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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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Music
11:37 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Bela Fleck, Abigail Washburn Make Touring A Family Affair

Banjoist Bela Fleck is a 15-time Grammy award winner, and has collaborated with the likes of Chick Corea, Dave Matthews, and Earl Scruggs. Abigail Washburn’s voice and emerged as part of the all-female powerhouse string band, Uncle Earl, and has two solo albums to her credit. They are also husband and wife, and have decided to combine their talents and head out on the road for a tour. They perform tonight at McGlohon Theater. They spoke to WFAE Morning Edition host Kevin Kniestedt about how they work together, and they came together in the first place.


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Local News
8:46 am
Sat March 22, 2014

The Mad Monster Party Hosts Zombies, Gore And William Shatner

Lisa Miller

The creepy, the gruesome and the odd will all be on display this weekend at the Mad Monster Party in Charlotte. The guest list is eclectic.  It includes horror movie actors, special effects gurus, as well as William Shatner, Hulk Hogan, Henry Winkler and 80s star Corey Feldman.


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Arts & Life
10:40 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Comedian Mike Birbiglia Talks Sleepwalking And Jokes That Hurt

Mike Birbiglia is known as a comedian who tells personal, embarrassing stories. He became a public radio listener favorite when he told his funny but true story about dealing with sleepwalking on This American Life, which has since been made into a movie. He’ll be performing his new act, Thank God for Jokes, at the Knight Theater on March 29th and he joins us today.


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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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