Friday, October 9, 2009

Events for the Weekend: October 9-11

Posted by Jarvis Holliday On 10/09/2009 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.

Friday, October 9

Prowl Pep Rally
Come out and celebrate with other Carolina Panthers fans in preparation for Sunday’s home game against the Washington Redskins. Enjoy free food, happy hour drink specials, cornhole, and there will be chances to win tickets to the game. Celebrity NFL bartenders will also be on hand. 5-9 p.m. Free. BlackFinn (inside the EpiCentre), 210 E. Trade St.

Talk of the Town, the group that brought you the long-running, popular Friday Afterwork Rendezvous, has a new event it’s hosting on the second and fourth Friday of the month. Mingle with young professionals while enjoying great music. 8 p.m. Free. Apostrophe Lounge, 1440 S. Tryon St.

The Civil War: New York vs. The South
Whether you’re from one of the Five Boroughs or the Carolinas, come represent your hometown. DJ Skillz will be playing the best in hip-hop and R&B from those regions. Drink specials include $5 Crown Royal, cosmos, and watermelon and apple martinis. Presented by SolFusion Charlotte. 10 p.m. Free until 11:30 p.m.; $10 and up after. Kiss Lounge, 204 W. Woodlawn Rd.

Saturday, October 10

Nationwide On Your Side Tour with Tavis Smiley
The popular syndicated TV and radio host leads this daylong event that focuses on financial empowerment. There will be seminars and guest speakers, and lunch will be served. Hosted by Power 98's Janine Davis. Doors open 9 a.m.; event starts 10 a.m. Free. Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St.

Ciao, Italia! Festival
This annual event, now in its 13th year, celebrates Italy’s rich culture, traditions, arts, wine, and cuisine. Enjoy nonstop music while you dine and peruse displays from vendors. Menu includes the event’s famous sausage and pepper sandwiches, along with pasta, pizza, Italian ice, pastries, and more. Wine, beer, soft drinks, cappuccino, and espresso will also be served. Presented by The Christopher Columbus Italian Club of Charlotte. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. $3; children 12 and under free. Wachovia Atrium, 401 S. Tryon St.

Origami with Christine Navarro
Be entertained while you check out Charlotte’s newest lounge. The night will feature art and the vocal talents of Christine Navarro, who was voted Charlotte’s Best Female Vocalist. Music also by DJ Nat Eichler. 9 p.m. Cost varies. Dharma Lounge, 1440 S. Tryon St., suite 105 (facing Summit Avenue).

Marquee Saturdays (weekly event)
It’s Charlotte’s hottest Saturday night party at this newly revamped nightclub. Enjoy the large dance floor, plentiful seating, and large outdoor patio. DJ Complete spinning in the main room while DJ Wonz mixes it up on the patio. 9 p.m. Cost varies. To get on the guest list, email before 3 p.m. Saturday. Halo, inside the N.C. Music Factory, 820 Hamilton St.

Sunday, October 11

Panthers vs. Redskins Tailgate and Viewing Party
The Panther faithful will be joined by the legion of Redskin fans that live in the area. Tailgate from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot, then come inside to watch the game on one of several flatscreen TVs. Music by DJ Dex, and food provided by Bodricks BBQ. Presented by Executive Entertainment and B-Different. Ladies free before 1 p.m.; gentlemen free before 12:30 p.m. Bentley’s RSVP, 305 W. Fourth St.

PLAY: The Overtime Edition
With many people being off from work Monday for Columbus Day, this is sure to be a live and sexy party. The collaborators putting on the event usually draw a large crowd. Music by DJ DR. 10 p.m. $10 and up; free until 10:30 p.m. Luna Lounge, 521 N. College St. or


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