Arts

Taylor Dabney

Last year’s massacre at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina renewed the debate over gun control, racism…and the Confederate battle flag that flew outside the South Carolina statehouse at the time.

For Virginia artist and former McColl Center for Art +Innovation resident Sonya Clark, the Confederate flag has long been a part of her work. In a piece titled Unraveling, she unravels a cotton Confederate flag with members of the public in a museum. It’s a tedious task that takes time—which is no coincidence. The piece shows people how long it takes to deconstruct a complicated symbol in American history.

WFAE’s Sarah Delia spoke with Clark around this time last year about that piece. She circled backed with her a year later to learn how her work has been received and to hear what’s next.  

Actor's Theatre of Charlotte

Actor's Theatre of Charlotte is once again a theater without a stage. The group thought they were close to securing a new location…but as WFAE’s Sarah Delia reports, that’s now a no-go.

Courtesy of National High School Musical Theatre Awards

 

A Charlotte area high school student has won best actress at Monday night’s National High School Theatre Awards, nicknamed the Jimmy Awards, in New York.

Ira Glass on a stage
Ebru Yildiz

Ira Glass, the host of This American Life, is coming to Charlotte Saturday. His show is known for its powerful emotional content and distinct narrative storytelling. He’s bringing his radio show to the Belk Theater stage with a twist.

Glass spoke to WFAE’s Sarah Delia in an interview we’d like to call three acts, two radio people, and one interview.

Group Brings People's Stories To Life

Jun 20, 2016
a woman telling story to group of people
Allison Braden / WFAE

It’s a big night for Ruth Russell. She stands at a microphone, in front of a crowd, and she begins to tell a story.

But Ruth’s story really begins two months earlier, when she attended a meeting of the Charlotte Storytellers for the second time. On that rainy Monday in Uptown, she would first tell the story of her journey toward becoming a professional businesswoman. It was a nerve-wracking experience.

Dane Abernathy

If you're a jazz fan, you may like Coltrane or Miles. Or maybe the Dave Brubeck Quartet. There's a sub-genre called free jazz. And it's out there, man. It often has no chord changes and sometimes no apparent structure to the music at all.  It's called 'free jazz' because players are free to play what they want.  And for Charlotte's Brent Bagwell and Seth Nanaa, it's a passion. In between day jobs and raising families, they make up the duo Ghost Trees. They release their own records and tour the country and Europe. And they're putting the South on the map in the free jazz world.

Courtesy of Anthony Hamilton

When artists hit the big time, it’s not uncommon for them to move on to LA or New York. Grammy Award winning singer and Charlotte native Anthony Hamilton is no exception. But he’s learned you can go home again and still have a successful career.

WFAE’s Sarah Delia caught up with Hamilton at his home just outside of Charlotte to talk about his latest album and the changes he’s been through since his last one.

WFAE Sarah Delia

Since 2001, The Evening Muse has sat on the corner of North Davidson and East 36th Street in the heart NoDa, Charlotte's arts district.

Over the last 15 years the music venue has been a witness to the changes of the neighborhood: the ebb and flow of crime, the fall of other local music establishments, and now the expansion of the light rail and its constant construction.

The owner of the Evening Muse says he's confident the Charlotte staple will last, but not without adapting to the changes of the time. WFAE's Sarah Delia sat down with him and has this story.


Sarah Delia WFAE

There's a new face in one of Charlotte's oldest neighborhoods.  With the help of three artists, a local festival, and various community members, the image of one of the Queen City's better known drag queens is now part of the Plaza Midwood landscape.


Nick de la Canal

 


The Children’s Theatre of Charlotte debuts a new, original play this weekend that centers around a young boy, Tito, whose life is thrown off balance when his father is abruptly deported. Distressed, the boy sets off to find his father with the help of a magic, flying kite.

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