Friday, September 30, 2011

The Wolf Man lumbers into local screening

Posted By on Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 5:12 PM

Claude Rains, Lon Chaney Jr. and Evelyn Ankers in The Wolf Man
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  • Claude Rains, Lon Chaney Jr. and Evelyn Ankers in The Wolf Man

By Matt Brunson

THE WOLF MAN (1941)

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DIRECTED BY George Waggner

STARS Lon Chaney Jr., Claude Rains

"Even a man who is pure in heart and says his prayers by night, may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright."

For approximately a quarter-century, Universal Pictures was responsible for producing the lion's share of the classic monster movies, atmospheric horror yarns starring such genre superstars as Lon Chaney, Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi. Yet even with a canon that includes the definitive versions of (among others) Frankenstein, Dracula and The Phantom of the Opera, The Wolf Man (1941) has always remained my favorite of the studios' prolific output.

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Phillip Agnew wants to help minority-owned businesses

Posted By on Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Months after a local man was arrested at the EpiCentre, he's doing something to help minority businesses.

Phillip Agnew has created the Black Card, a discount card that would give the card holder a discount at minority-owned businesses.

In an interview with WSOC, Agnew said the card would give businesses free advertising and expand their customer base. The card launches on Nov. 1.

Agnew gained notoriety when he was arrested at the EpiCentre on June 2. He says he was racially profiled and arrested because of a violation of a dress code.

He was arrested at the EpiCentre entertainment complex in uptown Charlotte after he refused a security guard’s demand that he straighten his sideways-turned hat. Agnew had gone there on a Friday evening with friends to enjoy live music and unwind after work.

The guard, who was African-American, told police that Agnew’s hat was in violation of the EpiCentre’s dress code.

Charged with second-degree trespassing, the 25-year-old Florida A&M University graduate was questioned, taken to county jail and processed.

It was his first time, he said, in handcuffs.

Agnew describes his actions that night as “civil disobedience.”

He says young African Americans frequently are singled out for scrutiny at EpiCentre venues.

“At some point you have to say, ‘This is enough, and it doesn’t make sense to me,’” he said.

His arrest furthered a belief of racism in Uptown clubs, an issue Creative Loafing has written about in depth.

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BofA's message to people who bailed them out: Fuck You

Posted By on Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 12:35 PM

The country’s biggest bank, and Charlotte’s own Overlord, Bank of America, has a special message for its customers who helped bail out their greedy, incompetent asses: Fuck You. The bank’s happy greeting comes in the form of a new $5 monthly fee for customers who use a BofA debit card. According to The New York Times, Wells Fargo and Chase are currently testing $3 debit card fees, and those charmers over at SunTrust also charge $5.

Here’s my one and only question: Since the big banks have made it abundantly clear how little they give a rip about their “valuable customers,” over and over and over again, and in so many ways, why does anyone still do business with them?

For a while after the bank bailouts, there was a movement asking Americans to “Move Your Money,” out of the banking behemoths and into smaller banks and credit unions. At our house, we moved our vast fortune (ahem) to a credit union, and believe me, it makes a difference. No sneaky crap crammed into your statements, and employees who act as if you’re a likable human being rather than just the latest pain in the butt to walk in off the streets. With these new debit card fees, the banking Overlords are practically begging you to move your money somewhere else. For crying out loud, take ‘em up on it.

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John Lennon in Charlotte

Posted By on Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 11:44 AM

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Today's Top 5: Friday

Posted By on Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 9:02 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Sept. 30, 2011 — as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

A Night of Indie Music and Comedy at The Mill

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Bakalao Stars at The Evening Muse

Charlotte Symphony: Bolero at Belk Theater

Stigmata at Duke Energy Theatre

7th Annual Blues & Jazz Festival in Historic Rock Hill

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Weekender, Sept. 30-Oct. 2

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 5:17 PM

Check out these events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area this weekend— as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

