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Welcome to February! ❤️

With Black History Month, Valentine’s Day and the Lunar New Year kicking off, there’s no shortage of events around either occasion. (Can’t forget Groundhog Day).

From African art and drumming to love- and heartbreak-themed performances, there’s something for every mood, whether reflection, gratitude or romance.

If you’re not in a lovey-dovey mood and prefer something more lighthearted, we’ve got that too. For example, a veteran comedian will hit the stage all weekend with her unique take on the latest headlines and world events.

We try to cover what our QCity community wants to see and do. If we missed something, let us know.

Happy weekend!

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Our Weekend Picks

Sip & See: Black History Month (Thurs.): Visit the Real African Art Gallery and enjoy a night of wine and art to learn about Zimbabwe stone sculpture and one-of-a-kind African art pieces. 

Jazz at the Bechtler (Fri.): The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art hosts Jazz for Lovers featuring vocalist Toni Tupponce and smooth, romantic jazz music. 

Charlotte Hornets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (Fri.): Your hometown Hornets host the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Spectrum Center. If you miss this game, there’s another chance to watch the Hornets at home on Saturday vs. the Miami Heat.

Adele Givens live at the Comedy Zone (Fri.): One of the original Queens of Comedy, a Chicago native and comedic veteran, Adele Givens, will hit the stage, bringing the laughs all weekend. 

Amor y Desamores (Love & Heartbreak) Art Show (Sat.): Join the OBRA Collective for a Valentine-themed art show featuring musical performances by Bravo Pueblo, Florecita and Quisol.  

Family First: The Legacy of African Drums (Sat): The Harvey B. Gantt Center hosts a guided African drumming session. All ages, backgrounds, and experience levels are welcome. 

Note: Be sure to visit our events page, where you can find other QCity happenings or post your own event. Sometimes the events we post get rescheduled, changed or canceled. So, we suggest you check before you go. 

This weekend: A photo exhibition reflecting on Black education in the Jim Crow South

Photo via Andrew Fieler

Before Black children in the South were entitled to public education, the Rosenwald Schools were built — one-room structures made of clapboard and nails.

Today, about 500 of those former schoolhouses survive, many abandoned and in disrepair.

On Saturday at the Charlotte Museum of History, photographer Andrew Feiler will present “A Better Life for Their Children,” a traveling exhibition that reflects on the history and impact of the Rosenwald Schools. Keep reading. [Jalon Hill]

Black Violin: one night only!

Black Violin is led by classically trained string players Wil B. (viola) and Kev Marcus (violin). Joining them onstage are DJ SPS and drummer Nat Stokes. The band uses its unique blend of classical and hip-hop music to overcome stereotypes while encouraging people of all ages, races and economic backgrounds to join together to break down cultural barriers. Catch them at Belk Theater February 15.

Charlotte Ballet’s 50th anniversary performance opens this weekend

Three Black choreographers have created many of the works within this historic performance. We caught up with one of them — Ja’ Malik, who went from a Charlotte Ballet dancer to become a New York City choreographer. Keep reading.

More Headlines

More than a dozen gravestones in a historic Black North Carolina cemetery have been vandalized. (WFAE)

A Charlotte chef will be a part of the first all-Black judging panel and cast on the Food Network’s “Chopped.” (The Charlotte Observer) 🔒

Cocoa Cutie founder Denise Butler discusses her business and its focus on representing Black children. (Charlotte Magazine)

Charlotte may be in store for a fourth straight weekend of snow for the first time in history. (Charlotte Stories).

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QCity Metro partners with Charlotte’s biggest arts & entertainment organizations. Find out how we can help build excitement around your next event. Email Bethany Lane at bethanylane@qcitymetro.com.

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