South Park Magazine

January 17, 2013

Dinner and a Show

Amp up the stereotypical night out with one of these five combinations of dining and diversions.

All That Jazz

Each month, uptown’s Bechtler Museum of Modern Art hosts Tuesday night concerts, featuring small groups of musicians—and 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.

The Ticket

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 you’re in luck. At uptown’s 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 isn’t all jazz trios and string ensembles. At NoDa’s 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 you’ve 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.

Pops Picnic

Each summer SouthPark’s picturesque Symphony Park fills with families, couples, and friends piling onto picnic blankets. The Charlotte Symphony’s 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 Rooster’s 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.

Movie Night

Sure, you can always catch the latest blockbuster at theaters around town. But at Actor’s 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 month—in an appropriate homage to romance—Harold and Maude plays at 8 pm on February 25. But don’t fill up on the popcorn. After the flick, head to Amelie’s 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.

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