Saturday, August 31, 2013

This week's SketchCrowd (Aug. 29)

Posted By on Sat, Aug 31, 2013 at 9:58 AM


SketchCrowd is the world's first crowd-sourced comic strip - that is, one created using submission by anyone and everyone. It runs weekly in Charlotte Creative Loafing, The Chattanooga Pulse and Augusta Metro Spirit. Artists can submit their own ideas and review others at

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Today's Top 5: Saturday

Posted By on Sat, Aug 31, 2013 at 9:00 AM

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

* Adam's Rib at ImaginOn


* Hank and Cupcakes at The Saloon

* Steve Winwood at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre

* Food Truck Block Party at the 1400 block of Elizabeth Avenue

* The Breakfast Club staged reading at UpStage

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Hank & Cupcakes at the Saloon tonight (8/31/2013)

Posted By on Sat, Aug 31, 2013 at 8:53 AM

Coruscating dance-rock duo Hank & Cupcakes are filed under: "Rhythmic Male/Female Twosomes, see Matt & Kim." Yet, the Brooklyn-by-way-of-Tel Aviv husband-and-wife team are a different kind of rock 'n roll animal. For starters, H&C's rump-shaking grooves shun synths for a full-on drum and bass assault. In Chuck Taylors and shiny spandex, singer Sagit Shir writhes like a woman possessed as she pummels her drum kit, while Ariel Scherbacovsky's loud bass slip-slides across disco-funk foundations. H&C's tuneful noise plus Shir's sexy stage presence has drawn comparisons to the Ting Tings, but a closer analog is edgy post-punk funksters Gang of Four. Like that '80s quartet, bass drives the melody here, powering addictive songs with deceptively simple lyrics. The duo's message is direct, but they rock with a ferocity that's alien to mainstream pop. It's telling that H&C recorded their latest LP at Berlin's Hansa studios, which yielded the towering bi-polar romance of David Bowie's "Heroes," and that they draw their name from the Skid Row oeuvre of low-life poet laureate Charles Bukowski. H&C's loud-and-catchy ear candy lingers, because it's laced with a piquant touch of carbolic. $8. Aug. 31, 9 p.m. The Saloon, 900 N.C. Music Factory Blvd. 704-716-2327.

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Steve Winwood at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre tonight (8/31/2013)

Posted By on Sat, Aug 31, 2013 at 8:48 AM

Recapping his musical journeys and incarnations through five decades and counting would fill a couple of volumes. So, let's stick with simple math here. Winwood owns one of the most soulful, distinct and recognizable voices in all of music. His genre-stretching work in Traffic and Blind Faith are rock lore. Even his slick pop forays into radio hitland of the '80s were accented with the ability to weave a memorable song with fluid delivery and an aura that made it distinctly original. Sure, his solo output has been inconsistent - name one artist who has delivered consistently over half a century - but Winwood remains a live performer at heart. His multi-instrumental and oft pioneering explorations of jazz, rock, R&B, blues, soul and Latin music over the years are made all the better by his rich croon. His two albums of the current century, Nine Lives and About Time, are solid and imbued with brilliant flourishes that hark back to the musically adventurous early years. Also on the bill are his pals the Allman Brothers Band. $24.50-$80.40. Aug. 31, 6:30 p.m. Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 707 Pavilion Blvd. 704-549-1292.

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Friday, August 30, 2013

New York Post goof suggests North and South Carolina are one state

Posted By on Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 12:03 PM

What was undoubtedly a mistake made for some pretty funny reading yesterday. As reported by Yahoo! sports, a headline of a New York Post story about last night's Chapel Hill/South Carolina matchup accidentally referred to UNC as the Gamecocks' "in-state rival."

A screenshot of the paper:


The subheadline in the web version of the story has been corrected, and the New York Post will undoubtedly recover from this minor embarrassment.

No telling if North Carolina will.

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Today's Top 5: Friday

Posted By on Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 11:58 AM

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

* Elemeno Pea at Carolina Actors Studio Theatre


* Grand Opening of Romare Bearden Park

* Jon Reep at The Comedy Zone

* All Arts Market at Park Road Books

* Kathy Reichs at Park Road Books

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2013 Wolves final show tonight at Snug Harbor (8/30/2013)

Posted By on Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 11:45 AM

Charlotte heavy rock duo 2013 Wolves will perform its final show tonight at Snug Harbor. The band members - guitarist/former Milestone owner Neal Harper and drummer Robert Childers - will go on to focus on "other projects." Childers is also the drummer for OverMountain Men and the Luciferian Agenda.


Harper and Childers have been friends since they were 12 and 14 years old, respectively, and have been making music together for nearly as long (performing as a duo since 2005). So, it's not out of the realm of possibility that their churning, often-instrumental brand of rock may see light again down the road, but only time will tell. (Keep your fingers crossed.)

As Harper said in a 2011 interview, "I guess if the world doesn't end (in 2012), we'll have to disband ... or change our name."

Also on the bill for the $5 show are Cop Graves, Hungry Girl and comedians Carlos Valencia and Rob McDonald.

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Question the Queen City: The story behind Charlotte's historic Thanksgiving Parade

Posted By on Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 10:54 AM

Editor's note: In this series, local author David Aaron Moore answers reader-submitted questions about unusual, noteworthy or historic people, places and things in Charlotte. Submit inquires to

I was sad to hear that Charlotte's annual Thanksgiving Day parade had seen its last procession. Then the news announced it was back on again! What's the history behind the long-standing institution? - Bud Johnston, Pineville

An award-winning float from 1967.
  • Robinson/Spangler Carolina Room of the Charlotte Library
  • An award-winning float from 1967.

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Morrissey movie screens in Charlotte

Posted By on Fri, Aug 30, 2013 at 10:36 AM

A screening of Morrissey 25: Live from Hollywood High will be held at the SMG EpiCentre on Sept. 4, 2013. It's the first authorized film about the former frontman of The Smiths in nine years.

Among the songs performed by the alt-rock singer during the concert in the 1700-seat school auditorium were "Meat is Murder," "Everyday is Like Sunday," "Please Please Please," "Let Me Get What I Want" and "The Boy with the Thorn in his Side."

Ticket information is available at

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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Opening Friday

Posted By on Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 6:02 PM

Closed Circuit (opened Wednesday) - Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall

Getaway - Ethan Hawke, Selena Gomez

The Grandmaster - Tony Leung, Ziyi Zhang

One Direction: This Is Us - Documentary

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