“You’re not drunk if you can lie on the floor without holding on.” — Dean Martin
Almost all of us have been here at least once: laying in bed the morning after an amazing night, pondering some very important questions.
What happened last night?
Why is it that when I roll over, I can literally feel my brain move, too?
Why can’t I open my eyes in the light?
Not long after the self-interrogation, I begin reviewing the range of alcoholic beverages consumed the night before. I try to determine the culprit, and in so doing the nausea settles in. I run to the bathroom to clutch the toilet with all my might. And soon thereafter, the prayers begin. “God, I promise I will never drink again if you cure me of this hangover.” And without hearing His/Her response, with the silence and continued hangover, I know the answer must be along the lines of, “How many times are we going to have this conversation?”
To say I haven’t asked myself the same question over and over again would be a lie. As I mentioned last week, one of the worst parts about growing up is the lack of “bounce back” I have after drinking. And despite having to navigate post-grad “adulthood,” the goal is ultimately still the same: to get wasted.
Seeing as not drinking isn’t an option for many of us, I have started to gather a list of preventative measures and “remedies,” tactics if you will, against the war on hangovers. Many of these we’ve all heard before, but let’s get this cheat sheet in one place, shall we? (By the way, these are in no particular order.)
We could argue which is more important: prevention or recovery. But whoever won the argument about the chicken or the egg? No one, the answer is just eat chicken and eggs.
It is officially week two of being CL’s nightlife columnist. I have “come out” to most of my family about this gig — they all have decided I am an alcoholic who is using this as an excuse to party. Since my column debut, I have purchased another pair of sunglasses (to replace the ones lost during Halloween). And I’ve started comparison-shopping for optical “writer” glasses: a frame that is a cross between hipster and teacher.
Allow me to state the obvious: being out of college sucks. Reason No. 1? The war between being sleepy, productive or hungover rarely equals going out three nights in a row. But recently, the stars aligned and I was able to do just that. Somehow, I was able to cut my hangovers short and take full advantage of every night. This leads me to Reason No. 2: Hangovers are rarely satisfied with a breakfast bagel and coffee, and who has time for full-on breakfast in the real world?
It’s almost 11 p.m. on the Sunday after Rich and Bennett’s 14th Annual Halloween Pub Crawl. I am just getting over my hangover. I’m still too dehydrated to stand, and it’s only now that I’m able to successfully brush my teeth without throwing up. Maybe picking up a six-pack and taking shots AFTER drinking for 10 hours straight wasn’t a good idea after all.
Almost two months ago, I was sitting in front of the editor of this here publication — whom I email-stalked for a whole month — trying to give her a reason why she should let me write for CL. A couple samples later and a week before the pub crawl, she tells me, “I want you to be our new nightlife writer.” Honestly, I wanted to shit myself. Especially when my first assignment was writing about a Halloween pub crawl that I planned on being close-to-blackout for.
I assembled my crew: the Addams family, Carrie, Anton Chigurh (I am told he is a serial killer in No Country for Old Men), Slender Man (Google it), a Native American (yes, someone who was actually Native American) and Bob Dylan. In feminist fashion, I was the iconic Rosie the Riveter.
It's time to start making plans for Halloween, folks. For details on events - including parties, haunted houses and other activities - check out our big, growing list below. Not on the list? To get added, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scarowinds Carowinds transforms with horrifying mazes and scarezones. $32.99-$55. Oct. 17, 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Oct. 18, 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Oct. 19, 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Oct. 24, 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Oct. 25, 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.; Oct. 26, 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Oct. 31, 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.; Sat., Nov. 1, 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. Carowinds, 14523 Carowinds Blvd. 704-588-2600. www.carowinds.com.
Zombie Hollow Gastonia's new haunted attraction. Costumes welcome, but no masks allowed. Opens at 5 p.m. for concessions. Trail tours begin at dusk. Open until 12 a.m. on Friday/Saturday and 10 p.m. on week nights. Held at 330 Lewis Road, Gastonia. $10 for adults; $5 for kids 10 years old and under (cash only). Oct. 23-26; Oct. 29-31; Nov. 1. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/zombiehollow.
Scarrigan Farms The 130-acre farm transforms into a haunted trail with. four parts: "The Funhouse," "3D Maze, "Tragic Bus," and "Corn Maze." Ticket sales begin nightly at 6:30 p.m. (first victims enter at dark) and end at 10 p.m. For more information, visit www.scarriganfarms.com. $20, cash only. Oct. 17-19; Oct. 23-26; Oct. 30-31; Nov. 1. Carrigan Farms, 1261 Oak Ridge Farm Highway, Mooresville. 704-664-1450. www.carriganfarms.com.
21st Annual Carolina Renaissance Festival Sure, there’s jousting, comedy shows and turkey legs at the fest, but if you come this weekend you can get a Halloween spin on the medieval merriment. Tricks and treats are lurking around the 22-acre village. Oh, and the jousting gets a zombie tweaking (“Knights of the Living Dead”), too. $9-$21. Halloween-themed shenanigans, Oct. 25-26. Festival continues through Nov. 23. 16445 Poplar Tent Road, Huntersville. www.royalfaires.com/carolina.
Camp Fear The multi-attraction event features a haunted trail, a maze, "Clown Chaos", an "Insane Asylum", a "Living dead Dollhouse," and a "Freak Show." $14-$18. Oct. 10-11; Oct. 17-18; Oct. 24-26; Oct. 31-Nov. 1. Camp Fear, 601 Princess Lane, Hiddenite. www.campfearnc.com.
NoDa Ghosts & Legends Walking Tour Free tours of NoDa filled with stories of ghosts and the spirits that continue to haunt the neighborhood. No pre-registration required. Tours leave approximately every 15 minutes and last about one hour. Free. Oct. 17, 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Boudreaux's Louisiana Kitchen, 501 E. 36th St. www.facebook.com/NoDaHistory.
