Andy Smith is a freelance writer and editor based in Charlotte, N.C. He began his career as a writer and copy editor at newspapers in West Virginia, where he was raised. He currently serves two roles for Charlotte magazine: arts editor and web editor. He continues to freelance for other publicati...
ACROSS THE CITY, Charlotte’s cultural sector is celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a diverse display of the arts, from music and dance to poetry and film. Below, see what’s ahead for the holiday:1.
School of Rock is the latest major musical to make its way to a Charlotte stage, after success on Broadway and London’s West End. Like all film adaptations, the production inspires question: Is it like the movie? And just who is playing that music? Find out about the production, playing at Ovens Auditorium, below. 1. Yes, the kids are really playing those instruments. This fact about the show is so remarkable that an announcement is made before each performance that confirms it.
IT’S BEEN SEVEN YEARS since Colin Quinn’s had a major stand-up tour. In that time, he crafted celebrated one-man Broadway shows, appeared in Girls, Trainwreck, and other films, and released the autobiographical The Coloring Book: A Comedian Solves Race Relations in America. The Saturday Night Live alum comes to Booth Playhouse on Jan. 19. We recently chatted with him about his new tour, "One in Every Crowd," and being a nonpartisan comic in a partisan world.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".