Arts

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.

Jan Grauer

A few days before a nearly sold out show in Greensboro, North Carolina Bruce Springsteen canceled in protest of House Bill 2. Cirque Du Soleil, the rock group Boston and Pearl Jam have also canceled shows in opposition the law.

WFAE’s Arts and Culture Reporter Sarah Delia has this rundown of some other reactions in the arts community. 

Sarah Delia WFAE

There are many different ways to decorate Easter eggs. 

Usually in America no matter how you choose to decorate the eggs they are temporary and seasonal. But one Charlotte resident says they can be more than just a craft for kids. They can be art.  Sarah Delia has more.


Sarah Delia WFAE

This past summer Actors Theatre of Charlotte shared some news: the building they had called home for over a decade was going to be sold and demolished to make way for new apartments and stores.

After looking at over a dozen spaces the theater is ready to announce plans for its next move. And this new location comes with some history attached.

Sarah Delia

A new artist in residence at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation is busy creating in Charlotte. But for this particular project you won’t find her work hanging on a wall or standing in a gallery. 


David Boraks / WFAE

A light installation that went up Friday night on an uptown building is more than a work of art. It’s a bit of science, too, visualizing the quality of the air we breathe. WFAE environmental reporter David Boraks went to see it.

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