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 don’t know about you, but I’m pretty excited about the new year.

I started my New Year’s Eve celebration with a traditional lunch of fried chicken, collard greens, hot rolls, sweet tea, black eye peas and rice, along with delicious peach cobbler, before attending Watch Night Watson service, which on this date in 1862 African Americans gathered together at the stroke of Midnight January 1st to await news of the Emancipation Proclamation.

With the warm weather last week, I didn’t miss a beat and got off to a great start. I attended Dillard’s department store’s annual one-day 50% off sale New Year’s Day. As for resolutions…I’m just looking forward to good health, wealth and enjoying every hour. Make sure you check out for exciting events happening around the city in 2016.

Watch your waistline from all those Krispy Kreme doughnuts, and keep pounding, Panthers. Happy New Year’s to you, and I look forward to seeing you on the town.

Now for my weekend picks.


Monster Jam ~ An all-time favorite returns to Charlotte this weekend. The 2016 season brings more Monster Jam excitement tailored perfectly for your family’s budget. Monster Jam is a live motorsports event starring the biggest performers on four wheels. Come on out and enjoy the roar of motors, big tires, and fast paced action.  Friday and Saturday, January 8-9. Time: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $10 – $50. Location: Time Warner Cable Arena (333 E. Trade St). More info:


Leslie and Rico Duo ~ Enjoy a night on the town with Leslie Richardson, one of Charlotte’s favorite vocalists.  Leslie captivates audiences as a solo artist as well as with her signature band, “Leslie and Friends.”  She has performed as regular vocalist at Mickey & Mooch restaurants in Charlotte and Huntersville since 2010. If you enjoy listening to great sounds of R&B, don’t miss this. No cover charge! Mickey & Mooch (9723 Sam Furr Road, Huntersville). Time: 8 p.m. More info:


Build, Remodel & Landscape Expo ~ Looking for home improvement for the new year? This three-day event from January 8-10 at the Charlotte Convention Center (501 S. College St) will showcase home building, kitchen and bathroom remodeling, flooring, landscaping, and more. Cost: 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...