Robyn Springer
Robyn Springer
Toni Baker Tyson
Toni Baker-Tyson

Who doesn’t love a man who knows his way around the kitchen? The Mighty Men of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church certainly set the bar last weekend at their annual cooking and tasting event.

The peach cheesecake and homemade seafood soup were among my favorites.

I also managed to catch the afternoon matinee of “Daughter of the King,” a gospel musical about three sassy, sophisticated and sensible daughters of a late pastor. I was pleased to see a sold-out crowd supporting this one-day performance.

Now for my weekend picks.


I Was Born Black, I Live Black, and I’ma Die Probably Because I’m Black ~ This performance is by de’Angelo Dia, a Charlotte-based artist who uses a variety of contemporary media – spoken word, poetry, photography, and performance art — to explore social, cultural, political, and theological issues. This event is free, but RSVP is required. Skyline Artists in Residence, former Goodyear Building (100 E. Stone wall St) Time: 7 p.m. More info:


Robyn Springer ~ Springer is a well-known vocalist featured on albums by jazz artists including Najee and Fugees. She has appeared with legends George Benson, Herbie Hancock, and Kirk Whalem. Enjoy her smooth, rich sounds at the Ritz- Carlton, Charlotte (201 E. Trade St) Lobby Lounge. Time: 9 p.m. – 12 a.m. No cover charge. More info:


Love N’ Soul Experience ~ Join R&B singers Raheem DeVaughn and Leela James for an intimate evening at the Filmore Charlotte (820 Hamilton St.) Doors open at 7 p.m.; show starts at 8 p.m. Cost: $27.50 More info:

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