This Weekend's Agenda: Arts, Food, Beer, & Social Events (Jan. 8-10)
IN OUR FIRST big weekend list of the year, we kick off with a strong (and strongly named) list of things to do. There's a "Cocktail Spectacular," a "Salsa Invitational," and something called "Cookies and Crafts."
With that last one, it's obvious that some of us still have the holidays on our mind. Thankfully, if they're bringing you down, Jazz at the Bechtler once again offers its cathartic "Post-Holiday Blues" show. The show has become a staple jazz concert in Charlotte, in which that melancholic January vibe is captured through boozy tunes and a cash-only bar.
WINE TASTING AT THE GALLERY RESTAURANT
The Gallery Restaurant in the Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge is offering a host of wine and cocktail tastings throughout the month of January, starting with "New Year, New Wines" this Friday. Discover new wines you might not have tried before while enjoying light fare at the Gallery Bar.
WINTER COCKTAIL SPECTACULAR
Jack Frost might be nipping at your nose while you’re sipping on these cold cocktails. This Friday party features five specially crafted winter cocktails, and a ticket costs $30 to sample them all. The tasting starts at 8:30 p.m. at Bubble.
REID'S GRAND OPENING
To celebrate its arrival in SouthPark, the newest Reid’s Fine Foods will have a lot going on this Saturday, starting with coffee from Magnolia Coffee Co. at 9 a.m. A few hours later, from 11 a.m. through close, there will be food samples, wine tastings, and gift card giveaways, along with a $3 beer special. To cap off the celebration, at 4 p.m. Executive Chef Donald Lewis is hosting a free oyster roast on the patio.
JAZZ AT THE BECHTLER: POST-HOLIDAY BLUES: MANY SHADES OF BLUE
In this January tradition, the Ziad Jazz Quartet performs the works of John Coltrane, Jimmy Heath, and Lee Morgan.
CHARLOTTE SYMPHONY: SAINT-SAENS CELLO CONCERTO NO. 1
French composer Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns penned this concerto during the Romantic Era. More than 140 years later, it’s performed by our symphony, with Cicely Parnas featured on cello.
SUNDAY FUN DAY: MY CAROLINA HOME
Families are welcome at the Mint's family day. Art projects and demos, gallery access, yoga sessions, and more are available. This version has accompanying mountain music, which pair well with Eugene Thomason's paintings.
New year, new you, right? Get out of your comfort zone a bit and start the new year with a new beau. Tickets to this color-themed party for singles and couples alike (red means taken, green means single, yellow means things are complicated) are about $12. A ticket includes a free buffet for the first two hours of the evening, entrance to three bars and the chance to win raffle prizes. The party starts at Whisky River on Friday.
EIGHTH-ANNUAL CHARLOTTE SALSA INVITATIONAL
Heat things up this weekend and come in from the cold at this showcase of everything salsa. The festival, which runs through Sunday, features workshops, performances and more. Come see some of the world’s best salsa dancers right here in Charlotte. The events are at the Sheraton Charlotte Airport Hotel, starting Friday.
BETTY BINGO SHOW
This show combines karaoke, prizes, dancing and BINGO all in one evening. The BINGO extravaganza is at 7 p.m. at 11318 N. Community House Road. Tickets are $20, and they’re buy-one-get-one now.
COOKIES AND CRAFTS
It appears Christmas is still here in Charlotte. This event brings together two of the most wonderful things: craft beer and Girl Scout cookies. More than 10 local breweries will be on hand to sample craft brews, which are each paired with a specific Girl Scout cookie. The event starts at 3 p.m. at The Fillmore on Saturday.