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What's happening in January? Plenty!
 
Published Wednesday, January 2, 2013 4:00 pm
by Michaela L. Duckett

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MICHAELA L. DUCKETT
Check out artist Beverly McIver's solo exhibit "Reflections" at the Mint Museum before its final day on Jan. 6.

In the New Year, whether you want to finally shed those extra pounds or get your business off the ground, there are plenty of opportunities in January to get you started on the right track. This month, we also celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King:

Tour de Food – Uptown

On Jan. 5, eat, drink and walk to explore the culinary mecca found in Uptown Charlotte. Sample farm to table restaurants, wonderful wines, fabulous pastries and more! Meet the chefs, owners and artisans who create these incredible culinary dishes and find out what inspires them. The tour starts at 2 p.m. at the 7th Street Public Market (225 E 7th St between College and Brevard) at Pure Pizza

Final day of ‘Reflections’

Be sure to check out artist Beverly McIver’s exhibit “Reflections” at the Mint Museum (500 S. Tryon St.) before it ends Jan 6. The North Carolina native is renowned for her expression-filled, emotive canvases that commemorate her life and the lives of those closest to her—in particular, her mother, Ethel, who passed away in 2004, and her sister, Renee, who is mentally disabled.

Beer, Bites, And Cocktails at Heist Brewery

On Jan. 8, come kick it in the Library Bar at Heist Brewery (2909 N Davidson St., Suite 200) with some delectable, gratis appetizers and other noshables. Drink specials include $3 flights, $4 draughts and other specialty cocktails. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m.

YWCA Winter Bootcamp Session Y Dub

This winter session offers a co-ed boot camp-style adventure training beginning Jan. 9 and ending Mar. 24 with a team competition in the Spartan Sprint race. The group will meet twice a week at YWCA Charlotte (3420 Park Rd.) Register early. Only 30 spots are open. Cost is $175 for YWCA members $200 for non-members.

“Sister Act”

The musical comedy “Sister Act” opens on Jan. 8 and runs through Jan. 13 Ovens Auditorium (2700 E. Independence Blvd.) This Broadway hit play produced by Whoopi Goldberg, who starred in the original film version, tells the story of Deloris Vann Cartier, a wannabe diva whose life takes a surprising turn when she witnesses a crime and the cops hide her in the last place anyone would think to look - a convent.

Start your Business Now Seminar     

What do you really need to start your own business? Much more than luck. This popular seminar, taking place at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 10 at University City Regional Library (301 E W T Harris Boulevard), promises to be packed with valuable information to help you start a business and increase the odds of your business being successful. Call (704) 330-4223 to register. Contact Number: 704-416-7200, opt. 4.

Flight of the Butterflies opens

On Jan. 18, the amazing journey of the monarch butterfly begins at Discovery Place (301 N. Tryon St.), as they take flight on the giant screen this winter in a triumphant journey of perseverance based on a true story. The breathtaking new adventure tracks the voyage of hundreds of millions of butterflies between Canada and Mexico in a transfixing tale of scientific breakthrough, discovery, and one of the most incredible migrations on Earth.

Where’s Waldo Bar Crawl & World Record Attempt

On Jan. 19 from 5 p.m. until 2 a.m., stop by the Epicenter (201 E. Trade St) to take part in an attempt to make history and break the Guinness Book of World Records for the most people dressed as Where’s Waldo in one place. The current record is 1, 052. Call (704) 516-2674 for more information.

Legacy Concert to honor MLK

On Jan. 20, Stellar Award winning gospel singer Vanessa Bell Armstrong and other special guests will perform at the Knight Theater (430 S. Tryon St.) during the third annual Legacy Concert to benefit the Elwood-Edna Foundation, which seeks to prevent childhood obesity. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, call (704) 372-1000 or visit www.carolinatix.org or stop by the Blumenthal Performing Arts box office.

Artfusion: And the bead goes on

On Jan. 22, enjoy and evening of style at the Mint Museum Randolph (2730 Randolph Road). Discover the brilliance of beads in fashion in the special exhibit “And the Bead Goes On.”

The special evening begins at 6 p.m. with a demonstration by Lydia Stern from Beadlush about the beauty of beaded accessories. Then, enjoy a fashion show and meet emerging Charlotte designer, KevinVain.

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