Liz Lanier

Liz Lanier

Liz Lanier is a senior at UNC Charlotte pursuing an English major with a minor in journalism. She is currently the Arts & Entertainment editor of the Niner Times. As a former Game Informer intern, she has published dozens of articles on www.gameinformer.com. Her writing has also been featured in The Virginian-Pilot and The Charlotte Observer. You can reach her at ae@nineronline.com.

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Demetri Martin makes his first stop in Charlotte a memorable one

| April 16, 2014 | 0 Comments
Demetri Martin makes his first stop in Charlotte a memorable one

Though Demetri Martin has been a well-known name in the comedy world for several years now, he just finished his first show in the Queen City on Sunday night. The comic best known for his former Comedy Central show “Important Things With Demetri Martin” remarked that though he hasn’t performed here, he has visited before […]

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Spring Awakening sure to shock and delight UNC Charlotte

| April 8, 2014 | 0 Comments
Spring Awakening sure to shock and delight UNC Charlotte

Sex, violence, homosexuality, masturbation: These may not be the usual topics discussed in theatre, but “Spring Awakening” is not your average musical. As one might expect from the list above, it can spark what would typically be taboo conversation among audiences. Adapted from Frank Wedekind’s 1891 German play, this musical shocked Broadway and is here […]

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Onward, Etc. bringing equal parts Americana and folk to Tremont

| April 7, 2014 | 0 Comments
Onward, Etc. bringing equal parts Americana and folk to Tremont

For fans of Mumford and Sons and other similar acts looking to branch out, Onward, Etc. is definitely a band to check out. The Americana/folk group is coming to Tremont Music Hall April 8 at 8 p.m. The Menders and Charlie King will also be performing. Tickets are a steal at $8-10, which means even […]

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Documentary screening of ‘Wonder Women’ taking place on campus Monday night

| March 23, 2014 | 0 Comments
Documentary screening of ‘Wonder Women’ taking place on campus Monday night

“Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines” will be showing Monday night, March 24 in the Student Union Multipurpose room, 340. This documentary chronicles the birth and evolution of one of the most iconic superheroes of all time, and shows how her various incarnations often reflected the women’s movement and society’s anxieties of women’s […]

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Film screening and panel discussion for ‘The House I Live In’ coming to campus

| March 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
Film screening and panel discussion for ‘The House I Live In’ coming to campus

“The House I Live In,” a documentary on drug issues in America, will be showing next week on campus. While the famous “War on Drugs” campaign is well-known, it has accomplished very little in actually preventing drug crimes in the US. Part of the issue is the one-size-fits-all approach to putting drug users into a […]

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UNC Charlotte International Film Festival continues

| March 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
UNC Charlotte International Film Festival continues

Students looking to add a little worldliness and culture to their conversations still have the opportunity to check out some international films this month. The International Film Festival, hosted by the Department of Languages and Culture Studies, continues until April 2, with eight films left to check out. All films will be shown (with subtitles) […]

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‘The Walking Dead’ game season two, episode two review: ‘A House Divided’

| March 14, 2014 | 0 Comments
‘The  Walking Dead’ game season two, episode two review: ‘A House Divided’

Though the title “A House Divided” accurately describes the conflict of the second episode of the hit sequel “The Walking Dead,” it is not reflective of the ties that are bound in this installment. While the first episode was nearly overwhelming in its constant reveal of depressing events, the second uses the opportunity to tie […]

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UNC Charlotte hosting International Film Festival this month

| March 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
UNC Charlotte hosting International Film Festival this month

Any students sick of their Netflix queue have a chance to dabble in culture on campus instead thanks to the Department of Languages and Culture Studies and language clubs of UNC Charlotte. March 12 through April 2 the 2014 International Film Festival will be held, thanks to the supporters’ combined efforts. The festival is completely […]

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New game show ‘@midnight’ puts the “social” back into social media

| February 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
New game show ‘@midnight’ puts the “social” back into social media

After successfully hosting gigs for AMC shows like “Talking Dead” and “Talking Bad,” Chris Hardwick has ventured into a new job: hosting the late night game show “@midnight.” The show takes three comedian contestants and pits them against each other to see who has the funniest take on pop culture and the media in a […]

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New ‘The Last of Us’ DLC ‘Left Behind’ offers a short but (bitter)sweet glimpse back into Ellie’s story

| February 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
New ‘The Last of Us’ DLC ‘Left Behind’ offers a short but (bitter)sweet glimpse back into Ellie’s story

For those who felt that Ellie’s backstory was left too much of a mystery in the 2013 award-winning title ”The Last of Us,”  the new DLC “Left Behind” has arrived to fill in the gaps. To cut what could be a long review short: if you played “The Last of Us,” download this DLC immediately. If you […]

