Pick up new skill, give back, get cooking and more – all from the comfort of your home. Here are our picks on virtual things to do this week around Charlotte.
CLT After Dark: A Virtual Variety Show
April 30 | 10 pm
This Week Featuring former Carolina Panthers’ linebacker Luke Kuechly, musical performances by the Harvey Cummings Project and Brit Drozda and more
CLT After Dark is an interactive, virtual variety show featuring music, comedy, theater, dance, brought to you by Charlotte Center City Partners. It will be hosted by local musician Noel Freidlinem and guests of the show will include local/regional talent, celebrities, and residents. Shows will air Thursday evenings at 10pm Vimeo Live Stream and Facebook Live. Recorded shows will be available on demand through YouTube and on the CLT After Dark web site www.cltafterdark.com.
Episode 1 will air Thursday, April 30, 2020 and will include former Carolina Panthers’ linebacker Luke Kuechly, musical performances by the Harvey Cummings Project and Brit Drozda and more.
SIP & TASTE FROM HOME
Virtual Beignets Cooking Class
April 30 | 4 pm
Learn how to make these sweet fried doughnuts at home as Chef Alyssa hosts this virtual cooking class via Zoom.
Virtual Happy Hour: Sangria with Kel Minton
April 30 | 6 pm
Unpretentious Palate and Soul Gastrolounge mixologist Kel Minton host this virtual happy hour and cocktail demonstration where Minton will teach attendees how to make sangria that’s perfect for spring weather.
Because we’ve all been spending a bit more time watching Netflix, Protagonist will be releasing a new beer each week to be paired with a movie or TV show currently available on Netflix. Look out for fun beer names that correlate to a character or quote from each movie. Beer is available for pick-up or delivery. Tag the brewery on social media to be entered into a prize drawing.
Tune in to MRC Cocktales on YouTube
New episodes weekly
The Moffett Restaurant Group ( Barrington’s, Good Food on Montford, NC Red, Bar and Broth, Stagioni) is releasing YouTube videos featuring NC Red’s mixologist Sabrina Marie. Check out the first three episodes on YouTube now and stay tuned for new releases.
Virtual wine classes from Corkbuzz
Sip and learn from your own home at Corkbuzz brings their fun and education wine classes to you via Zoom. Upcoming classes include:
- Tour of Austria: April 29, 6:30 pm
- Regional Profile of Beaujolais: April 30, 8 pm
- Masterclass: Northern Italy: May 1, 6:30 pm
- All About Rosé: May 2, 2 pm
- Blind Tasting with Laura Fiorvanti and Guest Sommelier: May 2, 4 pm
- Island Hopping: May 3, 2 pm
Craft the Perfect Cheeseboard Workshop
April 30 | 7 pm
Bumble and Tori Tippin (@CLTCheeseChick) team up to teach participants the tips and tricks to crafting the perfect cheeseboard. The first 15 participants to sign up will be mailed a $25 gift certificate to Orrman’s Cheese Shop.
Chill Grill & Bake with Chef Charles and Sonya
May 1 | 8 pm
This free introductory class hosted by Jamie Borromeo Akau features a grilled vegetable demonstration with Chef Charles Akau of Big Island Big Flavor and baking Toasted Strawberry Basil Pound Cake with Sonya Caldwell of Rosemary Honey Bakes.
Oysters 101 | Workshop Livestream
May 4 | 6 pm
Explore the world of oysters with Brett Faldstein, Executive Chef at Sea Level NC and ACE No. 3, and Paul Manley, partner at Sea Level NC, The Waterman, and ACE No. 3. You’ll learn how to shuck, prepare and enjoy oysters at home, and the workshop package includes an appetizer, four courses of oysters, choice of canned peer or wine to pair and a branded shucking knife to keep.
Virtual Cinco de Mayo Cooking Class
May 5 | 4 pm
Chef Alyssa will lead this Cinco de Mayo themed virtual cooking class. $15 per household.
LEARN SOMETHING NEW
Virtual Cupcake Decorating Presented by Sweet Spot Studio
April 29 | 3 pm
Sweet Spot Studio and Bake Mohr Sweets will team up with Make-A-Wish for a virtual cupcake decorating party with Chef Monet of Bake Mohr Sweets to celebrate World Wish Day and Make-A-Wish’s 40th year of wish granting. Order a kit ahead of time then tune in to Facebook Live to join.
