Meet Real Housewife of Atlanta Nene Leakes at 5th Element.

It’s the last big day of events for the 2012 edition of CIAA. Check out our picks for the best places to party today (Saturday, March 3) — during the day and the night:


Su CASA Day Party and Cultural Bazaar: The folks who bring you Charlotte’s monthly Su CASA parties present a CI event for people who hate run-of-the-mill CI events! Featuring the sounds of soul, Afrobeat, funk, Brazilian music and more — along with film, photography and other cool sh**! PLUS: Food trucks and a bevy of eclectic vendors. $5 (all day). 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Dharma Lounge, 1440 S. Tryon St. More info:

The Original Hopewell Group Day Party at Tempo: Presented by Tempo. With Chubb Rock. $20. 12 p.m.-6 p.m. Tempo, 4809 Wilkinson Boulevard. For more information, visit To purchase tickets, visit

CIAA So, So Fresh Day Party at Allure Lounge: Presented by TopShelf Entertainment. Live performance by Doug E. Fresh. Limited amount of discounted tickets sold at No Grease Barbershop, Time Warner Arena and Hair’s Your Glory Salon. $15. 12 p.m.-6 p.m. Allure Lounge, 1508 S. Mint St.

SolKitchen & Dynasty 5 present The Ultimate Satur-DAY Party Experience: Music by DJ Brorabb and DJ Skillz. “The Only Theater Day Party In The QC.” Food will be available. Noon-6 p.m. Mez in Epicentre 210 E. Trade St. (2nd Floor of Epicentre) Advance tickets:

Saturday Day Party: Hosted by Chirl Girl and DJ Chase. With Nene Leakes. $15. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 5th Element, 500 W. 5th St. To purchase tickets, visit

Satur”DAZED” Day Party: Hosted by The A List, MAZ, and A.C.T. $10 and up. 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Master of the Mix [Tent City], 516 N. College St. To purchase tickets,

Soulful Saturday at The Pavillion in The EpiCentre: The Grand Finale of the weekend, featuring Eric Roberson live (in and enclosed and heated setting). For the first time ever… DCs best bands on one stage … Familiar Faces with Donnell and DaMixx Band go head to head for an EPIC event! We are ending CIAA Weekend off with HEAT! Tickets available

Cufflinks: The Day Party: Come out and enjoy another contemporary adult day of cocktails, networking and exchange. Dress is “Miami in March” (fierce, prêt-à-porter, du jour, see and be seen). Music by DJ Moe, one of Charlotte’s best-kept secrets. $20-$40 (in advance). Noon-6 p.m. Enso Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar (EpiCentre).

The Day Affair Vol. 6 … The Best D@%# Day Party Period! … at Whisky River:According to event organizers, “This is where the day party begins … and ends!” Open buffet while it lasts. Music by DJ SnS. VIP tables and booths available. Tickets (advance) start at $25. Noon-8 p.m. Whisky River (in the EpiCentre), 210 E. Trade St., Suite A-208.

Talk of the Town and R&R Productions Present CI Day Party Headquarters, Day 2:Two days. Three levels. One band. Forty flats. Ten pool tables. Featuring food, drinks and music by D.C.’s Let It Flow band. $20-$40. Doors open at noon. Fox and Hound, 330 N. Tryon St. 704-649-5304 or 704-488-3998.

Digital Divas Presents Uptown Saturday: Featuring music by DJ Polo — plus a live jazz/R&B band. 1 p.m.-7 p.m. Blue Restaurant, 206 N. College St. 201-304-2933.


Key to the City: Featuring DJ Drama; presented by Six Figure Entertainment. Exceeding the party speed limit of 100 MPH will guarantee your spot in the victory lane as we provide you with the ultimate championship experience. Tickets start at $20. VIP reservations are available. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Location: NASCAR Hall of Fame, 400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. For more information and to buy tickets, visit

Divas Night Out at Oasis Tent: Featuring the combined, ridiculous sexiness of Laz Alonso, Idris Elba and Common, performing live. Music by Biz Markie. $30 and up. March 3, 9 p.m. Oasis Tent, 514 N. College St. For more information, visit

The After Party Late Night Breakfast Part 6 at Allure: All-you-can-eat. $10 advance tickets. 1 a.m.-6 a.m. Allure Restaurant & Lounge, 1508 S. Mint St. For more information, call 704-890-7436 or visit

The House Party at Phoenix: With MMG’s Meek Mill & DJ S&S. Also featuring NYC’s DJ Kaos. Presented by The Sol Kitchen. $40-$50. 9 p.m. Phoenix 300 N. College

Queen City Celebration Finale at The Urban Garden: Presented by Sister 2 Sister and The Sol Kitchen. Hosted by Anthony Hamilton. Music by DJ Jazzy Jeff. 9 p.m. The Urban Gardens, 150 N. College St. To purchase tickets, call 800-745-3000.

The Social: CIAA Edition at Chima Brazilian Steakhouse: Presented by FL John Entrprise & Market Street Gentlemen Society. With live music, DJs, drink specials, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, free valet parking, and gift giveaways. $20 and up. 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Chima Brazilian Steakhouse, 139 S. Tryon St. For more information or to purchase tickets,

Ice T and Coco CI Party at Mez: With DJ Greg J. $50. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. The EpiCentre at Mez, 210 E. Trade Street. To purchase tickets, visit or call 704-971-2400.

J. Cole & Dreamville Present the Dollar and a Dream Show at The Fillmore: Live performance by J. Cole. $36. 9 p.m. The Fillmore Charlotte, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. To purchase tickets, visit

The 100 — Anniversary Experience: Six Figure Entertainment has created another Masterpiece, taking all the beautiful faces from last year that were able to bring our vision to life in another breath taking creation. 9 p.m.-3 a.m. The Harvey B. Gantt Center, 551 South Tryon Street. For more information and tickets, visit

SolKitchen, Blue Goose, RoundTable, True School Corp. present True School — “The Party”: Music by Grammy-winning producer 9th Wonder and DJ Cuzzin B. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Howl At The Moon 210 E. Trade St. (3rd Floor of Epicentre). For advance tickets:

The Ciroc Lounge: Hosted by Sheree Whitfield of Atlanta Housewives @ Aria Tuscan Grill, 100 N. Tryon St., 3 p.m.-8 p.m. Advance tickets $30; VIP table $400. Call 646-246-1425 to reserve a table.

Digital Divas Presents 5th Annual “The Reunion”: Presenting a party for the 30+ crowd. Late-night menu available. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Blue Restaurant, 206 N. College St. 201-304-2933.

Su CASA presents Wonderland: A Musical Tribute to the Soulful Sounds of Stevie Wonder at Dharma Lounge: Featuring DJ 2ToneJones and DJ Justice. With songs that are created, influenced, produced, and inspired by Stevie Wonder. March 3, 10 p.m.-2a.m. Dharma Lounge, 1440 S. Tryon St.

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