Beginning today, I'll be checking in each Friday with the five stories - local and national, from the arts to hard news - that got my blood boiling in some distinctive way, shape or form. Some of these stories will come straight from the pages of Creative Loafing (both print and website); others will be stories you've heard about from other news outlets. They won't necessarily be the most important or earth-shattering stories of the week - they'll be stories that in some way captured my attention and yours, and ones I want to re-share with you.
So let's get started (in chronological order):Charlotte Talks about Holiday Films (Monday)
3) Indian classical music master and Beatles collaborator Ravi Shankar dies (Wednesday)
When I was 12, I went to the Sunset Theater in downtown Asheboro with some friends to see my very first rock movie, The Concert for Bangladesh, an event staged to raise awareness and money for refugees from East Pakistan after the Bhola cyclone in 1970, as well as victims of Bangladesh civil war crimes. But we'd just come to catch performances by some of our heroes: George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Billy Preston and most of all - for me, anyway - Leon Russell. We were a bit miffed that the first entire part of the concert featured extended performances from an Indian guy sitting onstage playing the sitar. But then something special happened for me: I got sucked into Ravi Shankar's mesmerizing music; his performance began my journey into so-called world music - the folk and classical musics of cultures far removed from the western pop I was obsessed with. Shankar died this past week at 92, and I got the opportunity to thank him for the education he gave me so many years ago by posting a little notice of his death on CL's Vibes blog.
5) Paul McCartney fronts Nirvana (Thursday)
The Internet was abuzz with shock - shock! - that the surviving members of Nirvana were going to reunite for a performance with ex-Beatle Paul McCartney at the Wednesday 12/12/12 Concert to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy. Never mind (so to speak) that the late Kurt Cobain had cited the Beatles as a major influence numerous times during his brief life. And guess what? The performance was explosive. I was thus inspired to write about it on Thursday.
As for the ongoing Obama/Boehner economic clusterfuck? Yeah, yeah, yeah... that's been ongoing news, too. And it looks like we're going to be facing a fiscal cliffhanger come Dec. 31. Stay tuned for more next year. Oh, and next week, too. I'll be returning then with five more stories to share.
Have a great weekend!
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