Monday, March 30, 2009

Events for the Week: March 30-April 5

Posted by Jarvis Holliday On 3/30/2009 No comments
Your best weekly list for parties, nightlife, social, and cultural events in Charlotte. This isn’t intended to be a complete list of what’s going on, but instead are the events GPT recommends. More events may be added throughout the week.

Tuesday, March 31

Charlotte Bobcats vs. Los Angeles Lakers
This will likely be the Bobcats’ seventh sellout of the season when Kobe and company come to town. The ‘Cats won the first match-up this season in L.A. and now their playoff hopes are on the line. 7 p.m. $10-$300. Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St.

Tone-X and Friends (weekly event)
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.

Best Damn Spring Fest 2009
Come meet your favorite reality TV stars. Drink specials include $2 Miller Lite and $5 vodka energy drinks, plus everyone in the door before midnight gets a free tab. 9 p.m. Cost varies. Whisky River, 210 E. Trade St., inside the EpiCentre.

Wednesday, April 1

NABFEME Napkin Night: Women In Media
The Charlotte Network of the National Association of Black Female Executives in Music and Entertainment presents this networking event and panel discussion. Scheduled panelists for the event are Bea Thompson, V101.9 FM; Nsenga Burton,; Cheris Hodges, Creative Loafing; Tonya Jameson, The Charlotte Observer; and Stephanie Grant, ESPN Regional. Bridgette E. Wright, Charlotte Style Magazine’s publisher and editorial director, will serve as the evening’s moderator. 6-8 p.m. Free. RSVP to Felisha Fletcher at Mez, 210 E. Trade St., inside the EpiCentre. Mez will validate parking at EpiCentre’s garage.

Pop Life (weekly event)
It’s the most popular social networking event on a Wednesday night. Starts after work but runs past midnight. Music by select DJs. Sponsored by Creative Loafing and The Sol Kitchen. 6 p.m.-1 a.m. Free. Apostrophe Lounge, 1440 S. Tryon St.

Neo Soul Listening Party (weekly event)
This soulful evening is hosted by V101.9 personality Chirl Girl. Featuring live music by Kobi Keys and Company. 6-10 p.m. Free. Utopia Restaurant, 10210 Berkeley Place Dr.

Thursday, April 2

Top Notch Thursdays (weekly event)
It’s billed as a party for “local celebrities, young professionals, ordinary people, and superstars.” Sounds like it’s for everyone. Plenty of drink specials. Hip-hop and R&B spun by DJ Elementz. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Free. Tilt, 127 W. Trade St.

Friday, April 3

Ben Bernanke Speaks
The Federal Reserve Chairman will be the closing keynote speaker on this the second day of the two-day Credit Markets Symposium. Continental breakfast 7:30 a.m.; Bernanke speaks 12 p.m. Marriott City Center Hotel, 100 W. Trade St.

South End Gallery Crawl
Tour seven art galleries throughout historic South End during this monthly gallery crawl. Participating galleries are Charlotte Art League, Ciel Gallery, DoMa Gallery, Elder Art Gallery, Hidell Brooks Gallery, McColl Fine Art, and Siskate Gallery. 6-9 p.m. Free. Begin the crawl at Charlotte Art League, 1517 Camden Road.

Free Fridays
The first Friday of the month means free admission at one of Charlotte’s swankiest lounges. Featuring DJ C-Rob playing the best in hip-hop, R&B, and reggae. On this night, the club often reaches capacity by 11:30 so get there early. 10 p.m. Free. Kiss Lounge, 204 W. Woodlawn Rd.

1st Fridays Charlotte
It’s touted as the number one urban event and after-party, and it draws a large crowd each month at a different venue. This month is at Charlotte’s newest nightclub. Presented by Dee Autry, Troy Veale, and Thomas Washington. Music by Power 98’s Danny Diaz. Décor 1202, 1202 Charlottetowne Ave. 10 p.m. Cost varies; ladies free before 10:30.

Saturday, April 4

Biz Markie’s Celebrity Birthday Bash
Your favorite old-school rapper slash DJ is back in town to party and has invited celebrity friends. 10 p.m. Cost varies; ladies free before 11 p.m. Stir, 3500 E. Independence Blvd.

Platinum Saturdays
Party at one of Charlotte's hottest clubs, which is also "where the stars party." 10 p.m. Cost varies; members free until 11:30 p.m. (visit website for membership). Club 935, 935 S. Summit Ave.

Sunday, April 5

SSSHH: Sensual Seduction Sundays at Happy Hour (weekly event)
Enjoy an infusion of open-mic poetry and jazz over candlelight. Live performance by Lil G of R&B group Silk. 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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