ In 1976, former bassist Cedric Napoleon, drummer Curtis Harmon, and keyboardist James Lloyd founded jazz group Pieces of a Dream in Philadelphia. The group based its name on “Pieces of Dreams,” a cover tune by Stanley Turrentine that the group performed. But it was another jazz legend, the late Grover Washington Jr., the sax man who made Philadelphia his home, who helped Pieces of a Dream become the internationally known stars they are today. Join them with special guest Selina Albright (opening performance by Charlotte’s Peace and Love Band) at Halton Theater (1206 Elizabeth Ave). Show time: 8 p.m. More info: http://tix.cpcc.edu/events/pieces-of-a-dream

SUNDAY

“Father Comes Home From The Wars” ~ (Play By Suzan-Lori Parks) Offered his freedom if he joins his master in the ranks of the Confederacy, a slave must choose whether to leave the woman and people he loves for what may be yet another empty promise. An epic tale about holding on to who we are and what we love in a country that both brings us together and rips us apart. Children under 10 are not permitted.  Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte (650 E Stonewall St.) Time 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Cost: $33. More info: http://www.atcharlotte.org/father-comes-home-from-the-wars/

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