Saturday, November 30, 2013

Today's Top 5: Saturday

Posted By on Sat, Nov 30, 2013 at 9:00 AM

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

* Being There at ImaginOn's Wells Fargo Playhouse

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* Altered Reality at Neighborhood Theatre

* James Gregory at The Comedy Zone

* Great Southern Exposure at Visulite Theatre

* Matrimony at Chop Shop

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Friday, November 29, 2013

Today's Top 5: Friday

Posted By on Fri, Nov 29, 2013 at 9:00 AM

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

* The Aliens at Duke Energy Theater

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* Jennifer Daniels at The Evening Muse

* A Walk in my Shoes at Johnson C. Smith University

* Charlotte Bobcats vs. Milwaukee Bucks at Time Warner Cable Arena

* Craft Brew Crawl at EpiCentre

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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Today's Top 5: Thursday

Posted By on Thu, Nov 28, 2013 at 9:00 AM

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

* Thanksgiving Day Parade held Uptown

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* Charlotte SouthPark Turkey Trot at SouthPark Mall

* Turkey Dash at The Village at Robinson Farm

* Shiprocked at Snug Harbor

* The bar is open after at 8 p.m. at Connolly's Pub

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How to eat yourself to death

Posted By on Thu, Nov 28, 2013 at 9:00 AM

You've heard it before. Everyone has finished devouring a huge Thanksgiving dinner and somebody lying on the couch groans, "God, I ate so much, I feel like I'm gonna burst" (or "bust," if your family is Southern).

Did you ever stop to wonder if that's really possible? Could you really eat so much your stomach would blow wide open? In short, can you eat yourself to death? The answer is "It's not easy, but yes, you can."

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Pull List (11/27/13): Ongoing Gambit series wasn't in the cards

Posted By on Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 1:44 PM

This week, we're giving thanks for our friends, family and slew of new comics. The holidays are some of the best times to read funnybooks, whether you need a brief escape from family time or an easy task for a full stomach.

This week's Title You Can't Miss is not a single issue, but a graphic novel - specifically, a third volume for a series that ended too soon. When Gambit was relaunched last year, longtime X-fans rejoiced. Scribe and comedian James Asmus was set to return the famous mutant thief to his roots. And though the story wasn't as grounded as, say, Hawkeye, it saw Remy LeBeau pulling heists again, even though dragons and god-monsters also made an appearance.

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Gambit is such a special character for so many readers, it's surprising that Marvel has never cracked an ongoing series that satisfied them. This Gambit series capped off at 17 issues (which is where this trade takes readers), and that's the second-longest Gambit series ever, right under the 1999-2001 series that ran 25 issues and ahead of the 2004 one that stopped at #12.

This series, with fantastic renderings by Clay Mann, seemed to be going places. It had its flaws, but the creative team's plans to have Gambit eventually put together a heist team to travel the Marvel Universe would have made it one of the most interesting books of 2014. So check out this third volume, and the two before it, and join the outcry at its cancellation.

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Theater review: Miracle on 34th Street

Posted By on Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 12:27 PM

Jolly St. Nick is known everywhere Christmas is celebrated, inflated into mythic omniscience that might qualify him to sit at the right hand of God, yet cheapened to coin-of-the-realm every November and December by legions of advertisers and fundraisers. What made Miracle on 34th Street so unique as a movie in 1947 is that it took Santa out of the uniform he wears at the North Pole, at department stores, and in TV ads and dressed him in street clothes.

George Seaton's Oscar-Winning screenplay, adapted from Valentine Davies' story, asked us what would Santa do amid the commercial bustle of New York City? Then he showed us in a storyline that is remarkably similar to the St. Matthew Passion staged last week by the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. The main differences are that Jesus was traduced by Judas after the Last Supper at Passover, but in this lightened version, Kris Kringle is traduced by a neurotic vocational counselor while working as a store Santa at Macy's - and when Kris goes to trial, he has a better lawyer, our hero Fred Gayley.

One other key difference: people are flocking to see the stage adaptation written by Mountain Community at ImaginOn in a Children's Theatre of Charlotte production, while subscribers and the general public stayed away when Bach's Passion was staged for the first time at Belk Theater. Guess folks like happy endings during the holiday season.

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First Drip (11/27/13): Thanksgiving hours, weather, places to eat, and more

Posted By on Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 10:56 AM

A list of city offices and services and theater and mall schedules for Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

Lazy to cook this Thanksgiving? Our list of restaurants you can visit instead.

Regulators have approved Blue Cross Blue Shield of N.C.'s rates for reinstated health plans.

Be extra careful on the roads.

CBS News has ordered reporter Lara Logan and her producer to take a leave of absence after a story aired on Oct. 27 in which Logan interviewed a now-discredited security contractor who said he was at the U.S. embassy in Libya the night it was attacked.

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Today's Top 5: Wednesday

Posted By on Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Nov. 27, 2013 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

* Alli Breen at The Comedy Zone

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* MGMT at Amos' Southend

* Charlotte Bobcats vs. Indiana Pacers at Time Warner Cable Arena

* Works by Hunt Slonem exhibit at New Gallery of Modern Art

* Humpday Hookah at Red@28th

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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

In airport debate, McCrory finally comes out in support of Charlotte

Posted By on Tue, Nov 26, 2013 at 3:33 PM

So now Pat McCrory thinks the city of Charlotte should run the airport, and former airport honcho Jerry "I am the greatest airport executive of all time" Orr should take a hike because he's old and ostensibly used up. That's the gist of what the governor told Mike Collins yesterday on WFAE's "Charlotte Talks" show. Interpretations of what McCrory meant, why he finally took sides in the airport battle after months of farting around on the issue, and whether he even knows what he's doing are being blogged about and debated online.

Some city supporters, particularly those in the Uptown Chamber Zone, are feeling celebratory, while others are reacting along the lines of, "It's about damned time" or "WTF?" Jerry Orr supporters, naturally, are apoplectic in their defense of the guy they variously call "America's best airport director" and even "the man most responsible for Charlotte's growth and success."

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