Lawrence Toppman

‘Masterminds:’ March of the merry morons

The Loomis Fargo heist of 1997 gets a broad treatment in a comedy of ridiculous (if often funny) proportions.

Lawrence Toppman

A rare chance to see a world master

Zakir Hussain has been called one of the 20 best Indian musicians of the last few centuries (despite his mom’s early efforts), he’s been in jazz-rock bands and “Apocalypse Now,” he’s got a guy from Journey on his latest DVD. He’ll be in Charlotte Oct. 9.


Dory finds herself on the ice in new Disney production

If there’s anything filmgoers learned from Disney’s “Finding Dory” this summer, it’s to follow their heart (and instincts). So bringing the Pacific regal blue tang fish back to Disney on Ice for its latest production – “Follow Your Heart,” which runs at Time Warner Cable Arena through Sunday – was a no-brainer.

Reading Matters

‘Buddha’s Diet’ - lose weight not mind

I’ve reached the point where I don’t believe in diets. And I’ve sworn off diet books. Except when one like this comes across my desk. It’s “Buddha’s Diet: The Ancient Art of Losing Weight without Losing Your Mind,” by Buddhist priest Dan Zigmond and digital strategist Tara Cotrell.

Music & Nightlife

Common still making sense in shaping hip-hop

Common may be a Hollywood actor, an activist, a philanthropist, author and businessman, but at heart he is a South Side Chicago kid who grew up loving hip-hop and then spent most of the past 20 years building a legacy as one of the most significant rap artists ever out of his hometown. And he's pretty stoked about a new generation of Chicago hip-hop that appears to be building on some of that foundation he helped put down.


Watch the 'Deepwater Horizon' official movie trailer

Deepwater Horizon – In Theaters September 30.
Lionsgate Movies
Watch the 'Deepwater Horizon' official movie trailer 2:36

Watch the 'Deepwater Horizon' official movie trailer

Mary Deissler, the new director of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra 3:04

Mary Deissler, the new director of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra

Breakin' Convention 3:32

Breakin' Convention

Watch the trailer for 'Storks' 2:35

Watch the trailer for 'Storks'