Janet Jackson last week performed to a sold-out crowd at PNC Music Pavilion, and the old-folks crowd enjoyed an evening of dancing and reminiscing. Jackson, who converted to Islam, was covered quite fashionably, nothing like the sexy, jaw-dropping outfits she used to wear. At 49, the beautiful superstar still has it. The show was excellent, and I feel bad for anyone who missed it.

Now for my weekend picks. I hope to see you on the town.


Bill Bellamy ~ This standup comedian first gained notoriety on HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, where he notoriously coined the phrase “booty call.” This week – Thursday, Friday and Saturday – he’ll be at the Comedy Zone (900 NC Music Factory Blvd) for five shows. Tickets are $20-$25. More info: https://www.cltcomedyzone.com/


Bob James ~ Discovered by Quincy Jones at the Notre Dame Jazz Festival in 1963, pianist Bob James recorded his first solo album, “Bold Conceptions,” that year for Mercury Records. Fifty-eight albums and innumerable awards would follow. Enjoy a splendid evening of jazz with the Bob James Quartet at Knight Theater (430 S. Tryon St). Show starts at 8 p.m. More info: http://www.carolinatix.org/events/detail/an-evening-with-the-bob-james-quartet


The Trip to Bountiful (Play) ~ An aging widow living with her son and daughter in-law in a three-room flat in Houston in 1953, Old Mrs. Watts fears that her presence may be an imposition. She imagines that if she can get away on a bus and return to her old home in the town of Bountiful, she is sure to regain her strength, dignity and peace of mind. This production runs though Oct. 4 at Pease Auditorium (1201 Elizabeth Avenue) on the CPCC main campus. More info: http://tix.cpcc.edu/

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Toni Baker-Tyson is an entertainment columnist for Qcitymetro.com. She enjoys being a social butterfly out on the town, loves live music, the arts, and foreign films. Her passion is volunteering with the...