Thursday, March 31, 2016

Get Hardcore at special screening

Posted By on Thu, Mar 31, 2016 at 3:16 PM

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Who's ready for some Hardcore action?

Fathom Events and STX Entertainment are teaming up to present Hardcore Henry: The Ultimate Fan Experience at 7 p.m. next Thursday, April 7, at various theaters around the country. (Locally, that means Stonecrest 22 and Concord Mills 24.)

Hardcore Henry has already been generating buzz for being shot entirely from a first-person perspective, and while the film doesn't open until April 8, folks who can't wait can catch this special pre-opening presentation. In addition to the movie, the event will include a post-screening broadcast of a Q&A session with writer-director Ilya Naishuller and actor Sharlto Copley (District 9). Those in attendance will also receive a limited edition Hardcore Henry comic book.

To purchase tickets, or for other information, go here.

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Lunch Break (3/31/16): Tornado-spawning storms expected just to bring rain to Charlotte

Posted By on Thu, Mar 31, 2016 at 12:00 PM

The same storms that spawned as many as six tornadoes in the midwest last night are expected to move into the Carolinas tonight, but are expected to only bring heavy rains to the area. A severe weather threat remains for parts of Kentucky, Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi. About seven people were reportedly injured in storms in Oklahoma last night. (Christine Rapp, WSOC)  

A long line of folks waited outside of Tesla Motors in Matthews this morning with the hopes of reserving their right to buy a soon-to-be-released Tesla Model 3. The doors opened at 10:00 a.m. and those waiting were able to pay $1,000 for a reservation. The Model 3 will be half the price of previous models and will get about 200 miles on a fully charged battery. It will be unveiled at 8:30 p.m. tonight, at the same time that online reservations open. (WBTV Web Staff) 

A driver was seriously injured in a wreck near West Mecklenburg High School this morning. The wreck happened at about 10 a.m., when the driver struck a utility pole. Nobody else was involved in the accident. The CMPD's Major Crash Unit is investigating the crash. (Joe Marusak, Charlotte Observer) 

Following a new law that's been used multiple times in the greater Charlotte area in recent months, a Gaston County man has been charged with murder in the heroin overdose of Tonya Reese earlier this month. Police arrested Austin Sutton yesterday for Reese's death. In recent months, in places like Gaston and Union counties, police have been arresting those who dealt heroin to victims of overdoses and charging them with murder. (Fox46 Staff) 

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Themes run deep at 2016 RiverRun Film Fest

Posted By on Thu, Mar 31, 2016 at 10:28 AM

Strong women and struggling teens are but two of the many themes to be found among the 150+ works being screened at the 18th Annual RiverRun International Film Festival, unwinding April 7-17 in Winston-Salem.

Chloe Sevigny and Kate Beckinsale in Love & Friendship, the closing film at this years RiverRun Film Festival
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  • Chloe Sevigny and Kate Beckinsale in Love & Friendship, the closing film at this year's RiverRun Film Festival

Formidable females are at the center of a large number of films this year, including the documentaries A Journey of a Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers (about three Bangladeshi women in an all-female police unit), Cameraperson (focusing on veteran cinematographer Kirsten Johnson) and Speed Sisters (examining the lives of five Palestinian women who make up an all-female race car team). Meanwhile, teenagers of both sexes seek to establish their own identities and make sense of the world around them in such efforts as The Roma Project (about a teen with unexplained powers), T-Rex (in which a 17-year-old strives to become the first woman to win the Olympic gold medal in boxing) and Titanic Boy (a documentary about a 13-year-old kid obsessed with the sinking ship).

And that's just the tip of the (Titanic-crippling?) iceberg. The fest begins the evening of Thursday, April 7, with showings of the documentary Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You, about the creator of such enduring TV shows as All in the Family and The Jeffersons, and Hunt for the Wilderpeople, a New Zealand-set comedy starring Sam Neill and directed by Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows), and ends the evening of Sunday, April 17, with a screening of Love & Friendship, a Jane Austen adaptation from writer-director Whit Stillman (Metropolitan, The Last Days of Disco). In between are more screenings of new films (including several works from North Carolina filmmakers as well as indie features starring the likes of Academy Award winners Juliette Binoche, Chris Cooper and Dianne Wiest), showings of established classics (among them Annie Hall, The Dark Crystal and Rebel without a Cause), an "Acting on Stage and Screen" panel discussion from Tony-winning actress and Oscar nominee Rosemary Harris (Tom & Viv, Spider-Man) and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and Oscar nominee Beth Henley (Crimes of the Heart, Miss Firecracker), the opening weekend gala, and more.

For a look at the full lineup or other information, go here.

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Today's Top 5: Thursday

Posted By on Thu, Mar 31, 2016 at 8:30 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, March 31, 2016 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

Rebirth Brass Band at The Rabbit Hole

• Fundraiser for St. Baldrick's Foundation at RiRa

Witherspoon lecture with William P. Brown at Queens University

Finger Painting Grown Up Style at The Last Word

Alive After 5 at EpiCentre

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Lunch Break (3/30/16): BofA joins more than 80 companies in denouncing House Bill 2

Posted By on Wed, Mar 30, 2016 at 11:45 AM

Bank of America has joined the growing list of companies publicly opposing the so-called Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act (or HB2). In a tweet posted last night, the bank — who employs approximately 15,000 at their Charlotte headquarters — pledged their support for the Human Rights Campaign and Equality NC in asking Governor Pat McCrory to repeal the law. More than 80 other companies have made similar pronouncements. (Deon Roberts, Charlotte Observer) 

