Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Free Music Download Part 1

Posted By on Wed, May 30, 2007 at 2:59 PM

Dead Kings

“All I Have is Rock N Roll”

This Charlotte quartet plays rock that’s inspired by the classics — Kiss, Black Sabbath, Twisted Sister. They’re in search of a rock anthem and offer up this song with shoutouts to some of their favorites. With names like Biggy Stardust, Stabb Frehley, Beef Moon and Angus Hung, you know there will be some humor mixed in.

Download: All I Have is Rock N Roll


All About Summer Film Series

Posted By on Wed, May 30, 2007 at 10:20 AM

The Main Library always serves up a worthy movie series for the hot summer months, but this year’s schedule warrants advance mention ahead of our full coverage in an upcoming issue of Creative Loafing.


“All About Mank,” which will for the most part be presented Sundays in the Wachovia Theater at ImaginOn, contains six movies from the multi-Oscar-winning writer-director-producer Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Among the titles being showcased are 1950’s All About Eve, a Best Picture Oscar winner, and 1972’s late-career effort Sleuth, starring Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine.

In addition to the “Mank” titles, the series will open with a couple of silent classics: Harold Lloyd’s 1923 Safety Last and Buster Keaton’s 1923 Our Hospitality.

The series runs June 10 through July 29; admission is free. For a complete schedule, wait for the June 6 issue of Creative Loafing or go to

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Speed Street: Chivalry is Dead

Posted By on Tue, May 29, 2007 at 3:50 PM

If you happened to not be one of the thousands of people at Charlotte's Speed Street, well that sucks for you — that means you missed a complete cluster fuck of people that made driving through uptown like cruising the strip at the beach. OK, so the traffic sucked, but the entertainment on the other hand did not.

Compliments of Speed Street, the concert we got included Loverboy, Puddle of Mudd, Joe Nichols, Better than Ezra, Cheap Trick, Danielle Peck, Diamond Rio, The Wreckers, and this country girl's favorite, Sara Evans.

I hit up 3rd and People, I mean Poplar, on Thursday to see Evans with promises of getting backstage at the Miller Lite stage and the possibility to meet the Dancing With the Stars country star from Carolina Nightlife. I was more excited than a little kid getting to see Mickey Mouse; Evans is like my country music Oprah. But when we got to the stage, no passes! Dude from Carolina Nightlife told us that we were on the list at the entrance on the other side of the stage, so we fought our way through the jungle of cowboy boots and in turn missed two songs, one of which was my favorite of Evans: "Looking for Something More." Yeah, looking for my damn passes. When we got to the other side of the stage, there wasn't another entrance. I refused to give up, so I texted my cohort Jeff (hold the 'rey) and he sprinkled his media magic dust on me and my homegirl.

From my front row view from stage left, I noticed a scripted-sounding Evans looking down in front of the stage and realized she was checking her agenda to see what to do next. Evan's agenda was a 13-song show, with allocated breaks after three songs to talk to the crowd and introduce her band, comprised mostly of her family members. Funny ... her agenda was the exactly the same when I saw her in Nashville and at Ovens Auditorium.


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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Free Concerts

Posted By on Thu, May 24, 2007 at 3:33 PM

If you've been hiding in a cave or weren't otherwise aware, there are a bunch of concerts going on around the QC this weekend.

Starting with Speed Street today — The Wreckers, Sara Evans, Cheap Trick and Puddle of Mudd are just a few of the bands performing — there will be a number of places to see bands for free.

On Sunday, May 27, at Lowe's Motor Speedway, Garnier Fructis is presenting a free Smash Mouth concert at 3:30 p.m.

They're also going to have prize drawings and makeovers.


Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Memorable Memorial Day Movie Marathon

Posted By on Wed, May 23, 2007 at 2:27 PM

If it’s Halloween, you can always count on Turner Classic Movies showcasing a string of horror flicks. If it’s Christmas, you can rely on the cable network to air a bunch of Yuletide yarns. And if it’s Memorial Day, you can bank on a full slate of war tales.

TCM will again offer its Memorial Day 24-Hour Marathon, serving up a total of 11 World War II movies. Films begin at 6 a.m. Monday, May 28, and end – you guessed it – 24 hours later. One of the titles, the 1984 Oscar-nominated drama A Soldier’s Story, will be making its TCM premiere at 8 p.m. that evening. Other recommended picks are 1969’s Where Eagles Dare, a terrific actioner starring Richard Burton and Clint Eastwood (5:15 p.m.), and 1957’s The Bridge On the River Kwai, a multi-Oscar winner for (among others) Best Picture and Best Actor Alec Guinness (12:15 a.m.).

For a complete schedule, go to


Where Eagles Dare

Photo by Warner Bros.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

The List: Charlotte on YouTube

Posted By on Tue, May 22, 2007 at 9:46 AM

Anyone can be a star — at least among one's friends — thanks to YouTube. The video site also provides a platform for some pretty funny rants, raves and electioneering techniques.

1. David Thompson complains to the City Council about a rogue helicopter pilot, “terrorist pussies” and George Shinn’s alleged campaign to harass him. Priceless.


