Briana Duggan

CAJA Fellow

Before finding her way to public radio, Briana traveled throughout South America, Europe, and the Middle East in the pursuit of adventure. When she returned to Charlotte, she found that there was much exploration to do in her own hometown. She was the reporter on the area's arts and culture scene as part of the Charlotte Arts Journalism Alliance (CAJA), a consortium of local media dedicated to covering the arts.

Briana graduated from South Mecklenburg High School, and later UNC-Chapel Hill, with a degree in International Relations.

In her free time, Briana likes to practice her Spanish, and her dance moves, at the local salsa clubs.

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Arts & Life
7:04 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Large Crowd Turns Out For Virgin Of Guadalupe Celebration

Carmelo Vargas waits backstage before playing Juan Diego in a performance at the celebration for at Bojangles' Coliseum. The Virgin Mary is believed to have revealed herself to him in the 16th Century.
Briana Duggan

Vince Finnerty has been a priest at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church since 1995, and in that time he has seen a large growth in the Latino community.


“We have done the celebration in different places, but it got to the point where we needed some place bigger”, Finnerty says.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church now holds its festival for its namesake at Bojangles’ Coliseum. The church celebrated the Virgin Guadalupe on Tuesday night with about 5,000 people in attendance.

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Arts & Life
9:16 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Lukas Nelson, Son Of Willie, Makes His Mark In Music

Lukas Nelson is the 23 year old son of music legend, Willie Nelson. "He’s very good at going with the flow," Lukas says of his father.
Joe del Tufo

It’s not unusual for Willie Nelson to share the stage. He has performed with some of the industry’s best voices including Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, even Snoop Dogg.

But now Nelson has been performing with a new voice, one that sounds eerily similar to his own. It’s his son, Lukas Nelson, and he wrote several songs on his dad’s latest album.

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Local News
10:11 am
Tue December 4, 2012

Council Committee Chooses $1 Over $500,000 For Carolina Theatre

Carolina Theater (1927), 226 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, North Carolina

The Carolina Theatre in uptown Charlotte has sat vacant for more than 30 years.

But in its heyday, stars like Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra played there. 

City council members are considering plans to renew the theater to its old glory.  They got a step closer yesterday to choosing one. The Council’s Economic Development Committee voted 3-2 to support selling the property for $1 to the Foundation for the Carolinas. 

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Arts & Life
11:13 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Dilworth Unveils Public Sculpture

A new public art sculpture will be unveiled this weekend.

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Arts & Life
11:56 am
Thu November 29, 2012

'Fundred' Dollar Project Blends Art And Advocacy

'Fundred' dollar bills hanging in the Contemporary Art Museum in Houston
Contemporary Art Museum, photo by Rick Gardner

Since 2008, Mel Chin has traveled the country and collected over 400,000 of what he calls “fundred” dollar bills. They are hand-drawn interpretations of hundred dollar bills, using a template he created. He collects from individuals, schools, and community organizations.

“Our mission is to have everybody who wants to contribute can contribute a drawing,” Chin explained on WFAE’s Charlotte Talkss. “A drawing of currency they see it in the form of like a hundred dollars, it’s a “fundred”. They’re like, we’re having fun and to fund something.”

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Arts & Life
9:41 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Friendship And Opera Bring South Africans To CPCC

Thabang Masango (left) and Bongani Ndhlalane pose with Deloris Chisley from Friendship Ministry Baptist Church. The two young men are close with Ms. Chisely, who has helped secure them funding for their education from the church.
Briana Duggan

Thabang Masango had been doing well as a singer in South Africa. He had won large singing competitions and was part of prominent choral group. In 2008, the choral group toured the United States and made a stop in Charlotte along the way.

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Arts & Life
9:45 am
Mon November 19, 2012

McColl Center Exhibit Questions American Identity

Guardian, Acrylic on Carved Wood Panel, 2011
The McColl Center for Visual Art

For the last four years, Randy Shull has spent part of his year in Mexico.

He moved for the culture, the language, and the inspiration it gives him as an artist. All around him he saw the local artists defining what it meant to be Mexican.

"I felt like, well I could come to Mexico and have this experience that is really different than what I have in Asheville, but in the end I’m still from the United States.” Shull says. “So I began to ask myself, what is it to be uniquely American?”

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Arts & Life
5:06 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

PNC Bank Donates $530K To Early Arts & Science Education

Charlotte’s arts education just got a boost.

PNC Bank has donated more than half a million dollars to fund early arts and science education in the Bethlehem Center’s Head Start programs.

Executive Director of the Bethlehem Center, William McDonald, says that this funding will enrich the program, which serves children whose families meet federal poverty guidelines.

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Arts & Life
11:16 am
Wed November 14, 2012

York County Celebrates Its Own

The recipients of this year’s Keepers of the Culture awards, presented by the York County Culture & Heritage Museums. From left to right, Joe Zdenek, Pat Veasey, and Allan Miller were honored for their community work.
York County Culture & Heritage Museum

The ceremony celebrated three York County residents. There was civil war women’s historian, Pat Veasey, retired Winthrop professor, Joe Zdenek, and history loving radio DJ, Allan Miller.

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Local News
5:03 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

The Architecture Of Richard Neutra

Mid-Century Modern Architecture. Design by Richard Neutra.

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They called him a “prophet of clean, crisp, modernism”, and behind Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra one of the 20th century’s most famous architects.

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