Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Events for the Week: July 6-12

Posted by Jarvis Holliday On 7/08/2009 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 8

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’s installment features “Mixed Media,” a special invite to members of the media and includes free hors d’oeuvres (6-9 p.m.). Music includes a listening party for Maxwell’s new CD. Presented by Creative Loafing and The Sol Kitchen. 6 p.m.-1 a.m. Free. Apostrophe Lounge, 1440 S. Tryon St.

Girls Night Out
Gather up the girls for a night out at the sweetest hotspot in town. Huntersville Vintage hosts a fashion show (9 p.m.). Featuring drink specials including all specialty martinis at half-price. 7 p.m. Free. Crave Dessert Bar, 500 W. Fifth St.

Thursday, July 9

Alive After Five at EpiCentre (weekly event)
This week’s event is “Thriller Thursday” in celebration of the late, great Michael Jackson. Music by Who’s Bad, one of the country’s top MJ tribute bands, playing on the rooftop stage. Big Ed’s Garage will play on the courtyard stage. Wristbands also get you into Blackfinn, Whisky River, Suite, and StrikeCity. 5-9:30 p.m. Free. The EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.

Democracy 2.0
What impact does gender, ethnicity, and age have on 21st century politics? Join GenerationEngage Charlotte and GenerationEngage Silicon Valley as you engage in a cross-community dialogue (via videoconference). Civic leaders in Charlotte include: Harvey Gantt, Charlotte’s first African-American mayor; Susan Burgess, Charlotte City Council member and mayor pro tem; Lenny McAllister, Fox Charlotte contributor and conservative political commentator; and Ella Scarborough, former Charlotte City Council member and mayoral candidate. 7:30 p.m. Free. Overcash Building Tate Auditorium, CPCC Central Campus, 1201 Elizabeth Ave.

Friday, July 10

See one of the pioneers of hip-hop perform his greatest hits live. Doors open 8:30 p.m. $20 in advance. Amos’ Southend. 1423 S. Tryon St.

I Love the QC—Summer Edition
Held at one of the city’s trendiest lounges, this monthly party celebrates all there is to love about Charlotte. And summertime means good times on the outdoor patio. Drink specials include $5 Jack Daniels all night. VIP tables are only $50 (contact; VIP beds are more. Music by DJ Hustle. 10 p.m. Cost varies; everyone free before 11 p.m. Kiss Lounge, 204 W. Woodlawn Rd.

Saturday, July 11

14th Annual Bike Fest and Dance
Experience one of the hottest outdoor motorcycle, music, and entertainment festivals on the East Coast, featuring racing, stunts, showcases, vending, and live bands playing reggae, R&B, jazz, and more. Bring your blankets and relax on the lawn. Gates open at 11 a.m. and event runs into the night. Cost varies. Mooresville Dragway, 8415 W. Hwy 152, Mooresville.

Carolina Wine Fest
This annual wine festival features wine tastings from many area vineyards such as Allison Oaks Vineyards, Childress Vineyards, Hinnant Family Vineyards, Woodmill Winery, and more. Food will be served by Old Stone Steakhouse, and live music will be provided by cover band Big Hand Dave. 1-7 p.m. $5 (includes all wine tastings). Copper's Wine Cellar, 134 N. Main St., Belmont.

Vanilla Ice
The Ice man cometh for the EpiCentre Summer Concert Series. Gates open at 6 p.m. Free. Pavilion at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.

Sunday, July 12

Carolina Teen Idol Auditions
Young people, ages 13-19, get their chance at stardom. Win an opportunity to sing live in front of record label executives, get free professional voice coaching, free studio time, and perform live at the For Teens Only Expo to be held August 15 at the Charlotte Convention Center. Registration for auditions is required—visit website. 2-6 p.m. Free. Kiss Lounge, 204 W. Woodlawn Rd.

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 cozy lounge. Music by DJ Justice. 7-11 p.m. Free. PJ’s Coffee & Lounge, 210 E. Trade St. (inside the EpiCentre).


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