Weekend Ahead: June 18-21

As a general rule I don’t like country music. I’ve tried. I really have. But it’s just not for me. However, I would consider changing that policy for Keith Urban’s pretty face (seen above) and lovely accent. Unfortunately, Nicole Kidman has already claimed this one. (Not the first time she’s done this to me. I’m still a little bitter about her marriage to pre-Scientologist-jumping-on-couches Tom Cruise—better known to me as “Maverick.”) Anyway, I digress. Keith Urban is performing with Sugarland tonight at Time Warner Cable Arena. So, pull out your cowboy boots and Wranglers—or whatever it is country-lovers are wearing these days—and head uptown. The show starts at 7:30. www.timewarnercablearena.com

If you happen to be a bride-to-be, this is your lucky weekend. The Summer Bridal Show is being held at the Hilton Charlotte University place. In addition to taking a peek at some of the best the area offers in catering, photography, fashions, flowers, and more, every bride has the chance to win a honeymoon giveaway. The event starts at 1 pm.

Sunday is Father’s Day. So, as a shopping blog we feel some responsibility to name a few good ideas/spots for shopping for dear old dad’s gifts around town. This list isn’t comprehensive. It’s simply a few of our suggestions: Paper Skyscraper in Dilworth has a fantastic selection of books and barware. Plus, they’ve got cards and wrapping so you can consider it your one-stop-shop. For the fashionable Dad, please see our previous entries on Nordstrom and TRC. Another good spot to check out is B.D. Jeffries in Morrison. They’ve got dop kits, cuff links, and coffee table books on manly things like sailing, cars, and such. Our final recommendation? BlackHawk Hardware store in Park Road Shopping Center. If you haven’t been to this hardware mecca, you’re missing out. Their selection is unbelievable—and they’ve got plenty of tools and toys to keep dad happy.

The first annual Boot Camp to Beat Cancer (BC2BC) is happening this Saturday at Myers Park High School. Benefiting both the Brain Tumor Fund for the Carolinas and National Students of AMF (Ailing Mothers and Fathers), the event is open to all ages and includes either a one-hour boot camp type workout or a family fun walk. Registration starts at 8 a.m. and the event starts at 9 a.m. Pick up a packet for the event at Asana Activewear store on Sharon Road on Friday. (Packets include a free drawstring bag, event t-shirt, water bottle, and special sale for those picking up in the store.)

Frankly, I just don’t have enough diamonds in my jewelry box these days. (And by “enough,” I actually mean “any.”) Conveniently for me—and anyone else looking for something sparkly—Stephanie Albertson, known for her fabulous handcrafted jewels, which have been featured in fashion mags like Vogue and W, is going to be hosting a trunk show at Hotham on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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