Sunday, November 30, 2014

Today's Top 5: Sunday

Posted By on Sun, Nov 30, 2014 at 9:00 AM

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

Movember Mustache Bash at Tin Roof

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A Christmas Spectacular at CPCC's Halton Theater

Holidays at the Garden at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Holiday on Ice at NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza

Bluegrass Open Jam at Tommy's Pub

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Today's Top 5: Saturday

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

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

Groove 8 at Double Door Inn

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Small Business Saturday: Shop Micro Local at Triple C Brewing

Su Casa: The Classic Soul Edition at Petra's Piano Bar & Cabaret

The Chuckleheads at Warehouse Performing Arts Center

The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical at Actor's Theatre of Charlotte

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Friday, November 28, 2014

Cheap thrills: Shop Micro Local, Su Casa, Movember Mustache Bash and more

Posted By on Fri, Nov 28, 2014 at 10:26 AM

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).

Shop Micro Local at Triple C Brewing Company: We can't say enough about the reasons you should support small businesses (For more, click here), so just trust us and check out this Small Business Saturday event. The one-day-only pop up event will feature local and regional small businesses. There's food samples, holiday gift ideas, music and more. Free admission. Nov. 29, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Triple C Brewing Company, 2900 Griffith St. www.facebook.com/shopmicrolocal.

Su Casa at Petra's Piano Bar & Cabaret: The Su Casa crew pays homage to the sounds of classic soul, which means cuts by artists like Rufus & Chaka Khan, Donny Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, Curtis Mayfield, Diana Ross and more. DJ Justice Asaru-Re Uzn is on the turntables and there's also a special live performance. Also featuring visual art, face painting, photography and more. $5 before 11 p.m.; $10 after 11 p.m. Nov. 29, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Petra's Piano Bar and Cabaret, 1919 Commonwealth Ave. 704-332-6608. www.petraspianobar.com.

Tripping at Central Station: A $5 cover gets you free light diffraction glasses, a specialty drink menu, bugged-out visuals, music and more. Central Station, 2131 Central Ave. Nov. 29, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Movember Mustache Bash at Tin Roof: To raise awareness for men’s health — including prostate and testicular cancer and mental illness — the month of November is better known as “No Shave November,” a time when men show their support with facial hair. This year, Charlotte Checkers players and staff members have set their razors aside for the cause. They’ll show off the hairy results at this post-game bash at Tin Roof with prizes and drink specials. Nov. 30, 4 p.m. Tin Roof, 210 East Trade St., Suite 286.

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First Drip (11/28/2014): Austin shooter down, French president in ebola zone, more

Posted By on Fri, Nov 28, 2014 at 9:03 AM

A gunman was fatally shot by police after opening fire at "multiple buildings" in downtown Austin, including Austin police headquarters, the Mexican consulate and the federal courthouse early today. Officials reported that a bomb-disposal robot was examining a possible device near the police HQ, which was evacuated.

The mystery novelist known as the ‘Queen of Crime’, who wrote under the name P. D. James died at her home in Oxford, England. She was 94. She accumulated numerous awards for the 18 crime novels she wrote during a career spanning a half-century.

French President François Hollande visits Guinea today, and is the first non-African leader to visit one of the countries hardest hit by the virus. He is expected to announce more aid and visit health care centers. His trip is more symbolically important as a show of support for West Africa, which has been shunned since the outbreak was first declared.

Fashion trucks are headed to South End for Small Business Saturday. South End’s first fashion truck rodeo takes place Nov.29 in the parking lot of the Shu and Brief storefronts, located at 1426 S. Tryon Street. These mobile fashion purveyors are the first step for many entrepreneurs who aspire to a bricks-and-mortar storefront, and pack serious style.

