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The Agenda: Big trucks, big food dominate
What's happening in the week ahead
Published Thursday, January 10, 2013 8:29 am
by Michaela L. Duckett

Monster truck mania, business networking, happy hours, the arts, international dining and live music are all on the agenda this week.

Tonight, get the expert advice you need to fuel your entrepreneurial aspirations. Sunday, have brunch at one the Queen City’s newest and hottest restaurants. Next week, enjoy live music at the nation’s oldest Blues clubs and more. Check out our guide to seven days of fun and entertainment:

Jan. 10   
Looking to launch a new business in 2013? Central Piedmont Community College is hosting a seminar at University City Regional Library (301 East W.T. Harris Blvd.) titled “Start Your Business Now” at 5:30 p.m. The one-hour promises to be packed with information to help you start off your new venture on the right track and increase the odds of being successful. Call (704) 330-4223 to register. For more information, call (704) 416-7200, opt. 4.

Jan. 11-12
Advanced Auto Parts Monster Jam returns to Time Warner Cable Arena (333 East Trade St.) for two days and three shows, the first of which is tonight at 7:30 p.m. Monster trucks are approximately 12 feet tall, 12 feet wide and sit atop 66-inch tires. They can fly distances of 130 feet (greater than 14 cars side by side) and jump up to 35 feet in the air. See them up close and personal on Saturday during the Party in the Pits beginning at 10:45 a.m. Saturday show times are 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. For more information visit monsterjam.com.

Jan. 12   
 Explore tastes from around the world all in one mile during Tour De Food – Metro. The four-hour tour begins at 1:30 p.m. at Vivace at the Metropolitan on the Greenway, 1100 Metropolitan Ave. Find out about Charlotte’s rich history and interesting architecture. Plus, learn how to make fresh guacamole and hand muddled mojitos.

Jan. 13
Join Digital Divas and Sol Kitchen from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. for the “Indulge Brunch” at Osso Restaurant & Lounge, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. Taste the authentic flavors of Italy prepared by one of the QC’s most recognized chefs, Gene Briggs of the famed Blue Restaurant & Bar.

Space is limited. Call (704) 971-0550 or visit OssoCharlotte.com for reservations.

Today is also the last day to see “Sister Act” at Ovens Auditorium (2700 E. Independence Blvd.)

Jan. 14
Wind down after a manic Monday at The Double Door Inn, 1218 Charlottetowne Ave. for Monday Night All Stars beginning at 10 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door. The Double Door claims the title of oldest blues club in the U.S. under original ownership. Its walls are lined with 35 years of autographed photos serving as a timeline for live music in Charlotte. For more information, call (704) 376-1446.

Jan. 15   
It’s free admission Tuesday at the Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S. Tryon St. Check out “Against the Grain: Wood in Contemporary Art, Craft, and Design.” This timely exhibition features approximately 60 works and mediums of wood including vessels, furniture, sculptures, and paintings. It addresses a heavily debated topic in the field: as the boundaries between art, craft and design increasingly overlap, should these categories be redefined, and if so, how? For more information, call (704) 337-2000.

Jan. 16   
Enjoy Metropolitan Opera’s “Aida Encore” at Stonecrest at Piper Glen (Rea Road at I-485). This production of Verdi’s ancient Egyptian drama stars Liudmyla Monastyrska as the enslaved Ethiopian princess caught in a love triangle with the heroic Radamès and the proud Egyptian princess Amneris. Visit FathomEvents.com for more details.


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