The weather is beautiful, and events abound tonight. I’m starting my night moderating a discussion about Black gays and the church, but then I’ll be hitting the streets. Join me at JCSU or maybe I’ll bump into you at one of these events below. See you in the streets.
Gallery Crawls – Head to Southend and NoDa for the first Friday Gallery Crawl. Be sure to stop in The Company Store while you’re in NoDa. Tonight is the Grand Opening.
TGIF – The new monthly social gathering #ThankGawdIts1stFriday aka Electric Relaxation returns tonight. DJ Loui Vee will be spinning music from1990 – 2005. 10 p.m., STACHE House, 1520 South Blvd.
Drinking Carson Style – I’ll be sad to see “Downton Abbey,” but you can get a taste of it at the Downton Abbey Tea. The Ballantyne Hotel’s culinary team will present Countess Grantham’s favorite tea sweets and the option to add Spanish Sherry for $8. Attendees are encouraged to dress in 1920 – 1930s period clothing. 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Today and Saturday, The Ballantyne Hotel & Resort, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway $36.
Gay, Black & The Church – A new BET.com documentary “Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay In the Church” explores homophobia in the black church. This is a touchy subject that often rocks the core of the Black community. I’m moderating the post-screening panel discussion. 6 p.m. New Science Building, Johnson C. Smith University, 100 Beatties Ford Rd. See the panelists.
Amazing Dance – A Butoh style performance isn’t a typical modern dance. It kind of reminds me of real slo-mo pop-lockin’ to a didgeridoo instead of hip-hop beats. Judge for yourself at New Frequencies at McColl Center presents Du Yufang. Plus don’t want to miss Charlotte-based ensemble Triptych Collective opening each evening with a new dance performance. 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. McColl Center, 721 N. Tryon St. $10, $12. Tickets.
Food Truck Fridays Are Back!
Friday Night Festival replaced Food Truck Friday in Southend. It’s a collaboration between The Unknown Brewing Company, Craft Tasting Room and Growler Shop along with The Gold District and Historic South End. There will be multiple food trucks and pop ups and live music. Participants can buy beer from nearby Southend Breweries. Judging how lines typically are, I suggest splitting up and sending one friend to stand in line to get beer and the other two get food. But that’s just how I roll. 5 p.m. Unknown Brewing Co. – Parking Lot, 1327 S Mint St.
Matthews Food Truck Fridays features Acoustic South Duo on stage and Sugar. Handmade Gourmet Donuts will also be there along with 10 food trucks. #MatthewsFoodTruckFridays