On the town with Toni (Aug. 26-28)

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

Shout out to the crew at DaVinci’s, my favorite pizza spot. I’m pretty much a regular at the N. Tryon Street location every Monday night, and I can always count on manager Carlos and staff for excellent service. From chicken parmesan to baked ziti, I love it all.

Wednesday evening I attended a screening of “Bridget Jones’s Baby” at Concord Mills Mall. Yes, I am a diehard chick-flick moviegoer, and this movie was enjoyable from beginning to end. It’s been a while since we saw actress Renee Zellweger on the big screen, but she hasn’t missed a beat. Ladies, you’ll want to put this on your to-do list. Lots of twists and turns with a surprising and unpredictable ending.

Comedian Gary Owens was in town last weekend at the Comedy Zone, and his sold-out performances kept the audience laughing throughout the evening. Especially when he allowed the audience to ask him personal questions. Owens, who is married to an African American woman, was asked how he measures up? And his response, in my clean version, was: quite nicely, according to his wife.

I hate if you missed out on seeing Jennifer Holiday last weekend at McGlohon Theatre at Spirit Square. The singer/actress who lives a reclusive life in Atlanta shared her struggles with MS and depression. I was blown away by her outstanding performance. Ms Holiday hit those high notes like it was nobody’s business. And if you haven’t heard it through the grapevine, she’s about to take over Shug Avery’s role in a new Broadway production of “The Color Purple.”

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

FRIDAY

48 Hour Film Project ~ Did you know that Charlotte is one of 137 cities around the world competing for 12 slots at Cannes 2017 Film Festival? The challenge is to make a seven-minute film within 48 hours. Come and watch a collection of films made by nearly 500 local artists in a single weekend. This is by far one of my favorite events. Blumenthal Performing Arts is hosting at Booth Playhouse (130 N. Tryon St.). Q&A session to follow. Time: 6:35 pm – 9 p.m. More info.

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SATURDAY

Queen City Battle of the Bands ~ Bragging rights are on the line as the most talented bands launch into a new season of show stopping performances. Come out and enjoy this event at Memorial Stadium (310 N. Kings Drive). Time: 7 p.m. Cost: $20. More info.

 SUNDAY

Brunch at Vinyl Pi ~ Looking to try a delicious omelette pizza for brunch? Check out  Vinyl Pi (15906 Old Statesville Rd) in Huntersville. Time: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Service is excellent, the staff is friendly, and the menu has quite a few crafty items. Plus, you can enjoy an afternoon of live piano music with your. More info.

To see a larger listing of local events, visit the Qcitymetro events page at www.qcitymetro.com/events.

Toni Baker-Tyson is a social butterfly. Her entertainment picks are published each Thursday on Qcitymetro.com. Email Toni at toni@qcitymetro.com, or join her Chocolate Social Network, a group for the mature (40-plus) but young at heart.

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Glenn Burkins
Glenn is founder and publisher of Qcitymetro.com. He's worked at the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Wall Street Journal and Charlotte Observer.
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