Arts

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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Local News
6:00 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Found Footage Festival Gives Your Old VHS Tapes A Second Life

The next time you decide to have a garage sale, or donate some old items to the Salvation Army, you may find yourself getting rid of some old VHS tapes that have been collecting dust. While these tapes might be trash to you, they are treasure to Nick Prueher, one of the curators of the Found Footage Festival. The Found Footage Festival showcases footage from videos that were found at garage sales and thrift stores and in warehouses and dumpsters across the country, and will be coming to Charlotte’s Neighborhood Theater for a show Friday night. Nick Prueher gives us a little preview.


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CAJA
11:55 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Dumpster-Diving Artist Searches Charlotte For Inspiration

Henrique Oliveira searches a dumpsters for materials for his installation at UNCC's Projective Eye Gallery. "My interest in found materials was never as a substitute for a new one, in a sense of working on a budget," he said. "It can be used to create an object that is new but feels as if it is something alive."
Credit Briana Duggan

Throughout January, a Brazilian artist will create a structure made out of Charlotte's trash. The work will be on display at the Projective Eye Gallery at UNC Charlotte’s Center City building. WFAE's Briana Duggan rode along with the artist as he hunted for materials and found that gaining access to these things that no one wants – is more difficult you would think.


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Local News
1:03 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

ARK Group Wants To Highlight Underpass With Public Art

Proposal for I-277 underpass artwork, designed by graffiti artist Joe Dobson.
Credit The ARK Group

An I-277 underpass may soon be getting a dose of artwork.  The ARK Group, the developers behind the NC Music Factory, has asked the NC DOT permission to brighten up the Brookshire Freeway underpass that leads to the entertainment venue.  Charlotte City Council gave its approval this week. 

The design is geometric and kind of looks like several highlighter pens exploded.  It will read NC Music Factory Boulevard.   

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Local News
8:35 am
Sat January 11, 2014

Earl Scruggs Center Opens In Shelby

Saturday's a big day in Cleveland County. In downtown Shelby, people are gathering for the grand opening of the Earl Scruggs Center. The museum and cultural center in the old county courthouse has been in the works for more than seven years. Its namesake, the late bluegrass legend Earl Scruggs, was born and raised in Cleveland County and kept ties to the area after he left and hit it big in Nashville. WFAE's Duncan McFadyen recently got a peek behind-the-scenes as workers were putting the finishing touches on the exhibits.


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CAJA
10:38 am
Mon January 6, 2014

After 70 Years In Boxes, Photos By Charlotte Woman Find Place At Mint, Met

At 93, Charlotte resident Sonia Handelman Meyer is exhibiting photos she took in 1940s New York in her first major exhibition at the Mint Museum Randolph.
Credit Briana Duggan

In 1940s New York City there was a group of young idealistic photographers that called themselves the New York Photo League. They took to the streets to document the city’s inequality with the hope of changing it. Photos from the League are now on display at the Mint Museum Randolph through June 29.

Photographs taken by Charlotte resident Sonia Handelman Meyer are the focus of the exhibit, but the real story is how they got there.


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Commentaries
8:00 am
Sat December 21, 2013

Confessions Of A Music Snob

Nobody likes a music snob. Sometimes they can come off as bullies, like the music clerk played by Jack Black in High Fidelity. WFAE’s Morning Edition host Kevin Kniestedt doesn’t think he’s that bad, but realizes that he may share some characteristics.


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Music
9:37 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Charlotte Pianist Finds Success With Versatility And The Internet

Charlotte pianist Chad Lawson might be best known for his jazz album Dear Dorothy: The Oz Sessions, which was featured in television shows, movies, and commercials. More recently, he has been releasing classical recordings. Tonight he will be performing the holiday music of Vince Guaraldi in Charlotte. Chad Lawson joined us this morning.


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