CIAA 2012 Events and Parties Saturday, March 3 to Sunday, March 4

Your guide to the hottest parties and events during the 2012 CIAA Tournament in Charlotte
Photo by Jon Strayhorn/Media Arts Collective.
There are often long lines to get into day parties when the CIAA Tournament is in town.

The annual CIAA Tournament is taking place in Charlotte for the seventh consecutive year, from February 27 to March 4, 2012. It’s the 67th year of the basketball tournament and the 100th anniversary for the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA). Even though there will be five days of college basketball games going on at Time Warner Cable Arena between men’s and women’s teams, it’s also the many surrounding events and parties that create the most excitement and draw tens of thousands of visitors. Below is a list of those events scheduled for Saturday, March 3 to Sunday, March 4. Please use the website listed for each event to verify information. Advance tickets can be purchased at many of the sites as well.

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UPDATED: February 28

Saturday, March 3

Prayer Breakfast
Enjoy live music, praise and worship, a one-woman stage play by Denise “The Gospel Lady” Hill, and vendors. Presented by the Psi Mu Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. 8:30 a.m. $50. Grace on Brevard, 219 S. Brevard St.,

#Food Lion Health and Wellness Symposium
Since you’ve resolved to be healthier this year (right?), get healthy living and eating tips and products from experts. 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Presbyterian Hospital Training Center (practice court), Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St.,

Sixth Annual Championship Saturday Jazz Brunch
This annual brunch features jazz ensemble Definition and a delectable food menu. There will also be prize giveaways. Presented by Charlotte’s Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity alumni. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $40 in advance. McCormick & Schmick’s, 200 S. Tryon St.,

The Unofficial Longest Running Day Party
Free buffet provided along with a cash bar of your favorite adult beverages. The outdoor deck will be covered and heated (if necessary). Music by DJ Drake from Richmond. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $20 in advance. The Breakfast Club, 225 N. Caldwell St.,

#CIAA Toyota Fan Experience
It’s a full schedule of events and activities for fans, including prize and ticket giveaways, car displays, video game and interactive zones, cooking exhibitions, and performances by popular hip-hop and R&B artists. 12-8 p.m. Free. Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St.,

Cufflinks & Cocktails: The Day Party
This monthly evening event goes dayside for tournament weekend. There’ll be two parties in one, with VIP featuring a private bar, prix-fixe food menu, and complimentary dessert bar. Music by DJ Moe. Presented by Charlotte’s Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity alumni. 12 p.m. $20, general admission; $40, VIP admission into Silk. Enso Asian Bistro and Sushi Bar, inside the EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.

Insatiable Saturday
A day party with music by DJ Fatz. Presented Brothers 4 Life Entertainment. 12 p.m. $15 general admission; $25 VIP. Mortimer’s Cafe & Pub, inside EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.,

Rx Recess Day Party
Feeling a little depleted? Every so often the only way to rehabilitate is through unadulterated recess. Your finest daywear attire and temperament are required for entry. Presented by Culture19 Entertainment. 12 p.m. $10 and up; table reservations available. Vida Mexican Kitchen y Cantina, inside EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.,

The Day Party Headquarters
It’s one of the largest day parties each year, with partying on three levels, six DJs, 40 TVs, 10 pool tables, and multiple bars. Plus, the Let It Flow Band will perform live at 6 p.m. Presented by Talk of the Town, LK, and R&R Productions. 12 p.m.-until. $20 and up. Fox and Hound, 330 N. Tryon St.,

Warm It Up Kane
The legendary Big Daddy Kane will rock the rooftop at this day party. Music by two top DJs: Monster DJ Shogun and DJ Frosty, and hosted by Geta. Presented by Eddietainment. 12-6 p.m. $10 and up; VIP tables available. Pavilion at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.,

Swinging and Grooving Style: Day Party
Complimentary hors d’oeuvres served the first hour. Presented by the Charlotte Graduate Chapters of Swing Phi Swing and Groove Phi Groove Social Fellowship, Inc. Noon-3:30 p.m. Free. Kickstand Burgers-N-Bar, 1101 Central Ave.,

Saturday Live
A special invite goes out to all CIAA alumni, and you’ll be treated to $4 martini specials all day, along with music by DJ Milliano and DJ Twan. Presented by Kevin “KB” Bracey, SharkBand, James Goodson, Money Gang, Subrena Eaton, Tre J Promotions, Eddietainment, and Mike King. Noon-7 p.m. $10 and up. Buffalo Wild Wings at NASCAR Hall of Fame, 400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.,

