Friday, March 20, 2015

Swing music, jazz grooves and Craft Beer Week

Today is the first day of spring and the city is coming alive again. This weekend kicks off Craft Beer Week, and it only gets better. Let's get this party started. See you in the streets.

English Swing - Like swing music? You’ll love the swinging tunes of London-based Jive Aces. 7:30 p.m. Chantilly Hall, 2101 Shenandoah Ave. $20.

Fighting AIDS - The HBO movie was good, but the play makes this heart breaking "The Normal Heart" more intimate. Escape the distractions of watching at home and escape to the '80s. Remember when gay men were dying at alarming  rates? This play won't let you forget. 8 p.m. tonight and weekends through April 4. Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Road. $27.

Don't Forget

Beer Week Charlotte Craft Beer Week starts tonight. There's an Allagash Brewery Special Keg Tapping at Mac's Speedhop Southend, 2511 South Blvd, at 6 p.m. Then enjoy stoner rock music paired with Stone Brewery beer at The Cork and Cask, 9624 Bailey Rd Suite F, at 7 p.m. The finale event is All Ale the Queen on March 28 at Amos' Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St.

Auto-tone Jazz - Enjoy the free flowing jazz tunes paired with auto-tone at An Evening with The Robert Glasper Trio. Reggie Sullivan opens. 8 p.m. McGlohon Theatre at Spirit Square, 345 North College St.

Tournament Bites - BLT Steak will offer five $5 game-day bar bites including steak sliders with aged cheddar and caramelized onion jam, miniature crab cakes with meyer lemon aioli, a kobe hot dog with Japanese mustard on a poppy seed bun, sweet potato fries with rosemary and blue cheese, and fried stuffed jalapenos with cream cheese stuffing. The deal starts today and ends Sunday and is available during tournament play. The Ritz, 110 N. College St. Complimentary valet parking.