Sunday, September 30, 2012

Fortune Feimster is a hoot

Posted By on Sun, Sep 30, 2012 at 8:00 AM

Don't let Fortune Feimster's tomboyish exterior fool you. The openly lesbian comedian owns a Hooters waitress uniform and is not afraid to use it — specifically for her character Darlene Witherspoon. Feimster's Southern-style charisma resembles that of Hickory native Jon Reep, and her stand-up act consists of family reminiscing, her "coming out" and other humorous takes on everything under the sun, including picks at Richard Simmons, whom she jokes could've easily invented skimpy restaurant attire.

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Feimster, a North Carolina native who got her break in Los Angeles after starring on season seven of NBC's Last Comic Standing, is currently a writer and performer on Chelsea Lately. But that hasn't stopped her from touring — she comes to The Comedy Zone in Charlotte for a one-night-only performance.

$20. Sept. 30, 8 p.m. The Comedy Zone Charlotte at NC Music Factory, 900 N.C. Music Factory Blvd., Suite B3. 980-321-4702. www.cltcomedyzone.com.

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Godspell at CPCC

Posted By on Sat, Sep 29, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Any generation wishing to leave a mark ought to reinvent God at least once, don't you think? Well, in 1971, it happened twice, once on Broadway and once off-Broadway, with two titans of the musical theater world. Before Andrew Lloyd Webber's loud and outsized Jesus Christ Superstar hit Broadway with full rock-opera force, a simpler, cuddlier Christ nestled into Greenwich Village wearing a clown's face and a Superman tee.

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Stephen Schwartz's Godspell came across without the thunder or glitz of Webber's work, but judging by the number of revivals we've seen in Charlotte, it's the work that's been more lasting and budget-friendly. CPCC Theatre, the one local company to attempt Superstar, now evens the score and becomes the ninth Charlotte company to offer Godspell, running through Oct. 7 at Pease Auditorium. Along with its famed commedia style, there are notable songs — including "Day by Day" and "Light of the World" — that have done their job in attracting a strong ensemble that includes Ryan Deal, Ericka Ross, Steven James and Jimmy Chrismon.

$10-$16. Sept. 29, 8 p.m., Sept. 30, 2:30 p.m., Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 5-6, 8 p.m., Sun., Oct. 7, 2:30 p.m. Piedmont Community College's Pease Auditorium, 1201 Elizabeth Ave. 704-330-6534. http://arts.cpcc.edu.

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Playground tussles in God of Carnage

Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Two Brooklyn couples gather for a civilized discussion in the aftermath of a lopsided playground tussle between their sons that has left bruised feelings and a couple of broken teeth. But in Yasmina Reza's award-winning God of Carnage, we're soon wondering whether the boys' parents really are more civilized than their combative children. Will a wheeler-dealer corporate lawyer and a photographer sensitive to the privations of Darfur really find rapprochement over hors d'oeuvres, or will Michael and Veronica's living room gradually turn into a savage playground as Alan and Annette outstay their welcome?

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Season 24 at Actor's Theatre of Charlotte opens with a big bang as we watch the confrontation play out — with parenting, politics, and personalities in conflict and the heat of battle revealing faultlines within the two marriages. Ann Marie Costa directs the volatile comedy with a classy cast that includes Catherine Smith, Allison Lamb, Brett Gentile, and Brian Lafontaine. $26-$31; Pay what you can night on Oct. 3. Sept. 28-29, 8 p.m., Oct. 3-4, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 5-6, 8 p.m., Oct. 7, 2:30 p.m., Oct. 10-11, 7:30 p.m., Oct. 12-13, 8 p.m. Actor's Theatre of Charlotte, 650 E. Stonewall St. 704-342-2251. www.actorstheatrecharlotte.org.

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Foxx tenth-most influential black person in U.S.

Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Black news, opinion and culture website TheRoot.com added Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx to its list of 100 black influencers and achievers, according to qcitymetro.com.

At No. 10, he falls just behind tennis star Serena Williams, basketball player LeBron James and Jay-Z.

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Jump on the museum express

Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 2:00 PM

You gotta hand it to Smithsonian Magazine for giving us a good selection of places to visit for an educational outing during its Smithsonian Museum Day Live. The event, which offers free admission into an array of participating museums across the U.S., is happening on Saturday, Sept. 29.

Charlotte-area options include Carolina Raptor Center, Carolina’s Aviation Museum, Levine Museum of the New South, and Mint Museum (Randolph & Uptown locations). For other NC museums, click here.

There’s only one catch to the deal. Visitors must present a ticket voucher (requests can be made online and vouchers, good for two people, will be sent back via email) for each of the museums visited. Yeah, it’s a bit tedious, but remember it’s a free pass - and who doesn’t like having extra cash in their wallets?

