Saturday, January 31, 2015

Today's Top 5: Saturday

Posted By on Sat, Jan 31, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Jan. 31, 2015 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

Hank & Cupcakes at Snug Harbor


4th Annual Queen City Brewers Festival at Bojangles' Coliseum

NoDa Eclectic Marketplace at Neighborhood Theatre

Stephaniesĭd at Evening Muse

Charlotte MiniCon at Grady Cole Center

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Cheap list: Skatedeck Art Show, Su Casa, more

Posted By on Fri, Jan 30, 2015 at 4:34 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).

Skatedeck Art Show and Auction at Unknown Brewing: Local and regional artists display works of art on skateboards. While you're there, grab a beer. Free admission. Jan. 31, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Unknown Brewing Co., 1327 S. Mint St.

Su Casa: Global Soul Dance Party at Petra's: This edition of Su Casa is all about dancing. Shake to Brazilian, Afrobeat, salsa and more. Jan. 31. $5 before 11 p.m. and $10 after. Petra’s Piano Bar & Cabaret, 1919 Commonwealth Ave. 704-332-6608.

Charlotte MiniCon at Grady Cole Center: Admission is free to this comic book event with vendors, writers and illustrators and other special guests. Jan. 31, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Grady Cole Center, 310 N. Kings Drive.

The Super Bowl of Improv at Actor's Theatre of Charlotte: OTC Improv presents this Super Bowl-themed show. Members of the improv troupe will split into teams of two - AFC (Almost Funny CAST) vs. NFC (Nearly Funny CAST). It’s a showdown humor. Feb. 1. $10 in advance. 650 E. Stonewall St.

Today's Top 5: Friday

Posted By on Fri, Jan 30, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Jan. 30, 2015 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

Innovative Works at Center for Dance

  • Photo credit: Jeff Cravotta

Reverb Fest at Neighborhood Theatre

Mark Curry at The Comedy Zone

Temperance League at Snug Harbor

A Chorus Line at CPCC's Pease Auditorium

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First Drip (1/30/15): JCSU students arrested for hazing, more

Posted By on Fri, Jan 30, 2015 at 7:55 AM

Five Johnson C. Smith University students were arrested for allegedly hazing another student hoping to join their fraternity, Rho Chapter of Omega Psi Phi. The fraternity has been issued a cease-and-desist order from the university as the investigation continues.

A Raleigh judge will hear a case today asking for the new voting photo ID requirement to be thrown out, thanks to the League of Women Voters, and other plaintiffs.

Trying to keep up with the Joneses (or Google Fiber), Time Warner announced it's bringing higher speeds of connectivity to Charlotte, too. The Business Journal reports: "TWC Maxx delivers data at speeds of up to 300 megabits per second. According to the company's website, the fastest service currently offered by Time Warner Cable is with the Ultimate tier, at 50 Mbps."

That controversial Keystone pipeline that'll probably only bring about 35 permanent jobs after construction? U.S. Senate voted to build it.

Suge Knight is in trouble again. He was arrested this morning for murder after allegedly killing a man in a hit-and-run.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Opening Friday

Posted By on Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 2:00 PM

A Most Violent Year
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  • A Most Violent Year

Black or White - Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer

Cake - Jennifer Aniston, Anna Kendrick

The Loft - James Marsden, Karl Urban

A Most Violent Year - Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain

Project Almanac - Jonny Weston, Ginny Gardner

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Today's Top 5: Thursday

Posted By on Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 12:58 PM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Jan. 29, 2015 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

The Pillowman at UpStage


Flight School at Heist Brewery

ShipRocked: Anniversary of Lipgloss with BethAnn Phetamine & Friends at Snug Harbor

#CLT2015: State of Affairs at 7th Street Public Market

Singles Mingle at Villa Antonio

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First Drip (1/29/15): Sponsorships down at NASCAR Hall of Fame, more

Posted By on Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 9:52 AM

If you haven't gotten enough eye-rolling news about the NASCAR Hall of Fame: Sponsorships are down considerably. Fiscal year 2011 brought in $1.5 million. In the new fiscal year starting in July, projected revenue is only $110,000.

