Get In Where You Fit In At These DNC Week Events—Sept. 1-6
A select list of public events taking place at and around the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte
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Monday, September 3
The Charlotte in 2012 Convention Host Committee is putting on this Labor Day festival, complete with a parade, live music, kids activities, food, local vendors, and more. National recording artists James Taylor, Jeff Bridges and the Abiders, and Janelle Monáe will perform, as well as Carolinas and regional artists The Blue Dogs, Chairmen of the Board, NGP Music Group, Simplified, and West End Mambo. Opening ceremonies featuring the Johnson C. Smith University marching band kick off at noon, with Anthony Hamilton singing the national anthem. Several nearby museums will offer free or discounted admission. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Uptown, Tryon Street from Stonewall to Trade streets, carolinafest2012.com.
GO CLT Welcome Reception
After CarolinaFest concludes, GO CLT hosts this welcome reception for young professionals and Charlotte’s future leaders. There will be drink specials, a special DNC menu, live jazz by Paul Whitley, and more. 6-9 p.m. Donations accepted, to support the Charlotte in 2012 Convention Host Committee. Delta’s Restaurant, 525 N. Tryon St., charlottein2012.com/goclt.
The Echo Foundation’s 15th Annual Awards Gala
This prestigious event will feature General Wesley Clark, and honor local civic leaders Jim and Mary Lou Babb. An integral part of the foundation’s 2012 Election Year Series titled, “We the People. The Voices and Vision of Democracy,” the program starts at 6 p.m. in the Knight Theater (430 S. Tryon St.), followed by a gala reception and exhibit opening of One America, One American at The Charlotte Observer (600 S. Tryon St). $250. echofoundation.org.
Resurrection—A Forum on Sustainable Fashion
At least eight local designers who are on the forefront of the sustainable fashion movement will display their work during this runway fashion show featuring 40 models. There will also be a Q&A session moderated by Mike Watson, professor of fashion marketing and management at The Art Institute. Attendees will also be able to purchase garments from many of the designers with assistance from professional stylists. Hosted by The PPL, and produced by Shawn Gentry of Watusi Creative. 7-9 p.m. Free; limited tickets available. Packard Place, 222 N. Church St., resurrectionfashion.eventbrite.com.
Charlotte Kick-off Party
National Journal and The Atlantic invite you to get the DNC started at this welcome to Charlotte celebration featuring local BBQ and a live performance by The New Familiars. 8:30-11 p.m. Free. McColl Center for Visual Art, 721 N. Tryon St., njatlantickickoff.eventbrite.com.
Votes & Notes
Enjoy live music by leading Charlotte jazz band 5th and York, while socializing with a mature, professional crowd. Bring your appetite to choose from the food and drink menus at this hip pizza restaurant and bar. Presented by Eddietainment. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Vapiano, 201 S. Tryon St., eddietainment.com.
Tuesday, September 4
2012 DNC Golf Classic
The First Tee of Washington, D.C. is giving you the opportunity to play 18 holes of golf with your favorite Congressmen, while raising funds for this nonprofit organization. Festivities begin with breakfast and ends with a 19th Hole Reception. 8 a.m. $1,250 and up. Charlotte Country Club, 2465 Mecklenburg Ave., thefirstteedc.org.
IMPACT Film Festival: Where Film Crosses the Aisle (through September 6)
Enjoy three days of politically and socially conscious film screenings, including The Invisible War, Hunger Hits Home, and Butter. Presented by the IMPACT Arts + Film Fund. Begins 10 a.m. daily. Free. Mez and EpiCentre Theaters, 210 E. Trade St., eventfarm.com/ImpactFilmFestivalDNC.
A Party Two Decades in the Making
The Democratic Party of Arkansas will honor President Bill Clinton, who will be in attendance, on the 20th anniversary of his nomination, with special guest will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas. 5 p.m. $150. The Westin Charlotte, 601 S. College St., clintonevent.eventbrite.com.
Politics and Pints
The Washington Post is organizing this event, focusing on political, news, and pop culture trivia. Chris Cillizza, managing editor of digital politics coverage for The Post, will serve as quizmaster. 6 p.m. Free. Rí Rá Irish Pub, 208 N. Tryon St. washingtonpost.com.
Arts Jam @ DNC
Americans for the Arts Action Fund partners with The Recording Academy, U.S. Conference of Mayors, and the National Association of Music Merchants to celebrate the arts and arts education with an intimate concert performance featuring national recording artists and benefiting nonprofit organization Americans for the Arts. Limited tickets are available. VIP cocktail hour begins at 9 p.m., concert begins at 11 p.m. McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St., artsactionfund.org/artsjamdnc.
One World Comedy Jam
It’s sure to be a hilarious night, featuring live standup by comedians D.L. Hughley, Tommy Davidson, and Aries Spears. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Obama 2012 reelection campaign and Democratic National Convention. 9 p.m. $85-$150. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St., oneworldcomedyjam.com.
Occupy the Vote After-Caucus Celebration
Exercise your right to party, and mingle with Charlotte's business and community leaders. Music by DJ Moe. Presented by the Urban League of Central Carolinas and Wealth Builders Center for Financial Empowerment. 9:30 p.m. $20. Caviar Nightlife, 300 E. Stonewall St., via.me/-4c4rbi2, caviarnightlife.com.
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