Thursday, January 31, 2013

Opening Friday

Posted By on Thu, Jan 31, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Bullet to the Head - Sylvester Stallone, Jason Momoa

Stand Up Guys - Al Pacino, Christopher Walken

Warm Bodies - Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer

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Today's Top 5: Thursday

Posted By on Thu, Jan 31, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Jan. 31, 2013 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

* The Foreigner at Theatre Charlotte

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* Solas at McGlohon Theater

* Opening reception for Works by Frank Poor at Davidson College

* Jeff Magnum at Neighborhood Theatre

* Tall Tales, Short Stories and Lies at Volume Lounge

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Solas Playing McGlohan Theater Tonight (01/31/13)

Posted By on Thu, Jan 31, 2013 at 8:15 AM

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Solas (Gaelic for "light") plays timeless music. The long-running Irish-American band, 15 years and counting, writes and performs warm Celtic tunes, often making social commentary in gentle tales of unsung heroes. These songs represent the soul of Irish music with acoustic instrumentation and poignant vocals, touching on immigrant experiences as well as the joys and heartaches of everyday folks. The group's covers (Bruce Springsteen and Tom Waits) are as enticing as its originals. Leader Seamus Egan was inspired by his family's history to create the concept for band's current tour, "Shamrock City," which tells the story of Butte, Mont., a turn-of-the-20th-century mining town where an Irish immigrant, Seamus' great-great uncle, worked and died young. $19.50-$29.50. Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m. McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Charlotte man pleads guilty to illegally selling assault weapons

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 4:19 PM

Five days after Vice President Joe Biden encouraged a ban on assault weapons, a Charlotte man pleaded guilty to buying and illegally selling them at local gun shows.

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Today's Top 5: Wednesday

Posted By on Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Jan. 30, 2013 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

* An American Werewolf in London at Chop Shop

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* WTF Trivia at VBGB Beer Hall & Garden

* Elonzo at Snug Harbor

* Dining in the Dark at Osso

* Brio Tuscan Grille at 5

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Why I'm first in line for standing desks

Posted By on Tue, Jan 29, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Blame the first two people who formed a line. Blame the powerful recliner lobby. For whatever reason, standing has developed a bad rap. I used to hate it. I'd dramatically glance at my nonexistent watch when waiting longer than two minutes to pay for groceries. But not anymore. No, I have seen the light. Or, I'm closer to it, anyway.

Two weeks ago, using some abandoned mail boxes I found around the CL office, I propped my computer monitor, keyboard and mouse high enough so that I could stand while working. Essentially, I created a standing desk. I could have gone the more expensive route - real standing desks are pricey - but as a journalist, that would have meant sacrificing my retirement fund.

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LOL: Comedy in the Q.C.

Posted By on Tue, Jan 29, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Listed below is a roundup of CL's top picks for comedy shows in Charlotte this week. Hopefully, they keep you entertained and, more importantly, laughing out loud.

Reality TV star Jonny Fairplay is best known for lying about his grandmothers death, while competing on CBS' Survivor: Pearl Islands. The villainous Fairplay just couldn't seem to play fair. Nonetheless he's making the most of his flaws with a new show that's dubbed "Tall Tales, Short Stories and Lies". Fairplay performs with comedian Kevin Alderman this Thursday at Volume Lounge. Jan. 31, 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Volume Lounge, 1801 Commonwealth Ave.

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There are things about Rob Schneider that are funny and ... there are things that just aren't. A go-to for silly, goofball movie roles, Schneider has starred in his fair share of box office hits and flops alike. His latest stint on the film scene involved lending his voice to an animated South Korean film that we'll probably never watch. Still, we've got his persona as Deuce Bigalow forever etched in our minds . Folks who fancy Schneider can see him in the flesh (no, not that kind of flesh ... gross) when he comes to The Comedy Zone for five stand-up shows. $25-$30. Jan. 31, 8 p.m.; Feb. 1, 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.; Feb. 2, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. The Comedy Zone at N.C. Music Factory, 900 N.C. Music Factory Blvd., Suite B3, Charlotte. 980-321-4702. www.cltcomedyzone.com.

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Atlanta-based comedian Joe Pettis isn't bothered about being an illegitimate child - or at least it doesn't seem that way in his stand-up act. Pettis boldly shares his nonchalant opinions about not knowing who his father is and finds humor in his mom's unsure disclosure. He does so while proudly sporting a colorful sleeve of tattoos and facial hair, crucial to his rabid hipster following. You can catch Pettis and witness his wittiness when he visits the Q.C. for a one-night-only performance at Petra's. $7-$10. Sat., Feb. 2, 11 p.m. Petra's Piano Bar and Cabaret, 1919 Commonwealth Ave. 704-332-6608. www.petraspianobar.com.

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For GOP, path to White House did not begin in Charlotte

Posted By on Tue, Jan 29, 2013 at 11:57 AM

Ari Fleischer put it best when he said the GOP is a tale of two parties. "On the governor's level we're a very successful party. On the federal level we have some major problems that need to be addressed."

President George W. Bush's former press secretary joined other GOPers for the Republican National Committee's annual meeting, held last week in Charlotte. It was the party's chance to confront serious problems it faced in the last presidential election and prepare for the next few years. But if the first step toward recovery is admitting you have a problem, it was clear, save for a few moments of clarity, that most Republicans aren't ready to find their footing.

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Today's Top 5: Tuesday

Posted By on Tue, Jan 29, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Jan. 29, 2013 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

* Waste Land film screening at Mint Museum Uptown

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* Pirates and Pinups Trivia Night at The Gin Mill

* Country Tuesday at Snug Harbor

* Almost Famous Comedy Show at The Comedy Zone

* Prairie Love film screening at Gaston County Library

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Monday, January 28, 2013

Local music festival Treasure Fest III announces initial lineup

Posted By on Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 11:08 AM

Treasure Fest III, a fringe-leaning music festival taking place on May 17-18 at various Plaza Midwood venues, announced its initial lineup today.

Among the indie and underground acts performing at the third annual event are Franz Nicolay, Whatever Brains, Yardwork, Center of the Sun, Chalkies, Pullman Strike and Late Bloomer. The final lineup will feature more than 50 metal, hardcore, punk and indie-rock bands from up and down the east coast, including a heavy representation from the Charlotte area. Venues include Studio 1212, Twenty Two, Common Market, Lunchbox Records and Snug Harbor. Tickets are $25.

Treasure Fest was started by Joshua Robbins, the founder of the Charlotte indie label Self-Aware Records in an effort to foster the local music scene and provide bands with an effort to network with similar artists.

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Here's the initial lineup:

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