It’s Not Even the Weekend and I’m All Partied Out

You should know by now that the CIAA Tournament is in town. And you should also know by now that it’s about more than basketball. Actually, I would venture to guess that some people aren’t even aware that there are eleven men and women’s college teams competing this week at Charlotte Bobcats Arena. They probably just think it’s a special week of partying.

Tuesday evening, I went to the CIAA Jump Starter at Tutto Mondo, sponsored by the Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists (in full disclosure, I’m prez of CAABJ). It was a great turnout and I had a good time talking to people I know and many people I’ve never seen before. I stayed longer than I’d planned, but it was worth it.

Wednesday evening, I’d planned to go to three events after work. I made it to two. The first was the Young Pros Card-Swap Social at Jillian’s, sponsored by the Charlotte chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). I didn’t know anyone there but I ended up talking to a lot of cool people. And some of us knew the same folks. It’s a small world once you start networking. I stayed there for close to an hour and a half.

Next, I went to Pop Life at Prevue in NoDa. You may have seen me write about this event before. It started as a weekly summer series last year, then was extended through the fall. I’ve blogged about it a couple of times and it made our list of the 25 Best Places to Meet People in the February Singles Issue of this magazine. Creative Loafing and Sol Kitchen, the sponsors of Pop Life, brought it back for one night for CIAA Week. I arrived around 8:15 and it was packed wall to wall. I saw a few people that I had met Tuesday night (I didn’t know them previously), I saw a friend from college, and a friend from here. I know Creative Loafing’s editor, Carlton Hargro, fairly well. He told me they’re planning to bring the series back for the summer. I’m looking forward to it. I stayed for about an hour and a half. Then I went home.

When I came into work this morning, I pretty much had decided that I wasn’t going to the event I’d plan to that’s occurring this evening. It should be a good one: The Phrozen Hour III party at Brevard Court Sundries (145 Brevard Court), 5-9 p.m., free admission. You might want to check it out. Then, if I were you, I’d go to “The Reunion” at Ruth’s Chris in uptown. It’ll be a classy affair. It starts at 10 p.m. and admission starts at $30. That’s what I would recommend, but personally I don’t have the energy.

I’ve had fun getting out and meeting people. I have a stack of business cards on my desk and I’ve already exchanged emails with a few of those folks. Maybe I’ll get back out Friday. If not, certainly on Saturday.   

If only every week in Charlotte was like this.