This Weekend's Agenda: 30+ Events (Jan. 17-Jan. 24)

Arts, food, beer, and social events


An event at LaCa Projects on Thursday marks two openings. Read more below.


Chefs Collaborative – WASTED screening
Uptown, 7:30-9:30 p.m., $5
Chef’s Collaborative in association with Johnson & Wales and Heirloom Restaurant will screen the documentary Wasted on Wednesday, January 17, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Seats are limited and start at $5. More details.

Winter Wonderland Tea at The Ballantyne
Ballantyne, 1-4 p.m., $45
Take a warm respite from winter’s chill from Wednesday, January 17, through Saturday, January 20, 1 to 4 p.m. at The Ballantyne. The experience will include warm savories and sweets and a complimentary glass of Champagne. The cost is $45 for adults, $25 for children ages 5-12, and $10 for children 4 and under (excluding tax and gratuity). Reservations are required at 704-248-4100. More details.


Carlos Estevez/Grand Opening of Basal Coffee at LaCa Projects
FreeMoreWest, 6 p.m., Free
This event not only marks the opening of the new Carlos Estevez show at the gallery, but the opening of the new cafe project Basal Coffee. Performances by Charlotte Ballet will take place throughout the event.

The Phantom of the Opera at Belk Theater
Uptown, Times Vary, $25-$120
This show is a favorite in the musical crowd, and in particular, Cameron Mackintosh's version has become a touring staple. Once again, the elaborate chandelier is erected above the audience, and once again, it'll make its dramatic fall at the show's climax. More details.

Bar Olympics at Lucky's
Uptown, 7 p.m., $5
The 2018 Winter Olympics are nearing, but you can claim your spot as Bar Olympics champion tonight while also helping the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation raise money. A $5 ticket entitles you to an appetizer buffet and 20 game tokens. Olympic score cards are sole at the door, and there will be prizes for the top three winners. More details.

Fidelli Half-Price Wine Night
Dilworth, 6 to 9 p.m., Price Varies
Fidelli Kitchen in Dilworth hosts half-price wine night every Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. plus live music on the porch (weather permitting). More details.

Beauty and the Beast at Duke Energy Theater
Uptown, Times Vary, $15
Charlotte's Acting Out Studio presents their take on the classic tale, directed by Logan Stamey. Expect all of the songs you love from the animated Disney tale: "Be Our Guest," "Gaston," and of course, "Beauty and the Beast." More details.


Charlotte Restaurant Week
Charlotte Metro Area, Times Vary, $30-35
Enjoy three-course dinners for only $30 or $35 per person at more than 130 restaurants throughout the Charlotte area from January 19-28. Reservations are recommended. Read writer Alyssa Ruane's preview of the food event here. More details.

Bechtler By Night
Uptown, 5 p.m., Free
It’s the third Friday of the month, which means Bechtler By Night is back. The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, 420 S. Tryon St., offers free admission tonight from 5 until 9 along with gallery games, scavenger hunt, BINGO, appetizers, and crafts. There’s also a cash bar. More details.

Charlotte Symphony: Magic Flute Overture
Uptown, 7:30 p.m., $19-$89
The Mozart standard is conducted by Christopher Warren-Green and features a soprano performance from Amanda Forsythe. Haydn's "Symphony No. 45" and "Symphony No. 65" are also performed. More details.

Rock, Paper, Scissors Tournament at Draught
Uptown, 8 p.m., Free
Test your luck tonight at Draught, 601 S. Cedar St., as you compete for the title of rock, paper, scissors champion. The contest is free to enter if you register via email to To sweeten the deal, everyone who registers gets one free beer. More details.

River’s Edge Craft Dinner
Uptown, 6:30 to 9 p.m., $60
Head to the U.S. National Whitewater Center for River’s Edge Craft Dinner series, which will continue Friday evenings through February 9. The five-course dinner is created by Executive Chef Michael Rayfield and includes a 6 oz. beer pairing with each course. The event on January 5 will feature beer from Highland Brewing Company. Tickets are $60 per person. More details.

Colin Quinn: One In Every Crowd
Uptown, 8 p.m., $25-$35
Colin Quinn has been called the "comedian's comedian," touring the country as a stand-up for decades. During the past decade, he's brought his vast knowledge of history to the Broadway stage in his one-man shows. "One In Every Crowd" is a continuation of that latter format. More details.

An Evening With David Rawlings at Neighborhood Theatre
NoDa, 8 p.m., $28
Singer-guitarist David Rawlings blends folk, bluegrass, and old-time music in his collaborations with Gillian Welch. Here, see Rawlings as a solo act at NoDa's biggest venue. More details.

