Experience the Aug. 21 eclipse with 360 degrees of open, unobstructed views in a meadow a mile high on Fie Top Mountain during a private celebration at Cataloochee Ranch in Maggie Valley. 

Experience the Aug. 21 eclipse with 360 degrees of open, unobstructed views in a meadow a mile high on Fie Top Mountain during a private celebration at Cataloochee Ranch in Maggie Valley. 

There are lots of places to see the August 21st eclipse if you don’t mind heavy traffic and being crowded among hundreds, or thousands, of other viewers. But if you’re looking for a more meaningful and private experience, head to Cataloochee Ranch in Maggie Valley for a once-in-a-lifetime mountaintop celebration.

The experience begins around noon in a meadow a mile high on Fie Top Mountain with a chuckwagon cookout and stories from Native American storyteller Lloyd Arneach before darkness falls.

Around 2:36 pm, as the moon obscures 99.89% of the sun, the mountaintops of Cataloochee will be in virtually total darkness. You'll experience the moments before, during, and after the eclipse with 360 degrees of open, unobstructed views.

This special event is limited to guests at the Ranch and no more than 100 outside attendees, on a space-available basis. Tickets are $150 per person, and include special glasses for viewing the eclipse.

Visitors can stay in the Main Ranch House (background), the Silverbell Lodge, or in private cabins. 

Visitors can stay in the Main Ranch House (background), the Silverbell Lodge, or in private cabins. 

If you make it a full weekend vacation with an overnight stay at the Ranch, you'll save on the eclipse tickets. Stay one night and you’ll save 50% on the eclipse celebration. Two nights, you’ll save 75%.  Three nights, and the eclipse celebration is free. For reservations or information, call (828) 926-1401. 

Cataloochee Ranch has welcomed vacationers from North Carolina and beyond for more than 80 years. Generations of families have returned to this spectacular setting for horseback riding, mountain hiking, a trout pond on site, wagon rides and more. Day trips include an opportunity to see wild elk.

Wagon rides are one of the fun activities offered at the ranch. 

Wagon rides are one of the fun activities offered at the ranch. 

Evenings at the Ranch are filled with music, singing, storytelling, and other entertainments with a mountain flair. Guests can enjoy individual rooms or Smoky Mountain cabins to call their own. The Ranch’s new chef, C.J. Reum, is classically trained in French techniques, but also skilled in Mediterranean and new Southern cuisine. 

Homemade biscuits and jam are on the breakfast menu. 

Homemade biscuits and jam are on the breakfast menu. 

AUGUST EVENTS

Henriette Wyeth painted this portrait of her brother, artist Andrew Wyeth, for the cover of TIME magazine in 1963. Although it's not a part of the Mint Museum Randolph's fascinating exhibit The Wyeths: Three Generations of American Art, the exhibit does feature 50 works of art from the family.

Henriette Wyeth painted this portrait of her brother, artist Andrew Wyeth, for the cover of TIME magazine in 1963. Although it's not a part of the Mint Museum Randolph's fascinating exhibit The Wyeths: Three Generations of American Art, the exhibit does feature 50 works of art from the family.

The Wyeths: Three Generations Of American Art, Works From The Bank Of America Collection: Time is running out to see this acclaimed exhibit that explores the artistic impact of the Wyeth family. It showcases 50 remarkable paintings and drawings from family patriarch N.C. Wyeth (1882-1945); his son, Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009); Andrew's sister, Henriette Wyeth (1907-1997), and her husband, Peter Hurd (1904-1984); and Andrew's son, Jamie Wyeth (b. 1946). It's on view through Aug. 13 at the Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road. Hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $12; $9 for seniors and students. 704-337-2000; www.mintmuseum.org.

The Lafayette 148 New York trunk show is Aug. 16-19 at Paul Simon Women. 

The Lafayette 148 New York trunk show is Aug. 16-19 at Paul Simon Women. 

Lafayette 148 New York Trunk Show: Get an early look at the luxe Fall 2017 collection. It features neutral colors (light heather grey to charcoal; camel to caramel) and seasonal color accents inspired by earthy mineral colors (bronze, platinum, rhodium and rose gold). Aug. 16-19. Paul Simon Women, Village at SouthPark, 4310 Sharon Road. 704-333-6139; www.paulsimonco.com.  

Break out your best 1920s attire for the Great Gatsby Gala Aug. 19 at Wells Fargo Atrium.

Break out your best 1920s attire for the Great Gatsby Gala Aug. 19 at Wells Fargo Atrium.

Great Gatsby Gala: Save the date Old Sport for this 29th annual fundraiser for the National MS Society, Greater Carolinas Chapter. Dress in your best Great Gatsby attire, or black tie, and enjoy food from some of Charlotte's best restaurants, dancing, costume contest and a silent auction. The evening's emcee is WBTV anchor Brigida Mack. 7-11 p.m. Aug. 19, Wells Fargo Atrium, 301 S. Tryon Street. General admission is $75. VIP Speakeasy tickets are $150 and include a private pre-event reception starting at 6 p.m., access to the Speakeasy throughout the event, and an invitation to the VIP After-Party at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse uptown. www.greatgatsbygala.org.

Famous chef Rocco Whalen is sharing his talents with Second Harvest Food Bank for its 28th Chef's Best fundraiser on Aug. 25 at the Charlotte Convention Center Crown Ballroom. 

Famous chef Rocco Whalen is sharing his talents with Second Harvest Food Bank for its 28th Chef's Best fundraiser on Aug. 25 at the Charlotte Convention Center Crown Ballroom. 

Chef's Best: Fahrenheit Charlotte's executive chef Rocco Whalen will prepare a three-course meal for guests at this fundraiser for Second Harvest Food Bank. The theme of the evening is "91" because it takes $91 for Second Harvest to provide one person living in poverty a daily meal for a year. The event also includes a reception, music, a live auction and more. The raffle prize is dinner for two at 52 of Charlotte's best restaurants; raffle prize tickets cost $91. And $91 is also the price of a ticket to attend the event on Aug. 25 at the Charlotte Convention Center Crown Ballroom, 501 S. College St. The reception starts at 6 p.m.; dinner beings at 7 p.m.  704-376-1785; www.chefsbestcharlotte.org.

Southern Charm's Shep Rose, one of the South's most eligible bachelors and perennial party boys, makes an appearance at the Southern Women's Show on Aug. 27. 

Southern Charm's Shep Rose, one of the South's most eligible bachelors and perennial party boys, makes an appearance at the Southern Women's Show on Aug. 27. 

Southern Women's Show: There's shopping, food, fashion, beauty tips and celebrity appearances at this three-day show running Aug. 25-27 at the Charlotte Convention Center uptown. Highlights include appearances by 17-year-old Olympic gold medal gymnast and Dancing With The Stars winner Laurie Hernandez on Aug. 26 (VIP tickets are $50); and Southern Charm's Shep Rose on Aug. 27 (VIP tickets are $35). On Aug. 26 at 2 p.m. there's a Mother Daughter Look-Alike Contest hosted by Ramona from 107.9 The Link and her mother. There's also a Plus-Size Fashion Show; Firefighters Fashion Show; and on Aug. 26 at 4 p.m., the Wheel Pretty Fashion Show emceed by Ms. Wheelchair N.C. Deja Barber and featuring models in wheelchairs from The Raw Beauty Project Charlotte wearing fashions from the Isabel Vernard label. Hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Aug. 25-26; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 27. General admission tickets are $10 in advance; $12 at the door. Teachers, student teachers and school staff with school ID get in free; so do women military veterans with military ID. www.southernshows.com.

WP Kitchen + Bar at Phillips Place is teaching a Cocktail Class on Aug. 31. 

WP Kitchen + Bar at Phillips Place is teaching a Cocktail Class on Aug. 31. 

Cocktail Class: Learn the art of cocktail-making using local spirits paired with gourmet bites. 4:30 p.m. Aug. 31. WP Kitchen + Bar at Phillips Place. $45. Space is limited; must be 21. Reservations: 704-295-0101. 

5 WAYS TO FEEL FRENCH

Feel like you're in France without ever leaving Charlotte with these five ideas.

