CIAA 2012 Events and Parties Thursday, March 1

Your guide to the hottest parties and events during the 2012 CIAA Tournament in Charlotte
Courtesy of Talk of the Town.
Thursday is a popular night to party in uptown during CIAA Week.

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 Thursday, March 1. 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

Thursday, March 1

#CIAA College Career Expo
This expo is open to all current college students and alumni. Visit website for list of participating universities and employers. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College 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. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Presbyterian Hospital Training Center (practice court), Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St.,

Where The Mature Mingle
A meet-and-greet, with music by DJ Fatz. Presented by Brothers 4 Life Entertainment. 5 p.m. $35 general admission; 65 VIP. Cosmos Café, 300 N. College St.,

#CIAA Men’s Quarterfinals
Basketball action continues between the men’s teams. Televised on Bounce TV and ESPN3. 1, 3, 7, and 9 p.m. Visit website for ticket info. Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St.,

Bulldog Kickoff Mixer: Welcome to Charlotte
Mix and mingle with fellow Bowie State alumni. Complimentary appetizers will be served, plus music by DJ Blacjac. Presented by Bowie State University. 8 p.m. RSVP required, Residence Inn Uptown Charlotte, 404 S. Mint St.,

The All-Tournament Alumni Mixer
For the second year in a row, you’re invited to come out and rep for your school. Enjoy music from a live band and DJ. A portion of proceeds will go to the CIAA Scholarship Fund. Presented by TMB Marketing. 8 p.m. $20 in advance. Kalu Asian Restaurant and Lounge, 505 E. Sixth St.,

Heaven at Blue: Part Six
It’s a Thursday night hot spot each year during tournament time. Music by DJ 06 at 8 p.m., followed by live R&B, go-go, and hip hop band Black Alley at 11 p.m. Presented by Talk of the Town. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $25 and up; VIP packages available. Blue Restaurant and Bar, 206 N. College St.,

#CIAA and My92.7 Old School Skate Party
The CIAA is partnering with My92.7 FM to present a night of roller-skating fun. Hosted by radio personality Fly Ty, with music by DJ Stacey Blackman. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Cost varies. Starlight Skating Rink, 8830 E. W.T. Harris Blvd.,

Pink Groove 7
The pink-and-green ladies know how to throw a party, as is evident with this event each year. Music by DJ Tab D’Bia$$i. Presented by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Rho Psi Omega Chapter, and a portion of the proceeds benefits their scholarship fund. 9 p.m. $35 in advance. Phoenix, 300 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.,

Sensual Seduction
Dress to impress. Music by DJ Streategy. Presented by Zeeka Entertainment. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $10. VIP Lounge, 4205 Monroe Rd.,

The Best of Both Worlds: The Fire and Ice Edition
It’s a well-attended party each year when this fraternity and sorority unite. Music by DJ Flemingo and DJ DR. Presented by the Alphas of Charlotte and the Deltas of Charlotte Foundation. 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m. $25 in advance; VIP packages available. Privilege, 223 S. Brevard St.,

DMV Takeover II
The organizers say this will be the perfect event for ladies to wear your little black dress and sip a signature martini, and for gentlemen to floss your sophisticated swag. Music by Ciroc/Bad Boy DJ SNS. Presented by The DMV Boys, Skyline Management, and Team DropZone. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $30 and up; VIP tables available. Mez, inside EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.,

Thursday Night Hook Up
Music by DJ Dexter Dynamite and hosted by Power 98’s Ms. Jessica a.k.a. the Girl Next Door. Presented by IV Horsemen Entertainment. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $10, general admission; $20 VIP. Nikko Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar, 1300 South Blvd.,

Start Something Big Networking Reception
Celebrate by giving back to the community at this networking event with proceeds benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte. Enjoy live music, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and door prizes. Presented by Parties With a Cause. 6-10 p.m. $10 minimum donation requested. Aquavina Wine Room and Lounge, 435 S. Tryon St.,

Suite Dreams IV
Party in style at this posh nightclub. Music by DJ Quicksilva and DJ Brorabb. Presented by SolKitchen and The A List. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $20 in advance; for VIP tables, Suite, inside EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.,

Trick Daddy in Concert
See one of the Miami rap pioneers perform his hits. Presented by Wild Boy 53 Ent. and Da Crowes Nest. Doors open at 8 p.m. $25 in advance. Amos’ Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St.,

The Warm Up
Music by DJ Paradime. Presented by Brothers 4 Life Entertainment. Noon-7 p.m. $10. Suite, inside EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.,

