Part One: Michael Graves And F.O.O.D. Conference. A celebration and discussion of good design is heading to Charlotte this week. The F.O.O.D. Conference at the Mint Museum (FOOD standing for Food, Objects, Objectives, Design) will host writers, historians, chefs and designers to speak about objects we use to prepare, cook and present food. Among the experts is Michael Graves, perhaps best known for his accessible Target product line. He'll join us to talk about how he works to combine function and style in his designs and we'll also hear about the Mint Museum's exhibition, which is also called F.O.O.D., when Charlotte Talks.
Michael Graves - Internationally renowned architect and designer and founder of Michael Graves & Associates. He's best known for his Target product line.
Cheryl Palmer - Director of Learning and Engagement at the Mint Museum
- The F.O.O.D. Conference is at the Mint Museum Uptown April 25-26. Details.
Part Two: Blumenthal's New Season And How Theatre Seasons Are Put Together. Blumenthal Performing Arts has recently announced its new Broadway Lights Series. The list boasts Broadway hits like The Book of Mormon and a repeat visit of The Lion King, among many others. But how do these seasons get put together? What process do they go through to figure out what audiences in Charlotte - or other cities - would like to see? We'll get a lesson in all of that and also hear about the growing prominence Charlotte is gaining in the Broadway scene and what that means for what kinds of shows we may have coming our way. That’s when Charlotte Talks.
Tom Gabbard - President of Blumenthal Performing Arts (since 2003). Also producer/ co-producer in many Broadway productions
Douglas Young - Vice President of Programming at Blumenthal Performing Arts