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‘Menopause,’Pink Heels and Erykah Badu, too
What's on and popping in Charlotte
Published Thursday, October 18, 2012 10:07 am
by Michaela L. Duckett

For your entertainment: A weekly guide on where to go, who to see and what to do around Charlotte.

Oct. 18 – Check out opening night of “Menopause the Musical” at the Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts (430 South Tryon St). Watch the madness ensue as four menopausal women meet in the lingerie section of a department store and bond over memory loss, hot flashes and night sweats. www.blumenthalarts.org

Oct. 19 – See the latest trends in Fall/Winter fashion arriving in Charlotte at the ‘Simon Fashion Now’ event being held at SouthPark Mall (4400 Sharon Rd). The two-day event kicks off Friday at 5 p.m. and features free fashion shows, competitions and mini-makeovers. A silent auction is also being held to benefit Autism Speaks. www.simon.com

Oct. 20 – Enjoy an evening of love and laughter. Erykah Badu and Rickey Smiley are performing at Ovens Auditorium (2700 E. Independence Blvd.) Show starts at 8 p.m. After parties are being held at Kalu Asian Kitchen (505 E. 6th St) and Republic (300 N. College St.)

Oct. 21 – Cheer on the Carolina Panthers (1-4) as they take on the Cowboys (2-3) at Bank of America Stadium (800 S. Mint St). Game begins at 1 p.m.

Oct. 22 – Shop for shoes at the “Pink! Heels & Champagne” event being hosted by Heels.com, JustFab.com and Fuze beverage at NASCAR Plaza Tower (400 S. Caldwell St). The event will feature shopping, desserts and giveaways. All shoes under $25. Tickets $10 www.pinkweekcharlotte.com

Oct. 23 – Pop some popcorn and make it a movie night. Today, “Magic Mike,” “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” and “Madea’s Witness Protection” will all be released on DVD.

Oct. 24 – Get dolled up at Blush Boutique with “Sip. Chat. Shop.” The breast-cancer awareness event hosted by FOX Charlotte’s Audrina Bigos features a complimentary desert and beauty bar (make up, eyelash applications, eyebrow shaping). Event begins at 6:30 p.m. Free admission www.pinkweekcharlotte.com

“The Houstons: On our Own”
Watch as Whitney Houston’s family deals with the aftermath of her death and rallies together to help her daughter Bobbi Kristina. In the series opener, the family gathers for Mother’s Day. “The Houstons” premieres Oct. 24 at 9 p.m. on Lifetime.

“Love Jones”
It’s been 15 years since Darius Lovehall (Larenz Tate) confessed in a poem to Nina Mosley (Nia Long) that he was the blues in her left thigh trying to become the funk in her right. Reminisce and watch this classic romantic drama, written by Theodore Witcher.

Alex Cross
“Alex Cross” follows the homicide detective/psychologist (Tyler Perry), from the worldwide best-selling novels by James Patterson, as he meets his match in a serial killer (Matthew Fox). The two face off in a high-stakes game of cat and mouse, but when the mission gets personal, Cross is pushed to the edge of his moral and psychological limits in this taut and exciting action thriller.

This week, R&B singers Brandy and Bobby Valentino drop new albums. Brandy’s “Two Eleven” features her hit single “Put it Down” with Chris Brown. Valentino’s “Dusk ‘til Dawn” features collaborations with Lil Wayne, Future, Gucci Mane, K Michelle, Red Café and Cassidy.

Music and fashion sensation Pharrell released a coffee table book this week titled, “Pharrell: Places and Spaces I’ve Been.” In the book, Williams interviews his favorite celebrities and friends, including Jay-Z, Buzz Aldrin, Anna Wintour, and Kanye


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