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Happy Thursday, QCity!

Today in History: In 1984, Gen. Colin Powell became the first Black person to be named chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. As the nation’s top military leader, Powell was praised by some Black people as a role model while also criticized for supporting what critics considered the government’s war-mongering policies.

Today in Charlotte: Black Burnout Mental Health Talk

Today’s Hot Job: Dress for Success Charlotte is seeking a donations center coordinator.


Ultimate guide to Drake’s Charlotte show

Drake will be in the Queen City soon on his highly anticipated It Was All a Blur at Spectrum Center.

Tickets are sold out for both shows, so expect big crowds in Uptown this weekend. Here’s what to expect — and where to park — ahead of each show.

Keep reading.


Charlotte International Arts Festival is back

The Charlotte International Arts Festival (CIAF), a Blumenthal Performing Arts Original, uniquely brings together Charlotte’s local and international communities with global artists. The cultural celebration is filled with live performances, art installations, food from around the world and more!

We invite you to stay awhile, play and welcome curiosity as we begin to see our city through new eyes. With over 200 attractions — many for free — the festival has something for everyone.


What to expect at SCarowinds this year

Monsters, thrill rides, haunted houses and all things spooky make up the Halloween-themed annual event that is SCarowinds.

This year, an exciting new menu and high-energy shows promise guests a balance of fear and fun.

Read on. [Ashley Mozingo]


Experience a book fair with the whole family

Visit the Gantt for a FREE children’s book festival to celebrate creativity and imagination, engaging storytelling, and fun activities with well-known authors and illustrators.

Enjoy art-making workshops, a multigenerational African drum circle, and a vendor marketplace with local artisans. Get tickets here!


Charlotte International Arts Festival: Art, performances, music and more throughout the city.

Thursday Night Live: Head to Victoria Yards every for a night of music, drinks and food trucks.


Festival in the Park: This three-day jamboree boasts more than 700 visual and performing artists, food flavors from around the globe, wine and beer, and family entertainment. 

Leela James: Check out this American R&B and soul singer-songwriter at the Knight Theater. 


Drake: It’s All a Blur Tour: See Drake & 21 Savage live in concert at Spectrum Center.

Festival of India: This annual festival showcases the diversity of Indian culture and its traditions with dance, food, art and music. 


Speakeasy” by Rory D. Sheriff: Set in 1978 in Reading, Pa., the play follows the story of Virgina, a young woman who decides to take control of her life by unlearning everything she was taught about how a woman should be.  

Party in the Park: Enjoy free admission to the Mint museum, food trucks, live music, and a cash bar. 

“Sincerely, Charlotte: A Love Letter to Old Charlotte”: This live production takes a nostalgic look into the past of the city of Charlotte, N.C.


See superheroes at Discovery Place

Experience the evolution of Marvel’s story in print, film and other media exclusively on display at Discovery Place Science—from Iron Man’s armor to Thor’s hammer and more!


Learn about mental health support

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September is Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month. One resource that people can take advantage of for support is Mental Health of the Central Carolinas.

During an interview with QCity Metro, mental health experts shared how minorities can access services despite barriers like affordability and lack of representation.

Learn more about how MHA of CC is providing health care services at little to no cost.

More news

➡️ Local: The Johnston YMCA won’t close at the end of the year after the deal falls through. (Charlotte Observer)

➡️ State: The family of N.C. father, who died when his GPS map directions drove him off a “bridge to nowhere” is suing Google.  (Source)

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