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THEY WROTE THE SONGS

YANKEE DOODLE DANDY - 1942

THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY - 1978

COAL MINER'S DAUGHTER - 1980

AMADEUS - 1984

BIRD - 1988

THE DOORS - 1991

WALK THE LINE - 2005

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SONGWRITERS

"...I write the songs that make the whole
             world sing
I write the songs of love and special things
I write the songs that make the young
            girls cry
I write the songs, I write the songs..."



~ Music/Lyrics Bruce Johnston, 1975

A view of the arts in the "style of the moment"
Movies
Dream a Little Dream at Actor's Theatre of Charlotte July 23 - August 9.      Disney's and Cameron MacIntosh's Mary Poppins at CPCC Summer Theatre thorugh July 26.      Aladdin Jr. at the Matthews Playhouse through July 27.      Charlotte Symphony Summer Pops at Symphony Park at Southpark on Sundays.      Look under Latest News for information on some of the best, most interesting local arts events.
  Film Reviews
Film Image Film Image
SEX TAPE      The good news about Sex Tape is that the actors Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel are in great shape, especially Mr. Segel who has recently lost weight and buffed up slightly. The bad news is that Sex Tape is not all that sexy or funny. The movie begins as these two, Jay and Annie, meet in college and have an active, make that extremely active, sex life. But with the birth of children and making a living, they've slipped in their attentiveness to each other. The full complement of characters are here .....more
  Theatre Reviews
Rehearsal Rehearsal


THE GERSHWINS' PORGY AND BESS     During a summer in the 1930s in Charleston, South Carolina, living is easy, according to the folks residing on Catfish Row. Although this was the era of the Great Depression and the unemployment rate was above twenty percent, the Negroes on Catfish Row work hard, play harder, and try to find love in the meantime. The Tony Award-winning production, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, places the audience in the middle of Negro life as they throw dice, sing to bunting babies while .....more
   Items of Interest

Weekend Box Office Estimates

July 20, 2014


  1. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes    $36M
  2. The Purge: Anarchy    $28.3M
  3. Planes: Fire & Rescue    $18M
  4. Sex Tape 2   $15M
  5. Transformers: Age of Extinction    $10M
  6. Tammy    $7.6M
  7. 22 Jump Street    $4.7M
  8. How to Train Your Dragon 2   $3.8M
  9. Maleficent    $3.3M
  10. Earth to Echo    $3.2M
It has not been a spectacular summer weekend, but Dawn of the Planet of the Apes comes in first again. The next three movies on the list are new releases. Sex Tape, for all the hype, comes in fourth place. Transformers: Age of Extinction comes in at fifth place. As we move closer to August, a box office slump looks like it may prevail.

New York Times - July 20, 2014

Top Ten Fiction - Combined Print & E-Books


  1. INVISIBLE by James Patterson and David Ellis. (Little, Brown)

  2. TOP SECRET TWENTY-ONE by Janet Evanovich. (Bantam)

  3. THE SILKWORM by Robert Galbraith. (Mulholland/Little, Brown)

  4. BEAUTIFUL OBLIVION by Jamie McGuire. (Atria)

  5. THE CITY by Dean Koontz. (Bantam)

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

  7. THE NEIGHBOR by Dean Koontz.
    (Bantam)

  8. GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn. (Crown)

  9. SPICE BOX by Raine Miller, Cathryn Fox and others (Various publishers)

  10. MR. MERCEDES by Stephen King. (Scribner)


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