And why Burlesque is on its way out:
I stand corrected. The 2002 Monash University shooting left two dead and five injured.
It still pales in camparison to the death toll in the US due to mass shootings since 1996. The 2007 Blacksburg VA shooting alone left 32 dead and 15 wounded. While hardly comprehensive, this list shows over 30 mass shootings in the US from 1999 to 2011:
It still stands that since Australia enacted the 1996 gun regulations that firearm homicide rate has fallen by 59 percent, and the firearm suicide rate has fallen by 65 percent.
What is not true, is that Australia has had no mass shootings since 1996. It had a mass shooting in 2002... the first in a school. New Zealand - which did not ban semi automatic rifles (including military style) and ditched its system of gun registration as it was a waste of money, has had none.
Of course you might say why stop at 1997 and then cite a decline... Why not look back, and you'd see the declining trend in gun homicides since before 1990.
What was the comparative rate of gun deaths in the US and Australia prior to 1996? I can say from a statistical perspective, unremarkably different to what it is now.... and I can say from my own observation, drive by shootings are up, other criminal activity with guns is up.
It's true that gun homicides in Australia increased in 1997. But why stop in 1997? Maybe because since enacting gun control laws, Australia's firearm homicide rate has fallen by 59 percent, and the firearm suicide rate has fallen by 65 percent.
Since 1996 Australia has had no mass shootings. The US had had more than 50.
Turns out that it's not a people problem, it's a people-who-oppose-gun-regulation problem.
There were more gun homicides in Australia, in 1997 - one year after the ban, than in the 3 years prior to 1996. We have drive by shootings almost daily in Sydney, and in parts of the Northern state of QLD. WE've had gang shootouts in shopping malls, in the CBD of Melbourne, and in a café in Adelaide. We've had cops, gangsters shot with AR-15s. Drug dealers with home made sub machineguns made by machinists with craftsmanship that would be the envy of many a US gun manufacturer. Criminals imported 220 glock handguns through the federal post system. Australian gun laws worked no better than New Zealand's - who also had a massacre about the same time, yet they didnt take semi automatic rifles off the shelves, just made sure that those that got them, were the right people. Turns out, it wasnt a gun problem... it was a people problem.
So lovely. Wish you could have posted more pics.
just because of the name is worth seeing! good article will check it out next week.
Saw this show an loved it! QCTC has done it again!
Had great time at Friday evening show. I did not see Moving Poets when they were in Charlotte previously but glad they came back. Wonderful dancing and I enjoyed the music selections on all three pieces. It was also quite interesting to see live painting being done during "Contact". I hope there will be another show in 2014.
Wonderful blend of music, dance and visual art. Excellent choreography and performances by all dancers, my favorite piece was "The Left Foot Smile".
So will there be a show or what? Only information I got from this is Nov 16 on corner of Trade and Tryon. What time? What venue? Is it outside? What's the cover?
I'm not a politically correct white guy (use of label for effect), but I hope we are only labeling this "style" and not the beautiful ladies who make this a fashion choice.
The look is great !
I really enjoyed watching this presentation of a great movement. The ladies were interesting and I feel that once they are tuned up it's going to be on. I love fashion as well as makeup and I have had lots of experience with both. In 1990 I was hired to travel to Europe to take over as an wardrobe Assistant for Scalia for the large cast of Westside Story. I was hired to handle all costumes for the cast each and every night. I went to Switzerland, Germany, London, Paris and Vienna.
This "rag" and its critic have done more to sustain and promote theater in Charlotte and surrounding areas than any other single force in the city -- including the MTA (no insult intended). His opinions are his own, but his expertise is usually well-honed and on the mark. If one's skin is too thin to have their mediocrity pointed out, maybe they shouldn't submit the paying public to their mediocrity. And friends of the artists are doing their pals no favors by attacking the messenger, because maybe the criticisms need to be heard for your affronted artists to grow. But CL and Perry deserve your respect, even if you disagree with his opinions. Perry sees everything he can, stuff no one else covering the arts in this area would ever take in. He goes in hoping to be wowed, with an open mind to any -- and I mean ANY -- half-baked off-kilter take on any genre of show. Maybe your show didn't get where it wanted to go. Maybe an actor had a bad show. Maybe the concept was rushed and ill-conceived. Maybe not. Perry just writes what he sees. Maybe he saw what you didn't want him to. Just say thank you for the support and do better. And smile a little. Everyone gets a bad review.
This show was so good I'm sending my friends to go see it as well!
Much love to all!
yeah,who is biff?
And Your contribution Biff?
Calling this a 'Fringe Theater and New Play Festival" is well, a joke. How about a "handful of previously performed in town plays and several dozen people that are brave enough to call themselves comedians Festival? Awful and embarassing when compared to actual, real and legit Fringe Festivals.
My friends in the Charlotte NC area, check out the The Second Annual Charlotte Book Fair @ The Wadsworth Estate on Sat., Oct. 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
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