Toni Baker-Tyson
Toni Baker-Tyson

You better ask somebody! If you’re not familiar with Poplar Street Cafe & Wine Bar, let me give you a heads up. The trendy new hot spot opened March 7 and has hit the ground running.

I stopped by Tuesday for a bite to eat and a tour of the lovely Victorian home that houses the restaurant in historic Fourth Ward. I consider myself a grill cheese connoisseur, and the grilled cheese pear sandwich was delicious. And the fruit parfait with a creamy mousse was a treat.

Next time you’re on the town, I suggest you stop in.

Now for my weekend picks.


Donald Dean and Friends ~ A jazzy night on the town with bass vibes from John Dillard, dynamic beats and rhythms from Chris Whitley, mean machine Donald Dean on the electric guitar and vocalist extraordinaire Matt Kelly. Sydney’s Martini and Wine Bar (401 N. Tryon St). Time: 9 p.m.-12 a.m. No cover charge


The Impressions ~ A Sign Of The Times of the Carolinas presents its 16th annual black history production — “Who Are You – Are You Making A Difference?” featuring the world-famous vocal group “The Impressions.” Best known for their 1960s string of hits, many of which served as inspirational anthems for the Civil Rights Movement, The Impressions are 1998 Grammy Hall of Fame inductees for their hit “People Get Ready.” Pease Auditorium (1206 Elizabeth Avenue) on the campus of CPCC. Shows at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. More info:


Ms. Encore Couture Full Size Pageant ~ This Katrice Thompkins productions is all about empowering women from within, and transforming their inner beauty to outer beauty. This event will include a full-figure pageant and fashion extravaganza. A portion of the proceeds will benefit a Multiple Sclerosis non-profit organization. Hilton Charlotte University Place (8629 J M Keynes Drive). Time: 6:30 p.m. 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...