Monday, June 30
Welcome reception for new Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe
Sponsored by the Black Political Caucus of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, the Black Women’s Caucus of Charlotte-Mecklenburg, the Urban League of the Central Carolinas, and the John Leary Bar Association. Free. 6 p.m. The Urban League of Central Carolina, 740 West Fifth St.
GPT says: Chief Monroe is expected to talk about the recent arrests of corrupt cops, use of excessive force, and gang violence. You have a lot on your plate, buddy.
Tuesday, July 1
Tone X and Friends
Enjoy a night of stand-up comedy, live skits, improv, and music, along with a performance by the Hunnie Dipz Dancers. $15. 8 p.m. Skandalos, 5317 E. Independence Blvd.
GPT says: It's a weekly hood affair. If you enjoy the comedy of Power 98's Tone X on the No Limit Larry and the Morning Maddhouse show then you'll likely enjoy this event.
Wednesday, July 2
This is the city’s most popular Wednesday networking event. Sponsored by Creative Loafing and the Sol Kitchen. Free. 6 p.m. Loft 1523, 1523 Elizabeth Ave.
GPT says: The crowd, filled with attractive movers and shakers, usually peaks around 9 p.m., but people often hang well past 11 p.m.
Wine Down Wednesdays
This is the kickoff for the new weekly series. Enjoy wine at $5 a glass, along with complimentary cheese and fruit. Sponsored by Millennium Beverage. Music by DJ Silvio. Free. 6 p.m. Prevue, 2909 N. Davidson St. (NoDa).
GPT says: Looks like Prevue is trying to fill the void left by Pop Life, which was held there last year. Now it’s competition.
Thursday, July 3
Alive After Five
This Charlotte staple is in its eighth year. From spring to fall you’ll find young (and not so young) professionals coming to this outdoor after-work party each Thursday. Free. 5-9 p.m. Wachovia Plaza, corners of Tryon St. and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Epicentre at Five
Epicentre is the new hotspot, with its new bars and clubs (Whisky River, Suite, Howl At The Moon, and more to come). And now there’s an outdoor after-work party to compete with Alive After Five. Free. 5 p.m. Pavilion at Epicentre, 210 E. Trade St.
GPT says: So far Epicentre at Five hasn’t proved to be much different than Alive After Five. But it’ll continue to draw a good crowd because it’s new.
Watch the Charlotte Knights as they take on Norfolk. Enjoy $2 beers. Tickets $7-$12. 7:15 p.m. Knights Stadium, 2280 Deerfield Dr., Fort Mill, S.C.
GPT says: Two bucks for beer—enough said.
An Evening with Gil Scott-Heron
He’ll be performing his timeless music and poetry with a full band. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. (NoDa). http://www.neighborhoodtheatre.com/.
The American Dream Pre-Independence Day Edition
Six Figure Entertainment is taking its party to the north side. Price varies; get there early. 10:30 p.m. P.F. Chang’s, 10325 Perimeter Parkway (in front of Northlake Mall).
GPT says: Six Figure’s parties are usually well-attended with attractive young professionals. Expect the same with this one.
Summer Love In This Club
Pre-Fourth of July party sponsored by Inner Circle Events. Crowd will be filling the Pravda lounge, roof top terrace, mezzanine level, and VIP areas. Music by Washington D.C.’s DJ Harry Hotter and Charlotte’s DJ Daddy D. Price varies; get there early. 10 p.m. Forum, 300 N. College St.
GPT says: Inner Circle has one of the best followings among Charlotte’s party promoters. Expect to see the city’s who’s who along with out-of-towners, and you might just run into an old college classmate or two.
Friday, July 4
Fourth of July Rooftop Party
Music and drink specials while enjoying a great view of the uptown fireworks. Complimentary appetizers. $5. 7-11 p.m. Holiday Inn Charlotte Center City, 230 N. College St.
He’s The Ruler and he’s performing live. Hosted by Q92.7’s DJ Stacey Blackman and VH1’s DJ Base $25. 9 p.m. Amos’ Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St.
Fantasy Nights and Flashing Lights
This is a new fashion entertainment and networking event. Top models are promised to be in attendance. $20. 10 p.m. Grand Central, 1000 Central Ave. (not the one on Tryon Street in uptown).
GPT says: Don’t know much about this, but if models from King and Maxim are going to actually be there, it could be worth checking out.
Saturday, July 5
Fantasia's Birthday Affair
Singer and Broadway star Fantasia turned 24 this week and she's celebrating with a party Saturday. The promoters claim she will be there. $20. 9 p.m. NV Nightclub, 20924 Torrence Chapel Road, Cornelius.
GPT says: Look for Fantasia's large entourage to be in tow, including boyfriend rapper Young Dro.
The surviving half of the legendary UGK will be performing live. Power 98's Mr. Incognito will be Djing. Cost varies; ladies free before 11 p.m. Doors open 10 p.m. Club Eclipse, 3746 N. Davidson St.
Sunday, July 6
The Sunday Night Jazz Suite
Local, regional, and national jazz artists perform in an intimate setting. Enjoy complimentary appetizers and a wine tasting reception. $15. 6:30 p.m. Madison’s, 115 E. 5th St.
GPT says: Sounds like a classy affair worth spending an evening.