I must admit that I am a foodie, and I love the many culinary offerings around the Charlotte area. Yes, I do read your Facebook pages, which often lead me to try some of the new and old spots popular in the QC.

I recently stopped by Green’s Lunch on4th Street in uptown. Greens has been serving the Charlotte area since 1926. The space is noting fancy, so I was caught off guard to see a line stretching out the door.

When I finally got to the counter, I asked for a hotdog all the way, which meant mustard, ketchup, coleslaw, onions, and chili. Thumbs up for Green’s, and much admiration for being in business 90 years.

Looking for a quaint spot to relax with your laptop while catching a bite to eat? Check out Sunflower Baking Company, which opened in January 2016 and is located at 220 East Blvd in the Dilworth area. Enjoy a variety of scones, croissants biscuits, cakes, pies and hot and cold sandwiches. Open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sunday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This weekend, “Birth of a Nation” opens in Charlotte theaters. I saw it earlier at a private screening. The film is based on the story of Nat Turner, a Baptist preacher who led a bloody, 48-hour slave revolt in 1831 in Southampton County, Virginia. /

I’m still trying to gather my thoughts after seeing the movie and reflecting on the oppression we sometimes see today in the 21st century. You definitely want to check it out this weekend.

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


United in Jazz — Join saxophonist Dante Lewis at First United Presbyterian Church (201 E. 7th St.) for a night of soulful and gospel jazz. Lewis, a Columbia, S.C. native, has a huge following in the Queen City. Call 704-376-8104 for reservations and additional information. Tickets are $10 for the concert and $20 for dinner and concert. Time: 7 p.m.


“A Change is Gonna Come” — October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, so check out this award-winning play, which tells the story of domestic violence hidden behind the walls of a prominent pastor’s house. The film will be showing at Reconciling the World Ministries (7801 Platt Road). More info.


15 Short Film Festival – Now in its 11th year, this is one of my favorite events in the NoDa area. Enjoy 15 short films – none lasting longer than 15 minutes — by filmmakers all over the world. Evening Muse (3327 N. Davidson St). Doors open at 6 p.m., and films begin at 7 p.m.  Cost: $10 in advance and $14 at the door. Tickets will sell out quickly. More info.

To see a larger listing of local events, visit the Qcitymetro events page at www.qcity2021.flywheelstaging.com/events.

Toni Baker-Tyson is a social butterfly. Her entertainment picks are published each Thursday on Qcitymetro.com. Email Toni at toni@qcity2021.flywheelstaging.com, or join her Chocolate Social Network, a group for the mature (40-plus) but young at heart.

Founder and publisher of Qcitymetro, Glenn has worked at newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, Philadelphia Inquirer, Wall Street Journal and The Charlotte Observer.