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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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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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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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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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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10:51 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Charlotte's Other Concert Venue: Your Living Room

The crowd listens closely during a concert at Judy Mace's home. "I just wanted the chance to hear concerts ina place where people were really listening and respectful of the musicians," says Mace.
Credit Briana Duggan

Many music venues go to lengths to give their space that cozy, homey feel. And then, there’s the real thing. A living room or garage may be smaller than your typical concert hall, but house concerts can often be more lucrative for musicians.

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Local News
6:00 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Arts Funding Troubles, part 2: What It Will Take To Survive

The Mint Museum and Bechtler Museum of Modern Art opened in 2010 as part of the Levine Cultural Campus.
Briana Duggan

Charlotte's arts funding landscape is grim.

The Arts and Science Council was created decades ago to be the primary fundraiser for Charlotte's cultural sector. But it is no longer the money-raising powerhouse it once was. Cultural institutions that rely on the ASC, are struggling to pay their bills. And that new museum complex Uptown is in the middle of what arts leaders call a "perfect storm."

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Local News
6:05 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Arts Funding Troubles, part 1: How We Got Into This Mess

Scott Provancher, the former President of the Arts and Science Council, who stepped down from the position earlier this month.
Briana Duggan

There’s a group in Charlotte called the Cultural Life Task Force meeting every couple of weeks with a charge to save the city’s cultural sector. The traditional way arts and culture is being funded in the city is no longer working, and as a result, Charlotte’s arts institutions face an uncertain future.

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4:06 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

New Exhibit To Boost Mint's Randolph Road Location

The work of American painter Richard Caton Woodville (including this self-portrait) is on display at the Mint Museum Randolph beginning June 28.
Julie Rose

While much of Charlotte's fine art focus is Uptown with the city's new museum complex, officials at the Mint are shifting their attention back to their roots. The first major painting exhibit to come to the Mint's original home on Randolph Road in more than six years opens this weekend.

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Arts & Life
9:23 am
Tue June 25, 2013

Task Force Discusses Future Of Arts Funding

A photo from the Cultural Life Task Force's June 10 meeting.
Credit Carolina PR

  Many of Charlotte’s largest arts organizations are in financial trouble. Funding from the Arts and Science Council is down and groups must figure out where money will come from in the future. 

Recently, a task force formed to help out. The Cultural Life Task Force met Monday at the Arts and Science Council offices, and discussed, among other things, whether the Arts and Science Council is necessary.  

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