That's me with Katy. She owns a tie-dye business and was one of the vendors at last weekend's Hippie Festival.

What is Hip? The Hippie Festival, where tons of vendors and activities awaited to feed your inner hippie, was the place to be last weekend. Located on the old Eastland Mall site and presented by Charlotte Open Air Market, the event provided free admission, free parking and tons of fun for the whole family. Make sure to check out my new friend Katy’s tie-dye selections on line.  It’s safe to assume I definitely had a groovy time and look forward to next year!

Shout out to all the mothers and mother-like figures this weekend. And a special Mother’s Day wish to my mother, Charnette Banks.

Now for my weekend picks. I hope to see you on the town.


Bonkerz Comedy Club ~ Enjoy hilarious comedy shows every Friday and Saturday night inside the Hilton Charlotte Executive Park (5624 Westpark Dr.) featuring Bonkerz’ comedians from TV & movies. This weekend features funny man Herbie Gill. Gill’s hard work and knack for presenting fresh new material earned him appearances on many stages and programs, including XM Radio, Comcast Cable, TBS’ Daily Riff, PBS, Gilda’s Club, and Local Point TV for ABC. Tickets are  $10. Time: 8 p.m. More info.


Charlotte Film Society ~ See “Chimes at Midnight,” about an Irish sports journalist who becomes convinced that Lance Armstrong’s performances during the Tour de France are fueled by banned substances. With this conviction, he starts hunting for evidence that will expose Armstrong. Showtime at 7:30 p.m. Theatre Charlotte (501 Queens Rd). More info.


Mother’s Day Brunch ~ Treat Mom to a decadent brunch buffet. Hot and cold selections and bottomless mimosas. All moms will receive a free rose. Whole Foods (6610 Fairview Road). Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Cost: $22.09 for adults and $11.54 for chilfren under age 10. 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...