Looking Ahead

Charlotte to Host NBA All-Star Weekend in 2019

Charlotte has been selected to host the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend, which takes place Feb. 15-17 at Spectrum Arena, home of the Charlotte Hornets. It will mark the second NBA All-Star celebration in Charlotte, which hosted the event in 1991. Playing at the Charlotte Coliseum that year, Hornets Chairman Michael Jordan (then with the Chicago Bulls) was the leading scorer with 26 points. The 2019 All-Star Game will air Feb. 17 on TNT. www.nba.com  

Mustang Owner’s Museum Targets April 17, 2019, for Opening

On the 55th anniversary of the original pony car’s debut, the Mustang Owner’s Museum in Concord opens with a four-day celebration that includes a “Year of the Mustang” event at Charlotte Motor Speedway, a hall of fame induction ceremony, and an attempt to break the Guinness World’s Record for a Mustang parade. Rising in a destination known for motorsports, the museum has 42,500 square feet for displays, a media library conference room and theater. Filmed with Steve McQueen, Sean Connery, Kevin Costner and other leading men behind the wheel, the Mustang has inspired one of the largest and most loyal fan bases in the automotive world. www.mustangownersmuseum.com

Morehead Planetarium & Science Center to Expand

Morehead Planetarium & Science Center, best known as the place where 11 of NASA's 12 moon-walkers were trained in celestial navigation, has announced a $5.2 million expansion of its home on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus. The #TakeUpSpace building project will reimagine the center as a modern-day, technology-advanced science hub with an interactive “maker space,” an updated science demonstration stage, and expanded galleries showcasing the advances researchers are making in science, health and technology. Completion is expected in late 2018 or early 2019. www.moreheadplanetarium.org

Greensboro to Host 2019 World Irish Dancing Championships

Five thousand dancers from more than 30 countries will travel to Greensboro to compete in the 2019 World Irish Dancing Championships in April. About 25,000 spectators are expected to watch as dancers age 10 to adult compete in solo and team performances in various style. Greensboro is the third U.S. city to host these Olympics of Irish dance, which the Irish Dancing Commission (An Coimisiún Le Rincí Gaelacha) began staging in 1970. Five years later, Chicago native Michael Flatley of "Riverdance" and "Lord of the Dance" fame became the first American to win a World Irish Dance title. The 2019 championships take place April 14-21, which by tradition coincides with Holy Week. www.visitgreensboronc.com


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