Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Today's Top 5: Wednesday

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2016 at 12:13 PM

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

The Kominas w/ The Foxfires, BitchnDudes,Lara Americo & The Cocker Spaniels at Milestone
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Trivia at Angry Ale's

• God Save the Queen City Residency w/ Houston Brothers, Jason Scavone and Fat Face Band at Snug Harbor

Bocce ball demo night at Pizza Peel (Plaza-Midwood)

• The CLT+ Local Artists Showcase feat. Den of Wolves, Molly Wops, Jade Moore, Lisa DeNovo, Railz the Principle & LeAnna Eden at The Evening Muse

Theater review: P.S. Your Cat Is Dead

Posted By on Wed, Aug 31, 2016 at 12:08 PM


Queen City Theatre Company is kicking off it's 10th season with a dark comedy by James Kirkwood, the playwright behind the Tony award-winning Broadway hit, A Chorus Line. But P.S. Your Cat Is Dead, a 1972 novel turned film turned play, is no PG-approved romp. In fact, it starts out with quite the argumentative doozy. The stage of Duke Energy Theater, where the play is being held through Sept. 3, has been transformed into a meager New York City apartment with holiday garnishing. The setting is New Year's Eve, where Jimmy (played by Joe Rux) has been living with Kate (Iesha Nyree). But the couple, which we quickly learn is estranged, falls short of turning the house into a home.
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It's also a property nightmare, having been broken into twice and causing poor Jimmy much pain and agony after a safe containing his previous handwritten manuscript went missing. There's lots of fighting and the intensity is high as Jimmy learns that Kate plans to spend New Year's Eve with another man. In the meantime, someone else is lingering in the quarters. Another burglar? You guessed it!

Vito (played by Berry Newkirk) is caught in the crossfire, whether he likes it or not, and Jimmy plans to torment him by tying him up to the kitchen island and later removing his pants. Humiliation or curiosity? There's more than meets the eye as the two cross-examine and, later, confide in and console one another. All the while, Vito is the one informing Jimmy that his cat is dead — more bad news for Jimmy, who, by the way, has lost his girlfriend and his job on top of everything else. 

But there's hope for the poor fella. As we learn through his continuous chatter with Vito, a prowling thief that tumbled through his window, Jimmy is finding more and more about himself as the night progresses. Alcohol opens him up more and his anger is lifted as the night continues. He uses Vito his own advantage and when Kate shows up again with her NYE date — a stuffy, penguin-suited man named Fred (Dan Grogan) — he plays his cards carefully by retaliating and humiliating her.
Jimmy shows some sexual interest in Vito while the two are there, but as time goes by (and at a seemingly slow rate with no intermission) and after the unwelcome visitors leave, the dynamic relationship progresses further.

Jimmy unties his captive and forgives him for the former break-ins. Vito plops off the sink fast, but not fast enough to conceal his dangling privates. Yes, there is surprise dick in this show. That's what makes it a R-rated spectacle and, no, Off Broadway's Naked Boys Singing does not compare. We only get a glimpse at Vito's flaccid flesh and that's long enough to have us turning our heads and asking, "Did I just see that?" You did and so did Jimmy, who was probably pleasantly surprised. Not only has Vito become a companion to him despite his jester-like demeanor, he's become a much opposed romantic interest. Jimmy is an actor by trade, so his denial isn't all that shocking. There's more, but without spoiling the whole affair, I'll leave you with this: It all ends purr-fectly and without any pussies in the mix.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Today's Top 5: Tuesday

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2016 at 2:30 PM

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

Bob Log III at Snug Harbor
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Rouge at Booth Playhouse

Bingo at Killington's

Trivia at Big Ben British Pub & Restaurant

• A Milestone in History: You Should Have Seen What I’ve Heard at Levine Museum of the New South

Lunch Break (8/30/16): Pedestrian struck on I-77; Chuck Todd calls McCrory a "drag" on NCGOP contenders

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2016 at 11:30 AM


A pedestrian was reportedly struck and killed by a car near Nations Ford Road this morning on the southbound I-77 ramp. Multiple media outlets are reporting that the person was struck just after 10:30 a.m. Creative Loafing will update this story with any more details after CMPD releases a statement. The ramp will reportedly remain closed until at least 2 p.m. while police investigate at the scene. 

