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The Agenda: Fashion, beauty and family fun
Weekly event listing for Sept. 5 - 12
Published Tuesday, September 3, 2013 9:00 pm
by Michaela L. Duckett

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Charlotte Fashion Week kicks off Sept. 10 at The Residence SouthPark. (CHARLOTTEFASHIONWEEK.COM)

Fashionistas all over the Queen City are gearing up for an exciting week as The Wadsworth House hosts Sophisticated Saturdays and Charlotte Fashion Week kicks off Tuesday night. But before getting schooled on all the hottest beauty and fashion trends for the season, ease into the weekend with Thursday Night Jazz at Label as Maysa celebrates the release of her new CD. On Saturday, give back to the community while enjoying a fun day in the park with the entire family. Here’s a peek at what else is happening in Charlotte during the next seven days:

Charlotte Greek Picnic 9/5

NXL21 is kicking off a weekend of entertainment and fellowship among all Greek-lettered organizations to promote the Get Involved, Volunteer and Experience (G.I.V.E.) Initiative with the 2013 Charlotte Greek Picnic at Marshall Park (800 E. Third St).  Friday at 7 p.m., the Watch the Throne Stroll Off will be held at UNCC’s McKnight Hall (9201 University City Blvd.) followed by an official after party at Firewater (8708 JW Clay Blvd) at 10 p.m. The weekend will conclude Saturday night with a party at Republic (314 College St.). Visit CharlotteGreekPicnic.com for more information.

Maysa @ Label 9/5

It’s time for Thursday Night Jazz as Maysa celebrates the release of her new CD, “Blue Velvet Soul,” at Label Nightclub (900 NC Music Factory Blvd.). The evening will include a guest vocal appearance by Jean-Paul “Bluey” Maunick and Maysa’s stirring rendition of “Quiet Fire,” a loving tribute to her mentor and role model, Nancy Wilson. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are available on Eventbrite.com.

Jazz @ Bechtler 9/6

Vibraphonist Jon Metzger will join the Ziad Jazz Quarter for two full concerts during Jazz at the Bechtler Thursday night. Songs will include “Watch What Happens,” “Have You Met Miss Jones,” “Like Someone in Love,” and “Only Trust Your Heart.” Both performances will take place in the lobby of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art at Levine Center for the Arts (420 S. Tryon St.). The first concert begins at 6 p.m. The second starts at 8:15 p.m. Tickets are sold separately. Visit Bechtler.com for more information.

Family Fun Day 9/7

Enjoy a good time while helping to fight in the battle against homelessness during Family Fun Day in the Park. The event, presented by To Serve with Love, will be held Saturday 7 a.m.–7 p.m. at Southside Park, 2645 Toomey Ave. The day will include a walk, health fair, music and family-friendly activities. Games will include a hoola-hoop contest, balloon toss, 3-legged race, sack race, dodge ball and more. A portion of proceeds will benefit The House of Rehab. Visit www.ToServeWithLove.org for more information.

Sophisticated Saturdays 9/7

Stop by The Wadsworth House (400 South Summit Ave.) for Sophisticated Saturdays, a day of fashion and beauty featuring a couture trunk show, complete with vintage and modern fashion. In addition to shopping, there will also be opportunities for consultations with beauty experts, vendors, food, drinks and a lot of mingling. The event begins at 8 a.m. Entry is free.

Lessons in History 9/9

Join Levine Museum of the New South historian Tom Hanchett and renowned art collector Bernard Kinsey at the Knight Theater (130 N. Tryon St.) to kick off the Kinsey Collection lecture series with “What You Didn’t Learn in High School History.” Kinsey will share long-ignored stories about the roles African Americans played in the making of America. Hanchett will discuss his research and writings, which range widely on urban history and Southern cultures. Veteran broadcaster Mike Collins, host of “Charlotte Talks,” will moderate. Tickets are on sale at GanttCenter.org.

Charlotte Fashion Week 9/10

Charlotte Fashion Week is kicking off with an event at The Residence SouthPark (4300 Sharon Road) beginning at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday is Bridal Evening at the Mint Museum Uptown (500 S. Tryon St.) with an after party at Bubble (210 E. Trade St.). Thursday, in the NC Music Factory Courtyard (1000 NC Music Factory Blvd.), the evening is all about suits, stilettos, cigars, cars, sports and golf. Thursday night, the party is at Bamboo Sky (1000 NC Music Factory Blvd). Friday and Saturday, shows will be held at the Hilton Center City Ballroom (222 E. Third St.) with the after parties at Label Charlotte (900 Music Factory Blvd.). The Emerging Designer’s Competition will be held Friday. On Saturday, the focus will be on youth designers and recyclables. All evening shows begin at 6:30 p.m. Visit www.CharlotteFashionWeek.com for more information.


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