After-Work Events, Fundraisers, Celebrity Parties, Fashion Show, and More Jan. 16-19

Credit: facebook.com/strikecityclt
Put together your team of four and compete in the Winter Bar Olympics Friday night at StrikeCity.
 
Many of you will have a three-day weekend because of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday. There are several social events and parties taking place over the next four days—the best of which I’ve listed below—but also take time to reflect on MLK’s legacy (City of Charlotte celebrations and Hands On Charlotte’s volunteer projects, for example).
 

Thursday, January 16

 
Business After Hours
The Charlotte Chamber presents this monthly event, offering you the opportunity to network with business professionals while enjoying complimentary food, drinks, and prize giveaways. 5:30-7:30 p.m. $15; free for Chamber members. BlackFinn American Saloon, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., blackfinncharlotte.com, charlottechamber.com/events.
 
Cufflinks & Cocktails
The Charlotte Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity takes you to a different posh bar/lounge each month for this cocktail social. 6-10 p.m. Free admission. Osso Restaurant & Lounge, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., ossocharlotte.com, cufflinksandcocktails.com.
 
I Have a Dream: Vision Night 2014
SideKicks is a nonprofit organization that connects young professionals in the Charlotte area to high school students to serve as mentors. This fundraising event will feature socializing, dancing, cocktails, and small plates, while celebrating the impact the organization has made. 7-9 p.m. $10 minimum donation requested. LighBulb Creative, 305 W. Morehead St., sidekicksvisionnight.eventbrite.com, sidekicksmentors.org
 
’Stache Thursdays (weekly event)
This is a Thursday night favorite for many partiers, who come out for the music from a pair of DJs, hookah (half-priced until 10 p.m.), and drink specials. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission. ’Stache House Bar & Lounge, 1520 South Blvd., stachehouseclt.com.
 

Friday, January 17

 
Latin Jazz Night
Make dinner reservations or grab a seat at the bar, and be entertained by The Tommy Lopez Band. 8-11 p.m. Blue Restaurant & Bar, 206 N. College St., bluecharlotte.com.
 
Ice Party
The Charlotte Ski and Snowboard Club hosts this party, with music from member DJ Supa Skip. There’ll be $3 well drink specials and giveaways including a trip to Ski Beech. Open to club members and nonmembers. 9:30-11 p.m.; nightclub continues until 2 a.m. Suite, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., suitecharlotte.com, charlotteskiandsnowboard.com.
 
Winter Bar Olympics
Put together your team of four and compete in games such as pong, flip cup, Wii tennis, bowling, cornhole, and punch out. A grand prize will be given away to the wining team. Drink specials include $4 Shocktop drafts, $4 car bombs, and $5 Jager bombs. Sign-up begins at 9 p.m.; games kick off at 10 p.m. Free admission and no cost to participate. StrikeCity, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., strikecitycharlotte.com.
 
Electronic Emporium
Dance to music from a variety of DJs from several different genres, including Danny B, Nurotik, Nat Eichler, V.B., Sean T vs. Tronix, Slam Duncan, Bonnevil, and Malbogia. Presented by S.P. Entertainment. 10 p.m. $10. Dharma Lounge, 1440 S. Tryon St., dharmacharlotte.com, facebook.com/spentertain.
 
Ladies Night 
Ladies (and gents) will get their party on in the ’burbs, from the dance floor to the covered patio at this hotspot. 10 p.m. Free admission. Cosmos Café Ballantyne, 8420 Rea Rd., cosmoscafe.com, socialflockers.com.
 
Weekend at Southside (Friday and Saturday)
If you’re strolling the nightlife row known as Montford Drive, you’ll want to pop into this reimagined lounge. DJ Duckzilla is on the turntables Friday night, and DJ Jon Wylie on Saturday. $5 Fireball drink special. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission. Southside, 1600 Montford Dr., twitter.com/cltsouthside.
 