Exhibitions at Mint Museum Randolph
Eastover, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., $12
As the state’s first art museum, Mint Museum Randolph opened in an original branch of the U.S. Mint in 1936. Galleries continue to engage visitors with the art of the ancient Americas, decorative arts, and European and African art. Resources include a reference library with more than 18,000 volumes. Charlotte Collects: Contemporary Couture and Fabulous Fashion, THROUGH FEB. 4, 2018, is a look at 21st-century gowns and the craftsmanship behind them. More details.


Women’s March On Charlotte
Uptown, 10 a.m., Free
We’d be remiss in not mentioning this little activity, as we suspect a large portion of Charlotte will return here this year following last year’s enormous crowd. The march starts at First Ward Park, 301 E. Seventh St., with a speaker’s forum at 10 a.m. and a march to Romare Bearden Park at noon. More details.

Iliza Shlesinger at Comedy Zone
AvidxChange Music Factory, Times Vary, $25
Schlesinger’s a comic who has seen a boom in popularity after her Netflix specials. Her three specials on the streaming service are War Paint, Freezing Hot, and Confirmed Kills. More details.

Carolina Beer Temple One-Year Anniversary Party
Ayrsley, Noon, Free
Carolina Beer Temple’s second location in Ayrsley has a special tap list created to celebrate its first year. The bottle shop will also be doing giveaways throughout the day, including growler fills and apparel. More details.

Thirsty Nomad Brewing Fundraiser for ACEing Autism
South End, 1 p.m., $15
Thirsty Nomad Brewing is pairing up with ACEing Autism today for a fundraiser featuring brew-infused small plates plus even more beer. For $15, you’ll get four small plates brewed with the spot’s beers and an additional flight of beers. One-third of your ticket goes to ACEing Autism. The fundraiser lasts until 8 p.m. at 4402 Stuart Andrew Blvd. More details.

Tigerdog and Tyler Boone at Visulite Theatre
Elizabeth, 8:30 p.m., $10
Three-piece rock act Tigerdog and Charleston’s Tyler Boone co-headline a show at Visulite Theatre this weekend. Fellow Charlestonian pop-rock act Human Resources also plays this show. More details.

Maple Canyon Release at Legion Brewing
Plaza Midwood, 10 a.m., Free
Legion Brewing’s Maple Canyon, a brown ale brewed with Vermont maple syrup, is one of the brewery’s more popular releases. And as part of the event this year, there is a special brunch menu curated to go along with the beer. More details.

B. MacKaye’s Hell Raisin’ Scotch Ale release at Blue Blaze
West End, Noon, Free
Blue Blaze’s latest release is named after Benton MacKaye, known as the originator of the Appalachian Trail. With each pint purchased of the scotch ale, $1 will be donated to the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. More details.

Mint Museum Uptown
Uptown, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., $15
The Mint uptown has a renowned craft and design exhibit that showcases works in a variety of materials, as well as collections of American, contemporary, and European art. The Mint will have three exhibitions—two at Randolph and one at Uptown—during its “Year of Fashion” initiative (through June 30). William Ivey Long: Costume Designs 2007-2016, THROUGH JUNE 3, is a survey of Long's costume designs for theatrical productions such as Cinderella and for the TV specials Grease Live! and The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again. More details.

Current Exhibitions at Harvey B. Gantt Center
Uptown, Times Vary, $7-$9
This 46,500-square-foot museum celebrates the contributions of Africans and African-Americans to American culture. The museum’s permanent exhibition, the John & Vivian Hewitt Collection of African-American Art, showcases 58 works from 20 artists, including Charlotte native Romare Bearden. Instill & Inspire: Selections from the John & Vivian Hewitt Collection of African-American Art, THROUGH JAN. 22, 2018, highlights pieces from the museum's permanent collection. Immortal: A New Series by Miya Bailey, THROUGH JAN. 22, 2018, offers works from the North-Carolina, Atlanta-based painter/tattoo artist. Sloane Siobhan: Archetypes of the Subconscious, THROUGH JAN. 22, 2018, collects work from Charlotte's Sloane Siobhan, with her emotional multi-media paintings. The Darryl Atwell Collection of African-American Art, THROUGH JAN. 22, 2018, is a massive collection of African-American contemporary and abstract art. More details.