A driver narrowly escaped being hit by a train when his car stalled on a set of tracks in Gastonia at around 5 a.m. this morning. The driver was crossing the train tracks just before the intersection of Hancock Street and E Airline Avenue when, according to police reports, a flat tire caused his car to become stuck. Unable to drive off the tracks, the man got out of his car and fled an approaching train. The train then struck his car and pushed it along the tracks for a quarter of a mile before it was able to stop. No injuries were reported. (WBTV Web Staff) 

Developers have shared plans for a new Ballantyne-like community in the untouched woodlands west of Charlotte between Charlotte Douglas International Airport and the Catawba River. Under the working title of the ‘River District,’ the area would highlight the riverfront with public parks, in addition to residential, shopping and business zones. Crescent Communities (responsible for several other planned communities in Charlotte) and Lincoln Harris continue to develop plans for the project, which is projected to take “decades” to complete. (WSOC Staff) 

The Charlotte Fire Department is saying it was a malfunctioning HVAC unit at the Salvation Army that shut down all four lanes of Central Avenue in Plaza Midwood during evening rush hour yesterday. The lanes were closed between Hawthorne Lane and Louise Avenue for about 30 minutes between 5:20 and 5:50 p.m. No injuries were reported. (WCNC Staff) 

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Today's Top 5: Wednesday

Posted By on Wed, Mar 30, 2016 at 7:00 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, March 30, 2016 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

Chance the Rapper at The Fillmore

• The New Latino Sound Series at Levine Museum of the New South

Hectorina at Milestone

The Miracle Worker at Theatre Charlotte

Trivia at Kennedy's

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Today's Top 5: Tuesday

Posted By on Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 5:54 PM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, March 29, 2016 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

Autolux at Visulite Theatre

Brews & Views at Petra's

March Mania Comedy Tournament Finals at The Comedy Zone

Player Made Tuesday at Snug Harbor

Raw Talent Tuesdays at Blu Notes

Jennifer Roberts ranked as top-five tweeting mayor

Posted By on Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 3:10 PM

It’s been a hectic first few months of Mayor-dom for Jennifer Roberts, who right now is in the midst of a clash with state government that's gained national attention over Charlotte’s attempt to change it’s nondiscrimination ordinance.

Roberts has received praise and experienced vitriol for prioritizing her strong stance on inclusion into a council vote within two months of taking office, but today she gained national recognition of another kind, ranking among the nation’s most effective mayors on Twitter.


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Lunch Break (3/29/16): Cooper announces he won't defend House Bill 2

Posted By on Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 12:15 PM

North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper announced this morning that he will not defend the constitutionality of the newly passed House Bill 2 in court against lawsuits like the one filed yesterday by the ACLU of North Carolina. Although his position as attorney general means he was named in the lawsuit for his potential role in enforcing it, Cooper has stood against the law since it was passed last Wednesday. He is also running against Gov. Pat McCrory for governor. (Fox46 Staff) 

Police are investigating an early morning shooting at ALDI on Old Pineville Road that happened this morning. Police found a man suffering from a gunshot wound in the parking lot at around 5:30 a.m. He was taken to the hospital in serious condition. (WBTV Web Staff) 

Donald Trump's campaign manager Corey Lewandowski surrendered to police this morning after charges were filed against him for misdemeanor battery in relation to an incident in which he grabbed a female reporter at a Trump rally earlier this month. Surveillance videos show Lewandowski grabbing Breitbart News reporter Michelle Field as she attempts to ask Trump a question. Lewandowski will appear in court on May 4. ( 

A woman was mauled to death by two pit bulls in south Charlotte yesterday. According to police, 86-year-old Bessie Flowers was attacked by the dogs in her home on Luke Crossing Drive. CMPD's Animal Care & Control seized the American pit bull terriers and they will be held in quarantine for at least 10 days and until further notice. Police responded to a call at the home in April 2013 in reference to a complaint about two aggressive animals but the call was unsubstantiated, police said. (Ryan Pitkin) 

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Lunch Break (3/28/16): ACLU, other groups to challenge HB2 in court

Posted By on Mon, Mar 28, 2016 at 11:30 AM

A group of organizations that included the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit early this morning that aims to overturn the controversial bill passed by the North Carolina General Assembly last Wednesday. North Carolina's House Bill 2 struck down an amendment to Charlotte's nondiscrimination ordinance that would've protected members of the LGBT community from discrimination in businesses throughout the city. Members of the Lambda Legal, Equality NC and lawsuit plaintiffs spoke at a press conference this morning in Raleigh announcing the lawsuit. (WBTV Web Staff) 

A shooting that took place near a 7-Eleven on Sugar Creek Road early this morning reportedly involved a transgender person, according to police on the scene. The victim was shot in the upper right chest at around 4 a.m. before being transported to the hospital. (Fox46 Staff) 

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal announced this morning that he has vetoed a controversial "religious liberties bill" that would have allowed clergy to refuse to perform same-sex marriages on religious grounds. Deal, a Republican, said he researched the bill and does not believe any of the circumstances it is made to protect people form are actually happening in the state. Coca-Cola, NFL and other large corporations had spoken out against the bill and threatened boycotts if it was passed. (Kathleen Foody, Associated Press via Charlotte Observer)  

Police are still investigating the murder of a man whose body was found behind a building off Woodlawn Road near I-77 yesterday. The man was pronounced dead on the scene after police responded to a call for service for a person down at around 2:30 p.m. The man suffered from some apparent trauma, according to police. (Ryan Pitkin)

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