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The annual Roc Da Runway Hair and Fashion Show takes place Sunday at Reelworks Studio.

Photo credit: Jon Strayhorn/Media Arts Collective

 

Saturday, January 18

 
New Year! New You! Party and Showcase
Less than three weeks in, hopefully you’re sticking to your New Year resolutions. Or come get motivated and share your goals with fellow women. The evening will feature massages, manicures, entertainment, and health and beauty vendors. 5:30-8:30 p.m. $10 in advance; $15 at the door. Sassy Girl Fitness, 505 Pitts School Rd. N.W., Concord, sassygirlfit.com, sassygirlfitnessevents.eventbrite.com
 
Bobcats vs. Heat After-Party
After the game, expect many fans to make a beeline across the street to this popular nightclub, which has also been known to attract celebrities. 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Admission costs vary. Suite, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., suitecharlotte.com.
 
Heat vs. Bobcats: #TheAfterParty
Whether or not the Bobcats win, these folks will party hard. Music by DJ Skillz. Presented by The Sol Kitchen and Roundtable Ent. 10 p.m. Free admission until 11:30 p.m. with game ticket stub. For VIP tables, tami@republicofcharlotte.com. Re:Public, 314 N. College St., facebook.com/pages/Republic-Charlotte/104086323020486, thesolkitchen.com.
 
Oak Room Saturdays (weekly event)
It’s usually a packed house here on Saturday nights. Music by DJ Edward Shouse and DJ Complete. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission; for VIP tables, viptables@oakroomclt.com. Oak Room, 200 E. Bland St., oakroomclt.com.
 
Love & Hip Hop Charlotte
Tahiry, the bodacious star of Love & Hip Hop NY, hosts this party. 10 p.m. Free admission until midnight. Vanity Charlotte, 500 W. 5th St., vanitycharlotte.com.
 
Halfway to Summer Party 
One of Charlotte’s favorite bands, Simplified, performs live. 10:30 p.m. Free admission. The Rusty Rudder, 20210 Henderson Rd., Cornelius, therustyrudder.net.
 

Sunday, January 19

 
The Ultimate Sunday Funday
Support a great cause while enjoying drink specials—$2 mimosas, $5 Tito Bloody Marys, and $4 Old Meck Coppers—football on the TVs, trivia, race ticket giveaway, and live music by Seventy-Six and Sunny (3-6 p.m.). Speedway Children’s Charities will receive a portion of all food and beverage sales from 2-9 p.m. Free admission. Tin Roof, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., tinroofbars.com/Home/Charlotte, facebook.com/scc.charlotte.
 
Roc Da Runway Hair and Fashion Show
This fifth annual event highlights emerging stylists and designers, and this year will feature a North vs. South Hair Battle for state bragging rights. There will also be great music, and the evening is hosted by Cynthia Bailey and Peter Thomas from The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Doors open 6 p.m.; show time 7 p.m. General admission, $35 in advance; front row, $50. Reelworks Studio, at NC Music Factory, 817 Hamilton St., rocdarunway.com, rocdarunway.eventbrite.com
 
State of the Art
This monthly social and concert series brings together visual and performance arts, featuring hip hop, R&B, dance, poetry, and live art. Acts include: Kaze, Chieff Cloud, Dee Dray, Sir Abstraxxx, Dammit Wesley, Amanda Pollard, D. Blake, and Selah Says. 8 p.m.-midnight. $8. Roux, at Boudreaux’s, 3306-A N. Davidson St., facebook.com/rouxnoda, facebook.com/StateofTheArtNC.  
 
Dream 2
Several Charlotte party promoters unite for this annual holiday weekend party. Music by DJ PNUT from Atlanta, and opening set by DJ Ngenius. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission. Label, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd., labelcharlotte.com, thesolkitchen.com.
 
 
Verify dates, times, prices, and other info at the web addresses listed for each event.
 
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