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In an interview with WRAL yesterday, Meet the Press host Chuck Todd explained how troubles with Gov. Pat McCrory may be negatively affecting the chances of other Republicans on the ballot in North Carolina come November. He spoke about Charlotte and the Raleigh-Durham area specifically, where he did well four years ago but is now struggling due to House Bill 2 and the I-77 tolls. 

"I think frankly I think [the gubernatorial race is] adding to the uncertainty of the political landscape in North Carolina," Todd said. "I think the fact that he is running into so many problems, particularly in the suburbs of Charlotte and in Research Triangle with voters there that he over performed with four years ago, and now struggling with as he tries to defend HB2. I think that actually might have a bigger impact on some other races than Trump. This is a case where Trump might not be the determining factor for the ballot, it could be the Governor." 

Not willing to let Todd's words fall on deaf ears, organizers with McCrory's opponent Roy Cooper used the interview as an opportunity to release a statement of their own to help emphasize his opinions. Cooper campaign spokesperson Jamal Little released a statement yesterday afternoon after the interview had aired on WRAL. 

“While Republicans throughout the country are worried about the drag Donald Trump will have on their races, North Carolina Republicans have an even bigger problem: Governor McCrory," Little wrote. "As voters learn the truth about Governor McCrory's disastrous record, it’s not surprising that political observers like Chuck Todd see that Governor McCrory is dragging down Republicans in North Carolina. The dangerous demagoguery from Donald Trump and partisan ideology from Pat McCrory is bad for our country and state. It’s time for leaders who will work to put the interests of North Carolinians first." 

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Kelly Ann Conkin
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Yesterday police took custody of a woman responsible for a crash in southwest Charlotte that killed a woman on August 20. Kelly Ann Conkin, 23, has been in Carolinas Medical Center since the wreck. She was discharged yesterday and transferred to the custody of the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office, where she was charged with second-degree murder, felony death by motor vehicle, felony serious injury by motor vehicle, reckless driving and possession of marijuana. Police say Cokin was impaired when she caused the wreck, which killed 79-year-old Cecelia De Gonzalez. 

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Today's Top 5: Monday

Posted By on Mon, Aug 29, 2016 at 3:15 PM

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

The Monday Night Allstars at Double Door Inn

• Find Your Muse Open Mic Night w/ Jessica Martindale at The Evening Muse

Trivia at Sir Edmond Halley's

Yoga on the Roof at Rooftop 210

Locals Live at Tin Roof

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Today's Top 5: Sunday

Posted By on Sun, Aug 28, 2016 at 12:24 PM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Aug. 28, 2016 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

• Lost Dog Street Band, Dead Cat, and Outlaw Ritual at Hattie's Tap and Tavern
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• Save OurSelves: A Visual Commentary at Studio 1212

• Moonwalk: Celebrating the Life of Michael Jackson through Jazz w/ The Harvey Cummings Project at Neighborhood Theatre

• National Kidney Foundation Kidney Bowl-A-Thon at AMF Carolina Lanes

• Anderson Valley Brewing & Wild Turkey Whiskey Six-Course Dinner at The Cellar at Duckworth's

Friday, August 26, 2016

Today's Top 5: Friday

Posted By on Fri, Aug 26, 2016 at 1:52 PM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Aug. 26, 2016 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

Goodyear Artist Residency Showcase at Goodyear Arts
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The 48 Hour Film Project Collection at Booth Playhouse

• The Kyle Perkins Band, Wolves and Wolves and Wolves and Wolves & The Bleeps at Milestone

Chatham County Line at McGlohon Theater

Silent Disco at Rooftop 210

Lunch Break (8/26/16): CMPD needs help solving 2015 Labor Day murders; Greenpeace collecting flood relief for Baton Rouge

Posted By on Fri, Aug 26, 2016 at 11:30 AM


The CMPD held a press conference this morning to ask for the community's help in solving four murders that took place nearly a year ago. Deputy Chief Doug Gallant told reporters that last Labor Day weekend, during which 12 people were shot in Charlotte and five murdered, was the most violent weekend of his 26-year career and possibly the most violent in Charlotte's history. All but one of the murders remains unsolved and Gallant asked for anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. "People were there. People know what happened. They need to come forward," he said. 

