What’s Happening, Charlotte?
It’s hard to believe that 2017 is almost gone. Before long we’ll all be making plans for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Kwanzaa. I hope it’s been a good year for you.
Two things I want to call to your attention:
1. Qcitymetro has added a new sponsor, Culture Blocks, which is a collaboration between the Arts & Science Council, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. We’ll be working to promote some of their upcoming events, starting with this monthly newsletter. You can subscribe right here.
2. Response to our reader survey has been strong, but we still want to hear from more of you. If you can spare just two minutes to answer six easy questions, your answers can help us shape the direction of Qcitymetro next year and beyond. Many thanks.
P.S. Wanna increase the odds that your event will be included in our weekly roundup? Start by submitting it to our events page.
COMMUNITY CALENDAR + FAMILY FUN
Verse and Vino 2017
Thursday @ Charlotte Convention Center | 501 S College St. | 6 p.m.
Verse & Vino is a Charlotte literary tradition. This evening of food, wine, and conversation with five New York Times best-selling authors celebrates the joy of reading, writing and libraries, and brings together a community of readers in support of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation. (Details)
Stargazing Community Event
Friday @ Wingate University | 13034 Ballatyne Corporate Place | 7:15 p.m.
Astronomy Professor Grant Thompson will guide a tour of the Fall sky with opportunities to observe stars and Saturn through Wingate Universitys telescopes. (Details)
2017 Queen City Business Expo (Fall Edition)
Saturday @ Carole A. Hoefener Center | 610 E. 7th St. | 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
The Queen City Business Expo features 50 businesses from the Charlotte Metro area. These companies are the back bones of our communities and the future employers to develop the city. Companies of all facets of business will be in attendance showcasing their companies. (Details)
Saturday @ ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center | 300 E 7th St. | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
EpicFest joyfully connects children, books, authors and illustrators through activities that encourage a love of reading and learning. This year’s festival will feature appearances by eleven award-winning authors and illustrators, a musical performance by Eric Litwin of Pete the Cat fame, and an evening event just for teens. (Details)
ARTS + CULTURE
All That Glitters Salon Show
Friday @ Ciel Gallery | 128 E Park Ave. | 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments and join us for an evening of art and conversation with local artists. Artists participating in this show come together with art that glitters. This show will be a study of light and shadow. (Details)
Dia de Los Casi Muertos Closing Reception
Friday @ C3 Lab | 2525 Distribution St. | 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Come join the closing celebration for the Dia de Los Casi Muertos at C3 gallery. Dia de Los Casi Muertos or Day of the Almost Dead is a project that explores the cultural differences between Mexican and American experiences with death and aging through video, sculpture, and photography. There will be live music by XOXO and light refreshments. (Details)
Family First Presented by Novant Health – Express Yourself: Abstract Art-Making Workshop
Saturday @ Gantt Center | 551 S Tryon St. | 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
In this month’s Family First series, join Charlotte artist DeNeer Davis for a fun-filled session of watercolor abstract art! Participants will learn about abstraction, view works currently on display in the galleries and learn how to mix watercolors to create their very own painting. (Details)
NIGHTLIFE + ENTERTAINMENT
2017 Charlotte International Auto Show
Thursday-Sunday @ Charlotte Convention Center | 501 S College St. | Th.-Fri. 12 – 9 p.m., Sat. 10 – 10 p.m., Sun. 10 – 6 p.m.
The International Auto Show will feature over 300 vehicles and 30 manufacturers. Visitors will have a chance to test ride and drive some of featured vehicles. Kids 12 and under are free. (Details)
James Brown Dance Party
Friday @ The Shed Amphitheater | 600 E Sugar Creek Rd. | 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
The Funkiest All-Star Tribute in Show Business The James Brown Dance Party is a rotating All Star Tribute to James Brown. The Chase Brothers will be playing songs from the Godfather of Soul’s extensive song catalog. Tickets are $15 adv/$18 day of the show (Details)
4th Annual 100 Words Film Festival
Friday-Saturday @ McGlohon Theatre at Spirit Square| 345 N College St. | 8 p.m.
The 100 Words Film Festival is exactly what it sounds like each film screened contains exactly 100 words of spoken dialogue. The 100 Words Film Festival was created in Charlotte and is a concept that ensures a film festival of world premieres, taps into a cultural craze for short films, and helps democratize filmmaking with a format that is financially accessible for nearly everyone. Tickets are $15. (Details)
Good High: Food. Music. Fashion.
Saturday @ Camp North End | 1824 Statesville Ave. | 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
There will be plenty of socializing and fashion designers showcasing some of their designs here at Good High. Mindelixir, Mercury Carter, The X-Men, Greg Collier, Joel, and Fashyon House are all to be featured. (Details)
Doug E. Fresh Live at STATS
Saturday @ Stats Restaurant and Bar | 3425 David Cox Rd. | 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.
“The Human Beatbox” will be performing live at Stats on Saturday. Food will be prepared by executive chef JR Robinson (@MRCHEFITO). Doors open at 9 p.m., VIP tickets are available (Details)
Sigmas of Charlotte Presents “On the Hush” – The Silent Sigma Experience
Saturday @ Loft & Cellar | 305 W 4th St. | 10 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Join the Sigmas of Charlotte for “On the Hush” at one of the Uptown Charlotte’s newest spots – Loft & Cellar. We guarantee you’ve never been to a Greek-hosted party like this! Headphones for each guest, 3 DJs spinning on 3 different channels — 80s, 90s, and 2000s (Details)
Carolina Panthers vs. Atlanta Falcons
Sunday @ Bank of America Stadium | 800 S Mint St. | 1 p.m.
Carolina Panthers have another divisional matchup this Sunday versus the Atlanta Falcons. Come cheer the team on as they look to continue their win streak after last week’s 17-3 victory against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. (Details)
FOOD + DRINK
JJ’s Red Hots SausageFest 2017
Saturday @ JJ’s Red Hots Dilworth | 1514 East Blvd | 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
This is an intimate beer and sausage tasting event hosted in JJ’s parking lot and rooftop deck. Ticket holders will receive an 8oz. tasting glass to fill throughout the event. Take these home as souvenirs… they’re included in your entry fee! There will be over 30 beers from 10 different local Charlotte breweries (Details)