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THE AGENDA: Theater nights, vodka pairings and CI-parties
What's happening this week in Charlotte
Published Thursday, February 20, 2014
by Michaela L. Duckett

With the CIAA tournament coming to town Tuesday, this weekend will pretty much be the quiet before the storm. It’s also the last week of Black History Month. Be sure to get in a little culture. Watch the drama on the low during the Actors Theatre of Charlotte’s Pay-what-you-can night when “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark” opens Thursday night. Plus, there are a few opportunities to mix, mingle and do a little social climbing. Here’s a peek at what’s happening around town:

"By the Way, Meet Vera Stark," Feb. 20 – March 14 at the Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte. ATC is kicking off the production with an Opening Night celebration and reception Feb. 26. Other events include a symposium race and film. Visit ATCharlotte.org for more information.

 “On the Mountaintop,” through March 2 at Booth Playhouse at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. This re-imagining by Katori Hall of the events that took place April 3, 1968, the night before the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., has been met with mixed reviews. Some say it makes a mockery of the civil rights leader. Judge for yourself and let us know what you think. Visit BlumentalArts.org for more information.

“Jerusalem,” through March 30 at The Charlotte Observer IMAX Dome Theatre at Discovery Place. This film explores the mystery of Jerusalem’s enduring appeal. 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? “Jerusalem” attempts to answer these questions by following three young Jerusalemites and their families – Jewish, Christian and Muslim. Visit discoveryplace.org for more information.

“Greet, Meet, Eat, Network, Succeed,” Feb. 24 at Wolfgang Puck Pizza|Bar. LeTip of Charlotte presents a Mardi Gras-themed business networking event 5:30-7:30 p.m. Admission is $10 for attendees and $25 for exhibitors. Contact Ana Luzunares-Vega at (704) 254-7886 or email avega@letip.com for more information. LeTip International is a privately owned, professional business leads organization. Visit letip.com for more information.

iRead Campaign Kick Off, Feb. 25 at Vapianos. The Open Book Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on increasing the literacy rate in Title I communities by providing free books, programs and community support, is launching its new iRead campaign with a fundraiser hosted by WPZS Praise 100.9's Melanie Pratt, 6-11 p.m. Admission is free. Register at EnticeTOBF.eventbrite.com, or visit www.tobf.org for more information.

Gettin' Jiggy with the '90s, Feb. 25 at Tyber Creek Pub. Come out for a 1990s-themed evening of live music, drinks and raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Performances start at 8 p.m. with Charlotte's indie rock band Toleman Randall opening for Gump Fiction. Dress for the occasion in your best 90s attire. The male and female with the best outfit will win a prize. Entry is a minimum donation of $10.  Visit cff.org for more information.

The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Basketball Tournament, Feb. 25-March 1 at Time Warner Cable Arena. This year marks the ninth consecutive CIAA tournament held in Charlotte. Student-athletes from each of CIAA's 12 member institutions will be competing for the title of basketball champion and a chance to move up to the NCAA Division II tournament. CIAA draws more than 150,000 fans each year. Visit TheCIAA.com for more information.

Frolic: The Social Climb, Feb. 26 at Sip. “The Boss Lady Editor” presented by Digital Divas, Talk of the Town and The Jazz Diva, will feature live jazz with Eastcoast Bad Boy DJ Flemingo on the turntables. It’s also a party with a cause. Stop by between 6-8 p.m. to Rendezvous with the Urban League of Central Carolinas. A portion of the proceeds with be donated to the nonprofit organization. The party continues until 11 p.m. Tickets start at $30. Visit TalkOfTheTownEnt.com for more information.

Cooked, Corked, and Poured, Feb. 27 at Wolfgang Puck Pizza|Bar. It’s the fifth installment of this series, in which Wolfgang’s International Executive Chef Stephen and Chef Scott create amazing entrees to pair with featured beverages. This month’s beverage of choice is Ketel One Vodka. Visit wolfgangpuckpizzabar.com for more information.


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