Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Events for the Week: December 8-14

Posted by Jarvis Holliday On 12/09/2008 No comments
Your best list for parties, nightlife, social, and cultural events in Charlotte. If I learn of more events, I’ll update this post throughout the week.

Tuesday, December 9

A Peace of Jazz (weekly event)
Radio personality Jaye Delai and his wife Monica are presenting this new weekly jazz series. It promises to be a classy event. 7 p.m. $10. Kiss Lounge, 204 W. Woodlawn Rd. www.jayeandmonica.com.

Wednesday, December 10

A Warm Winter Mingle
The Charlotte Chamber's Black Professionals Network (BPN) is presenting this annual evening of networking and fun. Free hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served along with entertainment by Buff Dillard and Uniq'blend. Guests are asked to bring new or gently used winter coats to be donated to Crisis Assistance Ministry. 6-8:30 p.m. $10 to $15. Hilton Charlotte University Place, 8629 JM Keynes Dr. Click here to buy tickets in advance.

Pop Life (weekly event)
It’s the most popular social networking event on a Wednesday night. Starts after work but ends late. Music by select DJs. Presented by Creative Loafing and The Sol Kitchen. 6 p.m. Free. Apostrophe Lounge, 1440 S. Tryon St. (South End). www.thesolkitchen.com.

Thursday, December 11

VAULT Assault Street Racing Challenge
Here’s your chance to race your vehicle on a professional track. It’s like a real-life 2 Fast 2 Furious. No race tires, nitrous bottles, or convertibles will be allowed. Registration 3 p.m., racing begins 5 p.m. $25 to enter your vehicle; admission for spectators is $5 or free with five canned food items. zMAX Dragway, Concord. www.zmaxdragway.com.

Cufflinks and Cocktails (monthly event)
Presented by Charlotte’s Kappas, this event is held at a different bar each month. And this month’s at the bar of the city’s newest upscale restaurant. Come mingle with a group of well-dressed professionals, from 20- to 40-somethings. Drink specials and free appetizers will be served. Free. 6 p.m. Chima Brazilian Steakhouse, 139 S. Tryon St. www.cltkappas.com/cufflinks-cocktails.

Palate to Palette
Offering a twist on the popular wine and food pairing, the Contemporaries will lead guests on a visual and tasting journey of wine and art. 6:30-9 p.m. $20. McColl Center for Visual Art, 721 N. Tryon St. www.mccollcenter.org.

Friday, December 12

EpiCentre Theaters Grand Opening
Be one of the first to experience movies returning to uptown. And this new theater is said to be offering a complete nightlife experience (bars that serve alcohol, VIP). The adjoining restaurant, Mez, is opening too. Visit website for details. EpiCentre Theaters, 210 E. Trade St. www.epicentretheaters.com.

Evolver World Tour
It’s John Legend and Raphael Saadiq. Enough said. 8 p.m. $61. Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. www.ovensauditorium.com.

John Legend Concert After-Party
Club 935, which opened last week, is keeping with its slogan that this is "Where the Stars Party." John Legend will be hosting this party after his concert. This is also a birthday celebration for Richard Marshall of the Carolina Panthers. 10 p.m. Cost varies; everybody free before 11 p.m. with membership. Visit website for membership. Club 935, 935 South Summit Ave. www.club935.com.

Sexy Southern Model Search and Celebrity Extravaganza
The editors from KING magazine, along with celebrity guests, will be in town searching for models to grace their pages. 10 p.m. Cost varies. Stir, 3500 E. Independence Blvd. www.stirnc.com.

Saturday, December 13

Urban Street Soccer Fest
Celebrate the “world’s game” at this day of community, culture, and creative expression. The event will feature a soccer clinic, street soccer four-on-four matches, freestyle exhibitions, live art, music, and prizes. Presented by Concrete2Green and Street Soccer USA. 11 a.m. Free. Eastland Mall, 5471 Central Ave. www.concrete2green.com.

The legendary rap duo of Erick Sermon and Parrish Smith (Smith now lives in Charlotte) will perform some of their greatest hits. 10 p.m. $10. Alive in NoDa, 2909 N. Davidson St. www.myspace.com/alivenoda

Red and Black Affair
It'll be one of the most stylish holiday parties of the season. Hosted by Power 98’s Tone-X and Ifé Moore. Presented by Six Figure Entertainment and CharlotteVibe. 10 p.m. $15 in advance. Mimosa Grill, 327 S. Tryon St. www.sixfigureentertainment.com.

Sunday, December 14

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.

Ssshh: Sensual Seduction Sundays at Happy Hour (weekly event)
Enjoy an infusion of open-mic poetry and jazz over candlelight. After-party and dancing follows. Presented by Pink Diamond. 9 p.m. $10. Happy Hour Bar and Lounge, 3603 S. Tryon St. www.pinkdiamondpromo.com.


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