Happy Monday, QCity!
Today in History: In 1967, Thurgood Marshall became the first Black person to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court when he took the court’s judicial oath.
Today in Charlotte: Janelle Monae
Today’s Hot Job: WDAV is hiring a donor services coordinator.
NEWS & BUZZ
Local faith leaders oppose school bond
A group of Black pastors is encouraging voters to reject a $2.5 billion bond proposal that would renovate, build or replace 30 schools through the Charlotte-Mecklenburg district.
At a press briefing at the Government Center today, the ministers said the bond initiative, if approved by voters this fall, would lead to higher property taxes, negatively impact the city’s historically Black communities and ultimately displace families.
County officials declined to comment on the ministers’ opposition.
Read on. [Jalon Hill]
‘MJ: The Musical’ felt like the real thing
“If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve sworn that was the real Michael Jackson. And he had a mean moonwalk too.”
That was post-show feedback from QCity Metro’s editor, Madeline Holly-Carothers, after seeing “MJ: The Musical” over the weekend.
“MJ: the Musical,” a Tony-Award-winning jukebox musical based on the life of Michael Jackson, will be in Charlotte through Oct. 8 at Belk Theater, and — based on Madeline’s review — it’s well worth a visit.
South African award-winning choreography
Charlotte Ballet’s 2023/2024 Season kicks off with dynamic and exhilarating works that push limits and inspire audiences of all ages.
Breaking Boundaries features the ground-breaking choreography of Ohad Naharin, best known for his smashing hit Minus 16, as well as a much-anticipated world premiere by Mthuthuzeli November, a South African award-winning choreographer.
Breaking Boundaries will be at the Center for Dance October 5 – 28. You won’t want to miss this outstanding performance series!
Favorite food spot opening soon
Mr. Charles Chicken & Fish Uptown is set to open soon.
Back in January, we reported that Mr. Charles Chicken & Fish would be expanding into Uptown, with its third location at 413 Dalton Avenue.
Today, via Instagram, the team announced Mr. Charles Chicken & Fish Uptown would open “this week.” According to the post, the newest location will offer specialty cocktails and live entertainment in addition to its well-known Southern comfort food favorites.
See Melissa White perform at Knight Theater
Experience the power and grandeur of Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony, Valerie Coleman’s Umoja, and Chen/He’s The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto featuring violinist Melissa White with your Charlotte Symphony, Oct. 6-Oct. 8. Get tickets.
THINGS TO DO
Brunch, beats and Charlotte FC
- Brunch + Beats: Celebrate Nigerian Independence with a vibrant fusion of Afrobeats and Amapiano at RSVP in South End. 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Janelle Monáe – The Age of Pleasure Tour: Rock out with this rockstar at the Skyla Credit Union Amphitheatre.
- Banned Book Story Time: Visit the Charlotte Museum of History to discuss book banning and the dangers of censorship for elementary schoolers.
- MJ The Musical: Learn more about the King of Pop in this thrilling musical.
- Charlotte Speed Dating: Mix and mingle with local singles at Bar Loso in South End.
- The Black Legacy Project: Check out this musical celebration of Black history advancing racial solidarity, equity, and belonging.Charlotte FC vs. Toronto FC: Catch a soccer game this Wednesday.
➡️ Local: Boots, a local celebrity cat, and his human have raised $15,000 for the Humane Society. (Charlotte Observer)
➡️ State: A federal judge blocked two provisions of a near-total ban on abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy from taking effect in North Carolina. (CNN)
➡️ World: Nigeria approved a promising new malaria vaccine. It’s called R21, and in early trials, up to 80% of kids who were vaccinated did not develop malaria. (NPR)
➡️ Entertainment: A documentary chronicling Beyoncé’s just-concluded 39-city Renaissance World Tour will premiere in North American theaters on Dec. 1, AMC Theaters announced. (AP News)
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