Friday, March 30, 2012

Flying high at the McBride

Posted By on Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 11:49 AM

When I first heard that Caroline Calouche & Co. were bringing a new collection of choreographies, Spring Forward, to the McBride/Bonnefoux Center, I already surmised that the title might just as easily been Spring Upwards without any loss of accuracy. For Calouche & Co. are proponents of aerial dance in all its varieties.

And indeed, with all the apparatuses that were to be used in the six pieces already in place before the program began, the McBride/Bonnefoux's main studio looked like an aerial dance factory. A trapeze, a suspended hoop, bungee cords, twin aerial silks and slings, and a huge suspended skeleton of a cube were all reasonably secured to the flyloft - no dancers fell, anyway.

Calouche herself was the busiest dancer in her 11-person troupe, particularly when the choreographies went airborne. She can also be a busy choreographer, as her opening piece, "Solo con... ," demonstrated. Less would have been more as this solo unfolded on a trapeze, set to music by Lucovico Einaudi. Held positions were graceful and beautiful, softly dramatized by Jennifer O'Kelly's lighting, but the transitions between them were usually rushed and unmusical.

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Photography exhibit at LGBT Community Center

Posted By on Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 11:21 AM

StillOut Photography Club - an Charlotte LGBT-friendly group with a fancy for snapping pics - is holding an opening reception for its 3rd Annual Photography exhibit at the LGBT Community Center this evening. Admission is free (though donations won't be denied). A portion of donations and sales from art go towards funding at the LGBT Community Center. Check out a sample of featured works from the exhibit below.

Photo by David Lari
  • Photo by David Lari

Photo by Brandon Schauf
  • Photo by Brandon Schauf

For more information visit March 30, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. LGBT Community Center, 820 Hamilton St. 704-333-0144.

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Two news exhibits at MoNa Gallery

Posted By on Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 10:44 AM


MoNa, the newly named gallery space formerly known as Plaza Muse, is unveiling two new exhibits with a reception this evening. The first, MoNa (a namesake to the gallery), is a group exhibit of artists' reinterpretations of Leonardo da Vinci's famous Mona Lisa painting. This includes works by Alexandra Loesser, Bethany Hadden, Christina Welsh, Dan Butner, Sharon Dowell, Henry Schreiber (see his cleverly titled painting, "Marmo Lisa" above) and others. The other exhibit, Untethered Land, features new photography by Kyle Worthy.

Free admission. March 30, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Exhibit continues through April 28. MoNa, 1200 Central Ave. 704-970-9676.

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Wine down

Posted By on Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 10:31 AM


It's that time of year when the weather is warming up, trees blossoming and pollen is spreading like a virus. That shouldn't keep you away from Aquavina's 5th Annual Wine Festival on the Green. If you are brave enough to endure the outdoors and its seasonal attack on our sinuses, you can explore the depths of your wine palate with more than 100 wines available for tasting. Food will also be provided by several Uptown restaurants, and there will be live music by The Winchester-Brooks Duo. All proceeds benefit the Mint Museum. $25. March 30, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Aquavina, 435 S. Tryon St. 704-377-9911.

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Speakeasy at Prohibition

Posted By on Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 10:12 AM


The roaring 1920s were a time of glammy pizzazz. Flappers and greasy-headed gangsters just looked sharp, making themed affairs like the upcoming SpeakEasy an attractive night out on the town. Attire from the '20s is encouraged (and you could even win a prize if your outfit is the best). Gaming tables and live music jazz things up. Admission cost gets you in and includes one free specialty martini or moonshine drink. Proceeds benefit the Alzheimer's Association. $10. March 30, 7 p.m. Prohibition, 200 N. Tryon St. 704-358-4244.

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Today's Top 5: Friday

Posted By on Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, March 30, 2012 — as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

Opening reception for MoNa and Untethered Land exhibits at MoNa Gallery


SpeakEasy at Prohibition

Mavis Staples at McGlohon Theatre

Temperance League, The Bear Romantic, Little Bull Lee and Saint Solitude at Snug Harbor

Charlotte Symphony: All Tchaikovsky at Belk Theater

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Doug Clark asks, is everyone in a crappy mood today?

Posted By on Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 5:07 PM

Sometimes we journalists get bored. Can you blame us? We sit through hours of meetings, sort through thousands of documents and then rap away at a keyboard all night, only to produce an 800-word article that our social-media department will condense into a far more interesting tweet.

So it should be perfectly understandable why, sometimes, we get a little wild.

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DNC Notebook: Get on the bus, and maybe drive it

Posted By on Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 2:48 PM

Now we know who scored one of the biggest contracts of the Democratic National Convention, worth more than $3 million for transportation management. But there are still sub-contracting and employment opportunities for Charlotte residents and businesses. That's according to the Democratic National Convention Committee, the Committee for Charlotte 2012 and contract-winner representatives who, on Wednesday, rolled up to Bank of America Stadium on a bus. Literal, but effective.

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Opening Friday

Posted By on Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Mirror Mirror

Mirror Mirror - Julia Roberts, Lily Collins

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen - Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt

Wrath of the Titans - Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson

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