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Monday, July 21, 2014

Today's Top 5: Monday

Posted By on Mon, Jul 21, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, July 21, 2014 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

Knocturnal f. J-Live, Kam Moye (aka Supastition), Keyza Soulsay at Snug Harbor

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Bingo at Tyber Creek Pub

The Monday Night All Stars at Double Door Inn

Karaoke at Vida Vida

Find Your Muse Open Mic at The Evening Muse

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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Today's Top 5: Saturday

Posted By on Sat, Jul 19, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, July 19, 2014 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

King Buzzo at Visulite Theatre

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Amadeus screening at ImaginOn's Wells Fargo Playhouse

'80s Bar Crawl for 24 Hours of Booty

Monster Con at Timmons Arena

• Beer & Hymns at Zoë's Coffee House

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Cheap list: Makeovers, Food Truck Rally, Pin-ups and more

Posted By on Fri, Jul 18, 2014 at 11:00 AM

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).

5th Annual Martini and a Makeover at BlackFinn Restaurant & Saloon: This event includes a swag bag for the first 100 ladies, specially concoted martinis available for purchase and makeovers (woo hoo!). $5 donation and proceeds benefit the American Heart Association. July 18, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. BlackFinn Restaurant & Saloon, 210 E. Trade St., Suite B-120. 704-971-4440. www.blackfinncharlotte.com.

Junior Astronomers at Neighborhood Theatre on July 18.
  • Junior Astronomers at Neighborhood Theatre on July 18.

Under the Sea Hootenanny at Neighborhood Theatre: This aquatic-themed show is part of the PBR Summer Concert Series and features live music by Junior Astronomers, Hectorina, and Modern Primitives. Free for folks who come dressed up as a sea creature; $5 without costume. July 18, 9:30 p.m. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com.

Summer Food Truck Rally at Rural Hill: The outdoor event, held at the historic Rural Hill farm, features more than 15 local food trucks. There's also live music by Sandtum Sully, games (including corn hole), hayrides, and craft beers and wines. Free admission. July 18, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Historic Rural Hill Farm, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville. 704-875-3113. www.ruralhill.net.

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Today's Top 5: Friday

Posted By on Fri, Jul 18, 2014 at 10:24 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, July 18, 2014 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

Dave & Phil Alvin at Visulite Theatre

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Science on the Rocks at Discovery Place

Cirque de Whisky at Whisky River

Gets F*n Weird 2-year Anniversary at Label

The Mineral Girls at Milestone

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Today's Top 5: Thursday

Posted By on Thu, Jul 17, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, July 17, 2014 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

CeeLo Green w/ Lionel Richie at PNC Music Pavilion

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Introduction to Argentine Tango at McColl Center for Art + Innovation

MonsterCon 2014 Official Pre-Party at Ground Zero

Brothers of the Knight at Ovens Auditorium

Pink and Green Boule at Apostrophe Lounge

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Charlotte slam team attends Brave New Voices Poetry Festival

Posted By on Thu, Jul 17, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Keep your fingers crossed for members of the Q.C.'s breatheINK Youth Poetry Initiative. Six members, all students in the Charlotte area, are currently in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for the Brave New Voices Poetry Festival. The festival - held at University of Pennsylvania through July 19 - features 56 youth poetry teams who are competing for the bragging rights of "international champion."

This is the first year that members of breatheINK, founded in 2013, are representing Charlotte at Brave New Voices. In addition to competing, folks attending the festival will have the opportunity to attend conferences with guest speakers and workshops where they can hone their spoken word skills.

For a glimpse at what's happening at this year's festival, check out this video of students from RunDSM, a teen slam team based out of Des Moines, Iowa.

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Theater: Porgy & Bess

Posted By on Thu, Jul 17, 2014 at 11:30 AM

So much was made of the cuts inflicted upon the 2012 edition of The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, to both the script and the score, that the only valid reason to even consider seeing it — according to a pair of negative Times reviews — was yet another Tony Award-winning performance by Audra McDonald as Bess. Well, not withstanding the brickbats of Ben Brantley and Charles Isherwood, the touring version of this maligned P&B has arrived at Belk Theater without McDonald, and those reasons have miraculously multiplied.

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  • Credit: Michael J. Lutch

There have actually been two previous Porgys at the Belk in the current millennium, one by Opera Carolina in 2004 starring the estimable Alvy Powell and the epic touring disaster intended to celebrate the show’s 75th anniversary in 2010 — with an inferior cast to Opera Carolina’s. You’ll need to read my original account of the fifth-string Porgy who sang for us to fully savor how inept this tour was. An excerpt of that review, praising Phillip Boykin as Crown, appears on Boykin’s website, obviously the key reason why he landed the role on Broadway.

To put it simply, the book adaptation by Suzan-Lori Parks and the slimmed-down orchestrations by William David Brohn and Christopher Jahnke work beautifully together. The playing time at the Belk on Tuesday was just 48 seconds shorter than the Decca recording — including the dialogue — made by Powell and Marquita Lister in the title roles with the Nashville Symphony. And if Riccardo Hernandez’s set had no visible connection to any part of Charleston that I’ve seen over the past 40 years, director Diane Paulus definitely has her finger on the heart and pulse of DuBose and Dorothy Heyward’s original storyline.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Today's Top 5: Wednesday

Posted By on Wed, Jul 16, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, July 16, 2014 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

The Hugging Documentary at Mint Museum Randolph

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Men's Night Out at Shu

Bad Company, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Dead Daisies at PNC Music Pavilion

Blayrious at Phil's NY Deli & Tavern

Justin Fedor at Heist Brewery

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Art openings/events this week

Posted By on Tue, Jul 15, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Check out these new exhibits and arts events, happening this week in Charlotte and the surrounding area.

Adam McGalliards work is on display at Cornelius Arts Center.
  • Adam McGalliard's work is on display at Cornelius Arts Center.

Introjection exhibit at Cornelius Arts Center: Local artist Adam McGalliard’s Introjection exhibit is well worth the trek up to Lake Norman. Here’s why: You’ll see a candid collection of old and new work, mostly portraits. McGalliard explores the relationship between internal and external human experiences. In doing so, he adds extra layers of fun details that give the portraits a funky twist (see the painting above). Opening reception on July 18, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free admission. Exhibit continues through Aug. 15. 19725 Oak St., Cornelius. 704-896-8823. www.corneliusartscenter.org.

Taylor Thomas exhibit reception at Sozo Gallery: Featured artist Taylor Thomas will speak about her abstract paintings. Refreshments will be available, too. It's also a good time to check out this still fairly new gallery, located in Hearst Tower. Reception on July 18, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sozo Gallery, 214 N. Tryon St. 704-578-8457. www.sozogallery.net.

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Today's Top 5: Tuesday

Posted By on Tue, Jul 15, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, July 15, 2014 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

Porgy & Bess at Belk Theater

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The Fray at Uptown Amphitheatre

Wild West Open Mic Night at The Comedy Zone

Trivia at Big Ben British Pub & Restaurant

Broken Mic Night at Petra's Piano Bar & Cabaret

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