Toni Baker-Tyson
Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Check out Toni Baker Tyson's weekly entertainment picks. It's fun for grown folks.
Toni Baker-Tyson
Toni Baker-Tyson

I love going to the movies, but I find myself perturbed by the new system that requires you to pick your seat before entering the theater. Sitting next to a stranger in a reclining chair is just a bit too close for comfort. I’ve experienced snoring, corn chip-smelling feet, and the nonstop dry cougher. Call me old fashion, but this gal needs her space. I prefer having options. My money, my seat, so give me what I want.

Speaking of movies, I enjoyed “Creed,” staring Michael B. Jordan. You’ll definitely want to check it out if you haven’t already.

This past weekend I participated in the Spirit of Christmas at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. More than 200 church volunteers spread joy by feeding, clothing, and giving toys to more than 500 families in need. Definitely makes me appreciate the reason for the season.

It’s the last weekend before Christmas and, of course, our Carolina Panthers are still pounding! I hope you are enjoying those tailgating parties and those Krispy Kreme doughnuts.

Now for my weekend picks.


Soulful Noel at Spirit Square~ You don’t want to miss this performance. OnQ presents a new theatrical tradition for the entire family. This one-night event is a tapestry of music, telling the age-old story of Christmas, featuring a wonderful cast and musicians that will have you up on your feet. Time: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $15. Location: McGlohon Theater, Spirit Square (345 N. College St). More info:


Jingle Bell Jam ~ This is one of the hottest party events for grown folks. This year’s special guests are The Matt Kelly Band. Matt Kelly is known as a triple threat on vocals, keyboard and drums. Enjoy the smooth sounds of R&B and Soul Hits from both the past and present. AND ain’t no party like an old school party with Charlotte’s DJ06. Ladies get out your special party dress, and men your Dabber Dan attire. Cash bar and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Hilton Charlotte University Place (8629 J M Keynes Dr.) Time: 8:30 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at the event. Cost: $35.


Gingerbread Lane ~ Ballantyne Hotel is hosting this extremely popular event again this year. Gingerbread artists will create masterpieces and compete for top honors. Attendees vote on their favorites, paying $1 minimum donation per vote. All proceeds will benefit Levine Children’s Hospital. Location: 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway. Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. More info: (704) 248-4000.

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Founder and publisher of Qcitymetro, Glenn has worked at newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Wall Street Journal and The Charlotte Observer.