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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.

Last week was simply unforgettable. I took part in the First Annual Sexual Assault Awareness Walk, which was a huge success. Kudos to the men and women who participated in this worthy cause.

I saw comedian Sinbad at the Knight Theater. He still knows how to charm an audience. Also uptown, I saw spectacular performances from the jazz band Fourplay and jazz fusion guitarist Marc Antoine.

The Legendary Hugh Masekela was flawless at Spirit Square, and his performance of “Grazing in the Grass” was more than I could have imagined. This was definitely one weekend I would do over.

Here are my weekend picks:

FRIDAY
Fences ~ This Pulitzer Prize-winning play tells the story of Troy Maxwell, a former star of the negro baseball leagues who works as a garbage man in 1957 Pittsburgh. Excluded as a black man from the major leagues during his prime, Troy's bitterness takes a toll on his relationship with his wife and son, who now wants his own chance to play ball. Performances are April 12- 22.
Location: Pease Auditorium, CPCC Main Campus (1201 Elizabeth Avenue)
Times: Check website for show times
Cost: $10 - $16
More info: Visit http://tix.cpcc.edu/events/fences

SATURDAY
Live Jazz ~ The "Swing Jazz Series" a four-part concert event celebrating the spirit of swing, presented by the Jazz Diva Foundation and the Performing Arts Coalition. This event will showcase the John Brown Big Band and Jon Faddis, a jazz trumpeter, conductor, and composer. Faddis became known for his ability to closely mirror trumpet icon Dizzy Gillespie.
Location: McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square (345 N. College St.)
Time: 8 p.m.
Cost: $29.50 - $39.50
More info: Visit the CharlotteCultureGuide.com

SUNDAY
Sweet Love, Bitter ~ The Gantt Center celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month with a screening of this rarely seen 1967 predecessor of the films “Round Midnight” and “Bird.” Part of the Gantt Center’s Classic International Black Cinema Series, this “Sweet Love, Bitter” is a must see for jazz lovers.
Location: Harvey B. Gantt Center (551 S. Tryon St)
Time: 2 p.m.
Cost: Free with museum admission
More info: Visit http://www.ganttcenter.org/web/



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