Last weekend I stopped by the Charlotte Art League (1517 Camden Rd.) in the South End area. If you are a Prince fan, you'll want to see the crafts of my friend, artist Martha Rucker.

Hello, Charlotte. Did you see vocalist and musician Rachelle Ferrell, who performed last weekend at a fundraiser hosted by the Urban League of Central Carolinas? Although the songstress appeared frail as she battled a pinched nerve and slipped disc, the audience supported Ferrell (who has a six-octave vocal range) with much respect and admiration…and several standing ovations. For those who weren’t there, yep, she still slayed her popular hit, “Nothing Has Ever Felt Like This.” It definitely was a grand night!

I also stopped by the  Charlotte Art League (1517 Camden Rd.) in the South End section. If you are a Prince fan, you’ll definitely want to view the crafts of my friend, artist Martha Rucker. If you snooze you lose, so don’t miss out.

Its raining men this Saturday at the 12th Annual Charity Bachelor Auction, presented by the Deltas of Charlotte Foundation. This event is the ultimate ladies’ night out for women of all ages. Nothing like an evening of sistah-hood as women support one another bidding for their dream dates with eligible bachelors. Bring your mother, sister, neighbor, coworker and enemy for an evening of laughter and fun. This is by far one of my most enjoyable yearly events. The attire is divalicious, from your jeans and heels to your little black dress. And if you have never been to the bachelor auction, you better ask someone. I hope to see you there!

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


“Clybourne Park” ~ A bookend play to “A Raisin in the Sun,” this show focuses on the neighborhood that the Youngers were to move into right before the final curtain falls. It explores their impending arrival as well as 50 years after they have settled into the community. This play will definitely challenge the audience to dig deeper. Not recommended for children under 13. Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square (345 N. College Street) Cost: $20. Time: 8 p.m.  This play runs though May 28. More info.


Food Truck Rally ~ Enjoy a variety of foods from 15 trucks at the 2nd Food Truck Rally. Bring your coolers, blankets and rain coats. This event is rain or shine. Bottled water and soft drinks are available for purchase. Credit cards are accepted, but cash moves the line quickly. Dogs are welcomed. Time: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. Address: 10220 Prosperity Park Dr. (Next to Bilo.) More info.


Business Showcase ~ Do you have a home-based business? Are you tired of trying to promote your business in 60 seconds at networking events? This event, at the Empowerment Center (7925 N. Tryon Street, Suite 210), invites you to join them for an afternoon of business showcase empowerment. The center is an incubator for the support and expansion of small businesses. This event is free from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Donations are accepted. More info. Or call 704 957-1244

To see a larger listing of local events, visit the Qcitymetro Events Page.

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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...