Feel like you're in France without ever leaving Charlotte with these five ideas.

In honor of Bastille Day on July 14, France's national holiday, here are cinq (five) ways to feel French.

Magnifique treats at Amélie's French Bakery. 

Magnifique treats at Amélie's French Bakery. 

Un: Visit Amélie's French Bakery for a croissant, café au lait, tartine, éclair or other treat from its magnifique French-themed menu. There are four locations in Charlotte (NoDa, Uptown, Carmel Commons) and one on Main Street in Rock Hill, S.C. www.ameliesfrenchbakery.com.  

Deux: Consistently rated one of Charlotte's top restaurants, Aix en Provence's Bastille Day Celebration from 5 to 10 p.m. July 14 includes a special five course dinner, a complimentary glass of champagne and music from accordion player Ed Morris. $75 per person; wine pairings for each course available for an additional $25 per person. 545 Providence Road. Space is limited; reservations required: 704-332-1886; www.aixenprovenceclt.com.

Customize a French straw market bag during a special two-day event at L'Occitane at SouthPark mall July 14-15. 

Customize a French straw market bag during a special two-day event at L'Occitane at SouthPark mall July 14-15. 

Trois: Drop by the SouthPark location of the organic French beauty brand L’Occitane for a special Bastille Day event from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. July 14 and July 15. Purchase one of the brand's famous straw baskets - similar to those used by marketgoers in France - then have fun personalizing it. The basket normally costs $159, but during this event if you spend $50 or more on products, you can purchase the basket for $20. The store will provide the paint, stencils (monogrammed initials, stripes and other designs), and do the customization for you. Or you can freestyle your own creation. 704-362-4324; www.loccitane.com. 

Quatre: Don't forget  bébé. Spoil your petit enfant with the new line of baby products from luxury French brand Chantecaille. Orange Blossom Face Cream, $48; Flower Petal Face & Body Wash, $49; Wild Moss Rose Body Lotion, $55; Neiman Marcus at SouthPark mall, 4400 Sharon Road. 704-442-7900; www.neimanmarcus.com. 

Singer/songwriter Lisa De Novo performs Sunday, July 16, at the Charlotte French Culture Festival at Nevin Park. 

Singer/songwriter Lisa De Novo performs Sunday, July 16, at the Charlotte French Culture Festival at Nevin Park. 

Cinq: Make plans to join the French community for its annual Charlotte French Culture Festival from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. July 16 at Nevin Park, 6000 Statesville Road. There's a French market, live music, entertainment, a costume contest for dogs and food. Tickets start at $5: www.charlottefrenchfestival.com.

 

 

JULY EVENTS

Albert-George Schram conducts the Charlotte Symphony's "Celebrate America" concert on July 1 at Symphony Park at SouthPark mall.

Albert-George Schram conducts the Charlotte Symphony's "Celebrate America" concert on July 1 at Symphony Park at SouthPark mall.

Celebrate America: The Charlotte Symphony kicks off America's birthday celebrations with this concert that 's part of the annual Summer Pops series. Along with patriotic music conducted by Albert-George Schram, fireworks are scheduled to follow the performance (weather permitting). The prelude begins at 7:15 p.m. July 1 with music from PurrCussion; the concert starts at 8:15 p.m. Symphony Park at SouthPark mall, 4400 Sharon Road. $16; $5 for ages 13-18; free for 12 and younger. www.charlottesymphony.org.

The largest fireworks display in the Southeast - and a baseball game between Team USA and Team Cuba - are part of SkyShow Charlotte on July 4.

The largest fireworks display in the Southeast - and a baseball game between Team USA and Team Cuba - are part of SkyShow Charlotte on July 4.

SkyShow Charlotte: This Fourth of July celebration starts at 2 p.m. in front of BB&T Ballpark with food, music and more. There's live music from 3 to 9 p.m. First pitch for the baseball game between Team USA and Team Cuba is at 6:05 p.m. The celebration ends with one of the largest displays of fireworks in the Southeast. The Skyshow Street Party is free. Tickets to the baseball game start at $11. www.skyshowcharlotte.com.  

Every Monday through Thursday in July from 5 to 8 p.m., meet your friends for Cocktails in the Garden at historic Duke Mansion. Admission is free; no reservation required; cash bar. 

Every Monday through Thursday in July from 5 to 8 p.m., meet your friends for Cocktails in the Garden at historic Duke Mansion. Admission is free; no reservation required; cash bar. 

Cocktails in the Garden: Summer Happy Hour is back at historic Duke Mansion. Meet your friends for cocktails and stroll through the more than four acres of spectacular gardens and grounds. 5-8 p.m. every Monday through Thursday in July. Admission is free. Cash bar. 400 Hermitage Road. www.duke mansion.com.

Photographer Daniel Coston's first-ever exhibit of concert photos taken exclusively in Charlotte - including this photo of B.B. King - are on display July 6 through Nov. 22 at Knight Gallery at Spirit Square. An opening reception with live music is from 6 to 9 p.m. July 7. 

Photographer Daniel Coston's first-ever exhibit of concert photos taken exclusively in Charlotte - including this photo of B.B. King - are on display July 6 through Nov. 22 at Knight Gallery at Spirit Square. An opening reception with live music is from 6 to 9 p.m. July 7. 

The Place To Be: Concerts In Charlotte 1995-2017: From legendary artists to local musician who make up Charlotte's music scene, photographer Daniel Coston has photographed them all over the past 22 years. This is Coston's first-ever exhibit of concert photos taken exclusively in Charlotte. It's on view July 6 through Nov. 22 at Knight Gallery at Spirit Square uptown. The opening reception from 6-9 p.m. July 7 includes live music. All the photos in the show are available for purchase. www.blumenthalarts.org.

Four-time Grammy nominated, multiplatinum R&B/jazz saxophonist, songwriter and producer Boney James is part of the QC Summeriest July 28-30 at Belk Theater uptown.

Four-time Grammy nominated, multiplatinum R&B/jazz saxophonist, songwriter and producer Boney James is part of the QC Summeriest July 28-30 at Belk Theater uptown.

QC Summerfest: The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center hosts this three-day weekend of jazz, funk and soul performances July 28-30. The twice-daily concerts are followed by after parties featuring some of the biggest names in jazz and contemporary R&B. Belk Theater uptown. Tickets start at $39.50. www.blumenthalarts.org.

JUNE EVENTS

KiethCockrell (from left), Vinay Patel and Chad Utermark will be honored June 16 at the Father of the Year Awards, a fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association.

KiethCockrell (from left), Vinay Patel and Chad Utermark will be honored June 16 at the Father of the Year Awards, a fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association.

Father of the Year Awards: Presented by the Father's Day Council, this fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association recognizes outstanding businessmen who have also made their families a priority. This year's honorees are Kieth Cockrell of Bank of America; Vinay Patel of SREE Hotels; and Chad Utermark of Nucor. June 16 at the Westin. The reception starts at 6:30 p.m.; the dinner and awards ceremony begins at 7:30 p.m. Master of Ceremonies is WBTV anchor Jamie Boll. Attire is black tie optional. 

The Avett Brothers photographed by Daniel Coston. 

The Avett Brothers photographed by Daniel Coston. 

Faces of Music: Photographer Daniel Coston shares the stories behind some of the famous musicians he's photographed in his storied career including Johnny Cash and the Avett Brothers. 7-9 p.m. June 21 at the Cornwell Conference Center at Myers Park Baptist Church, 2001 Selwyn Avenue. Free. www.cornwellcenter.org. 

Mischell Christmas, a former critical care nurse at Georgetown University Hospital and ICU nurse at the National Institute of Health, will talk about injectables and other new non-invasive procedures during a special event at Charlotte Plastic Surgery on June 28. 

Mischell Christmas, a former critical care nurse at Georgetown University Hospital and ICU nurse at the National Institute of Health, will talk about injectables and other new non-invasive procedures during a special event at Charlotte Plastic Surgery on June 28. 

