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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

LOL: Comedy in the Q.C.

Posted By on Tue, Jan 31, 2012 at 12:10 PM

Listed below is a roundup of CL’s top picks for comedy shows in Charlotte this week. Hopefully, they keep you entertained and, more importantly, laughing out loud.

• Don't get comedian Natasha Legerro started on the women’s movement. She’s pissed about having to work, while her female predecessors got a free pass. And forget having babies. “Having a baby is like a D.U.I. from the universe,” she says. Legerro, who has been a regular on Chelsea Lately, Reno 911! and Comedy Central, is also music critic. Not really, but she’ll give her two cents on the absurdity of hip-hop, country and whatever else she hears on the radio. $15-$20. Feb. 2, 8 p.m.; Feb. 3-4, 8 and 10:15 p.m. The Comedy Zone at NC Music Factory, 900 Seaboard St., Suite B3. 980-321-4702. www.cltcomedyzone.com.

Murder Mystery Company's Death at the Doo-Wop is an interactive show set around a 1950s-style prom. Is the true killer wearing a poodle skirt? You decide who-dun-it over a three-course dinner. $60 (includes the performance and the meal). Feb., 3, 7 p.m. Beauregard's, 3030 Freedom Drive. For reservations, call 888-643-2583 or visit www.themurdermysteryco.com.

• Local comedy troupe Robot Johnson delivers sketches that are funny with or without one of the bar's specialty drinks — created and named after Robot Johnson characters. $10. Feb. 4, 9 p.m. Roux, 3306 N. Davidson St., Suite A.

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City leaders and police make occupying Charlotte much more complicated

Posted By on Tue, Jan 31, 2012 at 11:17 AM

CMPD Capt. Jeff Estes squares off with longtime occupier Ayende Alcala (left)
How things change in a matter of hours.

When CL's print issue went to bed Monday afternoon, police had visited the Occupy Charlotte campsite earlier in the day for a relatively casual chat with campers about their imminent eviction from the Old City Hall grounds on East Trade Street. Within an hour after CL's deadline, some 60 officers moved on to the site and several protesters began practicing the civil disobedience they'd trained for over the weekend. Seven people were arrested.

This morning, police returned to the scene, making it clear that protesting at Old City Hall will no longer be easy or laid back. Charlotte law enforcement aims to take seriously the new city ordinances banning camping and making demonstrations as complicated as possible.

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Today's Top 5: Tuesday

Posted By on Tue, Jan 31, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Jan. 31, 2012 — as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

The Mountain Goats at Visulite Theatre

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Boots and Bikinis at Whisky River

One God? Yours or Mine: A Provocative Look at the Concept of God (The Protestant Perspective) lecture at Temple Beth El

Taboo Tuesday Open Mic at Crown Station Pub

Gwen Bigham: Becoming exhibit at CPCC

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Monday, January 30, 2012

Democratic National Convention 2012 Notebook: N.C. a focus in presidential politics

Posted By on Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 7:06 PM

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If you were paying attention to recent political developments, you couldn’t miss North Carolina’s starring role.

There was Gov. Bev Perdue’s announcement that she would not run for re-election. Perdue had gotten more love outside the state than in. She was praised on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show for vetoing GOP-backed bills that restricted abortion rights and introduced voter ID, but her poll numbers in the state have been dismal. This unsettles this year’s gubernatorial race, even as former Mayor Pat McCrory can’t wait and Mayor Anthony Foxx’s name is floated. Foxx, host of the Democratic National Convention in September, was not expected to be in the middle of another election battle.

The President, in a statement, said of Perdue: “For over 25 years, she has fought for the people of the Tar Heel State — working to transform the state’s public schools, improve the health care system, protect and attract jobs for members of the military and their families, and create the jobs of the future.”

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Today's Top 5: Monday

Posted By on Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Jan. 30, 2012 — as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

Cult Movie Monday: Screening Pulp Fiction at Actor's Theatre of Charlotte

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Future Islands at Milestone

Monday Funday at Dixie's Tavern

Find Your Muse Open Mic at The Evening Muse

The Wrong Omar at Crown Station Pub

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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Occupy Charlotte braces for the big eviction

Posted By on Sun, Jan 29, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Capt. Estes of the CMPD reads the new city ordinance to members of Occupy Charlotte

Creative Loafing reporter Rhiannon Fionn is on the ground at Old City Hall tonight talking to members of Occupy Charlotte and Charlotte-Mecklenburg police about the ramifications of Monday's eviction. That's when police plan to go in and enforce a new city ordinance barring camping on the city hall grounds.

Some observers fear there will be a confrontation, although others say that fear is overstated. The one thing that's certain right now is the uncertainty surrounding what can stay and what can go; what kind of tent is considered a "living accommodation" and what kind isn't. When CMPD Capt. Jeff Estes showed up at around 5 p.m. today to read the new ordinance to the group, the occupiers "inundated" him with questions, said photographer Grant Baldwin.

CL reporter Fionn said the mood remained generally calm, and that the group had undergone rigorous civil disobedience training earlier in the day. "They made it clear to the police that they have questions about the ordinance and the police also admitted that they're not clear about it either" said Fionn. "In fact, the police advised the protesters to consult their attorneys."

Fionn and Baldwin will remain on the scene through the night, as rumors have spread that some kind of police action may happen between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. Monday. That has not been confirmed by the police or the city. Also present on the scene is Isaac Sturgill, director of the Charlotte School of Law chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, who told Fionn that the Guild "wants the police and city to know they're watching." Sturgill wrote a "City Forum" column on the topic for CL in December.

