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.
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Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Dec. 5, 2013 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.
* Homebrew Showcase at Neighborhood Theatre
* Weihnachtsmarkt at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
* Miracle on 34th Street at Armour Street Theatre
* Charlotte Symphony: Magic of Christmas at Belk Theater
* Al Ernst at The Comedy Zone
If your idea of great experiential theatre is experiencing a chant-a-thon at an ashram, run and don't walk to the next performance of O Guru Guru Guru, or Why I Don't Want to Go to Yoga Class with You at Carolina Actors Studio Theatre. For at least a decade, CAST has been touting experiential theatre as its mantra, and it certainly reaches a kind of apotheosis here - but with Mallery Avidon's disjointed script, is that a good thing?
As is their custom, immersing their customers in the milieu of their productions, the folks at CAST have decked out the lobby and entranceway with all the requisite iconography of the Indian subcontinent. As I ambled down to CAST's second stage, what looked like a yoga class was actually in progress next door, a mere foretaste of the siddha yoga session to come.
Echoing its title, O Guru Guru Guru is broken into three sections. We are welcomed by Lila, who identifies herself as the spawn of a hippie couple who grew up - like the playwright - in an ashram. She identifies herself clearly as an ashram escapee, but Lila really can't tell us what she's escaped to because she's still searching. Nor can she clearly articulate the why proclaimed in the play's title, which accounts for the major relapses Lila suffers in the second and third sections.
Local concerts from the past year in photos.
Now that Detroit is officially bankrupt, what will the city do with its precious art collection?
A truck carrying an extremely dangerous radioactive substance was stolen in Mexico.
Hubble has found water on five alien plants.
As EDM grows in popularity, so has ecstasy. According to a new report, use of the drug has doubled in six years.
Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Dec. 4, 2013 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.
* Bearing Witness: The New York Photo League and Sonia Handelman Meyer exhibit at Mint Museum Randolph
* When I Grow Up... at Booth Playhouse
* Karaoke at UpStage
* Hugh Cornwell at Tremont Music Hall
* Christmastime in Ireland at The Comedy Zone
Dec. 2, 2013
Cornell's soaring vocals were the focus throughout the night, as the guitar provided a simple background for his stunning range, power and tone. Whether he was belting out the chorus of "Hunger Strike" or pacing the stage while singing the emotional "When I'm Down," the sold-out venue reguarly gave the 49-year-old singer well-deserved standing ovations.
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