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The Agenda: Parties and Basketball
What's happening in Charlotte this week
Published Thursday, February 28, 2013
by Michaela L. Duckett

Tournament week is officially underway, so there is no shortage of parties and events this weekend. From old school parties and book signings to nights out on the town and at the theater, here’s a list of what to do, who to see and where to go this week in Charlotte:

Champagne, Books & Barbeque

Take a break from all the partying to stimulate your brain with a good book. Author Kim Boykin will be in town to celebrate the release of her debut novel “The Wisdom of Hair” with a launch party and book signing at Grinell Waterworks (1435 West Morehead St.) Feb. 28 from 6–8:30 p.m. The evening will include giveaways and door prizes, including two luxury day spa packages. RSVP to (910) 200-0806 or danielknaub@gmail.com.

Bowl, Drink, Dance, Repeat

Feb. 28 is Throwback Thursday at Strike City. Kick off the weekend enjoying a night of classic hip-hop, food, drinks, games and socializing. Mr. Unpredictable DJ C-Rob will be taking it back to the old school playing music from hip-hop’s golden era (circa 1995-2005). Doors open at 10 p.m. Bowl, drink and dance until 2 a.m.

Prodigal Son Foundation event

There aren’t too many free events in Charlotte during the CIAA, but this is one of them. The Prodigal Son Foundation is a non-profit organization on a mission to empower, educate and engage youth in North Carolina. On Feb. 28, it will host a networking reception and fundraiser at Vin Master Wine Room (2000 South Blvd.) from 5:30-9 p.m. Admission is free. Enjoy drink specials and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Music will be provided by DJ Guvnor. RSVP to prodigalson.eventbrite.com.

Third annual All-Tournament Alumni Mixer

Join new CIAA Commissioner Jacqie Carpenter, local officials and other special guests on Feb. 28. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the CIAA Scholarship fund. Tickets available at www.alltournamentmixer.eventbrite.com. For more information, call (704) 916-9643.

The Art & Style Lounge

Day parties are part of the tournament week tradition. The Art & Style Lounge keeps up with that tradition while providing a unique experience. On March 1, enjoy an afternoon of live music provided by BET’s “106 and Park’s” DJ AMPZ and complimentary food tastings by Howard & Howard Events from 12-2 p.m. at Spirit Square (345 N. College St.) Day passes are available at www.artandstylelounge.com. A portion of proceeds will benefit Johnson C. Smith University’s scholarship fund.

Charlotte Black Film Festival

This annual festival features three days of film screenings, seminars and workshops with the goal of creating economic empowerment for and promotion of African-American cinema.

The CBFF’s Red Carpet Vision Awards will be held at UNC Charlotte Center City Building (320 E. 9th St.) on March 2 at 7 p.m. For a full schedule of events, visit www.charlotteblackfilmfestival.com.

Cufflinks & Cocktails

Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity is hosting its monthly social exchange on March 2 at Enso Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar from 12-6 p.m. Dress to impress because you never know who you may meet. The theme this month is Miami in March. Music by DJ Moe and DJ Justice. For more information, visit cufflinksandcocktails.com.

Friends and Foes

Authors Victoria Christopher Murray and ReShonda Tate Billingsley will sign copies of their new book “Friends and Foes” at Wal-Mart (7735 N. Tryon St.) on Mar. 3 at 3 p.m. The book, which does not officially release until March 12, details the antics of two rivaling first ladies, Rachel Jackson Adams and Jasmine Larson Bush. Charlotte is the only North Carolina stop for the authors’ 15-city book tour.

‘The Whipping Man’

The Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte (650 E. Stonewall St.) is presenting “The Whipping Man,” a play about a wounded confederate soldier who celebrates Passover with his former slaves after returning from the war to find his family missing. The play runs Wednesday through Sunday until March 9. Visit www.actorstheatrecharlotte.org for show times and ticket pricing.


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