Tuesday, March 31, 2015

First Drip (3/31/15): Toll lanes on Independence?, McCrory calls out GOP bills, more

Posted By on Tue, Mar 31, 2015 at 9:15 AM

If you travel Independence Boulevard regularly, you may want to attend a public hearing today about a proposal to bring toll lanes to the stretch between I-277 and 485. The DOT will hear comments at a meeting at Matthews Town Hall at 4 p.m.

“What is the problem they’re trying to solve? I haven’t seen it at this point in time.” That's what Gov. McCrory said during a radio interview about the proposed bill designed to protect religious freedom. He also called the proposed sales tax redistribution plan "class warfare."

Men's Shelter of Charlotte is adopting a new initiative that will seek to lower the number of men it takes in by first seeking out other options, like staying with a family member or friend. The Diversion Initiative will have an annual budget of $50,000 for staff and "partly for incentives needed to persuade friends or relatives to take in a homeless man."

Attorney General Eric Holder is getting it in while he still can. The Justice Department is suing the Southeastern Oklahoma State University for discrimination. The school allegedly fired an English professor who transitioned from male to female while working there.

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Today's Top 5: Tuesday

Posted By on Tue, Mar 31, 2015 at 9:00 AM

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

Miss Representation at Winthrop University

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Bill Hanna Jazz Jam at Double Door Inn

The Ethan Uslan Show: Silent Movies & Jazz at Petra's Piano Bar & Cabaret

Trivia at Big Ben British Pub & Restaurant

Phantom of the Opry Charity Event at The Comedy Zone

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Monday, March 30, 2015

First Drip (3/30/15): Duke in final four, Tim Cook chimes in on religious liberty legislation, more

Posted By on Mon, Mar 30, 2015 at 9:31 AM

Duke is going to the Final Four after beating Gonzaga 66 to 52 on Sunday.

A new Senate bill being proposed today will make it illegal to be naked in front of someone else, even in your own home, unless the other person consents. North Charlotte's Gerald Leeper, the guy who's garnered headlines for standing in his doorway naked and pissing off his neighbors, could see some charges if this passes.

That new religious liberty law in Indiana, which critics say would give businesses the right to refuse services based on their religious beliefs, is getting a lot of backlash. The latest comes from Apple CEO Tim Cook, who penned an op-ed in the Washington Post. "America’s business community recognized a long time ago that discrimination, in all its forms, is bad for business," he wrote.

A new host has been named to replace Jon Stewart on The Daily Show. Comic Trevor Noah "first appeared on 'The Daily Show' last December in a segment titled 'Spot the Africa,' during which he highlighted African stereotypes by comparing America to African nations, including Noah’s home country of South Africa."

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Today's Top 5: Monday

Posted By on Mon, Mar 30, 2015 at 9:00 AM

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

Undateable at The Comedy Zone

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Find Your Muse Open Mic at Evening Muse

Trivia at Sir Edmond Halley's Pub

Knocturnal at Snug Harbor

Women in Business Night at Time Warner Cable Arena

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

Today's Top 5: Sunday

Posted By on Sun, Mar 29, 2015 at 9:00 AM

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

Charlotte Film Society screens The Green Prince Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium 5

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Mikey Wax, Alexis Keegan, Taylor Centers, Toronto in Summer at Double Door Inn

Cinderella at CPCC's Halton Theater

Charlotte 49ers vs. Louisiana Tech at UNC-Charlotte

Fiddler on the Roof at Davidson College's Duke Family Performance Hall

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Saturday, March 28, 2015

Today's Top 5: Saturday

Posted By on Sat, Mar 28, 2015 at 9:00 AM

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

Barefoot Studio Crawl at Yoga One and Open Door Studios

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All Ale to the Queen Beer Carnival at Amos' Southend

Mad Monster Party at Sheraton Charlotte Hotel

Dead Sara at Chop Shop

Fight for Air Climb at The Vue

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Today's Top 5: Friday

Posted By on Fri, Mar 27, 2015 at 2:04 PM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, March 27, 2015 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

Waka Flocka Flame at Neighborhood Theatre

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CLTtalks: An Evening of Education on Human Trafficking at New Gallery of Modern Art

New Frequencies: Inspired Lunacy - Short Films by Guy Maddin at McColl Center for Art + Innovation

Rennie Harris PureMovement at Knight Theater

John Mellencamp at Ovens Auditorium

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Theater review: Fiddler on the Roof

Posted By on Fri, Mar 27, 2015 at 10:40 AM

There were numerous valuable takeaways from “Gender and Jewishness in Fiddler on the Roof 
from the 1960s to the Present,” one of the final lectures in the three-week-long “To Life!” Jewish tradition symposium at Davidson College. A couple of them carried over immediately on Sunday afternoon to the Theatre Department’s current production of Fiddler on the Roof, offering me a fresh perspective on the matinee performance.

One of these, brought out by Professors Stacy Wolf and Jill Dolan from Princeton University, was that Fiddler represented a landmark coming-out for American Jews, who largely respected and carried on their Judaic traditions but refrained from putting them on exhibit for the general public. After all, how many views of traditional Jewish practice made their way into the American zeitgeist between The Jazz Singer and Fiddler?

Jerome Robbins, the director of the original 1964 Broadway production, famously called upon the writing team of composer Jerry Bock, lyricist Sheldon Harnick, and playwright Joseph Stein to add an opening song to their creation so that the actions of Tevye, his daughters, their suitor, the village of Anatevka, and the Russians under whose rule they lived would all be properly contextualized. But it wasn’t just these people who were introduced in the contrapuntal strands of “Tradition,” it was also the rudiments of Judaism.

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White supremacists show up to Queens University talk on diversity

Posted By on Fri, Mar 27, 2015 at 10:17 AM

It was a peaceful Wednesday night on Queens University campus. A diverse mix of people had turned up to hear the activist speak. Inside the auditorium, the crowd had subconsciously segregated itself. On one side of the room, an African-American woman held her hand in the air, nodding her head as if swept up in a sermon. On the other side, white supremacist protesters huddled with frowns.

Last night, the college hosted Tim Wise, a prominent antiracist essayist and educator, for its Diversity Lecture & Cultural Series. As a white male born in Tennessee, Wise is an uncommon voice in the black civil rights movement. He's worked to eliminate apartheid in South Africa and campaigned against white supremacist politicians with the Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism. He's also combated poverty and economic inequality in New Orleans.

Standing in front of the crowd like an irreverent preacher, Wise weaved jokes between hard truths like a skilled wordsmith. “Thank god people don’t get beaten by cops in the streets anymore, the way they did on the Edmond Pettus Bridge like they did in Selma,” he said. “Thank god that doesn’t happen anymore! Oh wait. Shit. It does.”

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First Drip (3/27/15): Religious freedoms over discrimination protections hits N.C., more

Posted By on Fri, Mar 27, 2015 at 8:27 AM

When religious freedom trumps discrimination protections: Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed into law the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which, according to the Washington Post, gay activists say "could pave the way for open discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender people, giving business owners, landlords and others the right to refuse service to gays under the guise of religious protection." A similar bill was introduced in North Carolina this week by two Mecklenburg County representatives.

Duke Energy held its top executives accountable for the Dan River coal ash spill by docking part of their pay. For example, CEO Lynn Good's total compensation in 2014 totaled $8.3 million instead of $8.9 million.

Tarheel coach Dean Smith is still impacting his players from the grave. About 180 players who lettered while under Smith received $200 each with a note to have a dinner on Coach.

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