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What’s happening, Charlotte?
After a 15-year run in Charlotte, the CIAA Basketball Tournament kicks off this week in Baltimore.
How will it compare to the Charlotte experience?
Stay informed with news and events that impact Charlotte’s Black communities.
QCity Metro reporter Jalon Hill will be on the ground bringing you updates, photos and interviews, so check the qcitymetro.com website starting Friday.
Got a CIAA story we should cover? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Closer to home, we’ve got you covered with our list of weekend events. For example, you can become a mac n’ cheese connoisseur, watch a ballet, take a comedy tour and more.
Plus, our Kids’ Corner has an option for family fun.
Sip and Puzzle (Fri): Enjoy some wine, snacks, and puzzles at the Urban Reader bookstore.
African American Heritage Festival (Sat): Join the Charlotte Museum of History in honoring Charlotte’s Black history and culture with live music and dancer performances.
Mac & Cheese Competition (Sat): Try 10 different Mac and cheese dishes and vote on your favorite in this tasty event.
NCHAAC Virtual Talk (Sat): Celebrate Black History Month and listen to a virtual talk from Adrienne Nirdé, head of the NCHAAC, about preserving, and protecting Black history and culture.
Introducing the Write Brothers (Sat): Join the Write Brothers and listen to them discuss their books about each of their journeys in life.
An Evening with Gregory Porter (Sat): Listen to the sophisticated and powerful lyrics of Gregory Porter in this Jazz Event.
Buy Black Pop Up Shop (Sat): Support Black-owned businesses at this indoor event with food, drinks, and a live DJ.
Funny Bus Comedy City Tour (Sat): Get to know Charlotte like never before in this comical, interactive tour around the Queen City.
Charlotte Ballet: Innovative 1970 (Thurs-Sat): Experience the Black choreographed ballet that pays homage to North Carolina Dance Theater’s first year.
The Rainbow Fish Musical (Sat): See a classic children’s book come to life in this colorful, upbeat musical that’s fun for the whole family.
We try to cover what our QCity community wants to see and do. If we missed something, let us know.
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. We suggest you check before you go.
This weekend: a show and discussion focused on the evolution of Black art
Like many Black artists, Wolly McNair has struggled to gain acceptance and opportunities.
On Sunday, he will join a group of his peers at the Harvey B. Gantt Center to showcase their work and talk about the influence and history of Black art in the South.
Keep reading. [Jalon Hill]
Don’t miss this all-women tap dance band from Los Angeles
“Syncopated Ladies: LIVE!” hits the Knight Theater stage on Wednesday, Feb 23. This groundbreaking show features intricate footwork, sexy feminine prowess and electrifying performances. Gal Pal Tickets available now.
The Great 28
Mayor Vi Lyles has worked with Charlotte’s business community to address the lingering effects of race discrimination. That’s why she was named one of our Great 28. Here’s what Mayor Vi told us is her greatest inspiration.
Learn how Lowe’s is helping to shape Charlotte.
Sponsor Post from Central Piemdont Comunity College
Rising juniors and seniors in high school may be eligible to earn college credit toward a two- or four-year degree at Central Piedmont Community College. Attend an info session to learn more.
Sponsor message from Sustain Charlotte
Sustain Charlotte will host the Charlotte Sustainability Awards on April 22. Now through Feb. 28, you can nominate a person, building project, business, government agency or nonprofit for recognition for advancing smart growth and sustainability in Charlotte. A new criterion includes: actively advancing racial equity through their work. Nominate here: sustaincharlotte.org/awards.
North Carolina’s Supreme Court upheld voting maps finalized Thursday by a trial court, a ruling likely to give Democrats a boost in this year’s elections. (WRAL)
A new variant of the coronavirus has been confirmed in North Carolina. (The Charlotte Observer)
Gun crimes are up in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, despite a 5% drop in overall violent crime, according to CMPD. (WFAE)
Promote Your Event
QCity Metro partners with some of Charlotte’s leading arts & entertainment organizations. Let us help you promote your next event. Email Bethany Lane at email@example.com.
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