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Benefits, comedians – and Santa Claus, too

By Brittney Cason
Brittney Cason
Brittney Cason writes about nightlife for The Charlotte Observer.

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I’m no weather girl, but I can tell you that my weather app says it’s supposed to actually be nice this weekend. And there are a lot of fun events in the nightlife forecast, regardless of the weather. Such as…

Friday

Oklahoma Benefit Concert at IceHouse SouthEnd (2100 South Blvd.): A benefit concert with local brews, local DJs and local bands, including Trial by Fire, a Journey tribute band. There also will be a cornhole tournament with a $100 prize. 6-11 p.m. Free, with a portion of bar proceeds benefiting the Red Cross. www.charlotteone.org.

The Improv Comedy Playoffs with the Charlotte Comedy Theater at Wet Willies in the NC Music Factory (900 NC Music Factory Blvd.): Comedy as sport, with comedians facing off in original improv games. Round 2 starts at 8 p.m. Friday, and the championship round is 8 p.m. Saturday. $10 per show. 803-548-6824.

Stop Light Party at Whisky River (210 E. Trade St.): Plan your wardrobe based on your relationship status during Socialflockers’ singles night out event. Wearing red means “taken”; green means “go ahead and talk to me, I’m single”; and yellow is like “it’s complicated” on Facebook, I guess. 8-11 p.m. No cover. 704-502-7629.

Christmas in July at Strike City (210 E. Trade St.): They’re decking the halls and bowling alley with holiday-themed games and prizes, and there will even be an appearance by Santa. 9 p.m. Free. 704-716-9300.

Saturday

Beanstock Music Festival at Beantown Tavern (130 Matthews Station St., Matthews): Two stages, lots of musicians – Kevin Marshall Band, Charlyhorse Band and The Barflys, to name a few – on a mission to raise money for a local family whose home was destroyed in a fire. There will be a clambake, too. Noon-1 a.m. Donations suggested. 704-849-2023.

Brittney Cason is a writer who talks for a living at CBS Radio – mornings on WFNZ, nights on WSOC.
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