Think of it as a sort of Thanksgiving table – or rather two Thanksgiving tables. With maybe a few more people than most of us have: Expect 500.
The Arts & Science Council will shut down a block of North Tryon Street on Sept. 9, set up two (very!) long dinner tables, and serve a Southern-style meal, as it hosts its second annual Culture Feast.
The idea? Diners nosh (on chicken and fingerling potatoes and strawberry short cake trifle), sip (craft beer and wine; hence the must-be-21-or-older stipulation), chat (by design, to both friends and strangers) and absorb a variety of pop-up performances throughout the meal. Performers will be a surprise; last year’s ranged from opera signers to drummers to dancers.
Then, til 11 p.m., guests can dance, too, as the dinner gives way to an open-to-all street party.
That will be set to the live music of Tyrone Jefferson’s A Sign of the Times. Jefferson, former music director and trombone player for James Brown, founded this Charlotte nonprofit, “dedicated to sharing the history of black folks,” as he puts it, and received an ASC Honors award this year for its work.
The Culture Feast event runs 7-11 p.m., on Tryon between 6th and 7th streets (between Discovery Place and Spirit Square); the dinner costs $30 a person. You can also buy and donate tickets for the ASC to pass along to neighbors who’d like to come but can’t afford it.
Tickets: 704-372-1000 or www.carolinatix.org/events/detail/culture-feast-1.