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11:03 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Othalie Graham Returns To Charlotte In Opera Carolina's Production Of 'Turandot'

Othalie Graham

Othalie Graham loves to the tell the story of how, as a teen growing up in Brampton, Ontario, an unlikely meeting with legendary soprano Leontyne Price all but cemented her own future path into the international musical arena and the operatic stage.

“Growing up in Canada, I didn’t have much exposure to opera, let alone black performers,” said Graham, in Charlotte performing the title role of Turandot in Opera Carolina’s current production. My father learned of Price performing with the Toronto Symphony and arranged for me and my mother to go.

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CAJA
1:34 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Ziad Rabie Talks About Jazz At The Bechtler And Music He Loves

For nearly five years Charlotte musician Ziad Rabie, above, and his jazz quartet have been featured musicians at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art's popular "Jazz at the Bechtler" monthly music series.
Credit Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

If you search online for the phrase “don’t like jazz,” you’ll come away with more than 55 million search results. Quiet as it’s kept, despite its uniquely American roots, jazz continues to confound a large segment of the American music audience.

Ziad Rabie, who for nearly five years has been the featured musician at the popular Jazz at the Bechtler series, knows this well. He has seen it firsthand, even among some of his friends and close associates.

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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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