Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Enter the homemade bikini contest at Dirty Mega party

Posted By on Wed, Jul 6, 2011 at 11:50 AM

If you haven't ever been to a Dirty Mega party before ... it's your lucky week!

Dharma Lounge is having one of the always entertaining and fun Dirty Mega parties on Friday, July 8.

It's going to be a pre-party with popular Charlotte DJ T.P.D. turning it up out on the patio, along with a cookout. Free food will be out for anyone who gets there between 8:30 t0 9:30 p.m.

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A high Ollie contest will kick off at 10 p.m. right after the Spawns of Gnar video premiere — so start practicing and get the chance to win $50.

The big cash prize is coming from something a little more creative. Make the best homemade bikini and you could take home $100 cash AND a $100 bar tab ... come on now, who could resist that! First place isn't the only person who will take home a prize, as second place will get $50 gift card to hot spot Niche.

Anyone who enters the contest late will still have a chance — a table with random items will be available to test your bikini-making skills. Feel free to add to the table and bring anything from around your house that you would want to see be made into a bikini.

Dirty mega party boys Thein, Lord Walrus and BLNGXBDGT will be there along with the host Stranger Day.

If you're 21 and older try and get in before 10 p.m. and the P/V Crew will buy you a shot! Drink specials include the normal $2 PBR, $5 Jack and $12 bottles of champagne.

The party starts at 8:30 and ends around 2 a.m. Get in free before 10 p.m. and $5 after for people 18 and up. For any questions or to sign up for either of the contests email DIRTYMEGA@gmail.com.

Dharma Lounge

1440 S. Tryon St. #105

Charlotte, NC

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Friday, July 1, 2011

Heard: random drunken statements (June 2011)

Posted By on Fri, Jul 1, 2011 at 3:49 PM

I’ve always been more of a people listener, so to speak, than a people watcher. This is especially true when it comes to going out at night. Most crowds look the same to me. A bunch of people standing around, drinking, talking, some dancing — it’s a scene I’ve seen plenty of times before and it always looks about the same to me.

I’m much more interested in hearing the random drunken statements yelled out throughout the evening, as the concerns for volume control and social decorum dissipate as the drinks start to flow. That’s when a person’s true personality comes through, and when you experience something unique.

To honor this nightlife phenomenon, I have decided to start a regular feature I’m calling Heard. Each month I will share the most noteworthy statements I have overheard while hanging out in Charlotte once the sun has gone down.

Some will be insightful. Most will probably be ridiculous. But then, that’s ultimately up to you, Charlotte. I’m just here to write it all down.

Bartender at The Gin Mill: “They come in here the next day like, ‘You roofied me!’ Yeah, or maybe it was the 18 shots you ordered.”

Partygoer #1: “I wonder what the most repeated word is in that crowd right now.” Partygoer #2: “Like.”

Girl at The Milestone: “I don’t believe in God, I believe in aliens. People saw aliens and they thought it was God.”

Guy at Sewercide Mansion: “If I was a rapper, I’d rap like Lewis Carroll.”

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RSVP for kick-off party to Yelp's Passport to Selwyn

Posted By on Fri, Jul 1, 2011 at 11:49 AM

Yelp Charlotte is throwing another one of their great parties, and here's your chance to attend.

You ever notice how a lot of times shops and restaurants put out notice of their upcoming sales and news, but it's never all of your favorite places at the same time? Which means you have to make multiple trips to go get a discount bottle of wine, half off dog bones or buy-one get-one free somethings.

Well, next week on July 9, Yelp is presenting the chance to get a Passport to Selwyn. This weeklong event will include all the local businesses and shops that run along Selwyn Avenue. And you gotta love that, as it brings exposure to a group of shops that deserve it so.

The kick-off party will take place at FABO from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 9. You'll have the chance to meet the faces behind the local businesses, taste some of their great samples and get a goodie bag from Yelp.

Attending the party will earn you a passport for discounts to the 13 businesses located on Selwyn, including FABO, Mellow Mushroom, Salon on Selwyn and Metro Fitness Club. The deals continue through the week from July 10 t0 July 17. Discounts apply only to passport holders who attend the party, so bring a guest. The event is free, but a donation to Carolina P.A.W.S. (a network of caring citizens who want to help abandoned and abused animals) of $10 is preferred.

Register at Yelp.com to attend the shindig — hurry because space is limited. All RSVPs will be confirmed by Wednesday, July 6 with an email from charlottenc@yelp.com.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Money is bringing on the shock factor

Posted By on Wed, Jun 29, 2011 at 11:03 AM

On freaky Friday, July 1, The Money in Rock Hill is hosting another one of their Shock-Pop parties, and you should check out the variety of entertainment they've got in store.

