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'Petey' screening presents one crazy Cupid

August 8, 2013


Aug. 08--Charlotte writer-director-producer Fred Forte Jr. will hold a premiere public screening for "Petey," his new romantic comedy, July 17 at 7 p.m. in Halton Theater.

It stars Justin Smith as Petey, a hapless guy with a crush on a childhood friend (Tara Gulledge) but no hope of getting her. When Cupid (Nolimit Larry Mims) goes on vacation, Petey uses his magic bow and arrow to hook up with Jessica (Dinah Sade), causing complications for all.

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New cabaret series

Theatre Charlotte has begun a cabaret series called "Grand Nights for Singing" on Friday nights in the lobby at 501 Queens Road. Tickets are $10. Each show will feature selections from one seldom-done musical plus songs from specific eras. Here's the lineup:

Friday: "Tick, Tick Boom!" and songs from shows written after 2000; Oct. 18: "Funny Girl" and songs from shows written pre-1965; Jan. 10: "Follies" and songs from shows written 1965-1980; March 7: "Sunday in the Park with George" and songs from shows written 1980-2000. Details: theatrecharlotte.

Symphony Guild wins big

The Symphony Guild of Charlotte was named Best of the Best by the League of American Orchestras' Volunteer Council, in recognition of "consistently outstanding and creative endeavors" in governance, diversity, education and community engagement. This was the first time in its 50-year history the council has given this tribute.

Three Guild projects received the League's 2013 Gold Book Online Award of Excellence: "Classical Idol," the Guild's signature fundraiser; "Trivia Night: Engaging New Members;" and "Comprehensive Communication." The League used the Guild's online sign-up program, which uses Sign-Up Genius, as a round-table discussion topic.

Locals at film festivals

Charlotte filmmakers have scored at film festivals.

Tom Morgan's "Waiting for Mamu" was the audience's favorite short documentary at the Traverse City Film Festival in Michigan, founded by Michael Moore. Morgan's film profiles CNN Hero of the Year Pushpa Basnet, who works in Nepal with children confined to prison while their parents are doing time. The film will next play the Sedona International Film Festival.

Writer-director Jordan Imbrey and cinematographer Eric Ugland will get a West Coast premiere for "Alpacas & Destiny" Friday on opening night of the Action on Film International Film Festival in Pasadena, Cal. The short stars Nicholas de la Canal as a lonely boy on an alpaca farm who finds a magic amulet that can turn his pet alpacas into humans. Soon, things start to go horribly wrong.

Ragtime documentary

Charlotte's Ethan Uslan is featured in the 2012 movie "The Entertainers," which will be screened Aug. 18 at 2 p.m. in Tate Hall at Central Piedmont Community College. Uslan will play piano and host a Q-and-A session afterward. The film follows six contestants in the World Championship Old-Time Piano Playing Contest; Uslan, twice a world champion, was among them.

Details: $12 ($10 for seniors, $6 for children).


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