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Chef-Driven Dining in Uptown Tour: On this tour, go in-depth with chefs at five upscale dining establishments to learn their background and the restaurants’ histories, see cooking and cocktail demonstrations, tour a kitchen, get wine pairing, craft beer, and mixology education and sample chefs’ specialties. Cost: $80. This event occurs weekly on Saturdays from 3 – 6 p.m.
NoDa Brewing Run Club: The club meets at 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday for 1, 3 and 5 mile routes. NoDa Brewing, 2921 N. Tryon St.
Every Wednesday is Wine & Color Wednesday. Guests are invited to decompress with art supplies, coloring books, $5 glasses of wine and half priced pastries. Patrons can submit their works for a chance to win free coffee for an entire week, with the winner being announced via social media the following day. 100 W. Trade St.
Art in Motion is a monthly open mic night featuring live painting, poets and musicians. Fridays, 7 – 9 p.m.
Team Trivia at Rhino Market: It’s free to enter and prizes are involved. Mondays, 8 p.m. 1500 W. Morehead St. Ste. E.
Lenny Boy Brewing Co. Offerings:
Through February 26
Your Best Us – South Park: A Short-Term Group for Young Married Couples: Join Forest Hill Church Monday nights from January 22nd – February 26th for “Your Best Us.”
What is it? The reality is that every couple could have a better “us”… and for six weeks we’ll provide you with a chance to take a step toward your best “us.” If you are a young married couple and are looking for ways marriage can be more fulfilling, have questions about ways you can be a more Godly partner or are interested in getting to know other couples in our church and community — this group is for you. *This event is open to any young married couple. Cost is $20 per couple. Monday nights, 7-8:30 p.m. Forest Hill Church – South Park.
Whole Foods Tap Takeover: Three Spirits Brewery is taking over the taps at Whole Foods SouthPark with Red Moon Rising, Red Maembe and Ain’t No Hop Steppin’. 5-8 p.m. 6610 Fairview Road.
AN EVENING WITH DAN RATHER: For more than 50 years, former CBS News anchor and 60 Minutes correspondent Dan Rather has been the embodiment of the intrepid broadcast journalist. From the Kennedy assassination-where he was the first to break the news that the president had been killed-to the Indian Ocean tsunami, he has covered every major story of our time, with distinction and a fierce dedication to hard news. For his unparalleled devotion to his craft, he was named the 2012 recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award for Lifetime Achievement, and has received additional, countless prestigious awards such as the Peabody, Sigma Delta Chi, CPJ Benjamin Memorial and Emmy Awards. 7 p.m., FEB 20. BELK THEATER at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. $45.
Charity ride: WritefullyHis Foundation is partnering with SWEAT by Jamie Scott Fitness on February 22 for a charity ride at their cycling studio. 100% of the proceeds from this event will be given to schools and students in East Africa. This global connection for Charlotte has the potential to make such a huge impact. The charity ride is on February 22 at 7:00 PM at the SWEAT cycling studio in Park Road shopping center.
The Whiskey Club of Ballantyne – Old Forester: On Friday, February 23, at 6:30 p.m., experience Old Forester 1870 Original Batch, 1897 Bottled in Bond, 1920 Prohibition Style and Statesman accompanied by light hors d’oeuvres. The cost is $65 per person (plus tax & gratuity), and space is limited. Reservations are required at 704-248-4100.
Screen Solutions: “Parenting around today’s technologies is one of the hardest jobs out there and you are not alone. FMM helps parents unpack the physical and emotional impacts of screen time on kids and provides practical tips and proven solutions to help you rethink your screens and reconnect you family. Join Families Managing Media at our next Screen Solutions Workshop!” 11:45 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb 23. Providence Country Club, 6001 Providence Country Club Dr.
7th Street Public Market Vegan Multi-Course Tasting: Viva Raw, Assorted Table Wine Shoppe and Zia Pia Imports + Italian Kitchen are thrilled to host the next Vegan Multi-Course Tasting at 7th Street Public Market on Saturday, February 24th from 6:30-8pm! Three wines and four courses of cashew cheese, salad, pasta and dessert for $35 + tax. Come out to enjoy good food, good drinks and good company. Space is limited to 40 guests and we are already about two-thirds full, so reserve your seat soon by calling (980) 275-3834.
Cornhole For Camp: A cornhole tourney to benefit Camp Blue Skies Foundation. Register your team for a chance to win the $500 grand prize at the Cornhole For Camp tourney. Proceeds benefit Camp Blue Skies Foundation’s “Send a Camper to Camp” fund. Camp Blue Skies is for adults ages 21 and up with developmental disabilities. Food trucks! Craft beer! Good cause! Team entry fee: $100. A team is 2 players, 2 drink tickets and 2 event souvenirs. Minimum of 2 games per team. Be a sponsor: $250. Entry for one team, event day signage, newsletter listing. Event will be held in parking lot. Fire pits will keep us toasty. Registration/more info: http://www.campblueskies.org/boosters. Questions about event: Amy@CampBlueSkies.org. Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, 1-4 p.m. Triple C Brewing Company, 2900 Griffith St.
Condom Couture: This isn’t your mama’s fashion show, and organizers of the 4th annual Condom Couture event wouldn’t have it any other way. The annual fashion show is scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 24 at The Fillmore, 820 Hamilton St, Charlotte. More than 20 local designers will use thousands of condoms to create fashionable, wearable art, promote safe sex and raise funds to benefit Planned Parenthood South Atlantic (PPSAT). The PPSAT Charlotte health center serves thousands of women, men and teens annually, offering a range of services from basic gynecological and breast exams to family planning and testing/treatment for sexually transmitted infections. General admission tickets start at $30; VIP seats start at $150. For tickets and more information, visit condomcoutureclt.com.
