Friday, September 10, 2010

Events for the Weekend: September 10-12

Posted by Jarvis Holliday On 9/10/2010 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. Use contact/website info listed to verify event details.

Friday, September 10

Fall Tip Top Sale
Today only (until 11:59 p.m.), take advantage of a buy-one-get-one-free special on select seats to nearly 50 upcoming shows at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Buyers must purchase tickets in increments of two and receive two tickets for the price of one (each ticket is half off the regular price). The events featured in this sale include: Mary Poppins, 9 to 5: The Musical, Indigo Girls, An Evening with Jeff Daniels, Reduced Shakespeare Company: The Complete World of Sports (Abridged), Hot Rize, Dream Girls, NC Dance Theater’s Dracula, Theatre Charlotte’s Steel Magnolias, A Christmas Carol, and more. www.blumenthalcenter.org, 704-372-1000.

Yiasou Greek Festival (Sept. 9-12)
Over the last 30-plus years, this annual festival has become one of Charlotte's largest cultural events. Yiasou (the Greek word for hello, goodbye, and cheers) Greek Festival features Hellenic cultural exhibits, authentic Greek cuisine and pastries, entertainment, art, shopping, and more. Thursday thru Sunday (visit website for times). $2; children 12 and under free. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 600 East Blvd. www.yiasoufestival.org.

Charlotte Literary and Queen City Neo Soul Festival (Sept. 10-11)
To celebrate CLF's fifth anniversary, the event’s organizers have partnered with the Neo Soul Music Festival. The weekend's festivities will include speaking engagements by Sonia Sanchez, Susan L. Taylor, and Mary Monroe. Festival goers will also get to experience live musical performances by Dwele, Algebra Blessett, and N'dambi. Friday, 6-10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. $25. The Park (formerly Merchandise Mart), 2500 E. Independence Blvd. www.realeyesbookstore.com.

Fashion's Night Out
Neiman Marcus is hosting the second night of Charlotte's participation in this nationwide style extravaganza, with local stylists putting their looks on the line for a runway competition sponsored by Charlotte magazine. In addition, product demonstrations will be showcased in the beauty department, and a raffle benefiting Charlotte Mecklenburg Libraries will give guests a chance to win prize packages from Neiman Marcus, the Ritz Carlton, and Bond Street Imports. 6:30 p.m. Free. Neiman Marcus, SouthPark Mall, 4400 Sharon Rd. RSVP to rsvpcharlotte@neimanmarcus.com. Click here for more details.

The Arts for Mentoring Gala
The Living Waters Inc and Charlotte CARES Mentoring Movement present this event that will feature a silent auction and concert with live performances by B.B. Dance Productions, master concert violinist Daniel D. Lyric, soprano Teresa Moore-Mitchell, dramatic soprano Angela Renée Simpson, and Que’nection featuring Buff Dillard and Danyell Cherese. Proceeds will be used to provide mentoring programs for at-risk youth in the Charlotte area. 7-11 p.m. $15-$25. Halton Theater, CPCC Campus, 1206 Elizabeth Ave. www.carolinatix.org.

Bowling With the Journalists
The Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists (CAABJ) present this evening of bowling with some of your favorite local media personalities. There will be lanes reserved and you can bowl all you want for two hours. Proceeds will benefit CAABJ's college scholarship. 7:30 p.m. sign-up/check-in; 8 p.m. bowling. $20, includes shoes. AMF University Lanes, 5900 N. Tryon St. www.caabj.com.

"Next" Friday
MAZ Entertainment presents this event as it continues to celebrate its three-year anniversary. On the main level, they'll be carrying out their "party hard" mantra. And on the other levels, they'll be showcasing what's "next" in Charlotte with a fashion show, artist showcase, and business expo. 10 p.m. $10 and up. The Forum, 300 N. College St. www.mazentertainment.net.


Saturday, September 11

GanttFest
This full-day celebration of the arts features a public opening of the exhibition, Protégé: Sam Gilliam & Kevin Cole, and this year's festival theme is mentoring. GanttFest activities will also include a gallery talk by Gilliam and Cole, art workshops, storytelling, dance, music, and other live performances are scheduled throughout the day. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, 551 S. Tryon St. www.ganttcenter.org.

Yiasou Greek Festival
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Charlotte Literary and Queen City Neo Soul Festival
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USC vs. Georgia Football Viewing Party
Come watch the Gamecocks defeat the Bulldogs as we improve to 2-0 on the season. Presented by USC Charlotte Club. 12 p.m. Free. The Tavern On Park, 1600 E. Woodlawn Rd. www.thetavernonpark.com.

Something Like a Fahamenon
Visual artist Fahamu Pecou, the first artist in residence for the Harvey Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, is set to launch his Charlotte debut with this event. Billed as a '90s jam, the one-night event will feature music by Atlanta-based DJ Salah Ananse and is part party/part art education. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. $10 in advance; $15 at the door. Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, 551 S. Tryon St. www.ganttcenter.org.

Last Night A Model Saved Some Lives
It’s billed as a trendy, sexy event to bring awareness to Alzheimers. Expect several models and movers and shakers from Charlotte's fashion scene. Music by DJ Silvio. Presented by NDemand Magazine and MAKELLZ. 10 p.m. $5 donation. 1300 W. Morehead St., Uptown. www.ndemandmag.com.


Sunday, September 12

Yiasou Greek Festival
See event info under Friday.

Kazba Cafe Brunch Party
An exquisite brunch is served, but this party is also known to get wild and fun (click here to see for yourself). Featuring music by DJ Stan Courtois from Sirius Satellite Radio. 1 p.m. $24.95 for brunch. Kazba, 210 E. Trade St., third level of EpiCentre. www.kazbacharlotte.com.

Sundress Sundays
This event is a great way to end your weekend at one of Charlotte's most popular lounges--the one that offers the best view of Uptown from its large balcony. Enjoy signature cocktails, great music, and a relaxed atmosphere. Presented by Checkmate 360 Marketing and Entertainment and LBG Productions. 5 p.m.-midnight. Free. Loft 1523, 1523 Elizabeth Ave. www.checkmate360.com.

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