2013 CIAA Week Parties and Events: Monday, February 25 to Wednesday, February 27
Your guide to the hottest parties and events during the weeklong 2013 CIAA Tournament in Charlotte
The CIAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments begin February 26 at Time Warner Cable Arena.
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Compiled by Jarvis Holliday, @HollidayInk
The annual CIAA Tournament is taking place in Charlotte for the eighth consecutive year, with events scheduled from February 25 to March 3, 2013. While there will be five days of college basketball games going on between the men's and women's teams of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) at Time Warner Cable Arena, the many surrounding events and parties create just as much excitement and draw tens of thousands of visitors.
Below is a list of events scheduled for Monday, February 25, through Wednesday, February 27. Please use the website listed for each event to verify information. Advance tickets can be purchased at many of the websites as well.
# Denotes an official CIAA Tournament event
This list will be updated weekly with additional events, so check back soon.
Monday, February 25
# CIAA Tournament Men's and Women's Tip-Off Awards Luncheon
Visit website for more details. Noon. Crown Ballroom, Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St., ciaatournament.org.
Tuesday, February 26
# CIAA Men’s and Women’s Tournaments Begin
Teams from the 12 CIAA schools will battle it out as they try to make it to Saturday’s championship game. Women’s games: 11 a.m., 1, 3, and 5 p.m. Men’s games: 7 and 9 p.m. Visit website for ticket info. Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St., ciaatournament.org.
Tuesday Night Jazz: Tournament Kickoff
Enjoy contemporary jazz performed by Eric Darius at one of the city’s hottest nightclubs. Presented by Jazz Diva Events and CBS Radio. 8-11 p.m. $20. Label, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd., eventbrite.com/event/4913734111.
Tournament Week Media Mixer
Mix and mingle with local journalists and media professionals at this networking event. Presented by the Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists (CAABJ). 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free; scholarship donation requested. WXYZ Bar at Aloft Charlotte Uptown Hotel, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., caabj.org.
Wednesday, February 27
# CIAA Men’s and Women’s Tournament Games
Basketball action continues. Women’s games: 11 a.m., 1, 3, and 5 p.m. Men’s games: 7 and 9 p.m. Visit website for ticket info. Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St., ciaatournament.org.
Taking your Business to the Next Level: A Conversation with Daymond John
Come make valuable business connections, and hear from speaker Daymond John, best known as the founder and CEO of FUBU, and from his appearances on the ABC reality television series Shark Tank. Moderated by Rahman Khan. Presented by Time Warner Cable Black Business Employee Network and Time Warner Cable Business Class. 2:30 p.m. Free; must RSVP, limited seating. Byron's South End, 101 W. Worthington Ave., suite 180, conversationwithdaymond.eventbrite.com.
# CIAA Bowling Party Mixer
The competition goes from the basketball court to the bowling lanes for a night of friendly fun and partying. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Visit website for prices. AMF Bowling University Lanes, 5900 N. Tryon St., ciaatournament.org.
Stiletto Sweet Smoke Ultimate
This is an all-inclusive ladies-only social designed to stimulate all five senses. The evening features delectable cuisine, cocktails, premium cigars, music, and male entertainment. 7-9 p.m. $50, plus $10 entertainment gratuity. Lashes And MustAshes Upscale Portable Cigar Lounge, 555 S. McDowell St. (Blake Hotel parking lot), lashesandmustashes.com.
Suits and Ashes: A Gentleman's Experience
This VIP experience is designed for men of style and class who want to relax and relate in the company of fellow cigar enthusiasts in private luxury. VIP ticket includes an open scotch bar, two premium cigars, appetizers, and entertainment. 10 p.m.-midnight. $100. Lashes And MustAshes Upscale Portable Cigar Lounge, 555 S. McDowell St. (Blake Hotel parking lot), lashesandmustashes.com.
Kitchapalooza 2: The Tournament Edition 2013
Two neighboring nightclubs, one alley, and five DJs—it's truly going to be a block party. Presented by The Sol Kitchen. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Free; ages 25 and older suggested; VIP tables available. Phoenix and Re:Public nightclubs, 300 N. College St., thesolkitchen.com.
Party with a Purpose: Black-Tie Affair
It’s a fundraising party—and two-part event—to benefit Payton’s Place Child Abuse Advocacy Center, featuring live music and a DJ. Presented by Chris Kerry Group. 6 p.m.-2 a.m. $15 and up. Amelie’s Annex, 3128 The Plaza, wepay.com/events/r-b-live-ci-edition-2013.
Hip Hop Caucus-Charlotte Meet and Greet
Mix and mingle with members of the Hip Hop Caucus, a nonprofit organization that utilizes the power of hip hop to organize young people to be active in elections, policymaking, and service projects. HHC has leadership committees in cities around the country, and has celebrity spokespeople. Find out how you can get involved in upcoming initiatives. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be served along with a cash bar. 6-9 p.m. Free admission; RSVP requested. Heist Brewery, 2909 N. Davidson St., Suite 200, hiphopcaucusfeb27.eventbrite.com.
Soul Stage: Tournament Edition
Introducing Teeny Barrino and Vito, with live performances by Innertwyne Band, Eunique, Kyran, and Old Skool. Hosted by Old School 105.3 FM’s Fly Ty. Doors open 8 p.m. Free admission until 11 p.m.; $10 and up after. Allure Restaurant & Lounge, 1508 S. Mint St., soulstageatallurerestaurantandlounge.eventbrite.com.
It’s a college night party, featuring Diamond Klub of JCSU and New Wealth IceTeam LC. Music by DJ Cuttz, DJ Phalse ID, and DJ B Millz. Ages 18 and up admitted. 10 p.m. Free until 10:30 p.m. with college ID; cost varies. Label, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd., labelcharlotte.com.
Visit charlottemagazine.com/ciaa for our comprehensive coverage of the events and parties surrounding the 2013 CIAA Tournament.