Sunday, February 22, 2009

Events for the Week: Feb. 23-Mar. 1

Posted by Jarvis Holliday On 2/22/2009 No comments
This is not your typical week for events because the CIAA basketball tournament comes to town Feb-24-28, and with it comes more parties and events than you can count. To help you decipher among the massive list of more than 150, below are GPT-recommended events that I think you’ll enjoy—but you can’t sue me if you don't! Pay attention to times become some of them are day parties. Prices are subject to change (a.k.a. increase at the door).

Monday, February 23

Media Mixer and Welcome Reception
Inviting professionals working in media, communications, marketing, and public relations to mingle and network to kick off the start of CIAA Week. Free hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and great music will be playing all night. Presented by the Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists (CAABJ). 6-9 p.m. Free. Tutto Mondo, 1820 South Blvd. RSVP at info@caabj.com if you plan to attend. www.caabj.com.

Tuesday, February 24

CIAA Women’s Basketball Tournament Begins
See women’s teams compete from the 10 CIAA schools: Bowie State, Elizabeth City State, Fayetteville State, Johnson C. Smith, Livingstone, Saint Augustine’s, Saint Paul’s, Shaw, Virginia State, and Virginia Union. Tournament runs through Saturday, culminating with the championship game. Visit website for times and ticket prices. Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St. www.ciaatournament.org.

A Peace of Jazz Concert Series Part I
Featuring live music by Kim Waters and a complimentary buffet. Ages 30 and up preferred. Presented by Food Lion, the CIAA, and Jaye and Monica Delai. 6 p.m. $30 and up. Kiss Lounge, 204 W. Woodlawn Road. www.jayeandmonica.com.

Wednesday, February 25

CIAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Begins
See men’s teams compete from the 10 CIAA schools: Bowie State, Elizabeth City State, Fayetteville State, Johnson C. Smith, Livingstone, Saint Augustine’s, Saint Paul’s, Shaw, Virginia State, and Virginia Union. Tournament runs through Saturday, culminating with the championship game. Visit website for times and ticket prices. Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St. www.ciaatournament.org.

Pop Life: CI Edition Part 2
The popular weekly social networking event is expanding this week into two rooms and featuring two DJs. Presented by Creative Loafing and The Sol Kitchen. 6 p.m. Free. Apostrophe Lounge, 1440 S. Tryon St. www.apostrophelounge.com.

Thursday, February 26

Kickin’ It On the Northside
Mix and mingle with young professionals after work. Featuring live jazz music and a DJ. Presented by Digital Divas. 5-9 p.m. Free. Utopia Restaurant, 10210 Berkeley Place Dr. www.digitaldivasevents.com.

T.I. and Young Jeezy
See two of the top rappers in the game live in concert. 7:30 p.m. $45-$75. Bojangles' Coliseum (formerly Cricket Arena), 2700 E. Independence Blvd. www.cricketarenacharlotte.com.

The World Tour Party Part 1
Enjoy a chic party over dinner. Hosted by Consuella with music by DJ Johnny Davis and DJ Daddy D. Ages 25 and up preferred. Sponsored by RushmoreDrive.com. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $25-$75. VIP tickets include all-you-can-eat dinner. Chima Brazilian Steakhouse, 139 S. Tryon Street. www.rushmoredrive.com/nightlife.

Pink Groove 4
This party draws a beautiful crowd each year. Presented by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Rho Psi Omega Chapter. A portion of proceeds will benefit its scholarship fund. Music by DJ Stacey Blackman. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $30-$60 in advance. The Forum, 300 N. College St. www.rhopsiomega.org.

Friday, February 27

Steve Harvey Morning Show/CIAA Ford Fan Experience
The nationally syndicated radio show is broadcasting live from the Ford Fan Experience, followed by a full day of events for fans. 6 a.m. Free. Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St. www.ciaatournament.org/page/ciaa-ford-fan-experience

CI Day Party Headquarters: Double Day Party Part 1
Party while the sun’s out and enjoy four DJs, more than forty TVs, 10 pool tables, card games, food, and drinks. Presented by Talk of the Town of Charlotte. 12-7 p.m. $15. Fox and Hound, 330 N. Tryon St. www.talkofthetownent.com.

The Crown Royal Affair
Your favorite liquor that comes wrapped in a purple bag is throwing a party at Charlotte’s newest hotel. Presented by UPTOWN magazine. 6-9 p.m. You must RSVP to get on the guest list. Aloft Charlotte, inside the EpiCentre, 210 E. www.uptownlife.net/royalaffair.

Anthony Hamilton’s Grammy Award Party
Celebrate with the R&B singer and Charlotte native. Presented by Dynasty5, The Sol Kitchen, and Firm Events. 10 p.m. $25-$40 in advance. Cans Bar and Canteen, 500 W. Fifth St. www.dynasty5.com.

Saturday, February 28

CIAA Ford Fan Experience
A full day of events for fans, including live performances by Anthony Hamilton and Robin Thicke, choreographer Laurie Ann Gibson, and the Funkmaster Flex Car Show. 12 p.m. Free. Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St. www.ciaatournament.org/page/ciaa-ford-fan-experience.

Uptown Saturday Part III
It’s one of the most popular day parties, so get there early. Music from DJ Polo. Presented by Digital Divas and AlizĂ©. 12:30-5 p.m. $16 in advance. Blue Restaurant and Bar, 214 N. Tryon St. (corner of 5th and College streets). www.digitaldivasevents.com.

CIAA Women’s and Men’s Championships
Ten teams are pared down to two in each competition. The men’s game will be televised by ESPN Classic. Women’s 5 p.m., men’s 8 p.m. Visit website for ticket prices. Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St. www.ciaatournament.org.

L.O.V.E.
It stands for Lavish, Opulent, Vibrant, Elite—and sounds like the right kind of party. Ages 28 and older preferred. Presented by Talk of the Town of Charlotte, Urban Professionals of Atlanta, and LK Productions and R&R Productions of the Triad. 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m. $20-$40. LaVecchia’s Restaurant, 225 E. Sixth St. www.talkofthetownent.com.

The Green Lounge Afterparty
Party inside this swank restaurant and bar, with music by DJ Jazzy Jeff. Presented by The Sol Kitchen and Simmons Media Group. 9 p.m. $30-$50 in advance. Mez, inside the EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St. www.thesolkitchen.com.

Sunday, March 1

Panache—The 3rd Annual Farewell Jazz Brunch
Celebrate the end of a long week of partying over brunch. Featuring live jazz. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $20. Utopia Restaurant, 10210 Berkeley Place Dr. www.digitaldivasevents.com.

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