Monday, March 31, 2014

Join Marx Brothers at the Opera

Posted By on Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 2:00 PM

A Night at the Opera

The 1935 Marx Brothers classic A Night at the Opera will be screened at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, at Studio Movie Grill at The Epicentre, 210 N. Tryon St.

Considered by many as the pinnacle of the Marx films, this uproarious effort finds Groucho (as Otis P. Driftwood), Chico and Harpo mixing it up behind the scenes of an opera house. Perennial foils Margaret Dumont and Sig Ruman are on hand, and classic bits include the stateroom scene and the discussion of the Sanity Clause ("You can't fool me; there ain't no Sanity Clause!").

Admission is $7.50, with all proceeds benefiting the Carolina Theatre Preservation Society. For tickets, go here.

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier: A primer on Marvel's latest

Posted By on Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 12:48 PM

Comic book movie season has begun, and it's up to the star-clad Captain America to kick things off. For those who haven't been keeping up with Cap's comics in recent years, there are several questions that come out of the trailers for Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Who is that titular villain we see in the trailers? Why does that guy have wings? Check out a preview for yourself below.

Thankfully, Comic Afterthoughts is here to give you a primer on the second movie in the franchise focusing on the Star-Spangled Avenger. We're going to take a look at all of the primary characters for this film, and we'll use the previous Marvel films and Ed Brubaker's fantastic "Winter Soldier" comic arc in consideration. It only seems natural to begin with Steve Rogers himself. And hey, we'll try our best to keep this spoiler-free.

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Edwin Peacock: Charlotte should ask Raleigh to add mayoral race to November's ballot

Posted By on Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 10:35 AM

Edwin Peacock III, the Republican candidate who lost against Patrick Cannon in the last mayoral election, suggests Charlotte should seek permission from the state capitol to add the mayor's seat to the ballot this November, repairing our strained relationship with Raleigh in the process.

"Asking Raleigh to add Mayor's race to Nov. ballot allows #CLTCC time to get all the facts of what's unfolded and who was involved," he tweeted Monday morning. "If there was ever such a definition for 'extraordinary circumstances' for our #CLTCC, this is it!"

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City Council could select Cannon's replacement during tonight's meeting.

The day after Cannon was arrested Wednesday on charges including extortion and wire fraud, Peacock released a statement saying he was praying for Cannon's family. He'd remained silent on the matter since.

"I have been asked by some of the members of the media to comment about today's events involving Mayor Cannon," he wrote. "This is a very sad day for our city. The people of Charlotte deserve nothing but the highest ethical behavior from our elected officials. The public trust has been shattered and it now must be restored."

Peacock was a favorite among independents - and a whispered favorite among some Democrats - during last year's election, even nabbing the Charlotte Observer's endorsement.

With all the mention in Cannon's affidavit of city officials as possible collaborators in his corruption, it would be wise to take a step back and consider the facts of the investigation as they continue to unfold before electing Cannon's replacement.

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Today's Top 5: Monday

Posted By on Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, March 31, 2014 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

* Wild Cub at Visulite Theatre


* All You Can Bowl at Strike City

* Find Your Muse Open Mic featuring The Ends at The Evening Muse

* Knocturnal at Snug Harbor

* The Monday Night Allstars at Double Door Inn

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First Drip (3/31/14): Charlotte's next mayor?, avoid penalties - sign up for health insurance, more

Posted By on Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 10:01 AM

City Council could pick a new mayor during today's meeting to fill the seat Patrick Cannon left vacant last week after being arrested. If they're smart, they'll elect someone who's not on council; a pending FBI investigation could weed out more corruption on the board. What about Jennifer Roberts?

Today is the last day to sign up for health insurance before penalties start to kick in. Visit to sign up and NC Policy Watch for a breakdown of enrollment numbers. In brief: As of last week, 6 million people had signed up for insurance through the health-care exchanges.

A transgender student at Central Piedmont Community College says she feels unsafe on campus after a run-in with security as she exited the women's restrooms more than a week ago. Campus administrators have yet to respond to her complaint, though one did take the time to tell her she "doesn't have any rights." Due process, anyone?

Though N.C. Democrats out voted Republicans in 2012 by about 81,000, the GOP still picked up more than twice the congressional seats (nine versus Democrats' four). How? Redistricting after the 2010 census, including carving out the Democratic-leaning Asheville out of the 11th District.

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Moogfest 2014 flash sale

Posted By on Mon, Mar 31, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Taking place in Asheville from April 23-27, Moogfest 2014 will pay tribute to synthesizer pioneer Robert Moog with performances by dozens of artists including Kraftwerk, M.I.A., Pet Shop Boys, Flying Lotus, Chic featuring Nile Rodgers and more.


Regularly priced five-day Moogfest tickets are currently selling for $299, but from 10 a.m. today (Monday, March 31), until 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 1, we are offering a special CL-exclusive discount on Moogfest tickets for only $149. When buying tickets, all you have to do is type in the promo code CLNCMF to get the discount.

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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Jennifer Roberts for mayor?

Posted By on Sat, Mar 29, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Looks like a lot of folks are rallying behind Jennifer Roberts to be appointed mayor to replace Patrick Cannon. Well, at least quite a few who are social-media savvy. Not only has a Facebook group, Jennifer Watson Roberts for Charlotte Mayor, popped up, but there's also an online petition out now.

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Who Run the World: Melissa Mummert

Posted By on Sat, Mar 29, 2014 at 12:18 PM

It's Women's History Month! Creative Loafing loves to celebrate wonderful women all year round, but this month we're spending a little extra time highlighting a few Charlotte fe-noms whose work uplifts other women and girls. We did hear a rumor they run the world ...

Melissa Mummert's eyes are as bright as her hot pink shirt. Her cheeks brighten too as she whirls the floor of Second Helping Charlotte, taking orders and serving up food. She supports a team of four women, all in green with aprons and hairnets, packaging soul food, cakes and pies for a line out the door.

Mummert's worked with Second Helping for more than two years. It's an outgrowth of Changed Choices, the re-entry nonprofit Mummert works for, and staffed by women with criminal records. After serving time in the U.S. prison system, each left with connections to Mummert and Changed Choices that holistically changed their lives for the better.

Between rushes, Mummert engages in conversation with customers. Their connections to Second Helping vary: neighbors walk from Plaza Midwood, drive from the army base down the street, stop in response to calls out on Facebook. "We're really in the community's hands," Mummert says, looking out over the crowd.

On March 20, Second Helping used social media to ask for community support; without it, its Central Avenue storefront would have shut down. The booming March 21 business isn't the norm - a typical day sees $50 of carryout sales. Right now, it seems to have a firm grip: end-of-day figures top more than $1,200.

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Today's Top 5: Saturday

Posted By on Sat, Mar 29, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, March 29, 2014 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

* Mike Birbiglia at Knight Theater


* Jenny Besetzt at Snug Harbor

* Kick N' Ash at Triple C Brewery

* Back to the 80's w/ Mario Lopez at Label

* The Horse's Mouth at Charlotte Art League

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