Are things finally picking up over at the N.C. Music Factory?
Friday, June 27, 2008
While Chris Rock had me rolling in the aisles of Ovens Auditorium on Thursday, some party scouts went to check out the Bobcats draft party at Whisky River.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
I was honored to be recognized Wednesday among Charlotte’s Women Who Rock.
The party at Pop Life at Loft 1523 was presented by Creative Loafing and The Sol Kitchen.
My fellow honorees:
Lisa Reyes, former News 14 newscaster.
The Charlotte Roller Girls.
Trineka Greer of the Urban League of the Central Carolinas.
Tonya Jameson, my predecessor and politics video columnist for the Observer.
Mary Curtis, another Observerite.
Allyson Speaks, owner of Century Vintage.
Novelist Cheris Hodges.
Kali Ferguson, storyteller and poet.
Allison Wolf Hertzler, owner of Green Rice Gallery.
Kim Hawkins of eztixx.com.
Former rockin’ ladies also made an appearance.
The guys at CL and Sol Kitchen are also planning a Men Who Rock party for the end of August. Mark your calendars.
If you have never been to Pop Life, go next week. It’s every Wednesday at the Loft and brings together a diverse group of young professionals. Bring plenty of business cards and plan on meeting at least one new friend.
Monday, June 23, 2008
Men's Web site Holy Taco has compiled a list of 14 Songs You Should Never Play in a Bar. (Caution: The list contains some language that may not be safe for work. Don't click if you're easily offended.)
Thursday, June 19, 2008
I'm not a native Carolinian, so I always find myself looking on with envy as couples shag dance in front of the stage at events like Alive After Five. So I was excited to hear from a reader who was anxious to introduce me to Charlotte's booming shag scene.
Polished, the hip nail bar in South End, offers a special promotion every Wednesday that includes a martini with your manicure (or pedicure).
I popped in to pamper my toes after work and found dozens of other women doing the same.
Owners Sonny Kim and Haley Tran know how to put on a good party, with hor d'oeuvres for those waiting for their nail treatment and attentive staff who are there to replenish your drink or bring you a magazine.
If you've never been, it's a great spot to bring your girlfriends for a special occasion. I found one group of teachers from the Montessori school on East Boulevard cashing in gift cards they got from parents for Teacher Appreciation Day. They were all lined up in the pedi chairs, martini glasses in hand and looking like they were in heaven.
And even if you show up sans posse, the environment is such that you find yourself easily talking fashion and celebrity gossip with your neighbor.
$20 Martini mani
$30 Martini pedi
$45 for both
The promotion goes on all day Wednesdays, so you can even have a cocktail on your lunch hour (I won't tell).
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
I've been hearing for months now about what a wild Tuesday night party the Rusty Rudder on Lake Norman throws, so I decided to check it out this week.
The specials are hard to beat: 50-cent wings, $1 domestic drafts, $1.50 Coors Light drafts, $2 Landsharks, etc.
My three-beer tab came to a whopping $4.75.
The bar overlooks the marina, so the best spot to perch is out on the deck where you can pick out what boat you'd like to have (in your dreams).
The deck was packed this Tuesday -- you won't find anywhere uptown that crowded on a Tuesday night, no matter what time of year. The majority of the crowd skewed younger -- lots of college kids home for the summer it looked like -- and very casual. T-shirts and shorts, and a few swim trunks in some cases. Most everyone looked as though they came straight off the water -- or from a NASCAR race as one of my friends put it.
Overheard: A 20-something guy to his friend, "You're doublefisting? Damn, I better start doublefisting, too."
Monday, June 16, 2008
I got a sneak peek Monday night at Howl at the Moon, the latest nightspot set to open in the EpiCentre.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
I went to my first Summer Pops at SouthPark concert on Sunday and I'm hooked.
It was refreshing to see such a mix of people: dads (Happy Father's Day!) and their college-aged daughters playing cards, young families with bouncing babies, girlfriends sharing a bottle of wine and couples dancing barefoot in the grass.
One couple even set up their own table for two on the lawn, complete with candlelight, tablecloth and pitcher of sangria.
It's a great (free!) way to spend a Sunday evening.
Next week's theme is Broadway, with show tunes from such classics as Les Miserables, Oklahoma, My Fair Lady and Phantom of the Opera.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
I'm taking an informal survey about an -- ahem -- incident that happened to me over the weekend.
Let's be honest.
- She's divorced after 14 years of marriage.
- She recently got a tattoo.
- Pointed out an ex-boyfriend and told us to avoid him at all costs since he was bad news.
- Told my friend not to have sex too soon with a potential beau because he'll never call her again.
Monday, June 9, 2008
After a long weekend in Florida, I was anxious to get back on the Charlotte nightlife scene this weekend. Apparently, I was the only one.
Where was everyone this weekend?
I checked out a few of the usual uptown hot spots Saturday night, and, with the exception of the EpiCentre (the line was stretched down the street for Suite by 11), the crowd was noticeably sparse.
Was it the heat? Or is everyone trying to save money during this dreadful economic time?
I'm curious, are you guys cutting back on your social lives? Going out less? Drinking two beers instead of four? Not patronizing places that charge a cover? Noticing a drop in partygoers at your usual haunts?
Post your comments below.
Friday, June 6, 2008
But Capt. Jeff Estes, commander of CMPD’s central division, assured me that the violence isn’t part of an increasing trend uptown.
For those of you who missed the coverage: A fight broke out among patrons at Grand Central in the early morning hours of May 29. As the fight was being dispersed, someone fired a gun into the air. No one was injured. More fights broke out early last Friday at Alley Cat, reportedly between patrons and bouncers. Then on Sunday, a man fired a gun outside NV Lounge in Cornelius, injuring one person.
Estes said TV coverage is to blame for the increased attention on normal crime activity in the nightlife industry.
“Actually, aggravated assaults are down 23 percent in the center city (year to date). Considering we have more alcohol-serving establishments operating than last year and we are trending downwards for the year, it is actually ironic that we are receiving coverage about the number of them,” he wrote in an e-mail this week.
Estes said fisticuffs are to be expected any time you mix alcohol and a certain sense of bravado. In other words, boys will be boys.
Estes said CMPD is “very proactive in our enforcement efforts and (we) are plugged into the management of the bars and clubs in the center city. … We attribute our decline in aggravated assaults to those efforts.”
Thursday, June 5, 2008
But only temporarily.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
I got a pair of tickets to a screening of "Sex and the City."