In today’s newsletter: Read an honest review of “The Wiz” musical in Charlotte, a small business grant’s second round of funding, a gameday prediction and more.
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NEWS & BUZZ
Beyond Open awards $4.8 million to small businesses
A local small business grant program recently announced giving $4.8 million in its second of three rounds.
The program awarded 116 businesses with grants ranging from $10,000 to $150,000.
The majority of business owners who received funding are Black.
Read on. [Jalon Hill]
ARTS & CULTURE
All-Black cast dazzles at ‘The Wiz’ in Charlotte
“It was just so beautifully Black,” Madeline, QCity Metro’s editor, wrote on Facebook after opening night of “The Wiz” at Belk Theater.
The show first opened on Broadway in 1974, and now, its revival is playing in Charlotte through the weekend.
Madeline’s quick review: “It was so Black — in all the best ways. And Deborah Cox reminded us all how well she can really sang.”
It’s Bobbie’s 35th birthday party, and all her friends keep asking, Why isn’t she married? Why can’t she find the right man, and isn’t it time to settle down and start a family?
As Bobbie searches for answers, she discovers why being single, being married, and being alive in the 21st century could drive a person crazy.
COMPANY features Sondheim’s award-winning songs “You Could Drive a Person Crazy,” “The Ladies Who Lunch,” “Side by Side by Side,” and the iconic “Being Alive.” Let’s all drink to that!
- The Wiz: This Tony Award-winning play will be playing at the Belk Theater.
- Speed Dating and Spades: The Real Deal: Gather for a round of speed dating and a game of spades.
- Charlotte Symphony: The Hot Sardines: Listen to brassy horn arrangements, rollicking piano, and incredible vocals.
- Thanksgiving: 2016: This new comedy by Elaine Alexander explores the danger of politics at Thanksgiving.
- Charlotte Make New Friends: Meet other single professionals ages 23 through 35.
- CLT’s MACdown: Mac N Cheese & Craft Beer Festival: Feast on mac-n-cheese and enjoy local craft beer.
- Classic Black Cinema Series: Princess TAM-TAM: Head to the Harvey B. Gantt Center for this 1935 film starring the legendary Josephine Baker.
- Women’s Brunch: Join other fierce women in celebrating, connecting, and uplifting each other.
Kid’s Corner – Sponsored by Trinity Episcopal School
- Life Doesn’t Frighten Me (Sat-Sun): See the classic Maya Angelou poem brought to life on stage in this upbeat, family-friendly play.
- Make Your Own Emoji (Sun): Help the kids in your family get in touch with their techy and creative sides when they make their own emoji that they can take home.
- Sherlock Holmes & The Case of the Missing Maestro (Sat): Introduce kids to the world of symphonic music and let them put their detective skills to use in this interactive music experience.
- Learn, Connect, Play: Video Gaming (Sat): Head to West Boulevard Library for an afternoon of board games, video games and more.
Panthers vs Bears
The Carolina Panthers (1-7) travel to face the Chicago Bears (2-7) on Thursday night following a disappointing home loss to the Indianapolis Colts earlier this week.
Rookie quarterback Bryce Young had by far the worst game of his career, throwing two interceptions, both returned for touchdowns.
The team will look to rebound against the struggling Bears, who could be without their star quarterback, Justin Fields.
Head to the mountains this fall
Temperatures are starting to drop, so it’s the perfect time to head to the mountains and get your hike on.
Charlotte and its surrounding area are home to 25 different trails for both casual and avid hikers to enjoy.
Check our guide to read more about these trails and plan tour trip while you can still enjoy the changing leaves.
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