Arts & Culture
11:41 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Beer: It's Not Only For Drinking

A loaf of soap waiting to be cut.
Sarah Delia

It’s harder to make hand-made soap than you might think—there’s chemistry, calculations, and patience. One woman does the whole process from her tiny kitchen in Charlotte, using an ingredient that may seem…counter intuitive.

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Arts & Culture
9:37 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Mavis Staples On Civil Rights Movement And Still Performing At 75


Mavis Staples of the legendary Staple Singers got her start as a teenager in the 50s in her family’s band.  In the 60s, the Staple Singers, led the by the patriarch Roebuck “Pops” Staples, become well-known as a voice of the Civil Rights movement.  Mavis Staples is performing at Wingate University this evening.  Morning Edition host Marshall Terry caught up with her before the show, and asked her about her memories of the Civil Rights era.

Arts & Culture
10:49 am
Thu January 22, 2015

The Discovery Of Selma

The canvas "Selma" (1965) by Barbara Pennington

A powerful Civil Rights Era painting called Selma now has a permanent home at the Mint Museum. It was painted fifty years ago by an Alabama artist, but was just found in 2013. WFAE’s Sarah Delia has the story on the painting’s discovery and its journey to Charlotte. 

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Arts & Culture
9:18 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Selma To Montgomery: The March For The Right To Vote

Barney Offerman standing in front of photographs by Spider Martin. He was present during Dr. King's speech pictured.
Sarah Delia

Throughout the Civil Rights Movement photographers played a key role in showing the violence and brutality experienced by those trying to desegregate the south.

Spider Martin of The Birmingham News was one of those photographers who documented the movement. A traveling exhibit of his work from the Birmingham Civil Rights InstituteSelma to Montgomery: The March for the Right to Vote” is on display at the Levine Museum of the New South. WFAE’s Sarah Delia visited the exhibit and spoke to one Charlotte resident who has a personal connection to Martin’s work.

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Arts & Culture
11:08 am
Thu January 15, 2015

What's The Panama Canal Have To Do With Charlotte? Mint Museum Explains

Jon Stuhlman gives a tour of the Panama Canal exhibit at the Mint Museum Uptown.
Credit Michael Tomsic

Art, the Panama Canal and the Charlotte economy intersected at the Mint Museum Uptown on Wednesday night. The museum’s exhibit featuring paintings of the canal’s construction 100 years ago served as a backdrop for a discussion of Charlotte’s role in the global shipping industry – and how that role is growing.

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11:03 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Othalie Graham Returns To Charlotte In Opera Carolina's Production Of 'Turandot'

Othalie Graham

Othalie Graham loves to the tell the story of how, as a teen growing up in Brampton, Ontario, an unlikely meeting with legendary soprano Leontyne Price all but cemented her own future path into the international musical arena and the operatic stage.

“Growing up in Canada, I didn’t have much exposure to opera, let alone black performers,” said Graham, in Charlotte performing the title role of Turandot in Opera Carolina’s current production. My father learned of Price performing with the Toronto Symphony and arranged for me and my mother to go.

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Arts & Culture
11:11 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Almost, Maine Goes On Without School Support

Like most high school theater departments this fall, the students of Maiden High School in Catawba County had a big decision to make: what play they’d produce in the new school year. The play they picked was Almost, Maine—and that’s when the real drama started.

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Arts & Culture
5:57 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Knight Foundation Awards Over $1 Million To Charlotte Arts

Credit Knight Foundation

Numerous arts organization in Charlotte just got a bump in funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. 

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Arts & Culture
4:43 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

The Bechtler Muesum Of Modern Art Recieves $350,000 Grant

Bechtler President and CEO John Boyer.
Credit The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

Good news came in the form of grant money to the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art Wednesday. The museum has received the largest grant from a corporate donor in its five-year history. 

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1:34 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Ziad Rabie Talks About Jazz At The Bechtler And Music He Loves

For nearly five years Charlotte musician Ziad Rabie, above, and his jazz quartet have been featured musicians at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art's popular "Jazz at the Bechtler" monthly music series.
Credit Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

If you search online for the phrase “don’t like jazz,” you’ll come away with more than 55 million search results. Quiet as it’s kept, despite its uniquely American roots, jazz continues to confound a large segment of the American music audience.

Ziad Rabie, who for nearly five years has been the featured musician at the popular Jazz at the Bechtler series, knows this well. He has seen it firsthand, even among some of his friends and close associates.

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