Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Events for the Week: April 13-19

Posted by Jarvis Holliday On 4/15/2009 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 everything that's going on, but instead are the events GPT recommends.

Wednesday, April 15

Charlotte Taste of the Nation
Enjoy a gourmet extravaganza featuring signature dishes from more than 20 Charlotte-area restaurants and culinary schools as well as fine wine and beer at this annual fundraising event. There will also be silent and live auctions and live entertainment. Proceeds will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina and efforts to end hunger. 6-10 p.m. $60. Wachovia Atrium, 401 S. Tryon St.

Pop Life (weekly event)
It’s the most popular social networking event on a Wednesday night. Starts after work but runs past midnight. This week is the “Erotic Edition” with live poetry (7:30 p.m.) and a book signing by Cheris Hodges. 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.

Thursday, April 16

Diversity, College, and Bilingual Professional Career Fair
This free job fair seeks to increase diversity amongst our workforce and it’s at a time when many people are in need of work. Professional dress is required and candidates are advised to bring at least 25 copies of their resume. 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free. The Park (formerly Charlotte Merchandise Mart), 2500 E. Independence Blvd.

Third Thursdays: Live Jazz
Enjoy live jazz, light refreshments, and great art during special late hours at the museum. This month’s featured band is the Ocie Davis Trio. Sponsored by V101.9 FM. Mint Museum of Craft + Design, 220 N. Tryon St. 5-8 p.m. Free. (music 6:30-7:30 p.m.)

Alive After Five
The new season of Charlotte’s largest outdoor, after-work social event kicks off this evening and is being held one last time at the Wachovia Plaza, where it has run spring to fall for the last eight years. Next week it moves to its new home, the Pavilion at EpiCentre. Live music by Liquid Pleasure. And plenty of beer. 5-9 p.m. Free. Wachovia Plaza, corners of Tryon St. and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Jazzay and After-work Social
Enjoy live jazz during happy hour (6-10 p.m.) then hang around late for DJ Daddy D (10 p.m.-2 a.m.) Free. Utopia Restaurant, 10210 Berkeley Place Dr.

Friday, April 17

Robin Thicke and Jennifer Hudson
Come see these two dynamic singers live in concert. 8 p.m. $49-$59.50. Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd.,

SlamCharlotte Poetry Slam
Witness Charlotte’s own two-time defending national championship team of spoken word poets (2007 and 2008) do what they do best at this monthly event. SlamCharlotte’s current Slammaster, Bluz, is the 13th ranked individual poet in the world. Show contains adult language and content. 8 p.m. $10. McGlohon Theatre, 345 North College St.

Spring Couture II and Men Talk ‘09
Before the party there will be a forum. A panel of seven men will discuss such topics as “Why do men cheat?” “What does a man look for in a woman?” and “Where are all the good men?” Ladies are going to want to know the answers to these questions. Presented by Six Figure Entertainment. Forum, 8-10 p.m. Party, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Visit website for cost. Big Chill, 911 E. Morehead St.

Put the Needle on the Record
This old-school hip-hop party will bring the “jams” back from the 1990s. Music by DJ Justice. Presented by Old School Carolinas. 10 p.m. $10 before 11 p.m. and ladies free before 10:30. Alive, 2909 N. Davidson St.

Saturday, April 18

“Secrets to Accessing the Media” Workshop
This fourth annual event connects the community with members of the media—a panel of journalists from newspapers, magazines, TV, radio, and Internet—as they offer tips and advice on how to get your stories told and insight into how newsrooms work. Presented by the Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists (CAABJ). 1-3 p.m. Free, but you’re asked to RSVP at Afro-American Cultural Center, 401 North Myers St.

Carolina Queens
Watch Charlotte’s women’s football team (that’s right, these ladies will tackle the s#it out of you) play their first home game of the season against the Cape Fear Thunder. 6 p.m. $10. West Charlotte High School, 2219 Senior Dr.

Terry McMillan
The critically acclaimed author will speak as part of the “Change Is Coming to Charlotte” series, sponsored by RealEyes Bookstore and the Charlotte Literary Festival. McMillan will be interviewed by fellow author Omar Tyree on stage and she will also take questions from the audience. Also featured at this event will be spoken word performances, comedy by Prince Paul, and live jazz from The Queens Collective. 6:30 p.m. $15-$25. McGlohon Theatre, 345 North College St.

PlayDate Charlotte
Charlotte has now joined the network of more than 30 cities that offer this alternative to typical partying and nightclubbing. There's still music and drinks involved but the fun is centered on adults playing card games, checkers, dominoes, Connect Four, Twister, and more. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $10. Big Chill, 911 E. Morehead St.

Sunday, April 19

MatchMaker Tennis Mix and Mingle
Come learn more about this great group that matches up tennis enthusiasts. Appetizers will be served and a cash bar will be available. 4-6 p.m. Free. Outback Steakhouse, 1412 East Blvd.

The Foreign Exchange
Myspace Music presents this concert as part of its “Beyond the Sound” series. The Foreign Exchange is a hip-hop duo consisting of rapper Phonte (from Little Brother) and Dutch producer Nicolay. Special guest DJ Rasta Root. Doors open at 7 p.m. Free. The Double Door Inn, 1218 Charlottetowne Ave. or


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