Friday, Sept. 30
A Night of Indie Music and Comedy
The Mill
Mixing comedy and music in one show is a nice combination. Not only do you get to laugh, but you also get to relax the muscles in your face, as is the case during A Night of Indie Music and Comedy at The Mill. This Friday, folks can get their comedy fix from DeVan Penegar and Michael Robinette. Music by Alexa Woodward and Ukrainian-born/Brooklyn-based Alina Simone (pictured) will follow. Simone, known for her more melancholy folk-esque sounds, went more rampant with rock on her recent disc Make Your Own Danger. The songstress — whose fam emigrated to the U.S. after the KBG blacklisted her father — had last released 2008’s Everyone is Crying Out to Me, Beware, a tribute of Siberian punk-folk singer Yanka Dyagileva covers sung entirely in Russian. Simone also just put out her debut memoir, titled You Must Go and Win. Seems she most certainly has a way with words.

Music Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors, the new Nashville explosion is palpable in pop music, but don't let this band get lost in the shuffle as just another act trying to get over on where they're from instead of what they play. The band managed to tour constantly since forming in 2006 and sell tens of thousands of albums without a label or a booking agent. The same indie spirit that drives their music, which doesn't easily fit into a box, also strives to tap into the humanity in us all. Performing tonight at The Evening Muse. More...

Film Make the tread over to Gem Theatre in Kannapolis today for the Modern Film Festival. This year's fest will screen 12 indie movies (some of which were filmed right here in the Carolinas). Live music, belly dancing, a zombie walk and gala are also in the mix. More...

Saturday, Oct. 1
Alta~Cation's Echo Fashion Show and Art Gala
Grand Central
As if we didn’t get enough fashion flaunting last week (during not one, but two fashion extravaganzas here in the Q.C.), now comes Alta~Cation’s Echo Fashion Show and Art Gala at Grand Central. Models divulge designer (Alta~Cation and Gone Ape) garb — see a sample of Alta~Cation apparel, pictured — as well as jewelry (by Dawn Stevens and Jackie Ramer). But this isn’t just an apparel-absorbed affair. Musicians (Electric Coma, Victoria Sage Ethridge and Deadstar Blues) and visual artists (Ashley Pierson-Ibarra, Carlleena Person and Kat Murphy) are slated to participate as well. Cash bar available for the merry swigging of bevs. And best of all, the whole thing is free — though, donations (moola and/or art supplies) will be accepted and given to Charlotte Urban Ministries Artreach 945. Don’t be a freeloader.

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Planned Parenthood & allies sue N.C. over demeaning, invasive abortion law

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 4:45 PM

In late July, the General Assembly passed one of the most extreme abortion laws in the country. Today, because of N.C. lawmakers’ zeal for kissing the religious right’s butt, that law’s constitutionality is being challenged in court by Planned Parenthood, the Center for Reproductive Rights and the ACLU.

The groups announced today that they will take their complaint about the so-called Women’s Right To Know law (we’ve taken to calling it the Churches’ Right To Punish Sluts law) to federal court. They contend that the law “violates the rights of health care providers and women seeking abortions.”

The new law requires doctors to force women to have an ultrasound, and requires doctors to describe the embryo or fetus in detail before a planned abortion, whether the woman wants to have an ultrasound or hear what the doctor has to say about it or not. See a copy of the lawsuit here.

Here’s wishing Planned Parenthood and friends good luck in ridding the state of such a repugnant, intrusive, condescending, insulting, and expensive (the woman has to pay for the ultrasound, naturally) law. The ill-considered legislation is an embarrassment to this state’s progressive reputation, in addition to being grotesquely unjust to women during a highly vulnerable part of their lives. How intrusive is the new law? Let us count the ways, excerpted from a previous Boomer With Attitude article:

Women in North Carolina who want an abortion — which, as we remind readers again, is a completely legal medical procedure — will have to jump through a series of very specific, government-mandated hoops, transparently designed to change the woman’s mind. She first has to hear a doctor's spiel about the fetus' probable gestational age and the medical risks of abortion. Then she must be told she could receive benefits for prenatal care, childbirth, and neonatal care if she carried the fetus to full term. The doctor also is obligated by this law to tell her that the father is responsible for assisting in the support of the child, and that she can keep the baby or place it for adoption if she wants to. (Gee, really? Who knew?) She must also be given a list of agencies that "offer alternatives to abortion," such as phony "crisis pregnancy centers," or CPCs, which are usually run by anti-abortion and/or religious groups — many of which have been caught giving women false information in order to keep them from having an abortion.