As the Facebook invite says, "Come spill your drinks and lose your mind with us at our new brand of Dub Step, Electro Clash, Shock Rock parties. ...Three bars and two dance floors and enclosed patio, sexy gogo girls and live freaky performers."

Do you think you can handle it? There's only one way to find out.

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The new wave electronic dance music of Astrid Haven and 2X Tha Madness kicks it up a notch. But the list of musical entertainment isn't even close to being finished. Spinning just for the dance floor are local DJs DJ FrodoFangz, DJ K03-D33N, DeeJae Hentia and DJ Pulse. The patio dance floor and bar DJs include DAN WALL, Will Love, Tony Dubz DREXELL, DJ Linoge and DJ Code.

Your head will be spinning like the DJs turntables from all the energy. A theatrical Gorelesque show, sexy gogo dancers and live performers with light and image shows will be going on throughout the night, along with special Gust Fire and Light Poi Dancers including PaTriK, Blain and Daniel performing outside.

The party is from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. . Tickets are $5/$7 for 18 and up.

The Money

110 South Cherry Road, Rock Hill

803-329-2710

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Who said you couldn't wear bikinis in a bar?

Posted By on Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 2:15 PM

A party wouldn't be complete without the hottest fashion, but throw in some 80s flair and a runway of girls in nothing but bikinis and you might earn the title "party of the week."

To kick off the holiday weekend, Earth Angel and The Chop Shop are throwing a flashback to the 1980s party with a bikini fashion show this Friday July 1.

What's a better way to try out a new bar than with drink specials, costume contests and, oh yea, hot models. Models glammed up by Ce Ce Galore and Mizz Mezz will strut their stuff in this year's hottest bikinis. While you're sipping at the bar, you can see what must-haves you're missing in your bikini wardrobe.

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(Photo taken from Earth Angel website.)

A $50 gift card to Earth Angel will be given out to the girl who rocks their best '80s chick costume — so bring it on!

Did I mention the cover is free?! Doors open at 10 p.m.

The event is held at The Chop Shop, 399 E. 35th St. Noda.

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Latte art competition brings out true believers in spite of hellish heat

Posted By on Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 9:40 AM

I’m standing outside Central Coffee Co., smoking a cigarette I don’t want. I don’t even really smoke, save the very unusual social cigarette. This seemed worthy of such an exception. I've just bummed it off a cute barista to have an excuse to talk to her.

It doesn’t take long before she reveals herself as the Evangelical type, with a boyfriend to boot. Product of a religious upbringing such that I am, I instantly go half deaf, stomp out my unwanted cigarette and wait for a chance to change the subject.

And here Tom Waits had lead me to believe that you don't meet nice girls in coffee shops.

Finally, in between her telling me how interesting it is to watch people “struggle” (emphasis mine) with “homosexuality” (emphasis hers) due to, say, an absent father figure, or how infinite regression proves the undeniable existence of a one God universe, she finally hit on something that rang true: “Charlotte has a close, and growing, coffee community. Really, we all just like hanging out and talking.”

The “close” may be more on display on this particular night than the “growing.” Many may have thought the event on June 23 is canceled, as Central Coffee’s AC is malfunctioning. They’ve been closed all day and have only opened for the latte art competition, a recurring event that has been taking place in Charlotte every few months or so for more than three years now.

Still, the faithful – bad pun intended – have shown up in spite of the heat to watch baristas display their artistic ability using only steamed milk atop an espresso.

The competitors are judged on four categories: Use of space, balance and symmetry, color infusion and definition and overall impression.

The designs are impressive. Still, I have no idea why one guy’s heart is better than another’s. I may not know exactly what’s going on with this whole “color infusion” thing, but it’s still enjoyable to watch it unfold while sipping on a free beer – Central Coffee doesn’t have a liquor license, meaning they can’t sell beer but they can give it away on special occasions such as these.

And as my new Jesus-loving barista friend pointed out, there’s a lot of hanging out and talking. This is the second latte art competition I’ve gone to and both times I noticed how friendly everyone was, how eager they are to introduce themselves. They may be a close-knit group, but they are certainly welcoming to outsiders, even if said outsider doesn't know their balance from their symmetry and disengages at religious or relationship talk.

While these events don't always take place at Central Coffee, it provided the ideal venue for an event based on community and getting to know like-minded individuals. It’s a cozy, intimate space best suited to small groups.

The Charlotte Coffee Community holds semi-regular events all around the city. You can connect with them on Facebook to stay in the loop.