What’s New In Non-Invasive Treatments: Olivia Fortson, publisher of The O Report, invites you to learn about new ways to slow down the aging process and look your best during this special event at Charlotte Plastic Surgery. Nurse Injector Mischell Christmas, a former critical care nurse at Georgetown University Hospital and ICU nurse at the National Institute of Health, will talk about injectables and the advantages of the Visia Complexion Analysis imaging system and the new HALO laser treatments. Skin Health Specialist Emily Merrick, a Coolsclupting expert, will talk about the new body conturing procedure that’s non-invasive and has no downtime. This relaxed evening of socializing and learning is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, at the office of Charlotte Plastic Surgery, 2215 Randolph Road. Wine and hors d'ouevres will be served. Each guest will receive a special gift bag and a copy of the brand new The O Report magazine. Free. Space is limited. RSVP to olivia@oliviafortson.com.

 

After The Storm, an exhibit by Stephanie Hirsch, is on view May 11 through June 24 at New Gallery of Modern Art. Meet the artist during a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. May 11. 

After The Storm, an exhibit by Stephanie Hirsch, is on view May 11 through June 24 at New Gallery of Modern Art. Meet the artist during a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. May 11. 

New Gallery of Modern Art: Through June 24: After The Storm by Stephanie Hirsch. 435 S. Tryon St., Suite 110. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 704-373-1464; www.newgalleryofmodernart.com

Photographs by N.C. artist Linda Foard Roberts are on view May 10-June 23 at Soco Gallery. 

Photographs by N.C. artist Linda Foard Roberts are on view May 10-June 23 at Soco Gallery. 

Soco Gallery: Through July 8: Passage, photographs by N.C. artist Linda Foard Roberts. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 421 Providence Road. Details: 980-498-2811; www.soco-gallery.com.

 

 

 

 

MAY EVENTS

Tony Zeiss will receive the 2017 World Citizen Award during a sold-out ceremony May 2. 

Tony Zeiss will receive the 2017 World Citizen Award during a sold-out ceremony May 2. 

World Citizen Award: The World Affairs Council of Charlotte presents its 2017 World Citizen Award to Tony Zeiss, former president of Central Piedmont Community College, during this sold-out black tie gala at the Westin uptown. The reception starts at 6 p.m.; the dinner and awards ceremony is from 7:15 to 9 p.m. For details, click here.

One of the eight beautiful homes and gardens that are part of the annual Midwood Maynia Home & Garden Tour May 6-7 in the historic Plaza Midwood Neighborhood. 

One of the eight beautiful homes and gardens that are part of the annual Midwood Maynia Home & Garden Tour May 6-7 in the historic Plaza Midwood Neighborhood. 

Midwood Maynia Home & Garden Tour: Step inside eight of the most beautiful homes and gardens in the historic Plaza Midwood neighborhood during the annual Midwood Maynia celebration that also includes music, food and a parade. The Candlelight Home & Garden Tour is from 6 to 8 p.m. May 5. The Midwood Maynia Festival is May 6 and the Home & Garden Tour continues that day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Home Tour tickets are $20 in advance; $25 the day of. They can be purchased online and picked up the day of the event at The Vine Church, 2101 Belvedere Avenue. Tickets are also available in advance at Common Market, Slate Interiors and Moxie Mercantile. On the day of the tour, tickets can only be purchased at The Vine Church 30 minutes before the event starts. For details, click here.

Go hog wild at the Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival May 13 at Symphony Park at SouthPark mall. 

Go hog wild at the Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival May 13 at Symphony Park at SouthPark mall. 

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival: Go hog wild during this festival that features...you guessed it...beer, bourbon and barbecue along with music, a barbecue competition and bacon tastings. Held May 13 at Symphony Park at SouthPark mall, there are two sessions; A VIP session from noon to 6 p.m. and a regular session from 2 to 6 p.m. VIP tickets are $69 in advance, $77 on site (only a limited number of tickets are available). Regular tickets are $39 in advance, $45 on site. For details, click here.

Emmy Award-winning journalist Andrea Kremer will emcee the inaugural Pink Bow Gala May 19 at Charlotte Country Club. 

Emmy Award-winning journalist Andrea Kremer will emcee the inaugural Pink Bow Gala May 19 at Charlotte Country Club. 

Inaugural Pink Bow Gala: Madelyn's Fund founders Rachel Lee and her husband, Andy, a Carolina Panthers player, are hosting this first-time event in honor of their late daughter, Madelyn. Proceeds go to Neonatal Intensive Care Unit patients and their families including those who experience the trauma of infant loss. Held May 19 at 7 p.m. at Charlotte Country Club, it includes live music by the band Sleeping Booty, food, drinks and a live auction. Tickets are $125. For details, click here.

Enjoy food from Halcyon restaurant, wine and the Mint Museum Uptown's new "State of the Art" exhibit during Taste of the Mint on May 24. 

Enjoy food from Halcyon restaurant, wine and the Mint Museum Uptown's new "State of the Art" exhibit during Taste of the Mint on May 24. 

Taste of the Mint: Immerse yourself in food, wine and art during Taste of the Mint from 4:30 to 7 p.m. May 24 at the Mint Museum Uptown. The elegant evening includes small plates from the museum's restaurant, Halcyon; curator-led tours of the new exhibit "State of the Art" featuring 75 works of art from around the country; and wine. Tickets are $40; museum members receive a discount. For details, click here.

After The Storm, an exhibit by Stephanie Hirsch, is on view May 11 through June 24 at New Gallery of Modern Art. Meet the artist during a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. May 11. 

After The Storm, an exhibit by Stephanie Hirsch, is on view May 11 through June 24 at New Gallery of Modern Art. Meet the artist during a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. May 11. 

New Gallery of Modern Art: Visions of a Fractal Landscapes by Andreas Bechtler and The Ultimate Landscape by Maja Godlewska are on view through May 6.  May 11-June 24: After The Storm by Stephanie Hirsch. Meet Stephanie Hirsch during a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. May 11. 435 S. Tryon St., Suite 110. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 704-373-1464; www.newgalleryofmodernart.com

Photographs by N.C. artist Linda Foard Roberts are on view May 10-June 23 at Soco Gallery. Meet the artist during a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. May 10. 

Photographs by N.C. artist Linda Foard Roberts are on view May 10-June 23 at Soco Gallery. Meet the artist during a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. May 10. 

Soco Gallery: Through May 6: New paintings and works on paper by New York City artist Halsey Hathaway. May 10-July 8: Passage, photographs by N.C. artist Linda Foard Roberts. Meet the artist during a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. May 10. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 421 Providence Road. Details: 980-498-2811; www.soco-gallery.com.

APRIL EVENTS

An April 4 trunk show of designer gowns, jumpsuits and cocktail dresses for rent from Armarium at Capitol benefits The Mint Museum. 

An April 4 trunk show of designer gowns, jumpsuits and cocktail dresses for rent from Armarium at Capitol benefits The Mint Museum. 

Just as blossoms fill spring trees, these lovely events are filling up The O Report's calendar. 

Armarium Trunk Show: In anticipation of the upcoming Mint Museum Gala and the spring social season, this event is a rare opportunity to see gowns, jumpsuits and cocktail dresses for rent from Armarium (www.armarium.com). Complete the look by shopping for shoes from Paul Andrew, shawls by Bajra, bags by Edie Parker and cosmetics from Woo. Co-hosted by Callie Kelly and Erica Hanks. Fifteen percent of the proceeds go to The Mint Museum. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 4 at Capitol, 4010 Sharon Road. Details: www.capitolcharlotte.com

View the newest summer looks from Doncaster through April 7. or at doncaster.com.

View the newest summer looks from Doncaster through April 7. or at doncaster.com.

Doncaster Trunk Show: View the spring and summer collections through April 7 at 228 E. Park Avenue. Appointments: 704-370-0433. 

Keynote speaker at the Festival of Tables is Kelly Davis, wife of Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis and the executive director of the Thomas Davis Defending Dreams Foundation.

Keynote speaker at the Festival of Tables is Kelly Davis, wife of Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis and the executive director of the Thomas Davis Defending Dreams Foundation.

