Sunday, January 18, 2009

Events for the Week: January 19-25

Posted by Jarvis Holliday On 1/18/2009 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.

Monday, January 19

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

City of Charlotte MLK National Holiday Celebration
In recognition of MLK Day, this event will feature music, dance and special guest performances. NASCAR driver Marc Davis will be honored with the Keeper of the Dream Award, and the lives of Barbara Brewton Cameron, Stephanie Jennings, and Valerie Woodard will be celebrated with the presentation of the MLK Medallion Award. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. McGlohon Theatre at Spirit Square, 345 North College St.

Daybreak of Freedom
The Charlotte Symphony, a chorus of students from area historically black colleges and universities, and conductors Chelsea Tipton and Andre Thomas lead a community celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy. The program includes a multi-media film presentation about the Civil Rights movement in Charlotte. 7 p.m. Free. Belk Theater at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St.

Tuesday, January 20

MLK/Inaugural Celebration
This is part one of a two-part celebration at Kiss. Jaye Delai and his wife Monica along with Q92.7 are presenting this event to watch the inauguration of Barack Obama in style and comfort. Complimentary buffet will be served. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost varies, advanced tickets available online. Kiss Lounge, 204 W. Woodlawn Rd.

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 guests are Innertwyned and Jeff Bradshaw. 6-11 p.m. Cost varies, advanced tickets available online. Kiss Lounge, 204 W. Woodlawn Rd.

Tone-X and Friends
After holding court for several months last year at Skandalos, the weekly comedy night is back at a new location: Alive. 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. Alive, 2909 N. Davidson St. (NoDa).

Wednesday, January 21

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. This week is a special “Skirts in the Boardroom edition” that will be paying tribute to women. Presented by Creative Loafing and The Sol Kitchen. 6 p.m. Free. Apostrophe Lounge, 1440 S. Tryon St. (South End).

Beauty and Fashion Industry Night
Stylist, barbers, makeup artists, models, fashion designers, and clothing retailers come together to meet and mingle. Event will also be an afterparty for the Bobcats-Grizzlies game. Music by Power 98’s Mr. Incognito. Presented by Platinum Star Marketing. 8 p.m. $10. Kiss Lounge, 204 W. Woodlawn Rd.

Thursday, January 22

Northwest Chapter After Hours
Networking is more important than ever in a tough economy, so bring your business cards and prepare to build your contacts while enjoying drinks and complimentary hors d'oeuvres. Presented by the Charlotte Chamber. 5:30 p.m. Chamber members free (but register online), $15 nonmembers. Pine Island Country Club, 1701 Stoneyridge Dr.

Kickin' It On the Northside (weekly event)
Enjoy an after-work networking event in north Charlotte. Featuring drink and appetizer specials and live jazz. Presented by Digital Divas. 6-9 p.m. Free. Utopia Restaurant and Lounge, 10210 Berkeley Place Dr.

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 23

Take Over Friday
Enjoy a walk-through of Andy Warhol Portfolios: Life & Legends. The evening will feature an exhibition viewing and discussion with the curator, hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and music by DJ Edward Jones. Presented by the Mint Museum of Art, Takeover Friday, the Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund, and Wesley Mancini. 7-10 p.m. Free. Mint Museum of Art, 2730 Randolph Rd.

2009 Leadership Awards
Urban League of Central Carolinas Young Professionals presents this second annual awards event. This year’s recipients are Tonya Jameson (Charlotte Observer columnist), Mike Minter (businessman and retired Carolina Panther), and Johnny Taylor Jr. ( CEO). Featuring a performance by Noel Gourdin. Hosted by Power 98’s Janine Davis. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. 9 p.m. $35 single, $60 couple. Big Chill, 911 E. Morehead St.

Press Play
Experience the best in old-school hip-hop and R&B from the 1970s to mid-90s. 10 p.m. $10 in advance. Presented by Old School Carolinas. Alive, 2909 N. Davidson St.

Saturday, January 24

Charlotte Restaurant Week
This week-long celebration of Charlotte’s restaurant scene kicks off, running from Saturday, January 24 through Friday, January 30. 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.

Passion for Fashion
This second annual fashion show is a fundraiser for the Allegro Foundation. 7-10 p.m. Felix Sabates' Mercedes-Benz of South Charlotte, 950 N. Polk St., Pineville.

Soul Bowl Lounge
The popular bowling and social networking event is held in a dozen cities including Atlanta, Los Angeles, and New York. In addition to knocking down pins, enjoy live music, food, and card games. 10 p.m. $25. AMF Carolina Lanes, 11210 Brigman Rd., Matthews.

Sunday, January 25

Divine Innovations: An Afternoon of Inspirational Dance Performances
The Leap of Faith Dance Company combines dance and spiritual praise in these uplifting performances. Guests are asked to bring nonperishable food items to be donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank. 3 p.m. $15 (you must purchase your tickets online). CenterStage@NoDa, 2315 N. Davidson St.

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


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