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Organizers with Greenpeace Charlotte and the Trans and Queer People of Color Collective will be collecting supplies at the local Greenpeace offices to be sent to Baton Rouge to aid flood victims there through September 20. According to a release, needed supplies include children's clothes, portable skillets and bottled water, among other things. The offices are located in Area 15, at 516 E. 15th St., just off North Davidson Street. If you have any questions, contact Gloria Merriweather at 513-628-9870 or Hanna Mitchell at 207-475-8418. 

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Charlotte Pride has announced its estimates for its yearly parade and festival, held last weekend, and if the numbers are true, it would make for a record-setting weekend in Charlotte. The local nonprofit organization announced in a press release yesterday that early indications show that they did meet the expected attendance figures of 130,000 people, a 10-percent increase from 2015. Final attendance figures will be estimated after the organization completes its annual event attendee survey in the next several weeks.

"Since moving to Uptown in 2011, our festival and parade has continued to reach new heights and records," Craig Hopkins, president of the Charlotte Pride Board of Directors, said in the release. "Initial attendee survey results, on-site sales and other data point to another record year for our largest annual fundraiser, which makes our year-round community programming and activities possible."

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A Charlotte man surrendered to federal authorities this morning as an indictment was unsealed explaining how he and two others cheated investors out of $2.5 million by falsely representing a Charlotte-based manufacturing company. Robert Leslie Stencil, 59, of Charlotte; Daniel Thomas Broyles Sr., 59, of Beverly Hills, California; and Kristian Francis Sierp, 45, of Costa Rica, all U.S. citizens, were charged in an indictment returned on Aug. 18, 2016, in the Western District of North Carolina.

The indictment alleges that since January 2012, Stencil, Broyles and Sierp worked to sell stock in Niyato Industries Inc., a Nevada corporation that Stencil owned and operated from Charlotte. Through various publications and sales pitches, Stencil, Broyles and Sierp allegedly marketed Niyato as a manufacturer of compressed natural gas (CNG) automobiles and a distributor of CNG fuel that had patented technology, valuable contracts and high-profile executives. Stencil, Broyles and Sierp are alleged to have known that, in reality, Niyato had no facilities, products, patents or plans for an imminent IPO, but rather was merely a vehicle for inducing investor funds. In addition, Broyles and Sierp are alleged to have used high-pressure sales tactics to encourage investments from their victims, many of whom were elderly. 

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Today's Top 5: Thursday

Posted By on Thu, Aug 25, 2016 at 10:43 AM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Aug. 25, 2016 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

P.S. Your Cat Is Dead at Duke Energy Theater
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Jeezy at The Fillmore

Extreme Midget Wrestling at Amos' Southend

• Centennial Beer Release & #instabeerupclt at Blue Blaze Brewing

• River Jam Series w/ Accomplices at U.S. National Whitewater Center

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Today's Top 5: Wednesday

Posted By on Wed, Aug 24, 2016 at 12:48 PM

Here are the five best events going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, Aug. 24, 2016 as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

• Cara Truitt: In Flight exhibit at CPCC's Pease Gallery
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Potions & Pixels at The Underground

Film screening, hosted by the Frederick Sisters at Legion Brewing Company

• The Beautiful Opportunity of Sustainable Food Systems at Freedom Park Pavilion

• Stuck Lucky, The Emotron, Whatever Whatever & The Not Likelys at Milestone

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