Drag Queen Brunch at Vida Cantina
Uptown, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., $40
Vida Cantina kicks off Drag Queen Brunch on Sunday. Guests can enjoy a delicious Mexican brunch buffet starting at $40 with options for add-ons including champagne and VIP seating. More details.

The Walking Dead Season Eight Watch Party at The Belfast Mill
Uptown, 9 p.m., Free
If you’re a fan of The Walking Dead, this party’s for you. The Belfast Mill, 144 Brevard Court, will tune its HD projector and flat screens to that week’s episode along with zombie-themed drink specials and half-priced wine. More details.

They Might Be Giants at Neighborhood Theatre
NoDa, 8 p.m., $25
Twenty albums in, They Might Be Giant isn't stopping. The alt-rock group has I Like Fun coming out this month, and they're coming to Charlotte just in time. Call 704-942-7997 or visit for tickets. More details.

Levine Museum of the New South
Uptown, 12 p.m.-5 p.m., $4.50 on Sundays
For more than two decades, the museum has provided groundbreaking exhibits and context for some of the South’s most significant events. One of the museum’s core values is “using history to build community.” Splendid Service: Camp Greene & the Making of a New South City, THROUGH MARCH 25, is an exhibit that marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of Camp Greene and explores the impact this World War I military facility had on the growth of Charlotte. More details.

Charlotte Collects at Mint Museum Randolph
Eastover, 1 p.m.-5 p.m., $15
The state’s first art museum, Mint Museum Randolph opened in an original branch of the U.S. Mint in 1936. Galleries continue to engage visitors with the art of the ancient Americas, decorative arts, and European and African art. Resources include a reference library with more than 18,000 volumes. Charlotte Collects: Contemporary Couture and Fabulous Fashion, THROUGH FEB. 4, looks at 21st-century gowns and the craftsmanship behind them. More details.

Current Exhibits at Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
Uptown, Noon-5 p.m., $8
This uptown venue, part of the Levine Center for the Arts, presents the works of 20th century modern artists in a new context for today’s audiences. Curator Jennifer Edwards assembles shows that pull from the famous Bechtler family’s collection and other community collections. Paul Strand in Mexico, THROUGH JAN. 7, 2018, offers a portfolio of photographs from Strand that show the Mexican landscape in the 1930s. A photographer and filmmaker, Strand was in Mexico for two years while working on the movie Redes. Maestros Mexicanos De La Fotografía Moderna: Manuel Álvarez Bravo, Manuel Carrillo, Flor Garduño, Graciela Iturbide Y Mariana Yampolsky: Works From The Bank Of America, THROUGH MARCH 4, 2018,  focuses on the work of five modernist Mexican photographers. More details.

Mint Museum Randolph
Eastover, Times Vary, $12
As the state’s first art museum, Mint Museum Randolph opened in an original branch of the U.S. Mint in 1936. Galleries continue to engage visitors with the art of the ancient Americas, decorative arts, and European and African art. Resources include a reference library with more than 18,000 volumes. Charlotte Collects: Contemporary Couture and Fabulous Fashion, OCT. 14 THROUGH FEB. 4, 2018, is a look at 21st-century gowns and the craftsmanship behind them. More details.


Donate Home Items for Auction to Benefit the HeartBright Foundation
West Charlotte, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Free
Got some antique valuables you no longer need? Starting today through January 26, you can donate home items (art, memorabilia, antiques, jewelry, designer fashion accessories, etc.) valued at $150 or more to Everything But The House (EBTH) at 3401 International Airport Drive, Suite 100, during the hours listed above. The items will be auctioned off on EBTH's website from Feb. 9 to Feb. 13, and 65 percent of the proceeds will go towards the Ballantyne Ball to benefit the HeartBright Foundation, the ball's charity of choice for 2018. The charity aims to bridge the healthcare gaps for the working poor sector of the Charlotte community by providing treatment, education, and access programs for patients. More details.

Year of the Engineer at Discovery Place Science
Uptown, Times Vary, $17
It's the “Year of the Engineer” at Discovery Place Science, which was marked by the opening of the ”Thinker Space“ lab and the state-of-the-art exhibition Think It Up. The goal of the initiative, which will span the school year, is to inspire kids to become “the problem solvers of the future.” Da Vinci's Machines, THROUGH MAY 6, takes a look at several of Leonardo da Vinci's creations and how they continue to impact the world. More details.


Jay Mohr at Comedy Zone
AvidxChange Music Factory, 8 p.m., $25
The comedian and actor is also an author, with his first book being a tell-all about his time on Saturday Night Live and his early films. Today, he brings his impressions and stories to stages across the world. More details.

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