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THE AGENDA: Chocolate Adventures, Bartender’s Ball and stand-up comedy
What's happening this week in Charlotte
Published Thursday, February 13, 2014
by Michaela L. Duckett

It’s been a cold snowy week. Luckily there are plenty of options this week to heat things up in time for Valentine’s Day weekend. Mix a little business with pleasure at Collaborative Venture’s Chocolate Adventure, sip mixologist-approved cocktails for a good cause, enjoy an art show or get a jumpstart on planning a wedding. Here’s a glimpse of what’s happening around Charlotte in the days to come:

“Chocolate Adventure: A Valentine’s Day Experience,” Feb. 14 at Roof With a View

This Valentine’s Day chocolate and wine pairing event, hosted by Collaborative Adventures, is designed to provide local professionals an opportunity to mix, mingle and experience handmade chocolate desserts prepared by Chef Antonnia “Tony” Wilkins, owner of Unique Unlimited Weddings. Tickets are $60-$75. Visit www.CollaborativeVentures.com for more information.

Michael Jr.’s Stand-Up and Give Tour, Feb. 14 at Central Church

Drawing comparisons to a young Bill Cosby, Michael Jr. takes pride in delivering clean comedy that can garner laughs on any stage from late night clubs, TV shows to church performances.  His humor has landed him “The Tonight Show with Jay leno,” “Comedy Central,” “The Jimmy Kimmel Show,” “The Late, Late Show,” and BET’s “Comic View” to name a few. Visit www.MichaelJr.com for more information.

13th annual Charlotte Bartender’s Ball, Feb. 16 at Silver Hammer Studios @ NC Music Factory

This annual semi-formal, charity event is the place to be for Charlotte’s young professionals and service industry. Funds go to support the event’s sponsor, Project HALO, a Charlotte-based nonprofit, no-kill animal rescue and sanctuary. Tickets are $70 and include top shelf liquor, beer, catered food and entertainment all night. Visit www.CharlotteBartendersBall.com for more information.

“Jewelry + Metals of the Carolinas,” through March 6 at CPCC’s Ross Gallery, Overcash Center

This exhibit of artwork by jewelry artists and metal smiths from North and South Carolina includes work by seven emerging and established artists. It presents a variety of techniques and materials, including enamel, plastic, resin, bronze, silver, mirror and silicone rubber, among others. And opening reception will be held Feb. 13, 5 – 7 p.m. Visit blogs.cpcc.edu/cpccartgalleries for more information.

Bridal Soiree, Feb. 20 at The Mint Museum Uptown

This swanky little bridal event, presented by Studio White and Charlotte Wedding Magazine, is bringing together some of Charlotte’s most talented wedding professionals to treat attendees to an evening of wedding inspiration and bridal fashion while sipping cocktails and sampling tasty treats. Seating is limited. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Visit www.SwankyBridalEvent.com for more information.

“Jerusalem,” through March 30 at The Charlotte Observer IMAX Dome Theatre at Discovery Place

Jerusalem’s enduring appeal remains a mystery. Why has it been fought over, destroyed and rebuilt countless times over its 5,000-year history? What made it so important to so many different cultures? The film “Jerusalem” attempts to answer these questions by following three young Jerusalemites and their families – Jewish, Christian and Muslim. Visit www.DiscoveryPlace.org for tickets or more information.

Tuesday Morning Breakfast Forum, most Tuesdays at West Charlotte Recreation Center

The Tuesday Morning Breakfast Forum meets at 8:30 a.m. with featured guest speakers providing insights on topics impacting Charlotte-Mecklenburg residents. Each meeting also includes question-and-answer sessions. Anyone present may stand and offer information about upcoming community events or milestones. Visit www.tuesdayforumcharlotte.org for more information.

Charlotte Folk Society featuring Scott Ainslie, Feb. 14 at Great Aunt Stella Center

The Charlotte Folk Society and the Charlotte Blues Society present Scott Ainslie as part of The Folk Society's 2013-14 Gathering Concert. Ainslie - a traditional acoustic blues singer, guitarist, historian, and songwriter - is a powerful musician and a masterful storyteller. This concert will focus on North Carolina's African-American and European-American blues traditions. Visit www.folksociety.org for more information.

101 Inventions That Changed The World, through April 21 at Discovery Place

Discovery Place is bringing the interaction of history, science, creativity and innovation into sharp focus with this thrilling, multi-sensory presentation taking audiences on a journey of inventions – from stone tools to the birth of the Internet. The exhibit explores the reasoning behind the inventions and their consequences on humankind. Find out which one is deemed the most influential of all time. Visit www.DiscoveryPlace.org for tickets or more information.

Highlighting African American Achievers, Feb. 17 – 22 at Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center

Opening ceremonies for the event and exhibit series “Highlighting African-American Achievers" will beheld Monday at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tours will continue through Friday of the Black Inventors Exhibit featuring The Underground Railroad with special guest Harriet Tubman as portrayed by Joyce Waddell. Admission is free. The G.E.P. Black History Quiz Bowl is Saturday at 3 p.m. Call (704) 432-6775 or email WallacePruittRecreationCenter@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov for more information.

The Jazz Room at the Stage Door Theater, Feb. 18 at The Stage Door Theater

Hosted by Charlotte’s Jazz Arts Initiative, The Jazz Room @ The Stage Door Theater features the Charlotte region’s most gifted musicians recreating the sounds of jazz masters like Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Dave Brubeck. This month, Ashlin Parker plays the music of Clifford Brown. Visit www.thejazzarts.org for tickets and more information.


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