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Panthers preseason means parties

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

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It’s officially football season – or preseason, at least. The Panthers kick things off with their first home game this Friday against Da Bears. So here are a couple of suggestions for things to do before and after the game (and/or during, if you’re not joining the party inside Bank of America Stadium).

Before: The DogHouse (401 W. Morehead St.). With TVs to watch other games, a live sports-radio pregame broadcast, your favorite bartenders from the EpiCentre and entertainment out back, it’s the coolest tailgate ever – literally, since the bar even has an indoor cooling system. Free. 704-570-9610.

After: CANS: Recycled’s postgame party moves to a new location this season – The Oak Room (200 E. Bland St.). Different venue, same legendary event, with two DJs and two rooms full of fun. Free. 6 p.m.-2 a.m. 704-370-2000.

And on Saturday …

Comedy Mash Up at the Comedy Zone (900 NC Music Factory Blvd.): This variety show is “SNL” meets “Tosh.O” with improv comedy from Charlotte Comedy Theater, sketch comedy from Robot Johnson, and stand-up from The Bi-Polar Express and Friends. 11:30 p.m. $10. 980-321-4702.

Summer Love Music & Arts Festival at Area 15 (516 E. 15th St.): A charity event showcasing local artists. A full day of live music, live art, food, games and a chance to see the budding talents within Charlotte. 1-10 p.m. $15. 704-268-9844.

The Great Gatsby Gala at Wells Fargo Atrium (301 S. Tryon St.): It’s the 25th year for this roaring ’20s party, which benefits the National MS Society. 8 p.m.-midnight. $75 in advance, $100 at the door (and that includes unlimited food, wine, and beer). 704-731-1430.

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