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On the town with Toni (July 14-16)

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

Outdoor Movie Night at Spirit Square in uptown Charlotte. (Photo: Toni Baker-Tyson)

If you enjoy plays, jazz, spoken word and a variety of other live events, Spirit Square is a place you should consider. I often find myself visiting that cozy venue for a performance inside McGlohon Theatre or the Duke Energy Theater. I’m always excited when I hear about shows there, and I rush to get first dibs on tickets.

That said, last weekend I attended Outdoor Movie Night at Spirit Square. It was wonderful. I sat back in my lawn chair and enjoyed a cool evening breeze while feasting on hot popcorn and orange creamsicle Italian ice. The movie that week was “An American in Paris.”

This is an outstanding free event, and I plan to go again this week. In fact, it’s my Friday pick for this weekend. Bring a lawn chair and your favorite snacks. Pets are welcome, too. Hope you can join me.

Check out my weekend picks.


Outdoor Movie Nights ~ This week’s free movie is “Royal Wedding,” starring Fred Astaire and Jane Powell. The film features one of Fred Astaire’s most legendary dance performances. The popcorn is free. Time: 8:45 p.m. Location: On the Square at Spirit Square (345 North College Street). More info.


Mamma Mia ~ This Tony Award-winning Musical tells the story of a teen’s search for her father on a Greek Island. Parental discretion is advised for this hilarious play, which is presented by CPCC Theatre. Location: Halton Theatre (1206 Elizabeth Avenue). Cost: $10-$22. More info.


The Legacy Motown Revue ~ I saw this show last year at the Barn Dinner Theater in Greensboro. It had everything — dancing, singing and an amazing six-piece horn band, which will have you up on your feet dancing the night away. Time: 7:30 p.m. -10 p.m. Cost: $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Location: Lynn’s Dance Club (4819 South Tryon Street). More info.

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