Monday, January 26, 2009

Events for the Week: Jan. 26-Feb. 1

Posted by Jarvis Holliday On 1/26/2009 No comments
Your best weekly list for parties, nightlife, social, and cultural events in Charlotte. If I learn of more events, I’ll update this post throughout the week.


Queen's Feast: Charlotte Restaurant Week
This celebration of Charlotte’s restaurant scene runs through Friday. Each participating restaurant will offer a three-course, prix fixe dinner menu for only $30 per person (not including tax and gratuity). More than 60 participating restaurants. Visit website for details.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
The theme of this year’s Greatest Show on Earth is “Over the Top,” and in it you’ll experience a wacky circus spectacular filled with mayhem as Ringmaster Chuck Wagner and clown eccentric Tom Dougherty compete for control of a magical top hat. Runs Jan.28-Feb. 1. Visit website for times. $15-$100. Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St.

Tuesday, January 27

A Peace of Jazz (weekly event)
Radio personality Jaye Delai and his wife Monica present this weekly jazz series at one of Charlotte’s swankest lounges. This week’s musical guest is Moments Notice. Complimentary buffet by La’Wan’s Soul Food. 6-11 p.m. $10 and up. Kiss Lounge, 204 W. Woodlawn Rd.

A Night of Hip-Hop
See several of Charlotte’s homegrown hip-hop artists perform, as well as up-and-coming “urban folk” artist Jocelyn Ellis. 6:30 p.m. $10. The Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. (NoDa).

Tone-X and Friends
Not sure of the reasons, but after debuting to a full house at Alive two weeks ago as its new location, after leaving Skandalos last year, the comedy night is going back to its first home. Anyway, come laugh at the jokes and skits by Power 98’s Tone-X, Chris “Funnyman” Robinson, and other comedians. Music by DJ Stacey Blackman. 8 p.m. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Skandalos, 5317 E. Independence Blvd.

Wednesday, January 28

North Carolina Conference for Women
This all-day conference is designed to provide a platform for women of all ages and backgrounds to network and become informed on timely issues that are of value to today’s women. Celebrity speakers include Lisa Ling, Susan L. Taylor, Alek Wek, Jean Chatzky, and Sheri Lynch. Cost includes breakfast and lunch. 7 a.m.-5 p.m. $150. Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St.

Pop Life (weekly event)
It’s the most popular social networking event on a Wednesday night. Starts after work but often runs past midnight. Music by select DJs. This week, Flawless Make-Up Art presents “The Make-Up Soiree.” Sponsored by Creative Loafing and The Sol Kitchen. 6 p.m. Free. Apostrophe Lounge, 1440 S. Tryon St. (South End).

How Does the Media Influence Public Perception?
In advance of Frost/Nixon coming to the Belk Theater in February, the Blumenthal Center's Education Institute is presenting this event to explore how journalist David Frost was able to successfully question President Nixon after the Watergate Scandal and how the interview affected the public's perceptions of Nixon. This event is part of the "Get to Know the Show" series. 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Queens University of Charlotte, Sykes Auditorium, 1900 Selwyn Ave. Click here to RSVP.

Thursday, January 29

Top Notch Thursdays (NEW weekly event)
It’s billed as a party for “local celebrities, young professionals, ordinary people, and superstars.” Sounds like it’s for everyone, and the hours are all-encompassing, too. 5 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Free before 10:30, women $5 and men $10 after. Tilt, 127 W. Trade St.

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.

Friday, January 30

Strike City Grand Opening
As if the EpiCentre is dominating uptown Charlotte enough, the highly anticipated upscale bowling alley is now open and is holding an official grand opening party. You must have tickets to attend the opening, but everyone is admitted afterwards. Come experience the bowling alley that’s more like a club (dance floor, dozens of flatscreen TVs). Grand opening party 7-10 p.m., general admission 10 p.m-2 a.m. Strike City Bowling, 210 E. Trade St., inside the EpiCentre.

Kickin’ It Uptown
Digital Divas takes the party to the all-new Club Ice. Expect a beautiful crowd of young professionals. Music by DJ C-Rob. 10 p.m. $10 in advance. Club Ice, 300 E. Stonewall St.

Saturday, January 31

An Evening at the Heartbreak Hotel
Inner Circle Events is getting a jump on the Valentine’s parties. Expect a large crowd so get there early (plus admission goes up). Come dressed to impress. 10 p.m. Cost varies. Ember Grill at The Westin Hotel, 601 S. College St.

Club Illumination Part 1: The Ms. Officer Party
It’s a “blue-light affair” that promises to be a night of top-level partying. Plenty of models will be on hand strolling the catwalk. Music by DJ Chase and hosted by Q 92.7’s Ifé Moore. First 50 ladies admitted free and all Aquarius birthdays in free til 11. Presented by Dream Team Entertainment. 10 p.m. $15 in advance. Extravaganza Depot, 1610 N. Tryon St.

Sunday, February 1

Super Bowl Sunday!


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