Thursday, August 2, 2018

'Trading Spaces' Announces Casting Call in Charlotte

Swap houses with your neighbors for a TLC redesign

Posted By on Thu, Aug 2, 2018 at 11:41 AM

TLC’s long-running show, Trading Spaces has announced a casting call in our very own Charlotte. In a video posted on Twitter by the network, host Paige Davis announces that it’s time for another season and they are looking for neighbors who are interested.

Cast members (left to right) Genevieve Gorder, Paige Davis and Ty Pennington (Photo Courtesy of TLC)
  • Cast members (left to right) Genevieve Gorder, Paige Davis and Ty Pennington (Photo Courtesy of TLC)

“If you’ve got a neighbor who’s maybe even a sister, or maybe you do live next door to your boss, perhaps,” Davis excitedly says in the video. “I can’t wait to meet you if you get picked!”

The premise of the show is two neighbors, either down the street or right next door, will trade homes for a week. Armed with a $2,000 budget and a team of carpenters and designers, the neighbors redesign and redecorate a room in one another's homes.

Trading Spaces, which first aired in 2000, was nixed by TLC after 8 seasons in 2008. The show was revived and rebooted by the network for season 9, which aired this summer. Renewed for another season, producers are now conducting casting calls in Southern California as well as Charlotte.

Those interested are told to go to the casting site, TLC.com/Casting to submit their applications.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Charlotte 'Hamilton' Sales Go Awry After Bot Interference

Posted By on Wed, Aug 1, 2018 at 10:34 AM

"I'm past patienly waitin'," -Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton in 'Hamilton' (Photo by Steve Jurvetson)
  • "I'm past patienly waitin'," -Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton in 'Hamilton' (Photo by Steve Jurvetson)

As thousands of people showed up to the Blumenthal Arts box office in uptown Charlotte this morning for a chance at the highly sought after tickets to the Hamilton musical's long-awaited arrival at Belk Theater in Charlotte, many more were stopped in their tracks online, as a technical issue crashed all internet sales for more than two hours.

Not content with interfering with our elections, it appears bots were to blame with trying to influence the sale of Hamilton tickets in Charlotte, according to the Blumenthal Performing Arts Twitter feed. At around 8:30 a.m., a half an hour after tickets were supposed to go on sale, Blumenthal tweeted an aplogy for the delay, stating, "[Sales] will begin as soon as a technical problem is resolved."

An hour later, another tweet was more specific, reading, "We have learned the technical issue is related to bot prevention software that detected more than 8,000 bots trying to influence the official on sale around 6am."

Then at 10:19 a.m., the tweet everyone had been pulling their hair out in anticipation for finally came.



There's still no word on whether Blumenthal will hold a separate show specifically for bots, since there is such a high demand, apparently. Here's to hoping you all kept your space in the internet line. When we just tried, we were number 87,300 in line when we just tried for shits and giggles. Something tells us we won't be getting in.

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

'Creative Loafing' Writers Win Five Awards and an Honorable Mention at National AAN Convention

Posted By on Sat, Jul 28, 2018 at 11:00 PM

CL's Kia O. Moore takes First Place in the Arts Feature category at AAN convention.
  • CL's Kia O. Moore takes First Place in the Arts Feature category at AAN convention.

Creative Loafing took home five awards and an honorable mention at the 2018 Association of Alternative Newsmedia convention in San Diego on Saturday, including First Place in the Arts Feature category for contributor Kia O. Moore.

Moore was awarded for her February 2017 cover story '5 Artists Who Will Not Be Ignored.'

Editor-in-Chief Mark Kemp won two awards: Second Place in the Music Writing category for a series of feature stories, including coverage of the Bla/Alt black alternative music festival, and Third Place in Columns for a series of editor's notes including a September 20, 2017, reflection on the Charlotte Uprising one year later.

News Editor Ryan Pitkin won Second Place in the new LGBT Coverage category for his cover story on Time Out Youth, and received an Honorable Mention in the Beat Reporting category for a series of crime stories.

CL contributor Lara Americo won Second Place in the Multimedia category for their series "Muslims in Charlotte."