At around 9 p.m., the Charlotte occupiers held a march to show solidarity with their counterparts from Occupy Oakland, where demonstrators broke into the city hall and damaged property after police arrested hundreds of protesters. Catch up with that story at The Christian Science Monitor.

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Saturday shindig fires up N.C. Democratic Party base

Posted By on Sun, Jan 29, 2012 at 5:31 PM

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When Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton took to the stage Saturday in front of a fired-up crowd at a North Carolina Democratic Party shindig in Greensboro, it seemed like a return to the old-school days of Terry Sanford and Jim Hunt, when gravelly Southern accents hollered out populist appeals.

“I am proud to belong to a party that stereotypes no one and respects everyone,” Dalton said, as he railed against the Republicans in the state legislature.

The modest, efficient and often acquiescent Democratic Party image of recent years, personified by Gov. Bev Perdue, was not present Saturday afternoon. “It is hard to make progress if you’re pointed in the wrong direction,” Dalton continued. “And Pat McCrory and the Republican leadership have pointed us in the wrong direction.”

What was supposed to be just another mundane winter afternoon of meetings for the N.C. Democratic Party's executive committee — before their annual Sanford-Hunt-Frye dinner later in the eventing — became a noisy and crowed affair at Greensboro's Marriott Hotel, full of anticipation about the governor’s race.

North Carolina Democrats lost the General Assembly in 2010 for the first time since Reconstruction, and they were supposed to be still reeling from last week’s news that Perdue will not run for reelection. Instead, the scene was one of pumped-up party activists seemingly freed now from Perdue’s feeble approval ratings, and eager to take the fight to Republicans. Around 10 a.m., the hotel's upper meeting halls were filled with county chairs, vice chairs and notable local party representatives including Aisha Dew of Mecklenburg County.

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Moore Place, Charlotte's permanent housing for chronically homeless, opens doors today

Posted By on Sun, Jan 29, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Moore Place: This sketch is now a reality
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  • Moore Place: This sketch is now a reality
"Welcome home" is the warm and enthusiastic message to Charlotte's chronically homeless population at a new facility spearheaded by the Urban Ministry Center and architect David Furman's Centro City Works. The facility, Moore Place, invites the public to an open house today from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Construction of Moore Place began in August 2010, when officials broke ground at the 929 Moretz Avenue location, just off North Graham Street. Since then, community homeless activists and others have put tremendous resources and volunteer hours into completing the project.

The Urban Ministry web page for Moore House offers these details on how the cutting-edge facility will benefit all Charlotteans:

Modeled after successful communities across the country, Moore Place will offer 85 efficiency apartments with on-site case management and 24-hour security for chronically homeless men and women. This will be the only option in Charlotte for chronically homeless women and a cornerstone piece of Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness. Moore Place will cost an estimated $10 million, which has already been raised through a combination of private, corporate, foundation and public monies.

Construction costs for Moore Place along with operating reserves are 95% raised through a combination of private, corporate, foundation and public monies. Residents will pay 30% of their income for rent and utilities and be responsible for their own cooking and cleaning of their homes.

For more on Moore, go here.

For details on today's open house, contact Katie Church at 980-224-9256.

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Theater review: Doubt, a Parable

Posted By on Fri, Jan 27, 2012 at 10:33 AM

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With the possible exception of the place itself, an oasis of rusticated hominess amid our cosmopolitan world-class metropolis, there’s nothing about Theatre Charlotte’s current production of John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt: A Parable that isn’t purely professional grade. We are blessed to have such fine quality in a community theater production and shamed by our persistent failure to support professional Charlotte theater artists with a fully professional theater company worthy of them.

But a review is properly the place to dwell on the blessings. They begin with David Blamy as Father Brendan Flynn, the idealistic young reformer (or is that the cunning predatory gay priest?) and Katherine Goforth as his implacable adversary, Sister Aloysius Beauvier, the proscriptive reactionary harpy (or is that the valiant defender of innocents?). Both of these seasoned pros beautifully sustain the ambiguities of their characters, tipping the balance, under Gina Stewart’s able direction, palpably — but not decisively — toward a benign assessment of the good Father’s intentions.

Scenic designer Daniel Fleming’s evocation of St. Nicholas, the Catholic church and school where the mighty Father Flynn-Sister Aloysius combat flares up, is actually more substantial than the elegantly simple set that framed Cherry Jones and Brian F. O’Byrne in the original New York production at the Manhattan Theatre Club. Perhaps it needs to be so much further from the Bronx! Goforth brings a steeliness in her crusade against Father Flynn, his ballpoint pen, his long finger nails, and his excessive familiarity with the boys that is appropriate for a battleax school principal who takes pride in being feared by her students and staff. Stewart shapes the Father-Sister confrontations more to the scale of the original MTC production than the grand operatic dimensions Doubt took on when La Cherry & Co. brought the touring version into the vastness of Belk Theater. Yet it’s still shocking when Goforth exclaims — involuntarily, it seems — her final confession.

There’s no doubt that Blamy is more genial, likable, and charismatic as Father Flynn than his adversary. This is how it should be, for these are all characteristics that Sister Aloysius detests and ferociously discourages in mentors of young children. Blamy struck me as a more youthful, less brooding Father Flynn. His basketball peptalk sounds more athletic and less cerebral than O’Byrne’s, and his decision to leave St. Nicholas — with a promotion, no less — seems more like the action of a man who is simply uncomfortable facing persecution, less like a wrenching move made by a pervert forced into a tight corner.

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