We’ve all wondered about the delay in announcing the musical acts for CarolinaFest, the public festival uptown on Labor Day that will act as a welcoming party for the Democratic National Convention.
Now The Hollywood Reporter claims we can blame MTV’s Video Music Awards for the wait. The VMAs will air Sept. 6, the same night President Barack Obama will accept the party’s nomination. So headline musical acts will be in Los Angeles getting ready and won’t be available to entertain in Charlotte. In 2008, Sheryl Crow, Nelly, Death Cab for Cutie and others performed in Denver. But some of the organizations that put on those events, have cut back this year.
And, as Hollywood Reporter was happy to point out, it’s not as easy to travel between Charlotte and Los Angeles, especially at the end of the long music-touring season. At least the Huffington Post says that MTV will keep the VMA broadcast between 8 and 10 p.m., so it won’t interrupt Obama’s speech, expected about 10 p.m. EDT. Kathleen Purvis
Vicki Kennedy at convention for health care events
Four years ago, Sen. Ted Kennedy made his last major public appearance at the Democratic convention. Next month his widow will appear.
The Boston Globe reports that Vicki Kennedy will speak at a health care forum and other events at the convention.
Her husband fought for health care reform for decades before he died in 2009, seven months before Congress passed President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act.
Vicki Kennedy “is a strong supporter of the president for many reasons, but most importantly for what he accomplished on health care reform,” her spokeswoman, Debra DeShong Reed, told the Globe. Jim Morrill
Huffington Post offers rest stop for journalists
Huffington Post, a website featuring political opinions, says it will set up a rest stop at the convention.
Called the “Oasis,” the center will offer yoga, massages, meditation space and sleep advice from experts from Harvard Medical School during the convention for accredited delegates, journalists and bloggers. The location is Flex and Fit Gym on the ground floor of the Duke Energy Center at South Tryon and Stonewall streets, each day from 7 a.m. to midnight.
Huffington Post is partnering with Off the Mat, Into the World, a yoga group, and LYFE Kitchen, a healthy food firm, for the center. Mark Washburn
You won’t see much of N.Y. governor at convention
He’s one of the bright lights of his party and a possible contender in 2016. But don’t look for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo at the convention, at least until the final day.
Cuomo, who has rarely traveled since being elected in 2010, told reporters that he simply has too much to do.
“I want to do the best job I can as the governor of the state of New York, and I do that best being in New York,” he said. Jim Morrill
‘Washington Week’ on the road from UNCC
This month “Washington Week” will become UNCC Week.
On Aug. 31, “Washington Week with Gwen Ifill,” PBS’ public affairs show, will tape its weekly broadcast from the Anne R. Belk Theatre in UNC Charlotte’s Robinson Hall.
The taping will take place a day after the Republican convention in Tampa, Fla., and four days before the start of the Democratic convention.
Tickets are required but free. Go to www.unccboxoffice.com.