On the Town With Toni

It’s fun for grown folks

On the town with Toni

Looking for something fun to do in Charlotte this weekend? Check out Toni Baker-Tyson’s weekly entertainment picks. It’s fun for grown folks.

Actress Karyn Parsons at the Harvey B. Gantt Center.

Last weekend I took my first ride on the LYNX Blue Line extension, which run between the University area and uptown Charlotte.

I guess I had to see it to believe it.

Well, the extension is in force, and I love it!

Every time I see that train pass by in the University area, I chuckle out loud. I remember when I moved here from New Jersey back in the fall of 1989 — about the only things I could find in the University area were Kerr Drugstore, Food Lion, a movie theater by Hilton Hotel, Dunkin Donuts and Herlocker Restaurant.

Although I often struggle with what I love and dislike about Charlotte, I’m all aboard about the train. I suggest you hop on ASAP. I’m finally convinced that Charlotte is on its way.

Actress Karyn Parsons was in town last weekend to showcase her animated films for children at the Harvey B. Gantt Center. Films are my passion, so I volunteered for a portion of the event and then got to enjoy some of the films. This was a well-organized event. I hate it if you missed out.

Are you taking full advantage of the many types of workshops held at Charlotte Mecklenburg Libraries? This week, while visiting the University branch, I took a free class that focused on how to save and protect money and why it’s important. If you haven’t done so, check out one of the local branches around the city for free adult classes.

I hope you enjoy my weekend picks.


Chocolate and Cider Pairing ~ Why not kick off the Easter weekend with chocolate? Red Clay Ciderworks is teaming up with Potts Chocolates to bring you a pairing your tongue won’t soon forget. In an intimate setting, you’ll be walked through four pairings of artisan chocolates with four craft ciders. Ticket holders will check in at the bar upon arrival. Location: Red Clay Ciderworks (245 Clanton Road) Time: 7:30 p.m. -9 p.m. More info.


Next Level 2 Women Entrepreneurs ~ Unwind and socialize with local women. You’ll make great connections and expand your network of contacts. Learn why self-care is not selfish, how to be your own best friend, the importance of spending time alone, why saying “NO” is okay… and more. Location: Atrium Lounge at Sheraton Hotel (3315 Scott Futrell Drive. Cost: Free. Time: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. More info.


Comedian Hannibal Buress ~ This popular comedian is performing a special show to benefit the Public Defenders Office of Mecklenburg County. After his first national theatre tour sold out, the New York Times called Buress “supremely gifted and respected.” Location: Morehead Tavern (300 E. Morehead St.) Time: 7:30 p.m. Cost: $30. More info.

Toni’s entertainment picks are published each Thursday. Email toni@qcitymetro.com, or join her Chocolate Social Network, a group for the mature (40-plus) but young at heart.

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