Two other N.C. alt-weeklies also won awards at the AAN convention:

The IndyWeek in the Triangle was nominated for six awards and took three First Place honors: Brian Howe for Arts Criticism; Victoria Bouloubasis, Erica Hellerstein and Sarah Willets for Immigration Coverage; and VC Rogers for Best Cartoon.

And the Triad City Beat in Greensboro won two awards: Senior Editor Jordan Green took Second Place in Political Columns and freelancer Jonathen Michels won Third Place in the Longform News category.

See the full list of winners here; read all of the stories for which Creative Loafing was recognized under "related stories" below.

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Listen Up: Dollar Signs Cash In on 'Local Vibes'

Episode 52

Posted By and on Thu, Jul 26, 2018 at 8:00 AM

A whole 52 episodes! By our horrible math that means we've been up to this Local Vibes thing for a year (we missed two weeks, so maybe a little longer). To celebrate, we brought in local favorites Dollar Signs — or three of them, anyway — to discuss open mics, anxiety, and the new album, This Will Haunt Me. [In the photo (from left): Mark Kemp, Luke Gunn, Dylan Thomas, Erik Button and Ryan Pitkin]

As always, make sure to catch up with the rest of our team at the Queen City Podcast Network. You can also catch up with all our past episodes on iTunes, Stitcher or simply by typing "Local Vibes" into your Spotify search bar.


Thursday, July 19, 2018

Listen Up: Cyanca Brings 'Local Vibes' to 'The Isle of Queens'

Episode 51

Posted By on Thu, Jul 19, 2018 at 10:40 AM

You've seen her at Made From Scratch Fest. You've seen her on the cover of Creative Loafing. Now hear her story on Local Vibes, as up-and-coming R&B/neo-soul singer Cyanca (pictured above, right) blesses the booth alongside her friend and manager Megan Wolford (left), whose poetry skills are featured on a track that the two share with me (center) in this fun and illuminating episode. Cyanca discusses her inspirations — both personally and artistically — and her friendships with local hip-hop luminaries Lute and Elevator Jay. And don't forget to watch the terrific video for Cyanca's song "New Phone, Who Dis?" (below), which we talk about in the podcast.

As always, be sure to catch up with the rest of our team over at Queen City Podcast Network, where we've joined with some of the *other* best podcasts in town. And you can catch up with all our past episodes on iTunes, Stitcher or simply by typing "Local Vibes" into your Spotify search bar.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Community Rallies in Support of Couple Targeted by Racist Ranter

Posted By on Wed, Jul 18, 2018 at 1:22 PM

Cat Bao Le (left) and Tin Nguyen stand with community support outside of their home. (Photo by Ryan Pitkin)
  • Cat Bao Le (left) and Tin Nguyen stand with community support outside of their home. (Photo by Ryan Pitkin)

More than 30 people rallied outside the home of Tin Nguyen and Cat Bao Le on Tuesday night just two days after the couple posted a video showing a man harassing them in their front yard.

The man, who can be seen on the video yelling "I'm going to get you" at the couple and calling them the N-word, was apparently upset that the couple had a sign in their yard that read, "Fuck Donald Trump."

During a press conference in front of the home on Tuesday evening, Le said she was in the shower when she heard someone banging loudly on her door. She said she grabbed a towel and her phone and began recording when she realized the man was acting belligerent.

Le, executive director at the Southeast Asian Coalition, said she believes the man's actions were part of a bigger pattern of harassment aimed at minorities and immigrants during Donald Trump's presidency.

"The Trump administration has allowed white supremacists to feel emboldened and to escalate attacks against our communities," she said. "And when I say our community, I mean a lot of the communities that are facing these attacks under this administration and continue to fear for their lives."

Multiple online sources have identified the man as Charlotte's Cullen Heald, although Creative Loafing has not yet confirmed this. Heald's arrest record shows 31 infractions and arrests, including multiple charges of assault on a woman and domestic violence.

Nguyen, a local lawyer, said he did not trust the police to take action against Heald, so he did not call them, but that he appreciates the response both from the community around him and from the online community, in which the video has been shared thousands of times and made headlines.

"We know what happens to people like him," Nguyen said. "In the past few months, just turn on your TV, turn on your Facebook, you will see some white person wanting to police somebody just for breathing ... and so we know that that’s our justice. This video went viral within hours, it got picked up by all the different news networks, so that’s the kind of transformative justice that we believe in."

