Sarah Delia

The firebird in front of the Bechtler Museum uptown has a new neighbor. A large outdoor installation took residence this week on the terrace of the Mint Museum next door. WFAE’s Sarah Delia checked out the new work and spoke to the artist behind it.

Ron Campbell

Animator Ron Campbell has some impressive names tied to his career: The Jetsons, Scooby Doo, The Rug Rats.

And a certain British group with an affinity for a brightly colored submersible: The Beatles.

Campbell helped animate various Beatles themed projects, like the 1968 film Yellow Submarine. He's retired now, though he still tours the country. Campbell is in Charlotte this weekend at the Charlotte Fine Art Gallery talking about his work and drawing in front of an audience. He spoke with WFAE's Sarah Delia.

Andrew W. K.

The name Andrew W.K. may or may not mean something to you. All of his songs are focused on one thing: The art of partying.

He’ll be in Charlotte tonight at the Neighborhood Theatre to play the energizing songs he’s known for. But besides touring and performing music he made popular in the early 00’s he’s branched into a new realm of advice giving—and people really want to hear what he has to say. WFAE’s Sarah Delia spoke with Andrew W.K. about his new endeavor.

Sarah Delia

In the 1970’s a world full of imagination and a little bit of magic sat on top of Beech Mountain, a town some 20 miles away from Boone, North Carolina.

The Land Of Oz Park gave children a chance to meet their favorite characters and experience the Emerald City. And of course the park came complete with a winding yellow brick road.

After a decade as a popular tourist attraction the park closed leaving itself vulnerable to vandalism. The park has reopened, but on a more limited basis.

WFAE’s Sarah Delia found the effort to preserve one of America’s best known pathways is ongoing.

Seth Olenick

We’re going to go out on a limb and say you probably don’t recognize the name Brian Huskey. But you probably have seen him. He’s been in several movies and TV shows. Huskey's credits include Parks and Recreation, The Goldbergs, and House. He’s also well-known for a series of commercials for Sonic Drive-In.

It’s often said that it’s healthy to laugh at ourselves. If that’s true, Jim Gaffigan is in great shape. Gaffigan’s observations about his eating habits, lack of physical activity, and life as a married father of five while living in a two-bedroom Manhattan apartment have been mainstays in his standup act. And now he stars in a new sitcom on TVLand called The Jim Gaffigan Show.

Jim Gaffigan performed his standup comedy Saturday night at the Uptown Amphitheater. He spoke to WFAE’s Greg Collard.

Sarah Delia

When you think about the stereotypical drinks ordered by women in pop culture…certain cocktails come to mind. Fruity daiquiris, maybe a piña colada and of course the pink drink that was popular on the HBO series Sex and the City the Cosmopolitan.

Whiskey isn’t usually included on that list. But a group of women in Charlotte is out to prove it’s not a man’s world when it comes to the liquor.  

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Jerald Melberg Gallery in Charlotte is getting ready to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of famed American artist Robert Motherwell. He would have been 100 this year. 

WFAE’s Sarah Delia got a preview of the exhibit which is open to the public Saturday and has this report.

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No matter how you feel about the Confederate flag and the symbol it represents, one thing is for certain—it sparks emotion.  In the wake of the shooting deaths of nine people in a Charleston, South Carolina, church, Governor Nikki Haley has said she no longer wants it to divide South Carolina. She wants it removed from the state Capitol grounds. 

One southern artist has found a place for the flag not in a history museum, but in an art gallery. WFAE’s Sarah Delia spoke with Virginia based artist Sonya Clark who was an artist in residence at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation in 2011.

The Charlotte Film Festival is back this year after a two-year hiatus. Festival organizers have formed a group they hope will serve as a hub for year-round film programs in Charlotte. But they’re battling their own uneven past and a changed movie-going climate.