On the town with Toni

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

If there’s a cure for this, I don’t want it!

Legendary songstress Diana Ross certainly set the tone this week at Blumenthal’s Belk Theater. Ms. Ross sashayed on stage (in beautiful evening gowns) as if she owned the place, belting out her hit “I’m Coming Out.” Fans young and old danced and swayed to favorites like “Love Hangover” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”

Even when Ross stopped her performance to eject an unauthorized photographer, she made it loud and clear she was still in charge. I’ve attended many shows at the Blumenthal, but this Dianna Ross performance proved to me that Charlotte knows how to let its hair down and turn things (in my Diana Ross voice) Up Side Down.

By the way, if you’re looking for a new place to have a meal on the town, try Sea Level (129 E. 5th Street), around the corner from the Blumenthal. Sea Level opened less than two weeks ago, and the lobster roll sandwich and the crispy apple cobbler certainly caught my attention. The cozy atmosphere is ideal for dinner before a show or for a late meal, with prices that won’t break your wallet.

Now for my weekend picks.

FRIDAY

Willie Walker & Conversation Piece ~ Check out the most talked about jazz band in Charlotte. Walker, the group’s founder and leader, is a student of electronic music and composition. He has performed with Clarke Terry, George Howard, Barbara Weathers (formerly of Atlantic Starr), Sibyl Lynch, Najee and Dick Smith (formerly of Earth Wind & Fire). The band will be performing at The Tavern, 300 East Morehead. Time: 9 p.m.  More info: http://williewalkerconversationpiece.us/

SATURDAY

“Love Is” ~ In this stage play, Tonya is a young woman blessed to be married to Brian and has everything she has. But one day she is given a box full of family secrets that changes everything. “Love Is” will be performed at West Charlotte High School Auditorium, 2219 Senior Drive. Show times: 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. More info: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/love-is-tickets-20701078483

SUNDAY

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Separk Open House ~ Meet and mingle with vendors, discuss decor, and see the historic Separk Mansion at its best. This renovated Italian renaissance mansion is located about 20 minutes from Uptown Charlotte (209 W. 2nd Avenue in Gastonia) and is a great destination for weddings and other events. Time: 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Cost: Free. More info: http://separkmansion.com/

For more Charlotte-area events, visit www.qcitymetro.com/events.

Toni Baker-Tyson
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 homeless. Toni writes for the mature crowd, and she doesn't believe in letting grass grow under her feet. Email: toni@qcitymetro.com
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