What’s Happening Charlotte (Feb. 17-19)
11 things you can do this weekend — including a special jazz performance, a night in Rio, an African dance event, and a culinary tour of uptown Charlotte.
What’s Happening, Charlotte?
The CIAA Basketball Tournament returns to Charlotte next week, and daytime temperatures will be in the 70s – just right for some outdoor people watching. But between now and then, there’s a lot going on the Qcity.
The Levine Museum of the New South just opened a new exhibition “K(NO)W Justice K(NO)W Peace” – one of the nation’s first exhibitions to explore the impact of police-involved killings in Charlotte and communities across the country. Here’s a preview we wrote.
Some other selected events are listed below. More can be found on the Qcitymetro events page at www.qcitymetro.com./events.
Bechtler By Night: Travel Aborad
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
Experience the museum galleries for free from 5-9 p.m. every third Friday of the month. Gather friends and view the extensive Bechtler collection under the cover of the night sky! More info.
Queen City Urban Fashion Show
This event will showcase local designers and clothing lines from the Charlotte metro area — everything from men’s to women’s clothing will be here. Jewelry & accessory vendors will be onsite as well. Music and food round off the night’s fun. More info.
Comedy & Cuisine
Harvey B. Gantt Center
This signature event will be a night filled with comedy, fashion, food & fun. The evening will include a comedy performance from national comedian Tone-X and a live cooking demonstration with specialty dishes created by celebrity chef Monica. More info.
Slam Charlotte Poetry Slam
This month’s featured artist is Honey Sanaa, a spoken word artist from New Orleans, Louisiana, by way of Mississippi. She is an educator by day and holds three higher education degrees, including a Master’s degree in secondary education. Honey is the co-founder of C.H.A.O.S. — Collective Hip-Hop, An Artistically Original Society, a campus-based arts organization founded to help poetry and art students at the University of Southern Mississippi learn and grow in their particular branch of the arts. More info.
Community Blood Drive
100 Black Men of Greater Charlotte
Give blood and help save local lives! Donate blood with Community Blood Center of the Carolinas. This drive will start at 10 a.m. and end at 1 p.m. More info.
“Silence the Noise” Book Launch Party
Fire Water Restaurant
Did you know the average person will experience 50,000 to 70,000 thoughts per day? Come out for entertainment, networking, meet and greet, get your autographed copy of the new book, “Silence The Noise.” More info.
By Way of the Back Door
On every Saturday during the month of February, Historic Brattonsville presents guided tours that interpret African American history and culture in the Carolina Piedmont. The program’s narrative includes both scholarly research and the collective memories of descendants of Bratton slaves. More info.
The Jazz Room
Stage Door Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
Door Theater is calling all trumpets. This exciting show will feature your favorite jazz classics performed by a collection of the Charlotte region’s top jazz trumpeters in this special Jazz Room Trumpet Summit. More info.
A Night in Rio
Get a taste of Brazilian Carnaval through live music, authentic food, drinks and dancing. Free samba lesson and an energetic and contagious Carnaval parade. Malandro Soul from Charleston, SC, will be performing the sounds of Samba, Tropicalia and much more. More info.
SHAE Movement African Arts presents Simbe’: Power-Strength-Force, A West African Dance and Drum Concert. The Susu people define “Simbe’” as power. With featured dances from the Susu, Balanta, Malinke and Toma people, this power declares that we are equipped with boundless strength and have the ability to tap into an abundant force which we can use to make an impact in our community and in our world. More info.
Uptown Charlotte Walking Culinary Tour
Seventh Street Public Market
Explore the culinary mecca found in Uptown Charlotte. Tour starts at the 7th Street Market and makes its way through the city streets, sampling farm-to-table restaurants, wine or champagne, pastries and more. More info.