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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.

This week I hosted a holiday tea at the Ritz-Carlton. I couldn't help but noticed a gentleman sitting to the right of me playing the guitar.

Yes, I had to make my way over to meet Greg Gagle, who caught my party’s attention with smooth sounds such as Bill Withers’ “Ain't No Sunshine” and James Ingram's “Baby, Come to Me.”

Make sure you catch his performances in the Ritz lobby lounge with vocalist Robyn Springer. And if you haven't experienced a holiday tea there, you'll want to pencil one in.

Here are my weekend picks:

The Art of Spoken Word ~ Catch this monthly event at Poor Richard's Book Shoppe. It’s a creative blend of energy between poet, musician, visual artist and the audience. And at the end of the night, the shop will auction off an original painting created as a visual interpretation of the evening.
Location: 135 Brevard Court
Time: 9 p.m.
Cost: $5
More info: http://www.prbookshoppe.com/Happenings.html

Carolina Jazz Concert Series ~ Hear sax man Richard Elliot, who has been influenced by legends Grover Washington Jr., Bob James and David Sanborn. Also at the event will be guitarist Nick Colionne. This event is hosted by Jazz Diva Tammy Greene.
Location: Halton Theater (1206 Elizabeth Ave.)
Time: 8 p.m.
Cost: $30/$49
More info: Visit CharlotteCultureGuide.com

Classic International Black Cinema Series - A Warm December ~ Filmed in 1973, Dr. Matt Younger (Sidney Poitier) goes to London with his daughter (Yvette Curtis) and finds a new romance. His new love interest is the beautiful and playful Catherine, who seems to enjoy eluding Dr. Younger as much as she enjoys eluding the mysterious men who are following her.
Location: Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts& Culture (551 S. Tryon St)
Time: 2 p.m.
Cost: Free with museum admission
More info: Visit CharlotteCultureGuide.com

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