Dinner and a painting
6 p.m. 2100 South Blvd. Free. www.historicsouthend.com.
Take a romantic stroll with your sweetie at the South End Gallery Crawl. Park at Woods on South, have a bite to eat, then take a vintage trolley bus to each of the eight art galleries participating in the historic district's event. You'll be guaranteed to score bonus points with your date if you use at least one fancy art term (like chiaroscuro) in a sentence.
Dance all night
8 p.m. 210 W. Trade St. Free with flier from www.rock houseevents.com.
Looking for an excuse to check out the hip new Suite in the EpiCentre? Put on your sleekest black or white attire for the Black & Ice private party at the uptown nightclub. Guests will get the red-carpet treatment. The first 100 to arrive will get a free shot of Patron XO or a free Bud Light. If you're fashionably late, don't worry – organizers will hook you up with two tickets for well drinks.
9 p.m. 911 E. Morehead St. $20. executiveent.com.
If you've never heard the infectious beats of DC's go-go music, you need to go-go down to The Big Chill for the JunkYard Band. If you don't come out of there bobbing your head and trying to imitate the sounds of the drums, you need more rhythm in your life.
12 p.m.-2 a.m. 2740 W. Sugar Creek Road. $15. www.rockabillybbq.com.
Take a step back in time when cars were hot rods, hair was greased back and wallet chains were wardrobe staples. The Rockabilly BBQ at Puckett's Farm Equipment will have it all – and some great live music, too. Check out the custom cars and enjoy some barbecue. Bands include the Bo-Stevens, Jem Crosland and the Hypertonics, the Psycho DeVilles and Slip and the Spinouts.
Sounds of summer
8:15 p.m. Symphony Park. 4400 Sharon Road (behind the mall). Free. www.charlottesymphony.org.
The popular Summer Pops concert series at SouthPark kicks off today. For the best vantage point to hear this week's Summer Serenade, leave the blanket and picnic basket at home and head to Village Tavern's patio. Order the fried potato chips (trust me, they're good) and a beer, then kick back and enjoy the music.
9 p.m. 314 N. College St. $18 in advance, $25 at the door. www.ticketalternative.com.
Alley Cat continues to bring in the hair bands of the '80s. This month, it's Skid Row. The glam-metal band will perform its biggest hits such as “18 and Life,” “Youth Gone Wild” and “I Remember You.” Get there early to get a spot near the stage.