Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Events for the Week: May 4-10

Posted by Jarvis Holliday On 5/05/2009 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.

Tuesday, May 5

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Cinco de Mayo Block Party
This block party on Elizabeth Avenue is for a good cause, with proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. There will be live music by Simplified, plenty of food and drink specials, and a drawing for a four-day trip to Cancun. 4 p.m. $5 donation. 1900 Mexican Grill, 1523 Elizabeth Ave. www.360charlotte.com/restaurants/mexican/1900mexicangrill.html  

Cinco de Mayo at La Paz
Since it’s really just about drinking, $25 gets you all you can drink. Live music also. 5 p.m. La Paz, 1910 South Blvd. www.lapazcharlotte.com

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. www.myspace.com/tonexandfriends

Wednesday, May 6

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. Presented by Creative Loafing and The Sol Kitchen. 6 p.m.-1 a.m. Free. Apostrophe Lounge, 1440 S. Tryon St. www.apostrophelounge.com.

An Intimate Evening with India Arie
The neo-soul star will be performing her past hits as well as songs from her new album. Opening act is Laura Izibor (“From My Heart to Yours”). 7:30 p.m. $35. Amos’ Southend 1423 S. Tryon St. www.thesolkitchen.com.

Thursday, May 7

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, Simply Irresistible and White Chocolate. 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.

Urban Fashion Week Casting Call
Models, designers, wardrobe stylists, make-up artists, and hair stylists are invited to attend for casting for Charlotte Urban Fashion Week. 7-9 p.m. Free. Décor 1202, 1202 Charlottetowne Ave. www.theurbanfashionweek.com.

Friday, May 8

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 plenty of mingling. Presented by Talk of the Town. 6-11 p.m. Free. Ruth's Chris Uptown, 222 S. Tryon St.

Art, Beats and Lyrics
This art-meets-hip-hop event returns to Charlotte for a second year. Last year’s had a capacity crowd. View art by urban artists from Charlotte and around the country. Music by DJ Rasta Root, Applejack, DJ Lord, and more as well as live band The Common Ground Collective. Hosted by Jay Force and Hustle Simmons. Presented by Gentleman Jack. 7 p.m.-midnight. Free, but you must register online. The Blake Hotel, 555 S. McDowell St. www.jackdaniels.com/abl.

Who's Crying Now?
This stageplay consists of six main characters whose lives are intertwined through relationships and politics. The characters must choose between love or lust, deception or truth, happiness or loyalty. Written by Jamie Brown and Darrell McCollum. Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. $20. McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. College St. www.blumenthalcenter.org.

Saturday, May 9

Spring Fling Racing
Watch import and domestic cars and motorcycles race, sorta like Fast and Furious, but legally. 8 a.m. Mooresville Dragway, 865 Wilkinson Rd., Mooresville. www.leesperformance.com.

Platinum Saturday with Vivica Fox and Jazsmin Lewis
These two beautiful actresses host the party this week. 10 p.m. $15 and up; members free until 11 p.m. (visit website for membership). Club 935, 935 S. Summit Ave. www.club935.com.

Sunday, May 10

Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day Brunch at Blue
Treat mom to a large menu with everything from omelets, French toast, and waffles to lamb, salmon, and a full dessert bar. And enjoy live jazz while you eat. 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. $34.95 adults, $12.95 children. Reservations suggested. Blue Restaurant and Bar, 214 N. Tryon St. (corner of Fifth and College streets). www.bluecharlotte.com.

Mother’s Day Brunch at Utopia
Fill up on omelets, grits, bacon, sausage, pancakes, macaroni and cheese, salad and more. Live music by John Dillard Trio. Hosted by Mellanie Clark of Praise 100.9. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $13. Reservations suggested. Utopia Restaurant, 10210 Berkeley Place Dr. www.utopianc.com.

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. Come experience it while relaxing in a trendy lounge. 6 p.m.-midnight. Free. PJ’s Coffee & Lounge, 210 E. Trade St. (inside the EpiCentre). www.pjscharlotte.com.


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