EN­TER­TAIN­MENT

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Bars, pubs and clubs, per­for­mances, the­ater.

Bars

INK N IVY Lo­cated over­look­ing Ro­mare Bear­den Park with views for miles, this new Up­town bar and restau­rant prom­ises to be a hot spot. First, there’s the 6,000-square-foot pa­tio. Then there’s the made-in-house menu that runs the gamut from South­ern to glob­ally in­spired food, in­clud­ing lob­ster em­panadas and a fried oys­ter po’boy. Don’t miss the Sa-Su brunch, com­plete with a bloody mary bar. Open daily 11 am-2 am. www.inknivy.com. 222 S. Church St. 704.332.5424

THE PUNCH ROOM This speakeasystyle, af­ter-hours spot on the 15th floor of the Ritz-Carl­ton, with its sleek, metal­lic, black-and-gold de­sign, is meant to in­spire thoughts of no­to­ri­ous dens of yes­ter­year. Lead mixol­o­gist Bob Peters over­sees a menu of spir­its­based punches, hand-crafted cock­tails, hot li­ba­tions and in­fused drinks. Open W-Th 5-11 pm, F-Sa 6 pm-1 am. www. ritz­carl­ton.com. 201 E. Trade St., 704.547.2244. Map 2, E5

Bil­liards & Bowl­ing

SLATE BIL­LIARDS En­joy every­thing from wings to burg­ers at this South End stop. Bil­liards, Pong, Jenga, Con­nect Four and other games en­ter­tain while sports games play on flat-screen TVs. The bar offers a va­ri­ety of bot­tled and draft beer, wines and cock­tails. Open M-F 4 pm-mid­night, Sa-Su 4 pm-2 am. www.slate­clt.com. 200 E. Bland St., 704.372.5255.

STRIKE CITY Bowl­ing meets the bar scene at this lively Epi­Cen­tre venue. Cock­tails can be de­liv­ered right to your state-of-the art lane by at­ten­tive wait staff, or you can visit the large cen­tral bar. A small din­ing area is perfect for grab­bing a tasty bite and a beer while you wait for a lane to open up. www. strikecity­char­lotte.com. 210 E. Trade St., 704.716.9300. Map 2, E5

En­ter­tain­ment Cen­ters

AVIDXCHANGE MU­SIC FAC­TORY For­merly known as the NC Mu­sic Fac­tory, this enor­mous re­fur­bished tex­tile mill offers a one-stop shop for din­ing, en­ter­tain­ment, live mu­sic and more. Catch a show at The Fill­more or an act at the Com­edy Zone. Af­ter the show, or be­fore, grab a bite at Oggi (Ital­ian), La Revolu­ción (Mex­i­can) or Eight (Asian). Schedule of events on­line. Hours vary by venue. www.avidx­change­mu­sic­fac­tory.com. 1000 NC Mu­sic Fac­tory Blvd., 704.987.0612. Map 2, F1

EPI­CEN­TRE Like moths to a flame, this multi-story com­plex of clubs, restau­rants and shops draws rev­el­ers from all over Up­town. Whether you want to play corn­hole at Mor­timer’s, sing along with the duel­ing pi­ano play­ers at Howl at the Moon, watch the game at Wild Wing Cafe, in­dulge in chic sushi at Enso, or fuel up at pop­u­lar chain spots like Smoothie King, Tin

Roof and Moe’s, Epi­Cen­tre pro­vides it all. Am­ple park­ing is avail­able in the un­der­ground lot, and it’s eas­ily ac­cessed by LYNX Blue Line light rail. Hot tip: Out­side this nightlife be­he­moth is the best spot to get a cab in Up­town af­ter dark. Hours vary by venue. www. epi­cen­trenc.com. 210 E. Trade St., 704.688.5980. Map 2, E5

Gentle­men’s Clubs

THE MEN’S CLUB OF CHAR­LOTTE This five-star-rated pre­mier gentle­men’s club fea­tures a Wine Spec­ta­tor award-win­ning wine list and up­scale din­ing, as well as en­ter­tain­ers. There’s also an up­stairs Sky Lounge. www. men­sclub.com. 444 Tyvola Road, 704.525.8525. Map 1, B7

LGBT Clubs

THE NICKEL BAR The Nickel Bar is a neigh­bor­hood hot spot with an em­pha­sis on sexy dress. Plenty of themed nights events fill the cal­en­dar. Th-Sa 9 pm-2:30 am, Su 5 pm-mid­night. www. thenick­el­bar.com. 2817 Rozzelles Ferry Road, 704.916.9389.

THE SCOR­PIO Char­lotte’s longestrun­ning gay dance club fea­tures DJ-led dance par­ties on a va­ri­ety of themes, from high-en­ergy to ur­ban dance to drag. Open F and Su 10 pm-3 am, Sa 10 pm-4 am. www.thescor­pio.com. 2301 Free­dom Drive, 704.373.9124.

Mu­sic Clubs

THE EVENING MUSE This bar and live­mu­sic venue also fea­tures con­tem­po­rary art, best viewed at the NoDa gallery crawl the first and third Fri­day of ev­ery month. www.theevening­muse.com. 3227 N. David­son St., 704.376.3737.

Mu­sic/Dance Per­for­mances

BELK THE­ATER AT BLU­MEN­THAL PER FORM­ING ARTS CEN­TER Renowned ar­chi­tect Ce­sar Pelli de­signed this state-of-the-art the­ater that fea­tures a con­tem­po­rary Euro­pean horse­shoe ar­range­ment and world-class acous­tics. Up­com­ing: Char­lotte Sym­phony: Men­delssohn Eli­jah, March 3-4; Celtic Woman, March 19; Char­lotte Sym­phony: Dvo­rak Sym­phony No. 7, March 24-25; “The Girl of the West,” Stu­dent Night at The Opera, April 21; Alan Cum­ming Sings Sappy Songs,” April 30. Full schedule on­line. Ticket prices vary. www.blu­men­thalarts.org. 130 N. Tryon St., 704.372.1000.

