Thursday, April 30, 2015

Opening Friday

Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 9:22 PM

The Salt of the Earth

Avengers: Age of Ultron - Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo

The Salt of the Earth - Academy Award nominee: Best Documentary Feature

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Where to go in Charlotte for Free Comic Book Day

Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 4:21 PM

Since we’re all about the idea of free fun, we’ve compiled a list of local comic book stores participating in the upcoming Free Comic Book Day event this Saturday. For those not in the fold, FCBD is a national event where comic book stores give swag bags of child and adult friendly comics to anyone who walks through their doors.

This year is particularly exciting due to DC’s Divergence and Marvel’s Secret Wars featuring large tie-ins for their FCBD titles.

Divergence #0 has some big changes for the Batman universe. We’ll keep it at that to avoid spoilers, but it’s definitely worth a perusal. Marvel will have two titles, Secret Wars #0 and All-New, All-Different Avengers. Secret Wars #0 is the prologue for the upcoming storyline, which will rearrange the current cast of characters and the worlds they inhabit. All-New, All-Different Avengers will feature a younger and much more diverse line up of heroes set to emerge after the fall out from Secret Wars.

Other FCBD titles include Bob’s Burgers, Spongebob Squarepants, The Simpsons, Fight Club, Doctor Who, and the reboot kick off for Captain Canuck (Just a heads up: Writer Richard Comely will be visiting shops around Charlotte, including Heroes Aren't Hard To Find and Rebel Base, throughout the day.)

2nd & Charles In early preparation for May the Fourth, everyone’s favorite Wookie Chewbacca will be in the store for pictures and special Star Wars stock will be on sale. 5331 South Blvd. 704-523-2217. www.2ndandcharles.com.

G2K Games G2K will host a Cosplay Contest as well as featuring 15 percent off on trades, graphic novels and manga and 25 percent off select back stock issues. 4811 Old York Road, Rock Hill. 803-329-4263.

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Today's Top 5: Thursday

Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 11:04 AM

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

Detroit at Actor's Theatre of Charlotte

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Pecha Kucha at Amos' Southend

Alive After Five w/ Mo Money & The Backbeat at EpiCentre and The Plaza

Flight School at Heist Brewery

Shiprocked at Snug Harbor

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First Drip (4/30/15): Duke Energy to put in coal ash landfills, more

Posted By on Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 8:30 AM

On Tuesday morning, a woman was killed when police believe a man she knew set her East Charlotte house on fire. The man died later at the hospital. But more details have now been released, including a 911 recording that reveals police came out to the home just hours earlier when Tamika McClelland called to say someone was banging on her window in the middle of the night. It was Halim Stovall, the man police suspect came back later, kicked in the door and assaulted McClelland.

Duke Energy has announced it will build coal ash land fills at its Dan River Steam Station Plant in Eden (where the big spill happened last year) and the Sutton plant in Wilmington.

Lions and tigers and bears, hell no -- the N.C. House passed a bill that would prevent private citizens from owning "dangerous wild animals." Legislators were introducing and approving bills late into the night in order to make the crossover deadline.

Miracles do happen. A teenage boy was pulled from the earthquake rubble in Kathmandu after being trapped between two floors for five days.

But many residents are getting frustrated with the slow progress of relief. "We will die if there is no help from the government or other organisations," Dhan Bahadur Shresta, a resident of Deupur Sipaghat Kavre village, told BBC. "We will starve to death and could get diseases like cholera and dysentery and there could be an epidemic."

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Today's Top 5: Wednesday

Posted By on Wed, Apr 29, 2015 at 1:42 PM

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

Tyler the Creator at The Fillmore

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Seryn at Visulite Theatre

Argentina Wine Tasting at Villa Antonio

Off The Chain Comedy with Rodney Perry at The Comedy Zone

Trivia & Karaoke at Tin Roof

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First Drip (4/29/15): CMPD gets body cameras, Bad Daddy's gets sold, more

Posted By on Wed, Apr 29, 2015 at 9:54 AM

CMPD officers in the Metro Division, which includes the Tuckaseegee, Beatties Ford and Statesville Avenue areas, will start sporting body cameras today. The Providence Division will be armed with surveillance later this week.

