GRAND OPENING: The first nightlife venue in the N.C. Music Factory officially opens tonight. The Garden & Gun Club aims to bring underground dance music back to Charlotte and encourages a diverse, unpretentious crowd of all ages, races and sexual orientations. Angel Moraes kicks it off tonight spinning house. The party continues Saturday with DJ Andy K on the wheels. 9 p.m. 820 Hamilton St. Suite A-2. $10. www.groovetickets.com.
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REOPENING PARTY: After four months of renovations, The Sunset Club is finally reopening and some of its most loyal fans may not even recognize it. Now described as an ultra lounge, the club has added innovative lighting and interactive technology to make it a completely different nightlife experience. 10 p.m. 1820 South Blvd. www.sunsetclubcharlotte.com.
JAZZ NIGHT: Have a pint and enjoy live jazz by internationally known artists Pat Giraud and Bill Hanna at Big Ben Pub. The musicians will be performing with their quartets on the patio of the pub in Myers Park. (In the event of rain, the jazz night will be moved to Tuesday at 7 p.m.) 3-5 p.m. 801 Providence Road. Free, but reservations are recommended. 704-334-6338.
GIRL NEXT DOOR:
9 p.m. 210 E. Trade St. $7. www.suitecharlotte.com.
Bridget Marquardt – a.k.a. Hugh Hefner's left-hand woman on E!'s “The Girls Next Door” – stops in to Suite to host the club's new Level Wednesdays party. The buxom blonde bombshell, whose brother is stationed in North Carolina with the Army, will be posing for pics with fans and signing autographs.