CHAR­LOTTE SYM­PHONY ORCHES­TRA The Char­lotte Sym­phony gives more than 100 per­for­mances each sea­son, in­clud­ing free, out­door con­certs in the sum­mer. It also op­er­ates the Ora­to­rio Singers, Cham­ber Singers, two youth or­ches­tras and the Youth Ora­to­rio. Founded in 1932, the sym­phony is now led by Mu­sic Di­rec­tor Christo­pher War­ren-Green. Up­com­ing: The Bea­tles Clas­si­cal Mys­tery Tour, March 18; “Great Amer­i­can Song­book” fea­tur­ing Storm Large, March 31-April 1; “Peter and the Wolf,” April 1. Full schedule on­line. Ticket prices vary. www. char­lottesym­phony.org. 128 S. Tryon St., 704.972.2000. Map 2, F5; Belk The­atre, 130 N. Tryon St., 704.372.1000.; Knight, The­ater, 430 S. Tryon St., 704.379.1257.

KNIGHT THE­ATER AT LEVINE CEN­TER FOR THE ARTS Knight The­ater seats more than a thou­sand peo­ple within and hosts a va­ri­ety of dance and mu­sic shows. Up­com­ing: Black Vi­o­lin, March 21-22; Char­lotte Sym­phony: “Great Amer­i­can Song­book” with Storn Large, March 31-April 1; Char­lotte Sym­phony: Peter & The Wolf,” April 1; Tosco Mu­sic Party, April 8. Full schedule on­line. Ticket prices vary by event. www. blu­men­thalarts.org. 430 S. Tryon St., 704.372.1000.

OPERA CAROLINA As the pre­mier pro­fes­sional opera com­pany in the Caroli­nas, Opera Carolina per­forms many spec­tac­u­lar shows each sea­son and is com­prised mainly of Carolina na­tives. Up­com­ing: Fam­ily Opera: Gas­ton County, March 4; “The Girl of the West,” April 23-29. Full schedule on­line. www.op­er­ac­arolina.org. 1600 El­iz­a­beth Ave., 704.332.7177. Map 1, D7

Spe­cial Events

TUCK FEST Cel­e­brat­ing all things out­doors, ex­pect a va­ri­ety of sport com­pe­ti­tions in­clud­ing kayak­ing, bik­ing, climb­ing and trail run­ning as well as live mu­sic, demos and more. April 21-23; tick­ets start at $45. www. tuck­fest.org. 5000 White­wa­ter Cen­ter Pkwy., 704.391.3900.

Sports

CHAR­LOTTE CHECK­ERS A top-level minor league hockey team, the Check­ers have shown Char­lotte just how hot the ice can get at Spec­trum Cen­ter. Up­com­ing home games: Milwaukee Ad­mi­rals, March 7; Bak­ers­field Con­dors, March 4-5; On­tario Reign, March 17-18; Iowa Wild, March 21-22; Chicago Wolves, March 25-26; San An­to­nio Ram­page, April 4-5; Texas Stars, April 8-9. Full schedule on­line. www.gocheck­ers.com. 210 E. Trade St., 704.342.4423. Map 2, E5; 2700 E. In­de­pen­dence Blvd.,.

CHAR­LOTTE HOR­NETS Owner and basketball leg­end Michael Jor­dan leads this team in a state-of-the-art arena. Home games: In­di­ana Pac­ers, March 6 at 8 pm; Orlando Magic, March 10; New Or­leans Pel­i­cans, March 11; Chicago Bulls, March 13; Wash­ing­ton Wizards, March 18; At­lanta Hawks, March 20; Cleve­land Cavaliers, March 24; Phoenix Suns, March 26 at 1 pm; Milwaukee Bucks, March 28; Den­ver Nuggets, March 31; Mi­ami Heat, April 5; Bos­ton Celtics, April 8 at 6 pm. All games at 7 pm un­less oth­er­wise noted. www.nba.com/hor­nets. Time Warner Ca­ble Arena, 333 E. Trade St., 704.467.6387. Map 2, G5

The­ater

BOOTH PLAY­HOUSE AT BLU­MEN­THAL PER­FORM­ING ARTS CEN­TER This per­for­mance venue at the Blu­men­thal Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter typ­i­cal hosts the­ater pro­duc­tions. Up­com­ing: Erth’s Di­nosaur Zoo Live!, March 10-12; Boad­way’s Next Hit Mu­si­cal, March 24-25; Home: “How Our Mean­ing Emerged,” April 7-8; Star Gazer: A Trek Into Outer Space, April 21-23; The Se­cret Com­edy of Women: Girls Only, April 25-30. Ticket prices vary. www.blu­men­thalarts.org. 130 N. Tryon St., 704.372.1000.

CHIL­DREN’S THE­ATRE OF CHAR­LOTTE With the cre­ative ex­trav­a­gance nor­mally as­so­ci­ated with big-ticket Broad­way shows, the Chil­dren’s The­atre has built a stel­lar rep­u­ta­tion. Each sea­son boasts fun for all ages. Up­com­ing: Step Afrika! March 3-4; “Bud, Not Buddy,” March 24-April 8; “Go, Dog, Go,” April 7-23; “Mi Casa,” April 15-22. Tick­ets: $12-30. www.ctchar­lotte.org. 300 E. Sev­enth St., 704.973.2828. Map 2, G4

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