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5:31 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Going Door-to-Door For Laughs

So, you want to make it in showbiz. Your plan would more than likely look something like this: Move to Hollywood, work a string of odd jobs, and become familiar with rejection.

In this story, Krista Cassidy looks at how a Charlotte comedy duo are trying to make it big from their hometown.

Rachel Woodhouse and Justin Smith are always taking their show on the road. It’s called Door-to-Door. This week’s stop is an unassuming business park in South Charlotte that’s serving as a set.

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CAJA
11:05 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Meet The Couple Who Set Foundation For NoDa's Arts District

Paul Sires and Ruth Lyons.
Credit Courtesy: Ruth Lyons

Today, Charlotte’s NoDa neighborhood is known as a creative hub where artists go to live, work and play.

But in the 70s and early 80s, the area was known for its vacant textile mills. The future looked grim.

Then, a new vision started to emerge when a young artist couple arrived 30 years ago and showed what’s possible. WFAE’s Kim Watson Brooks has their story.


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CAJA
11:55 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Dumpster-Diving Artist Searches Charlotte For Inspiration

Henrique Oliveira searches a dumpsters for materials for his installation at UNCC's Projective Eye Gallery. "My interest in found materials was never as a substitute for a new one, in a sense of working on a budget," he said. "It can be used to create an object that is new but feels as if it is something alive."
Credit Briana Duggan

Throughout January, a Brazilian artist will create a structure made out of Charlotte's trash. The work will be on display at the Projective Eye Gallery at UNC Charlotte’s Center City building. WFAE's Briana Duggan rode along with the artist as he hunted for materials and found that gaining access to these things that no one wants – is more difficult you would think.


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CAJA
10:38 am
Mon January 6, 2014

After 70 Years In Boxes, Photos By Charlotte Woman Find Place At Mint, Met

At 93, Charlotte resident Sonia Handelman Meyer is exhibiting photos she took in 1940s New York in her first major exhibition at the Mint Museum Randolph.
Credit Briana Duggan

In 1940s New York City there was a group of young idealistic photographers that called themselves the New York Photo League. They took to the streets to document the city’s inequality with the hope of changing it. Photos from the League are now on display at the Mint Museum Randolph through June 29.

Photographs taken by Charlotte resident Sonia Handelman Meyer are the focus of the exhibit, but the real story is how they got there.


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CAJA
12:17 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Charlotte Duo's Electronic Music Gets Recognition

Software called "Reason" is a popular program for producing electronic dance music.
Alexia Gyorody WFAE

Technology is always evolving and spurring something new. Music is one example. Go to a trendy nightclub uptown, and it’s there’s a good chance you’ll hear electronic dance music. WFAE’s Alexia Gyorody gives us a glimpse into electronic dance music through this profile of two Charlotte artists known as StylesNComplete.


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CAJA
5:43 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

'Bad Grandpa' Participants Get Their Own Red Carpet Party In Charlotte

Members of Guardians of the Children and local pageant particpants pose for pictures at the "Bad Grandpa" red carpet party.
Craig Elmore WFAE

This past Saturday the Studio Movie Grill at the Epicenter threw a party for the locals who appeared in the movie Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa.  The hit film stars Johnny Knoxville as Irving Zisman, an 86-year-old man who takes his 8-year-old grandson to North Carolina to see his father.  This is the latest film in the Jackass series, all of which use hidden cameras to play pranks on real people. Much of Bad Grandpa was filmed in the Charlotte area.

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CAJA
9:30 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Charlotte Artist Injects Magic, Chaos Into Getting Dressed

Joseph Herscher lifts his foot to put on his shoe right as a huge clock rolls under his leg as he performs The Dresser.
McColl Center for Visual Art

Getting dressed can be pretty boring. But an artist in Charlotte turned it into a funny, machine-driven and excessively complicated task over the weekend. Joseph Herscher debuted his first live exhibition in the United States at the McColl Center for Visual Art.


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CAJA
5:12 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

1968 On Display At Bechtler

Since August, the Bechtler Museum uptown has had the exhibition Modernism in Changing Times: Works From 1968.  In the collection, 1968 represents a blend of media, objective, style, nationality and scale.  101 works of sculpture, paintings, prints, artist books and textiles are featured.  It touches on some of the major art movements of 1968. 

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CAJA
2:01 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

15 Short Film Festival Impresses

15 Short Film Festival attendes at the Evening Muse in NoDa.
Craig Elmore

The 2013 15 Short Film Festival was held this past Sunday at the Evening Muse in NoDa.  More than 1,500 short films (films 15 minutes or less) were submitted from around the world.  Of them, 28 were selected. Craig Elmore wrote  this review for WFAE as part of the Charlotte Arts Journalism Alliance:

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CAJA
3:25 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Lloyd Knight, To Inspire And Entertain At UNC Charlotte

Lloyd Knight, now in his eighth season with the New York-based Martha Graham Dance Company, will perform as part of the UNC Charlotte Department of Dance’s annual Faculty Concert.
Credit Courtesy Lloyd Wright

When he was a middle-school student, Lloyd Knight made a deal that he called “my dad’s tradeoff.” His father told him, “If you’re going to dance, you’re going to do karate.” For a while, he took karate at night. But dance won.

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