Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Jan. 17, 2011 — as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.
• Bridging the Gap: Rhythms, Rhymes and Race in America at Harvey B. Gantt Center
• The Lesser Pauls at Snug Harbor
• Find Your Muse open mic at The Evening Muse
• Boss Jones and Friends at Thomas Street Tavern
• Open Mic Night at Bad Fish Bar & Billiards