Sasha Masakowski and band at The Jazz Room

It’s not yet summer weather, but the jazz scene in Charlotte is definitely hot! Last weekend I attended one of my favorite venues in Charlotte  — The Jazz Room at the Stage Door Theater Uptown. If you love Brazilian music, you would have loved vocalist Sasha Masakowski of New Orleans. She didn’t miss a beat as she charmed the audience with her alluring and captivating voice. I’m gullible for anyone’s rendition of The Girl From Ipanema, which is believed to be the most famous Brazilian song ever recorded. The evening was certainly a delightful tribute to composer Antonio Carlos Jobim. I hate it for you if you missed out.

This weekend, “Unforgettable,” starring Rosario Dawson and Katherine Heigl, hits the big screen. I was able to catch the screening Wednesday evening at AMC Carolina Pavilion 22. Don’t shoot the messenger, but I don’t know any ex-wives who look forward to being BFFs with the new Mrs. This movie had plenty of twists, turns, and enough messy drama to keep me from ever wanting to become the new wife. Entertaining and worth seeing.

Check out my weekend picks.

“Happily After All: A Night of Love” ~ Enjoy a unique night for couples and serious singles to strengthen their thoughts and approach towards relationships and love with author Willie Moore Jr. Live music, comedy, games, and informative presentations set the agenda for date night. Cost:  $30-$100. Location: 2225 Freedom Drive. More info

State of the Black Family ~ Part 1 (Family First) of a 3-part series panel discussion on topics crucial to the empowerment of the Black family and community. Topics include communicating within romantic relationships; how to communicate without violence and how to build a successful relationship and family. Cost: $15. Time: 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Carole Hoefener Community Center (610 E 7th St.) More info

“LA 92”  Movie Screening ~ You are invited to a screening of the National Geographic documentary “LA 92,” a look back at the controversial Rodney King trial and subsequent protests, violence and looting through stunning and rarely seen archival footage. Cost: Free with registration. Location: Studio Movie Grill (210 East Trade St.)  Time: 3 p.m. Watch the trailer.  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...