Last weekend I attended a special screening of the 2018 Oscar-nominated short films. The event was presented by the Charlotte Film Society and held at Charlotte Theater on Queens Road.

This two-day event featured some riveting films that nearly left me gasping for breath. Like many in the city, I have fond memories of the Park Road Theater, and I was extremely disappointed when it closed. However, in the last few weeks, Charlotte has taken a huge step toward filling that void.

Keep an eye out for my must-see list of independent films. Hint: You’ll definitely want to check out “My Nephew Emmett Till.”

Wednesday evening I attended the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater performance at the Belk Theater. The opening act left me with a feeling of great enthusiasm, which continued throughout the sold-out performance.

I was wonder struck as I took in the breathtaking beauty of dance and music. The dance company featured many new pieces and performed Ailey’s precious “Revelations.” It was a magical evening of pure nostalgia as we closed out our annual month of Black History.

I hope you enjoy my weekend picks.


Groove Masters Band ~ Enjoy a very special concert performed by the Groove Masters Band as they celebrate 11 years together. Groove Masters started in 2007 with six veteran musicians. Now they’re celebrating 11 years together. The band has two CDs currently out, and they are on jazz stations across the nation. Cost: $15. Location: The Third Place (1609 E. 5th St.). Time: 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. More info.


‘A House Full of Secrets’ ~ (stage play) Dewayne is keeping a secret that is deadly to those around him, but he is not the only one. Find out how a house divides when lies, betrayal and secrets fill each room. Cost: $20. Location: Duke Energy Theater at Spirit Square (311 345 N. College St.). Time: 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. More info.


Comedian AJ Johnson – Born in Compton, California, Johnson began acting in his early 20s. In 1990 he landed a starring role as E.Z.E. in “House Party,” after which he started doing stand-up in bars in Los Angeles. He later appeared in “Lethal Weapon 3” and “Menace II Society.” His biggest role was in the 1995 comedy “Friday.” Location: The Comedy Zone (1000 NC Music Factory Blvd.). Time: 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Tickets: $20 general admission/ $25 Gold Circle. More info.

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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...