How big is the Panthers-Saints game on Sunday night? Enough to move a concert time to earlier in the day.
The theatre will broadcast the game on a big screenl, so patrons don't have to leave. Yep, sounds like Panthers fever is hitting pretty hard around the Queen City.
This weekend kicks off what I like to call seasonal holiday boosters. In other words, these festive events are entertaining reminders that Christmastime is just around the corner and we'd better damn well get in the spirit. Check out this list for some of my top picks of merry fare. Also, be sure to check back next week when we'll be posting our big ol' NYE party list.
Christmas in Davidson Annual holiday event in cutesy Davidson. Plenty of holiday shopping, decorations, entertainment, a live nativity, trolley rides and more. Dec. 6-7, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Held along Main Street in Davidson. www.christmasindavidson.com.
ChristmasVille 2013 Rock Hill's annual holiday celebration kicks off with a parade. Festivities to follow include: horse drawn carriage rides, historic tours, carolers, entertainment, a gingerbread house contest, an ice skating rink, and more. Free to attend. Dec. 6-8. Held along Main Street in Rock Hill. www.christmasvillerockhill.com.
Charlotte Symphony: Magic of Christmas Holiday concert conducted by Albert-George Schram. $26.50-$82.50. Dec. 6, 8 p.m.; Dec. 7, 2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Dec. 8, 2:30 p.m. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalarts.org.
A Tuna Christmas Corny as it is, the folks at Carolina Actors Studio Theatre are bringing back A Tuna Christmas, its favorite (or so we're guessing, based on numerous past runs - last year was an exception) holiday hell-raiser. Set in the "third smallest town in Texas," a rambunctious Christmas Eve simmers with the vandalism of Christmas lawn displays, a production of A Christmas Carol that's threatened by unpaid bills and the arrival of aliens from outer space. Actors Tom Ollis and Jack Utrata portray more than 20 characters (yep - that's a lot of costume changes), including a duo of radio personalities, snowed in at the station, who report on the town's chaotic current affairs over the airwaves. $18-$28. Dec. 6-7, 8 p.m.; Dec. 11-12, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 13-14, 8 p.m.; Dec. 15, 2:30 p.m.; Dec. 18-19, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 20-21, 8 p.m.; Dec. 22, 2:30 p.m. Carolina Actors Studio Theatre, 2424 N. Davidson St. 704-455-8542. www.nccast.com.
A Christmas Carol Theatre Charlotte presents the classic tale adapted by John Jakes from the original novel by Charles Dickens for the seventh consecutive year. Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 7-8, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 11-13, 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 14, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m.; Dec. 15, 2:30 p.m. Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Road. 704-376-3777. www.theatrecharlotte.org.
Winter Dreams Members of CPCC Dance Theatre present this performance that spotlights Christmas joy, snow, and Frederick Ashton's "Les Patineurs." $10. Dec. 6-7, 8 p.m.; Dec. 8, 2:30 p.m. CPCC's Pease Auditorium, 1201 Elizabeth Ave. 704-330-6534. arts.cpcc.edu/.
On Thursday, fast-food workers and activists gathered on street corners and in restaurants in over 100 cities across the U.S., asking for a higher minimum wage - a "livable wage." Raising the minimum wage, they said and many studies have shown, would reduce the burden on the safety net and increase worker productivity.
CL videographer Kendrea Mekkah attended Thursday's protest.
Sometimes you need a bulldozer. When a stubborn bad habit needs to be gotten rid of. When the road is bumpy and needs to be smoothed out. When bad habits lead to a dysfunctional muddle. That's when you need a bulldozer.
Enter Pat Cotham. She may be a small woman, but she's also a highly energetic go-getter with a long history of active public involvement, creating jobs and helping the disadvantaged. Her history is one of corralling whoever is interested in getting things done, regardless of ideology, and then look out, she's coming through!
And that's what eventually got her into trouble.
Nelson Mandela passed away yesterday at the age of 95. Here's Time Magazine's obituary of the former South African president.
The weather in Charlotte continues to mess with our heads, with a high today in the 70s. By Sunday, the high will drop to 37.
The U.S. unemployment rate falls to a five-year low of 7 percent.