Bad Daddy's Burger Bar goes big-time: Colorado-based Good Times Restaurants has acquired the local burger chain for $21 million.

An independent review of the dismissal of fire investigator Crystal Eschert showed that the Charlotte Fire Department was right in its decision. Eschert was fired for posting racially insensitive commentary on Facebook, but she says her dismissal was related to her criticisms of renovations at a fire department building. The review did note, "“The circumstances are such that we, too, believe that it is possible Ms. Eschert was the subject of retaliatory termination.”

The Nigerian army says it's rescued hundreds of kidnapped girls in an area where the terrorist group Boko Haram had been known to operate. But there's some uncertainty whether the claim is true. “How could they rescue over 200 women without getting [Boko Haram’s leader, Abubakar Shekau] or the top B. H. commanders?” said Hussaini Monguno, a security adviser to the governor of Borno State, where the Sambisa Forest is. “How many were killed? Without clear explanation, people will always believe they just want to cover up.”

An unmanned Russian cargo spaceship is spiraling out of control. It was headed to the International Space Station with food and supplies. Follow along with updates from NASA.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Today's Top 5: Tuesday

Posted By on Tue, Apr 28, 2015 at 4:02 PM

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

Body Embellishment at Mint Museum Uptown

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The Ethan Uslan Show: Happy Birthday Charlie Chaplin at Petra's Piano Bar & Cabaret

Trivia at Big Ben British Pub & Restaurant

Bingo at Killington's

Korpiklaani and Trollfest at Chop Shop

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POLL: What are your thoughts on race relations in America?

Posted By on Tue, Apr 28, 2015 at 2:01 PM

We've all seen the media reports of what's happening in Baltimore. We've watched the video clip from Charleston. We followed along with the live updates from Ferguson. Something's happening in America.

For most people, our conversations about whatever that something is are usually limited to social media. We like our friends' statuses and argue with faceless strangers who probably won't ever see our side of things.

That's why we've put together this online form, with the intention of running your answers in a future issue of Creative Loafing. We want to hear what Charlotteans think about the current state of race relations in the country. It's an uncomfortable topic for some to analyze; it's infuriating for others.

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First Drip (4/28/15): Baltimore protests, gay marriage in Supreme Court, more

Posted By on Tue, Apr 28, 2015 at 9:39 AM

Shit got real in Baltimore when protests against police brutality turned violent. The funeral of 25-year-old Freddie Gray was held yesterday, who died after suffering a severed spine in police custody, and folks are angry. Maryland's governor has activated the National Guard, Baltimore's mayor has instituted a curfew, and some people said the scenes were reminiscent of the city's 1968 riots when Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.

Hell, no, we don't want Tommy's to go. At least, that's what a little over a 100 Plaza Midwood residents are saying with a new petition online. (There's also a paper petition circulating.) A developer has submitted a rezoning request to build on the land Tommy's Pub and Backstage Vintage is located on.

The Supreme Court will begin to hear arguments for and against same-sex marriage today. Several North Carolina mayors have argued that the ban against gay marriage is oppressive.

Child, please. Officials are planning to take a look at the newest rollercoaster at Carowinds, Fury 325, after it has come to a complete stop with riders aboard a couple of times.

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Monday, April 27, 2015

RiverRun Wrap 2015: Reviews and Winners

Posted By on Mon, Apr 27, 2015 at 2:36 PM

With the 17th Annual RiverRun International Film Festival a done deal, we look back at the films reviewed for this publication (listed below in order of screening), as well as acknowledge all the movies that won awards. Click on the links to be taken directly to the reviews and list of winners.

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  • A24

Slow West

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  • HBO Documentary Films

Tales of the Grim Sleeper

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  • RabbitBandini Productions

Yosemite

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  • Sundance Selects

Do I Sound Gay?

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  • Walt Disney & Kotex

Sex(Ed): The Movie

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  • Bleeker Street Media

I'll See You in My Dreams

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution
  • Firelight Films
  • The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

For the complete list of festival winners, click here.

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