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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 attended the sold-out screening of "Waste Land'' at the Mint Museum Uptown. Yes, I'm a documentary lover, and I had waited eagerly since November to see this particular film.

There was just one snag: I forgot to register. Thank goodness Katie Miller and staff at the Mint were kind enough to accommodate my oversight.

Waste Land is a brilliant film portraying the lives and triumphs of garbage pickers at the world’s largest dump north of Rio de Janeiro.

For Black History Month, the Mint and the Harvey B. Gantt Center have a calendar of wonderful events. I'll make sure to keep you posted.

As for the Super Bowl Sunday, I've got my eye on Ray Lewis, the Ravens...and some chicken wings.

Here are my weekend picks:

All the Time in the World ~ The McColl Center is inviting the public to a FREE reception for its newest exhibition. Through mixed media, two artists explore how science influences contemporary art. (This event was postponed last week because of foul weather.) “All the Time in the World” is curated by Arif Kahn.
Location: McColl Center for Visual Arts (721 N. Tryon St.)
Time: 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Cost: free
More info: Visit CharlotteCultureGuide.com

Emancipation Through Dance – UNC Charlotte kicks off Black History Month with Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, founder and artistic director of Urban Bush Women. In addition to a dialogue about art, social justice and emancipation, the event will include a brief performance by Urban Bush Women and a dessert reception.
Location: Center City Building at UNC Charlotte (320 E. 9th Street)
Time: 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
More info: Visit CharlotteCultureGuide.com

Two one-act operas ~ UNC Charlotte Opera Workshop and the Chamber Orchestra present a double bill of Giacomo Puccini's one-act operas. Suor Angelica tells the tragic story of a young nun who has her illegitimate son taken at birth and is banished to a convent. Gianni Schicchi, a comic opera based on an episode of "Dante's Inferno," explores the greed, conspiracy and dysfunction within a grieving family.
Location: Robinson Hall, UNC Charlotte (9201 University City Blvd)
Time: 2 p.m.
Cost: $6 general admission/ $4 students
More info: Visit CharlotteCultureGuide.com

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