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A-listers to close out Democratic National Convention in Charlotte?

By Tim Funk
tfunk@charlotteobserver.com

James Taylor and Sheryl Crow as warm-up acts for President Barack Obama?

That was the claim buried five paragraphs into a Monday story by ShowBiz411.com.

The two A-list performers, the Hollywoody website said, “will entertain the people at Bank of America Stadium on Thursday, September 6 before (Obama) makes his acceptance speech. More artists are expected to be added.”

True or false?

“I don’t have any further details to announce about the convention program at this time,” e-said Joanne Peters of the Democratic National Convention Committee.

The Dish has learned that Tar Heel native Taylor has been on the road singing for small groups of big Obama donors. And that he has some convention gig in Charlotte.

Exhibit revisits Chicago ’68

For all its hassles, hosting a national political convention is still a major get for any U.S. metropolis. But for Chicago in 1968, it was a nightmare that still conjures up brutal images.

Starting Monday, CLT’s Light Factory will spotlight those B&W pictures of club-wielding police officers and provocative protesters in an exhibit called “Out in the Streets.”

On Oct. 13, the factory will bring to town two of the leading figures in that Dem convention drama: veteran activist Tom Hayden, part of the “Chicago 7” charged with inciting a riot, and N.C.-born photographer Duane Hall, who used a “shoot and run” style as he was chased by Chicago cops.

Charlotte ‘easy’ on Brit eyes

Here’s how The Mirror, one of the national tabloids in the UK, begins its DNC-themed travel piece on CLT:

“Barack Obama has a hot date with Charlotte … and you can hardly blame him for falling for her charms.”

The smitten Brit author also called CLT “hip,” “chic,” “easy on the eye” and “hard to leave.”

And this on the city’s colonial past: “One minute Charlotte’s founding fathers were currying favor with Britain by naming the city after King George III’s bride. The next they were severing all ties, getting in the act before the American Declaration of Independence.”

Hear anything? tfunk@charlotteobserver.com; 704-358-5703
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