Uptown Saturday
You can party here all day. Day party, 1-7 p.m., with music by DJ Polo, and a lunch menu will be available. Dinner party, 7-10 p.m., with music by a live R&B and jazz band, and a dinner menu will be available. $15 and up, general admission; VIP tables available. Presented by Digital Divas. Blue Restaurant and Bar, 206 N. College St.,

Miles & Coltrane: Blue (February 29-March 3)
On Q Productions continues Season 3: The Sound of Music with its Off-Broadway show, Miles & Coltrane: Blue, by Concrete Generation. This work, featuring award-winning poets, musicians, dancers, and actors, tells the story of two of the most influential and controversial figures in jazz history: Miles Davis and John Coltrane. Wednesday and Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 3 and 8 p.m.. $22. Duke Energy Theater, 345 N. College St.,

2012 Yacht Day Party
Ride the party bus, where drinks will be served, to Kings Point Marinas where the yacht will depart. On the boat you’ll enjoy music by DJ E- Money, cash bar, and food from Wild Wing Café. Hosted by Infinity Ent. Modeling Company and The HotGyrlz. Presented by Exclusive Essence Entertainment and Heavy Swag DJs. 1 p.m. $35 and up. A party bus will pick up at the old Walmart site, 3304 Eastway Dr.,

It’s a fashion, art, and beauty experience to add to your day party mix. Enjoy music by DJ Yasmin Young of Power 98, while shopping with featured East Coast vendors and watching models wearing local boutiques’ fashions on the runway. Proceeds from the event will help to benefit HERLOT Inc. (Helping Educate Real Leaders Of Tomorrow). Presented by CrysDon Group. 2-6 p.m. $20 in advance. First Ward Recreation Center, 600 E. Seventh St.,

Soju: The Day Party and Car Show
Adult beverage producer Ty Ku will be launching its new product, Soju, so there will be drink giveaways as well as $5 drink specials. Some of the hottest cars in Charlotte will also be on display. Presented by EightyProof Entertainment, Fortune 5 Hundred, and Team Ty Ku. 2-7 p.m. $10 and up; VIP packages available. Q.C. VIP Lounge, 4205 Monroe Rd.,

2012 Day Party
Music by D.C.’s all-female go-go band Bela Dona featuring Sugar Bear of E.U. Presented by We The Team. 3-8 p.m. $20. Apostrophe Lounge, 1440 S. Tryon St.,

#CIAA Women and Men’s Championships
After battling it out all week, the final two women and men’s basketball teams will compete for the tournament championship. The women’s game will be televised on Bounce TV and ESPN3, while the men’s game will be shown on ESPNU and ESPN3. Women’s, 5 p.m.; men’s 8 p.m. $50-$275. Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St.,

#McDonald’s Step Show Step-Off: School vs. School
Watch talented high school and middle school steppers from Charlotte and from schools around the country compete for the grand prize. Doors open, 6:30 p.m.; show time, 8 p.m. $20 and up. The Grady Cole Center, 310 N. Kings Dr.,

#Sister 2 Sister Presents Queen City Celebration Finale
It’s sure to be a live party, hosted by Charlottean and platinum-selling singer Anthony Hamilton. While the legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff mans the turntables. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Cost varies; VIP tables available. Urban Garden, at 1 Bank of America Center, 150 N. College St.,

Mix and mingle with a thirty-and-older crowd. Presented by Stacey Blackman. 9 p.m. Free. Bull and Barrister, 3615 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Rd.,

VH1/Money Team Explosion
Hosted by Ray J and Draya Michelle, along with Charlotte’s Jada Marie. This will also be the grand opening of Club Nikko across from the restaurant. Two parties and two DJs–DJ 360 and DJ Shogun–for one price. Presented by Taylor Massey, 1on1 Management, and Urban Affinity Media. 9:30 p.m.-3:30 a.m. $35 and up; VIP tables available. Club Nikko and Nikko Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar, 1300 South Blvd.,

Party with Grammy-Award-winning producer 9thWonder and his Hollywood friends. He’ll be joined in the DJ booth by DJ Jay Nice. The kitchen will be open serving delectable Mexican fare. Presented by Eddietainment. 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. $20 and up; limited number of VIP loft tickets available. Vida Mexican Kitchen y Cantina, inside EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.,