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Go international at UNC Charlotte

Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 12:30 PM

One of Charlotte’s best cultural festivals, UNC Charlotte’s International Festival honors countries from around the world in one big shebang, happening on Saturday, Sept. 29.

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Informational displays, arts & crafts, traditional costumes and, last but never least, food are all in store. Russian borscht, Greek baklava, German brats and more will have you salivating in no time.

Check out the schedule of entertainment below:

* 10 a.m.-11 a.m., Loch Norman Pipe Band (Scottish)

* 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Ethnic foods

* 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Festival of Music and Dance

* 12 p.m.-1 p.m., Steel Vibrations (Caribbean steel drums)

* 12 p.m.-2 p.m., Robert Wilusz (strolling accordion)

* 1 p.m.-2 p.m., Celtic Folk Band (Irish)

* 2 p.m.-3 p.m., Parade of Nations

* 3 p.m.-4 p.m., Hula Carolina

* 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Festival of Music and Dance

* 5 p.m.-6 p.m., Trabucos Latin Band (Afro-Cuban/Caribbean Music Group)

Free admission. Sept. 29, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. UNC Charlotte (Barnhardt Student Activity Center), 9201 University City Blvd. For more info, visit http://ifest.uncc.edu.

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Hispanic American artists team up for local exhibit

Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 11:10 AM

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Pura Vida Worldly Art is sprucing up its gallery shop with Many Backgrounds: One American Spirit. The exhibit, a fiesta for the eyes of sorts, is comprised of artwork by a handful of Charlotte’s most talented Hispanic American artists.

National Hispanic Heritage Month, an annual celebration that kicked off on Sept. 15 and runs through Oct. 15, began in 1968. It helps to remind folks of the diversity and rich contributions made to society by Americans with lineage stemming from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

Pura Vida’s Many Backgrounds showcases works by four artists: Luis German Ardila, Rogelio Calvo, Rosalia Torres Weiner, and Nico Amortegui.

Here’s a rundown of each:

Weiner's Dali Had Huevos/Dali Had Balls”
  • Weiner's "Dali Had Huevos/Dali Had Balls”

* Rosalia Torres Weiner, the founder of Project Art Aid (a nonprofit organization helping to promote art in the Hispanic community, see: www.projectartaid.org) is influenced by her Mexican origins. Her zesty collection of solid, colorful paintings portray renowned surrealist artists like Frida Kahlo and Salvador Dali.
Weiners Ya No Estoy Sola/ I Am No Longer Alone
  • Weiner's "Ya No Estoy Sola/ I Am No Longer Alone")

* Colombia-native Luis German Ardila, has taught art for more than 20 years and is inspired by artists Diego Velazquez and Pablo Picasso, as well as the iconography of European cathedrals and castles of the Middle Ages.

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  • Ardila's "Red and Gold Fish"

* Rogelio Calvo, a native of Panama, muses over indigenous designs and patterns found on tapestries from Latin American countries. His acrylic painting "La Familia/The Family" is a fine example of the result.

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  • Calvo's "La Familia"

* Nico Amortegui is a Colombia-born artist who paints colorful abstract works reminiscent of artwork by Pablo Picasso and Jean-Michel Basquiat. Funky shapes, symbols and rough body outlines are signature sights in his paintings. “I paint about how beautiful life is even in the darkest places of the world,” says Amortegui. “Many of the images you see illustrate the strength I have witnessed from people living off the streets in my country, Colombia — those that still seem to find nuggets of joy in life on a daily basis.”

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  • Amortegui's "Famille"

Exhibit opens with a reception on Friday, Sept. 28, from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Free admission. Gallery hours: Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 4 p.m.-6 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., 4 p.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Continues through Nov. 3. Pura Vida Worldly Art, 3202 N. Davidson St., Suite A. 704-335-8587. www.puravidaart.com.

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Today's Top 5: Friday

Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2012 at 9:00 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Sept. 28, 2012 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

* Screening of As We Forgive at Center of Light

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* Robert Randolph & The Family Band at U.S. National Whitewater Center

* Food Truck Rally at Rural Hill

* Kevin Pollak at The Comedy Zone Charlotte

* Many Backgrounds: One American Spirit at Pura Vida Worldly Art

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Latino: The new f-bomb

Posted By on Thu, Sep 27, 2012 at 4:46 PM

It could be a review of an art exhibit from Guatemala or a new Mexican restaurant. It could be an opinion piece about a three-legged unicorn named Jose. No matter what the story is about, if it has even a pinch of Latino, bigots will litter the story's comment section with their worthless two cents.

With all the emotion it incites, it's as if "Latino" has become the new f-bomb.

Fire away!

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