March 2017 Around Town

11th Annual Lupus 
Mardi Gras Gala

You may don your mask for this gala, but its purpose is to unmask lupus. New Orleans meets Charlotte for this event, which takes place at Founders Hall in the Bank of America Corporate Center on March 4. It’s a true Mardi Gras, with entertainment from Hot Sauce, hot Creole cuisine, a silent auction, fortune teller, Mardi Gras Masquerade Contest and a crowning of Gala King and Queen. The annual event supports research, support and advocacy for those affected by lupus through the Lupus Foundation of America. Visit 
for more information and tickets.

Susan G. Komen Charlotte Laugh 
for the Cure

When life gets serious, sometimes you just have to laugh. The annual Susan G. Komen Charlotte Laugh for the Cure returns to McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square for its 16th celebration this spring. Over its 15 year history, the event has raised over $1 million for Susan G. Komen’s efforts. Molly Grantham, Emmy award-winning news anchor, takes the mic as host once again on March 9. Hilarious comedian Craig Shoemaker headlines this funny show that tackles a serious matter. The evening will include hors d’oeuvres, silent and live auctions and, of course, a belly-laugh comedic performance! Visit for more information.

Dancing with the Stars of Charlotte Gala

Of course you’ve heard of the tv show, but the real show is at Charlotte Ballet’s Fifth Annual Dancing with the Stars of Charlotte Gala. Local stars from Charlotte’s business scene are paired with professional dancers from the Charlotte Ballet for a night of dance on March 4. The annual event raises funds for the ballet company as well as the star’s chosen charity. Charlotteans have been casting their votes for their favorite of the six pairs for months, and it’s time for the final dance-off! Grab your tickets at for this fantastic evening at the Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts.

Discovery Place Nature’s New Planetarium

The stars are shining bright at Discovery Place Nature, thanks to their new planetarium! The Charlotte A. Kelly Planetarium was refitted this winter with a new Digitarium® Zeta Portable planetarium system. The new digital system projects images of the night sky onto the domed ceiling to recreate scenes of the night sky. The new planetarium comes with new shows, too, including video presentations that take on fun topics like moon landings, space travel and space phenomena. You can also catch seasonal star shows that take a wide eye to the Charlotte skies every season. The best part? The shows in the new planetarium are included with museum admission!

Andy Rocco 
Takes the Town

Andy Rocco’s appearance around Charlotte is becoming more frequent. At local bars, galleries and events, producers have begun to feature his work regularly. You’ll find his work these days in South End Brewery and The Wooden Robot. If you have a particular concept in mind, a custom painting may be commissioned by contacting him directly at, 518.229.4941 or direct message on Instagram (andy_rocco).