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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 FoundACEtion. 6-9 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Banana Republic store at SouthPark mall, 4400 Sharon Road. Details: 704-362-4110.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: 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.
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.