Fifth Annual The Reunion
Party with a mature and affluent crowd (thirty years old and older preferred.). Music by DJ Polo. Presented by Digital Divas. 10 p.m. $15 and up, general admission; VIP tables available. Blue Restaurant and Bar, 206 N. College St.,

The Finale
It’s night two of their takeover of one of Charlotte’s largest venues. Enjoy music by DJ Paradime, sexy cage dancers, and drink giveaways. Presented by MAZ Entertainment. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $40 general admission; $60 VIP admission; VIP booths also available. Founders Hall, 100 N. Tryon St.,

#CIAA 100th Anniversary Celebration
Legendary band The O’Jays will perform their greatest hits. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be served, including a slice of the 100th anniversary cake, and you’ll receive a souvenir glass to take home. Dancing will follow the concert. 11 p.m. $35. Crown Ballroom, Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St.,

True School: The Day Party
Music by Grammy Award-winning producer 9th Wonder, along with DJ Cuzzin B. Presented by SolKitchen, Dynasty 5, RoundTable, and True School Corp. 12-6 p.m. $25 in advance. Howl At The Moon, inside EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.,

The Ultimate Satur-Day Party Experience
Music by DJ Brorabb and DJ Skillz. Food menu will be available. Presented by SolKitchen and Dynasty 5. $20 in advance; for VIP tables, Mez, inside EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.,

Sophisticated Speakeasy
This lounge series features two days of parties and social events. Enjoy and elegant atmosphere, live music, wine tasting, dessert tasting, DJ, and more. Sophisticated partiers ages 30 and older are invited. Presented by Invitation Only. Day party, 2-6 p.m.; night party, 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $15-$35. Aquavina Wine Room and Lounge, 435 S. Tryon St.,

2 Chainz Live
He’s had the whole country partying to “Spend It,” and now you can see 2 Chainz perform that and other hits. Music by DJ MC. Presented by South Coast Marketing. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $30 in advance; for VIP tables, Suite, inside EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.,

Nostalgia is an appreciation and lust for that which has since passed. Music by DJ Trav Bond. Presented by A.C.T. Productions, PMG, and BBC. 9 p.m.-3 a.m. $20. Kalu, 505 E. Sixth St.,

Party with the self-proclaimed King of the South, platinum-selling hip hop star, and actor T.I. Music by DJ Quicksilva. 8 p.m.-5 a.m. $40 and up in advance; VIP tables available. Cameo Nightclub, 3049 Scott Futrell Dr.,

Socialites: The CI-Edition
Dress code is sexy, upscale, and chic—to match the atmosphere. Presented by Nick “PrimeTime” Ingram and friends.10 p.m. $20 and up; VIP booths available. Latorre’s, 116 W. Fifth St.,

DayDream: The Day Party Experience
This Tryon Street location is popular among day partiers each year. Music by DJ Cuttz. Presented by Nick “PrimeTime” Ingram and friends. 1-6 p.m. $10; VIP tables available. Town Tavern, 200 N. Tryon St.,

Soulful Saturday: Love Jones Edition
The rooftop will be enclosed and heated for an evening of grown entertainment. Featuring a live performance by Eric Roberson, along with D.C. go-go band Familiar Faces with Donnell, and Damixx Band. Presented by BestFriendz. 9 p.m. $25-$50. Pavilion at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.,

Master of the Mix Day Party
Fresh from BET’s reality DJ show competition, DJ Kid Capri will show you how to rock a party. Also with DJ Rham of My 92.7 FM and DJ Storm of Power 98 FM. Presented by IMM and TC Entertainment. 12-7 p.m. $20 and up; VIP tables available. Phoenix, 300 N. College St.,

Celebrity Wrap Up Party with Young Guru
He’s the engineer Jay-Z’s shouted out in numerous songs and his official tour DJ. Now Young Guru will man the turntables at this party that spans three levels. Presented by IMM and TC Entertainment. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $25 and up; VIP tables available. Cosmos Café, 300 N. College St.,

Classic Hip Hop and R&B Hollywood Style: Black and Gold Affair
Enjoy live performances from several old-school artists, including MC Shan, Super Lover Cee, Sweet T, Joe Ski Love and his DJ Scratch Master Jazzy G, Force MD’s , Full Force, and more. Hosted by L.A. Sunshine of Treacherous 3, with music by DJ Hollywood. Presented by Females of Color and Thomas Greg Productions. 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Extravaganza Depot, 1610 N. Tryon St.,