African-American History Family Fun Day: Join The Charlotte Museum of History to celebrate the history and culture of Charlotte’s vibrant African-American community from the colonial period to the present at Family Fun Day. Guests are invited to experience colonial life through the eyes of the enslaved people of the Alexander household and learn about the important contributions of these people to the early story of the Queen City. Children will be able to create their own graphic novels honoring heroes in Charlotte’s history – including those who worked to ensure that freedom applies to everyone. This event is free and open to all. You may register in advance under the Events tab at charlottemuseum.org. Saturday February 24, 2018, 12 – 4 pm.
Battle of the Breweries: Draught is hosting the Battle of the Breweries Chili Cook-Off on February 24 from 12pm to 4pm. Local breweries will be crafting their own special chili recipe and will go head to head to see who cooks the best chili. The winner will be selected by popular vote and the winner will receive a tap take-over for the entire month of March at Draught, as well as, be their feature beer. All donations from the event will go to the winners charity of choice. Participating breweries include Unknown, Birdsong, OMB, Blue Blaze and Legion. 601 S Cedar St.
Breakfast at SouthPark: Making the Case for Charlotte, USA: Join the Charlotte Observer and SouthPark Magazine for the next Breakfast at SouthPark event Wednesday, February 28! Come network over a breakfast buffet with other like-minded professionals over our latest topic, “Making the Case for Charlotte USA”. Ronnie Bryant, President, and CEO of the Charlotte Regional Partnership, will give attendees an in-depth look at how economic recruitment groups pitch Charlotte to national and global companies. He will also give us a look at the actual video from the recent Amazon presentation. 7:30 a.m. Village Tavern at SouthPark, 4201 Congress St #190.
Head to the POUR Coffee Festival: Talented coffee roasters will be offering coffee samples from companies including Counter Culture Coffee, Methodical Coffee, Pure Intentions Coffee, Black and White Coffee Roasters, and Summit Coffee. There will be educational activities and mini-workshops to take part in throughout the day as well, from home-brewing demonstrations, to a “Seed to Cup” interactive mural, to a Flavor Wheel Exploration Room. Saturday, March 3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Location: The Unknown Brewing Co. at 1327 S. Mint Street in South End. Get tickets here.
Ride for a Reason: On Saturday, March 3, Life Time Athletic Charlotte is hosting Ride For A Reason, an indoor cycling relay ride benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Life Time Foundation. This four-hour indoor cycling relay unites two organizations in the mission of helping kids everywhere lead longer, healthier lives. The goal is to create an engaging, upbeat environment for people to enjoy raising money for the cause, members and non-members included. 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
2nd Annual Memory Gala: Join the Alzheimer’s Association – Western Carolina Chapter for a memorable evening at its Second Annual Memory Gala. The black-tie optional event will feature a cocktail hour, a seated dinner, dancing, musical entertainment, wine pull, and silent and live auctions. It will also honor former NFL Great, Marty Schottenheimer (who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s) and his wife Pat. Proceeds provide opportunities critical to fighting Alzheimer’s disease by raising funds for research and local support services. March 10, 6-11 p.m. $250 per person.
The Classic Black Cinema Series: St. Louis Blues: (1958) Will Handy grows up in Memphis with his preacher father and his Aunt Hagar. His father intends for him to use his musical gifts only in church, but Will can’t stay away from the music of the streets. After he writes a theme song for a local politician, Gogo, a speakeasy singer, convinces Will to be her accompanist. Will is estranged from his father while he writes and publishes many blues songs. At last, after many years, the family is reunited when Gogo brings them to New York to see Will’s music played by a symphony orchestra.
March 11 l 2:00 PM. Ages: 18+. Cost: Museum admission, free for members
Heart of the Home Kitchen Tour. The Symphony Guild of Charlotte presents its 4th annual Heart of the Home Kitchen Tour. The Tour takes place Friday, Mar 16, 2018, 6-9pm, & Saturday, Mar 17, 10am-4pm. Six beautiful homes with outstanding indoor and outdoor kitchens are showcased on a self-guided tour. Homes located close to Uptown Charlotte in Dilworth, Myers Park, Eastover & SouthPark. Guests will experience: • exposure to trending ideas for kitchen makeovers, bold design and innovation, sustainable materials & efficient appliances. • tastings & culinary demonstrations by renowned chefs & artisanal food vendors, • glorious music from Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra musicians will round out this inspiring event. Tickets are $25 in advance online and at local retail outlets. On the evening/day of the tour, $30 at any of the featured homes on tour Mar 16 & 17. Proceeds support the Charlotte Symphony, its Youth Orchestras, and the Guild’s award-winning youth music education initiatives. Get tickets at KitchenTourCharlotte.com.
SEED20 OnStage: “This is a high-energy event where ten nonprofits compete to win cash awards by making three-minute pitches to a panel of judges and members of our community – that’s you! SEED20 OnStage includes receptions before and after the pitches where the audience can interact and connect with the entire SEED20 Class to learn more about their missions and opportunities for support and engagement.” Tickets go on sale at 10am on Tuesday, January 16, at SEED20.org.
Tango Lovers Company: Tango Lovers Company will arrive on April 18, 2018 to the MCGLOHON Theater at Spirit Square in Charlotte, North Carolina with a troupe of 24 professionals with rich international careers, World tango dance champions and acclaimed musicians, dancers and singers. “I am Tango” by Tango Lover’s live music will be in charge of the young prodigy considered one of the four best bandoneons in the world, Lautaro Greco and the 12 dancers will be directed by the first dancer Tere Sánchez Terraf who graduated from the most prestigious dance schools, among them Juilliard in New York. Get tickets here.
Photo: Mark Hames/Charlotte Observer