Salvation Army Festival of Tables: Hosted by the Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary, proceeds from the event benefit homeless women and children and provide scholarships for children in the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs. It features beautiful tablescape creations by talented designers along with a silent auction, luncheon and an inspiring talk by Kelly Davis, wife of Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis and the executive director of the Thomas Davis Defending Dreams Foundation. A panel of judges from the media and design communities, including Charlotte Observer Food Editor Kathleen Purvis, will pick winners in both individual and professional categories. There's also a People's Choice Award voted on by attendees. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 18 at the Sheraton uptown.Tickets are $45. Details: www.salvationarmycarolinas.org.

Opera Carolina Maestro James Meena, left, with Dr. Claudio Carpano, Honorary Consul for Italy, who'll host a reception as part of the International Voice Competition.  

Opera Carolina Maestro James Meena, left, with Dr. Claudio Carpano, Honorary Consul for Italy, who'll host a reception as part of the International Voice Competition.  

International Voice Competition: One hundred artists from South Korea, Khazakstan, Italy, Russia, Germany, China, Canada, Turkey and the U.S. have been selected to compete for top prizes and the chance to sing on the Opera Carolina stage. The judges are among the finest opera professionals in the world. The semi-finals round of the competition is 1 p.m. April 26 followed by a reception hosted by Dr. Claudio Carpano, Honorary Consul for Italy. The Finals Concert is 7 p.m. April 28 and includes a reception with the judges and winners. Details: 704-332-7177, ext. 100; www.operacarolina.org

Costumes for Opera Carolina's production of Girl of the West were created by Stefano Nicolao's Nicolao Atelier in Venice, Italy. 

Costumes for Opera Carolina's production of Girl of the West were created by Stefano Nicolao's Nicolao Atelier in Venice, Italy. 

Girl of the West: Opera Carolina's new production of Puccini's The Girl of the West features new sets and costumes designed by acclaimed Italian director Ivan Stefanutti. 2 p.m. April 23; 7:30 p.m. April 27 and 8 p.m. April 29 at Belk Theater uptown. www.operacarolina.org

 

MARCH EVENTS

Like those famous March winds, a fresh breath of new events just breezed in. 

Shop Tom and Linda Platt's Spring Designer Collection March 2-3 at Paul Simon Women.

Shop Tom and Linda Platt's Spring Designer Collection March 2-3 at Paul Simon Women.

Tom and Linda Platt Spring Designer Collection: Representative Drew Scott will be in the store to assist customers with their selections 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. March 2-3. The Connie Roberson spring trunk show is 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. March 15-16. The Lisette L Montreal spring trunk show is 9:30 a.m.,-5 p.m. March 15-18. For each Lisette L Montreal pant customers try on, $4 will be donated to Baby Bundles. Paul Simon Women, The Village at SouthPark, 4310 Sharon Road. 704-333-6139; www.paulsimonco.com.

Meet New York City-based artist Halsey Hathaway March 8 at an opening reception at Soco Gallery for a new exhibit of his works. 

Meet New York City-based artist Halsey Hathaway March 8 at an opening reception at Soco Gallery for a new exhibit of his works. 

Soco Gallery: The Space Between by Carrie Yamaoka is on view through March 3. Opening March 8: New paintings and works on paper by New York City artist Halsey Hathaway on view through May 6. The opening reception is 6-8 p.m. March 8. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 421 Providence Road. Details: 980-498-2811; www.soco-gallery.com.

Works by John Folsom and Mary Nelson Sinclair are on view March 3-31 at Hidell Brooks Gallery. 

Works by John Folsom and Mary Nelson Sinclair are on view March 3-31 at Hidell Brooks Gallery. 

HIdell Brooks Gallery: Works by John Folsom and Mary Nelson Sinclair are on view March 3-31. 1910 South Boulevard. Details: 704-334-7302; www.hidellbrooks.com.

Vermont artist Martha Armstrong's blocky style is the subject of a solo show at Elder Gallery March 3 through April 1. 

Vermont artist Martha Armstrong's blocky style is the subject of a solo show at Elder Gallery March 3 through April 1. 

Elder Gallery: A solo show featuring works by Martha Armstrong runs March 3-April 1. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. 1520 S. Tryon Street. Details: 704-370-6337; www.elderart.com.

Stroll through dozens of gorgeous gardens at the Southern Spring Home & Garden Show March 3-5 at The Park Expo. 

Stroll through dozens of gorgeous gardens at the Southern Spring Home & Garden Show March 3-5 at The Park Expo. 

Southern Spring Home & Garden Show: America the Beautiful is the theme of this 57th annual show featuring celebrity guests, a chance to view the newest products and trends for homes and gardens, cooking demonstrations, a marketplace and displays of gorgeous gardens and interior design. March 3-5 at The Park Expo, 800 Briar Creek Road. Hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. $12 at the door; free for 14 and younger; advance tickets bought online are $10; Harris Teeter VIC card members can purchase tickets for $8.50 with their VIC cards. Details: www.southernshows.com

Surf's up at the Hawaii Five-O themed 80th anniversary party for the Mint Museum on March 3. 

Surf's up at the Hawaii Five-O themed 80th anniversary party for the Mint Museum on March 3. 

Mint Eight-O Aloha!: The Mint Museum Auxiliary hosts this party celebrating the Mint Museum's 80th anniversary. Inspired by the classic TV series Hawaii Five-O, there's luau-style food, beverages and music of the 70s and 80s from The Bad Daddies. 8-11 p.m. March 3 at the Mint Museum Uptown. $125. www.mintmuseum.org

Business leader Liz Simmons and Charlotte Ballet dancer Juwan Alston are two of the competitors at the sold out Dancing With The Stars of Charlotte Gala. 

Business leader Liz Simmons and Charlotte Ballet dancer Juwan Alston are two of the competitors at the sold out Dancing With The Stars of Charlotte Gala. 

Dancing With The Stars Of Charlotte Gala: Six stars of Charlotte's business community are paired with dancers from Charlotte Ballet to raise money for the ballet company and each star's charity of choice. The stars are Liz Simmons, Ed Kim, Weston Andress, Judy Wishnek, Tom Zweng and Sonja Gantt. March 4 at Knight Theater. The event is sold out, but to get on a waiting list go to www.charlotteballet.org.

Lupus Mardi Gras Gala: Founders Hall in the Bank of America Corporate Center uptown will be turned into the French Quarter for this 11th annual event. It includes music from the band Hot Sauce, Creole cuisine, a casino, silent auction, fortune teller, a Mardi Gras Masquerade Contest and the crowning of the Gala King and Queen. Proceeds support the Lupus Foundation of America, North Carolina Chapter. March 4. www.lupusnc.org

Andrea B. Smith of Bank of America, the 2016 Charlotte Business Woman of the Year, will be celebrated at a luncheon on March 8 at Queens University of Charlotte. 

Andrea B. Smith of Bank of America, the 2016 Charlotte Business Woman of the Year, will be celebrated at a luncheon on March 8 at Queens University of Charlotte. 

Charlotte Business Woman Of The Year: For 30 years, this prestigious award has been presented to a leading female executive or entrepreneur who has made significant, sustained contributions to the business community. The 2016 recipient is Andrea B. Smith, chief administrative officer at Bank of America. She'll be celebrated at a luncheon March 8 at Queens University of Charlotte, 1900 Selwyn Avenue. Registration and networking are at 11:30 a.m.; the program is from noon to 1:30 p.m. $80. Registration: www.queens.edu/bwoy

Internationally acclaimed designer Luis Machicao will present a runway show March 10 at the Mint Museum Uptown during a chic fundraiser for Autism Charlotte. 

Internationally acclaimed designer Luis Machicao will present a runway show March 10 at the Mint Museum Uptown during a chic fundraiser for Autism Charlotte. 

Couture For A Cause: A runway experience to benefit Autism Charlotte with entertainment, live and silent auctions, and a fashion show featuring internationally acclaimed designer Luis Machicao's Spring Collection. 7-10:30 p.m. March 10 at the Mint Museum Uptown. Attire is Party Chic. Valet parking provided. $250 for patrons (includes preferred seating and name in the program); $150 general admission. www.autismcharlotte.org.

