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COMING OF AGE MOVIES

THE 400 BLOWS - 1959

THE LAST PICTURE SHOW - 1971

THE BREAKFAST CLUB - 1985

STAND BY ME - 1986

BOYZ N THE HOOD - 1991

MEAN GIRLS - 2004

THE SPECTACULAR NOW - 2013

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AT SEVENTEEN

"I learned the truth at seventeen
That love was meant for beauty queens
...high school girls w/clear-skinned smiles
Who married young and then retired...
To those of us who knew the pain
Of valentines that never came
And those whose names were never called
When choosing sides for basketball...
It was long ago and far away
The world was younger than today...


~ Music/Lyrics Janis Ian, 1975

A view of the arts in the "style of the moment"
Movies
     The Movement at the Visulite Theatre Apr 18.      Brian Collins at the Evening Muse Apr 19.      Chick Corea: Solo Piano at the Knight Theatre Apr 19.      Poverty is Real - Beatles vs. Stones at the Double Door Inn Apr 19.      Raising Appalachia at the Visulite Theatre Apr 19.      Stepping Stones to Freedom: Jazz and the Civil Rights Movement at UNC Charlotte Robinson Hall Apr 22.      The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark at Children's Theatre of Charlotte Apr 19, 26, 27.      The Reluctant Dragon at Children's Theatre of Charlotte through May 4.      The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at CAST through May 3.      Ulysses: 2014 Charlotte Festival of the Arts, check for events and times.      TAPROOT Ophelos April Tour at the Piedmont Unitarian Universalist Church through April 27 (check times).      Look under Latest News for information on some of the best, most interesting local arts events.
  Film Reviews
Film Image Film Image
UNDER THE SKIN     A provocative, compelling, sometimes maddening film, Under the Skin is not for those who have difficulty with ambiguity along the lines of 2001: A Space Odyssey. It's a sci-fi movie about aliens that harvest humans in Scotland. Although we see how they go about this, the why is left up the audience. The movie can be appreciated both literally and metaphorically. Yet all we have is what the filmmakers give us on the screen, unless one has read the book. .....more
  Theatre Reviews
Rehearsal Rehearsal


BLUE MAN GROUP     Creepy, blue, yet entertaining is how I would describe the painted trio better known as the Blue Man Group. Belk Theater was packed with giggly, squirmy little kids accompanied by giggly, squirmy adults for the opening of this production, originally formed in 1987 as a tribute to '80s culture. Several men rotate characters throughout the tour and those that participated in Charlotte's show really delivered. Beginning with techno beats bumping so hard I could feel the vibration in my chest .....more
   Items of Interest

Weekend Box Office Estimates

April 13, 2014


  1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier    $41.3M
  2. Rio 2    $39M
  3. Oculus    $12M
  4. Draft Day    $9.7M
  5. Divergent    $17M
  6. Noah    $7.4M
  7. God's Not Dead    $5.4M
  8. The Grand Budapest Hotel    $4M
  9. Muppets Most Wanted    $2.1M
  10. Mr. Peabody & Sherman    $1.8M
Captain America: The Winter Soldier continues to dominate the box office. Three new releases come in 2 - 4, but only Rio 2 makes a substantial debut. Divergent slowing down, but is still in the top five.

New York Times - April 13, 2014

Top Ten Fiction - Combined Print & E-Books


  1. SHADOW SPELL by Nora Roberts. (Berkley)

  2. NYPD RED 2 by James Patterson and Marshall Karp. (Little, Brown)

  3. MISSING YOU by Harlan Coben. (Dutton)

  4. THE FIXED TRILOGY by Laurelin Paige. (Laurelin Paige)

  5. BLOSSOM STREET BRIDES by Debbie Macomber. (Ballantine)

  6. LITTLE GIRL LOST by Brian McGilloway. (Witness Impulse/HarperCollins)

  7. THE GOLDFINCH by Donna Tartt.
    (Little, Brown)

  8. FATAL JEOPARDY by Marie Force.
    (Carina Press)

  9. VERONICA MARS: THE THOUSAND-DOLLAR TAN LINE by Rob Thomas and Jennifer Graham (Vintage)

  10. ORPHAN TRAIN by Christina Baker Kline. (Morrow/HarperCollins)


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