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10 things to do this week in Charlotte
What to do, where to go and who to see
Published Tuesday, August 19, 2014 12:29 pm
by Michaela L. Duckett

See Kindred the Family Soul in concert along with Avery Sunshine this Saturday at McGlohon Theater. 

Looking to unwind and have some fun this week? Here’s a list of events and cool things to occupy your time.

1. Catch up over cocktails

Call up a friend and head to City Tavern in SouthPark to catch up over cocktails and appetizers. Here, there is a drink special for every day of the week. Highlights include half-priced martinis every Tuesday and $4 wines on Wednesday. Friday specials include $3 drafts, $4 margaritas and $6 vodka martinis. On the weekends, sip $3 mimosas. (www.city-tavern.com)

2. Join the discussion

Wednesday at 7 p.m., the Levine Museum of the New South is hosting “Kinship & Conflict,” a conversation with Rabbi Judy Schindler of Temple Beth El and Johnson C. Smith University President Ronald Carter moderated by Jackie Fishman. The panel will discuss the exhibit, “Beyond Swastika and Jim Crow,” which runs through Sept. 12 and tells the story of Jewish professors who fled Nazi Germany and found teaching positions at historically black colleges and universities in the South. Admission is free. (www.museumofthenewsouth.org)

3. Take flight

This is the final week of Thursday Night Flights at Carolina Raptor Center in Huntersville. Stop by between 6-8 p.m., and enjoy some family fun on the Raptor Trail featuring D9 Brewery, MasterBacon Food Truck and music from singer/songwriter Mike Alicke. Admission is $10 for adults and free for children. (www.carolinaraptorcenter.org)

 4. Network & Socialize

The Kappas are hosting their monthly Cufflinks and Cocktails social event this Thursday, 6-10 p.m., at Texicali Taco & Tequila Bar. Dress code is business casual. Admission is free. Come out and enjoy a grown and sexy evening with cocktails and social exchange. (www.cufflinksandcocktails.com)

5. Update your home

Believe it or not, summer is almost over. Looking to make some changes to your house for the new season. Find inspiration at the Southern Ideal Home Show being held this weekend, August 22-24, at The Park Expo and Conference Center. (www.southernshows.com)

6. Get in the groove

Saturday night, enjoy an evening of soul hosted by V101.9’s Chirl Girl, as Kindred the Family Soul & Avery Sunshine perform in the Queen City at McGlohon Theater. Advanced tickets are available online at www.carolinatix.org or by phone at (704) 372-1000. (www.thesolkitchen.com)

7. Feel the beat

The Queen City Battle of the Bands is going down this Saturday at Memorial Stadium. This annual showdown features bands from Fayetteville State University, Johnson C. Smith University, N.C. A&T State University, N.C. Central University, Shaw University, South Carolina State University, Winston Salem State University and area high school drumlines. Admission is $20. (www.queencitybattleofthebands.com)

8. Get out of town

Head down to Myrtle Beach for an out-of-this world adventure at Encounters: UFO Experience. This comprehensive exhibition explores reports of U.F.O.s, alien abductions and encounters with extraterrestrials. It features seven galleries that focus on areas such as ancient alien encounters, the military’s role in modern sightings and pop culture’s fascination with extraterrestrial life. (www.ufoexhibition.com).

9. Find Fela

Following its triumphant debut at the Sundance Film Festival, Kino Lorber presents the national theatrical run of the new documentary “Finding Fela,” which tells the story of Afrobeat creator Fela Kuti, his music and social and political importance. Soul of Cinema Movie Review is hosting a one-night only screening Thursday, 7:30 p.m. at Studio Movie Grill. Tickets are $8. (www.tugg.com/events/10463)

10. Meet a NYT bestselling author

Carl Weber, known for his drama-filled urban tales, will be in the Charlotte area Friday signing copies of his new book “The Choir Director 2: Runaway Bride” at Barnes & Noble at Carolina Place Mall. The event begins at 7 p.m. (www.carlweber.net)





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