What’s happening, Charlotte? – Q City Metro
Today’s cup poured by:
Just like that, we’re at the end of March.
I can’t say where the time went, but I can share some ways to spend your weekend.
Our events list (below) includes something for everyone.
Stay informed with news and events that impact Charlotte’s Black communities.
QCity Metro reporter Jalon Hill can’t wait to see “Beethoven Meets 90s,” a collaboration between Orchestra Noir and Charlotte Symphony that fuses classical music and Hip-Hop.
As for me, I’m hoping to pick up some new decor at a pop-up market.
Also, don’t miss Jalon’s video interview (below) with Charles “Lil Buck” Riley, the emperor of Memphis Jookin’. He’s bringing his dance troupe to Knight Theater on Sunday.
Never heard of Memphis Jookin’?
Check out the video for an incredible story.
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Our Weekend Picks
Food and Drink
Dine Shout: (Fri.) Get a three-course meal for $40 as part of Charlotte SHOUT!
Table & Twine Tees Up Masters Meal Package: (Fri.) Bring a chef-prepared meal made from locally sourced ingredients directly to your table.
Goodyear Giving’s First Annual Pigs & Pearls Party: (Sun.) Be a part of the first Pigs and Pearls Fundraiser.
Improv show: Group Hugs n’ Harmony: (Fri.) See people from different backgrounds come together in this improv comedy show.
Residual effects: (Sat.) An improv comedy show performed by the ensemble of the Charlotte Comedy Teater.
One Voice Chorus- Songs of the Phoenix: (Fri.) See the world premiere of Songs of the Phoenix featuring 10 movements by 13 different composers.
Beethoven Meets 90’s vibe: (Fri.) Experience a mix of classical music and 90s hip-hop in this event that features orchestra renditions of Usher, Brandy, Biggie Smalls and more.
Lucy Kaplansky: (Fri.) Enjoy the musical stylings of singer Lucy Kaplansky as she blends county, pop, and folk.
Tosco Music Party: (Sat.) Experience a mix of music styles at the 100th Tosco Music Party.
Kids go free: (Sat.) Take your kids to the Nascar Hall of Fame for 50 interactive activities.
STEM on the Wing Day: (Sat.) Take a walk on a raptor trail and explore science, technology and engineering in this event for all ages.
Paws in the Park: (Sat.) See a dog contest, shop from local vendors and more in this free family-friendly event.
Theater and Dance
Sister Act: (Sat.) See the 1992 comedy film come to life on stage.
The Wizard of Oz: (Sat.) Enjoy scenes from the Wizard of Oz performed by students of the Charlotte Cirque & Dance Center.
Memphis Jookin: The Show featuring Lil Buck: (Sun.) Experience the dance style deeply rooted in the culture of Memphis, Tennesee featuring dancer Lil’Buck.
Armored Cow Small Business Market: (Sat.) Shop for handmade items from local artists.
Sam Belmont Market Days: (Sat.) Grab a bite from a food truck as you shop from pop-up vendors.
Artist Exhibit – Mark “Dash” Dalrymple: (Fri.) Enjoy beer and light snacks while viewing an art exhibit dedicated to endangered species.
Health and Fitness
RetreatMigraine: (Fri.) See presentations on migraine treatment options, accommodations at school, cooking demos and more.
Hemophilia of North Carolina Family Festival & Walk for Bleeding Disorders: (Sat.) Join a walk to raise awareness and funds for Hemophilia. There will be live music, a photo booth, face painting and more.
Community Mental Health Day: (Sat.) Learn about the importance of mental health and discuss the importance of self-care and mindfulness.
Yoga on the Rooftop: (Sun.) Head to the Gantt Center for a one-hour yoga session and take a self-guided tour of the galleries afterward.
Networking and Professional
JCSU Health Fair and Career Extravaganza: (Fri.) Increase your health awareness and search for a career path through Graduate schools and companies that are hiring.
Scholarship Gala & Silent Auction: (Sat.) Bid on necklaces, blankets, gift cards and more while helping to raise scholarship money.
Note: Visit our events page for more QCity happenings or to post your own event. Sometimes the events we post get rescheduled, changed or canceled. We suggest you check before you go.
This Weekend: Memphis Jookin’ with Lil’ Buck
Charles “Lil Buck” Riley grew up poor in Memphis, Tennessee. But he learned to street dance and has worked with the likes of Madonna and Yo-Yo Ma.
He’s even danced on the Great Wall of China.
Come Sunday, Lil’ Buck brings his Memphis Jookin’ to Charlotte’s Knight Theater.
Riley, 31, fell in love with the Memphis dance culture as a kid; he saw it as a possible way to escape poverty.
Looking back, he says: “I never knew I could take it this far… To see all that I’ve done in my life, I learned that…my dreams, they weren’t big enough.”
In this video interview (above) with Jalon Hill, Riley said he hopes his Charlotte visit will inspire young people to take a chance on their dreams, just as he did.
A mix of opera and comedy
The Opera Locos is a comic opera show where five exceptional lyrical singers perform some of the most well-known opera hits, sometimes combined in a clever and original way with rock and pop classics. This show integrates a variety of opera numbers with physical comedy to create a truly spectacular experience for audiences of all ages.
Mecklenburg County will receive $40 million from a settlement between state attorneys general, drugmaker Johnson & Johnson and three drug distributors. (WFAE)
A group of friends created a group to make outdoor activities more diverse and inclusive. (Spectrum News)
Superintendent Earnest Winston is proposing a “significant investment” in academically struggling CMS students. (The Charlotte Observer) 🔒
Myers Park High School is forfeiting its 2021 varsity football games and paying a fine due to fraudulent documents. (WSOC)
Sponsor message from the Urban League of Central Carolinas
Purchase tickets now for the Whiney M. Young, Jr. Gala to honor the accomplishments of local leaders and community champions.
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