Sunday, March 31, 2013

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Alternative Champs playing tonight at Snug Harbor (03/30/13)

Posted By on Sat, Mar 30, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Alternative Champs

How far ahead of the curve and cutting edge are the Alternative Champs, the local scamps who've been entertaining the region for years with their brand of "we mean business" rock 'n' roll? Well, you may just be discovering the fundamental fabulousness of trad soul music, along with all the other bearded Daptone and Truth & Soul hipsterati, but Mike Mitschele, Rick Randall, Brent Dunn, Dave Massi and John Morris have been on this tip for decades. Take their huge would-be radio hit "Swimmin' In the Pool," from their 2005 multi-aluminum seller Welcome to Fort Awesome - a song with which these soul bros stencilled their name in various music history books at the library next to the legendary acts like the Funk Brothers and Booker T. & the MGs. Some even speculate that it was the overwhelming popularity of that song that forced band members to adopt various rock star guises just to keep some semblance of a private life - though in typical kooky fashion, they got it backwards and did it on stage instead. The band's notorious effect on audiences - mostly the ladies, though not exclusively - rivals that of a James Brown-Tom Jones-Marvin Gaye clothes-off. Point being, get your bell-bottom pimp pants and platform shoes ready for a night of deep catalog R&B. With Nighthawk, Dave & the Strange and the Hot Gates. $5. March 30, 10 p.m. Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St.

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Friday, March 29, 2013

CAST introduces Miss Witherspoon

Posted By on Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 2:22 PM

When playwright Christopher Durang tells you the sky is falling, you better believe it. His latest satire, Miss Witherspoon, might have been titled "Steven Spielberg Meets the Afterlife" if he had chosen a better-known protagonist. But Durang has chosen Witherspoon, actually a very-depressed Veronica in a previous life, and she has the colossal task of reincarnating until she gets things right. Toss in Rex Harrison, Arianna Huffington, and a band of Tibetan terrorists - don't forget that prophetic chicken! - and you have some idea of the craziness Miss Witherspoon (runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize) embraces during multiple takes on living.

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Beware of possible roaming chickens and pieces of Skylab in the lobby as you arrive for the show at the experimental quarters of Carolina Actors Studio Theatre. $18-$28. March 29-30, 8 p.m. Continues Thursday-Saturday through April 27. Carolina Actors Studio Theatre, 2424 N. Davidson St.704-455-8542. www.nccast.com.

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Weekend Wonders: Bacon-flavored condoms

Posted By on Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 10:07 AM

As you kick off your weekend, ponder this ...

Just when you thought the bacon craze was on its way out the door, the guys who brought us bacon salt, baconnaise, bacon popcorn, bacon shaving cream and whole plethora of other bacon-flavored products have now released ... drumroll please ... bacon-flavored condoms.

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Today's Top 5: Friday

Posted By on Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 9:25 AM

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

* Wicked at Ovens Auditorium

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* Arte Latino Now exhibit at Queens University of Charlotte

* Luca Brazi at The Fillmore

* Crystal Bright and the Silver Hands at Petra's Piano Bar & Cabaret

* Leogun at Double Door Inn

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Luca Brazi at The Fillmore tonight (3/29/13)

Posted By on Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 8:46 AM

Luca Brazi

Taking his name from The Godfather saga's brute enforcer, Luca Brazi couldn't be farther from the thuggery of much commercial hip-hop. Despite his raspy voice and dirty South style, Brazi's multisyllabic meter hews closer to socially conscious MCs like fellow N.C. rapper J. Cole. Like a lot of positive rap, Brazi's wordplay can get preachy, especially when he decries the faux hard-assery and real misogyny prevalent in hip-hop. Still, Brazi's rhymes are original and clever. On "360" he dissects the dizzying geometry of fractured relationships, and the sparkling "Smile" breezes past put-downs of fly guys to deliver an undeniably uplifting message. Over jazzy beats, bright electro washes and earworm pop samples that include ELO's "Mr. Blue Sky," Brazi delivers a dispatch both political and personal. Noting that the socio-economic shell game only works if we accept the terms that trap us, Brazi doesn't wallow in the Stockholm syndrome, preferring to search for a way ahead. Perhaps unconventional concerns have kept Brazi bubbling under, but two mixtapes, a solid EP and a featured spot with David Banner on Mississippi MC Skipp Coon's "4.28.1967 Pt. 2" may soon change all that. With Tanner Wayne, Stereoloud, Nell Burna, and GDP. $5. March 29, 9 p.m. The Fillmore, 1000 N.C. Music Factory Blvd. 704-916-8970.

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Leogun playing Double Door Inn tonight (3/29/13)

Posted By on Fri, Mar 29, 2013 at 8:40 AM

Leogun

Strolling around on the stage with a bit of swagger, a heap of garage-band flailing and plenty of fluid riffage, the London-based trio with a classic set-up of guitar, bass and drums lays down a randy stack of tunes. Leogun's guitar-slinging frontman and vocalist Tommy Smith's got the emotive wail down and is clearly a rock star in the making, while all three blokes twirl a mix of blues, soulful crooning and plenty of amped rock 'n' roll. Their first single "Let's Be Friends" has one of the sweetest riffs to hit the lands of rock in a while. It instantly embeds in the noggin and compels the rest of the body to party along. Also on the bill are Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown and the Black Cadillacs. $10-$12. March 29, 10 p.m. Double Door Inn, 1218 Charlottetowne Ave. 704-376-1446.

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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Local transgender community gets opportunity to step out of the closet - literally

Posted By on Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Ready to pay forward those jeans you never wear? Donate them to the LGBT Community Center of Charlotte, which is in the middle of a week-long clothing drive for transgender people.

The drive, called Trans Closet, collects clothes for transgender individuals who can't afford to buy a new wardrobe that reflects their true identity. Shoppers will also be able to try on and receive donated clothes on Saturday. Shopping starts at 1 p.m.

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Opening This Week

Posted By on Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 11:16 AM

On the Road

Opening Today:

G.I. Joe: Retaliation - Dwayne Johnson, Bruce Willis

Opening Friday:

The Gatekeepers - Academy Award nominee: Best Documentary Feature

On the Road - Sam Riley, Kristen Stewart

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Today's Top 5: Thursday

Posted By on Thu, Mar 28, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, March 28, 2013 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

* D.L. Hughley at The Comedy Zone

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* Wicked After Dark at McGlohon Theater

* Trivia at VBGB

* LKN Bike & Brew at Ass Clown Brewery

* John Gosslee at Park Road Books

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