James T. Alfred

Last weekend I attended ASC’s Culture Feast, presented by Bank of America, in Uptown Charlotte. The previous year I missed the event, and my chances of attending this year looked grim as tickets were sold out.

Thank goodness I reached out to social media, and to my surprise I got a call from Giovanna Torres, marketing and communications coordinator for Arts and Science Council. Jackpot! A ticket holder was unable to attend, allowing me to buy her ticket.

I’d heard nothing but great reviews and wanted to experience Culture Feast firsthand. Well, to my delight, I had a wonderful time sharing a family-style meal and enjoying live cultural entertainment with others.

Next year I’ll make sure to purchase my ticket the minute they go on sale. This was definitely a grand-slam event.

On Monday I attended preview night for the play “A Brown Tale,” presented by OnQ. I highly suggest that you get tickets as soon as possible for this event. I loved it! (More below)

Check out my weekend picks.


A Brown Tale ~ Written and performed by James T. Alfred and directed by Lou Bellamy, this play is a coming-of-age narrative that takes the audience on a journey from Alfred’s childhood on the south side of Chicago to his adult life. Along the way, he weaves a tapestry of tales (more than 20 characters), exploring the impact of community and commenting on a number of topics, such as public schools, church and local commerce.  Audiences may be familiar with Alfred’s recent television appearances in FOX’s smash-hit drama “Empire,” where he plays Tyree, owner of “Ghetto Ass Studio,” and as Kenya Taylor in the STARZ original series “BOSS.” Duke Energy Theater (345 N. College St) | Sept 13-23 | $20 | More info


The Christians ~ What do you ​believe? Why do you​ believe it? And what would you sacrifice for those beliefs? This play has been described as a must-see for believers and non- believers. Booth Playhouse (130 N. Tryon St.) | Sept. 15-Oct. 1 | $15-$45 | More info


Foraged Mushroom Menu Delight ~ A foodie event! Join Chef Clark Barlowe as he prepares a five-course menu featuring some of his favorite mushroom finds. Heirloom is a North Carolina farm-to-fork restaurant located in the Coulwood/Mountain Island community. 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. | 8470 Bellhaven Blvd. | $25-$60 | More info


Toni Baker-Tyson is an entertainment columnist for Qcitymetro.com. She enjoys being a social butterfly out on the town, loves live music, the arts, and foreign films. Her passion is volunteering with the...