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Today's Top 5: Friday

Posted By on Fri, Nov 28, 2014 at 9:00 AM

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

Gwar at Tremont Music Hall

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James Gregory at The Comedy Zone

I Love Crabs: Post-Thanksgiving Feast at Park Road Park

Speedway Christmas at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Hectorina at Milestone

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Thursday, November 27, 2014

First Drip (11/27/2014): Search for Rowan man continues, gun control calls, anti-spy software

Posted By on Thu, Nov 27, 2014 at 9:15 AM

A 20-year-old Rowan County man who identifies as transgender has been missing for more than a month. His family is pleading with the community for help after the car he was driving was found burned on Sunday. Elisha Walker's family was hopeful he would be home for Thanksgiving.

The fatal police shooting of a 12-year-old boy while he reached for an airsoft gun in a Cleveland playground has led to renewed calls for replica and air rifles to be clearly identifiable as such — a move doggedly resisted by the National Rifle Association (NRA), who have helped scuttled such moves in the past.

Human rights group Amnesty International released free software that allows users to determine if their computers have been bugged by government intelligence agencies. The Detekt program was designed specifically for human rights activists and journalists, whose computers governments regularly target.

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had a heart stent implanted on Wednesday, reviving talk about how long the 81-year-old liberal jurist will be staying on the court. Ginsburg was a leading advocate of women’s rights before joining the court: In the 1970s, she brought a series of cases before the court that helped establish constitutional protections against sex discrimination.

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Today's Top 5: Thursday

Posted By on Thu, Nov 27, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Nov. 27, 2014 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

Thanksgiving Day Parade in Uptown

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Janice Covington's Thanksgiving at Petra's Piano Bar & Cabaret

Thanksgiving at BLT Steak

Shiprocked at Snug Harbor

Eat, Drink & Be Thankful at McCormick & Schmick's

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

PHOTOS: Blackish: The Social Event and Conversation at Levine Museum

Posted By on Wed, Nov 26, 2014 at 11:59 AM

On Monday evening, Creative Loafing partnered with the Levine Museum of the New South to host Blackish: The Social Event and Conversation. We wanted to give folks the opportunity to respond to the story we ran last month, in which we looked at what's holding the African-American cultural scene back from thriving in Charlotte.

About 75 to 100 people attended the event. Panelists included Kennedy Howard, co-owner of Sydney’s Martini and Wine Bar; Larken Egleston, brand ambassador for Republic National Distributing Company; Jasiatic, founder of Su Casa; and Michael Kitchen, founder of The Sol Kitchen. On Q Performing Arts' Quentin Talley and Power 98's Yasmin Young also chimed in on a discussion that ranged from the importance of supporting black-owned businesses and defining what culture really means to defining the differences between "young professional" and "non professional."

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Charlotte rally supports Ferguson with messages of unity

Posted By on Wed, Nov 26, 2014 at 11:12 AM

The scene at Marshall Park, directly across from the Mecklenburg County Courthouse, was calm and dreary Tuesday night, but there was an underlying sense of anxious anticipation that permeated the somber setting. Dozens of posters reading: “We indict the system,” and “Black lives matter,” among others, were held high while event organizers passed around clipboards for signatures and reporters took comments from members of the crowd filtering in.

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Around 200 people gathered there to show support for the family of 18-year-old Michael Brown, and others like him, following Monday’s announcement that officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted over the fatal shooting of the unarmed teenager that occurred on Aug. 9 in Ferguson Missouri.

The local event seemed, at first, to be more light-hearted than the situation’s background suggested. People brought their children (some in strollers), there were T-shirts being distributed, and people were introducing themselves and sharing laughs. But that illusion quickly disappeared when the rally began.

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Today's Top 5: Wednesday

Posted By on Wed, Nov 26, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Nov. 26, 2014 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

The Black Lillies at Neighborhood Theatre

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Stache Bash at Strike City

Pop Life aka Kitchsgiving Eve 3.0 w/ DJ Skillz at Label

Holiday on Ice at NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza

Trivia at Ed's Tavern

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