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Toni Baker-Tyson describes herself as a social butterfly and writes about the Qcity's grown-folks nightlife. Her entertainment picks are published each Thursday. Opinions expressed are solely her own. Email her at toni@qcitymetro.com.

Friday night I had a great time listening to the R&B band Uneek Flavur at Wild Wings Café in the University area. If you enjoy old-school hits from the ’70s and ’80s you really need to check them out. I'm a huge fan of Earth, Wind and Fire hits and the band does a fantastic job performing “Shining Star” and many other hits. 

I tried being a good sport as my friends Terance and Jeff grilled me, as if I was playing a game of "Name That Tune" with every song the band performed. If nothing else, I know my old-school music. Even as we took it way back to Johnny "Guitar" Watson, a great time was had by all. There is nothing like getting out on the town and spending quality time with good friends.

Last weekend, like many of you, I spent countless hours watching the homegoing for Ms. Whitney Houston. Never in my life had I ever experienced such a moving ceremony of this magnitude. I sat stoic, laughed, and cried when R. Kelly sang " I Look to You." I almost lost it when hearing Whitney's classic “I Will Always Love You” at the closing of the service. 

I'm thankful that during this most painful and private time the Houston family allowed us ( the public) to share in their most intimate moment. My thoughts and prayers are with Whitney's family as they continue on without her physical presence, knowing to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. I was mentally and physically exhausted after the service and pretty much had a somber weekend. I reflected on the loss of my own family and friends and continue keeping a perspective on knowing my "priorities.”

I am looking forward to enjoying this weekend and I hope to see you out and about in the Queen City. I'm going to keep my picks fun and easy because, like many of you, I'm getting ready for midweek CIAA activities. I understand you want to keep the budget tight for those hair and nail appointments, barbershop hook ups and new outfits. Enjoy yourself this weekend and remember to be kind to one another.

Here are my weekend picks:

“Good Deeds”: A successful, wealthy businessman, Wesley Deeds (Tyler Perry) has always done what's expected of him, whether it's assuming the helm of his father's company, tolerating his brother's misbehavior at the office or planning to marry his beautiful but restless fiancee, Natalie (Gabrielle Union). But Wesley is jolted out of his predictable routine when he meets Lindsey (Thandie Newton), a down-on-her-luck single mother who works on the cleaning crew in his office building. When he offers to help her get back on her feet, the chance encounter with someone so far outside his usual circle ignites something in Wesley. This one good deed may finally spark his courage to exchange the life that's expected of him for the life he's always really wanted. A moving, uplifting drama about coincidence, courage, and the defining choices we make on our paths to happiness, Tyler Perry’s “Good Deeds” is written, produced and directed by Tyler Perry, and stars Perry, Thandie Newton, Brian White, Rebecca Romijn, Jamie Kennedy, Eddie Cibrian, Jordenn Thompson, Beverly Johnson, with Phylicia Rashad, and Gabrielle Union. As you know, Tyler Perry movies bring out a huge crowd. You may want to purchase your tickets in advance. For showtimes and additional Information, visit: gooddeedsmovie.com.

Redemption Night: Red Leather Sports presents Super Brawl 3: Live professional boxing benefiting the Urban Restoration. The main event features John "Spidey" Williams, N.C. Golden Glove winner and many more. I'm a huge boxing fan and haven't seen a live fight since the days of Marvelous Marvin Hagler. You don't want to miss this exciting night. Ladies, this isn't an event just for the men. Come on out and join me!. 

Location: Carole Hoefener Center (610 East 7th St.) 
Cost: Ticket prices start at $25.
Time: 6:30 p.m. 
For additional Information: http://redleathersports.com/events.htm 

"The Colored Museum": Now considered safely within the canon of groundbreaking African American theater, "The Colored Museum" has electrified, discomforted and delighted audiences of all backgrounds as it redefines what it means to be “black.” Performed as eleven individual scenes or “exhibits,” its relentless satirical wit confronts stereotypes old and new. Frank Rich of "The New York Times" declared, “The shackles of the past have been defied by Mr. Wolfe’s fearless humor, and it’s a liberating revolt.” 

Location: UNC Charlotte Department of Theater, Robinson Hall, (9201 University City Blvd.)
Cost: $6-$14
Time: 2 p.m. 
For additional Information: www.charlottecultureguide.com.

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