Monday, November 28, 2011

Red Hot Chili Peppers to play Charlotte

Red Hot Chili Peppers will launch the North American leg of their "I’m With You World Tour" in January when they play Time Warner Cable Arena on Jan. 25. Santigold is scheduled to open the show.

The alternative rock band -- whose hits have ranged from 1991's "Under the Bridge" to 2006's "Dani California" -- last performed in Charlotte in January of 2007. Before that, the Chili Peppers hadn't made our city a tour stop since 2003.

"I'm With You" (released in August) is the 10th studio album for the group, which has won seven Grammy Awards over the course of almost three decades.

Tickets for the 2012 concert go on sale at 10 a.m. this Saturday through,, the Time Warner Cable Arena box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, or by calling 800-745-3000. For more information, go to

From Charlotte, the Chili Peppers will continue through the Carolinas for shows at the RBC Center in Raleigh on Jan. 27; at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia on Jan. 28; and at Greensboro Coliseum on Jan. 31.

Leonard Bearstein Returns to Founders Hall

One of Charlotte’s favorite traditions -- Leonard Bearstein and his animatronic orchestra -- is returning to Founders Hall in Bank of America Corporate Center (100 N. Tryon St.) throughout the month of December.

The 45-minute program features holiday favorites performed by Leonard Bearstein and his orchestra, including: “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow,” “Sleigh Ride,” “Frosty the Snowman,” “Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer,” “Up on the Housetop,” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” “Here Comes Santa Claus,” “Santa Baby,” “The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late),” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “Jingle Bells,” “Feliz Navidad,” “We Wish You A Merry Christmas,” and “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas.”

Leonard Bearstein Symphony Orchestra will perform daily Dec. 1-31. Performance times are: 10 and 11 a.m., noon, and 1, 2, 5 and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday; and hourly from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Performances are free and times are subject to change. For the latest information on performances, visit or call 704-716-8649.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Craft beer lovers, unite! In NoDa, in Feb.

The inaugural Queen City Brewers Festival will be held at the Neighborhood Theatre (511 E. 36th St.), on Saturday, Feb. 4. The event will feature a diverse selection of beer styles and flavors to taste and learn about from representatives of Charlotte-area craft breweries.

“Charlotte’s craft beer market has exploded in recent years,” Nils Weldy, the festival organizer, said in a press release. “Charlotte is raising the bar of beer culture not only in North Carolina, but across the Southeast, and the purpose of this event is to spotlight our emerging craft breweries. At the same time, we are bringing awareness to a Charlotte-based nonprofit whose goal is to improve the quality of life for citizens within the Charlotte community.”

Expect at least seven breweries and some 30 beers. Each brewery will showcase its full lineup, and is also being encouraged to bring one "super" flavor or style of beer brewed especially for the festival -- which takes place the day before the Super Bowl.

There will be two tasting sessions: 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Admission is $20 per session and tickets go on sale at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 8. Proceeds raised from the event will benefit Partners for Parks, which seeks to promote and enhance parks, recreation and open space in neighborhoods throughout Mecklenburg County and the surrounding area.


Monday, November 14, 2011

See new trailer for 'The Hunger Games'

The full trailer for the upcoming film "The Hunger Games" -- much of which was shot in North Carolina over the summer -- debuted today on ABC's "Good Morning America" and is now spreading like wildfire online.

Principal photography in North Carolina was completed in September; the 84-day shoot started on May 23 and included locations in Asheville, Barnardsville, Black Mountain, Cedar Mountain, Charlotte, Concord, Hildebran and Shelby.

The film stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Wes Bentley and Toby Jones. Lionsgate will release the first movie in the trilogy of adaptations from Suzanne Collins' novels on March 23, 2012.

Here's your first look:

In a press release, Lionsgate stated: "In an attempt to preserve the anticipation and mystery that fans are relishing, the trailer only shows footage from the first half of the film, chronicling events leading up to but not including the Games themselves. After giving fans their first look at all of the book's beloved characters brought to life, giving viewers who haven’t read the book vital information about the world of Panem, the trailer ends with an electrifying cliffhanger right as Katniss enters the arena."

So ... what do you think of the new trailer for "The Hunger Games"?

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Waters to bring 'The Wall' to Charlotte

Roger Waters, the co-founder and principal songwriter of Pink Floyd, has announced the return of the production of “The Wall” to North America in 2012.

Third-to-last stop on the 36-show tour? Charlotte's Time Warner Cable Arena, on July 10.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 14 at, the arena box office, all Ticketmaster outlets (including select Wal-Mart stores), or by phone at 800-745-3000.

The reimagined live version of “The Wall” -- which features a full band and state-of-the-art production -- has played more than 120 shows around the world for more than 1.6 million fans, making it one of the most successful tours of 2010 and 2011.

“Thirty years ago when I wrote ‘The Wall,’ I was a frightened young man,” Waters said in a press release. “In the intervening years it occurred to me that maybe the story of my fear and loss with its concomitant inevitable residue of ridicule, shame and punishment, provides an allegory for broader concerns: Nationalism, racism, sexism, religion, whatever! All these issues and 'isms are driven by the same fears that drove my young life.”

The 1980 original production of the “The Wall” was performed live and in its entirety just 29 times during Pink Floyd’s 1980 tour in support of the album (and once in Berlin in celebration of the fall of the Berlin wall). The new, much-showier version debuted in Toronto in 2010.

In addition to Roger Waters (lead vocals, bass), “The Wall” live touring ensemble includes: Snowy White (guitar), Dave Kilminster (guitar), GE Smith (guitar and bass), Jon Carin (keyboards), Harry Waters (Hammond organ), Graham Broad (drums), and Robbie Wyckoff (vocals), with backing vocals by Jon Joyce, Pat Lennon, Mark Lennon and Kipp Lennon.

Prior to the Charlotte show on July 10, Roger Waters' "The Wall Live Tour" will stop at the RBC Center in Raleigh, on July 9.