Dinner and a Show
Posted: Monday, Jan. 28, 2013
All That Jazz
Each month, uptowns Bechtler Museum of Modern Art hosts Tuesday night concerts, featuring small groups of musiciansand perfect for sharing with a music lover, and Friday night jazz performances. This month, a special treat is their annual Chamber of Love Concert on Feb. 17 with a string ensemble playing works by Stravinksy, Rachmaninov, and Shostakovich. After soaking in the sophisticated tunes, take a stroll across the Levine Center for the Arts plaza to Halcyon, Flavors from the Earth, the chic restaurant inside the Mint Museum. Here, you and your date can settle in at one of the candlelit tables or find a seat at the bar with views into the bustling kitchen. Dinner here offers an artistic expression all its own with seasonally changing dishes created by innovative Chef Marc Jacksina.
There are a few Charlotte dates that are tried and true. A trip to the Blumenthal followed by Blue Restaurant & Bar has been a favorite for arts lovers for year. If your date has a penchant for the performing arts, this month youre in luck. At uptowns Belk Theater you can catch two famed Broadway musicals, Les Miserables (February 12-17) and FELA! (February 25-26). Following the show, take a stroll around the corner to Blue, where the performance continues on many nights with live music from local jazz trios. Split a decadent dessert like the Amaretto and Dark Chocolate Ricotta Cheesecake while you recap one show and enjoy another.
Listen and Lounge
Live music in Charlotte isnt all jazz trios and string ensembles. At NoDas Evening Muse, you can find artists performing everything from bluegrass to the blues in an edgy setting perfect for music lovers seeking the next big thing. With up to 70 acts a month, some nights the room fills up, while others feature just a few listeners taking in the show. After youve gotten your fill of tunes, stop in for a glass of wine or a craft beer just down the street at Dolce Vita Wine Bar, where on warm nights the front of the space opens onto the sidewalk and clusters of overstuffed chairs offer the chance for post-show conversation.
Each summer SouthParks picturesque Symphony Park fills with families, couples, and friends piling onto picnic blankets. The Charlotte Symphonys Summer Pops concert series is an annual top spot to take your sweetie for sunset views and symphony strains. Before you go, order a picnic basket from Roosters Wood-Fired Kitchen just up the street. Filled with meats, cheeses, southern dishes, and desserts, the offerings are perfect for sharing as the sun sinks.
Sure, you can always catch the latest blockbuster at theaters around town. But at Actors Theatre Charlotte, on the last Monday of each month, you have the chance to watch films that have long been favorites (for free!) at Cult Movie Mondays. This monthin an appropriate homage to romanceHarold and Maude plays at 8 pm on February 25. But dont fill up on the popcorn. After the flick, head to Amelies French Bakery in NoDa. In the eclectic bakery you and your date can find a cozy nook for enjoying coffee, confections, and conversation about all your favorite scenes.More date ideas? Up next: Happy Hour.