Your weekly list for nightlife, social, networking, and cultural events in Charlotte. List is updated throughout the week as I learn of more events.
Tuesday, February 17
A Peace of Jazz (weekly event)
Radio personality Jaye Delai and his wife Monica present this weekly jazz series at one of Charlotte’s swankest lounges. This week features guitarist Terence Young. Complimentary buffet by La’Wan’s Soul Food. 6-10 p.m. $10. Kiss Lounge, 204 W. Woodlawn Rd. www.jayeandmonica.com.
Wednesday, February 18
Pop Life (weekly event)
It’s the most popular social networking event on a Wednesday night. Starts after work but often runs past midnight. Music by select DJs. Sponsored by Creative Loafing and The Sol Kitchen. 6 p.m. Free. Apostrophe Lounge, 1440 S. Tryon St. (South End). www.apostrophelounge.com.
Thursday, February 19
Second Annual Friday Friends Festival
This year’s festival will welcome current and new participants for the launch of the third season of Friday Friends—a group of Charlotteans of different races, cultures and faiths, that gather to celebrate the breaking of boundaries. Hosted by Susan Tran of WSOC-TV and entertainment includes Men in Black and the Indian Dancers. Featuring complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Presented by Mecklenburg Ministries. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. The Atrium at Wachovia, 301 S. Tryon St. www.meckmin.org.
Friday, February 20
See the great poet perform live at this fundraiser for the Charlotte Literary Festival. Opening act is Jocelyn Ellis and The Alpha Theory. 6:30 p.m. $15. Alive, 2909 N. Davidson St. www.realeyesbookstore.com.
Saturday, February 21
HBCU Empower Me Tour with Hill Harper
The tour is designed to empower all young people and motivate them toward academic excellence and personal responsibility. Ford team members will be on hand to provide information on multicultural programs and enrichment opportunities including the 2009 Ford HBCU Business Classic and the 2009 Ford Roadies Program. Event will also feature a conversation with actor and activist Hill Harper. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. University Park Baptist Church, 6029 Beatties Ford Rd. www.empowermetour.org.
Charlotte Style’s First Birthday
The style magazine celebrates it turning one year old and will unveil the cover for its Men’s Issue featuring Kenyatte Nelson. There will be a men’s runway show with fashions by Astor & Black, Bruce Julian, and more. Complimentary pastries by Cloud 9 Confections will be served. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. $10-$20. Loft 1523, 1523 Elizabeth Ave. www.charlottestylemag.com.
Sunday, February 22
Special Blend @ PJ’s
Special Blend presents genres of artistry, music, visual, and humor in the spirit of good times and good people. Come experience it while relaxing in a trendy lounge. 6 p.m.-midnight. PJ’s Coffee & Lounge, 210 E. Trade St. (inside the EpiCentre). www.pjscharlotte.com.