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Toni Baker-Tyson describes herself as a social butterfly. Her entertainment picks are published here each Thursday. Opinions expressed are solely her own. Email her at toni@qcitymetro.com or join her Chocolate Social Network.

I had the pleasure this week of meeting artist Joyce Scott at the Mint Museum Uptown. What I didn't expect was her vibrant spirit. As she walked to the podium, she literally burst into song, and I immediately became fixated on this sparrow.

Scott's passion for her art and love for her parents reflect in her work and demeanor. Although she claims to be impatient, she was a sheer delight. And, yes, she believes in keeping it real with her audience.

Scott, who has been an artist for more than 40 years (she's holding her own very well) is in love with what she does and has a comedian’s sense of humor. She will be in residence until Friday at the McColl Center for Visual Art. Don’t miss her exhibit.

Here are my weekend picks:

Charlotte Salsa Invitational ~ Dance the night away with Salsa, Bachata and Kizomba styles at the 5th Annual Charlotte Salsa Invitational. Three days of workshops and professional performances by top instructors and artists. If you are new to salsa, don’t miss the special 4-hour boot camp. Ticket purchase is available at the door.
Location: Airport Sheraton (3315 Scott Futrell Dr.)
Time: Friday at 7 p.m. through Sunday at 5 p.m.
Cost: $30 - $175
More info: Visit http://charlottesalsadance.com

Adrian Crutchfield – Saxophonist Adrian Crutchfield is in town! This phenomenal musician has played with world-known artists such as Alex Bugnon, Prince, Lionel Richie, and Anthony Hamilton. Crutchfield received his first saxophone at the age 4.

Location: Fanz Sports Grill (3425 David Cox Rd)
Time: 9 p.m. - 12 a.m.
Cost: $10
More info: Visit http://www.fanzsportsgrill.com

Nellie Ashford: Colors of Segregation ~ Nellie Ashford is a self-taught folk artist. She began painting in her 50s when her 6-year-old grandson asked her to teach him. Behind many of her paintings are stories about her roots in rural Mecklenburg County during the 1940s and 1950s. Several of her paintings reflect mixed emotions about her childhood, which was delightful yet sometimes painful.
Location: Queens University (1900 Selwyn Ave)
Time: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Cost: FREE
More info: Visit CharlotteCultureGuide.com

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