Gorgeous camellia blooms will be on display at the Camellia Fair March 11 at the Charlotte Council of Garden Clubs during an educational event hosted by the Charlotte Camellia Society. 

Gorgeous camellia blooms will be on display at the Camellia Fair March 11 at the Charlotte Council of Garden Clubs during an educational event hosted by the Charlotte Camellia Society. 

Camellia Fair & Plant Sale: Hosted by the Charlotte Camellia Society, this event is free and open to the public. Members will have blooms on display and the public is also invited to bring their blooms. There will be a prize for the best bloom. This fun and educational event also includes a speaker, a Q&A and details about identifying blooms. March 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Charlotte Council of Garden Clubs, 1820 East Seventh Street. Talks are at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. For more details, click here to go to the Charlotte Camellia Society Facebook page.

A new exhibit of works by the Wyeth family of artists opens March 11 at the Mint Museum Randolph. 

A new exhibit of works by the Wyeth family of artists opens March 11 at the Mint Museum Randolph. 

The Wyeths: Three Generations: A new exhibit of 50 paintings and drawings on loan from the Bank of America Collection is a testament to the artistic impact of five artists from the Wyeth family. On view March 11-Aug. 13 at the Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road. 704-337-2000; www.mintmuseum.org.

Duke Mansion is the site of the N.C. Fine Wines Showcase March 14. 

Duke Mansion is the site of the N.C. Fine Wines Showcase March 14. 

N.C. Fine Wines Showcase: Guests can sample 12 of North Carolina's finest award-winning wines while enjoying accompanying butlered hors d'oeuvres. 5:30-7:30 p.m. March 14 at Historic Duke Mansion. $100. www.ncfinewines.com.

Shop the luxury Italian brand Eleventy's offerings for women and men March 16-25 at Taylor Richards & Conger and TRCWomen.

Shop the luxury Italian brand Eleventy's offerings for women and men March 16-25 at Taylor Richards & Conger and TRCWomen.

Eleventy Pop-Up Shop: A rare opportunity to see this season's entire collection for men and women by the luxury Italian brand. March 16-25 at Taylor Richards & Conger and TRCWomen, 6907 Phillips Place Court. 704-366-9092 (men's store); 704-366-2905 (women's store); www.trcstyle.com.

Everyone is Irish March 18 during the 21st annual Charlotte St. Patrick's Day Parade and Charlotte Goes Green Festival uptown. Both events are free.  

Everyone is Irish March 18 during the 21st annual Charlotte St. Patrick's Day Parade and Charlotte Goes Green Festival uptown. Both events are free.  

St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival: Everyone is Irish for the day during the 21st annual Charlotte St. Patrick's Day Parade & Charlotte Goes Green Festival on March 18 uptown. The parade includes bands, cheerleading and drill teams, elected officials, neighborhood groups and more. It steps off at 11 a.m. at North Tryon and Ninth streets, then marches south to Third Street where it turns left and ends at Third and Caldwell streets. The festival is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and features Irish music, Irish dancers, bagpipers, Irish/Celtic vendors, children's entertainment, food and beverages, and more. Both the parade and festival are free. www.charlottestpatsday.com

The party band Kingdaddy performs March 25 at the Memory Gala. 

The party band Kingdaddy performs March 25 at the Memory Gala. 

View the spring collection from the classic American brand St. John Knits March 11 through March 26 at the St. John boutique in the luxury wing of SouthPark mall. A special event March 25 includes complimentary neck and shoulder massages.

View the spring collection from the classic American brand St. John Knits March 11 through March 26 at the St. John boutique in the luxury wing of SouthPark mall. A special event March 25 includes complimentary neck and shoulder massages.

St. John Knits: Shop the spring collection March 11-March 26 and receive special discounts on regularly priced purchases of $1,500 or more. From 1 to 4 p.m. March 25 enjoy complimentary neck and shoulder massages. St. John Knits boutique in the luxury wing of SouthPark mall. 704-366-4416. 

Memory Gala: This inaugural gala hosted by the Western Carolina Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association honors Carrington and Bill Price. It includes cocktails, silent and live auctions, dinner and dancing to music from the party band Kingdaddy. 6-11 p.m. March 25 at the Westin, 601 S. College St. Attire is black tie optional. $250. www.charlottememorygala

Jerald Melberg Gallery shows The Wyeth Family exhibit March 25-May 6. 

Jerald Melberg Gallery shows The Wyeth Family exhibit March 25-May 6. 

Jerald Melberg Gallery: Works by Raul Diaz are on view through March 18. The exhibit The Wyeth Family runs March 25-May 6. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. 625 S. Sharon Amity Road. Details: 704-365-3000; www.jeraldmelberg.com

Support Historic Rosedale by attending its annual Oyster Roast March 26. 

Support Historic Rosedale by attending its annual Oyster Roast March 26. 

Oyster Roast: This annual event March 26 is hosted by Historic Rosedale and features roasted oysters with all the fixin's, sides and snacks. Plus there's craft beer from Birdsong; music by Rusty Barkley, Vic Rorrer and Johnny Barkley; and tours of the garden from Larry Mellichamp. $35 before March 10; $50 after March 10. Guests must RSVP by March 17. www.historicrosedale.org/events.

WBTV anchor Molly Grantham is emcee of the Charity League Fashion Show & Silent Auction March 30 at Carmel Country Club. 

WBTV anchor Molly Grantham is emcee of the Charity League Fashion Show & Silent Auction March 30 at Carmel Country Club. 

Charity League Fashion Show & Silent Auction: Bid on an array of numerous silent auction items and enjoy a fashion show of women's clothing from Chico's at Stonecrest and children's clothes from Matilda Jane. Proceeds benefit the Charity League's programs that have been helping children in the community since 1921. Emcee is WBTV anchor Molly Grantham. 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. March 30 at Carmel Country Club, 4735 Carmel Road. $60. RSVP by March 11 at www.charityleagueofcharlotte.org.

Enjoy a healthy lunch with proceeds supporting Meals on Wheels during the Friendship Trays Picnic March 31 at C3Lab in South End. 

Enjoy a healthy lunch with proceeds supporting Meals on Wheels during the Friendship Trays Picnic March 31 at C3Lab in South End. 

Friendship Picnic: Grab your friends and enjoy a healthy and delicious lunch prepared by Friendship Trays. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Meals on Wheels in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. March 31 at C3Lab, 2525 Distribution Street. www.c3-lab.com; www.friendshiptrays.org.

Abstract paintings and mixed-media works of art by four contemporary artists are on view at the Gantt Center for African-American Art + Culture. 

Abstract paintings and mixed-media works of art by four contemporary artists are on view at the Gantt Center for African-American Art + Culture. 

The Future Is Abstract: View the works of four multidisciplinary contemporary artists working in abstract painting and mixed-media: Rushern Baker, DeShawn Dumas, Torkwase Dyson and Brenna Youngblood. On view through July 8 at The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, 551 S. Tryon St. Museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Admission: $9, $7 for seniors, students and active military. Details: 704-547-3700; www.ganttcenter.org

New Gallery of Modern Art: The current exhibit is Pop Art featuring works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst, Donald Sultan, Anish Kapoor, Stephen Wilson and more. 435 S. Tryon St., Suite 110. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 704-373-1464; www.newgalleryofmodernart.com

FEBRUARY EVENTS

This month is filled with a lovely array of events, exhibits, shopping and fundraisers to choose from. Here are a few of The O Report's favorites. 

A Marisa Baratelli Spring Pop Up Store featuring jackets, blouses and dresses made from Thai silk are part of the Special Occasion Trunk Show at Paul Simon Women through Feb. 4.

A Marisa Baratelli Spring Pop Up Store featuring jackets, blouses and dresses made from Thai silk are part of the Special Occasion Trunk Show at Paul Simon Women through Feb. 4.

Special Occasion Trunk Show: Paul Simon Women hosts this event featuring Carmen Marc Valvo's Spring Collection and a Marisa Baratelli Spring Pop Up Store. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. through Feb. 4 at Paul Simon Women, The Village at SouthPark, 4310 Sharon Road. 704-333-6139; www.paulsimonco.com

Shop Piet Jac Designs' handmade necklaces at trunks shows Feb. 3-4 and Feb. 18. 

