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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Today's Top 5: Thursday

Posted By on Thu, Aug 11, 2016 at 7:00 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Aug. 11, 2016 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

Seminar at Duke Energy Theater
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River Jam Series w/ Davy Knowles at Duke Energy Theater

James Davis at The Comedy Zone

Potions & Pixels at Petra's

Trivia at VBGB

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Today's Top 5: Wednesday

Posted By on Wed, Aug 10, 2016 at 12:45 PM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Aug. 10, 2016 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

• Nick Offerman & Megan Mullally: Summer of 69, No Apostrophe at Ovens Auditorium
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Motion City Soundtrack at The Fillmore

• Charlotte Knights vs. Louisville Cardinals at BB&T Ballpark

Marshall Crenshaw at The Evening Muse

• God Save the Queen City w/ The Everymen, Kansas Bible Company and The Business People at Snug Harbor

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Today's Top 5: Tuesday

Posted By on Tue, Aug 9, 2016 at 7:00 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Aug. 9, 2016 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

Bush at Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheater
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Newsies at Belk Theater

• Jelly Roll w/ Whitney Peyton at Visulite Theatre

• Best Of Columbia at The Comedy Zone

• Charlotte Knights vs. Louisville Cardinals at BB&T Ballpark

Monday, August 8, 2016

Today's Top 5: Monday

Posted By on Mon, Aug 8, 2016 at 12:36 PM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Aug. 8, 2016 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

Yoga on the Roof at Rooftop 210
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• Kayak Jones w/ No Dice, Futurist, Squid Beach at Milestone

The Monday Night Allstars at Double Door Inn

• Knocturnal at Snug Harbor

Bingo at Big Al's

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Today's Top 5: Sunday

Posted By on Sun, Aug 7, 2016 at 7:00 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Aug. 7, 2016 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

Charlotte Comicon at Embassy Suites Concord

Cornhole Tournament at Kickstand

Clambakes at Corkbuzz

The Charlotte Blues Society Monthly Meeting feat. The Full Grown Band Reunion & Roadshow Band at Double Door Inn

Carolina Bridal Fair a Cabarrus Arena and Events Center

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Today's Top 5: Saturday

Posted By on Sat, Aug 6, 2016 at 7:01 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Aug. 6, 2016 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

Let the Good Times Roll exhibit reception at Twenty-Two
Skateboard by Dana Vindigni
  • Skateboard by Dana Vindigni

Reeve Coobs at Neighborhood Theatre

Charlotte Knights vs. Norfolk Tides at BB&T Ballpark

Bon Odori 2016 at Wells Fargo Atrium

OTC Improv at Carion Hotel

Friday, August 5, 2016

Theater review: Miss Julie

Posted By on Fri, Aug 5, 2016 at 5:06 PM

There is danger beneath the summer moon in August Strindberg’s Miss Julie as a spoiled, wanton, and impulsive heiress toys with daddy’s dutiful and ambitious valet. But there are ambiguities about Miss Julie – a fairly wide latitude in how she can be portrayed – and the echoes of Strindberg’s 1889 script reverberate into Oscar Wilde’s Salome and a bunch of Tennessee Williams dramas, further complicating our response.
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Shakespeare Carolina is giving us the opportunity to view Strindberg’s classic up close in a new production at the fine Johnson Hall black box on the Winthrop University campus. Up close, we can easily see that director S. Wilson Lee has skewed his casting a little younger than the 25 prescribed by the playwright for his title character and the 30 advised for Jean, her valet. Caitlin Byrne seems a little more innocent as Julie than Strindberg perhaps intends, a little less stung and desperate because her recent fiancée has broken it off.

Still we can see her kinship with Salome in her awareness of her allure, her earthy wantonness, her expertise at manipulation, and her seething desire to command the men who desire her – leading to Julie’s contempt for all of them. She’s just not as evil and cruel as Wilde’s wicked temptress. Nor does she completely enjoy the upper hand with Jean.

When he’s a few years older, David Hensley will be able to mix more of Jean’s worldliness in with his youthful confidence and ambition. Right now, when the master’s bell startles him, Hensley’s reaction looks inbred where his reflexive response should be at odds with his better judgment. But there’s enough self-assurance in this Jean for us to see that Strindberg considers him to be the Darwinian winner in his on-again-off-again romance with Julie.

If Hensley were a little more commanding, we’d see the parallels between Jean-Julie and Stanley Kowalski-Blanche DuBois more readily, but you’ll likely leave Johnson Hall perceiving the template. You really can’t miss the affinity between Julie and so many toxic women in heat that have proliferated since the days of Strindberg and Wilde.

She comes into the servants’ quarters from a Swedish Midsummer Eve celebration, exhilarated and maybe tipsy. We’ve already heard about the break-up of her engagement, her bold improprieties during the Midsummer revels, and it isn’t long after she arrives that Julie expresses her admiration for Jean’s dance moves. Kristin, the cook who believes Jean’s future domestic bliss will be with her, quickly senses the threat of Julie’s impulsiveness and caprice.

Gayle Taggart has Kristin beautifully measured. She’s prim and proper in her apron, equally alarmed by Jean’s gropings above his station and Julie’s dips below hers. Strindberg actually sets her age five years above Jean’s, in a region where marriage and family have become more urgent for Kristin than for Julie. With Taggart, that biological urgency pretty much disappears, subordinated to her fear of losing Jean. You could imagine her as older than Hensley, but I doubt it. What comes to the fore with Taggart is that Kristin is more of a woman than Julie, an element that spices up the drama.

With her conventional attitudes and pieties, you don’t think Kristin is going to matter, but in the denouement, she does.

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Today's Top 5: Friday

Posted By on Fri, Aug 5, 2016 at 1:26 PM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Aug. 5, 2016 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

Oh Pep! at The Evening Muse
Pepita Emmerichs and Olivia Hally of Oh Pep!. (Photo by Giulia McGauran)
  • Pepita Emmerichs and Olivia Hally of Oh Pep!. (Photo by Giulia McGauran)

Joedance Film Festival at 10th Street Townhomes courtyard

School of Rock Charlotte performing Avett Brothers Tribute at Broken Spoke

Summer Olympic Bar Crawl at Rooftop 210

Jazz at the Bechtler: More and More Monk at Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Today's Top 5: Thursday

Posted By on Thu, Aug 4, 2016 at 2:01 PM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Aug. 4, 2016 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

Steve Byrne at The Comedy Zone
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• The Peach Kings w/ Mobley at The Evening Muse

• GONZO: A Brutal Chrysalis' at Duke Energy Theater

Alive After Five w/ Slippery When Wet at Rooftop 210

The Naked Magic Show at McGlohon Theater

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Today's Top 5: Wednesday

Posted By on Wed, Aug 3, 2016 at 2:07 PM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Aug. 3, 2016 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

• Left & Right w/ Daddy Issues, Rapper Shane, Elevator Jay at Snug Harbor
Daddy Issues (Photo by EmilyQuirk)
  • Daddy Issues (Photo by EmilyQuirk)

Beyond Rubiks Cube exhibit at Discovery Place 

Drinking Liberally at Murphy's Kitchen & Tap

Party in the Park w/ Fantastic Shakers at Romare Bearden Park

Trivia at Ed's Tavern

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