Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Talib Kweli to be rescheduled

Posted By on Tue, Jul 31, 2007 at 2:12 PM

The Talib Kweli show for Aug. 1 has been canceled and will be rescheduled, according to the promoter.

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Monday, July 30, 2007

Live Review: Beyoncé f/ Robin Thicke

Posted By on Mon, Jul 30, 2007 at 3:17 PM

Before I begin this review, it has been brought to my attention that maybe I'm not the most unbiased person to handle this (I did say once that I wasn't a fan of Beyoncé per se). Whatever. How about we push that to the left for now. I attended the concert with the sole intention of grooving to Mr. Thicke's lush compositions and enjoying the crowd's reactions to "Bouncy." While Robin provided a nice mellow warm-up with his jumps from smooth piano to drums, bass and keyboard accompaniment to his songs, all of which everyone knew from constant airplay, it was the back stories he told in between sets that really pulled me in. He explained that "Can U Believe" came about during a time when he was drowning in lack of confidence, relationship and family problems, and how sometimes you have to be, ironically enough, your own best friend. Of course, his "best friend" remained silent during the deciding process of whether to do or not to do the white b-boy thing.

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Moon Shots vs. Moon Shine

Posted By on Mon, Jul 30, 2007 at 1:43 PM

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— Cartoon by Jim Hunt

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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

A Mystery To Remember

Posted By on Wed, Jul 25, 2007 at 9:02 AM

The 2007 Summer Film Series at ImaginOn ends this weekend, so if you haven’t yet ventured out for any of the showcased titles, here’s your last chance.

This year’s theme was “All About Mank: Classic Films of Joseph L. Mankiewicz,” and the program ends with 1972's Sleuth, the final picture the filmmaker helmed before his retirement (he died in 1993, six days before his 84th birthday). An adaptation of Anthony Shaffer’s acclaimed play (with a script written by Shaffer himself), the movie is a delightful mystery in which two men (Laurence Olivier and Michael Caine) engage in a possibly dangerous game of cat-and-mouse. The movie earned four Oscar nominations – Best Director, Best Actor (both Olivier and Caine) and Best Original Score (John Addison) – and a remake will be released this fall, directed by Kenneth Branagh and starring Caine in the Olivier role and Jude Law in the Caine role.

Sleuth will be screened at 2 p.m. this Sunday. Admission is free.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Live Review: DJ Jazzy Jeff

Posted By on Tue, Jul 24, 2007 at 10:39 AM

Amos Southend

July 21, 2007

The Deal: The Magnificent spins in Charlotte for his only Carolina appearance with Skillz holding down the MC duties.

The Good: It’s hard to exceed high expectations, but Jazzy Jeff did just that. I’ve never seen someone spin old school Jackson 5, The Fugees, KRS-One, T.I., A Tribe Called Quest, Dr. Dre, Snoop, Jay-Z and Nirvana in the same set, and that’s just scratching the surface of all the new and old hits he flipped. Rockin’ the crowd for two hours without saying a word. Skillz, famous for his annual tracks that wrap up everything that happened that year, kept a loose and eager crowd revved up. Skillz and Jeff had a perfected stage show that was crisp with no dull moments. DJ Bro-Rabb out of Durham proved to be a great starter as he rocked a crowd that ranged from college to the graying hip hop heads reliving the old days for over two hours before Jazzy Jeff got on stage.

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Josh Groban Rescheduled

Posted By on Tue, Jul 24, 2007 at 9:19 AM

The July 18 Josh Groban concert at Charlotte Bobcats Arena that was canceled due to illness has been rescheduled for Sunday, Sept. 2.

Tickets purchased for the original show will be honored on the new date.

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Monday, July 23, 2007

Listen to the Voices

Posted By on Mon, Jul 23, 2007 at 3:40 PM

Local photographer David Johnson will be at Borders in Southpark, Saturday, July 28 from 2-3 p.m., to promote his new book, Voices of Sudan, in which all proceeds go to benefit Darfur projects. Check out his Web site for more details.

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Afterlife Memberships

Posted By on Mon, Jul 23, 2007 at 2:15 PM

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— Cartoon by Jim Hunt

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Flip Benham's Noise Machine

Posted By on Mon, Jul 23, 2007 at 1:36 PM

Operation Save America camped out in Birmingham last week, harassing women and protesting at the city's two abortion clinics. Fearless leader Flip Benham was arrested on charges that he violated the local noise ordinance. Here's a brief story from the Birmingham NBC affiliate.

The owner of Charlotte's Family Reproductive Health has often complained about the loudness of Benham's sound system, BTW.

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Sunday, July 22, 2007

Live Review: 311

Posted By on Sun, Jul 22, 2007 at 4:46 PM

Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

July 20, 2007

The Deal: Original rap-rockers show they've still got it.

The Good: The band sounded as tight as they did when I saw them in their hey day 10 years ago. It was a good mix of songs from all albums. They broke out "Hostile Apostle" for the first time in three years. I was also surprised to hear "Hydroponic." A packed crowd sang along for the hits and the not-so-hits - "All Mixed Up," "Come Original," "Homebrew," "Feels So Good," "Hive," "Amber." All five band members also participated in an off-the-wall, off-the-hook drum solo that got the fans going nuts. It's rare that you see drum solos these days, let alone one that all members participate in a la Jane's Addiction's "Chip Away."

The Bad: Like I said, it's been about 10 years since I last saw them. P-Nut didn't dance around the stage or spin in circles like he used to and the encore wasn't "Fuck the Bullshit." Back in the day, that was their encore - every time - and it always got the crowd up.

The Verdict: It makes me want to dig out those old 311 albums and think back to the college days. Great to see that they mix up the set every night and that the crowd was really into it.

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