Things That Go Bump in the Night Featuring music like "Don’t Fear the Reaper," and The Homecoming Queen’s "Got a Gun," campfire horror stories, and a “zombie camp” loaded with tips on how to look extra creepy this year for Halloween. $20. Oct. 18, 8 p.m. McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalarts.org.
That Type! Rocky Horror Charlotte’s Rocky Horror Cast, That Type!, performs with the screening of this cult classic. Oct. 17; Oct. 24; Oct. 31; Nov. 7; Nov. 21. Cinebarre, 8008 Providence Road. 704-543-4581. www.cinebarre.com.
Horror Night Double Feature This horror night double feature will include the premiere of HoneySpider, a locally filmed and produced movie and George A. Romero's 1968 zombie classic, Night of the Living Dead. Oct. 18. Gem Theatre, 111 West 1st St., Kannapolis. 704-932-5111. www.gem-theatre.com.
Back Alley Film Series Screening The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. $5-$10. Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m.; Oct. 27, 7:30 p.m. Crownpoint Stadium 12, 9630 Monroe Road. backalleyfilmseries.com.
Retro Horror Series Oct. 24-30: Silence of the Lambs. Oct 31-Nov. 6: The Shining. $5. Screenings at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Ayrsley Grand Cinemas, 9110 Kings Parade Blvd. 980-297-7540. ayrsleycinemas.com.
The K of D, An Urban Legend PaperHouse Theatre presents this spine-chilling (one woman) show that tells the story of a young girl whose brother's death sets off a mysterious series of events. $20. Oct. 23-25, 8 p.m.; Oct. 29-30, 8 p.m.; Oct. 31, 10 p.m.; Nov. 1, 8 p.m. Duke Energy Theater, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalarts.org.
Sleepy Hollow Full Moon Party The full moon party will feature a giveaway for Gravedigger's Ball tickets. Oct. 24. Whisky River, 210 E. Trade St. 704-749-1097. www.thewhiskyriver.com.
Ghostbusters Costume Party Dress in Ghostbusters attire for this costume party at Roxbury. Drink specials include $5 fire balls, $5 vodka flavored drinks and $2 bottle beers. Also, the ECTO-I (Ghostbuster car) will be available for pictures. $5. Oct. 24. Roxbury Nightclub, 115 W. 5th St. 704-375-8090. www.roxburynightclub.com.
Rich & Bennett’s 14th Annual Halloween Pub Crawl Tickets are $20 and include drink specials, an event koozie, individual/group costume contests, giveaways, and cover into participating bars. Oct. 25, 1 p.m. For tickets, visit www.richandbennett.com.
Hollywood Halloween MAZ Entertainment presents this Hollywood-themed Halloween party with music from DJ Complete. For tickets, visit www.eventbrite.com/e/hollywood-halloween-v-tickets-13425240255. Oct. 25, 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Phoenix, 300 N. College St., Charlotte. 704-375-8765. www.phoenixcharlotte.com.
The folks at Twenty-Two celebrated the opening of their October exhibit, Ghoulish, on Saturday. The exhibit is filled with interesting works of a variety of mediums. You can expect dark, Halloween-inspired twists. (Photos by Zach Nesmith)
Ghoulish exhibit opening, 10/11/14
Photos by Zach Nesmith
The art series that started up back in July, brought another monthly installment to NoDa last Sunday. There was a diverse assortment of artwork lining the walls of Neighborhood Theatre, which included works by Adam McGalliard and other local artists. (Photos by Zach Nesmith)
Fresh Tide: Art + Music + Stuff at Neighborhood Theatre, 9/21/2014
Photos by Zach Nesmith
This weekly party at Snug Harbor was started by Justin Aswell and friends. It features electronic, hip-hop and other music genres and gives folks a pretty sweet option for a Monday night outing. The event celebrated its two-year anniversary in Plaza-Midwood on Monday night. (Photos by Zach Nesmith)
Knocturnal Two-Year Anniversary Party, 9/8/14
Photos by Zach Nesmith
Last Friday's masquerade ball at Chop Shop was filled with interesting costumes and characters. Sure, there were the usual masks seen at balls, but there were also more creative coverings. The gothic-like gathering of folks featured fetish performances, body painters, rope suspension and more. (Photos by Zach Nesmith)
The Mystics’ Ball: A Masquerade at Chop Shop, 9/5/2014
Photos by Zach Nesmith
It had been a Friday night to forget, full of work and frustration. So by the time my boyfriend finally got off from his bartending job, and I went to pick him up at around a quarter past three, I was ready to go home and go to sleep.
When he suggested we go to The Diamond in Plaza Midwood for a late-night meal, I was prepared to nix the idea. But I know how it feels after a long weekend night shift, watching everyone out having a good time while you’re serving them, and how after all that, the last thing you usually want to do is just immediately go home and go to bed.
So I agreed, and we grabbed a booth in the nearly full restaurant.
From the overall sound and energy of the place, it was clear that, aside from the staff, we were most likely the only sober people in the place. When you’re sober and in a lousy mood, a bunch of noisy drunks can get on your nerves pretty quickly. But I decided to make the choice of appreciating and embracing the raucous surroundings instead of letting them get under my skin.
Solstice Tavern hosted this party and benefit (with donations going to Garinger High School) on Saturday. The event featured spiked punch, yearbook-style photo ops, a costume contest for "best prom king and queen" and a "school shot wheel," in addition to other raffles and giveaways. (Photos by Justin Driscoll)
Back to School Party at Solstice Tavern, 8/23/2014
Photos by Justin Driscoll
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