Introduction to the Enneagram
April 30 | 7 pm
In this beginner SkillPop class, Torre and Justin Mower of @socialenneagram provide more insight on this dynamic tool and discuss basic characteristics of each of the 9 enneagram types.
Online Class- Botanical Drawing: Flower Portraits in Pencil
April 30 | 9 am
Amy Tipton, UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens’ Assistant Director, will lead this all-levels, online class covering a basic understanding of plant and botanical drawing.
SkillPop: Watercolor Lemons
May 1 | 5 pm
In this virtual SkillPop class, local artist Ali Loncar-Bridges will provide step-by-step instructions and guided practice creating a watercolor lemon tree scene. $20.
Between May 4 and May 8, Mind Body Baby NC will bring awareness to Maternal Mental Health Awareness week by giving away multiple gifts and packages from local small businesses affected by COVID-19. Stay tuned on Facebook for ways to win.
Engage 2020: Virtual Learning at Any Age
April 29 | 3 pm
The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and ImaginOn offer a chance to learn about the past, present, and future of civic engagement. Tune in on Facebook.
Explore the nature in your own backyard with virtual programming from Wing Haven. Enjoy on-demand story time videos and at-home activity guidance.
BOLD Junior Jammers Preschool Music Classes
Thursdays | 11 am
Preschool aged children can jam out in these weekly online programs that encourage the cognitive and developmental benefits of learning music at a young age. Free.
Take a virtual visit to the NC Zoo
On demand/Varying program times
While the Zoo is closed, the whole family can enjoy animal stories, education, activities and live events on the NC Zoo website.
Virtual Painting with the Glass Slipper Princess
May 2 | 11 am
Paint with Cinderella as she walks you through creating your own glitter canvas masterpiece. Kits include a reusable child-size apron, paint brunch, paint and an autograph from the princess. $25 per kit.
Kids can learn how to measure their heart rate and why it’s important to stay active during this time at home with this guided experience from Discovery Place Science.
Listen and Move Storytime on Live
April 29 and May 4
Tune in on Facebook for a live storytime including stories, songs and movement that build fine motor skills.
Each Friday, the museum will share a family-friendly activity to do at home, brought to you by one of the museum’s staff members.
EXPLORE CLT ARTS & CULTURE
#Artist Happy Hour with Anne Neilson Fine Art
Thursdays | 4 pm
Go live for mini studio tours and fun interviews with a different Anne Neilson Fine Art artist each week during #ArtistHappyHour.
Take a virtual gallery tour of Classic Black’s Sculpture Hall
On demand, made available by The Mint Museum
Take a virtual gallery tour of the first of three rooms in The Mint Museum’s exhibition Classic Black: The Basalt Sculpture of Wedgwood and His Contemporaries, on view at Mint Museum Randolph.
Food for Thought: Making Value-Based Decisions in a Pandemic
April 30 | 12-1 pm
This virtual lunch and learn session led by Cassmer Ward will focus on how small business owners are taking the current global events and using it as a time to make value-based decisions.
Final Draught: Home Edition (streaming on Facebook)
April 30 | 7 pm
Each Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 7 pm, head to Facebook for Final Draught: Home Edition, a free virtual chat with a writer. This week: At Home with author Patrice Gopo.
Virtually Hilarious with Beerly Funny – A Live Comedy Show
April 30 | 7 pm
Tune in to this family-friendly virtual stand-up comedy show on Zoom. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of Charlotte. $10.
First Friday Live Music & Open Mic Poetry
May 1 | 7 pm
The Pauline Tea Bar and Apocethary will host this virtual First Friday event featuring two local musicians/singers performing live music and poetry sharing. $10 includes a special curated herbal tea (available for shipping/pick-up).
Get to know the vendors behind the beloved Front Porch Sundays market series as they go live on Instagram with one small business each week.
LIVE Habitual Yoga
May 2 | 10:30 am
When you can’t practice at Devil’s Logic Brewing, instructor Nikki Seward will bring her all-levels flow class straight into your living room. Follow the brewery on Facebook Live to join in.