On the town with Toni (April 15-17)

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

This past weekend, comedian Arsenio Hall hit the stage for sold-out performances at the Comedy Zone. Hall performed classic, old-school standup and touched on topics including politics and Halle Berry drama as one of the finest woman on the planet. Although I enjoyed the show, I was definitely disappointed that there was no meet-and-greet after the performance. This was Hall’s first visit to the Comedy Zone, and it would have been the highlight of my evening (and for many audience members as well) to welcome him to the Qcity. Yes, still kicking rocks about that one.

As I’m sure you know, I enjoy eating out on the town. This week I stumbled upon Omaggio Pizzeria, which opened in August 2015. The Crema Dizucchine (pureed cooked zucchini with potato soup and heavy cream) was delicious – and I say that as a soup connoisseur. The pepperoni pizza was also a winner, and I’m looking forward to returning for the homemade meatballs. Omaggio is located at 1055 Metropolitan Ave. While you’re there, say hello to Chef Oscar, manager Jack, and delightful waiter Owen! I hope to see you soon on the town.

That me at Omaggio Pizzeria with (l-r) Chef Oscar, Owen the waiter, and Jack the manager.
That’s me at Omaggio Pizzeria with (l-r) Chef Oscar, Owen the waiter, and Jack the manager.

Now for my weekend picks:

FRIDAY 

Jazz N Soul Music — Enjoy live jazz with one of Charlotte’s favorite singers, Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen, at the Tavern. Be prepared to experience the best soul, blues and funk that Charlotte has to offer. Show time: 7 p.m. Remember, jazz and soul music have moved to the Tavern on Morehead. Reserved seating is available. More info.

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SATURDAY 

Queen City Singers — Come out and enjoy gospel musical featuring the Queen City Singers, under the direction of Mr. D.J. Boyd. This is a non-denominational, intergenerational choir seeking to encourage and uplift the community. If you enjoy the gift of music, you will definitely want to check out this event, which is free and open to the public. Statesville Avenue Presbyterian Church (3435 Nevin Rd). Time: 6 p.m. More info.

SUNDAY 

Same Vows Expo – This bride-and-groom show is gay owned and locally operated. Future brides and grooms can meet supportive businesses willing to stand up to affirm universal love. This event is free. Don’t miss out on selecting vendors for your special day. The Palmer Building (2601 E. 7th Street). Time 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. More info.

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