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Sunday, January 25, 2015

Today's Top 5: Sunday

Posted By on Sun, Jan 25, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Jan. 25, 2015 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

2 Across at UpStage

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New Modern: Music Inspired by the Bechtler Collection at Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

Queen's Feast: Charlotte Restaurant Week

Bluegrass Open Jam at Tommy's Pub

Funk Cancer Benefit at Amos' Southend

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Today's Top 5: Saturday

Posted By on Sat, Jan 24, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Jan. 24, 2015 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

Turandot at Belk Theater

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That 1 Guy at Double Door Inn

North Carolina Dance Festival at UNC-Charlotte

Blood Ties at Duke Energy Theater

Burleoke at UpStage

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Bill Cosby's Charlotte show 'postponed'

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 4:06 PM

Folks who bought tickets to see "America's favorite dad" turned "accused rapist" at Belk Theater in Charlotte next month will be disappointed to hear the show has been "postponed," and no future date has been set. Folks can get refunds by calling the box office at 704-372-1000.

In related, unrelated news, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, who worked with Cosby on the Cosby Show, broke his silence on the allegations that his TV dad drugged and sexually assaulted numerous women.

"He's one of my mentors and he's been very influential and played a big role in my life as a friend and mentor," Warner told CNN. "Just as it's painful to hear any woman talk about sexual assault, whether true or not, it's just as painful to watch my friend and mentor go through this."

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Cheap list: McColl Open House, Yonatan Gat, Classic & Soulful Party, more

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 3:49 PM

Going out in Charlotte doesn't have to be expensive. In fact, to prove that statement, we've compiled a list of cheap - $10 or less - things to do in the Q.C. this weekend. These events may vary, but they're all entertaining and they won't break your bank (piggy banks excluded).

Open Mic Night at McGlohon Theater: Not a bad way to spend a cold, rainy night indoors. The free event gives performers - instrumentalists, singers, dancers, storytellers, poets, jugglers, magicians and more - a chance to showcase their talents in front of an audience. Come to participate or sit back and relax. Free admission. Jan. 23, 7:30 p.m. McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalarts.org.

Open House and Encuentros/Encounters Exhibit at McColl Center for Art + Innovation: The multimedia exhibit showcases the results of a project by Windgate artists-in-residence, Dignicraft. Over the course of three-months works were created that explore pottery, specifically related to the Purépecha culture. Free admission. Jan. 23, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. McColl Center for Art + Innovation, 721 N. Tryon St. 704-332-5535. www.mccollcenter.org.

Yonatan Gat at Snug Harbor: Monotonix guitarist Yonatan Gat has paved his own path through the psychedelic, punk-jam underworld. For a more intimate vibe, the band sets up on the floor of the venue instead of on stage. Gat, bassist Gal Lazer and drummer Sergio Sayeg join forces in an avant-garde amalgam of rock, Afrobeat, punk, folk and surf for extended jams that insightfully and improvisationally wander wherever the mood takes them. (Jeff Hahne). $7. Jan. 24. Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. 704-333-9799. www.snugrock.com.

Release: Classic & Soulful House Party at Petra's Piano Bar & Cabaret: The party features special guest vocalist Julie McKnight, in addition to DJ Kneeka and DJ MR Harlan. $5 before 9 p.m.; $10 after. Petra's Piano Bar & Cabaret, 1919 Commonwealth Ave. 704-332-6608. www.petraspianobar.com.

Today's Top 5: Friday

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 11:23 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Jan. 23, 2015 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

Reception for Small is the New Big exhibit at Winthrop University

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Harvey at Theatre Charlotte

Modernism + Film: Screening Aberrant Architecture: Diller + Scofidio at the Whitney Museum at Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

Tinsley Ellis at Double Door Inn

Reception for Encuentros/Encounters exhibit at McColl Center for Art + Innovation

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First Drip (1/23/15): North Carolina's deadliest jobs, Japan misses ransom deadline, more

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 10:10 AM

Few stats can make unemployment sound preferable, but one is North Carolina's number of work-related deaths. In 2014 there were 44. The deadliest job in North Carolina? Construction, which last year accounted for 19. Manufacturing came in second with nine. Mecklenburg County led the state in fatalities. Many of the deaths occurred in the first 3 months on the job, some on the first day.

Groups that monitor police have found an unlikely ally in a band of Texans who openly carry guns, show up at police traffic stops, record the proceedings – including any confrontations with officers – and post the videos on social media.

Newly seated King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud named heirs and promised stability Friday, following the death of Saudi Arabia's 90-year-old monarch King Abdullah, who led his nation as a U.S. ally for almost 20 years.

The ransom deadline has passed for Japan to pay Islamic State militants $2 million to secure the release of two of their citizens, leaving the fate of the Japanese hostages in limbo.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Opening Friday

Posted By on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 2:00 PM

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The Boy Next Door - Jennifer Lopez, Kristin Chenoweth

Mortdecai - Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow

Strange Magic - Animated; voices of Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth

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Today's Top 5: Thursday

Posted By on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 10:45 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Jan. 22, 2015 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

Girls Guns and Glory at Evening Muse

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Opening reception for Lodestar exhibit at Davidson College

Dov Davidoff at The Comedy Zone

Shiprocked at Snug Harbor

Reception for Interior/Exterior exhibit at Center for the Arts

First Drip (1/22/15): Abortion bill dropped, no charges recommended in Ferguson, more

Posted By on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 9:31 AM

North Carolina Rep. Renee Ellmers and Rep. Jackie Walorski of Indiana led a group of lawmakers who forced House Republicans to drop a bill that would ban most abortions at 20 weeks or later, ahead of a vote scheduled to coincide today with the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

Lawyers from the U.S. Justice Department will recommend that no civil rights charges be brought against Darren Wilson, the police officer who fatally shot an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Missouri. However, the final Justice Department report has not been completed, and the final decision rests with Attorney General Eric Holder.

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. said on Wednesday that he might enter the presidential race, but polls right now show he has little to no chance of winning.

Britain's Prince Andrew will open his annual British trade reception at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland today with the denial of allegations that he had sex with an underage American girl hired by friend and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

First Drip (1/21/15): Kerrick's day in court, Paris may sue Fox News, Obama's SOTU salvo

Posted By on Wed, Jan 21, 2015 at 9:43 AM

A judge and date have been set for the trial of Officer Randall Kerrick on voluntary manslaughter charges, for the killing of Jonathan Ferrell. On July 20, Judge Robert C. Ervin will preside over the case in Charlotte. Ervin is based in Burke County. Ferrell, a former FAMU football player, wrecked his car in Charlotte in September 2013 and went to a nearby home seeking help. The owner called police and responding officers confronted Ferrell, with Kerrick firing 12 shots at the unarmed man.

Citing insufficient evidence, a Baltimore judge dismissed second-degree murder charges against the man held in the 2010 killing of Charlotte teen Felicia Barnes. Michael Johnson was set free Tuesday. The city prosecutors plan to appeal.

Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo may sue Fox News over erroneous claims that the city has "no-go" zones where non-Muslims do not enter and sharia law takes precedence over French law. But the lawsuit would face challenges in the U.S. and France. Bill O'Reilly, Fox's highest-rated host, called the mayor a socialist on the Tuesday night edition of his program. "This is just an attention-getter," he said.

Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night focused on struggles near to the hearts of the middle class, with calls for paid sick leave, a tax on the 'one percent,' a minimum wage hike, free community college, criminal justice reform, an open Internet and the right to vote. Freshman Sen. Joni Ernst, who first attracted attention by promising to make Washington insiders squeal like the hogs she used to castrate on a farm, provided the GOP response.

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