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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

CL writer featured on Wednesday's Charlotte Talks

Posted by on Tue, Mar 4, 2014 at 12:07 PM

WFAE's Charlotte Talks will feature a regular contributor to CL on Wednesday's show.

Ryan Pitkin and a few gang-prevention officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department will talk to host Mike Collins about gang activity, specifically activity in Hidden Valley and the injunction imposed against the Hidden Valley Kings last year.

In November, Ryan wrote a story for us about the rise, fall and resurgence of the HVKs and how it's impacted the community. Read it here.

Tune into 90.7 between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. to hear our boy!

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

CL's 10 most viewed stories in 2013

Posted by on Tue, Dec 31, 2013 at 12:03 PM

In the spirit of all these top (insert number) lists that are popping up online - don't worry, our own various 2013 retrospectives publish on Thursday - here's a compilation of the stories that published on our website this year you readers visited the most (not counting any event list-type posts).

1. Long live the Thirsty Beaver. Remember when that fence went up around one of Plaza Midwood's most beloved bars?

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2. North Carolina no longer gives a damn. This edition of Erin Tracy-Blackwood's monthly column Trouble Hunter berates the General Assembly for passing a budget that stripped more than half a billion dollars from the state's public school systems.

3. 2013 106.5 Weenie Roast bands announced. This music festival brings a big variety of bands for a low price. No wonder it was so anticipated.

4. The stages of Lisa Ann. When Sarah Palin's porn star doppelganger Lisa Ann came to Mooresville, your interest was piqued. I don't blame you.

5. Look! Up On The Screen!: The best and worst superhero films of all time. Because who doesn't love a good superhero movie?

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Announcement: CL's Fiction Contest

Posted by on Thu, Nov 14, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Do you have the literary skills to bust out a creative short story, complete with a fully developed narrative arc (including a climax), in 1,000 words or less? If so, we want you to enter our second annual fiction contest.

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Our theme this year is pretty straightforward. We're simply looking for coming-of-age stories based in Charlotte.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Former EIC Mark Kemp named senior editor at Acoustic Guitar

Posted by on Wed, Nov 6, 2013 at 4:42 PM

Former editor Mark Kemp is saying peace out to Charlotte, y'all. He's been named senior editor, with a focus on music and the music industry, at the San Francisco-based Acoustic Guitar.

Kemp served as editor-in-chief at Creative Loafing from 2011 until he left earlier this year.

Best wishes to a fantastic writer/editor.

Kemp and his doppelgangers
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Friday, October 25, 2013

Announcement: Filtered, CL's photography contest, is live

Posted by on Fri, Oct 25, 2013 at 11:24 AM

Creative Loafing brings you Filtered, our first ever - well, at least since I've been here - photography contest. We're looking for you, dear readers, to wow us with your photography skills and send us images that adhere to the theme of, "Old Charlotte versus New Charlotte." However you interpret the colliding worlds of the past and present of Charlotte - we want to see it.

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We know that in the Instagram era anyone can publish a cool, creative photo. But we're not looking to post your photo on a social media site; rather, we plan to run the winner of our contest on a future cover of Creative Loafing and several finalists inside the issue. For thousands of people to see. 

Pressure? Nah.

Aside from the immense glory you get from having your work plastered on the front page of an issue of CL, the winner will also receive $150. 

So get to clicking with those smartphones or DSLRs. (Considering how high quality of resolution we're looking for, though, you may want to stick with shooting with your DSLR if you're trying to win first place.) You've only got three weeks to get 'er done.

To submit your photos to Filtered, visit www.clclt.com/photocontest.


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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Intern turned Coal Ash Queen raises money for film project

Posted by on Thu, Oct 17, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Back in 2009, I hired Rhiannon Fionn-Bowman to work as an intern at Creative Loafing. One of the questions on her evaluation form asks to give some general comments regarding UNC Charlotte's internship program. I wrote, "Please keep sending me such enthusiastic interns."

Enthusiastic. If you've ever met Rhi, you know that's one of the best ways to describe her.

In the last two years, Rhi has dedicated her life to writing about coal ash. For CL, she penned the 2010 cover story "Is coal ash poisoning Charlotte-area drinking water?" and in 2011, "Fail: Government oversight remains 'grossly inadequate' in coal-ash waste control." She's been traveling the country documenting stories of coal ash, including sharing accounts from people who have been personally affected by its effects.

