Sign of the Times is a popular request, appearing at a number of libraries that collaborate with Culture Blocks.
A Sign of the Times performs at the Hickory Grove branch of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library (Photo: Toni Baker-Tyson)

Have you been to a Charlotte-Mecklenburg public library lately? Things have definitely changed from when I was growing up and the librarian hushed us for speaking even in a whisper.

Last week I went to the Hickory Grove branch and took in a free concert by A Sign of the Times. What a wonderful treat for the patrons there, who filled the room to capacity. I’ll have to keep the library in mind when I’m scouting for future events.

Pei Wei, the new Asian bistro, has opened in the university area. I had a chance to try the honey-seared chicken with red bell peppers and scallions tossed in the signature honey-seared garlic sauce. Yummy! If you’re looking for a casual dining place, check them out.


Now for my weekend picks.


‘Stuck’ ~ Jesonda Productions present this gospel play about a woman who is continually spiraling out of control because of anger, unforgiveness and broken dreams. “Stuck” was written to inspire individuals to live out their full potential and get “unstuck” from poverty, abuse, unforgiveness and anger. Cost:  $30. Time: 7pm for shows Friday and Saturday. Location: Duke Energy Theater (345 North College Street). More info.


Live Music at Pangea ~ Enjoy the sultry vocals of Gena Chambers, with Karenski Brown on the keyboard. No cover charge. Time: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m.  Location: 13016 Eastfield Road, Suite B-100, in Huntersville. More info.


 African Dance Classes ~ Each Sunday in July, instructor April C. Turner is hosting African dance classes from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The cost is $7 per session. All levels welcome. No sign-up required. Just come ready to dance! Location: Noda 28th Creative Arts Studio (2424 N. Davidson St., suite 110). More info.

Toni Baker-Tyson is a social butterfly. Her entertainment picks are published each Thursday on Email Toni at

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...