Whisky River and 5Church Anniversary Events, NFL Players’ Casino Night, Day Parties, Dharma’s Last Dance, and More May 15-18

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Carolina Panthers’ linebacker Thomas Davis hosts his annual charity casino night Friday.
Here are 20 social events you should know about. And in the spirit of competition, I challenge you to go to at least one each day!

Thursday, May 15

Business After Hours 
Networking is more important than ever, the Charlotte Chamber says. And it puts on this event each month at a different location. Enjoy complimentary food and drinks, and win prizes. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free for Chamber members; $15 for nonmembers. Pine Island Country Club, 1701 Stoneyridge Dr., charlottechamber.com/events.
Cufflinks & Cocktails
The Charlotte Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity takes you to a different posh restaurant/bar each month for this cocktail social. 6-10 p.m. Free admission. Luciano’s Ristorante Italiano, 1910 South Blvd., facebook.com/lucianoscharlotte, cufflinksandcocktails.com.
Whisky River’s Six-Year Anniversary Celebration with Chris Cagle Live
Dale Jr.’s popular nightclub is celebrating its sixth anniversary, featuring a live performance by country music star Chris Cagle, followed by sets from Big & Rich’s touring deejay, DJ Sinister. 6 p.m.-2 a.m. General admission, $15; for VIP tables, sbensch@whiskyrivercharlotte.com. Whisky River, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., whiskyrivercharlotte.com.
5Church’s Two-Year Anniversary Bash
One of Uptown’s most acclaimed restaurants is turning two years old, and the owners invite you to party with them. Music by DJ Jamie Overcash. Hosted by Patrick Whalen, Ayman Kamel, Mills Howell, and Alejandro Torio. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission; complimentary valet parking. 5Church, 127 N. Tryon St. (corner of W. Fifth and N. Church streets), 5church.com.

Friday, May 16

CLT Poker Crawl
A party bus will transport guests to each of the five participating bars—La Paz, ’Stache House, Libretto’s, Maverick Rock Taco, and Pint Central—where there will be great drink specials. Each person will draw one poker card at each stop, and whoever has the best five-card poker hand at the end of the night wins a trip for two to Las Vegas. 6:30 p.m.-2 a.m. $10. Registration, 6:30-7:30 p.m. La Paz Restaurant and Cantina, 1100 Metropolitan Ave., cltpokercrawl.eventbrite.com.
The Fashion Fix
Five13 Studio Boutique hosts this fashion event to celebrate its one-year anniversary. The evening will feature a pop-up shop, fashion showcase, hors d’oeuvres, giveaways, and bubbly. 7-10 p.m. Free admission; RSVP requested. Bubble, 210 E. Trade St., bubblecharlotte.com, eventbrite.com/e/five13-studio-presents-the-fashion-fix-tickets-11424692563.
The Great Love Debate
Charlotte is the next stop on this 45-city tour, where 100 single men and 100 single women are invited to an interactive discussion and debate on the current state of dating, seeking to answer the question: Why is everyone still single? Attendees will also receive admission to the Meet, Greet, Mix, Mingle and Match party at a nearby bar, immediately following the event. (Read my Dusk Till Dawn post about it; I’m one of the event’s panelists.) 8 p.m. $40; tickets only sold in advance, not at the door. Duke Energy Theatre at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St., greatlovedebate.com.
Moonlight Masquerade: Thomas Davis and Friends Charity Casino Night
Carolina Panthers’ star linebacker Thomas Davis, through his Thomas Davis Defending Dreams Foundation, hosts a charity weekend each year featuring several of his NFL friends. Friday is the annual casino night, with prizes, celebrity appearances, appetizers, and a cash bar. Cocktail attire with mask is recommended. 8 p.m.-midnight. $50. Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, 551 S. Tryon St., defendingdreams.org.
Fridays @ Oak Room
After being one of the hottest Saturday night spots for the past year, this South End nightclub will now also be open on Fridays. This kickoff event doubles as DJ R Wonz’s birthday celebration, and will feature music by DJ Ahuf and DJ STRTR. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission; for VIP tables, yussra@oakroomclt.com. Oak Room, 200 E. Bland St., oakroomclt.com.
The Wolves of Wall Suite
Based in New York and known for playing some of the country’s top nightclubs (as well as serving as Jay Z’s touring DJ), DJ Jus Ske takes over the turntables tonight. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Admission varies. Suite, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., suitecharlotte.com.

