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The Agenda: February 21 - 27
What to do, where to go and who to see around Charlotte this week.
Published Wednesday, February 20, 2013
by Michaela L. Duckett

 ‘The Whipping Man’

 The Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte (650 E. Stonewall St.) presents “The Whipping Man” by Matthew Lopez on Feb. 21. “The Whipping Man” is about a wounded Confederate soldier who comes back to his ravaged plantation following the Civil War to find his family missing, two of his former slaves still there and no one understands how to interact since Emancipation. They are reminded that they are “family” bound by their shared faith as they wrestle with their shared past as master and slave. The show is not recommended for children under 16 and runs through March 9. Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office at (704) 342-2251 ext. 21 and online at www.atcharlotte.org.

Book ‘Em North Carolina

Authors from Florida to California are gathering at Robeson Community College in Lumberton, N.C. on Feb. 23 to raise money for literacy campaigns. Book ‘Em North Carolina Writers Conference and Book Fair is a free, non-profit event that brings together more than 75 authors, publishers, literary agents and other industry insiders for panel discussions and talks all day plus a Children’s Corner with readings, crafts and activities. Doors open to the public at 9:30 a.m. Visit bookemnc.org for more information.

Lupus Mardi Gras Gala

Help “unmask the face of lupus” at the Seventh Annual Lupus Mardi Gras Gala, held Feb. 23 at Extravaganza Depot (1610 N. Tryon St) from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. The evening will feature live entertainment by Hot Sauce, Creole cuisine, silent auction, photo booth, casino, fortuneteller and more. Guests will also be treated to a Mardi Gras Masquerade Contest, King Cake luxury raffle, and crowning of the Gala King & Queen. All proceeds benefit the Lupus Foundation of America, Piedmont Chapter. For more information visit Lupus.org.

Charlotte African American Festival

The Charlotte African American Festival is a celebration of the rich heritage and accomplishments of the African-American community. The festival will be held Feb. 23 – 24 at Independence High School (1967 Patriot Drive) from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. The event features gospel, blues, jazz, R&B, and hip- hop artist, art, literature, food, dancers, drummers, a marching band competition, speakers, vendors, special awards and recognitions and much more.  Proceeds raised will provide funding for technology and media programming for Charlotte’s youth. For more information, visit CharlotteAfricanAmericanFestival.com.


This powerful Broadway play makes its only appearance in the Carolinas Feb. 25–26 at Belk Theater (130 N. Tryon St.) Directed and choreographed by legendary Tony Award winner Bill T. Jones, “Fela!” features the captivating sounds of Fela Kuti, on whose life the show is based. Fela Kuti created Afrobeat – a blend of jazz, funk and African rhythm and harmonies - and mixed these sensual eclectic rhythms with simple but powerful lyrics that openly assailed Nigeria’s corrupt and oppressive dictatorships.

Tuesday Night Jazz

Kick off CIAA tournament week on Feb. 26 with the sounds of jazz at Label (900 NC Music Factory Blvd.) The musical guest for the evening is saxophonist Eric Darius. Doors open at 7 p.m. Show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are sold online through Eventbrite or for $30 at the door.

Hip Hop Caucus-Charlotte Meet and Greet

Mix and mingle with members of the Hip Hop Caucus-Charlotte on Feb. 27 at Heist Brewery (2909 N. Davidson St.) HHC is a national nonprofit organization that utilizes the power of Hip Hop to organize young people to be active in elections, policymaking, and service projects. The event begins at 6 p.m. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be served along with a cash bar. Free admission; ages 21 and up; RSVP requested. Register on Eventbrite or follow HHC on Facebook or Twitter at HipHopCaucusClt.

Third annual All-Tournament Alumni Mixer

The annual All-Tournament Alumni Mixer hosted by TMB Marketing Firm will be held on Feb. 28 at 505E (formerly Kalu Restaurant & Lounge), located at 505 East Sixth St. from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. This “party with a purpose” donates a portion of the proceeds back to the CIAA scholarship fund.  This year’s event features the live entertainment of Charlotte’s own Shableek & UnCommon Jazz along with comedian Jam Stacey Carver, and DJ Rob Stacks. Other guests include CIAA Commissioner Jacqie Carpenter and Mayor Pro Tem Patrick Cannon. Tickets are available at www.alltournamentmixer.eventbrite.com. For more information (704) 916-9643.


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