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Charlotte Observer
1:49 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Christmas Comes To 'Trailer' Park

The Great Trailer Park Christmas Musical
Credit George Hendricks

It’s a smart playwright who creates new Christmas fodder for the stage. People are hungry for holiday cheer.

There’s the nostalgia of “Scrooge!”, and the elegance of “The Nutcracker,” but for a gut-busting piece of bawdy Americana, get your tickets to Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte’s “The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical.” It has a long run, but tickets are selling faster than the pancakes at Stacks, where they promise: “If we don’t say y’all, y’all eat for free.”

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Local News
11:45 am
Sun November 30, 2014

One Giant Grizzly At Lenoir-Rhyne

Credit Kevin Granados / WFAE

At Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, the time had come for a huge red oak. The roughly 200-year-old tree was dying.  The school had to take it down. But now, the tree has a new life – as a bear.


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Arts & Life
10:20 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Old Typewriters A Treasure For This Artist

Brian Rumping in his Rock Hill workshop
Amy Rogers

Before computers, offices were filled with noise made by this machine that was a huge commercial success: The IBM Selectric typewriter.

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QCityMetro
4:17 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Step Afrika! Returns To Children's Theatre

The Step Africa! dance troupe got its start 20 years ago in Soweto, South Africa, when American C. Brian Williams founded a cultural festival there that celebrated traditional African American stepping tradition.
Credit Step Afrika!

It’s been 20 years since C. Brian Williams, an American, founded Step Afrika! in the dusty township of Soweto, South Africa. In the two decades since, he has taken the African American art form of stepping to diverse audiences around the globe.

On Nov. 7 and 8, Williams will bring his Washington, D.C.-based dance company to Children’s Theatre of Charlotte for three performances. It will be the troupe’s third stop there in four years.

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Arts & Life
11:57 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Program Highlights Work Of Homeless Artists, Teaches Life Lessons

Credit Kevin Granados

When we think of art exhibits, we certainly don’t think of Homeless outreach centers as venues, but that was the case last month the Urban Ministry Center in Charlotte.

The liveliness of the happy and colorful art on display is matched by the energy of visitors and artists as they roam the Hope is an Open Door exhibit.

“It’s an awesome thing. It’s awesome. I mean, real awesome,” says Annie Gurley.

There are sculptures, paintings, drawings – all the creations of artists who are or have been homeless.

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Charlotte Observer
11:32 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Willie Little Takes On Tea Party, Klan In Exhibition

“In the Hood,” an exhibit by former Charlottean Willie Little at New Gallery of Modern Art, is an indictment of extremists in the tea party movement who perpetuate the ideology of the Ku Kux Klan.
Credit T. Ortega Gaines / Charlotte Observer

In 2010, artist Willie Little began a satirical body of work about racism in the tea party movement. 

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QCityMetro
10:09 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Kenneth Carr: Back Home For The Sunset Jazz Festival

Kenny Carr

It’s been eight years since Charlotte-born jazz musician Kenneth "Kenny" Carr last played before a home crowd.

Not familiar with Carr?

Well, let’s start there.

“Charlotte has a lot of great musicians,” Carr said during a phone chat from his home in West New York, N.J. “However, Charlotte is the type of city where they actually grab other artists from someplace else.

“I can go to Europe, I can go to Budapest, I can go all over the world and people love and embrace me,” he continued. “But you go to Charlotte, you can barely get played on the radio.”

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Local News
10:12 am
Thu September 11, 2014

UNC Charlotte Professor Discusses Book On Holocaust Violins

The stories of violins recovered from the Holocaust and the people who played them are the focus of an event this evening at UNC Charlotte. Music professor James Grymes will read from his book, “Violins of Hope.” He was inspired to write the book two years ago when the violins were part of an exhibit on campus.  That exhibit marked the first time the violins were on display in the U.S. His research included a visit to the Israeli violinmaker who restored the violins.


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Arts & Life
1:02 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

NoDa Is Charlotte's Arts District, But Where's The Art Gone?

North Davidson, or NoDa, is known as Charlotte’s arts district – but that reputation might not be deserved anymore. A lot has changed in the last decade. So where is Charlotte’s local arts scene going? Contributor Greg Lacour reports.


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CAJA
9:13 am
Tue April 22, 2014

No Longer A Mystery, Wall Poems Group Opens Uptown Homebase

Salute, April 2013
Credit Wall Poems of Charlotte

If paint can bring energy to an old wall, can an art group bring new energy to a corporate building?

A new space uptown aims to do both. The story begins a year ago with a bit of a mystery.

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