I am proud to announce that I have finally welcomed myself into the 21st century and am no longer a twit on Twitter — though still a twit in general. But I became twit-literate and created a Twitter page for the purpose of keeping you informed with up-to-the-second nightlife news.
@brittneycason you'll find tweets like ...
"Free glass of wine at Aquavina after show at Knight Theater. Knight Theater open house is Dec. 5 and they'll have karaoke on stage!"
"Jewel just dedicated a song to @ryanonair ...but he was in the bathroom, which @jacinda961 informed her - and the entire crowd"
"Paging all groupies and gold diggers: the entire NY Knicks team is at the BLT bar in the Ritz Carlton right now, but more importantly they have organic cocktails here!"
"Free parking across from Bentley's RSVP on Church and at Luna Lounge on College - all walking distance to Uptown ... just saying"
"I just had a girl brag to me about sleeping with Tucker Max...what am I suppose to do? Pat her on the back on say "Congrats on the Herpes"
"Andy Roddick is in Charlotte and seeking suggestions for nightlife ... where should I tell him to go?"
"Why do women always complain about men leaving the toilet seat up? ... they never complain when we leave it down"
"Carl Edwards just limped by me DURING the race - was he injured from the wreck? No, he broke his foot playing frisbee"
... so follow me, on Twitter, not home at night because that would be weird.
Tonight at Villa Francesca's from 7 - 10 p.m. there will be a charity pizza party to "Take a Slice out of Cancer."
The pizza will be topped with local celebs such as FOX Morning Rising's Mark Mathis and Anna Koiman, Panther players Dante Rosario, Jon Beason, and Charles Godfrey, Bobcats Raymond Felton, and Mayor Pat McCrory - and they'll be making their own pizzas that you can try.
I'll be tossing and topping my own pizza as well. I wouldn't necessarily recommend trying mine however; the best thing I cook is cereal, and I can make a mean PB&J
Cost is $15 at the door (price includes event t-shirt) and there will also be a silent auction to help raise additional funds because all the pizza proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.
I know, I know ... Charlotte is no N.Y.C. or L.A., but it's still a metropolitan city worthy of red carpet events - and we're rolling out the red carpet for YOU.
Sleeping Giant Productions is going to be E! and I will be the red carpet correspondant. And Sleeping Giant doesn't sleep on anything, so come red carpet ready ... although renting hundreds of thousands of dollars in jewelry, wearing a specialty made designer dress, and getting a colonic are not required. Just dress to impress (yourself).
Miami's Mark Leventhal will be DJ'ing with opening DJ Charlotte's own D-Rock. When a DJ has an opening act, you know he's good ... just saying. AND - DJ R Wonz, DJ Rob Reeves and DJ Fotizo will be spinning on the patio
Speaking of red carpets and paparazzi ...
This past year while attending the Sundance Film Festival I thought to myself ... Charlotte should have a film festival. Turns out, we do ... and parties too. But I highly doubt I'll have another moment with Paris Hilton in the bathroom of the event locations: Whisky River, Blackfinn, or Therapy, as I did at Sundance. See a list of film festival festivities here
Hopefully, I'll see you Saturday, but either way, just remember that you don't need to be taking a bite of the big apple or off in la la land to walk the red carpet.
Next week is Charlotte N.C. Fashion Week at the Mint Museum of Art (the one off Randolph Road, not Uptown). Because having fun never goes out of style.
I'll actually be hosting the Young Designer Showcase on Thursday night. In addition to watching me potentially trip down the runway, there will be performances by Jocelyn Ellis and Alpha Theory.
After party at Decor 1220.
Vogue, vogue, vogue ....
Last night, I did my own little new-bar bar-crawl starting at Enso Asian Bistro and Sushi Bar, then migrated down to Town Tavern then all the way down to Luna Lounge. Might I suggest doing the same this weekend so you can check out all the venues that only have one thing in common: they’re brand spanking new.
Let's start with Enso ... because it's a perfect place to start a night out.
While at Enso's premiere party I kept hearing, “This place is going to give Nikko a run for its money.” But Enso doesn't have Joanna there wearing her cowboy hat, boa and banging on her tambourine singing, “Don’t you wish your girlfriend was raw like sushi?”
However, there was a performance, a little more conducive to the culture …
Enso successfully managed to go out and find some of the most beautiful Asian women I have ever seen, and employed them … all the better for their naked sushi nights.
I wasn’t able to try any of the sushi as I’m deadly allergic to shellfish and I learned my lesson about eating unmarked food at a catered party after I swelled up like Will Smith in Hitch (I was dead sexy) … which you can read about in my blog for Holidate. But I heard it was good, even better than Nikko, some said.
Enso offers vibe dining, which means ambiance and experience comes with your entrée … not to mention 20 different kinds of sake. Of all the décor, I couldn’t help but notice that of the bathroom. The stalls are all private and lined with mirrors – it almost makes you want to have sex in them, and I will bet you money that someone will.
You can vibe dine (or have sex in the bathroom) until 2 a.m.
Enso opens to the public tonight.
I have been writing about my dating life for the past few years here in the Queen City — or lack thereof rather. Well, apparently, my dating life in Charlotte has been so pathetic that it warranted my appearance on a national dating show where I swap cities with another woman.
