(1) Do one thing uptown you haven’t done before.
In case you’re like me and want to start treating uptown as more of a destination.
Venture into the Overstreet Mall — it’s like a parallel universe to what’s happening on the street (See featured photo). Step into Sozo Gallery. By Japanese translation, the name means “to create, to imagine.”
(2) Opt for a coffee shop event.
Did you know Coco and the Director is now hosting Throw Back Thursday Movie Night every other Thursday from 5:30-7p.m.? “Psycho” is the chosen film for Oct. 20, complete with free popcorn and some half-priced items. 100 W. Trade St.
Can’t make it? On Fridays, Final-E Friday Acoustic hosts local musicians at the same spot. Acoustic duo Matt & Erin will perform at Coco and the Director Oct. 21 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., accompanied by $4 tall boys.
(3) Get involved in a community conversation.
We’ve got options:
– Artistic expression and thoughts on unrest in Charlotte are set to coalesce during PechaKucha Night Oct. 20.
– Did you miss the first ever #WeLoveCLT speaker series event in January 2015 like I did? Listen to the recording of Blair Primis, strategic marketing leader of OrthoCarolina, who spoke that month about being passionate and pushing the line.
– On a sideways level, you could just plop down at a bar and keep your ears perked for bad pickup lines like these ones heard at Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub, Vine American Kitchen and Passion 8.
(4) Indulge in veggies.
It’s the least we can do in between gorging on candy corn and baking pumpkin bread. Don’t miss the VegFest Mini Market with Viva Raw on Oct. 20. The raw beverage company is celebrating its five-year anniversary with this market and featuring a creative cocktail menu, eco-friendly and sustainable gifts and clothing, raffle prizes to support The Humane League, and food from local vegan chefs. Vendors will include Nourish, The Masa Casa and Tephra Vegan. 7-10 p.m. at 7th Street Public Market, 224 E. 7th St.
Or do yourself a favor and track down a side dish of Brussels sprouts done right. They have the potential to induce what chef Michael Shortino refers to as a “food high.” Embellished versions of the green stuff can be found at Kid Cashew, YAFO, Futo Buta, Foxcroft Wine Co., Crepe Cellar, Customshop and other scrumptious spots in Charlotte.
(5) Do something Halloween-related. ‘Tis the season.
Science on the Rocks: Fright at the Museum is Oct. 21. What to expect: Live cover music by RadioJacks, science brought “back from the dead” with a live zombie dissection, experiments and a Fear Factor Challenge. Beer and wine will be available. 5-9 p.m. Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon St.
Save a pumpkin, carve a pineapple jack-o’-lantern. Because being normal is boring.
Photos: Katie Toussaint