Currently, Rhi - who was dubbed the Queen of Coal Ash by the Sierra Club and was recognized by the Charlotte chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution Award for her environmental reporting  - is working with a team of 20 volunteers and contributors to produce a film that shares these stories. They have launched an IndieGoGo campaign to raise the funds to help make this project happen. The deadline to contribute is Oct. 24.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Last-chance voting for Best of Charlotte readers picks

Posted by on Tue, Aug 27, 2013 at 2:51 PM

Attention, any and all slackers. We've opened up all of our Best of Charlotte readers categories for any last-minute voting. Why? Because it's important to us that every single - I mean, EVERY SINGLE - reader gets the opportunity to share his or her opinions about what is the very best of Charlotte.

What, are my expectations too high?

Vote here.

Voting definitely, definitely ends Sept. 8.

In the meantime, here's a quick teaser video for our Best of Charlotte issue and party, coming out Oct. 2.

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Now Showing: Best of Charlotte's AFTER DARK ballot

Posted by on Wed, Jul 24, 2013 at 3:12 PM

From now through Aug. 4 midnight, CL's Best of Charlotte AFTER DARK category will be live for you to access. Choose your favorite bars, clubs, music venues, etc., that reflect the best of what the Queen City's nightlife has to offer.

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Here are the categories you'll be voting in:
Best Concert Venue
Best Concert of Past 12 Months
Best DJ
Best Dance Club
Best New Nightspot (Opened In Last 12 Months)
Best Nightlife Event
Best Place for a First Date
Bar With Hottest Patrons
Bar With Hottest Staff
Best Happy Hour
Best Bowling Alley
Best Neighborhood Bar
Best Downtown Bar
Best Sports Bar
Best Gay/Lesbian Bar
Best Bar/Restaurant Patio
Best Strip Club
Best Beer Selection
Best Cocktail Selection

VOTE NOW.

PS: Save the date, folks. CL's annual Best of Charlotte issue will hit stands on Oct. 3. And ... (insert dramatic pause for effect)... there will be a party.

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Monday, July 15, 2013

CL columnist John Grooms wins first place in 2013 AAN Awards

Posted by on Mon, Jul 15, 2013 at 9:22 AM

Congratulations go out to our resident "Boomer With Attitude" John Grooms. He placed first in the 2013 AAN Awards in the Political Column category (for circulation under 50,000).

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Here are the three entries of Boomer With Attitude that won him the gold medal. Winners were chosen by judges at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.

"How Obamacare saved my life"
The Affordable Care Act - aka "Obamacare" - saved my life. Yes, this is for real. It happened last year. If not for the ACA, I would either be dead and buried or in so much medical debt I would never get out from under it. I thought long and hard before writing about this. But after seeing the crazy things members of the GOP said about Obamacare at their convention and hearing their mantra, "Are you better off than you were four years ago," I decided to go public about my experience with Obama's supposedly evil, socialistic government takeover of health care.
Read more HERE.


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Monday, June 24, 2013

Now Showing: Best of Charlotte's CITY LIFE readers ballot

Posted by on Mon, Jun 24, 2013 at 12:25 PM

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Last year, our readers chose Carolina Panthers player Cam Newton as the city's local hero. Perhaps rightfully so, since the Panthers left the 2012 season at 7-9. (A vast improvement from pre-Newton 2010, when they only won two games - look at me, writing about sports, like I know what I'm talking about.) This year, though, Newton's turning some of his attention to clothes. Will that hurt his chances at winning the Local Hero category again?

Other readers' picks from 2012 include Anthony Foxx for Best Member of Local Government (who's about to leave us for D.C.) and Plaza Midwood for Best Place to Live in Charlotte (I won't mention the Thirsty-Beaver-getting-squeezed-out thing .. OK, I will).

Well, despite all that, it's time again for you, dear readers, to cast your votes in CL's annual Best of Charlotte ballot. From now through July 7 midnight, our CITY LIFE category will be live for you to access. Choose your favorite people, places and things that reflect the best of what the Queen City has to offer.

VOTE NOW.

PS: Save the date, folks. CL's annual Best of Charlotte issue will hit stands on Oct. 3. And ... (insert dramatic pause for effect)... there will be a party.

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