Local News
3:35 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Latest Housing Built In Brightwalk Are 'Love Motels' For Insects

The St. Francis Satyr, an endangered butterfly in North Carolina, was the inspiration for this insect motel in Charlotte.
Credit Greg Lilly / Courtesy of The McColl Center

We hear a lot about the need for mixed-use neighborhoods in Charlotte. Well, we have a story about a new neighborhood that includes motels.They’re called Love Motels. And they’re full of bugs. It’s an example of public art intended to encourage urban ecology. 

Electrician Greg Lilly is usually working on houses when he visits a new neighborhood. Not butterflies. 

That’s right. Butterflies. Specifically, two car-sized white butterfly sculptures on your way into the new Brightwalk neighborhood, just north of Uptown.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Mon May 11, 2015

Public Art In Charlotte

The Firebird mosaic statue by French sculptor Niki De Sainte Phalle (1930-2002), sits on South Tryon Street in uptown. The piece was installed at the entrance to the The Bechtler Museum November of 2009.
Tanner Latham

Charlotte hasn’t always had an easy relationship with public art but here and in cities around the country public art is being added to make places more vibrant. These works can tell the stories of cities and neighborhoods and people while giving more local artists opportunities to participate and have their work showcased. We learn more about what’s happening here with regard to public art from some of the people making it happen.

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Local News
5:19 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Pink Martini Brings 'Old Fashioned Pop' To The Charlotte Symphony

Pink Martini lead singer China Forbes, center left, artistic director Thomas Lauderdale, center right, along with other band members.

The band Pink Martini defies labels. The Portland-based group has an eclectic repertoire including standards from the Great American Songbook, original material with that classic feel, and songs from throughout the world, sung in their original languages.

The 12-member ensemble plays with the Charlotte Symphony Friday and Saturday nights in Belk Theater. WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen talked with Pink Martini’s lead singer, China Forbes.

Local News
3:40 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Want A Six-Ton Historic Painting? Here's Your Chance

If you’ve been to Gettysburg, you may have seen the Cyclorama – a massive painting that colorfully and dramatically depicts battlefield scenes including the decisive event known as Pickett’s Charge. The work on display at Gettysburg is one of four similar pieces produced in the late 1800s under the direction of French painter Paul Philippoteaux. Two of those versions have been lost – but a surviving cyclorama is in North Carolina. And, it’s for sale – all 6 tons of it.   

The sprawling painting, when assembled, is 386 feet long by 22 feet high. The cyclorama’s three current owners showed the piece to potential buyers this week. The painting was rolled out on a floor at a warehouse in Wake County. One of the owners, Billy Ray Powell, spoke this week with WFAE's Mark Rumsey.

6:46 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Surviving And Thriving As An Artist

Portraits of Kayne West and Pharrell Williams
Sarah Delia

Doing what you love and getting paid to do it—for many creative types finding that right balance can feel like an impossible challenge. For one Charlotte transplant being an artist isn’t just a hobby it’s how he makes a living. So what does it take to be a full time artist and survive? 

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Local News
3:20 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Record Stores Prepare For A Rush From Vinyl Diehards

Lunchbox Records
Sarah Delia 90.7 WFAE

Saturday is a sort of national holiday for record collectors:  it’s Record Store Day. First held eight years ago, Record Store Day was created to boost traffic in local record stores with the release of special, limited items. The sorts of things record collectors geek out about, like different colored vinyl or reissues of obscure albums. WFAE’s resident record geeks, Marshall Terry and Sarah Delia stopped by Lunchbox Records in Charlotte to see how it’s preparing for the big day.

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6:03 am
Fri April 17, 2015

The Premiere Of The Charlotte Symphony's Plazacast

The Charlotte Symphony will premiere a free outdoor plazacast during its KnightSounds Series concert, A Night In New York.
Credit Charlotte Symphony

Friday and Saturday the Charlotte Symphony is trying something new. The symphony will perform its KnightSounds Series concert, A Night In New York inside the Knight Theater but also for the public outside. 

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Local News
11:12 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Mint Museum Exhibit Explores Tattoo, Body Piercing And Nail Art As Fashion

Mask by artist Joji Kojima
Courtesy of the Mint Museum

Art museums are usually home to oil paintings or marble sculptures. But the Mint Museum in uptown Charlotte has a new exhibit in a very different form. The ‘Body Embellishment’ show pulls a variety of body piercings, tattoos, clothing design and even nail art into one exhibit.

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10:57 am
Fri April 10, 2015

UNC Charlotte Pops Up Mobile Arts Unit

Carlos Cruz and Jose Gamez.
Meg Whalen

A new venue for the arts is popping up this week in Charlotte. Unlike most theaters or performance halls this particular space will be on the go. 

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10:26 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Old-time Appalachian Band A Weekly Fixture In Hospital Lobby

The Local Tomatoes gather Saturday mornings in the lobby of Presbyterian Medical Center to play old-time Appalachian music.
Greg Lacour

Sisters Trish Bowen and Maureen King recently spent their Friday night and Saturday morning at Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center. Their 87-year-old mother had fallen and cut her head.

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