Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Events for the Week: August 23-29

Posted by Jarvis Holliday On 8/26/2009 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, August 26

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

The R.E.A.L. Empowerment Pen Series
This after-work networking event is structured to provide professionals with an array of career and entrepreneurial opportunities. This week’s featured speaker is Charlotte mayoral candidate Anthony Foxx. The event will also include representatives from the Urban League of Central Carolinas, hiring managers, and consultants. 6:30 p.m. Free. Loft 1523, 1523 Elizabeth Ave. www.realempowerment.org.

Thursday, August 27

Alive After Five at EpiCentre (weekly event)
This week’s featured bands are Mr. Potato Head (party band) performing on the rooftop stage, and Déjà vu (beach music and oldies) 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.

Politicking Part I
Learn more about Charlotte’s political scene and meet some of the candidates running for local office. Network while enjoying food and drink specials ($1.95 appetizers and half off drinks). Brought to you by The Friends of Nicole Hudson, candidate for Charlotte Mecklenburg School Board District 3. 6-9:30 p.m. $10 donation requested (campaign contribution). Chima Brazilian Steakhouse, 139 S. Tryon St.

ROCK * IT Thursdays
Charlotte has another new nightclub in Uptown. Luna Lounge opened last week in the former location of Coyote Ugly. This Thursday night party is your chance to check out the posh new venue (owned by partners from the Sunset Club and Kiss Lounge). 9 p.m. Cost varies. For free tickets, email mouzakitis.constantine@gmail.com. Luna Lounge, 521 N. College St. www.lunacharlotte.com.

BlackBerry Thursdays (weekly event)
Join the urban elite in a business casual environment, while rocking the night away to the sounds of hip-hop, R&B, old-school, neo-soul, dancehall, and even top 40. Drink specials include $2 vodkas and $4 Hennessey, and complimentary appetizers catered by Taste of Elegance. Music by DJ Live. Win prizes provided by Verizon Wireless. Presented by Working Women Entertainment. 9 p.m. Free. Urban Affairs (formerly Rustic Martini), 616 N. Tryon St. www.drinksonbigmike.com.

Friday, August 28

SEC Alumni Kick Off 2009
Kick off the college football season with a happy hour that’s bringing together all SEC alumni in the Charlotte area, including the following schools: South Carolina (Go Gamecocks!), Florida, Arkansas, Georgia, Miss St., Auburn, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Alabama, and LSU. Plenty of drink specials: $2 Beer of the Month, $2 well drinks, $3 middle- to top-shelf liquor, and $4 wine specials; and food provided. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Dixie’s Tavern, 301 E. Seventh St. www.dixiescharlotte.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 drink and food specials while listening to live music. Presented by Talk of the Town. 6-11 p.m. Free. Apostrophe Lounge, 1440 S. Tryon St. www.apostrophelounge.com.

Ballantyne Nightlife Crawl
See what’s poppin’ on the Southside during this second Ballantyne bar crawl as you’re transported to Town Tavern, City Tavern, On the Roxx, O’Shea’s, and a private party at LA East. Beer will be served on the party bus. 6:30 p.m. $10. Ballantyne. Register at www.bandtastic.com.

Hysteria Fridays Hosted by D. Woods
Meet the former Danity Kane member turned solo artist. Music by DJ Flemingo. 9:30 p.m. $10; ladies free before 11:30 p.m. Décor 1202, 1202 Charlottetowne Ave.

Saturday, August 29

Cedric the Entertainer
See this King of Comedy perform live, along with opening comedians J.J. and Malik S. Hosted by Tone-X. Doors open 7 p.m., show starts 8 p.m. $39.50-$54.50. Bojangles’ Coliseum, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. www.bojanglescoliseum.com.

Reel Goodflix Screening Series
This new monthly film event showcases independent cinema with food, drinks, and a party following the movie. This first installment features L.A. Proper, a comedy about a multi-ethnic group of friends looking for love, sex, work, and happiness during the long days and short nights in Los Angeles. L.A. Proper, which was written and directed by former Charlottean Barry Canty, is the winner of the Heineken Red Star Filmmaker Award for Innovation, Originality, and Vision. 9 p.m. $17 in advance, $20 at the door. Carolina Actors Studio Theatre, 1118 Clement Ave. www.nccast.com.

Happy Birthday to Michael Jackson, Pop Life, and Apostrophe
Celebrate the King of Pop’s life and legacy along with the two-year celebration of Pop Life and one-year of Apostrophe Lounge. Music by DJ Frase and DJ DR. 9 p.m. Free. Apostrophe Lounge, 1440 S. Tryon St. www.apostrophelounge.com.

Marquee Saturdays—Martini Madness Edition
It’s Charlotte’s newest and hottest Saturday night party at this newly revamped nightclub. Enjoy the large dance floor, plentiful seating, and large outdoor patio at this upscale party. This week features the launch of a new flavor of Three Olives vodka, which will be served for free 9-11 p.m. Presented by Sleeping Giant Productions. 9 p.m. Cost varies. To get on the guest list, email marqueesaturdays@haloclt.com. Halo, inside the N.C. Music Factory, 820 Hamilton St. www.haloclt.com.

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