Shop Piet Jac Designs' handmade necklaces at trunks shows Feb. 3-4 and Feb. 18. 

Piet Jac Designs Trunk Show: Shop a collection of handmade necklaces using reclaimed American leather and beads from around the world during Piet Jac Designs trunk shows Feb. 3-4 at Monkee's, 2839 Selwyn Avenue; and Feb. 18 at New Gallery of Modern Art, 435 S. Tryon St. at Ratcliffe on the Green. Details: www.pietjacdesigns.com.

Greater Charlotte Heart Ball: This 58th annual black tie gala is hosted by the Charlotte Chapter of the American Heart Association.  Presented by Novant Health and TIAA, it raises money for cardiovascular research, advocacy and education. 6-11:30 p.m. Feb. 4 at NASCAR Hall of Fame uptown. Details: www.heart.org/charlotte.

This Reptile Print Dress from N.C. fashion house Doncaster is one of the new pieces for Spring. 

This Reptile Print Dress from N.C. fashion house Doncaster is one of the new pieces for Spring. 

Doncaster Spring 2017: View Doncaster's Spring collection that features pieces you can wear now into Spring. Through Feb. 10. To schedule an appointment, call Marguerite Rupar at 704-370-0433 or email her at marguerite@doncastercharlotte.com. 

Community Dialogue Series: The Women's Inter-Cultural Exchange is sponsoring this weekly discussion on race, culture and opportunity held over five weeks. The last event in the series takes place Feb. 8 at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 1000 E. Morehead St. Free and open to the public. Dinner is available from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the church for $7 but reservations are required: 704-333-9071; or email reservations@covenantpresby.org. 

As part of the Charlotte Concerts music series, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine performs Feb. 8 at Knight Theater.

As part of the Charlotte Concerts music series, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine performs Feb. 8 at Knight Theater.

The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine: A performance by one of the finest symphony orchestras in Eastern Europe presented by Charlotte Concerts. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8. Knight Theater, Levine Center of the Arts uptown. $45-$65. Tickets: www.carolinatix.org

"What Moves You" Event: Expert stylists from Banana Republic will help guests pick out versatile pieces that will work well with items already in their closets. Includes beverages and bites from Reid's Fine Foods, sweet treats by SAS Cupcakes, chair massages from Aveda and jazz from DJ FoundACEtion6-9 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Banana Republic store at SouthPark mall, 4400 Sharon Road. Details: 704-362-4110. 

Jewelry from artist and jeweler Blaine Hurdle is for sale Feb. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Soco Gallery.

Jewelry from artist and jeweler Blaine Hurdle is for sale Feb. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Soco Gallery.

Needles & Pins Pop Up Shop: Shop for jewelry from local artist Blaine Hurdle's Needles & Pins collection while enjoying food from Nourish Charlotte and beverages from Lagunitas Brewing Company. 6-8 p.m. Feb. 10 at Soco Gallery, 421 Providence Road. Details: 980-498-2881; www.soco-gallery.com

Sweetheart Saturday: If you're looking for a unique gift for your sweetheart, men's clothing store Tabor will be embossing leather goods and stationery with a vintage Kingsley press during this special event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 11. A jazz trio performs from 2 to 5 p.m. and all vinyl records are 15 percent off. 421 Providence Road. Details: 980-207-4860; www.taborclt.com

One Last Goodbye by artist Jean Rupprecht is one of the works guests can bid on at Art With Heart, an annual fundraiser for Safe Alliance on Feb. 11 at Founders Hall uptown. 

One Last Goodbye by artist Jean Rupprecht is one of the works guests can bid on at Art With Heart, an annual fundraiser for Safe Alliance on Feb. 11 at Founders Hall uptown. 

Art With Heart: Bid on works of art in silent and live auctions. Proceeds benefit Safe Alliance and its mission of helping victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse. 7-11 p.m. Feb. 11 at Founders Hall uptown. General admission: $125 (includes a raffle ticket, open bar and hors d'oeuvres). VIP Package: $225 (includes general admission benefits plus complimentary valet parking, reserved seating during the live auction, access to a special VIP art preview, a champagne toast and a gift bag). Details: www.safealliance.org.

The Future Is Abstract: View the works of four multidisciplinary contemporary artists working in abstract painting and mixed-media: Rushern Baker, DeShawn Dumas, Torkwase Dyson and Brenna Youngblood. On view through July 8 at The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, 551 S. Tryon St. Museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. Admission: $9, $7 for seniors, students and active military. Details: 704-547-3700; www.ganttcenter.org

Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan will speak Feb. 22 at an event sponsored by the World Affairs Council Charlotte.

Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan will speak Feb. 22 at an event sponsored by the World Affairs Council Charlotte.

World Affairs Council Charlotte CEO Series: The leader of one of the world's largest financial services firms, Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan, will share his thoughts on the global economy and the work Bank of America does in the U.S. and around the world. Noon-1:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at the Hilton Charlotte Center City. $50 for World Affairs Council Charlotte members; $70 for nonmembers. RSVP: 704-687-7762; www.worldaffairscharlotte.org

Gorgeous garden displays are one of the highlights of the Southern Spring Home & Garden Show, which runs Feb. 24-25 and March 3-5 at The Park Expo.

Gorgeous garden displays are one of the highlights of the Southern Spring Home & Garden Show, which runs Feb. 24-25 and March 3-5 at The Park Expo.

Southern Spring Home & Garden Show: America the Beautiful is the theme of this 57th annual show featuring celebrity guests, a chance to view the newest products and trends for homes and gardens, cooking demonstrations, a marketplace and displays of gorgeous gardens and interior design. Among the celebrity guests are Frank Fritz of TV's American Pickers who'll be at the show Feb. 24-25. Show hours are Feb. 24-26 and March 3-5 at The Park Expo, 800 Briar Creek Road. Hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays. $12 at the door; free for 14 and younger; advance tickets bought online are $10; Harris Teeter VIC card members can purchase tickets for $8.50 with their VIC cards. Details: www.southernshows.com

Charlotte Concerts' annual Crown Jewels Ball is Feb. 25 at Quail Hollow Club. 

Charlotte Concerts' annual Crown Jewels Ball is Feb. 25 at Quail Hollow Club. 

Crown Jewels Celestial Ball: Celebrate and support the mission of Charlotte Concerts to bring the best in classical music to Charlotte and providing music education for students at this black tie gala Feb. 25 at Qual Hollow Club. Honorary chairs are Leslie and Bruce Schlernitzauer. The evening includes a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, dinner and dancing to the Starlight Orchestra. Tickets start at $250. Details: 704-527-6680; www.charlotteconcerts.org

history-making Astronaut Scott Kelly will speak Feb. 28 at knight theater uptown. 

history-making Astronaut Scott Kelly will speak Feb. 28 at knight theater uptown. 

An Evening With Captain Scott Kelly: The history-making U.S. astronaut who endured a year-long space mission will share his life lessons and personal story at this event hosted by the Learning Society at Queens University of Charlotte. 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at Knight Theater at the Levine Center for the Arts uptown. $45. Tickets: 704-372-1000; www.carolinatix.org. 

Works by Sally S. Bennett are on view at Elder Gallery.

Works by Sally S. Bennett are on view at Elder Gallery.

Elder Gallery: Reconstructions, a solo exhibit by Sally S. Bennett, is on view through Feb. 25. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. 1520 S. Tryon Street. Details: 704-370-6337; www.elderart.com

Works by Sally King Benedict and Virginia Scotchie are on exhibit at Hidell Brooks Gallery.

Works by Sally King Benedict and Virginia Scotchie are on exhibit at Hidell Brooks Gallery.

HIdell Brooks Gallery: New paintings by Sally King Benedict and Around the World by Virginia Scotchie are on view through Feb. 25. 1910 South Boulevard. Details: 704-334-7302; www.hidellbrooks.com.

Works by Raul Diaz are on display at Jerald Melberg Gallery. 

Works by Raul Diaz are on display at Jerald Melberg Gallery. 