Nguyen said it's not the first time he and Le have been confronted over the yard sign, but that a previous call to local code enforcement was fruitless, as they hadn't broken any city ordinance.

"We have these signs here because we know that the president deserves this sign, he deserves this big middle finger," Nguyen said. He then referenced other signs in the yard stating, "Black Lives Matter" and "Refugees Welcome."

"We know that Cullen Heald was not just perturbed by the 'F Trump' sign, but he was perturbed by all of this," he said, referencing the multiple signs. "And the signs that we have here is the vision of the community that we believe in. We believe that refugees are welcome here. We elevate black lives and queer and trans black lives. We believe in all the immigrants that are in this community, and we do not stand with Trump one bit." 

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Listen Up: Styles&Complete Bring It Home on 'Local Vibes'

Episode 50

Posted on Thu, Jul 12, 2018 at 8:00 AM

[From left] DJ Complete, Ryan Pitkin and A. Styles.
  • [From left] DJ Complete, Ryan Pitkin and A. Styles.

We've reached the half-century mark, so we brought in the big guns straight from L.A. Up until 6 months ago, A. Styles and DJ Complete were a pair split between coasts. Early this year, Complete made the move out from CLT to Los Angeles to join the other half of his electronic hip-hop DJ duo, but while they were recently in town for a homecoming show, Ryan sat down with the both of them to talk about their come up through plenty of PBR burps.

As always, make sure to go check out Queen City Podcast Network to find out what our friends with all of Charlotte's other coolest podcasts are doing. You can catch up with all our past episodes there, or do it on iTunes or Stitcher. Of course, another simple way of catching up is just by typing "Local Vibes" into your Spotify search bar.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Listen Up: Late Bloomer Ends the 'Waiting' on 'Local Vibes'

Episode 49

Posted By on Thu, Jun 28, 2018 at 9:00 AM

Between their punk band, Self Aware Records and Lunchbox Records store, the guys from Late Bloomer have their hands in a lot of facets of the local music scene. Josh, Neil and Scott [from left, in above photo by Brian Twitty] sat down with 'Local Vibes' to talk mostly about the band and their new album, Waiting, out this Friday. We chat about what's changed in the four years since their last release, and what's stayed the same.

Make sure to check out the other great local podcasts at Queen City Podcast Network, and catch up with all our past episodes on iTunes, Stitcher or just by typing "Local Vibes" into your Spotify search bar.

Scott Wishart (from left), Neil Mauney, Josh Robbins and Ryan Pitkin.
  • Scott Wishart (from left), Neil Mauney, Josh Robbins and Ryan Pitkin.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Listen Up: Adrienne Nixon Basco Embodies Southern Rock on 'Local Vibes'

Episode 48

Posted By and on Thu, Jun 21, 2018 at 11:06 AM

Fresh off the Hog Happenin' Bikes and BBQ festival in Lincolnton, Adrienne Nixon Basco of Tombstone Betty dropped in to the Hygge West podcast studio to chat with Local Vibes' Mark and Ryan about the band's new album, being a black front woman in a Southern rock band, her connection to biker culture, writing songs while driving, and much more.

As always, be sure to check out the rest of our team at Queen City Podcast Network, and catch up with all the past episodes of Local Vibes on iTunes, Stitcher or by typing "Local Vibes" into your Spotify search bar.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Listen Up: Hectorina Experiments on 'Local Vibes'

Episode 47

Posted By and on Thu, Jun 14, 2018 at 8:00 AM

The boys from Hectorina were gracious enough to spend a Sunday morning with us directly following an album release party for their new album, Muck, at Snug Harbor, so we've got to hand it to them for even showing up. We talk with Dylan, John and Zach about their fourth full-length release, the Charlotte scene and what's changed since the Over Easy Breakfast Machine.

Be sure to check out all the cool shit happening over at Queen City Podcast Network, or you can catch up with all our past episodes on iTunes, Stitcher or simply by typing "Local Vibes" into your Spotify search bar.

The crew (from left): Ryan Pitkin, Zach Jordan, John Harrell, Dylan Gilbert and Mark Kemp.
  • The crew (from left): Ryan Pitkin, Zach Jordan, John Harrell, Dylan Gilbert and Mark Kemp.

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