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 grown folks.
Toni Baker-Tyson
Toni Baker-Tyson

“Father Comes Home From the Wars” is a compelling performance and a must-see play at Actor’s Theater of Charlotte. My heart bled for the character Homer and his determination not to give up. I felt the betrayal experienced by the character Penny. And I grieved the disappointment felt by the main character, Hero, in his quest for freedom. The play, about slavery and the Civil War, runs through March 12. Don’t miss it.

Like many of you, this past week left me exhausted. I attended my annual day-party at the secret location, partied with Charlotte’s Peace and Love Band and didn’t miss a beat with the jazz group Pieces of a Dream.

This weekend I plan to take things down a notch.

Here are my weekend picks

FRIDAY

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Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church ~ Journalist Clay Cane explores homophobia in the black church with the groundbreaking BET.com documentary, Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church. This event is free and open to the public. The film will be screened inside the science building on the campus of Johnson C. Smith University (100 Beatties Ford Rd). Time: 6 p.m.  More info: Emma Foster at 704-267-6544

SATURDAY

Jewish Film Festival ~ This Saturday’s film is a drama called “Wedding Doll.” Hagit, a young woman with a mild mental deficiency, begins a romantic relationship, much to the concern of her over-protective mother. Place: Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium Theater (14815 Ballantyne Village Way).  Show time: 7:15 p.m. Cost: $10. More info: http://charlottejewishfilm.com/

SUNDAY

Outside the Wire ~ (Play) This powerful and moving regional premiere deals with the lives and experiences of young men and women who have been sent to war and find it difficult to fit back into civilian life when they return. Place: Amour Street Theater (307 Armour St., Davidson) Time: 2 p.m. Cost: $12 – $20: Graphic language and adult themes. More info: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441952798

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