Arts

WFAE Sarah Delia

Going to a play can be tough for any kid. After all, theaters are normally places where you're supposed to sit still and be quiet.

But for kids on the autism spectrum, the dark lighting and loud noises can make it especially difficult to have a good theatergoing experience - for them and their families. Children's Theatre of Charlotte is trying to change that. It's among several theaters nationwide that have started offering sensory-friendly performances. WFAE's Sarah Delia and Michael Tomsic caught a show recently.

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If you’re voting today, you may be surprised by what greets you at the polls. Musicians will perform at some precincts in Mecklenburg County. The goal is simple: to bring smiles to people’s faces as they wait in potentially long lines to do their civic duty.

One performer is ragtime pianist Ethan Uslan. WFAE’s Sarah Delia spoke to him as he prepared to play from a particularly unusual stage.

Gaelynn Lea on stage at The Evening Muse.
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Gaelynn Lea is a classically trained violinist, singer songwriter, and the winner of this year's NPR Tiny Desk Contest. She performed at the Evening Muse on October 29 with musician Jess Klein.

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A general rule of thumb when viewing art in a gallery: Look with your eyes, not your hands. But a new installation at Charlotte’s Latin American Contemporary Art Projects encourages the opposite. It’s up this Saturday at the gallery to help kick off festivities for the Mexican holiday Day of the Dead. And its subject matter? The place between the living and the dead.

Courtesy David Ghantt

In 1997 one of the biggest heists in America’s history happened right here in Charlotte—and now there’s a movie about it.

Bree Stallings

The sounds of a typical weekday in Charlotte’s Uptown have returned. Though there is still a sense of unease and restlessness in the city after the shooting death of Keith Scott and as protests continue.

But in the wake of this emotionally raw time for Charlotte, art has emerged in the center city. WFAE’s Sarah Delia took a walk around Uptown to hear from artists who are trying to help heal Charlotte through their work.

Actor's Theatre of Charlotte

Actor's Theatre of Charlotte has found a permanent home. After a promising location fell through in Charlotte’s Belmont neighborhood, the theater has been scrambling to find a solid venue for months. WFAE’s Sarah Delia has the details.


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.

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