In his second State of the County address, Board of Commission Chair Trevor Fuller said he will urge the board not to increase the property tax. “People are going back to work," he said. "New construction is happening everywhere you look. Homes are being bought and small businesses are opening again.”

The law-making season has begun in Raleigh. Yesterday, Senate leader Phil Berger filed a bill that would exempt magistrates and register of deeds staffers from having to marry same-sex couples if their religious beliefs opposed them doing so. To address that pesky matter of discrimination, "recusals would prevent them from participating in all marriage-related duties."

Terrorist group Boko Haram has upgraded its online presence, possibly mirroring that of ISIS. The possibility of an extremist alliance stretching from west Africa to southeast Asia has U.S intelligence officers scrambling.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Charlotte's National Arts Program highlights art from unlikely places

Posted By on Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 9:47 AM

A rider hopping onto a CATS bus probably wouldn't expect their driver to be an award-winning artist. But if the means of transportation is being operated by George Rivera, then you can assume his creative wheels are turning when placed behind a canvas. Last year, he picked up the bragging rights of "Best in Show" for his submission to Charlotte’s National Arts Program.

George Rivera, a winner at 2014s National Arts Program, poses with his painting Mama and Mana.
  • George Rivera, a winner at 2014's National Arts Program, poses with his painting 'Mama and Mana.'

A nationwide initiative, NAP fosters creativity and encourages artistic expression among employees, retirees and relatives of government organizations.

In its 15th year, NAP kicks off this year's exhibit on Jan. 30 with an opening ceremony at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center. The ceremony will honor 2015 NAP participants and winners.

In total, the exhibit will feature 173 works of art by 137 artists. The works range in mediums, including everything from paintings and photography to sculptures, mixed media and more.

Opening ceremony on Jan. 30, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Exhibit continues through Feb. 26. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 E. 4th St.

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Today's Top 5: Wednesday

Posted By on Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 9:46 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Jan. 28, 2015 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

50 Shades! The Musical Parody at Booth Playhouse


Karaoke at Petra's Piano Bar & Cabaret

Almost Famous Comedy Show at The Comedy Zone

Italian Wine Tasting at Villa Antonio

Trivia at Ed's Tavern

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First Drip (1/28/15): Friendship Nine vindicated, Ann Clark named superintendent, more

Posted By on Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 9:28 AM

Last month, the conviction of George Stinney Jr., a 14-year-old who was executed in 1944 for allegedly killing two white girls, was thrown out. Today, South Carolina makes another move to right the wrongs of the past and will toss out the convictions of the Friendship Nine. The student protesters were convicted of sitting at an all-white lunch counter in 1961 Rock Hill.

Char-Meck Schools has officially named Ann Clark superintendent through July 2016. Why doesn't the School Board just give her the job, you ask? Clark says she was planning to announce her retirement late last year, before the shit hit the fan with Heath Morrison. "I care too much about CMS to leave during such a critical time of leadership transition," she said in the CMS statement.

North Carolina's jobless rate fell to 5.5 percent in December, the lowest it's been since April 2008. But, says one analyst, that's probably because fewer people are looking for work. “The bottom line is, we haven’t created very many jobs in the big picture over the last seven years,” John Quinterno said. “In many ways what we’re seeing is people dialing down their expectations to accept a slower-growing economy that tolerates higher levels of joblessness.”

The Florida woman who was sentenced to 20 years for firing a warning shot at her allegedly abusive husband was released from prison yesterday to await a new trial. Similar to the case of George Zimmerman, Marissa Alexander argued she was immune to prosecution because of the Stand Your Ground law. The sentence she received garnered much criticism for being too harsh — especially since Zimmerman was acquitted after actually killing someone.

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