Arts

Local News
10:33 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Leann Rimes Takes Pride In Perseverance

Singer Leann Rimes exploded onto the country music scene in 1996 at the age of 13 with the hit "Blue." Now  31, she’s had 13 No. 1 singles, won two Grammy awards, and has sold millions of albums. Her latest album is called Spitfire, and she is the star of a reality show on VH1 with her husband called Leann and Eddie. She performs this Sunday at the Charlotte Pride Festival, and spoke to WFAE Morning Edition host Kevin Kniestedt.


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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Mon August 4, 2014

The Bacon Brothers: Kevin And Michael Bacon

You certainly know Kevin Bacon as an actor, but he is also one-half of a musical duo called The Bacon Brothers. Kevin and his brother Michael have been singing and playing together since they were kids and doing so professionally since the mid-90s. Their act has finally arrived in Charlotte with music that has been described by The New Yorker as "sharply executed rock that has a blue-collar, rootsy edge."

The Bacon Brothers will perform tonight (August 4, 2014) at 7:30 at McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square. Details here. 

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Local News
5:25 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Arts And Science Council Cuts CMS Field Trip Program

Credit Thomas Bus Company

CMS students won’t be going to the museums this year, at least not on the Arts and Science Council’s dime, and a fund-raising shortfall is the culprit.

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Charlotte Observer
10:06 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Levine Museum Makes History With LGBT Exhibit

Barbara Lau, foreground, curator of the Pauli Murray exhibit, along with Rebekah Miel, designer of the Pauli Murray exhibit, arrange placards that date the life of Pauli Murray, a North Carolina gay activist who was the nation’s first female African-American Episcopal priest. Levine Museum of the New South’s staff and exhibitors are preparing items for the “LGBTQ Perspectives on Equality” exhibit that opens to the public July 25.
Credit T. Ortega Gains / Charlotte Observer

The Levine Museum of the New South is unveiling a historical exhibit Friday that is in itself historic.

Called “LGBTQ Perspectives on Equality,” the show is a combination of exhibits that tell the history of Charlotte’s gay and transgender community, including the largely forgotten stories of average Charlotteans who made that history happen. The show then puts their stories in context of the national gay civil rights movement.

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Arts & Life
6:23 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

On Q Performing Arts Receives Grant That Will Double Its Budget

Charlotte's only African-American theater company, On Q, has received a $105,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation that will more than double its budget.

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Local News
12:05 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Gov. McCrory Bypasses Arts Council In Selection Of Poet Laureate

Valerie Macon, North Carolina's 8th poet laureate, was appointed July 11, 2014 by Governor Pat McCrory.
Credit MATTHEW WAEHNER / N.C. STATE ARCHIVES, DEPARTMENT OF CULTURAL RESOURCES

Sometimes a news story is best told in rhyme…so here goes:

There once was a governor named Pat
Who thought in verse this state should not lack
So he picked a poet
To be our State Laureate
But his pick others found out of whack.
Here’s Duncan McFadyen
To explain what has happened

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Walking The Camino / Porgy And Bess

Map of El Camino de Santiago de Compostela
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The Appalachian Trail, the John Muir Trail and Australia's Great Ocean Road are all famous hiking trails but, according to many, St. James Way, also know as the El Camino de Santiago de Compostela, is the most famous trail in the world. Pilgrims have walked the nearly 500 miles in northern Spain for over a thousand years. We'll meet some local folks who have walked its path. We'll also meet the stars of Porgy and Bess, a musical that has blazed into own trail for decades. 

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Local News
9:47 am
Sat July 12, 2014

Charlotte Organist Wins National Improv Competition

Organist Patrick Scott
Credit Duncan McFadyen

Charlotte organist Patrick Scott won the 2014 National Competition in Organ Improvisation, held June 26 in Boston. In addition to the competition's $3,000 first prize, Scott took the audience prize, which earned him an additional $1,500. WFAE's Duncan McFadyen profiled Scott earlier this year.

When you think of a church pipe organ, Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" probably isn't the first thing to come to mind. But when organists give recitals, sometimes, they cut loose by improvising. Some take it further, actually playing in improvising competitions.

 


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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Li'l Abner & Education In North Carolina

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Part 1

Central Piedmont Community College's summer theater season is underway and they are producing a southern favorite, Li'l Abner. Based on the wildly popular Al Capps cartoon Li'l Abner, which ran from the 1930’s for over 40 years, CPCC’s production has an ironic twist. In the title role is newcomer Zach Teague. Over 50 years ago another unknown, Peter Palmer, got the nod as the Broadway star of Li'l Abner. Both actors join us. Palmer, now in his 80’s is still going strong and Mr. Teague is just starting out. We’ll visit with both actors and learn about the production.

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Arts & Life
10:24 am
Sun June 15, 2014

Task Force Recommends Dedicated Tax Funding For Arts Institutions

For years Charlotte’s cultural institutions have faced a stark problem.

Admissions and ticket sales aren’t paying the bills. And donations, big and small, often don’t make up the difference.

So city and county officials put together a task force to come up with suggestions on how to keep the arts afloat in our area.

After more than a year of work, the Cultural Life Task Force has released its recommendations.

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