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CAJA
5:31 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Going Door-to-Door For Laughs

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.

In this story, Krista Cassidy looks at how a Charlotte comedy duo are trying to make it big from their hometown.

Rachel Woodhouse and Justin Smith are always taking their show on the road. It’s called Door-to-Door. This week’s stop is an unassuming business park in South Charlotte that’s serving as a set.

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Music
9:42 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Amos Lee 'Giving Back Some Goodness' Through Music

Amos Lee
Credit Harper Lee

Singer songwriter Amos Lee’s music has been described as everything from folk to country to rock to soul.He’s toured with the likes of Norah Jones, Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello and Paul Simon. His latest record is called Mountains of Sorrow, Rivers of Song. He’ll be performing at Ovens Auditorium Saturday night and he joined us this morning.

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Arts & Life
9:37 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Comedian Paula Poundstone Makes The Audience The Show

Comedian Paula Poundstone doesn’t just entertain audiences with her stand-up comedy, she includes them. Her routines are often off the cuff and spend a good deal of time interacting with the crowd. She can regularly be heard on NPR’s Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me, tonight she will be at Wingate University, and she joined us this morning.

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Local News
4:42 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Dueling Banjos Writer Dies

Banjo
Credit rb3wreath / Flickr

A well-known Charlotte guitarist and TV personality has died.  Arthur Smith wrote the early rock ‘n’ roll song “Guitar Boogie” and the song that became known as “Dueling Banjos.”       


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Music
11:37 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Bela Fleck, Abigail Washburn Make Touring A Family Affair

Banjoist Bela Fleck is a 15-time Grammy award winner, and has collaborated with the likes of Chick Corea, Dave Matthews, and Earl Scruggs. Abigail Washburn’s voice and emerged as part of the all-female powerhouse string band, Uncle Earl, and has two solo albums to her credit. They are also husband and wife, and have decided to combine their talents and head out on the road for a tour. They perform tonight at McGlohon Theater. They spoke to WFAE Morning Edition host Kevin Kniestedt about how they work together, and they came together in the first place.

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Local News
8:46 am
Sat March 22, 2014

The Mad Monster Party Hosts Zombies, Gore And William Shatner

Lisa Miller

The creepy, the gruesome and the odd will all be on display this weekend at the Mad Monster Party in Charlotte. The guest list is eclectic.  It includes horror movie actors, special effects gurus, as well as William Shatner, Hulk Hogan, Henry Winkler and 80s star Corey Feldman.


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Arts & Life
10:40 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Comedian Mike Birbiglia Talks Sleepwalking And Jokes That Hurt

Mike Birbiglia is known as a comedian who tells personal, embarrassing stories. He became a public radio listener favorite when he told his funny but true story about dealing with sleepwalking on This American Life, which has since been made into a movie. He’ll be performing his new act, Thank God for Jokes, at the Knight Theater on March 29th and he joins us today.

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CAJA
11:05 am
Thu March 6, 2014

Meet The Couple Who Set Foundation For NoDa's Arts District

Paul Sires and Ruth Lyons.
Credit Courtesy: Ruth Lyons

Today, Charlotte’s NoDa neighborhood is known as a creative hub where artists go to live, work and play.

But in the 70s and early 80s, the area was known for its vacant textile mills. The future looked grim.

Then, a new vision started to emerge when a young artist couple arrived 30 years ago and showed what’s possible. WFAE’s Kim Watson Brooks has their story.


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Music
9:25 am
Tue February 11, 2014

Pat Metheny's 'Musical Quest' Far From Over

The Pat Metheny Unity Group

After recording dozens of albums with hundreds of musicians and winning 20 Grammy awards, you might think guitarist Pat Metheny has settled on a particular path he wants to take musically. But over the course of an almost 40 year recording career, he appears to be anything but settled, and his projects seem to be constantly evolving. Pat Metheny performs Friday night in Charlotte.


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Music
6:00 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Ukulele Virtuoso Takes "Bruce Lee" Approach To Music

It’s not all that often that you see a ukulele player performing at sold-out venues, teaming up with the likes of Bette Midler or Bela Fleck, and performing for the Queen of England. But Hawaiian born ukulele virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro has done all that and has even been compared to Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis. He’s performing Monday night at McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square and he joined us today.


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