Let the fun begin!

Last weekend I had a wonderful time horseback riding at the Latta Plantation. I hadn’t been on a horse in years, but the good part is, I still have skills. I definitely plan on making this a monthly routine and would love for you to join me.

The trail was simply beautiful. The tour guides were extremely helpful and the price was only $25. Next time around I’ll make sure to take pictures! Also, I saw the movie Mooz-lum, based on a Muslim family prior to September 11, 2001. If you love independent films, as I do, you may want to check it out.

CIAA week is here! I keep hearing how overwhelmed folks are with events to attend. I’m feeling the same way. So much to do, so little time. We travel this journey only once, so get out and have a good time.

In case you haven’t made plans, take a look at my picks:

On Q Productions has two thought-provoking plays this week. “A Day of Absence,” by Douglas Turner Ward and K.M. B. A. Q’s work always leaves me hungry for his next project. Date: Friday and Saturday. Time: 7 p.m. Cost: $22 (If you use the password black face). Place: Duke Energy Theater @ Spirit Square (345 N. College St). This production was nominated for the 2009 Creative Loafing Theater Award in best comedy category. For additional information, call: 704 372-1000 or go online at http://www.carolinatix.org/default.asp?tix=59&objId=2064

My all-time favorite R& B Band, Peace and Love. I was introduced to the band last year by several friends, and it was love at first sight! If you haven’t experience their smooth sounds, you are surely missing out. I’m talking hits from E.W.F, the Commodores, O’jays, Temptations, Otis Reading, Guy and melodies from our king of pop, Michael Jackson, just to name a few. For those who want to get on the dance floor, Dee Jay Black will also be performing. I don’t know where you will be on Saturday evening, but this is where you should be for grown-folk entertainment (30 & up). Trust me when I say you will not be disappointed. Location: The Breathing Room (214 W. Tremont Ave.) Time: 9 p.m.-2 am. Cost: $20 (Tickets sold at the door) Drink specials provided. For more information, contact: D@ 704 400-0448 or email djassociates868@bellsouth.net

Looking for a quaint little spot for brunch after the CIAA winds down? How about Brunch @ Pewter Rose? Pewter Rose is an eclectic casual bistro located less than a mile from uptown. Come out and sample diverse cuisine by Chef Brent Martin. Pewter Rose is one of my favorite hidden spots away from the CIAA crowd. The Banana Foster French Toast is to die for. When: Weekends from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Location: (1820 S. Blvd) The Lynx train will take you directly to the East/West Station. Cost: Very reasonable menu. For additional information call: 704 332-8149 or go online at http://pewterrose.com/

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