Sunday, August 31, 2014

Today's Top 5: Sunday

Posted By on Sun, Aug 31, 2014 at 9:00 AM

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

Labor Day Celebration at U.S. National Whitewater Center

Langhorne Slim performs at U.S. National Whitewater Center
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  • Langhorne Slim performs at U.S. National Whitewater Center

Bearden Birthday Bash featuring Buff Dillard, The Brubakers, Leslie & Friends Trio at Romare Bearden Park

Matthews Alive! Festival in downtown Matthews

Charlotte Knights vs. Gwinnett Braves at BB&T Ballpark

Summer Break EDM Bash at Roxbury

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Today's Top 5: Saturday

Posted By on Sat, Aug 30, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Aug. 30, 2014 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

Squirt Day Party at Snug Harbor

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Drake and Lil Wayne at PNC Music Pavilion

Fresh Dance Series at Duke Energy Theater

Bearden Birthday Bash Gallery Tours at Harvey B. Gantt Center

The Chuckleheads at Warehouse Performing Arts Center

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Today's Top 5: Friday

Posted By on Fri, Aug 29, 2014 at 4:49 PM

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

River City at Actor's Theatre of Charlotte

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Bucketlist Party at Rooftop 210

Charlie Murphy at The Comedy Zone

Mi Amour Couture Charity Fashion Show at Charlotte City Club

Bearden Birthday Bash featuring Shableek, Chad Lawson Trio at Romare Bearden Park

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Cheap list: Bearden Birthday Bash, Bucketlist Party, Labor Day Celebration and more

Posted By on Fri, Aug 29, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Going out in Charlotte doesn't have to be expensive. In fact, to prove that statement, we've compiled a list of cheap - $10 or less - things to do in the Q.C. this weekend. These events may vary, but they're all entertaining and they won't break your bank (piggy banks excluded).

Bearden Birthday Bash at Romare Bearden Park: This three-day event celebrates artist Romare Bearden’s birthday. Bearden, a Charlotte native who gained his claim to fame through colorful collages and paintings, is also the inspiration behind the striking Uptown park. The event features local art, live music, activities for children, food vendors and more. Free admission. Aug. 29, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Aug. 30, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Aug. 31, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. Romare Bearden Park, 300 S. Church St. www.romarebeardenpark.charmeck.org.

Matthews Alive! Labor Day Weekend Festival: This Labor Day weekend takes place in historic downtown Matthews. It’s a fun, family-friendly event where music, arts and local vendors come together. Free admission. Aug. 29, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Aug. 30, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Aug. 31, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Sept. 1, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Held in Matthews at the corner of John Street and Trade Street. www.matthewsalive.org.

Summer Bucket List Party at Rooftop 210: Skydiving, concert going, vacationing, and whitewater rafting are all things that should be on your bucketlist — but they are also fun things to do over and over again. At this special party at Rooftop 210, folks have the opportunity to win prizes that will let you cross more stuff off the list. Free admission. Aug. 29, 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. Rooftop 210 at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St. www.epicentrenc.com/venues/rooftop-210.

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Question the Queen City: Pianist and singer Chris Kelly

Posted By on Fri, Aug 29, 2014 at 11:16 AM

Editor’s note: We recognize how quickly Charlotte has changed over the years, so here’s us trying to preserve its story. In this series, local author David Aaron Moore answers reader-submitted questions about unusual, noteworthy or historic people, places and things in Charlotte and the surrounding metro area. Submit inquires to davidaaronmoore@gmail.com.

Back in the ‘70s and ‘80s there was a singer and piano player that I used to catch at a few bars and restaurants around town. I think her name was Chris Kelly. Do you know what became of her? — William Dukes, Charlotte

Kelly performing at the Charlotte Country Club in the 70s
  • Kelly performing at the Charlotte Country Club in the '70s

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First Drip (8/29/14): Flaws found in airport's handling of contracts, ISIS waterboards captives, more

Posted By on Fri, Aug 29, 2014 at 8:31 AM

Well this will certainly add fuel to Raleigh's fire. A new report shows Charlotte Douglas International Airport's lack of administrative oversight has cost it dearly. The airport undercharged the city for land it rents by as much as a million dollars and has mishandled other contracts.

DENR won't sue Duke Energy over new allegations of pollution at three coal ash sites around the state. DENR's decision "clears the way for environmentalists to sue in federal court to enforce clean-water laws that they contend the state agency is failing to pursue aggressively enough."

In what some are calling the largest humanitarian crisis of our era, three million Syrians have fled their homes because of a civil war that has killed civilians either by force or by starvation. The violence has also displaced an additional 6.5 million within the country.

California could become the first state to require its college campuses to include "affirmative-consent language" into their definitions of consensual sex in an effort to curb sexual attacks at schools. The "yes means yes" bill unanimously passed the Senate and will go before the governor in September.

Apparently ISIS is waterboarding captives.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Local unemployment figures - confusing as they may be - signal good things

Posted By on Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 1:14 PM

If you’re walking around today feeling just a tad more befuddled than you might consider normal, blame the completely confusing and divergent set of headlines that could have crossed your desk this morning.

Here’s one from today’s Charlotte Observer: “Mecklenburg’s July jobless rate falls to 7 percent.” No big shock there, unless you saw a headline from today’s Charlotte Business Journal: “Charlotte-area jobless rate rises to 6.8%.”

Say what? Which is it? Did the jobless rate fall to 7 percent, or rise to 6.8 percent? And, whatever the correct number is, would that be a good thing or not? Well, relax. We’ve got you covered - and can actually deliver some pretty good news.

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Opening Friday

Posted By on Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 11:00 AM

As Above, So Below

As Above, So Below - Perdita Weeks, Ben Feldman

A Five Star Life - Margherita Buy, Leslie Manville

May in the Summer - Cherien Dabis, Alexander Siddig

The November Man (opened Wednesday) - Pierce Brosnan, Luke Bracey

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Today's Top 5: Thursday

Posted By on Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Aug. 28, 2014 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

Yonder Mountain String Band at The Fillmore

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Shiprocked at Snug Harbor

Rave Trivia at VBGB

NoDa Alley Rally at Area 15

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First Drip (8/28/14): Another special session for N.C.?, erasing bad memories, more

Posted By on Thu, Aug 28, 2014 at 8:36 AM

The business community is pressuring Gov. McCrory to call a special session over incentives. The General Assembly failed to "add more money for Job Development Investment Grants and create a special, flexible fund aimed at closing deals in the latter stages of negotiations with companies" during its most recent short session. McCrory's spokesman offered no comment on the matter.

In unrelated news, McCrory told a local TV station that he thinks the U.S. Supreme Court should decide whether Amendment One is unconstitutional. On Wednesday supporters of gay marriage handed McCrory 12,000 petition signatures, urging him to stop upholding the state's ban on gay marriage.

Customers and employees of a Boston-area grocery store who had been protesting the ousting of its much-loved owner were delighted to hear Arthur T. Demoulas will return to the store. Demoulas managed to buy out his cousin's (his ouster) share of Market Basket, ending six weeks of protests in which customers refused to shop at the store and employees refused to work.

Would you be willing to transform bad memories into good ones? That's what scientists at MIT and from Japan were able to do in mice recently.

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