Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Events for the Week: April 20-26

Posted by Jarvis Holliday On 4/21/2009 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 22

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. www.utopianc.com.

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 “Eco-Chic Edition” in celebration of Earth Day and guests are asked to wear green. Music by select DJs. Sponsored this week by Sotac-I. Presented by Creative Loafing and The Sol Kitchen. 6 p.m.-1 a.m. Free. Apostrophe Lounge, 1440 S. Tryon St. www.apostrophelounge.com.

Thursday, April 23

Alive After Five (weekly event)
The newly combined Alive After Five launches at its new home, the EpiCentre. Enjoy live music by Celebration Club and plenty of drinks from cash bars scattered throughout. This will be Charlotte’s largest weekly outdoor party. Wristbands get you into Blackfinn, Whisky River, Suite, and StrikeCity. 5-9:30 p.m. Free. Pavilion at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St. www.aliveafterfiveatepicentre.com.

Friday, April 24

Friday Afterwork Rendezvous (weekly event)
End your workweek on a high note at this networking party, held at a different venue each week. Enjoy drink and appetizer specials and live music by Peace & Love Jazz Soul Band. DJ Daddy D on the turntables. Presented by Talk of the Town. 6-11 p.m. Free. Utopia Restaurant, 10210 Berkeley Place Dr. www.utopianc.com.

Fall Out Boy and 50 Cent
See rock and hip-hop’s finest in one night. Charlotte is one of only a handful of stops on Fall Out Boy’s Believers Never Die Tour where 50 Cent is performing. 7 p.m. $30. Bojangles' Coliseum (formerly Cricket Arena), 2700 E. Independence Blvd. www.bojanglescoliseum.com.

The Heart of Motown
Join Albert-George Schram, the Charlotte Symphony, and the four-member vocal group Spectrum as they recreate the “Motown Sound.” Spectrum, the country’s leading Motown tribute band, will perform favorites by the Temptations, the Four Tops, the Spinners, and more. Party afterwards at the historic Excelsior Club (921 Beatties Ford Rd.). Sponsored by Opus X. 8 p.m. $35, includes concert ticket and admission to Excelsior. Belk Theater, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. www.blumenthalcenter.org.

Spring Bliss
It promises to be a “progressive and exclusive crowd” at Charlotte’s newest nightclub. Music by NYC’s DJ Magic and Power 98’s DJ Danny Diaz. Presented by the Sol Kitchen, Simmons Media, and LV Productions. 9 p.m. Cost varies, ladies free before 11 p.m. Décor 1202, 1202 Charlottetowne Ave. www.thesolkitchen.com.

Yin and Yang Part II: The Black and White Party
Come dressed to impress in your best black and white attire. The party is sure to be live from the bar to the patio and look for many of Charlotte’s movers and shakers among the mostly 30-and-older crowd. Music by DJ C-Rob. Presented by Digital Divas. 10 p.m. $10 in advance, more at the door. Sunset Club, 1820 South Blvd. www.digitaldivasevents.com.

Saturday, April 25

Foreclosure Prevention Event
The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond is partnering with HOPE NOW and NeighborWorks America in sponsoring a public event to address the home foreclosure problem. Homeowners will have the opportunity to meet individually with their mortgage servicer and housing counselors to discuss feasible options to avoid foreclosure. Throughout the day, certified housing counselors will offer educational workshops on foreclosure prevention and credit counseling. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. The Park, 2500 E. Independence Blvd. www.richmondfed.org.

Art and Soul of South End
This annual two-day festival showcases the beauty and culture of historic South End. Enjoy artworks from more than 75 of the region and country’s best artists along with live music and dance and great food from vendors. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. A block party follows with performances by Erika Blatnik, Go Go Pilot, Volatile baby, and The Hot House Hefftones. South End, Camden Road from East Boulevard to Tryon Street. Take the light rail. www.artandsoulofsouthend.com.

I.O.U.S.A. Film Screening and Panel Discussion
Join GenerationEngage and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. as they present a screening of I.O.U.S.A., a film that boldly examines the rapidly growing national debt and its consequences for the United States and its citizens. Immediately following the film will be a panel discussion with U.S. Representative Mel Watt; Craig Dipken, associate professor of economics; and Tanya Dial Bethune, Mechanics and Farmers Bank. 4 p.m. Free. Cone Center (room 210), UNC Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd. www.generationengage.org/state/chltt.

Something Green
Part 1 (9-10 p.m.): Get informed through a discussion with local elected officials and experts on opportunities in the Green Economy. Part 2 (10 p.m.-1 a.m.): Party and birthday celebrations for Q92.7’s Ifé Moore, Rod Garvin of GenerationEngage, and Jason Bennett. Music by So So Def’s DJ Avi-X. Arrive early and get a free compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulb that uses 75 percent less energy. Presented by Six Figure Entertainment and GenerationEngage. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Cost varies, reduced admission before 9:30, VIP available. Chima Brazilian Steakhouse, 139 S. Tryon St. www.sixfigureentertainment.com.

Sunday, April 26

Art and Soul of South End
This annual two-day festival showcases the beauty and culture of historic South End. Enjoy artworks from more than 75 of the region and country’s best artists along with live music and dance and great food from vendors. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. South End, Camden Road from East Boulevard to Tryon Street. Take the light rail. www.artandsoulofsouthend.com.

Heaven On Earth: An All White Affair
It’s a party for college students—celebrating the graduating class—and twenty-somethings. Presented by Y.C.F.R. Entertainment. 9 p.m. Free before 10 p.m., $10 and up after. Kiss Lounge, 204 W. Woodlawn Rd. www.myspace.com/ycfr.

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. www.pinkdiamondpromo.com.

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