A new party, dubbed New Flesh, took over at Crown Station this past Saturday. Young Wizard, Buckmaster and Frndclctr was in the house.
Single Cell Productions brought their monthly Alloy party back to NoDa on Saturday, Feb. 25.
The official Human Rights Campaign Gala After-party took place at Phoenix on Feb. 25, with a special appearance by rapper Cazwell.
Nothing makes a Thursday cool like ending the night at Shiprocked at Snug Harbor.
Twenty-Two Gallery offered up episode two of the Argyle Episodes: "Black Eyes and Broken Hearts" featuring Rodney Raines, owner of Ace Tattoo & Twenty-Two. After the showing, there was a group discussion and live music by Great Architect.
Brody & Choch and Shinobi Ninja headlined a dance party at Neighborhood Theatre on Thursday, Feb. 23. Good times!
One of my favorite things to do when I lived in Boston, weather-permitting, was to sit on the roof of my friend’s condo complex and enjoy cold beer and hookah. At the heart of hookah is the desire to relax and commune with people whom you find enjoyable. Sounds nice huh? Now, thanks to Red at 28th and Hub Hookah Lounge, Charlotteans have a pretty damn cool place to try it.
Located directly behind Amelie’s in NoDa , thus ever so conveniently to sinfully delicious baked treasures, Red at 28th fits right in to the eclectic vibe of my very favorite Charlotte neighborhood. The space consists of an entrance room with a pool table, the main room (where you will find the bar and majority of seating), a back room primarily for lounging and hookah pleasure, and a giant ass patio off the back of the building. Mark my words, with the arrival of warm weather and the grand opening of their “margarita bar” with approximately one gabillion flavor options, this patio will become the place to be.
Their most popular hookah flavor is the “Blue Mist” ... essentially a blueberry flavored molasses. It’s smooth, sweet, and just a little smoky. The bartender Aaron also tickled my fancy with a signature drink called the sex something or another ... I can’t remember the name because it put me on my face. Two of these resulted in my quoting the caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland and trying to blow smoke rings with the hookah. It got weird. Good job, Aaron.
The overall vibe of Red at 28th is exactly what so many other area places are missing. The crowd was diverse and friendly and being there was as comfortable as hanging out at a childhood friend’s house. They host Salsa nights on Saturdays and Thursday night’s offer live music until 10 and then a DJ. Red at 28th presents everything from jazz to dubstep, which is ingenious considering both the location and the craving that our city constantly has for a mix of something new and different.
Megan Henshall is a project coordinator by day, favorite child, rollerskating enthusiast, blogger, and lover of all things social and under appreciated. For more writing/ramblings/rants visit www.dearsuchandso-keyboardventing.blogspot.com.
The annual Bartender's Ball has come and gone. Taking over the Blake Hotel on Sunday, Feb. 19, the annual event raises money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Check out the photos. And excuse the lateness on our upload. Our photog was a little too partied out the day after. (But weren't you all?)
Tuesday, Feb. 28
Miles & Coltrane: Blue(.). On Q Productions' CIAA Tournament edition. The play - featuring poets, musicians, dancers and actors - is based on the lives of musicians Miles Davis and John Coltrane and their influence on blues and jazz music. $22. Feb. 29, 7:30 p.m. Duke Energy Theatre, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalarts.org.
Wednesday, Feb. 29
Mode Noir CIAA Fashion Week. Showcasing local boutiques, emerging designers, and national designers. Spotlights on African-American designers. Presented by Elle VJ Boutique. Raises funds for Presbyterian Hospital Blume Center. $30 and up. Feb., 29, 7 p.m. Held at 1800 Brewton Drive. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.modenoir.net.
Bronco Owned Business (B.O.B.) Mixer at Hilton Executive Park. Sponsored by FSU Division of Institutional Advancement & National Alumni Association. Free to the public. February 29, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Hilton Executive Park, 5624 Westpark Drive. For more information or to RSVP, call Sabrina Richardson at 704-287-9791 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pop Life: Tournament Edition 2012 aka Kitchapalooza at Phoenix/RE:Public. Music by DJ Quicksilva, DJ Complete, DJ DR, DJ Shaun Nyce, DJ Skillz, and DJ CK. 25 and up preferred. Free admission. February 29, 9 p.m. Phoenix & Re:Public, Corner of 6th & College Street. For tables, call Tami at 980-322-9859.
Vybe & View: Who's Who Networking Social Launch at Osso Restaurant. With Talk of the Town, The National Black MBA Association Charlotte Chapter, and Mayor Pro Tem Patrick D. Cannon. Advanced RSVP required. Feb. 29, $15 donation or more. Osso Restaurant, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. For more information, visit http://cievents2012.eventbrite.com.
