Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Events for the Week: July 13-19

Posted by Jarvis Holliday On 7/14/2009 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, July 15

Jazz on the Roof
The Charlotte Chamber’s Black Professionals Network (BPN) is hosting its annual Jazz on the Roof event, featuring special guest Warren Ballentine, CNN commentator and Radio One host. Ballentine, whose syndicated radio show airs weekdays on Q92.7, will sign copies of his new book. The event will also include networking, food, drinks, and live jazz from the band Uniq Blend. 5:30-8 p.m. $21 if purchased in advance online at www.ez-tixx.com, and $25 at the door. Pavilion at the EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St. www.charlottechamber.com.

Pop Life (weekly event)
It’s the most popular social networking event on a Wednesday night. Starts after work but runs late. Varying types of people pop in and out throughout the night so you never know who you’ll run into. Music this week by the Mighty DR. 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, July 16

Alive After Five at EpiCentre (weekly event)
This week’s featured bands are Same As It Ever Was performing on the rooftop stage, and Party Nuts playing on the courtyard stage. There will be plenty of drink tents scattered throughout. Wristbands also get you into Blackfinn, Whisky River, Suite, and StrikeCity. 5-9:30 p.m. Free. The EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St. www.aliveafterfiveatepicentre.com.

Cufflinks and Cocktails
Presented by Charlotte’s Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity alumni, this event is held at a different bar each month. Come mingle with a group of well-dressed professionals, from 20- to 40-somethings. Music by jazz ensemble Mama’s Shirt. Drink and appetizer specials will be served. 6-10 p.m. Free. Pie Town, 710 W. Trade St., inside Gateway Village. www.cufflinksandcocktails.com.

Friday, July 17

ABSOLUTely Heavenly
One of Charlotte’s most exclusive hotels has teamed up with ABSOLUT Vodka and Larken Egleston to host a summer cocktail party. The cost of admission gets you complimentary passed hors d’oeuvres, three drink tickets (good for beer, wine, or an ABSOLUT Vodka cocktail), gift bags, and a raffle ticket for prize giveaways. Music by DJ Kopasetic. 6-10 p.m. $25. Ember Grille patio at The Westin Hotel, 601 South College St. Contact Larken at LE46069@yahoo.com.

Friday Afterwork Rendezvous (weekly event)
End your workweek on a high note at this networking party, held at a different venue each week. Enjoy martini and appetizer specials. Music by DJ Flemingo. Presented by Talk of the Town. 6-11 p.m. Free. Utopia SoundStage, 10210 Berkeley Place Dr. www.utopiasoundstagenc.com.

Hysteria—Acoustic Rhythms
See live performances from jazz, blues, and go-go bands. Doors open 9:30 p.m.; show starts 10:30 p.m. Afterparty with DJ Flemingo. Cost varies. Décor 1202, 1202 Charlottetowne Ave. www.decor1202.com.

Drinks @ Kiss
This monthly “all night happy hour” attracts great crowds to one of the city’s trendiest lounges. Featuring a complimentary Nuvo tasting (10-11 p.m. with RSVP), and several other drinks specials. DJ Daddy D will be playing the best in R&B, hip-hop, and reggae. 10 p.m. Free before 11 p.m. with RSVP. $10 and up after. Kiss Lounge, 204 W. Woodlawn Rd. www.mingleberry.com/drinks.

Saturday, July 18

Jet Set Series: Day Dreams Part Deux
After a successful “day party” last month, they’re doing it again. Party with the sun out—and see beautiful people with clarity. Music by the Mighty DR. Presented by The A List - Charlotte and The Sol Kitchen. 3:30 p.m. $10 in advance. Pravda Bar and Roof Garden Patio at Forum, 300 N. College St. www.alistnc.com.

Marquee Saturdays
It’s the official kickoff of this new weekly event at the newly revamped nightclub. Enjoy the large dance floor, plentiful seating, and large outdoor patio at this upscale party. VIP is available. Presented by Sleeping Giant Productions. 9 p.m. Cost varies. Halo, inside the N.C. Music Factory, 820 Hamilton St. www.haloclt.com.

A Summertime Party with a Purpose
This fundraiser for the Urban League of Central Carolinas will attract many of Charlotte’s movers and shakers. Dress to impress. 10 p.m. Minimum $15 donation at the door. Zink, 201 N. Tryon St.


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