Bob Peters leaving Pisces and this weekend’s events

The Ritz is getting a little cooler. In case you missed the news, mixologist Bob Peters announced on Facebook page that he’s leaving Pisces for a gig at the Ritz’s new concept The Punch Room. Observer’s Helen Schwab reported The Punch Room will open next month in the former home of Urban Sip. 
Big congrats to Bob. Can’t wait to experience the new Punch Room now that Bob’s going to be there. Here’s a look at things to do this weekend. Now let’s get this party started. See you in the streets… 


Art Mixer – Join artists Janet Lasher, Laura Brosi, Rose Hawley and Laura Rasmussen at Art Apertif. Music by Longitude 80. 5:30 p.m. Le Méridien Charlotte, 555 South McDowell Street, North Tower.

Live Jazz – Enjoy cool vibes and smooth grooves at Mid-Week Jazz Mixer featuring Leslie and Friends. 6:30 p.m. Sydney’s Martini and Wine Bar, 401 N Tryon Street, Suite 104. Free. Parking tip: Validated for TransAmerica Parking Deck.  


Black ViolinistsWil Baptiste and Kevin “Kev” Marcus blend classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B and bluegrass as the duo Black Violin. The duo and band put on a live show that has been featured at SXSW and Bonnaroo. 7:30 p.m.  McGlohon Theatre, Spirit Square, 345 North College St. $20.

Small Balls – Whether you are a ping-pong master or a rookie, you will be welcome in the Doubles Ping Pong Tourney. The event has competitive and recreational divisions. Entry fee includes giveaways, apps and three-game minimum per team. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Slate Billiards, 200 E Bland St. $5.   

Party For Cause – Hear from cancer survivors, volunteers, caregivers, and others about the importance of Relay For Life. Relay, which benefits the American Cancer Society, celebrates 30 years. 6-9 p.m. Bubble, 210 E. Trade St. $5 suggested donation.


Doo-wop – See original performers: The Vogues featuring Bill Burkette, Jimmy Clanton, The Marcels, Barbara Harris, original lead singer of The Toys, Blue Suede Orchestra in The Ultimate Doo-Wop Show. 8 p.m., Knight Theater, Levine Center For The Arts, 430 South Tryon Street. $40-$60. Parking tip: $5 rate available at Levine Center for the Arts Parking Garage, 550 S. Tryon St. with an entrance on W. Stonewall St. Pay as you enter the garage.


House Music VocalistJulie McKnight’s ex-husband is famous, but McKnight made a name in house music. The international recording artist makes a guest appearance at this edition of Release! Classic and Soulful House. The show features DJ DHP, DJ Kneeka, DJ Mr. Harlan. 7 p.m. Petra’s Piano Bar, 1919 Commonwealth Ave. $5, $10.


From Helen – Soup on Sunday benefits the 15th for Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region. 11 a.m.-2 p.m., CPCC Culinary Arts Center, 425 N. Kings Drive.  Includes soups from area restaurants, such as 300 East and Global. $40 includes handmade potter bowl, food and beverages. Read Helen Schwab’s blog for more details.

CD Release – National Recording Artist saxophonist Eric Darius is showcasing his new work at a CD release party. Two shows. 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sydney’s Martini and Wine Bar, 401 N. Tryon St. Parking tip: Validated for TransAmerica Parking Deck.



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