Jerald Melberg Gallery: Works by Raul Diaz are on view through March 18. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. 625 S. Sharon Amity Road. Details: 704-365-3000; www.jeraldmelberg.com

The solo exhibit somewhere by isaac payne is on view at new gallery of modern art.

The solo exhibit somewhere by isaac payne is on view at new gallery of modern art.

New Gallery of Modern Art: On view now are two solo exhibitions, Somewhere by Isaac Payne, and Last Summer on Earth by Barbara Schreiber. 435 S. Tryon St., Suite 110. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 704-373-1464; www.newgalleryofmodernart.com

Shain Gallery's current exhibit features works by Christy Kinard and Craig Mooney. 

Shain Gallery's current exhibit features works by Christy Kinard and Craig Mooney. 

Shain Gallery: The current exhibit features works by Christy Kinard and Craig Mooney. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. 2823 Selwyn Ave. Details: 704-334-7744; www.shaingallery.com.

Artist Carrie Yamaoka's works are on display at Soco Gallery. 

Artist Carrie Yamaoka's works are on display at Soco Gallery. 

Soco Gallery: The Space Between by Carrie Yamaoka is on view through March 3. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. 421 Providence Road. Details: 980-498-2811; www.soco-gallery.com.

JANUARY EVENTS

A New Year means a new list of events to choose from in January. 

Guests at last year's ambassador's ball. this year's event is Jan. 7 at Quail Hollow Club. Proceeds benefit the allegro foundation, a champion for children.

Guests at last year's ambassador's ball. this year's event is Jan. 7 at Quail Hollow Club. Proceeds benefit the allegro foundation, a champion for children.

Ambassador's Ball: This annual black tie gala benefits the Allegro Foundation, a champion for children with disabilities. It begins at 6 p.m. Jan. 7 at Quail Hollow Club, 3700 Gleneagles Road. Event sponsors include Wells Fargo, Ally Financial, the Charlotte Hornets, CPI Security, Novant Health and SteelFab Inc. This year's honoree is His Excellency Mohammed Jaham Al Kuwari, Ambassador of Qatar. The evening includes a reception, dinner and dancing plus a special performance by the Allegro Foundation children. Proceeds benefit the Allegro Foundation's movement instruction programs that enhance the quality of life for area children with disabilities. Details: www.allegrofoundation.net

Community Dialogue Series: The Women's Inter-Cultural Exchange is sponsoring this weekly discussion on race, culture and opportunity held over five weeks. It takes place Wednesdays from Jan. 11 to Feb. 8 at Covenant Presbyterian Churh, 1000 E. Morehead St. Free and open to the public. Dinner is available from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the church for $7 but reservations are required: 704-333-9071; or email reservations@covenantpresby.org. 

Pride Awards: This gala hosted by Pride magazine features a dinner and awards ceremony. This year's theme, Building Communities - Changing Lives, is a collaboration with Habitat for Humanity. Honorees include the West Boulevard Neighborhood Coalition, Reid Park Neighborhood Association president Rickey Hall and Mallard Creek High School senior Taye Martin. Normally a black tie event, this year's attire is Jeans and Other Creative Things. Jan. 14 at 6 p.m. at the Westin uptown. Raising The Roof, the After Glow party after the dinner, features DJ Kool. Details: www.pridemagazineonline.com

MLK Day Celebration: Celebrate MLK Day at the Gantt Center Jan. 16 from 9 to 5 p.m. during a day of special events sponsored by Food Lion. Activities include panel discussions, guided tours, art-making workshops, scavenger hunts and film screenings. Free. Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Art + Culture, 551 S. Tryon Street at the Levine Center for the Arts. Details: 704-547-3700; www.ganttcenter.org

Women Of Abstract Expressionism: The first major museum exhibition to focus on the groundbreaking women affiliated with the Abstract Expressionist movement during its seminal years, between 1945 and and 1960, is on view through Jan. 22 at the Mint Museum uptown,  500 S. Tryon St. Admission is $18; $14 for seniors and students. Details: 704-337-2000; www.mintmuseum.org

Opera Carolina's La Traviata: This classic Italian opera in three acts by Verdi takes place in Paris in 1850 and tells the tragic story of the doomed love affair between a wealthy young man and a beautiful courtesan. Performed by Opera Carolina at Belk Theater uptown. Show times are 2 p.m. Jan. 22; 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26; and 8 p.m. Jan. 28. Tickets are $20-$154. Details: www.operacarolina.org.

Dr. Michael Beasley (photo above) will join Dr. Paul Watterson and nurse Allie Haile to discuss the newest surgical and non-surgical rejuvenation options for mothers of all ages on Jan. 26 at Charlotte Plastic Surgery's Randolph Road location. 

Dr. Michael Beasley (photo above) will join Dr. Paul Watterson and nurse Allie Haile to discuss the newest surgical and non-surgical rejuvenation options for mothers of all ages on Jan. 26 at Charlotte Plastic Surgery's Randolph Road location. 

"My Body, My Turn" Makeover Event: Charlotte Plastic Surgery hosts this event for mothers of all ages. Doctors Paul Watterson and Michael Beasley join nurse Allie Haile to discuss the newest information about breast and body surgery, plus non-surgical options for total rejuvenation. January 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Charlotte Plastic Surgery, 2215 Randolph Road. Free, but registration required: 704-237-0036; www.charlotteplasticsurgery.com.

Travel & Cruise Show: Take advantage of one-stop planning and booking at this event hosted by Mann Travel. Events include seminars on the newest luxury vacations and cruises, plus packing demonstrations along with discounts, prizes and giveaways. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College Street. Admission is free. Details: www.manntravels.com.

Fitness expert Liz Hilliard will sign copies of her new book from 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 28 at Park Road Books.

Fitness expert Liz Hilliard will sign copies of her new book from 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 28 at Park Road Books.

Liz Hilliard Book Signing: Fitness expert Liz Hilliard, creator and owner of Hilliard Studio Method, is known for helping women at any stage and any age sculpt strong, healthy and beautiful bodies and minds. She shares her tips and the story of her fitness journey in her new book, Be Powerful: Find Your Strength at Any Age, which has already become a bestseller. She'll sign copies from 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 28 at Park Road Books at Park Road Shopping Center, 4139 Park Road. Details: 704-525-9239; www.parkroadbooks.com

TRAVELING EXHIBIT

Works by Regine Bechtler (from left), Jane Allen Nodine, Jochen Pankrath and Kati von Schwerin will be on display Oct. 3 at Elder Gallery. 

Four German artists are in the process of traveling the Southeast to showcase their works through an exhibit hosted by The N.C. Zeitgeist Foundation that's titled TEASE (Transatlantic Exhibition of Art in the Southeast II). They started in Atlanta on Sept. 30, then move to Spartanburg on Oct. 1 before arriving in Charlotte on Oct. 3 (the tour ends in Durham on Oct. 5). 

While in Charlotte, their works will be on display Oct. 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Elder Gallery, 1520 S. Tryon St. Participating in the show are two artists from Germany living in the U.S. - Regine Bechtler of Charlotte and Jane Allen Nodine, an arts professor at the University of South Carolina Upstate. Plus two artists living in Germany who traveled here especially for the show, Jochen Pankrath and Kati von Schwerin

Details: Elder Gallery, 704-370-6337; The N.C. Zeitgeist Foundation

CARING FOR THE CAREGIVER

Kim Campbell

Kim Campbell

Fans of American music legend Glen Campbell were heartbroken when the star was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease five years ago. His children and his wife, Kim Campbell, have been by his side ever since then, even though he has recently been moved into a full-time care facility as his conditioned has worsened. 

Kim is determined to help other families by writing www.careliving.org, a blog and lifestyle guide for those caring for a loved one. It's tagline is "Caring For Yourself While Caring For Others." That's also the theme of a talk she'll give in Charlotte on Sept. 29 during "Women & Alzheimer's: A Symposium On The Impact Of The Disease As Caregiver And Patient" from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Myers Park Methodist Church, 501 Queens Road. 

