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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

VIDEO: Creative Loafing's 23rd Annual Charlotte Theater Awards announcement

Posted By on Wed, May 4, 2011 at 11:09 AM

CL's longtime theater critic Perry Tannenbaum is back with another ultra-cheesy video (and we love cheese) to announce the coming of our 23rd Annual Charlotte Theater Awards. Check it out ... and be sure to stick around for the surprise ending! (Thanks to the folks at Actor's Theater of Charlotte for producing this video.)

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Video: Dow Jones' 'One More Sip'

Posted By on Tue, Dec 14, 2010 at 10:56 AM

New video from Charlotte emcee, Dow Jones, for his single, "One More Sip" from The Lyrics and Liquor EP, which dropped in November, is still available as a free download here.

Shot by local production company, iLuddy.

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Duke Energy to continue with caveman plan in N.C.

Posted By on Mon, Dec 13, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Humans have burned trees for energy since the beginning of time, but, I ask you, does that make it an appropriate way for electricity companies to generate energy in today's high-tech society?

According to current North Carolina law, the seemingly innocuous, and oft misunderstood, definition of "biomass," burning trees is A-OK. At the same time, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering regulating biomass in the same way it regulates fossil fuels because, despite its harmless-sounding name, the bottom line is biomass equals burning something — whether it's trash or trees — and that means air pollution.

In Ohio, where Duke Energy, a Charlotte-based energy company, also operates, burning biomass to generate electricity is also on the table, though, it appears, according to The Columbus Dispatch, those plans may be scrapped.

Here's a snippet from their recent report:

Plans to burn wood instead of coal at nine Ohio power plants now might do little more than fill state filing cabinets.

For a while, utility companies were gung-ho on burning wood as a renewable source of electricity and praised the idea as a way to meet a state mandate to cut down on coal.

The first public sign of trouble came on Nov. 17, when FirstEnergy announced that converting its R.E. Burger coal-fired power station into a "biomass" plant would cost too much. Located near Shadyside in Belmont County, Burger instead will be used only during peak electricity demand.

Officials with all of Ohio's major utilities, including Columbus-based American Electric Power, are now sounding equally discouraged about eight other proposed biomass projects. In all, the projects promised to power as many as 260,000 Ohio homes.

"It's an option, but one that's on the back burner for us," said Sally Thelen, a spokeswoman for Duke Energy, which had proposed burning wood and plant wastes at three power stations along the Ohio River.

The projects were submitted to the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio over the past two years to help meet a 2008 state mandate that power companies produce 12.5 percent of their electricity from advanced and renewable sources by 2025. Wood, a "biomass," is considered a renewable source.

Melissa McHenry, an AEP spokeswoman, said the company will still conduct biomass tests at its Muskingum River plant. One problem, AEP said, was that it could not find wood or plant fuel at the right price.

"The cost has not been competitive with the other options for renewable energy," McHenry said, referring to solar and wind power projects.

Read the entire article, by Spencer Hunt, here.

But, according to the Charlotte Business Journal, Duke Energy's plans to burn North Carolina trees is still a major part of the company's so-called renewable energy production plans:

Duke has made wood biomass a staple of its plans for meeting N.C. requirements for energy produced from renewable sources. But in North Carolina, wood remains a plentiful resource, and Duke Carolinas spokesman Jason Walls says the company still intends to count on a large contribution from that source.

Read the entire article, by John Downey, here.

You know what else North Carolina has in plenitude? Coastline. So, why isn't the energy giant as gung ho about wind energy?

Continue reading »

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

VIDEO: Tales of Charlotte classics

Posted By on Tue, Oct 26, 2010 at 10:14 AM

To coincide with this week's cover story — titled Tales of Charlotte, in which we got four of the city's best cartoonists to tell us the weirdest or most awful thing that ever happened to them in the Queen City — we're re-presenting the video series that inspired the piece. So check out a few of these video classics below ... the first clip actually provided the inspiration for this issue's cover image:

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

VIDEO: Speaking Fashionese at Lavish Hair Spa & Boutique

Posted By on Tue, Aug 24, 2010 at 3:54 PM

The Charlotte-based style show Speaking Fashionese, hosted by Style Mayvin, is back for the second of two new episodes. (Watch last week's new episode here.) This time around, the show visits Lavish Hair Spa & Boutique. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

VIDEO: Speaking Fashionese visits Revolution

Posted By on Tue, Aug 17, 2010 at 7:43 AM

Presenting, the first of two new episodes of the Charlotte-based style show Speaking Fashionese, hosted by Style Mayvin. This week the show stops by the retail spot Revolution at EpiCentre in Uptown.

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Local style show Speaking Fashionese debuts on Clclt.com

Posted By on Tue, Aug 10, 2010 at 8:18 AM

Coming Aug. 16, Creative Loafing will debut brand-new episodes of the local style-centric Web TV show Speaking Fashionese, hosted by T. Strong — aka Style Mayvin. Here's a quick look at what's on tap for the next few weeks:

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Old school meets new school

Posted By on Wed, Jul 28, 2010 at 9:42 AM

Special Ed, you know the rapper on the song "I Got It Made"?!? Well, the classic MC resides in Charlotte these days. Check out this interview by "The Fresh" held at the Sheraton Hotel.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Unidentified object in Gaston county

Posted By on Wed, Jul 21, 2010 at 1:00 PM

Scotty Reid films an unidentified floating object in Gaston County. It appears to be a planet or star, but Reid argues that it is not ... nor is it a plane.

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Creative Living: A peek into some cool rentals

Posted By on Mon, Jul 12, 2010 at 2:23 PM

In this week's cover story, Creative Loafing is offering you the opportunity to peer into some of your neighbors’ rental homes, as we present to you a tour of eclectically decorated living spaces in Charlotte.

Here are the places we checked out, MTV Cribs-style.

Meet Kymm McLean ... if you’re fast enough. Here's her home.

If you love shoes or you love going out, chances are, you know Dan Mauney.

Danielle Taylor is originally from New York, and that’s why living in Tryon House Apartments suits her just fine.

Good things come in small packages, and Scooter Arnold, a makeup artist for Mac Cosmetics, subscribes to that credo.

From the outside, Lore Emelio's home looks like any other house in Dilworth — but inside you'll find the inner workings of her small business.

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