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THE AGENDA: Super Food Bowl, world records and black boys
Weekly events listing for Jan. 23-Jan. 29
Published Wednesday, January 22, 2014
by Michaela L. Duckett

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Get the week off to a good start with live music at the historic Double Door Inn, where The Monday Night All-stars play every week. 

This week, the Charlotte Former Players Foundation is on a mission to collect 15,000 pounds of food, Carolina Nightlife is making its fifth attempt at breaking a world record and over 100 restaurants in the area are offering three-course dinners for $30. Plus, a local playwright is offering a unique perspective on how young black men see themselves in a world that often views them as public enemy No. 1.

Here’s a look at what’s happening around town this weekend and a preview of what’s to come next week:

Charlotte Super Food Bowl 1/23

Join At-Net Services and the Charlotte Former Players Foundation in their goal of collecting 15,000 pounds of food to re-stock the Loaves and Fishes food pantry during the 3rd annual Charlotte Super Food Bowl being held at Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. 7th St. Tickets are $25.

Event perks include museum access, musical entertainment, food, two complementary drinks, and football fun with former NFL players. Food donations are welcomed and will be given to the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry.

Discover Hubble @ Discovery Place through 5/30

Enjoy a movie night at Discovery Place (301 N. Tryon Street), where “Hubble” is playing at The Charlotte Observer IMAX Dome Theatre through May 30. Narrated by Leonardo Dicaprio, the film tells the gripping story of the Hubble space telescope and takes viewers on a journey through distant galaxies to witness some of the most challenging spacewalks ever performed. Witness astronauts attempting the most difficult and important tasks in NASA's history. Tickets are $10 for ages 14-59, $9 for ages 2-13 and 60+, $5 for Members and free for children younger than 2.

'For black boys who have considered suicide' 1/25

A staged reading of the play “for black boys who have considered homicide when the streets were too much” will be held Saturday in the Francis Auditorium at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Main Branch Library (310 N. Tryon Street) at 2:30 p.m. The play, written by Keith Antar Mason, is a tribute to young black men – such as Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant, Sean Bell and Jonathan Ferrell – who were killed by police officers or someone in authority. It explores how young black men view themselves in a world that marginalizes them as “the usual suspects” and threats to society. The play features actors Que’Orris Brion, Vincent Freeman and Arthur Miller. The reading is directed by Alicia Benjamin. The performance is free and open to the public.

Where’s Waldo world record attempt 1/25

Join CarolinaNightlife.com in their fifth annual attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Record for “The Most People dressed as Where’s Waldo in One Place.” The current record is held by the city of Dublin, Ireland with 3,872 Waldos in One Place. To help the Queen City beat it, put on your Waldo gear (white bobble hat with a red bobble and red trim, clear glasses, red and white striped shirt and blue jeans with appropriate shoes) and meet at the EpiCentre (200 E. Trade Street) around 5-7 p.m.

For tickets or more information, visit Charlotte.CarolinaNighlife.com.

Last day to feast 1/26

Today is the last day to take advantage of Queen's Feast: Charlotte Restaurant Week. Enjoy three courses (or more) at over 100 of Charlotte metro's best restaurants for $30 per person. Reservations are encouraged. Take a tour through the participating restaurants' special menus online at www.charlotterestaurantweek.com.

Monday Night All-Stars 1/27

Come enjoy one of Charlotte's best house bands, The Monday Night All-Stars, at the city's oldest live music venue, The Double Door Inn (218 E. Independence Blvd.) Doors open at 10 p.m. Admission is $5-$7.

Ladies’ night at the range 1/28

The last Tuesday of every month is Ladies Night at the Shooting Range in Lake Norman (10913 Bailey Road in Cornelius). This is a great opportunity for women who are either new or experienced with firearms to enjoy a relaxing and social event.  Ladies night includes ammunition, handgun rental, training, a target and time in the simulator.  Once all shooting has ended, ladies are welcome to relax and enjoy the lounge and socialize with beverages and hors devours. Sign up at www.TheRangeAtLakeNorman.com

BOW Awards 1/29

Planning a wedding? Get the scoop on which vendors other vendors in the area consider to be the best at what they do during the Best of Wedding Awards, being held Wednesday 6-9 p.m. at Charlotte City Club, 121 West Trade St. In September, Charlotte Wedding sent out a survey asking more than 900 Charlotte-area wedding professionals, "If you were getting married, who would you use?" The results were used to determine the 2013 BOW Award winners. Enter for a chance to win a variety of prizes, including a Caribbean honeymoon getaway. Complimentary food and drink will be served. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at the door.


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