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The Weekly Agenda: Frat mixer and Pride Awards
Check out our weekly guide to seven days of fun and entertainment in the QC.
Published Thursday, January 17, 2013 8:30 am
by Michaela L. Duckett

This week gives cause for celebration as we honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. and witness President Barack Obama being sworn in for a second term on Monday. Award galas, celebrity-hosted after parties, fashion shows, butterflies, and sports are all on this week’s agenda:

Jan. 17

Enjoy an evening of sophisticated fun as Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity hosts its monthly after-work event, Cufflinks & Cocktails at Nana’s Uptown Restaurant & Bar (710 West Trade St.). The cocktails and social exchange begin at 6 p.m. Dress is business casual. Admission is free.

Jan. 18

“Flight of the Butterflies” opens on the big screen at Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon St. The film tracks the voyage of hundreds of millions of monarch butterflies between Canada and Mexico. After debuting in New York and Los Angeles, Charlotte’s Discovery Place will be one of only 50 exclusive institutions nationwide to show the film in 2013. Visit discoveryplace.org for more information.

Jan. 19

The 2013 Pride Awards Gala will be held  at The Westin Charlotte (601 South College St.) In addition to celebrating 20 years in the community, Pride will also unveil the “Pride Heritage Award” recognizing individuals that demonstrate leadership and service to the community. This is a black-tie affair. Reception begins at 6 p.m. Visit PrideAwards.net for more information.

Can’t make it to the gala? Join the after party, which will be hosted by MC Lyte. The 20th Anniversary ‘Old School’ After Glow, also at the Westin, begins at 10 p.m. Call (704) 375-9553 or visit MCLyteAfterGlow.eventbrite.com to purchase tickets. Tickets for both events must be purchased in advance.

Jan. 20

The third annual Legacy Concert honoring Martin Luther King Jr. will be held at the Knight Theater (430 S. Tryon St.) featuring Stellar Award-winning gospel singer Vanessa Bell Armstrong and other special guests. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. A portion of proceeds from the event will benefit the Elwood-Edna Foundation, a non-profit organization that works to prevent and reduce childhood obesity in the Charlotte Metropolitan Area. For tickets, call (704) 372-1000 or visit www.carolinatix.org.

Jan. 21

It’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day! It is is also the day of President Obama’s inauguration at 12 p.m. Beyonce’, Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor will be performing. The inauguration is believed to be one of the most watched televised events of all time by a global audience. Invite a few friends over and host a watch party.

Jan. 22

The Mint Museum Randolph (2730 Randolph Road) presents “Artfusion: And the Bead Goes On” at 6 p.m. Enjoy an evening of style and discover the brilliance of beads in fashion. Arrive early to learn about the beauty of beaded accessories and see a demonstration by Lydia Stern of Beadlush. Stick around to check out teen designer KevinVain’s fashion show, which begins at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

Afterwards, head over to Label (800 Music Factory Blvd.) for Tuesday Night Jazz. Musician Marcus Johnson will perform. The show starts at 8 p.m. Limited tickets are available, and seating is general admission.

Jan. 23

Watch the Charlotte Bobcats take on the Atlanta Hawks at Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St. The game starts at 7 p.m. Tickets begin at $10 and are available at ticketmaster.com.


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