Things are definitely popping around town, and at a rapid pace, in the Theater District, with lots of upcoming plays and musicals. Last weekend I got a chance to check out the Tony award-winning play “Mamma Mia.”

The performance was presented by local actors at CPCC’s HaltonTheatre. I was lucky to attend the Saturday night performance, which sold out. Strolling down Memory Lane, listening to the music of ABBA, definitely resonated with me and the audience as we clapped and sang along with the cast. “Mamma Mia” runs until July 22, and tickets are still available. Parental discretion is advised.


Check out my weekend picks.


Take a Girl’s Trip with Pure Romance Movie Event ~ It’s the ultimate girls night out – a private screening of the movie “Girls Trip” and a chance to win some fabulous prizes. StoneCrest at Piper Glen (7832 Rea Road). Cost: $25-$40. Event time: 6:30 p.m. Movie starts at 7 p.m. More info.


Sur: An Acrobatic Journey of Safety ~ Sûr is a circus take on our present reality — from police brutality to fear in the black community. Enjoy the Nouveau Sud project acrobatic actors as they bring to the forefront reality as we hope to find real solutions. Performances Friday and Saturday. Cost: $10. Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Booth Playhouse at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center (130 N.Tryon Street). More info.


Community Celebration of Hope: Christmas in July ~ Hoodies House of Hope for Youth invites the public to this annual event to aid, assist and engage with the homeless, underserved and elderly. In addition to a full meal, those in need also will get access to new or gently used clothes, shoes and accessories, as well as free haircut and hair treatments. Time: 3 p.m. -7 p.m. Location: Greenville Neighborhood Center (1330 Spring Street). More info. Contact Jeff Hood 704 400-6035 or

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...