Week 1 of Black History Month 2019 is in the books. If you need a little something to help get you in the spirit, every day this month, Charlotte historian Tom Hanchett will be highlighting a nugget of Charlotte Black History. Make sure to check in daily for a new fact.

This week was Bob Marley’s birthday. Fans can celebrate his legacy by taking your little ones or a young person to see the children’s play, Three Little Birds. On Feb. 13, don’t forget the midweek, pre-Valentine’s Day treat, Patti LaBelle live in concert.

Unseasonably warm temperatures have us wearing short sleeves and shorts in the winter, but it’ll cool down to normal this weekend while you’re out and about.

Have a great weekend!

P.S. Subscribing to our Morning Brew newsletter can get you cool things. Like a pair of tickets we’re giving away to check out the Soul Food Scholar on Feb. 12 at the Harvey B. Gantt Center. Check out the contest.

Weekend Happenings

We’ve got a full page of things to keep you entertained through Sunday. Visit our special Weekend Events Page for the full listing.

This week’s Editor Picks:

  • Winter Soirée (Fri.) — Get dressed up and enjoy a night of food, drinks and entertainment as the Urban League of Central Carolinas’ Young Professionals host their annual fundraiser.
  • Taste of the Mint | African-Print Fashion Now (Sun.) — Check out stylish African print on a guided tour while enjoying small bites and wine. 
  • Ganache at the Gardens (Sun.) — Before you indulge in Valentine’s Day chocolate, learn about the cocoa tree and how its fruits are processed into sweet treats while enjoying classical music and free samples.
  • August Wilson’s “Two Trains Running” (Through Feb. 9) — One of Wilson’s “The Pittsburgh Cycle” plays, Two Trains Running is set during the civil rights movement of the ‘60s and brings together characters in a Pittsburgh restaurant scheduled for demolition.
  • Nina Simone: Four Women (Through Feb. 16) —  Following the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, North Carolina native Nina Simone penned Four Women. The play uses the song’s framework to tell the stories of four women characterized by their skin color.
  • Ain’t Misbehavin’ – The Fats Waller Musical Show (Through Feb.17) — Relive the musicianship and flamboyance of the Harlem Renaissance at Theatre Charlotte’s production of the Tony Award-winning musical. Return to the golden age of the Cotton Club and swing music during the celebration of legendary jazz pianist and composer, Thomas Wright “Fats” Waller.
  • ‘Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds’ (Through Feb. 24) — Starting this weekend, head to the McColl Family Theatre @ ImaginOn to see the children’s play Three Little Birds — inspired by the music of the legendary reggae artist Bob Marley. Check out our behind-the-scenes with the cast and crew.

If you’re hosting an event, be sure to submit it. It could end up as an Editor’s Pick.

*While we do our best to confirm events, contact event organizers for questions.

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