Arts en Li'l Abner & Education In North Carolina <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><strong>Part 1</strong></p><p>Central Piedmont Community College's summer theater season is underway and they are producing a southern favorite, <a href="">Li'l&nbsp;Abner</a>. Based on the wildly popular Al Capps <a href="">cartoon Li'l&nbsp;Abner</a>, which ran from the 1930’s for over 40 years, CPCC’s production has an ironic twist. In the title role is newcomer Zach Teague. Over 50 years ago another unknown, Peter Palmer, got the nod as the Broadway star of Li'l&nbsp;Abner. Both actors join us. Palmer, now in his 80’s is still going strong and Mr. Teague is just starting out. We’ll visit with both actors and learn about the production.</p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 13:00:00 +0000 WFAE 53586 at Li'l Abner & Education In North Carolina Task Force Recommends Dedicated Tax Funding For Arts Institutions <p></p><p>For years Charlotte’s cultural institutions have faced a stark problem.</p><p>Admissions and ticket sales aren’t paying the bills. And donations, big and small, often don’t make up the difference.</p><p>So city and county officials put together a task force to come up with suggestions on how to keep the arts afloat in our area.</p><p>After more than a year of work, the<a href=""> Cultural Life Task Force has released its recommendations</a>.</p> Sun, 15 Jun 2014 14:24:42 +0000 Tom Bullock 52873 at Task Force Recommends Dedicated Tax Funding For Arts Institutions 'You Can Do It!' Comedian Rob Schneider Brings Revived Stand Up Act To Charlotte <p>Comedian <a href="">Rob Schneider</a> is probably best known for his characters on <a href=""><em>Saturday Night Live </em></a>like the Copy Machine Guy, or from movies like <em>Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo</em>, but he got his start in stand-up comedy, and he has recently returned to his roots. He’ll be performing at The Comedy Zone this weekend&nbsp; in Charlotte. He spoke to WFAE's Kevin Kniestedt.</p><p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 13:35:09 +0000 Kevin Kniestedt 52417 at 'You Can Do It!' Comedian Rob Schneider Brings Revived Stand Up Act To Charlotte Ken Caillat On Rumours And Catawba College Music Department <p>You might be surprised to find out that the country’s leading music education magazine has named Catawba College in Salisbury a “Best Music School” for six years running, alongside schools like Juilliard, Eastman and Peabody. The College is attracting the attention of those in the music industry, including Grammy Award winning record producer Ken Caillat. You may remember the album Ken won his Grammy for—Rumours, the classic Fleetwood Mac album from 1977, including monster hits like “Go Your Own Way” and “Don’t Stop.” He’s in town this week, working with popular music students at Catawba, and he’ll join us to talk about his work at Catawba, music production, and the dramatic story of the creation of Rumours.</p><p> Thu, 08 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 WFAE 50322 at Ken Caillat On Rumours And Catawba College Music Department International Jazz Day <p>Three years ago, April 30 was designated as <a href="">International Jazz Day</a> to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. Jazz is an American-born musical art form that is not only diverse itself, but promotes diversity. The genre continues to evolve, maintain relevance and influence other types of music. Charlotte’s jazz scene may leave a little to be desired, but education and local support for jazz is strengthening.&nbsp; Wed, 30 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 WFAE 49952 at International Jazz Day North Carolina's 19-Year Old World-Record Whistler <p>Walker Harnden, an oboe student at the UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, recently became the world record holder for the highest note whistled. <a href="" target="_blank">According to Guinness</a>, he whistled a B7; that's the second-highest note on a piano keyboard. WFAE's Duncan McFadyen caught up with Harnden on the phone from Winston-Salem.</p><p></p><p> Sat, 26 Apr 2014 13:47:38 +0000 Duncan McFadyen 49753 at North Carolina's 19-Year Old World-Record Whistler On Q Productions / Art Appreciation <p><strong>Part One</strong><br />Quentin Talley is a Charlotte artist with a singular focus. He is dedicated to telling the African experience through original plays, poetry and other forms of performing arts. <a href="">On Q Performing Arts</a>, according to Mr. Talley, is the only Charlotte area arts ensemble dedicated to advancing black theater. Talley isn't alone in his quest; he is being mentored by Lou Bellamy, the founder of <a href="http://:">Penumbra Theatre</a>, a well known organization advocating the black theater experience in America. Bellamy is back in Charlotte to work with On Q in their latest show, Miles &amp; Coltrane: Blue. They'll talk with us about the state of black theater in Charlotte, in America and its importance to our cultural&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">experience.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 WFAE 49467 at On Q Productions / Art Appreciation No Longer A Mystery, Wall Poems Group Opens Uptown Homebase <p></p><p>If paint can bring energy to an old wall, can an art group bring new energy to a corporate building?</p><p></p><p>A new space uptown aims to do both. The story begins a year ago with a bit of a mystery.</p><p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 13:13:27 +0000 Briana Duggan 49459 at No Longer A Mystery, Wall Poems Group Opens Uptown Homebase Gantt Center Exhibit Explores Diversity, Challenges Stereotypes Of Black Men <p>The Harvey B. Gantt Center in uptown Charlotte is currently hosting a video installation called “Question Bridge: Black Males.”</p><p>Filmmakers spent countless hours over 4 years recording black men asking questions for others of their race and gender. Then they played the video to other black men and recorded their answers. The result is a 3 hour loop the creators call a “Question Bridge.”</p><p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:45:05 +0000 Duncan McFadyen 49357 at Gantt Center Exhibit Explores Diversity, Challenges Stereotypes Of Black Men Going Door-to-Door For Laughs <p>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.</p><p>In this story, Krista Cassidy looks at how a Charlotte comedy duo are trying to make it big from their hometown.</p><p>Rachel Woodhouse and Justin Smith are always taking their show on the road. It’s called <em>Door-to-Door</em>. This week’s stop is an unassuming business park in South Charlotte that’s serving as a set.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:31:49 +0000 Krista Cassidy 48983 at Going Door-to-Door For Laughs