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Raising money has never been as fun as this

Posted By on Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 9:29 AM

Normally the last things I expect to see at a Make A Wish Foundation fundraiser are drinking, dancing and playing games. But at this event tonight, that is exactly what you will find, along with a way to win some money.

Make A Wish Foundation is having a fundraiser at TILT (127 W. Trade St.) tonight, June 28. At this event, people will help benefit those in need while having a blast doing it.

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At midnight, there will be a 50-50 raffle drawing. This means for all the tickets sold, 50 percent of the total price goes to the winner and the other 50 percent will go to Make A Wish Foundation.

Starting at 8 p.m., this fun-filled fundraiser will have endless things to do. Shots, draft beers and liquor drinks are all only $1. For those of you who don't like to sit around, beer pong tables will be set up on the patio for whoever wants to show off their skills.

For some musical entertainment, DJ Precise is going to tear the turn tables up from 10 p.m. to close. Also at 8 to 10 p.m., a buffet sponsored by Maggiano's Little Italy Restaurant will be available.

The fundraiser tickets are $11. If you have any questions call 704-347-4870.

Remember, this is all for a great cause so don't forget to tell your friends!

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Monday, June 27, 2011

Sugar Society brings back Monday Night Social Club with Borgore

Posted By on Mon, Jun 27, 2011 at 12:10 PM

After having been sick all last week and just returning from a family out-of-town thing, I have to admit, my bones are itching to go out and be submersed in high energy.

Luckily, Sugar Society is putting on a show tonight that, as more than one person commented on Facebook, has a "sick lineup."

Headlining tonight at Neighborhood Theatre is "one of the planet's most sought after face melting dubstep dj/producers," Borgore. Here's what to expect:

09:00-09:45 - Tony Dubz

09:45-10:30 - Dan Wall

10:30-11:15 - Clicks & Whistles

11:15-12:00 - Steve TotalRecall Welborn

12:00-0?:?? - BORGORE

Tickets are $20-$25 and can be purchased here.

For a sample of Borgore, here's a video. Lyrics are not for the prude at heart.

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Friday, June 24, 2011

SOAK up the Sundays

Posted By on Fri, Jun 24, 2011 at 8:36 AM

Weekend fun at the EpiCentre will no longer end on Saturday night. It's time for the return of SOAK Sundays. The 2011 season kick-off bash is this Sunday, June 26.

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Sandy beaches can't compare to this rooftop Pavilion party. Every other Sunday starting at noon, crowds of Charlotteans will roll in like a heat wave ready to enjoy the festivities. As the press release says, the parties will include "bikini fashion shows, plus delicious food, import specialty and craft beers at Biergarten, superior customer service and leisure activities such as ping-pong tables, a bocce ball court, corn hole, limbo, twister and more."

Shed some clothes and put on your best bathing suit — it's time to party. Don't worry if you can't make this weekend's party: SOAK Sundays are scattered throughout the summer, so there is plenty of chances to join in on the fun! SOAK Sunday dates include June 26, July 10 and 24, and August 7 and 21.

All SOAK parties ends at 7:30 p.m. but that doesn't mean your fun has to! Cool down at the official after party continuing at StrikeCity each week.

Tickets to the event cost $10 and are available online at www.PavilionAtEpiCentre.com or can be purchased inside venues at the EpiCentre including BlackFinn, StrikeCity, SUITE and Whiskey River.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011

This weekend's events (June 23-25)

Posted By on Thu, Jun 23, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Thursday, June 23

• Thursday Night Concert Series at Kickstand: Jason Atkins & Reeve Coobs

• Social Flockers Complete Thursdays at Whisky River

• Shiprocked! presents: Bethann's Birthday Bash featuring Jean Eric! at Snug Harbor

• Ladies Night at Prohibition Bar

• Thursday Night Throwdown: Latte Art Competition at Central Coffee

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Friday, June 24

• i, BASS at Marigny featuring Miami based EXZAKT!

• Bassments & Addicts perform hip-hop live with a five-piece band at Happy Hour Bar and Lounge

• Summer Kickoff Foam Party at Bar Charlotte

• Dollar Draft Fridays at Town Tavern

• Free music night at Neighborhood Theatre, featuring Colby Dobbs Band

• DJ Zimmie at Suite

Saturday, June 25

Chad Ochocinco and Chad Johnson NC/SC All White Party at Club 935

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5th Annual White Party, courtesy of Elevate and Charlotte Seen

• Third Eye Reunion Party with DJ Three at Dharma Lounge

• Fresh Groove at Petra's

• Sugar Ray live in concert at Pavilion at EpiCentre

• The Purple Party at The Wood Shed benefiting Time Out Youth

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