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 3
Premiere of Crossroads Charlotte: The Movie
This film is a cinematic version of the four Crossroads stories, each depicting a possible future for the Charlotte community in the year 2015. 6-8 p.m. Free admission. Playing at six locations: Ballantyne Village Theatre, the Charlotte Museum of History, Davidson College, EpiCentre Theaters, Johnson C. Smith University, and UNC Charlotte. Visit website to RSVP. www.crossroadscharlotte.org/moviepremiere.
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 Latin jazz. Complimentary buffet by La’Wan’s Soul Food. 6-11 p.m. $10 and up. Kiss Lounge, 204 W. Woodlawn Rd. www.jayeandmonica.com.
Wednesday, February 4
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. This week, newly launched news website QcityMetro.com presents this Mixed Media edition. 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 5
Kickin’ It On the Northside (weekly event)
Enjoy an after-work networking event in north Charlotte. Featuring drink and appetizer specials with live jazz and R&B. Presented by Digital Divas. 5-9 p.m. Free. Utopia Restaurant and Lounge, 10210 Berkeley Place Dr. www.digitaldivasevents.com.
Top Notch Thursdays (weekly event)
It’s billed as a party for “local celebrities, young professionals, ordinary people, and superstars.” Sounds like it’s for everyone, and the hours are all-encompassing, too. 5 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Free before 10:30, women $5 and men $10 after. Tilt, 127 W. Trade St. www.tiltcharlotte.com.
Touch One Thursdays (weekly event)
Come and enjoy a live band and spoken word by Charlotte’s slam poets. An after-party follows. Presented by Touch One Productions. 9 p.m. $10. Wine Up, 3306 N. Davidson St. www.wine-up.com.
Friday, February 6
It’s a shopping event and happy hour for “chic ladies,” including complimentary hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and wine. Women will be able to shop for clothing, handbags, jewelry, shoes, and more. Hosted by JnR Wholesale Apparel. Quality Suites-Pineville, 9846 Pineville Matthews Rd. 4-9 p.m. Free. www.jnrwholesaleapparelco.com/events.
South End Gallery Crawl
Tour seven art galleries throughout historic South End during this monthly gallery crawl and enjoy art, music, and hors d’oeuvres at various stops. 6-9 p.m. Free. Start at Charlotte Art League, 1517 Camden Road. www.historicsouthend.com.
Friday Afterwork Rendezvous
End your workweek on a high note at this networking event, held at a different venue each week. Enjoy live jazz and drink and appetizer specials. Presented by Talk of the Town. 6-10 p.m. Free. Sullivan’s Steakhouse, 1928 South Blvd.
1st Fridays Charlotte: Fade To Black
This month in this popular series is an “All Black Affair” in honor of Black History Month, so wear your black blazers and little black dresses because black attire is mandatory. Music by DJ Chase and Jay-Z’s right-hand soundman, Young Guru. 10 p.m. Cost varies; ladies free before 10:30 p.m. Sheraton Airport Hotel, 3315 Scott Futrell Dr. Click here for advanced tickets.
Saturday, February 7
2009 RPO Minority Business Expo
This event highlights female entrepreneurs and will feature vendors, giveaways, food, music, a panel discussion with Q&A, and guest speakers including Lisa Wu-Hartwell. Presented by the Rho Psi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St. www.businessexporpo.com.
Savor the Romance
This cooking demonstration will get you ready for Valentine’s Day. Learn how to prepare delicious recipes in your kitchen, led by Executive Chef Gene Briggs. Each dish will be served and paired with fine wines. 11 a.m. $39.95 per person. Reservations required. Blue Restaurant & Bar, 214 N. Tryon St. (corner of Fifth and College streets). www.bluecharlotte.com.
Celebrity Birthday Bash
Disturbing Tha Peace artist and North Carolina native Small World will be celebrating his birthday with special invited celebrity guests. 10 p.m. Cost varies; ladies free before 11 p.m. Alive, 2909 N. Davidson St. (NoDa). www.myspace.com/alivenoda.
Sunday, February 8
Ssshh: Sensual Seduction Sundays at Happy Hour (weekly event)
Enjoy an infusion of open-mic poetry and jazz over candlelight. Hosted by poet Bluz. After-party and dancing follows. Presented by Pink Diamond. 9 p.m. $10. Happy Hour Bar and Lounge, 3603 S. Tryon St. www.pinkdiamondpromo.com.