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The Valentine’s Day movie guide… for those who don’t care about V-Day

| February 2, 2014 | 0 Comments
The Valentine’s Day movie guide… for those who don’t care about V-Day

For those without a valentine or who prefer to stay in, here are the Niner Times’ top picks for movies to curl up on the couch with. Cupid may have missed you, but Netflix is always there: FOR THE SINGLE LADIES… Kim’s Pick: “The Heat” For the ladies taking another one for the team and […]

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Will ‘Endless Love’ be an endless mockery? The good, the bad and the ugly of 2014 film adaptations

| January 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
Will ‘Endless Love’ be an endless mockery? The good, the bad and the ugly of 2014 film adaptations

On a recent trip to the movies, I was surprised to see a poster for “Endless Love” lining a wall. The novel was a memorable read for me from my pre-teen years— partly because I was probably too young to have read it when I did. Scott Spencer’s breakout book tells the story of two young […]

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UNC Charlotte Film Club is calling all filmmakers to submit entries to Instafestival

| January 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
UNC Charlotte Film Club is calling all filmmakers to submit entries to Instafestival

UNC Charlotte Film Club will be holding its first ever Instafestival in February— and yes, it’s just what it sounds like. Rather than traditional “films,” this festival subsists entirely of brief videos filmed with mobile devices and uploaded to social media. The three categories are Instagram, Vine and Mobile. The last category includes only videos […]

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‘Book of Mormon’ hints at a promising run for Blumenthal’s Broadway Lights Series

| January 14, 2014 | 0 Comments
‘Book of Mormon’ hints at a promising run for Blumenthal’s Broadway Lights Series

With more than a few jokes about religion, disease, famine and even genital mutilation, “Book of Mormon” doesn’t seem the sort of musical to draw the average theatre-going crowd. But the packed audience at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center was filled with more silver foxes and pantsuit wearers than you would expect. Despite that, the […]

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Finding your muse ain’t always easy

| December 3, 2013 | 0 Comments
Finding your muse ain’t always easy

Nestled among the coffeehouses and the kitschy shops on the streets of North Davidson is a venue where all manner of genres are performed—R&B, rock, reggae, blues, folk, soul, country—all are welcome at The Evening Muse. Naturally, the performers that come to show their stuff every Monday for the “Find Your Muse Open Mic Night” […]

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Not your grandfather’s burlesque show— SuicideGirls and the reinvention of sexy

| November 19, 2013 | 0 Comments
Not your grandfather’s burlesque show— SuicideGirls and the reinvention of sexy

A cutesy girl with bright blue, sparkling panties takes the stage of The Fillmore. As she sloppily tries to seduce the audience, she flails her arms and nearly tumbles over a few times as she tries to alluringly remove a feather boa from her bosom— no easy feat. Just as she is trying to remove […]

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UNC Charlotte students display what peace means to them

| November 18, 2013 | 0 Comments
UNC Charlotte students display what peace means to them

All photos by Laura Manzare. From messages as simple as “Amour” to as blunt as “Love an Asian,” the colorful rocks that make up the UNCC Peace, Love, and Rocks display all come with the same good intentions: express what love and peace mean to you. The mission of the organizers states, “Something as simple […]

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Nick Swardson headlining the Homecoming Comedy Show

| October 9, 2013 | 0 Comments
Nick Swardson headlining the Homecoming Comedy Show

Beyond standard fare like the Pep Rally, homecoming also means new comedy acts are gracing UNC Charlotte’s campus. Nick Swardson, who has appeared in all types of comedy flicks and shows, from “Reno 911!” to “Grandma’s Boy,” will be headlining the Homecoming Comedy Show. After his success in stand up at live comedy venues and […]

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Weenie Roast 2013 brings Thirty Seconds to Mars, Sick Puppies and other rock acts to Charlotte

| September 24, 2013 | 0 Comments
Weenie Roast 2013 brings Thirty Seconds to Mars, Sick Puppies and other rock acts to Charlotte

Local alternative rock station 1065 “the END” is bringing back their annual Weenie Roast on Sept. 28. For UNC Charlotte students who aren’t ready to say goodbye to summer, this rock festival will be a fitting send-off. This fall, the lineup is full of a diverse range of acts. From the electronic rock tunes of […]

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‘Gone Home’ tells a story that’s hauntingly familiar

| September 16, 2013 | 0 Comments
‘Gone Home’ tells a story that’s hauntingly familiar

Homecoming isn’t quite what you were expecting after a year-long, European adventure. Rather than return to the welcoming embrace of your family, you arrive to find an empty house with only a note from your little sister, Sam, saying she doesn’t want you to search for her. This plea, coupled with a panicked voicemail message […]

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