Fela Dance Party, Mardi Gras NoDa-Style, Bartender’s Ball, and More Feb. 15-17

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Charlotte Bartender’s Ball is one of the biggest, wildest parties each year, taking place Sunday night.

We’re midway through February (already?). Keep the party going.

Friday, February 15

We Love Fela: A Su Casa Dance Party
The monthly Su Casa event moves to a different venue for this installment, celebrating musician, human rights activist, and African icon, the late Fela Kuti. The event will feature live painting, photography, films, and the musical selection includes funk, jazz, soul, house, and African beat. Hosted by Jasiatic and Carlton H. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. $10.  Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, 551 S. Tryon St., ganttcenter.org, sucasacharlotte.wordpress.com.

Little Red Dress Party
This post-Valentine’s party puts a twist on the LBD. Drink specials include $4 Swedish Fish and $5 Bay Breeze. 10 p.m. Wear red for free entry before midnight. Whisky River, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., whiskyrivercharlotte.com.

Saturday, February 16

NoDa Gras: Mardi Gras Bar Crawl
Sample some of the many food and drink offerings in NoDa via this bar crawl, with five participating venues: Boudreaux’s, Solstice Tavern, Blind Pig, Jack Beagle's, and Revolution Pizza and Ale House. Ticket includes complimentary beads and various Abita beer offerings at each stop. Presented by Good Eats and Meets and The Abita Brewery. 6 p.m.-midnight. $10 in advance; $15 day of. Check-in at Boudreaux's Louisiana Kitchen, 501 E. 36th St., nodagras2013.eventbrite.com.

Mecklenburg County Democratic Party Community Inaugural Ball
In addition to offering local Democratic Party members the opportunity to celebrate the second inauguration of President Barack Obama, the event will serve as a fundraiser for the Mecklenburg County Democratic Party. 6 p.m. VIP reception; 7 p.m. main event. $44 and up; guests with DNC community credentials eligible for discounted admission. The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte, 201 E. Trade St., ritzcarlton.com/charlotte, communityball.org.

Care Ring’s Fifth Annual Casino Night
Fun and fundraising come together in a spirited evening of blackjack, craps, roulette, and Texas Hold’em. Complimentary food and drinks will be served, and the event will also feature a silent auction and prize raffles. Proceeds will benefit Care Ring, an organization that provides access to medical and dental care to the uninsured and underinsured. Hosted by the Young Professionals Council; presented by Red Ventures. 7:30-11:30 p.m. $65. Extravaganza Depot, 1610 N. Tryon St., extravaganzaevents.com, careringnc.org.

Global Fever: Rio de Janeiro
Come out for a night featuring performances by Brazilian DJ Brooks, VJ Havana, and samba dancers. The mission for the Global Fever series is to bring people from different cultures together. Presented by Ouzo International. 10 p.m. $10 and up; VIP tables available. Dharma Lounge, 1440 S. Tryon St., dharmacharlotte.com.

Sunday, February 17

12th Annual Charlotte Bartender’s Ball: Salute to Music
It’s one of the biggest, wildest parties each year, and your all-inclusive ticket includes an open bar with top-shelf liquors, a full line of beers, and food. Bartenders and staff from several of Charlotte’s most popular bars and nightclubs will have booths set up. Several DJs will play. Proceeds will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Presented by Elevate Lifestyle and RockHouse Events. 7 p.m.-midnight. $70. Blake Hotel, 555 S. McDowell St., blakehotelnc.com, charlottebartendersball.com.

Battle of the Bands 3
Up-and-coming bands will compete in this competition for a chance to win $500 and an opening gig at Alive After Five. Proceeds will benefit Go Red for Women to support heart disease research. 9 p.m. $5. StrikeCity, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., strikecitycharlotte.com, battleofthebands3charlotte.eventbrite.com.

Verify dates, times, prices, and other info at the web addresses listed for each event.

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