2. An anonymous conservative’s cheeky ads targets Democrat county commissioners.


3. Former Fox weatherman Mark Mathis acts the fool.


4. Traffic videos are interesting to some people. Or so one might conclude from watching one man’s driving reports — taped while he’s driving.


5. You don’t have to live in Rockingham County to appreciate this Star Wars-esque commercial for Christopher Knight’s bid for school board. (He lost.) \\\<\/param\>\\<\/param\>\\<\/param\>\\<\/embed\>\<\/object\>

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Friday, May 18, 2007

Visit the MySpace Music Page

Posted By on Fri, May 18, 2007 at 10:15 AM

Did you know that we have a new home over at MySpace?

That's right! We've created a MySpace Charlotte music page where you can find Charlotte-area bands or music fans.

The URL is:

There's also a page for Creative Loafing - Charlotte at

See you there!


Thursday, May 17, 2007

Help a Cat Displaced by Gentrification

Posted By on Thu, May 17, 2007 at 4:33 PM

Did you see the story WCNC did last week about the cats abandoned as their owners vacated Morningside Apartments? Beverly Deruby, a woman who's been rounding up help for the cats, has been flooded with calls from people looking to help. Morningside property owner Rob Pressley has given her a limited time to retrieve the cats yet to be rescued, and she's still looking for homes for these cats (and several kittens).

For those who haven't heard, Morningside Apartments are being torn down to make way for new condos near Plaza-Midwood. When tenants of the mammoth, affordably priced complex vacated by May 1, some left their animals behind -- leaving cats waiting on doorsteps to be let back in, dogs tied to garbage cans, etc.

If she and other rescue groups can't place the cats, they'll most likely go to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Control. If you need an idea of what fate could befall them there, check out these euthanasia rates. In April, 74 percent of cats that came in the shelter were put to sleep.

If you can help, call Beverly at 704-975-9361. I don't have any pictures of the Morningside cats, but maybe this picture of my cat Scout will soften your heart. If it doesn't, well, maybe you don't have one.


UPDATE: Beverly's working with Friends of Feral felines to get medical care and spay/neuter surgery for the Morningside cats, according to an e-mail I received 5/21. Anyone who would like to help with the costs of that care can send donations directly to Friends of Feral Felines with a notation that the funds are to be used for the Morningside cats. Donations are tax-deductible. You can donate at the organization's Web site with PayPal.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Sweet Molly

Posted By on Wed, May 16, 2007 at 11:33 AM

One of the first celebrity interviews I ever conducted was with Molly Ringwald back in 1986. It was during the actress’ reign as a mid-80s icon for the high school set, and she (and other cast and crew members) were promoting Pretty In Pink, one of the films she made with writer-director John Hughes. Working at the time for the UNC-Charlotte newspaper, I attended the junket in Los Angeles, and while the movie was only so-so and some of the other interviews were less than stimulating (getting Andrew McCarthy to answer questions was like pulling teeth), I left the junket with great respect for Ringwald. A smart young woman with her head squarely on her shoulders, the actress was friendly and engaging, and throughout her run as an 80s star, she avoided the sorts of scandals that all too frequently plague today’s crop of young thespians (*cough* Lindsey *cough* Lohan).

Since that period, Ringwald has enjoyed a healthy career as a stage performer, and she will be coming to the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center June 5-10 as the lead in the musical Sweet Charity. As a warm-up to that event, the Center will present a free “Molly Movie Night” on Tuesday, May 22, in the McGlohon Theatre at Spirit Square. The evening will begin with a screening of Hughes’ Sixteen Candles (1984) at 6:30 p.m. A reception with complimentary food and drinks will be held at 8:15 p.m., followed by a showing of Hughes’ classic The Breakfast Club (1985) at 9 p.m.

Admission is free, but RSVPs are required by Friday, May 18. Send an e-mail with your name and number of guests to

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Republicans. The Fair Tax. A condom.

Posted By on Tue, May 15, 2007 at 7:51 PM

Yep, at the Republican debate in Columbia.

Word is Duncan Hunter has been the only candidate to enter the media tent so far tonight. We're mostly confined to a tent outside the Koger Center, where the action's actually going to happen. Even during the debate, we'll be watching it on TV inside this tent.

So there's not much about covering this debate that couldn't be done at home -- except at home, the sound would be better (can't hear a damn thing in here right now), and I'd be able to drink a beer to numb the pain that inevitably follows listening to politicians grovel for votes.

But at home I would've missed the protesters. Seeing the throngs of people, clad in T-shirts, chanting and waving signs, I thought, "War protesters?" Nope. Fair Tax advocates.

There was a big tax rally here earlier, with Mr. Fair Tax himself, Neal Boortz, officiating.


I have seen a truck, courtesy of the Americans Against Escalation in Iraq, driving around with the words "Republicans: Mission Accomplished?" An anti-abortion truck has been driving around, you know, one of those with the bloody photos of disembodied embryos or fetuses. Oh, and I also found what appeared to be a condom in the ladies' room toilet. (That's the kind of detail you won't find in The Washington Post.) Hope whoever used it was married.

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