Saturday, May 17

DayJa Vu: The Social Experience and Day Party
Several Charlotte party promoters are coming together to put on this day party, featuring music by DJ Stacey Blackmon and DJ Shaun Nyce. 3-6 p.m. Free admission with RSVP; VIP tables available. Label, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd., labelcharlotte.com, dayjavudayparty.com.
DayScape: The Day Party Tour
King Entertainment plans to make this a monthly party, visiting various venues around the city. Enjoy music from Deron Juan of 102 Jamz, dancing, and cocktails, inside the club and on the terrace. 4-8 p.m. $15. Vault, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., facebook.com/VaultNC, kingentevents.com.
Last Dance: Dharma Closing Party with Doc Martin
After nearly five years of being a staple in South End for underground music, art, and culture, Dharma is closing its doors for good after this Saturday. DJ Doc Martin is coming in from L.A. to spin at this last dance. 9 p.m.-3 a.m. $15. Dharma Lounge, 1440 S. Tryon St., dharmacharlotte.com.
Scandal Volume II: The Annual Pre-Summer Soiree
Don your finest summer party attire and enjoy a Saturday night in the heart of the city. Music by DJ Bro-Rabb. Presented by Talk of the Town. 10 p.m. General admission, $15; VIP tables available. Doma Lounge at Phoenix, 300 N. College St., phoenixcharlotte.com, qcscandal2.eventbrite.com.
No Strings Attached Saturdays/HoneyBees Casting Mixer
Come out and meet the coaches and staff for the HoneyBees (formerly the LadyCats), the Charlotte Hornets dance team, before they gear up and begin auditions next month. Music by DJ Supa Skip. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $10; for VIP tables, vip@labelcharlotte.com. Label, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd., labelcharlotte.com.
Roscoe Dash 2.0
Chart-topping rapper, and “the originator of turn up,” Roscoe Dash hosts this party. 10 p.m. Free admission before 11 p.m.; cover charge after. Vanity, 500 W. 5th St., vanitycharlotte.com.

Sunday, May 18

Sunday Brunch Party 
Spice up your brunch routine here, where you can order food (imported from Vida Cantina next door), while enjoying great drink specials and music by DJ Overcash. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free admission. Vida Vida, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., thevidavida.com.
Luck of the Draw 
With NASCAR fans in town, expect this Sunday afternoon event to be particularly lively. There’ll be an outdoor cornhole tournament ($5 entry; cash goes to the winners), live music on the patio, and great drink specials. Doors open 11 a.m. Free admission. Hotshots Sports Bar & Grill, 247 E. Plaza Dr., Mooresville, facebook.com/HotShotsMooresville.
Third Annual Swim Week Finale
Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer Cullen Jones hosts this annual after-party and wrap-up to the four-day Charlotte Grand Prix. Music by DJ Rowshay. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Vault, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., facebook.com/VaultNC.

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Monday, May 19
William Wilson Foundation’s Jetpool Hangar Party
Charlotte-based custom clothier William Wilson, through his foundation, puts on this annual fundraising event to raise money to fight domestic violence and autism. Professional athletes and celebrities from around the country will join Charlotte socialites for an evening party inside a private jet hangar. There’ll be gourmet food, drinks, and a display of luxury and exotic vehicles. 7-10 p.m. $100. Jetpool, 4690 First Flight Dr., williamwilsonfoundation.org.
Verify dates, times, prices, and other info at the web addresses listed for each event.
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