The state will also set up a website declaring that “The life of each human being begins at conception. Abortion will terminate the life of a separate, unique living human being." Which is fine, except that those are theological/philosophical theories, not provable scientific facts. In other words, if you're a woman who has chosen to have an abortion in North Carolina, you are now legally bound to have the religious right's views spoon-fed to you, whether you want to hear them or not.

And that’s still not all. Here is the "intrusive government" coup de grace: A doctor must perform an ultrasound on the woman. The Big Brother-ish, oddly nightmarish language used to describe this required process reveals a lot about the people who rammed this bill through, as well as their contempt for the women patients.

" .... the physician, shall do each of the following:

"(1) Perform an obstetric ultrasound on the pregnant woman. [The price of the ultrasound will, of course, be added to the woman's bill.]
"(2) Provide a simultaneous explanation of what the ultrasound is depicting, which shall include the presence, location, and dimensions of the unborn child within the uterus and the number of unborn children depicted. The individual performing the ultrasound shall offer the pregnant woman the opportunity to hear the fetal heart tone. ...
"(3) Display the ultrasound images so that the pregnant woman may view them. [Doctors also have to fill out a government form designating whether the woman averts her eyes or not during the ultrasound — sorry, but that’s like something from Brave New World, or worse.]
"(4) Provide a medical description of the ultrasound images, which shall include the dimensions of the embryo or fetus and the presence of external members and internal organs, if present and viewable.
"(5) Obtain a written certification from the woman, before the abortion (!), that the requirements of this section have been complied with ..." And it goes on.

So this, dear readers, is how the GOP lawmakers and their religious right-wing backers interpret "trusting people to make their own informed decisions without government intervention" — with nine pages of robotic-sounding, legalese gobbledygook that plainly inserts the state into the most private areas of a woman's life.

If the courts don’t strike this law down, we’ll be very surprised.

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Opening Friday

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 4:00 PM

50/50
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Courageous - Alex Kendrick, Ken Bevel

Dream House - Daniel Craig, Rachel Weisz

50/50 - Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen

Higher Ground - Vera Farmiga, John Hawkes

What's Your Number? - Anna Faris, Chris Evans

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Latin American Coalition co-sponsors free citizenship workshop for immigrants

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 12:58 PM

Military Naturalization Ceremony - Yongsan Korea - 15 December 2008
  • U.S. Army
  • Military Naturalization Ceremony - Yongsan Korea - 15 December 2008

Not a U.S. citizen, but want to become one? As you know, the road to citizenship is tricky. Fortunately, help is on the way:

The free Citizenship Workshop is sponsored by the Latin American Coalition and International House in partnership with the Mecklenburg Bar and the Charlotte School of Law.

The workshop includes an in-depth presentation of the naturalization process and a mock interview by a USCIS officer, a personalized citizenship application review, and individual case evaluation with a local volunteer immigration attorney or licensed BIA accredited representative.

Open to all eligible residents who meet the following criteria:
+ Have been a permanent resident for at least 5 years and speak, write and read English at an intermediate level.
+ Are married to a US Citizen and have been a permanent resident for at least 3 years and speak, write and read English at an intermediate level.

Fluency in English is not required if you:
+ Have a qualifying disability, or
+ Are 50 years old and have been a permanent resident for at least 20 years.
+ Are 55 years old and have been a permanent resident for at least 15 years.

Space is limited. For details and/or to register, contact the Latin American Coalition 704-531-3848 or International House 704-333-8099 or 704-405-0962.

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