Thursday, October 31, 2013

Despite what Kraft says, Food Babe scores victory against company

Posted By on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 3:15 PM

Vani Hari, aka Charlotte's Food Babe, scored a victory today after Kraft announced it would remove artificial dyes from three mac 'n' cheese products aimed toward children.

The company told the AP the recipe changes had nothing to do with Hari's petition, which by Thursday had 348,000 signatures.

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Live review: Pearl Jam, Time Warner Cable Arena (10/30/2013)

Posted By on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Pearl Jam
Time Warner Cable Arena
Oct. 30, 2013


"It's been about 10 years since the last time we were here... did you not call us back?" Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder asked the sold-out Time Warner Cable Arena crowd. "Well, we're gonna make up for all those years."

Dressed in black jeans and a short-sleeved flannel shirt, Vedder and Co. held true to that promise, playing 30 songs over nearly three hours on Oct. 30, 2013, giving everyone in attendance, well, a little bit of everything. While the setlist weighed heavy on the band's current No. 1 album, Lightning Bolt, the band did its best to incorporate something old, something rare, something covered and something bare - guitarist Stone Gossard's chest, to be exact.

"It doesn't really matter, but it's kinda nice... we've had the No. 1 record for two weeks," Vedder, who swigged from a bottle of wine all night, told the crowd. "So, we want to say thanks. It's nice to be No. 1, because sometimes you feel like number two. And we didn't even have to show our tits to do it," he added, as Gossard lifted his shirt.

It was a light-hearted moment that carried throughout the night, as Vedder shared his bottle of wine with the front row, guitarist Mike McCready wandered into the crowd and just about everyone in the packed uptown venue sang, screamed and danced along for the duration of the show.

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Opening Friday

Posted By on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 11:00 AM

Last Love
  • RLJ/Image Entertainment
  • Last Love

About Time - Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams

Ender's Game - Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford

Free Birds - Animated; voices of Woody Harrelson, Owen Wilson

Last Love - Michael Caine, Gillian Anderson

Last Vegas - Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro

12 Years a Slave - Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender

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First Drip (10/31/13): Sox beat Cards, national intelligence director testifies, Banksy, more

Posted By on Thu, Oct 31, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Sports, sports and more sports today after theRockets beat the Bobcats and the Red Sox beat the Cardinals.

James Clapper Jr., director of national intelligence, testified before Congress Tuesday and gave a small glimpse into the NSA's surveillance tactics.

Today marks the last day of Banksy's residency in New York City. Throughout October the British street artist has orchestrated random art installations around the city.

California police ticketed a woman for driving while wearing Google glasses, the first traffic stop of its kind.

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Five comic book films for your Halloween fix

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

Across the Web, Halloween lovers will find a slew of movie recommendations to accompany the weekend festivities. Comic Afterthoughts can be counted among those enthusiasts: We love movies in the horror and thriller genres, especially ones that include the characters from our beloved, funnybook medium. With this guide, we'll take a look at five comic book films that are perfect for the season. Each entry comes with a graphic novel suggestion that features characters from the films.


1. Blade
Blade's place in the history of comic book films is more important than it seems. Before X-Men and Spider-Man made their transitions to the screen, Hollywood took a chance on the titular vampire hunter. The beauty of being a darker, slightly more obscure character is that it could secure an "R" rating, something no other Marvel character has gotten, despite fan protests. Stephen Norrington's take on Blade, starring Wesley Snipes, includes Halloween mainstays of vampires, guts, gore and Kris Kristofferson's weathered face. The Blade film series would spawn a few sequels and a television series, with mixed results.

Graphic novel to buy: Blade Max, by Christopher Hinz and Steve Pugh

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Today's Top 5: Thursday

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

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

* Gwar at Tremont Music Hall


* Silent Movie Night: The Golem at Petra's Piano Bar & Cabaret

* Halloween Howler Bar Crawl at EpiCentre

* Carnevil at Label

* Zombie Bar Crawl at Volume Lounge

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Chris Cornell, Jason Isbell and more headed to Charlotte

Posted By on Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Here's a quick rundown of recent concert announcements:


* Chris Cornell will bring his solo, acoustic Songbook tour to Knight Theatre on Dec. 2.

* Jason Isbell, with Holly Williams, will perform at the Neighborhood Theatre on Jan. 16, 2014.

* Walk Off the Earth, with Parachute, will perform at Amos' Southend on Feb. 4, 2014.

* The Preservation Hall Jazz Band will perform at the McGlohon Theater on March 26, 2014.

* Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn will perform at McGlohon Theater on March 28, 2014.

And one change - MGMT which was originally announced for the Grady Cole Center, will now be at Amos' Southend on Nov. 27.

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The Pull List (10/30/13): Shop helps famed horror scribe

Posted By on Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 12:59 PM

This week marks the end of several things. The month of October and the X-Men: Battle of the Atom storyline are just a couple, and Comic Afterthoughts will surely follow up with an opinion on the latter. But the one we'll discuss primarily today is an eBay auction posted by Heroes Aren't Hard to Find for this piece by Bernie Wrightson and Scott Hampton.


Steve Niles, known for penning horror comics like 30 Days of Night, ran into some trouble earlier this month, as flooding brought massive damage to his Texas home and belongings. According to friend and fellow comic creator Mike Mignola's Facebook page, Niles and his wife "lost just about everything." Niles himself has raised money for hurricane relief and other aid throughout the years, and Mignola is one of many to suggest that fans "pay it forward."

So, a Paypal account with the address was created, where anyone can still send donations. Heroes Aren't Hard to Find, owned by Shelton Drum, also got involved, auctioning off the piece by Wrightson and Hampton that depicts John Carpenter's The Thing. Support swelled for the item, which would be popular with horror fans even without the charitable context, and it went on to amass $2,225 before the auction ended. That's $2,225 toward a comic scribe rebuilding aspects of his life.

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First Drip (10/30/13): guns and drugs galore in Hickory, Sebelius apologizes, The Androgynous Model show, more

Posted By on Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 10:14 AM

On Tuesday, police arrested 19 people in Hickory who participated in drug deals and gun trafficking.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says she's sorry for all the problems consumers have had with

Shopaholics, beware: H&M at Northlake opens Nov. 14.

This week's cover story looks at the next version of America's Next Top Model: Charlotte's own, The Androgynous Model show.

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This week's SketchCrowd (Oct. 30)

Posted By on Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 10:00 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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