That’s What’s Up! This Weekend~July 15-17, 2011

In Concerts, Restaurants on July 15, 2011 at 12:01 AM

Can’t decide what to do this weekend?  Here are a few things of interest that we’ve found going on around town in these selected cities this weekend.  Have fun.  Be safe.

That’s What’s Up!


National Black Arts Festival

July 14th – 17th


The National Black Arts Festival brings “Unexpected Encounters” to Centennial Olympic Park as the center of its International Marketplace featuring more than 100 vendors and artists of handmade jewelry, clothing, carved-wood sculptures and more.  5p-9p, Thursday.  10a-9p, Friday – Saturday and noon-8p Sunday.  Admission is FREE!

Other Programming for the Festival this weekend includes:

*”Interpretations: Black Visual Art – Past, Present and Future” featuring the centennial of Romare Bearden’s birth, 8 p.m. July 14. $25-$45. Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St.

*Dance Africa! 8p, Saturday & 3p, July 17 featuring South African contemporary dancer-choreographer Vincent Mantsoe, traditional South African gumboot dancing from Lesoles Dance Project, and more.  Rialto Center for the Arts, 80 Forsyth St. $25.

*The O’Jays, 2011 Legends Celebration, 8 p.m. Friday.  Symphony Hall, 1280 Peachtree St. $35-$65.

*The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra plays its annual festival-closing concert at Ebenezer Baptist Church at 7 p.m. July 17. Free. 407 Auburn Ave., Atlanta.


Charlotte Restaurant Week Kick-off

July 15th – 24th


Kick off the weekend with some of Charlotte’s best cuisines in some of the city’s upscale restaurants as they highlight special 3 course (or more) dinners for only $30/person.

Los Angeles/Long Beach

Summer on the Plaza Concert Series

July 15th, 22nd, 29th 5p-8:30p

FIGat7th (formerly 7+FIG at Ernst & Young Plaza)


Arts Brookfield presents its fourth season of “Summer on the Plaza”, a free concert series in downtown Los Angeles featuring Smooth Jazz, R&B and World Music. Leela James kicks off the event on Friday, July 15th is R&B soul singer Leela James. Next week features Grammy award-winning saxophonist Mike Phillips. Closing out the series on Friday, July 29th will be World Music songstress Lira from South Africa.  Each show opens with a live DJ set by some of LA’s hottest deejay’s, including the Grammy nominated international artist and BET Master of the Mix DJ Vikter Duplaix. Space is limited and early arrival is suggested.



Friday, July 15th and Saturday, July 16th


If you haven’t seen her yet, what better place to go to see this legendary singer than in Miami. Friday, 8p at the Bank Atlantic Center, 1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise; $53.25-$153.25 AND 8 p.m. Saturday at the American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; $39.50-$149.50.  Go to http://ticketmaster.com for tickets.

Sheryl Underwood

Friday, July 15th


 Stand-up comedienne appears at the Miami Improv 8:30 and 10:45 p.m. Friday, plus 8, 10 and 11:59 p.m. Saturday.  3390 Mary St., Miami; 305-441-8200; $25.

Funkshion Fashion Week

July 13th – 17th


Top world designers showcase their new lines in individual fashion shows.


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