Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Events for the Week: Dec. 29-Jan. 4

Posted by Jarvis Holliday On 12/30/2008 No comments

Your best weekly list for parties, nightlife, social, and cultural events in Charlotte, including some of the many New Year’s Eve parties going on. If I learn of more events, I’ll update this post throughout the week.

Tuesday, December 30

A Peace of Jazz (weekly event)
Radio personality Jaye Delai and his wife Monica present this weekly jazz series. In celebration of the New Year, this week features The Company Band with Buff Dillard along with a buffet from La’Wan’s Soul Food Restaurant. 6-11 p.m. $10. Kiss Lounge, 204 W. Woodlawn Rd. www.jayeandmonica.com.

Wednesday, December 31

New Year’s Eve!

First Night Charlotte
The city's uptown New Year's Eve celebration that was wildly popular in the 1980s and '90s returns after a 12-year absence. Event includes activities for kids (3-7 p.m.), music, dance, a parade (7-8 p.m.), and the Countdown Finale (11 p.m.) that features the raising of the lighted Queen Charlotte crown. It's alcohol-free and fun for the whole family. 3 p.m.-12 a.m. $10 (children 12 and under free with adults). Various locations in uptown. www.firstnightcharlotte.com.

Kuumba Night Kwanzaa Celebration
Come enjoy inspirational dances from South Africa, Brasilian Samba, Capoeria, and West Africa, along with storytelling and performances by other artists. 7 p.m. Free. New Hampton Presbyterian Church, 201 Hampton Church Rd.

A Night of Sin and Debauchery
The creators of Pop Life are bringing you this event. Admission includes complimentary appetizers, a dessert bar, and a champagne toast. Presented by The Sol Kitchen. $25. Apostrophe Lounge, 1440 S. Tryon St. (South End). www.apostrophelounge.com.

Fifth Annual NYE Celebration
One of the city’s most popular New Year’s Eve parties is bigger this year as the DNG has recently renovated and expanded. There will be five bars open, along with buffets upstairs and downstairs, and a champagne toast at midnight. 9 p.m. $69. Dilworth Neighborhood Grille, 911 E. Morehead St. www.neighborhoodgrille.com.

Best of Both Worlds New Year’s Eve Extravaganza
It’s V101.9’s annual party and it’s being held at a new nightclub this year. Hosted by several of the Charlotte Bobcats and Carolina Panthers. 9 p.m. $30 in advance. Club 935, 935 South Summit Ave. www.club935.com.

New Year’s Eve Extravagance
The party at this upscale lounge features a champagne toast and cash balloon drop. Music by DJ Nova. 9 p.m. $30 in advance. Suite, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St. www.suitecharlotte.com.

Everything at Hom
The three-levels—Liv, Feast, and Play—at this club will be hopping with great food and three DJs, including Fred Everything. 9 p.m.-4 a.m. $15-$75. Hom, 116 W. Fifth St. www.myhom.com.

New Year’s Eve Voyage to Monte Carlo
This promises to be a classy and well-attended affair held at a beautiful lodge. Features a complimentary buffet. Music by DJ Paradime. Presented by Inner Circle Events. 9 p.m. Cost varies. Le Chateau De Lodge of the Ballantyne Resort, 13015 Ballantyne Corporate Place. www.innercircleevents.com.

The Art of Celebration with Biz Markie
The incomparable MC and DJ will be leading this party. 10 p.m. $30-$60. Stir Nightclub, 3500 E. Independence Blvd. www.stirnc.com.

Thursday, January 1

Happy New Year!

Touch One Thursdays (weekly event)
Come and enjoy a live band and spoken word by Charlotte’s slam poets. An after-party follows. Presented by Touch One Productions. 9 p.m. $10. Wine Up, 3306 N. Davidson St. www.wine-up.com.

Friday, January 2

Friday Afterwork Rendezvous (weekly event)
Even if you have today off, you'd still enjoy going to this after-work networking event, held at a different venue each week. Enjoy live music and drink and appetizer specials. Presented by Talk of the Town Entertainment. 6-10 p.m. Free. Utopia Restaurant and Lounge, 12010 Berkeley Place Dr. www.utopianc.com.

I Am Music Tour
Starring Lil Wayne, T-Pain, Keyshia Cole, Gym Class Heroes, and Keri Hilson. 7 p.m. $39.75-$125.75. Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St. www.timewarnercablearena.com.

First Fridays
It’s the first “First Friday” of the year and the party’s happening at NoDa’s newest nightclub. 10 p.m. Cost varies. Alive, 2909 N. Davidson St. www.1stfridayscharlotte.com.

Saturday, January 3

Nelly's 2009 Kickoff Party LOCATION CHANGE!
The St. Louis rapper and entertainment mogul is celebrating in Charlotte. (Chances are you'll see him courtside at the Bobcats game earlier in the night.) 10 p.m. Cost varies. Club 935, 935 S. Summit Ave. www.club935.com.

Sunday, January 4

Sunday Seductive (weekly event)
It's a party strictly for the 30-and-older crowd. Hosted by Q92.7's Stacey Blackman. 9 p.m. Free. The Cafe Room, 1250 S. Lucky Penny Dr. www.carolina30.com.


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