Arts

Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Ken Caillat On Rumours And Catawba College Music Department

Rumours album cover

You might be surprised to find out that the country’s leading music education magazine has named Catawba College in Salisbury a “Best Music School” for six years running, alongside schools like Juilliard, Eastman and Peabody. The College is attracting the attention of those in the music industry, including Grammy Award winning record producer Ken Caillat. You may remember the album Ken won his Grammy for—Rumours, the classic Fleetwood Mac album from 1977, including monster hits like “Go Your Own Way” and “Don’t Stop.” He’s in town this week, working with popular music students at Catawba, and he’ll join us to talk about his work at Catawba, music production, and the dramatic story of the creation of Rumours.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Wed April 30, 2014

International Jazz Day

Three years ago, April 30 was designated as International Jazz Day to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. Jazz is an American-born musical art form that is not only diverse itself, but promotes diversity. The genre continues to evolve, maintain relevance and influence other types of music. Charlotte’s jazz scene may leave a little to be desired, but education and local support for jazz is strengthening. 

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Arts & Life
9:47 am
Sat April 26, 2014

North Carolina's 19-Year Old World-Record Whistler

Credit Walker Harnden/facebook

Walker Harnden, an oboe student at the UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, recently became the world record holder for the highest note whistled. According to Guinness, he whistled a B7; that's the second-highest note on a piano keyboard. WFAE's Duncan McFadyen caught up with Harnden on the phone from Winston-Salem.


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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Thu April 24, 2014

On Q Productions / Art Appreciation

Part One
Quentin Talley is a Charlotte artist with a singular focus. He is dedicated to telling the African experience through original plays, poetry and other forms of performing arts. On Q Performing Arts, according to Mr. Talley, is the only Charlotte area arts ensemble dedicated to advancing black theater. Talley isn't alone in his quest; he is being mentored by Lou Bellamy, the founder of Penumbra Theatre, a well known organization advocating the black theater experience in America. Bellamy is back in Charlotte to work with On Q in their latest show, Miles & Coltrane: Blue. They'll talk with us about the state of black theater in Charlotte, in America and its importance to our cultural experience. 

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CAJA
9:13 am
Tue April 22, 2014

No Longer A Mystery, Wall Poems Group Opens Uptown Homebase

Salute, April 2013
Credit Wall Poems of Charlotte

If paint can bring energy to an old wall, can an art group bring new energy to a corporate building?

A new space uptown aims to do both. The story begins a year ago with a bit of a mystery.

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Local News
1:45 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Gantt Center Exhibit Explores Diversity, Challenges Stereotypes Of Black Men

The Harvey B. Gantt Center in uptown Charlotte is currently hosting a video installation called “Question Bridge: Black Males.”

Filmmakers spent countless hours over 4 years recording black men asking questions for others of their race and gender. Then they played the video to other black men and recorded their answers. The result is a 3 hour loop the creators call a “Question Bridge.”

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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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