Welcome to Charlotte House Party
The first in a weekend series of events at this club features rapper Gucci Mane and video/calendar model Cubana Lust. Music by DJ Green Lantern. 8 p.m.-5 a.m. $15 and up in advance; VIP tables available. Cameo Nightclub, 3049 Scott Futrell Dr.,

WSSUNAA Welcome to the CI 2012
It’s a welcome party for Winston-Salem State alumni and all tournament fans, hosted by radio personality Preston Miles, and featuring singer/actress Maria Howell and DJ Hollywood. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the WSSUNAA Scholarship Endowment. Presented by the WSSU National Alumni Association. 10 p.m. $25 in advance; $35 at the door. Charlotte Marriott City Center, 100 W. Trade St.,

Sexy in the Queen City II: The Day Party
Dance, eat, drink, and repeat at this two-level venue in uptown. Featuring music by DJ DR. Presented by La Dolce Vita Escapes and Aristocrats. Noon-6 p.m. $10 in advance; VIP tables available. Cosmos Café, 300 N. College St.,

An Evening with Mayor Foxx and Reggie Love
Gen44, the under-40 working professionals fundraising program of Obama for America, presents this reception with Mayor Anthony Foxx and special guest Reggie Love, a Charlotte native and former assistant to President Obama. 9 p.m. $44 general admission; $100 VIP. Crave Dessert Bar, 500 W. Fifth St.,

Welcome to Charlotte Party with Rick Ross
The biggest boss hosts this party at this once-popular/already-popular-again nightclub that reopened in February (after closing for several months due to flood damage). Music by DJ Kash. 9 p.m.-3 a.m. $20 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.,

Mode Noir | Black Mode Fashion Week (February 29-March 2)
Created specifically to cater to the fashion community during tournament week, this three-day event showcases fashion, arts, and culture. Enjoy fashion shows featuring several designer labels each evening, with hosts FOX Charlotte’s Jacinda Garabito (Wednesday), America’s Next Top Model finalist Bianca Golden and WBTV’s Brigida Mack (Thursday), and Sam Badger (Friday). 7 p.m. $20-$55. 1800 Brewton Dr.,

New Jack City with the Official Ciroc Boyz
Bad Boy recording artist French Montana hosts this event with music by DJ Shogun and DJ Polo. 9 p.m. $20 and up; VIP tables available. Re:Public, 314 N. College St.,

Purple Charlotte Steppers Day Party
Featuring music artist Cardell. Noon-5 p.m. $15 in advance. Grace on Brevard, 219 S. Brevard St.,

The Charlotte Hangover Party
Featuring music by DJ Quicksilva and DJ Biggs. Presented by TMB Movement. 9 p.m.-3 a.m. $30. Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub, 201 E. Fifth St.,

A Soulful Centennial Event
Enjoy live music by Peace and Love band, along with the old-school sounds of DJ Chance. There will also be vendors, food, photography, and a Soul Train line. Presented by Q7 Entertainment. 8 p.m.-2 a.m. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Grand Central, 1000 Central Ave.,

The VIP Lounge
Before you kick of a weekend of partying, enjoy this lounge where you can relax, dance, eat, and have fun indoors and outdoors. Presented by Digital Divas and Queen’s Lair Events. 9 p.m. $20 and up. Osso Restaurant and Lounge, at NC Music Factory, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd.,

The Ultimate Red Carpet Queen City Affair
Kick off the centennial celebration here. Hosted by R&B legend Christopher Williams and My92.7 FM’s Fly Ty. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Dr. Jack Brayboy Scholarship Fund at Johnson C. Smith University. Presented by The Associates and 30+ Productions. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $30; tickets must be purchased online. Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 222 S. Tryon St.,

Slam Fest 100 with Chris Brown
Hosted by the Grammy Award-winning, platinum-selling superstar. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Visit website for ticket prices; VIP tables available. NC Music Factory, 817 Hamilton St.,

Star Power Thursday
It’s three parties inside three ballrooms with multiple celebrities, all for one admission. Hosted by reality TV stars Tami Roman and Nene Leakes, with music by Biz Markie and DJ Kid Capri. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $30-$50 in advance. The Blake Hotel, 555 S. McDowell St.,

The Black Carpet Tip-Off Affair with Doug E. Fresh
The legendary MC hosts this party along with model Dinah Sade. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $25-$50 in advance; VIP tables available. Founders Hall, 100 N. Tryon St.,

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