One good thing about it getting dark so early is that nighttime comes earlier, meaning there’s more time to enjoy Charlotte’s nightlife. Read on for my party picks to consider this weekend.
Underexposed Film Festival at the Community Performance Center (249 E. Main St., Rock Hill): More than 50 international films will be crammed into three days, along with filmmaker Q&As and after-parties at the Courtroom at the Gettys Art Center. 7-9 p.m. (also Saturday). $6 and up. 803-328-2787; www.yorkcountyarts.org.
Arctic at Oak Room (200 E. Bland St.): A winter wonderland of fun, with ice models and DJs Complete and R Wonz spinning. Doors open at 10 p.m. $10 cover, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation. 704-975-4472.
Backcountry Beer Fest at The Charlotte Museum of History (3500 Shamrock Drive): Sample colonial and craft beers and tour the Hezekiah Alexander Home Site. 1-5 p.m. $8-10. 704-968-5343.
NoDa Rocks and Metal Fest at The Chop Shop (399 E. 35th St.): Live music from 16 different acts, for ages 16 and older. 5 p.m. $12-15. Proceeds benefit local cancer patients and their families. 704-765-2467.
Cole Swindell at Coyote Joe’s (4621 Wilkinson Blvd.): The country music star will take the stage of the newly renovated concert venue. Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 9. $15-18. 704-399-4946.
Laugh for Love Benefit Comedy Show featuring Josh Wolf at The Roxbury (116 W. 5th St): The “Chelsea Lately” star leads support for All We Want Is Love, a foundation that helps victims of sex trafficking. Food provided by Dandelion Market. Doors open at 7 p.m., show at 8. $35. www.allwewantislove.org.
The Chase for the Sprint Cup finale viewing party at the NASCAR Hall of Fame (400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.): See the last race of the season on the Hall’s 64-foot screen with surround sound, in-car video feeds and scanners that will make you feel like you’re at the race. Doors open an hour before the green flag is waved in Miami. Doors open at 2 p.m.; race at 3. $10. 704-654-4400.
Despite the cooler temperatures and falling leaves, nightlife spots are still popping up like flowers in the spring. The latest is Southside Charlotte, a new edition on Montford Drive brought to us by the creators of Andrew Blair’s. Southside is an upscale lounge with artisanal cocktails and comfort-food small plates. Upscale, but not uptown. 1600 Montford Drive. 704-525-8282.
Brittney Cason is a writer who talks for a living at CBS Radio mornings on WFNZ, nights on WSOC.
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