Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Events for the Week: May 25-31

Posted by Jarvis Holliday On 5/26/2009 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, May 27

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 features “Mixed Media,” a mixer for members of the media from 6 to 9 p.m. Music by DJ Technics. 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, May 28

Alive After Five (weekly event)
The newly combined Alive After Five is now at its new home, the EpiCentre. Enjoy live music by this week’s bands, Frontiers and Big Ed’s Garage. Both levels will be rocking and there’ll be plenty of drinks from cash bars scattered throughout. Wristbands get you into Blackfinn, Whisky River, Suite, and StrikeCity. 5-9:30 p.m. Free. The EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St. www.aliveafterfiveatepicentre.com.

Island Vibe Nights
West Indian Charlotte hosts this Caribbean-themed night on the last Thursday of every month. Look for authentic calypso and reggae music as well as $3 Red Stripe and Smirnoff Ice drinks. 5:30 p.m. Free. The Attic Bar, 200 N. Tryon St. www.wicharlotte.com or www.theatticuptown.com.

Friday, May 29

Friday Afterwork Rendezvous (weekly event)
End your workweek on a high note at this networking party, held at a different venue each Friday. Enjoy drink and appetizer specials along with music by DJ Daddy D while mingling with young professionals. Presented by Talk of the Town. 6-11 p.m. Free. LaVecchia’s Restaurant, 225 E. Sixth St.

Gucci Mane and Shawty Lo
See two of the South’s hottest rap stars perform live, sharing the same stage in Charlotte for the first time. You must have at least a little bit of hood in you to enjoy this show. 10 p.m. $35 and up in advance. Stir, 3500 E. Independence Blvd. www.stirnc.com.

Saturday, May 30

Hip Hop M.O.V.E. (Music Over Violent Entertainment) Takeover
This community event features teen performances, a hip-hop workshop, and a film screening of Young Lives. Hip Hop M.O.V.E. is an initiative that empowers teens to positively influence their community through music, education, and creative self-expression. Presented by the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County and GenerationEngage. 12:30-5 p.m. Free. ImaginOn, 300 E. Seventh St. www.generationengage.org/state/chltt.

Charlotte FemmeFest 2009
This second annual festival celebrates women in the arts, featuring national, regional, and local female songwriters, visual artists, writers, musicians, and filmmakers. Proceeds from the event will benefit the ECO Center for Women. Experience NoDa at its fullest as venues include Neighborhood Theater, Dolce Vita, Prevue, Wine Up, Smelly Cat Coffeehouse, the Evening Muse, and several art galleries. 5:30 p.m.-1 a.m. $15 in advance, $20 day of. NoDa, corner of N. Davidson and E. 36th streets. www.charlottefemmefest.org.

Men in the City Bachelor Auction and After-party
The Deltas of Charlotte present their fifth annual auction of eligible bachelors. Reception and silent auction begin at 6 p.m. Live auction begins at 7 p.m. $20 in advance. Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. www.carolinatix.org. “The Brothers at Blue” is the official after-party. Complimentary Gentleman Jack for the first 50 men. Music by DJ 06. 10 p.m. $15 and up. Blue Restaurant and Bar, 214 N. Tryon St. (corner of Fifth and College streets). www.thebrotherscharlotte.com.

Soul Bowl Lounge
The popular bowling and social networking event is held in a dozen cities nationwide including Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, and Charlotte. In addition to knocking down pins, enjoy great music, billiards, card games, and drinks. Live music by Moment’s Notice and a DJ. Presented by Digital Divas and Avail Marketing. 10 p.m. $25. AMF University Lanes, 5900 N. Tryon St. www.soulbowllounge.com.

Sunday, May 31

Special Blend @ PJ’s (weekly event)
Special Blend presents genres of artistry, music, visual, and humor in the spirit of good times and good people. Experience it while relaxing in a trendy lounge. 7-11 p.m. Free. PJ’s Coffee & Lounge, 210 E. Trade St. (inside the EpiCentre). www.pjscharlotte.com.


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