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Best of the City: Arts

By Sarah Crosland, Simone McDowell, and Blake Miller

Posted: Monday, Jan. 27, 2014

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Women to Watch


Our most anticipated performances this month.

Angelique Kidjo
This Grammy award-winning recording artist hits the stage at McGlohon Theater this month for a performance featuring her uplifting songs. But when it comes to this UNICEF Goodwill ambassador, there’s more than music to inspire. In January, Kidjo released her new book, Spirit Rising, a memoir about her escape from communist Africa that features a preface by Desmond Tutu. Catch her—and her dynamic sounds and rhythms—when she comes to town February 8. www.blumenthalarts.org

Sarah Jane McMahon

Symphonie Fatastique
New Orleans rising soprano star Sarah Jane McMahon has performed in venues around the world. The New York Times (she frequently sings with the New York City Opera) called her “bright, active, and fastidiously musical.” This month you can hear the acclaimed musician when she comes to the Belk Theater for part of the Charlotte Symphony’s Classics Series on February 28. www.charlottesymphony.org

Toni Tupponce

This talented Charlotte jazz vocalist is joining the Ziad Jazz Quartet this month for the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art’s annual Jazz For Lovers concert. This jazz artist will be crooning romantic tunes perfect for a pre-Valentines date on February 7. www.bechtler.org

The Levine Museum of the New South

Movie Night

This month’s can’t miss? The Levine Museum of the New South’s Destination Freedom Black History Month Film Screenings. Featuring “Slavery By Another Name” (February 2) and “The Loving Story” (February 14), these documentaries focus on often overlooked parts of African American history. Each screening is followed by dynamic discussion of the film and its issues. www.museumofthenewsouth.org

Light Up

Contemporary museum, The Light Factory, has new digs in Plaza Midwood—but visitors will still find all their favorite features at the new location. From classes and a dark room to exhibition galleries, the new space will play host to local art, film, and photography lovers. Want to get involved? Look for the factory’s Kickstarter campaign launching this month. www.lightfactory.org

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