Friday, January 15, 2010

Events for MLK Weekend: January 15-18

Posted by Jarvis Holliday On 1/15/2010 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, January 15

Aluminum Show Aluminum Can Drive
The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center is holding a can food drive to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. Anyone who brings five cans of food will receive a voucher for one free ticket to The Aluminum Show, which is playing at the Knight Theater until the end of the month. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wachovia Atrium, 401 S. Tryon St.

MLK Memorial and Wreath Laying Celebration
This annual event commemorates the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Guest speakers will be on hand, and complimentary lunch will be provided by Bojangles’. 12-1 p.m. Free. MLK statue at Marshall Park, 800 E. Third St. Click here for more details.

SlamCharlotte Poetry Slam
Witness Charlotte’s own two-time defending national championship team of spoken word poets (2007 and 2008 winners) do what they do best at this monthly event. Show contains adult language and content. 8 p.m. $10. McGlohon Theatre, 345 North College St.

Jesse Metcalfe at Suite
He played the gardener on Desperate Housewives that every guy wanted to be and every girl wanted to be with. See him in person as he hosts this party. 10 p.m. $10 and up. Suite, at the EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.

Kickin It on the Southside
Digital Divas presents this weekly Friday night event for those who live or want to party in south Charlotte. This week they’ll be celebrating Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s Founder’s Day. Enjoy drink specials and a DJ spinning hip-hop and R&B. 10 p.m. Free. On The Roxx, 14021 Conlan Circle (Ballantyne).

Saturday, January 16

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Parade
Honoring the man, the memory, and the movement, this year’s parade features local and regional high school and university marching bands, steppers, social and community service organizations, as well as many local political, religious and community leaders. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Trade and Ninth to McDowell and Second streets. Click here for more details.

PlayDate Charlotte
Bring out the kid in you. Play card games, checkers, dominoes, Connect Four, Twister, Monopoly, old-school video games, and more while enjoying music and drinks. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Tyvola Marriott, 5700 Westpark Dr.

Julius Peppers 30th Birthday
Come celebrate with the Carolina Panthers star. 10 p.m. Cost varies; members free before 11 p.m. Club 935, 935 S. Summit Ave.

80s Blü Prom Party
Break out your shoulder pads and dress ruffles, and bring on your 1980s hair for Blü Magazine’s 80s Prom Party. Drink spiked punch and get your cheesy prom photo taken. Best dressed will be selected as Prom King and Queen. 10 p.m. RSVP to to get in for free before 11 p.m.; $5 after that. Dharma Lounge, 1440 S. Tryon St., Suite 105 (entrance faces W. Summit Ave).

Sunday, January 17

Cuttin’ Class Community Hair Cutting Day
No Grease! Barber Shop in collaboration with area celebrities will team up to sponsor haircuts for kids in the Charlotte area. Local celebrities will be on hand to sign autographs and take pictures, and food and drinks will be provided. 1-4 p.m. Free. No Grease! School of Tonsorial Arts, 4600 Holbrook Drive.

Roc Da Runway
See the latest styles and trends at this hair and fashion show There will also be a networking social and after-party. Doors open at 6 p.m.; show starts at 7 p.m. $15 and up. Baxterhood Center, 452 S. Anderson Rd., Rock Hill, SC. Click here for more details.

King Holiday Celebration
Celebrate having the next day off by partying at one of Charlotte’s hottest lunges. 9 p.m. Ladies $5; men $10. Presented by Exclusive Entertainment NC. Luna Lounge, 521 N. College St.

Southern Hospitality
It’s sure to be a packed house at one of the most anticipated parties of this holiday weekend. Music by DJ Jaycee, Ludacris’s official DJ. Presented by BlueGoose and Sol Kitchen. 10 p.m. $10 in advance; more at the door. The Forum, 300 N. College St.

MAZ’s New Year’s Resolution
To compensate for the complications at its New Year’s Eve party, MAZ Entertainment is inviting everyone to party for free. 9:30 p.m. Latorre’s Nightclub, Fiji Sushi Bar and Lounge, and Kashmir Nightclub (three levels in the same building), 116 W. Fifth St.

Monday, January 18

City of Charlotte MLK National Holiday Celebration
Lockwood Home Owner Association president Chris Dennis will be awarded the Keeper of the Dream Award, and Dr. David Jacobs, associate medical director for trauma services at Carolinas Medical Center, will be awarded the prestigious MLK Medallion Award. The CMS Arts and Writing Contest winners will also be recognized and awarded scholarships. Special guests include violinist Daniel Davis, recording artist Tunesha Crispell, and Leap of Faith Dance Company. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Halton Theatre, CPCC Uptown Campus, 1206 Elizabeth Ave. Click here for more details.

Mainstream Mondays: Therapy for Haiti
This installment of this weekly mixer is focusing on a good cause, for victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Guests are encouraged to donate clothes and non-perishable items. HeadShell ( will cover all shipping expenses to Haiti via Wyclef Jean’s Yele organization. Food and drink specials, and music by celebrity DJ Shogun. Presented by Eddietainment. 8 p.m.-midnight. Therapy Café, 401 N. Tryon St.


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