Friday, November 28, 2008

Consumer culture gone wild

Posted By on Fri, Nov 28, 2008 at 4:53 PM

Sad news from Long Island; a Wal-Mart employee was trampled to death this morning when over 200 people rushed the store for Black Friday sales, taking the doors off its hinges in a mad stampede/ Shop with caution today friends, and remember: Nothing at Wal-Mart is worth more than a human life.

A Wal-Mart worker died after being trampled when hundreds of shoppers smashed through the doors of a Long Island store Friday morning, police and witnesses said.

The 34-year-old worker, employed as an overnight stock clerk, tried to hold back the unruly crowds just after the Valley Stream store opened at 5 a.m.

Witnesses said the surging throngs of shoppers knocked the man down. He fell and was stepped on. As he gasped for air, shoppers ran over and around him.

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HAZy shade of winter

Posted By on Fri, Nov 28, 2008 at 12:44 PM


Single Cell Productions, the gang behind all those Purgatory parties, now brings the city of Charlotte a new CyberTechno dance event guaranteed to keep the winter chill at bay a while longer. HAZMAT will be held from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. tonight, Nov. 28, at The Garden & Gun Club, located in the NC Music Factory at 820 Hamilton St. Billing itself as featuring "the most dangerous dance music in Charlotte," the event will showcase top area DJs including DJ Spider, DJ Patrick, and Koji.

Admission is $10. For more info, call 704-246-1752, or go to

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Today's Top 5

Posted By on Fri, Nov 28, 2008 at 7:00 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Nov. 28, 2008 — as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

• Go shopping. It's Black Friday. If you're fortunate enough to be off from work, join the elbowing crowds, endure the parking headaches and start your Christmas shopping off right.

The Derek Trucks Band at McGlohon Theatre


The Virginia Reel at Snug Harbor

All in the Timing at Pineville Dinner Theater (read the review here)

• Wine down from all the shopping at Total Wine and More with their Weekend Wine Flights

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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Today's Top 5

Posted By on Thu, Nov 27, 2008 at 7:00 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Nov. 27, 2008 — as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

• OK. Obviously, the event at the top of the list today is to spend time with your loved ones. It's THANKSGIVING, after all.


Carolinas' Thanksgiving Day Parade in Uptown

Thanksgiving Brunch at the Ballantyne Resort

• Dance off the turkey at Forum, with DJ Icey

Turkey Roast hosted by ToneX at NV Lounge

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Fantasy and reality

Posted By on Wed, Nov 26, 2008 at 3:23 PM

Last week, as many as 1,500 people watched a 19-year-old man commit suicide via Web cam. What's more horrifying than that? The number of people who have since watched the video. What's really going on in our society when we are actually watching people die? For 10 hours no one called or did anything while this young man lay there and died. I think everyone who viewed it should be charged. That may seem extreme but perhaps others will think again before idly standing by and watching someone take a last breath.

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Black Friday sale notice #3

Posted By on Wed, Nov 26, 2008 at 1:00 PM

The Great Gift Sale at Home Eclectic. Over 100 items are on sale for up to 75 percent Friday through Sunday. Click here for the receipt. 601 South Kings Drive.

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She sent him flying

Posted By on Wed, Nov 26, 2008 at 11:44 AM

Finally Amy Winehouse has done something right — she has dumped her husband. Yes, his hind parts are to the curb. Why? She caught him with a model chick. I would have thought it would be other things like constant incarceration and shady dealings. I guess she finally tired of asking, "What kind of F$^&%^y is this?" Kudos to Amy. Now if she could just kick her drug habit, we'd really be back to black!

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Black Friday sale notice # 2

Posted By on Wed, Nov 26, 2008 at 11:00 AM

Manifest Disc (6239 South Blvd.) is having a one-day sale on Friday on all used CDs, DVDs and games. Buy one, get one free. Sale applies to single disc selections only.

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Australia: Thunder and blunder down under

Posted By on Wed, Nov 26, 2008 at 10:03 AM


Large-scale epic has its ups and downs

By Matt Brunson



DIRECTED BY Baz Luhrmann

STARS Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman

During my entire career as a film reviewer, I've never walked out of a movie and never will, though of course I've been tempted on countless occasions. Given the promise of the love story-cum-historical epic-cum-adventure yarn Australia, I rather unexpectedly felt an urge to hoof it to my car during the torturous opening scenes of this big-budget spectacle. Director Baz Luhrmann's frenzied approach, which worked perfectly for the musical genre in Moulin Rouge! and for teen angst in Romeo & Juliet, is grotesquely out of place in these expository sequences (Luhrmann is talented, but he's no Howard Hawks), while Nicole Kidman, as the prim and trim Englishwoman newly arrived to this savage land, manages (for the first 20 minutes, at least) to turn in the worst performance of her career. After this migraine-inducing opening, the movie settles down (well, sort of) and begins to find its stride. Unfortunately, that stride is only occasionally graceful, resulting in a mishmash of a film marked by infuriating ups and downs.

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Have a merry Four Christmases

Posted By on Wed, Nov 26, 2008 at 10:02 AM


Comedy delivers the ho-ho-hos

By Matt Brunson



STARS Vince Vaughn, Reese Witherspoon

The purpose of theatrical trailers, as I (and the rest of the universe) understand it, is to showcase many of the film's best scenes in an effort to get folks to crowd the box office during opening week and beyond. The trailer for Four Christmases fails this test, as it focuses almost exclusively on barf gags, pratfalls and other broad, physical comedy sure to draw the yahoo crowd but not necessarily anyone else. A more representative trailer, on the other hand, would have revealed a movie that's actually worth seeing — a smart, tart and even sexy (love that opening gag) confection whose observations about family dysfunction will make audience members squirm in their seats even as the laughs pour off the screen.

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