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It’s Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, which means plenty of events celebrating the life and legacy of the civil rights icon. You can go here to check out our list of MLK day events.

With the Covid-19 pandemic still in full swing, many events are virtual or modified, but there’s still plenty of things to do and see.

The Harvey B. Gantt Center has you covered — it has programs for the whole family — along with the McCrorey YMCA, back with its annual MLK Breakfast, but online.

If you’re in the mood for something else, there’s live jazz, stand-up comedy, and more in our weekend lineup.

Before I leave you, I want to share one of my favorite King quotes: “I came to the conclusion that there is an existential moment in your life when you must decide to speak for yourself; Nobody else can speak for you.”

Share with us your favorite King quote(s). 

Note: Every week we try to spotlight events we think our audience will like. What are we missing? Let me know your thoughts

This weekend: a musical tribute to a Jazz legend

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As a saxophonist, Will Campbell has long admired the work of jazz legend Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker.

Now as director of Jazz Studies at UNC Charlotte, Campbell wants his students and community to better appreciate the genius of Parker.

This weekend, in partnership with JazzArts Charlotte, Campbell will host “Bird Lives!,” four shows that will feature the music of the “bebop” icon.

Read more. (Jalon Hill)

Our weekend picks

“Bird Lives!” at the Jazz Room(Fri.): UNC Charlotte partners with JazzArts Charlotte to continue a Charlie Parker 101 celebration that will include his bebop jazz compositions and featured selections from the rarely played Charlie Parker with Strings albums.

Mahler Symphony No. 9(Fri. & Sat.): The Belk Theater will host a powerful meditation on the human condition conducted by music director Christopher Warren-Green. Mahler’s Ninth Symphony was his final completed work.

Comedian Darren Sanders Stand-up Comedy(Fri. & Sat.): Veteran comedian Darren Sanders will take the stage live at the Comedy Zone. His credits include five seasons of BET’s Comic View, Comedy Central’s Laugh Riots, and NBC’s Charlotte Today.

MLK Day: Community Dreams 2022(Mon.): The Harvey B. Gantt Center will host its annual full day of MLK programs honoring the civil rights leader with workshops, performances, lectures, and panels. Note: Due to expected sleet and snow this event is now entirely virtual and will be streamed from the Harvey B. Gantt YouTube channel.

27th Annual McCrorey YMCA MLK Celebration(Mon.): Join the YMCA of Greater Charlotte as they commemorate and honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and culminate a year of celebrating the 85th Anniversary of the McCrorey YMCA! The virtual event will be a celebration of Dr. King featuring prayer, speakers, and performances. 

More Events: Get our entire lineup of MLK events this weekend in the Charlotte area.

Note: Be sure to visit our events page, where you can find other QCity happenings or post your own event. Sometimes the events we post get rescheduled, changed, or canceled. We suggest you check before you go. 

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Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations is the electrifying, new smash-hit Broadway musical that follows The Temptations’ extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

With their signature dance moves and silky-smooth harmonies, they rose to the top with treasured hits, including “My Girl,” “Get Ready,” “Just My Imagination” and so many more.

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QCity Metro partners with Charlotte’s biggest arts & entertainment organizations. Find out how we can help build excitement around your next event. Email Bethany Lane at bethanylane@qcitymetro.com.


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