Tickets are $50. To register, call Memory Center Charlotte, one of the event's sponsors, at 704-577-3186. For more details, click here

 

CATCH "SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER"

Just as Tony Manero lived to disco dance on the weekends, we lived for the movie "Saturday Night Fever" when it debuted in 1977. Theatre Charlotte's production of the classic hit is sure to have audiences catching boogie fever all over again. It features many of the songs from the movie including Stayin' AliveYou Should Be DancingMore Than A WomanHow Deep Is Your Love and Disco Inferno.

It runs through Sept. 25. Fans of Jeffre Scott Apothecary will be interested to know that Charlton Alicea - the store's new owner and one of Charlotte's most talented hair stylists, makeup artists and dancers - is the production's assistant choreographer and also plays the Puerto Rican dancer Tony thinks should have won the big dance competition in one of the play's pivotal moments. 

Just like the movie, this adaption has adult themes and language, so it's for theatre-goers 13 and older only. Tickets are $27. Theatre Charlotte is at 501 Queens Road. Details: 704-376-3777. To purchase tickets, click here.

THE SOUTHERN WOMEN'S SHOW

 Meet Chris Soules ("The Bachelor" and "Dancing With the Stars") at 3 p.m. on Aug. 27 at the Southern Women's Show. 

 Meet Chris Soules ("The Bachelor" and "Dancing With the Stars") at 3 p.m. on Aug. 27 at the Southern Women's Show. 

Get inspired at the Southern Women's Show Aug. 26-28 at the Charlotte Convention Center. There's nonstop shopping, cooking demonstrations, fashion shows, beauty experts and special celebrity appearances during the three days of fun.

Saturday, Aug. 27, is the biggest day of the show. Two TV stars will be there on Aug. 27 to greet their fans: Keegan Allen ("Pretty Little Liars) and Chris Soules ("The Bachelor" and "Dancing With the Stars"). Also on Aug. 27, authors Dwayna Litz (Happiness: No Man Required) and Tracy Curtis (The Humor Me Series) will talk about their books; and award-winning journalist Christine Sperow of WBTV will be there from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The O Report founder Olivia Fortson will also be there from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 27 to talk individually with show visitors about her Top Ten Tips To Stay Chic and she'll be raffling off some of her favorite products. 

The O Report has several pairs of tickets to give away on a first come, first served basis. For your chance to win a pair of tickets to the show, send an email to olivia@oliviafortson.com with the word Tickets in the subject field. 

For all the exciting details about the Southern Women's Show, click here.  

A PARTY FOR THE AGES - THE JAZZ AGE

"I like large parties. They're so intimate. At small parties there isn't any privacy." That's one of the memorable quotes from F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic American novel, The Great Gatsby. 

And it may be why the award-winning Great Gatsby Gala is still going strong after 28 years of raising funds for the Greater Carolinas Chapter of the National MS Society. Or maybe the annual gala's success is because even those who don't normally get excited about a costume party love to dress up and pretend they're back in the Roaring 1920s.

This year's fun-filled party is from 7 to 11 p.m. Aug. 27 at Wells Fargo Atrium, 301 S. Tryon St. The dress code is Black Tie or 1920s attire. Guests will enjoy hors d'oeuvres from some of Charlotte's best restaurants, an open bar, a silent auction and dancing to the 15-piece band Russ Wilson and His Famous Orchestra. Proceeds go to help the 18,000 people living with MS in 97 counties of North Carolina and all of South Carolina. 

Tickets are $75 each, or two for $120. VIP tickets are $125 and include access to a pre-event reception from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Speakeasy Lounge. To buy tickets, click here.

A MILESTONE EXHIBIT

A music fan gets ready to enter the famous Milestone Club. Photo by Daniel Coston.

A music fan gets ready to enter the famous Milestone Club. Photo by Daniel Coston.

Hey! Oh! Let's Go!!!!! Fans of Charlotte's punk rock scene - past and present - are sure to be among the visitors to the Levine Museum of the New South's "A Milestone In History: You Should Have Seen What I've Heard."

The new exhibit opens July 16 and showcases photos by Daniel Coston and the late Chris Radock taken at Charlotte's legendary Milestone Club, which opened in 1969 and is the oldest punk rock club on the East Coast. Among the famous bands who performed there are REM, Nirvana and ANTiSEEN.

The exhibit is on view through October 16. Admission is $8; $6 for 62 and up. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday. The museum is at 200 E. Seventh St. uptown. On weekdays, the museum provides visitors with two hours of validated parking at the adjacent Seventh Street Station parking garage. On weekends, there's parking validation without any hourly restrictions. For more information about the exhibit, click here.

BASTILLE DAY AND BEYOND

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In honor of Bastille Day, France's national day of independence, celebrate with a tres chic Eiffel Tower Wine Rack available in black metal for $34.99 at Bed Bath & Beyond. We also found a similar version that comes in silver or gold metal for $39.99 at the Total Wine store at Park Towne Village, 1600 E. Woodlawn Road (across from Park Road Shopping Center). Both are 20-inches tall.

Whether you use it for wine, or another avant-garde purpose - filled with rolled up towels in the guest bathroom, perhaps? - it will have you saying Viva La France any day of the year. 

LAUGH YOUR TAIL OFF

Nationally-known comedian Sid Davis performs July 19 at a benefit to raise money for animals in need. 

Nationally-known comedian Sid Davis performs July 19 at a benefit to raise money for animals in need. 

"Laugh Your Tail Off" while raising money for animals in need during a fundraiser for the Greater Charlotte SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) at this special event from 8 to 10 p.m. July 19 at the Comedy Zone, 900 North Carolina Music Factory Boulevard.

The headlining comedian is Sid Davis, a former airline employee who rose to fame after winning a comedy contest in 2012 and is now a regular at comedy clubs across the country and as a comic contributor to nationally syndicated radio shows. He's known as the "Mark Twain of our time" for his ability to turn everyday events into "comic literature." 

The evening also includes a silent auction. All proceeds go to provide care for animals in our area that have illnesses or injuries because of neglect or abuse. 

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased by clicking here

MEET TWO TOP PLASTIC SURGEONS

EDITOR'S NOTE: This event has reached its maximum capacity so we are no longer able to accommodate more guests. Thank you to everyone who sent in their RSVP. 

Olivia Fortson, creator of The O Report, invites you to learn about the changing face of plastic surgery during a special event on June 29. It's hosted with Charlotte Plastic Surgery and features two of its renowned surgeons, Dr. Stephan Finical and Dr. Kevin Smith. They'll discuss the newest advances in skin care and procedures for the face and neck, share details about the game-changing new VISIA Complexion Analysis imaging system and answer questions.

Dr. Finical has worked on staff at the Mayo Clinic and is a revered educator who trains other plastic surgeons around the country and has been published in numerous peer review journals. Dr. Smith is a Princeton graduate who has traveled the world to teach other surgeons about reconstructive surgery and is known for his international medical mission work as the founding vice president of Physicians for Peace. 

When Charlotte Plastic Surgery opened in 1951, it was Charlotte's first plastic surgery practice. Now it has a reputation as one of the best in the country. And it's still tops in Charlotte, For many years, including 2016, it has received Charlotte Magazine's Best of the Best (BOB) Award for Best Plastic Surgery Group. And Charlotte Plastic Surgery's doctors and staff have all learned the art of customer service through Ritz-Carlton training.

Wine, light hors d'ouevres and sweet treats from La-tea-da's Catering will be served. Each guest receives a special gift bag. The relaxed evening of socializing and learning takes place Wednesday, June 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the office of Charlotte Plastic Surgery, 2215 Randolph Road. RSVP to olivia@oliviafortson.com.

NEWS ABOUT FRIENDSHIP TRAYS AND MORE

For 40 years, Friendship Trays has helped feed Charlotteans in need. You can support the nonprofit by turning to its team of chefs at Friendship Kitchen Catering to cater your next party, luncheon or meeting. The chefs specialize in healthy food that's made with local ingredients when possible. One hundred percent of the proceeds support Friendship Trays. Details: 704-970-4842. To see the full catering menu, click here.

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The Instagram account of Circa Interiors & Antiques (@circainteriors) was recently mentioned in Veranda magazine as a favorite Instagram account to follow in the design world because of its "moody, magical images." Click here to see.