The show, Holidate, like the movie Holiday with Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet, sent me to Chicago to find love.
Tune in to SOAP.net on Wednesday night to see how well that worked out for me. I felt like The Bachelorette, serial dating and all ... but sorry to disappoint you, I did not make out with anyone, cry, throw a temper tantrum or get into a catfight while filming this show. I am proud to report that I am not a Flavor of — or Rock of — Love girl.
Although I can almost guarantee one scene will make Talk Soup.
In fact US Weekly described me as "bubbly," which to me is comical considering I have coined the term bubbly as a more polite, lady-like synonym for gassy ... that said, did US Weekly call me gassy?
Tune into SOAPnet (channel 189 on Time Warner Charlotte) Wednesday at 10 p.m. to see Charlotte on national television ... oh, and to make fun of me. There will be a viewing party at Blackfinn.
I'll take you out to the ballgame. Well, RockHouse Events will ...
All aboard the Ragin' Uptown Party Bus to the Knights Stadium for the Charlotte Knights vs. the Louisville Bats, Triple-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds for which I am throwing out the first pitch on June 24. Cost is just $15 and includes lower level reserved ticket to the game, transportation to and from, and beers on the bus. BUT ... I am giving away a ride, as well as a RockHouse Event baseball hat (to get you into the mood).
And for added entertainment you can point and laugh at me while I attempt to successfully get the ball from the plate to the mound without making the catcher dive for a ground ball. Last year, I didn't do as bad as Mariah Carey, Carl Lewis or BaBaBooey ... I did get the ball to the plate, but let's just say that if I were bowling, it would have been a gutter ball.
Special thanks to Wes Wisler for diving to catch the play then play it off as though he never changed his stance, and to my friends at LazyDay for capturing the before and after shots of my missed shot...
You can purchase tickets here
I've got two pairs of tickets to the Coca-Cola 600 courtesy of Bank of America (meaning they're good tickets) ... want them? Then start the engines on your cursor.
Tickets available for pick-up at the Creative Loafing office at the N.C. Music Factory before 5 p.m. today only
So, Cinco De Mayo, or as my friend likes to call it “Drink O De Mayo,” is aqui (that's Spanish for here). Yet another day that gives us Nightlifers an excuse to drink.
Party-goers, be sure to block off your schedule for 1900 Mexican Grill’s block party,…por que? Porque Simplified is playing and there will be salsa chugging, sombrero tossing and jalepeno eating... what a way to spice up Cinco De Mayo. Also, there’s a chance to win a vacation to Cancun, Mexico... although you might want to hold off on booking it until after the Swine Flu has passed. There is a $5 donation towards the American Cancer society and the festivities start at 4.
And at Whiskey River, it’s time to ditch the whiskey and fiesta with $3 Cervezas and $4 Tequila Shots. “No Time for Siesta, Time for Fiesta” is 18 and up, but based on their boots and bikinis event, I’m wondering if the dress code will be boots and a sombrero? A party bus will be at U and U Village at 10….so students, break into summer and out of exams with a night at "Tequilla River."
La Paz on South Blvd., will offer live music from Lundy and The Beach Walkers (previously Cravin’ Melon) and Cubby from 96.1 The Beat will be hosting the La Paz Olympics — but the only marathon here will be who can drink the most tequila shots and remain standing the longest. 1 tequila, 2 tequila 3 tequila... floor! And, of course, there will be drink specials on Landshark, Bud Light Lime, Bud Light, Margaritas and more. Music and Olympic sign ups start at 6 and the games begin at 7.
Other Restaurants and Bars hosting Drink Specials:
Howl at the Moon — $3 Corona and Corona Lights, $5 Blue Margaritas and $18 mega Margarita Buckets. Party starts at 8 and doesn’t end until you’re seeing red, white and green.
Wild Wing – The Logic will be performing and drink specials include $2.50 Coronas and Corona Light, and $3 Patron and House Margaritas.
Salsas at Carmel Road — Live music from a DJ, have Cinco De Mayo souvenirs, and are offering the chance to dance, sing, and drink.
On the Border on Providence Road — (south of the Uptown border) houses live music from 5-10, drink specials, and family fun.
Don Pedro — Order a special Margarita and get a free T-shirt!
Monterrey Mexican Restaurant at Park Road — Order a pitcher and get a free T-Shirt.
As for me, I already got laid at Strike City’s Dos De Mayo... and by laid I mean given a Hawaiian lei — not very Mexican but at least I got something better than a t-shirt right?
Pop Life: The Erotic Edition puts a sultry end to Tax Day (April 15, ya know) at Apostrophe Lounge, located at 1440 S. Tryon St.
This "erotic" version of the popular Wednesday night party features sexy poetry from local poets, hosted by J.C. The Poet. Romance author and Creative Loafing staffer Cheris Hodges will also be signing and selling copies of her latest novel, More Than He Can Handle, which Publisher’s Weekly called “a sizzling romance." And there will be an exotic demonstration of fun sex toys to spice up your night with or without a mate.
Pop Life is sponsored by Creative Loafing and The Sol Kitchen. Doors open at 6 p.m. and admission is, as always, free. So, file your taxes, then get your freak on.