Thursday, June 28, 2007

No Surprises With Britney

Posted By on Thu, Jun 28, 2007 at 3:32 PM

If you haven't heard, Britney Spears has been performing shows around the country recently, and they've basically been big disappointments.

The pop "tart" hasn't sung a word and has only lip-synched and danced her way around the stage for about 15 minutes before exiting stage left.

Recently, it was announced that she'd be performing with Cyndi Lauper for her True Colors Tour at its L.A. stop on Saturday.

Well, one source is reporting to Page Six that Britney said she would only dance or lip-sync. Because Cyndi said she'd actually have to perform, Britney's no longer on the bill.

Does this actually surprise anyone?? She hasn't been singing in her live shows ... ever? She and Ashlee Simpson should go do a tour together.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

The Tops?

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2007 at 10:57 AM

Remember how we all bitched when the American Film Institute came out 10 years ago with its list of the 100 greatest American movies ever made? Now that the group has come out with another list a mere 10 years down the road, prepare for some more griping. Here’s a quick look at highlights and low points, with titles in alphabetical order. (And I like pretty much all titles cited; I just don't think some come close to being among the all-time 100.)

Five Best Additions Since The Last List: All the President’s Men, Blade Runner, Do the Right Thing, A Night at the Opera, Sullivan’s Travels.

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All the President's Men

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Field Day Photos

Posted By on Wed, Jun 27, 2007 at 10:49 AM

Photos by Erin Sutton

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Live Earth Coming to Charlotte

Posted By on Tue, Jun 26, 2007 at 10:33 AM

I missed the John Locke Foundation's "Why Al Gore is Wrong" talk Monday about global warming. Yeah, yeah, yeah ... I'd actually hoped to go. Here's a related event (albeit of a ideologically different stripe) that also looks interesting — and entertaining. Local activists, including Brian Staton (who sent this to me) are working with the Neighborhood Theatre (which has hosted An Inconvenient Truth screenings) to stage a Live Earth concert here.

From Brian's e-mail:

Live Earth is a monumental music event that will bring together more than 2 billion people on 7/7/07 to raise awareness about global warming. With 24 hours of music across 7 continents, and performances by more than 150 of the world's top musicians, Live Earth will engage, connect, and inspire. Charlotte Friends of Live Earth will combine education with a free live concert experience!

The Neighborhood Theatre 511 E. 36th Street - NoDa - Charlotte, NC will create a FREE Live Concert experience for the Live Earth monumental music event that will bring together more than 2 billion people on 7/7/07 to raise awareness about global warming !!!

Join us at the Neighborhood Theatre for Charlotte Friends of Live Earth; FROM 5 pm TO CLOSE. Let's make 7/7/07 a very special day in Charlotte! For more info: http://www.neighborhoodtheatre.com/theatre/events/current.asp

Supporting organizations

Charlotte Climate Team

Carolinas Clean Air Coalition

Sierra Club / Charlotte

Charlotte Veterans Village

North Carolina Interfaith Power & Light

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Monday, June 25, 2007

The Cure Coming to QC

Posted By on Mon, Jun 25, 2007 at 3:05 PM

Show me, show me, show me The Cure performing in Charlotte ...

The goth rockers are coming to the QC on Monday, Sept. 17, according to their official site.

65 Days of Static will be opening the show.

When do tickets go on sale and for how much? No clue ... the date isn't yet listed on the Bobcats Arena site or the Ticketmaster site.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Triathlon for the Kids

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2007 at 3:09 PM

At 4:30 a.m. every morning, kindergartners who are preparing for the Charlotte Track and Triathlon Club's kids triathlon series wake up for a quick breakfast of raw eggs and protein powder before hitting the treadmill and weight room.

Well, not exactly. Although the kids, who are participating in at least one of the seven children’s triathlon events CTCC is hosting this summer, range in age from 5 to 17 years old, the majority fall in the 8-13 bracket. And training is a bit of an overstatement.

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More O.C.T.

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2007 at 2:56 PM

Saturday was Charlotte's Heroes Convention 2007 — comic books galore! Here are some photos of the O.C.T. crew, featured in the June 13 issue of Creative Loafing. (Photos by Katie Williams)

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Artist Tony Shasteen

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Actor/writer Rosario Dawson

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Writer David Atchison

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Action-Slacked

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2007 at 1:13 PM

The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly (June 22) features the cover story "The 25 Greatest Action Movies of All Time." Overall, it's a decent list, with 1988's Die Hard coming out on top and 1986's Aliens landing in second place. (My personal choice for #1, 1981's Raiders of the Lost Ark, came in third.) Other worthy titles on the list include 1980's The Empire Strikes Back, 1987's RoboCop and 1991's Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Dubious selections include 2000's Gladiator and 2004's The Incredibles (love the movie, but one of the best action flicks?).

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Tracking Pols

Posted By on Wed, Jun 20, 2007 at 1:12 PM

Don’t let politicians’ performances during debates go unchecked. Campaign finance, the war, social issues — find out where presidential candidates have really stood in the past and where they really stand now. Check out these sites.

On the issues:

Publicagenda.org - Non-partisan source for research on big issues.

Vote-smart.org - Offers primers on officials and issues

Publicintegrity.org - How money affects public policy.

Track the cash:

Fecinfo.com - Congressional Quarterley’s Money Line.

Followthemoney.org - Tracks state politics.

Opensecrets.org - Look for donors in your neighborhood and more.

Get the latest opinion poll information:

Pollingreport.com

Realclearpolitics.com/polls

The Galllup Poll

Etc.

New York Times Politics Navigator

More campaign finance stuff It's geared for reporters but useful for anybody.

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Monday, June 18, 2007

Blogaroo - Sunday/Wrapup

Posted By on Mon, Jun 18, 2007 at 3:38 PM

I'm back in the Charlotte area the day after the final shows of Bonnaroo.

It feels like I was there for weeks, but in some ways I miss it. Being able to see so many incredible bands in one location and get concert photography experience in so many different kinds of venues was a great experience. (A photo collection will run in the June 27 edition of Creative Loafing.)

The final day of the four-day music festival started with Pete Yorn and John Butler on the two major stages.

Yorn seems to have changed since the first time I saw him. He now presents himself in a very "rock star" manner, as opposed to a laid back musician that plays rambling rock.

Having been instantly impressed by CDs of the John Butler Trio, it was one of the shows I was looking forward to the most. I wasn't disappointed. The last of the three songs while I was in the photo pit (concert photographers are generally allowed to shoot pictures of the first three songs or 15 minutes of a set) was "Oceans."

If there was one song I wanted to hear John Butler perform, that was it. It's an impressive work of acoustic art. He simply dedicated it as a prayer and proceeded to blow the minds of everyone watching. Those in the photo pit were motionless in awe and, in a rare moment (I can't remember the last concert where it happened), it gave me goosebumps.

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