Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Shiprocked! gets funky and cool art events

Last week was fun with the Queen City Brewers' Festival, Haunt at Earl's Grocery and of course the Super Bowl. My biggest disappointment was Party Your Way Around the World at Whisky River. It was a cute concept. Hang out and taste food from different regions of the world. For some odd reason, I thought the food would be a little more creative than tacos from Mexico and gnocchi from Italy. I don't know what I was thinking. The people seemed to enjoy themselves. The tacos were the most popular.


Artistry Honors Art - Poets, ballroom dancers and other local artists will honor the work of NC notables at Remembering the Artistry & Times of Romare Beardon & Maya Angelou: Art, Poetry & Music. Featured local visual and performing artists include Yolanda Bynum, Sean Mason, Brock and Charli Montgomery, Quentin Talley, Stacy Utley, and Symphony Webber. 6:30 p.m. Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S. Tryon St. Free. Street and paid parking available.


Funked Up! - Shiprocked gets funky with Shiprocked! Classic Funk, Soul & Disco Edition.  This will be a “semi-regular” Thursday homage to “Soul Train,” R&B, funk and disco from the ‘60s-‘80s. 10 p.m., Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. Free. #TJturnup

Latino Art Exhibit - Arte Latino Now 2015: An Exhibition of Latino Artists showcases cultural and artistic contributions of Latinos in America in partnership with ArtSi and artist Edwin Gil. More than a dozen artists were selected through a national competition. Opening reception will also feature literary pieces by Margarita Pignataro, Kurma Murrain and spoken-word artist David Romero. 5:30 p.m. Max L. Jackson Gallery, Watkins Building, Queens University, 1900 Selwyn Ave.


Symphony For Novices - Charlotte Symphony makes the genre less intimidating for newbies with A Waltz to Remember, part of Knight Sounds Series. Along with soaking up beautiful music, attendees will see a performance by the Metropolitan Ballroom dancers. It ends with a champagne toast. 12 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. $15.50, $29.

PM Art Crawl - Head over to Plaza-Midwood for the Crawl B4U Ball Art Crawl at Pint Central, Salon 1226, Tuft and Fumanchu cupcakes. Starts at 7 p.m.


Gantt Exhibit - Venturing Out of Darkness uses interactive exhibits, mixed mediums and features more than a dozen artists. The exhibit examines the impact of colonialism on societal attitudes that define black culture in America. Opens today. Harvey B. Gant Center, 551 S. Tryon St. Street and paid parking available.

Art Experience – Artists were tasked with finding the perfect frame to match their creative style at Cultural Initiative 6: Frames - An Arts and Social Experience. The event showcases more than 75 regional artists along with bands, DJs, aerialists, interpretive dancers, a photo booth, a merchant market, pop up cafe, and more. 8 p.m., The Chop Shop NoDa, 399 East 35th St. $10. 


Candid Discussion - The Levine Museum of the New South continues to explore the intersection of race and culture at Freedom Forum: Unfinished Business. Panelists will discuss the challenges post- Brown v. Board of Education. Panelists will include historians, educators and advocates. 2:30 p.m., Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. 7th St.