Happenings: Calendar of events


December 29, 2021

Check out our calendar of things to do. Our Spring Arts Preview can also help you fill out your calendar with shows and events coming to Charlotte.


Queen’s Feast Charlotte Restaurant Week
Jan. 21-30
Charlotte Restaurant Week is back, with 70 restaurants in the Charlotte region participating. This year there are four different price points — see who’s participating, make reservations and check out the prix-fixe menus here.

Charlotte Running Club Winter Classic 8K at McAlpine Creek Park
Jan. 22
Recreational and competitive runners alike are invited to tackle a cross-country loop for a chance to win cash awards or gift certificates. Choose from the Elite 8K (must finish under 40 minutes) or the Open 8K (any experience level can participate). 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Registration cost varies by signup option. crcwinterclassic.raceroster.com

Couple Things with Shawn Johnson and Andrew East
Jan. 27
Spend a night with former Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson & NFL player Andrew East as they bring their hit podcast to Charlotte. Enjoy an interactive journey through never-before shared stories, onstage games, advice, exclusive content, Q&A and more. Tickets start at $35. Booth Playhouse, 130 N. Tryon St., blumenthalarts.org

Photo courtesy: Queen’s Feast Charlotte Restaurant Week

Joss Stone and Corrinne Bailey Rae
Feb. 2
These two Grammy Award-winning British singer songwriters are teaming up as co-headliners on a three-week tour of Southern venues. The Charlotte stop is at Ovens Auditorium. Tickets start at $39.50. ticketmaster.com

Don Giovanni 
Feb. 3-6
Opera Carolina presents Mozart’s two-act opera based on the fictional playboy and seducer Don Juan. Expect new sets and costumes in this original production at Belk Theater. Tickets start at $22. operacarolina.org

We Are the Movement: Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II at Knight Theater
Feb. 4
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture hosts Reverend Dr. William J. Barber II as the inaugural Initiative for Equity and Innovation speaker. Reverend Barber’s impassioned message invites community members from all backgrounds to deepen their capacity for understanding and navigating differences in the community. Tickets are $15 for members or $20 for the general public. ganttcenter.org

Frigid Trail Race & Plunge at the Whitewater Center
Feb. 5
Brave the cold and conquer the trails in a 5k or 10k, then take an icy plunge in the Deep Water Solo pool. Registration cost varies by signup option. whitewater.org

Ice skating at the U.S. National Whitewater Center

Wednesday Night Live
Wednesdays from 5-9 p.m.
The Mint Museum, The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture and the Knight Theater are partnering in this new weekly event series featuring free admission and live entertainment. Visit mintmuseum.org for the programming schedule and updates.

Ice Skating at the Whitewater Center
Through mid-February
Skaters of all ages and experience levels can take to the ice again this year at the Whitewater Center’s newly expanded, 24,000-square-foot pond with four distinct skating areas, includiing a new ice trail in the upper pond. Enjoy hot or cold beverages from the on-ice Airstream. Admission is $25 or included with an all-access day pass or annual pass. whitewater.org


The World of Anna Sui at The Mint Museum

A Fall From Grace at Central Piedmont’s Overcash Gallery
Jan. 11-March 10
North Carolina artist Zaire McPhearson chronicles a charismatic movement known as the “Prayer Band” through the women who experienced it. Through her photography, painting, sculptures and stained-glass works, McPhearson portrays the women silenced by abuse and illustrates their intricate relationship with faith. 1206 Elizabeth Ave.; blogs.cpcc.edu/cpccartgalleries

You can’t always get what you want. . . Thomas Gleaner at SOCO Gallery
Jan. 12-Feb 23
Gleaner’s work captures the inherent vulnerability of language through new paintings and a text-based sculpture. The artist cites lyrics from popular songs that convey broader universal truths — intrinsic wisdom that has “transcended their original melodic contexts.” 412 Providence Rd. socogallery.com

House of Ronin at SOZO Gallery
Opens January 16
A collaborative group exhibition presented in partnership with guest curator, Justin Hicks. Featuring works by Hicks, Justin Ellis, and Wabwila Mugala, House of the Ronin will open to the public on Thursday, January 13, with an opening reception from 6 – 8 p.m.; sozogallery.net

Signs of Home at Charlotte Museum of History
Through 2022
Guest curated by Christopher S. Lawing, this exhibition tells the story of Charlotte through the unique signs of businesses, neighborhoods and institutions that defined it. Museum admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, children 6-17 and students. 3500 Shamrock Dr.; charlottemuseum.org

Isaac Julien: Lina Bo Bardi — A  Marvellous  Entanglement at Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
Through Feb. 27
This nine-screen film installation by artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien reflects on legendary Italian-Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi and her Brazilian projects from the 1960s to the 1980s. 420 South Tryon St.; bechtler.org

The World of Anna Sui at Mint Museum Randolph
Through May 1
A tribute to the designer’s timeless yet contemporary looks, this exhibit offers a unique look into the creative influences and processes that make Anna Sui a true style icon. 2730 Randolph Rd.; mintmuseum.org

— compiled by SouthPark magazine staff and Amanda Lea 

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