Last weekend’s weather may have been a bit chilly, but with the hottest events in town, it was hard to even noticed. Sax man Kirk Whalum and guitarist Jonathan Butler performed a Gospel Jazz event at Halton Theater.

I’m not quite sure how much gospel was in the house, but there was certainly quite a bit of jazz funk. If you went expecting a quiet, reserved type of evening, this was anything but. Yes, yes; it was definitely all that.

The Jingle Bell Jam event at the Embassy Suites in Concord literally had ladies kicking off their shoes as D.J.06 turned the temperature up on the dance floor. Trombonist Buff Dillard and band performed while guests enjoyed heavy hors d’oeuvres, dressed to impress.

Movie theaters were showing sneak-peak screenings for upcoming movies. “Molly’s Game” (which is already nominated for two awards) is definitely a film you’ll want to see, along with “Downsizing,” staring Matt Damon.

Check out my weekend picks.


Comedian DS Sanders – Here’s your chance to laugh your way into the holidays. Sanders, who travels extensively to entertain U.S. troops, has worked with Chris Rock, Cedric The Entertainer, Mike Epps, Monique and others. He’s at The Comedy Zone (900 North Carolina Music Factory Blvd) through Saturday. More info


Speedway Christmas — The Charlotte Motor Speedway (5555 Concord Pkway S.) welcomes this drive-through light show featuring more than 3 million lights across 3.75 miles. Enjoy Christmas music, illuminated displays, photos with Santa, food vendors and much more. As a bonus, “Polar Express” and “Frozen” will be shown on a large screen at 6:30 p.m. each night, with a second feature immediately following. More info


Stilettos and Martinis ~ All set for Santa? Guest in town and looking for additional fun? How about the Christmas Party Edition, hosted by Chirl Girl of Old School V105.3? Enjoy old-school music and fun from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Admission is free before 5 p.m. Location: Roc’s Jazz Bar (1000 North Carolina Music Factory Blvd). More info

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...