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THE AGENDA: Love, black history and lots of chocolate
Weekly events listing: Feb. 6-12
Published Thursday, February 6, 2014
by Michaela L. Duckett

It’s February – a time for celebrating love and black history. From stage plays and concerts to chocolate workshops and Sunday brunch, there are plenty of ways to commemorate Black History Month and get in the mood for love well before Valentine’s Day arrives. Here’s a glimpse at what’s happening around town in the days ahead:

On the Mountaintop – through March 2

The play that took Broadway by storm last year is at Booth Playhouse at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center through March 2. Taking place on April 3, 1968, "The Mountaintop" is a gripping re-imagining of events the night before the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

After delivering one of his most memorable speeches, an exhausted Dr. King retires to his room at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis while a storm rages outside. When a mysterious young woman named Camae delivers room service, King is forced to confront his destiny and his legacy to his people.

Stay afterward for free Talk Backs featuring show cast and creatives following select performances. This week, Steve Crump of WBTV is hosting a Talk Back Feb. 6. Tonya Rivens of Power 98 and WBTV is hosting Feb. 8, and Marcy C. Curtis is moderating the Feb. 11 Talk Back. For schedule and more information, visit BlumentalArts.org.

Free Bagels 2/6

Thomas’ Bagels is giving away free bagels and bagel thin samples at SouthPark Mall (4400 Sharon Road) in honor of National Bagel Day. Thomas’ is giving away 100,000 samples through local market events and a sweepstakes on its Facebook page. Stop by the event at SouthPark mall between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. for bagels and other swag.

Jewelry + Metals 2/6

Central Piedmont Community College is unveiling a new group show. “Jewelry + Metals of the Carolinas,” showcasing the artwork of jewelry artists and metal smiths from North and South Carolina. The exhibit will be held in CPCC’s Ross Gallery through March 6 featuring the works of seven emerging and established artists. “Jewelry + Metals” includes pieces that will challenge traditional perceptions of jewelry as body adornment, while exploring metal processes, techniques and a variety of materials including enamel, plastic resin, bronze, silver, mirror and silicone rubber among others. Visit cpcc.edu for more information.

Taste of the Mint 2/6

February is the month for love, so this month's Taste of the Mint is themed in romance. Enjoy specially selected small plate and beverage pairings at two restaurants inside Mint Museum Uptown, which include Halcyon, Flavors from the Earth and e2 emeril's eatery. Then, take a special guided tour of the Mint's permanent collection, including some new installations in American Art. To register, email meredith.connelly@mintmuseum.org or call (704) 337-2018. Visit Mintmuseum.org for more information.

Women’s Expo 2/8

Check out the Carolina’s Women’s Expo at the Double Tree Suites (6300 Morrison Blvd). The free event will include over 25 vendors and plenty of free samples. Visit paschalpromotions.com for more information.

Welcome to the Cocoa Lab 2/8

Love chocolate? Head Uptown to the Ritz Carlton’s Bar Cocoa’s Cocoa Lab (201 E. Trade St.) 9 a.m. until noon, to experience “For the Love of Chocolate.” This delightfully decadent class will provide instruction on the creation of the very best in chocolate desserts, allowing participants to enjoy a glorious array of chocolate smells, sights, touches and tastes as they learn our chefs’ most valuable chocolate secrets. The menu includes Hand-Rolled Truffles, Warm Chocolate Cake and Chocolate Crème Brûlée. Cocoa Lab’s dessert-oriented classes offer uniquely chocolate, pastry and dessert workshops presented within the Ritz Carlton’s behind-the-scenes Bar Cocoa kitchen. Classes are $75 per person per session and can be reserved at (704) 547.2244. Visit www.ritzcarlton.com for more information.

Signature Saturdays 2/8

It’s "Signature Saturdays" at Vapiano Charlotte, 201 S. Tryon St. Unwind live jazz entertainment and drink specials 9 p.m. until midnight. Admission is free before midnight.

Sunday Brunch & Sushi 2/9

Check out the new Sunday Brunch menu at AZN Azian Cuisine Restaurant (4620 Piedmont Row Drive) featuring all-you-can-eat-sushi and a great variety of classics, new and old. Brunch is served 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Visit AZNrestaurant.com for a complete menu.

Alex Bugnon 2/11

Get a jumpstart on kicking off your Valentine’s Day weekend as Jazz Diva Entertainment presents Alex Bugnon at Label Charlotte, 800 Music Factory Road. Bugnon is celebrating the release of his new CD titled “Harlem.” The show starts at 8 p.m.


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