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THE AGENDA: Jigga, jazz and martini madness
Weekly events listing for Jan. 2 - Jan. 8
Published Wednesday, January 1, 2014
by Michaela L. Duckett

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Jay Z's Magna Carter World Tour stops in Charlotte at the Time Warner Cable Arena Jan. 4.

Get your New Year off to a good start with after-work cocktails and live jazz. Jay Z’s Magna Carter World Tour stops through the Queen City this weekend.

Plus, CPCC is offering free IT courses, including a class next week to help you improve your photography skills. And if saving money is among your New Year’s resolutions, curb your grocery bill by learning to cook from scratch using ingredients already on hand in your pantry. Here’s a look at what’s going on around Charlotte:

Martini Madness 1/2

Stop by Strike City (210 E. Trade St.) for Martini Madness to unwind after work with half-priced martinis and a few games of bowling with friends or coworkers.

So-5th-isticated Fridays 1/3

Kick off the weekend with live jazz as 5th and York perform at So-5th-isticated Fridays, 9 p.m. until midnight in the lobby lounge of the Ritz Carlton Charlotte, 201 E. Trade St.

Magna Carter World Tour 1/4

Expect mayhem in Uptown Charlotte as Jay Z’s Magna Carter World Tour comes to the Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St. Tickets (if available) cost $32.50 to $143.20 with VIP packages ranging from $325 to $495. Afterwards, there will be several after parties, including events at Label and Cameo, to choose from.

Jazzy Sundays 1/5

Join Chirl Girl and DJ 06 with the Tempo Allstars for Jazzy Sundays at Tempo Nightlife and Entertainment (4809 Wilkinson Blvd). Doors open at 9 p.m., and admission is free until 9:30 p.m.  There will be drink specials all night, a complimentary buffet and free stepping lessons provided by the Charlotte Purple Steppers. Visit TempoCharlotte.com for more information.

Free photography lesson 1/6

Take advantage of Central Piedmont Community College’s free IT courses and improve your photography skills with a class from accomplished photographer and CPCC instructor Dave Kelly. Learn what separates a powerful, artistic photo from a basic smartphone pic at “Capturing Life with Digital Photography.” The class will be held at CPCC’s Levine Campus (2800 Campus Ridge Road in Matthews), 5:30–7:30 p.m. To register, visit cpcc.edu.  

Cooking from scratch 1/7

Stop by Whole Foods Charlotte (6610 Fairview Road) for “Everyday Staples from Scratch,” a workshop on making mixes, spices and rubs, pantry treats, flavored oils and stocks from scratch. The class will be held 6:30–8:30 p.m., and costs $39. Call (980) 213-2400 for more information or visit WholeFoodsMarket.com 

Inventing the modern world 1/8

Check out the “Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs, 1851-1939” exhibit during free admission night at the Mint Museum Randolph (2730 Randolph Road). The exhibit comprises approximately 200 objects, large and small, shown at every major world’s fair from 1851 to 1939. These objects – an array of glass, furniture, jewelry, ceramics, precious metalwork and textiles – are culled from private and public collections, primarily in America and Europe. Among the many lenders are the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MAK – Museum for Applied Arts/ Contemporary Art, Vienna, Design Museum Danmark and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. The exhibit runs through Jan. 19.


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