R. Kelly’s Step in the Name of Love Ultimate Day Party
One of the biggest R&B stars of all time hosts this day party. Noon-7 p.m. $20 and up in advance; VIP tables available. Club 935, 935 S. Summit Ave.,

WorldStarHipHop Grand Finale with Gucci Mane and Yo Gotti
Two of the biggest rappers out of the South host this party. Music by DJ Green Lantern. 9 p.m.-4 a.m. $30 and up in advance; VIP tables available. Club 935, 935 S. Summit Ave.,

Second Annual Charlotte Black Film Festival (March 1-3)
The CBFF will host three full days of festivities, films, and fun. It’s composed of film screenings, panel discussions, workshops, and the Vision Awards, which celebrate the work of African American filmmakers. See website for schedule and ticket prices. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday at Mint Museum, 500 S. Tryon St.; Friday and Saturday at UNCC Center City Building, 320 E. 9th St.,

The Su Casa Tournament Day Party
The folks behind the monthly Su CASA event present this day party for people who hate all of the other tournament week parties. The DJ will play a variety of music, including soul, Afrobeat, house, and more. There will also be photography and film displays, and eclectic vendors along with food trucks parked out front. 1-6 p.m. $5. Dharma Lounge, 1440 S. Tryon St.,

Su Casa: Wonderland, A Tribute to the Sounds of Stevie Wonder
Instead of you paying an arm and a leg to party on this night, the Su Casa team is letting you party on the cheap. DJ Justice and DJ 2 Tone Jones will play a deep playlist of songs performed, written, or produced by the great Stevie Wonder, plus other favorites. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $10. Dharma Lounge, 1440 S. Tryon St.,

J. Cole: The Dollar and a Dream Show
Come see the Fayetteville native-turned-Roc-Nation star perform live. Doors open 8 p.m.; show starts 9 p.m. $36. The Fillmore Charlotte, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd.,

NYC Invades Day Party
It’s your chance to party at this newly opened nightclub. Hosted by Power 105.1 and MTV2’s Charlamagne Tha God and DJ Envy. Noon-7 p.m. $20 and up; VIP tables available. Club Societé, 1202 Charlottetowne Ave.,

Fourth Annual Red Carpet Affair
Come dressed to impress for this day party. Presented by Heights Entertainment. 1-8 p.m. $30 and up. Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 222 S. Tryon St.,

Dinero Day Party with Yandy Smith
Come party with the Love & Hip Hop star. Music by D-Block’s DJ Killa Touch and DJ SYNY. Presented by BestFriendz, Meat Lynn Ent., and Southside Ent. Group. 12-7 p.m. $20 in advance. Dixie's Tavern, 301 E. Seventh St.,

Divas Night Out with Idris Elba, Laz Alonzo, and Common
Hosted by three men ladies go crazy over. Plus music by Biz Markie. 9 p.m. $30-$100. The Oasis Tent, 514 N. College St.,

#McDonald's Super Saturday
This CIAA fan event features a DJ competition, cheerleading exhibition, the Food Lion Miss CIAA Pageant, performance by Acrodunk, and a performance by Hamilton Park. Also featuring Doug E. Fresh and comedian Rickey Smiley. Doors open 8:30 a.m. Free. Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St.,

Tyrese Live
See the R&B star and actor perform his hits. Music by DJ Dexx. 9 p.m. $40 and up. Club Rosé, 305 W. Fourth St.,

Star Power Saturday
It’s three parties inside three ballrooms with multiple celebrities, all for one admission. Hosted by Fantasia, R. Kelly, and Jermaine Dupri, with music by Doug E. Fresh and DJ Kool, and a live performance by Big Tony. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $40-$90 in advance. The Blake Hotel, 555 S. McDowell St.,

Ice T and CoCo
The celebrity couple hosts this party, with a performance by Ice T. Music by DJ Greg J. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $50 in advance; VIP tables available. Mez, inside EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.,

Sunday, March 4

Panache: Annual Farewell Jazz Brunch
Enjoy good company and good food as you say goodbye to the week of festivities. An a la carte brunch menu will be served. Plus, live music by PFP Jazz Band. Presented by Digital Divas. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Ruth's Chris Steak House, 222 S. Tryon St.,

#CIAA Toyota Fan Experience
It’s a full schedule of events and activities for fans, including prize and ticket giveaways, car displays, video game and interactive zones, cooking exhibitions, and performances by popular hip-hop and R&B artists. 12-5 p.m. Free. Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St.,

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