This week I celebrated my birthday by giving back through volunteerism at Samaritan House, a recovery home for injured homeless residents. If you are looking for an opportunity to serve humanity, check out Samaritan House.

Saxophonist Dante Lewis out of Columbia was in town for the monthly United in Jazz event in uptown Charlotte. The house was full to capacity.

I’ve followed Dante for several years. He’s one on my favorite sax players. Keep him on radar for his tribute album to Anita Baker.

Roco Rotisserie & Bar opened last week in the Midwood Plaza area (1332 Central Ave). It sells a variety of chicken combos — chicken and dumplings, chicken pot pie, chicken salad, and much more. Prices are reasonable.


Did you know that during the month of October, AMC theaters offered $5 movies on Tuesday with a Stubs card? Well, that event has been extended through December 18. It’s safe to assume that Tuesday has now become my favorite night of the week.

Check out my weekend picks.


Peace and Love Band ~ Enjoy Charlotte’s favorite R&B group at Wild Wing Cafe(201 Trade Street) in uptown. Peace and Love offers an evening of grown-folks music from the likes of Michael Jackson, Earth Wind and Fire, Marvin Gaye, Commodores, and so on. Pull out your dancing shoes before you go. Time: 9 p.m. More info.


Beauty and Wellness Event ~ Grab your friends for Autumn Pleasures, a beauty and wellness event in NODA. Sip on apple cider pairing specialty drinks. Sample spa bites. Relax for a pumpkin mask. Or take part in a healthy foods class. Times: 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Cost: $40. Location: 3116 N. Davidson. More Info.


Intro to Locks ~ Want to learn the basics of locks and how to maintain them? The “King of Locks” will be conducting a 4-hour watch-and-learn class. Refreshments served. Location: The Lion’s Den (1107 Beatties Ford Road ). Time: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Cost: $40. More info, or call 704 258-4699.

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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...