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Happy Thursday, QCity!

Today in History: In 1868, chaos erupted in Opelousas, La., when white residents resentful of Black people’s new voting rights attacked and killed around 250 people — most of whom were Black — over a period of two weeks.

Today in Charlotte: Charlotte Film Festival

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


Local coffee shops to check out this fall

(Daija Peeler/QCity Metro)

International Coffee Day is Sunday, and coffee drinkers around the world grab their favorite beverage every day.

In Charlotte, there are lots of locally-owned shops to sip, work or relax at.

Here are a few to check out.


Charlotte writer celebrates end of strike

Photo courtesy of Stacey Rose

Back in May, we introduced you to Stacey Rose, a TV writer who was out of work and preparing to join the picket line. The Charlottean shared her fears –and hopes — with QCity Metro about the strike the Writers’ Guild of America (WGA) was on.

Earlier this week, leading Hollywood studios and the WGA reached an agreement that has officially ended the strike. Rose told QCity Metro the agreement is “long overdue,” and she’s looking forward to getting back to work.

What it means: Television shows, movies and other made-for-screen projects can reassemble writers’ rooms — where they decide who gets away and who’ll die first — to begin creating again.

But, mind you… The Screen Actors Guild (SAG), a union made up of more than 160,00 actors (the folks on the screen) declared a strike in July.

So: Writers are working again, but until SAG gets a deal they’re happy with, viewers (that’s us regular folks) won’t get new shows or movies to watch for a while.

How long? We can’t call it.


Experience ‘The Sound of (Black) Music’

The Sound of (Black) Music is a vibrant one-act concert reimagining of the classic Rogers and Hammerstein musical through a utopian, afrofuturistic lens full of love.

Cherished songs such as “Do-Re-Mi,” “Edelweiss,” and “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” are recast through a Black roots music kaleidoscope of jazz, gospel, blues, soul, funk and Afro-beat. 


Countdown to Women Thrive

QCity Metro’s inaugural Women Thrive Conference is almost here! Join us on Saturday, October 7th, at First Baptist Church West.

This day-long conference will feature 7 sessions led by Black women who are experts in their fields. There will also be breakfast and lunch (provided by us) and a happy hour afterward!

Get your $75 ticket today!


  • MJ: Enjoy this classic musical and relive the legendary song and dance moves of Michael Jackson at Belk Theater.
  • Crossroad Cinema series: Grab your lawn chair or blanket and catch a free movie at Camp North End.



  • Charlotte International Arts Festival: The annual multi-week celebration kicks off with a number of artistic creations, innovations and programming across Queen City. 
  • Wine and Food Festival: Enjoy a day-drinking garden party in Ballantyne’s Backyard filled with lots of flavorful wine, green grass, great music, and more.
  • Silent Party Charlotte: Put on some wireless headphones and dance to the hip-hop vs. R&B sounds from alternating playlists.


  • Carolina Panthers: Visit Bank of America Stadium to watch the Panthers face the Minnesota Vikings. 
  • Yoga on the Rooftop: Head to the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture for rooftop yoga this Sunday.
  • Tobi Lou: Perish Blue Tour: The “Buff Baby” artist continues his tour at the Underground.

Parent’s Corner

  • Narnia the Musical (Fri-Sat): Bring the whole family to enjoy a show filled with magic and music. Based on C.S. Lewis’ “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.”
  • Kids in Nature Day (Sat): Head to the park this weekend for a day of eco-friendly exhibits and vendors for kids and families to enjoy. Plus, enjoy crafts, hikes, scavenger hunts and more.
  • Girl Scouts Family Fun Fair (Sat): Join the Girl Scouts for a day of inflatable sides, snow cones and double dutch. You’ll also get to meet Girl Scouts from different troupes!

Parents Corner is powered by Trinity Episcopal School. Click to learn more.


Library literary event featuring Roxane Gay

One of our region’s most beloved events, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
Foundation’s Verse & Vinocelebrates reading, writing and libraries with acclaimed New York Times best-selling authors.

Tickets are on sale now.


Something crunchy, something sweet

The dessert menu at The Asbury — inside the Dunhill Hotel in Uptown — has a little something for everyone.

There’s the Dulce de Leche Bread Pudding, a soft and sweet bread served with warm berry compote and ice cream for $10; the Chocolate Almond Torte –a kahlua cream, cholocatey brown with almond butter — for $8; and the Caramel Apple Cake topped with kettlecorn for $8.

If you’re looking for something super sweet, go for cake. Something semi-sweet and nutty? The torte. Want that “just right” dessert? Try the bread pudding.


A decades-long story

The Charlotte Film Festival starts today, with tons of movies showing between now and Sunday.

On Saturday, you can watch “All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt.” The story is a decades-spanning exploration of a woman’s life in Mississippi and an ode to the generations of people, places and ineffable moments that shape us. Get tickets.


Jazz up your weekend

The Arts Council of York County’s 19th Annual Blues & Jazz Festival lineup has it all! On Saturday, Sept. 30, head to Rock Hill’s FARMacy Community Farmstop from 2-6 p.m. for Mellogroove, an electrifying blend of Soul/R&B, Jazz and hip hop. And it’s free!

On Friday, Oct. 6th, 8 bands will play at 6 locations across Rock Hill for the Old Town Crawl. Tickets are $20.

Check out the incredible artists performing and get tickets.

More news

➡️ Local: Wells Fargo wants to put its name on top of an iconic Charlotte building. (WSOC)

➡️ State: North Carolina legislators are drawing the map again — to redistrict the state’s congressional and General Assembly districts. (AP News)

➡️ National: The International Monetary Fund said a looming shutdown of the U.S. government is “avoidable.” (Reuters)

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