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Happy Thursday, Qcity!

Today in History: In 1973, rapper Nasir bin Olu Dara Jones, better known by his stage name Nas, was born.  Rooted in East Coast Hip Hop, Jones is regarded as one of the greatest rappers of all time. Some of his hits include “If I Ruled the World” and “On My Soul.”

Today in Charlotte: Charlotte Knights vs. Nashville

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


A 1980s phone connection

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The modern dating world is full of opportunity. People can find a potential mate right from an app on their phone and simply swipe left if they’re not interested.

But in the 1980s, Malcolm — now 61 — had no idea what Ella looked like after spending weeks of getting to know her over the phone.

When he arrived at her house to finally pick her up for a date, he couldn’t predict what happened next.

Read on. [Madeline Holly-Carothers]


‘Chicago’ is a petty, but thrilling story

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“Chicago” opened this week at Belk Theater and QCity Metro’s Amanda Harry was in attendance.

She loved the plot, pettiness of the characters and the absurdity of their hope to become famous for crime.

But the show left something to be desired — like the set design. 

Keep reading. [Amanda Harry]


Music from ‘Coco’ live on stage

Don’t miss a screening of Disney Pixar’s Coco with Oscar® and Grammy®-winning composer Michael Giacchino’s musical score performed by the 20-member Orquesta Folclórica Nacional de México LIVE at The Amp Ballantyne on Sept. 29.

Plus, join Pop Bridge Creative Arts before the show and during intermission for activities inspired by the film!

Explore Miguel’s Mexico with Frida’s Flower Shop, a Magical Marigold Sensory Bin, and Rebozo Scarf Dress Up.

Thursday events

Friday events

  • Ryan Davis: Catch the HBO’s All Def Comedy Curb Your Enthusiasm star at the Comedy Zone
  • Wizard of Oz: Enjoy this classic, whimsical fairy tale play.
  • Black Trivia Night: Test your Black trivia knowledge this Friday at Weathered Souls Brewery. 
  • Charlotte International Arts Festival: The annual multi-week celebration kicks off with a number of artistic creations, innovations and programming across the Queen City. 

Saturday events

  •  FELA! The Concert: Enjoy the electrifying rhythms from an Afrobeat band, with singers and dancers who bring to life Fela’s provocative spirit. 
  • 2023 Jazz at the Garden featuring Tom Browne: Enjoy live music from jazz trumpeter Tom Browne.
  • Flow Fest: Flow Fest features a variety of yoga practices and workshops to invigorate both the curious first-timer and the seasoned yogi.

Sunday events

  • 5 Points Music Festival: Listen to live music while enjoying food from vendors at this outdoor event. 
  • Charlotte Mimosa Festival: Grab your friends and enjoy some mimosas at Lenny Boy Brewing. All tickets include admission, 7 mimosas, and a souvenir cup.
  • Charlotte Knights: Catch the Knights at Truist Field as they face the Nashville Sounds.


Fun starts at Aldersgate

Aldersgate has plenty to offer when it comes to senior living.

Thanks to a large park-like campus, fitness activities and more, Aldersgate was voted Best Retirement Community in Charlotte by the Charlotte Observer for three years in a row.

See more of what Aldersgate has to offer for yourself or a loved one looking for senior living.


Get ready for Afrobeats this weekend

Set against a canvas of projected images, Fela! The Concert is driven by the electrifying rhythms of an Afrobeat band, with singers and dancers bringing to life Fela Kuti’s spirit — the founding father of Afrobeat.

Get tickets.


Explore Black history this fall

This fall, head to Georgetown and treat yourself to an experience that takes you on a journey through Black history in the South.

This month, catch “Narailie Daise, A One Woman Show” chronicling the life of Harriet Tubman.

Check the calendar to see what else is happening in the Lowcountry.

More News

➡️ Local: Chapter 6, a small plates restaurant focusing on Western Mediterranean flavors that is overlooking the Rail Trail, is opening at the Line in South End on Wednesday, Sept. 20. (Charlotte Observer)

➡️ State: Tired of ‘thoughts and prayers,’ UNC students reeling from shooting on campus demand gun safety laws. (NC Health News)

➡️ National: A newspaper is hiring a Beyoncé reporter to cover Knowles-Carter’s effect on society and the industries she operates in. (The Grio)

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