British newspaper The Guardian has obtained internal documents from the American Legislative Exchange Council revealing how influential the business-backed organization is in North Carolina.
Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Dec. 6, 2013 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.
* Waiting for Mamu at Queens University
* Eddie Griffin at Ovens Auditorium
* Second String Santa at Silver Hammer Studios
* Palate to Palette at McColl Center for Visual Art
* World AIDS Day Event at Carolinas CARE Partnership
Nebraska - Bruce Dern, Will Forte
Out of the Furnace - Christian Bale, Casey Affleck
Tremont Music Hall
Dec. 4, 2013
For a moment, it seemed that the snarling vocalist and steely guitarist of old remained, when a frequently unsociable Cornwell led Britain darkest, most aggressive - yet also most literate and melodic - punk band from the class of '77. But then Cornwell cracked a smile with a self deprecating shake of his head. "I'm just joking."
Earlier in the evening, the man dubbed "U.K. Punk's Dark Lord" by Rolling Stone, had trouped onstage and plugged in with little fanfare. True to form, the trio, including bassist Steve Fishman, were clad all in black. Yet Fishman's shirt sported a cute Felix the Cat logo, and instead of his leathers and trench coat from the late '70s, Cornwell was comfortably attired in tailored slacks and collared sports shirt. Managing to be both terse and friendly, Cornwell said, "We're going to do a mix of songs from the new LP, Totem and Taboo, and from the Stranglers. So let's get on with it."
Marvel Knights has been a hit-and-miss imprint for the House of Ideas, having multiple purposes since its debut in 1998. It's contained both ongoing and limited series, and it's put a spotlight on both major and minor heroes. The highs are high, with The Inhumans being one of my all-timers. The lows, and there are a few of them, are pretty low.
Now, with three new titles, Marvel Knights: X-Men, Marvel Knights: Hulk and Marvel Knights: Spider-Man, the imprint moves toward an indie influence. The X-Men and Spider-Man series have new issues this week, and both have shown promise since debuting in October and November.
Marvel Knights: Spider-Man was the first out of the gate. Written by Matt Kindt and drawn by Marco Rudy, this series takes us back to Peter Parker as Ol' Webhead. Rudy keeps our hero in the same threads, but classic villains get a makeover in near-Steampunk fashion. Marvel Knights: X-Men, with the creative team of Brahm Revel and Cris Peter, comes with a murder-mystery feel. Wolverine, Kitty Pryde and Rogue are the protagonists in this story that takes readers to a small, backwoods town.
So if you're looking for a break from the current goings-on in Marvel, check these two series out. They may not be truly indie, but the tone is certainly accomplished.
Now must we weep greatly, for the colorful clown-faced Jesus of Godspell is no more. The original hippie Savior, conceived and originally directed by John-Michael Tebelak, was banished when the 1971 musical was revived on Broadway in 2011. He was replaced by a New Millennium edition who first appears in his underwear. Given a choice of colorful outfits hanging on a clothing rack, he now disdains the iconic Superman tee, choosing instead a humdrum white baseball uniform with the number one on its back.
Apparently, that option was too bold and daring for the road, so in the touring production at Knight Theater through Sunday, Jesus now chooses a blander white sport jacket with matching slacks - the very essence of colorless. You might think that this thorough bleaching might have also washed away the vaudeville style and assorted monkeyshines that so adorably (or disgustingly, depending on your viewpoint and state of sobriety) altered the teaching of Jesus' famed parables.
Yes, the look and the manner of the hippie Godspell are gone, but costume designer Miranda Hoffman hasn't resorted to choir robes for the apostolic ensemble. Their quirkiness is updated for today and their variety is enhanced, so that one follower might wear a gauzy ballet outfit, another a blinding explosion of Vegas glitter, and another a bowling shirt. Their energy, as if to compensate for the dim-out of our Jesus, is more hyper than ever, blending uncomfortably with fiercer orchestral arrangements that Michael Holland wrote for the Broadway revival but no longer claims.
Wow, that graphic of the toy soldier and the red Christmas ball is fantastic. Thanks!
Well deserved. These guys are tops today.
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