Thursday, March 1
Doug E. Fresh at 5th Element. With Fly Ty. $10 and up. March 1, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 5th Element, 500 W. 5th St. To purchase tickets, visit http://www.5thelementnc.com/#!ciaa.
Old School/New School Party at Tempo. Presented by Tempo. Hosted by the Tanglewood Crew. $20. March 1, 9 p.m.-3 a.m. Tempo, 4809 Wilkinson Boulevard. For more information, visit www.tempocharlotte.com. To purchase tickets, visit www.crowntickets.com.
The First Day Party of Tournament Weekend at Privilege. Presented by Privilege DayClub & NightClub. Hosted by Grammy Award winner Anthony Hamilton and celebrity friends. Featuring Power 98’s Yasmin Young and DC’s DJ Flexx. March 1, 2 p.m. Privilege, 223 S. Brevard St. To purchase tickets, visit www.ez-tixx.com. For parties larger than 4 or for special VIP request call 704-890-7436 or visit www.privilegecharlotte.com.
A Night Full of Laughter Afterparty at The Extravaganza. Hosted by Jonathan Martin with music by Biz Markie. Mr Joe “Cheezy” Clair headlines. $35 and up. March 1, 8 p.m. The Extravaganza, 1610 N. Tryon St. To purchase tickets, visit http://ciaakeepemlaughing.eventbrite.com/
After Hour Party at Tropix Bar. CIAA party hosted by former NFL player Jocelyn Borgella. Features music by DJ Mark One, DJ Big Will, April Rayne, Ro Jackson, Joe Higg and Day Tymz. Serving fish & grits, chicken wings and more. For more information, visit 704-649-5742. $15 and up. March 1, 9 p.m. Tropix Bar and Lounge, 4701 N. Tryon St..
Black Carpet Tip-Off Affair at Founders Hall. Presented by We Run Charlotte. Hosted by Doug E. Fresh and Dinah Sade with music by DJ Skillz and Marty Geez. $25 and up. March 1, 9 p.m. Founders Hall, 100 N. Tryon St. For more information, visit www.weruncharlotte.com.
CIAA Weekend 757 & 704 Takeova Bus. Buses will run daily in hourly increments to Uptown. $100 and up. March 1-March 4. For more information, contact Micah Walls at 757-737-2460, Edward Walls at 757-737-0875, or Eugene Jones at 757-828-9046.
Gucci Mane Live at Cameo. Presented by Sport E. Odie, Russell Payton, A List, and The Dinero Group. Hosted by World Star Hip Hop. 21 and up. $20 and up. March 1, 8 p.m. Cameo Night Club at Daisy Dooks. 3049 Scott Futrell Drive. To purchase tickets, visit http://www.ez-tixx.com/Static/info_cameo_worldstar_event.html.
Hangover Party at FitzGerald's Irish Pub. Music by DJ Quicksilva and DJ Biggs. 21 and up. $20 and up. March 1, 9 p.m. FitzGerald’s Irish Pub, 201 E. 5th St. To purchase tickets, visit http://thecharlottehangoverciaa.eventbrite.com/.
Heaven at Blue Restaurant. Presented by Talk of the Town. Music by DJ 06 and Black Alley. $25 and up. March 1, 8 p.m. Blue Restaurant, 5th & College Street. To purchase tickets, visit http://cievents2012.eventbrite.com/.
Mode Noir CIAA Fashion Week. Showcasing local boutiques, emerging designers, and national designers. Spotlights on African-American designers. Raises funds for Presbyterian Hospital Blume Center. $30 and up. March 1, 7 p.m. Held at 1800 Brewton Drive. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.modenoir.net.
Warm-Up Social at Strike City. Presented by Inner Circle Events. With DJ Cobb. 21+ crowd. $10 and up. March 1, 9 p.m. The EpiCentre at Strike City, 210 E. Trade Street. For more info, call
704-858-3804. To purchase tickets, visit http://www.clubtix.com/the-tournament-warm-up-at-strike-city-tickets-98972
Suite Dreams IV at Suite. Presented by The Sol Kitchen. Music by DJ Quicksilva (DC/MD) & DJ Brorabb (RDU). Advance tickets are $20. 10 p.m. Suite, 210 E. Trade St. For more information, visit www.thesolkitchen.com/ciaa_events.html.
On Feb. 18, Night in the Garden featured high fashion and entertainment, hosted at the Van Landingham Estate. The charity event benefited the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.