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DIDDY'S GIRLS: The sexy ladies of Danity Kane – Aubrey, Aundrea, D-Woods, Dawn and Shannon – will perform a short set and mingle with fans at NV Lounge. Get there early to get a close look at Diddy's “Making the Band” brainchildren. 9 p.m. 20924 Torrence Chapel Road. $15 for ladies (or ladies in free before 10:30); $20 for guys; $40 limited VIP tickets. Tickets available at the door or by calling 704-896-6982. www.nvlounge.net.

HOUSE LOVERS: Join local house music DJs and lovers of the genre at the launch of the Charlotte House Music Society. The goal of the group is to provide an atmosphere in Charlotte that makes an impact on the global house music community. Chicago's Jesse Saunders will spin, along with local DJs Arthur Bros. and Johnnie Davis. 9 p.m. N.C. Music Factory. 820 Hamilton St. $10 suggested donation. www.myspace.com/clthousemusic.


BIRTHDAY BASH: Celebrate the one-year anniversary of Rustic Martini's opening by sampling one of owner Carlos Combs' deliciously sweet vodka concoctions. The uptown bar is throwing a huge tent party in its parking lot to mark the milestone. 9 p.m. 616 N. Tryon St. $10 in advance. www.groovetickets.com.


B-BOY BATTLE: Get your dance crews together and battle it out with other b-boys at the Breakfast Club's “Who Got Served?” breakdancing competition. The winning crew takes home $500. A separate contest for individual pop lockers will follow ($100 prize). No contest entry fee required. 9 p.m. 225 N. Caldwell St. $5 for 21 and up; $10 for under 21. www.that80sclub.com.

CHEAP IS CHIC: Why pay a lot to party in these hard times? Join The Sol Kitchen & friends with DJ DR at Hom for the End of Summer, Cheap is Chic party. Hint the last "Cheap is Chic" was at capacity midnight so early arrival is suggested. 9 p.m. 116 W. 5th St. $10. www.thesolkitchen.com. 

Next week

HAPPY HOUR IN SOUTHPARK: Elevate Lifestyle and Kiss 95.1 are teaming up for a new weekly event: Wine Day Wednesdays. Stop by the Village at SouthPark (outside M5) and enjoy tasting some new wines and listening to music. Proceeds from beer and wine sales go to the American Cancer Society. 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Corner of Sharon Road and Morrison Boulevard. www.elevatecharlotte.com.

OYSTER ROAST: Kick off the fall social scene at the 10th annual Alive After Five Oyster Roast. Mimosa Grill will be serving up fresh oysters and low country peel-and-eat shrimp during the weekly after-work party. Free concert. 5:30 p.m. next Thursday at Wachovia Plaza. Free admission; cash bar. www.theplazauptown.com.

FREE CONCERT: Hip-hop star Nelly will put on a free performance Sept. 4 at Neighborhood Theatre courtesy of MySpace and T-Mobile Sidekick. It's part of a series of surprise concerts MySpace is organizing to give users of the social networking site a chance to see their favorite artists in an intimate setting. MySpace will be distributing over half of the tickets through its channels and the remaining tickets will be on a first-come, first-serve basis at the venue starting at 9 p.m. If you have a ticket to the event, you must get to the venue before 9 p.m. otherwise you lose your spot to the folks in line. 8 p.m. 511 E. 36th St. Free. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com.

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