Arts

Charlotte Talks
10:09 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Once/Charlotte Classic Jazz Festival 2014

Credit www.blumenthalarts.org/events/detail/once

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Once, the musical performed at the Belk Theater this week, is a different kind of musical experience. For starters, you can go up on stage, order from the bar and mingle with the cast of this show in its Irish pub setting. Based on a movie, Once won eight Tony Awards and we meet one of the leads. Then, all about the Charlotte Classic Jazz Festival 2014. It's a new effort to make jazz more accessible in Charlotte. 

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Charlotte Observer
11:32 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Willie Little Takes On Tea Party, Klan In Exhibition

“In the Hood,” an exhibit by former Charlottean Willie Little at New Gallery of Modern Art, is an indictment of extremists in the tea party movement who perpetuate the ideology of the Ku Kux Klan.
Credit T. Ortega Gaines / Charlotte Observer

In 2010, artist Willie Little began a satirical body of work about racism in the tea party movement. 

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Local News
9:21 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Charlotte Symphony CEO Discusses Good Financial News, Future Challenges

The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra will be celebrating more than its season-opening concerts this weekend. The Orchestra announced this week it finished the last fiscal year in the black for the first time since 2002. Charlotte Symphony president and CEO Bob Stickler says the Symphony is doing a better job of generating community support after years of relying too much on big donations from institutions like the Arts and Science Council. He spoke to WFAE's Duncan McFadyen.


QCityMetro
10:09 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Kenneth Carr: Back Home For The Sunset Jazz Festival

Kenny Carr

It’s been eight years since Charlotte-born jazz musician Kenneth "Kenny" Carr last played before a home crowd.

Not familiar with Carr?

Well, let’s start there.

“Charlotte has a lot of great musicians,” Carr said during a phone chat from his home in West New York, N.J. “However, Charlotte is the type of city where they actually grab other artists from someplace else.

“I can go to Europe, I can go to Budapest, I can go all over the world and people love and embrace me,” he continued. “But you go to Charlotte, you can barely get played on the radio.”

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Arts & Life
1:02 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

NoDa Is Charlotte's Arts District, But Where's The Art Gone?

North Davidson, or NoDa, is known as Charlotte’s arts district – but that reputation might not be deserved anymore. A lot has changed in the last decade. So where is Charlotte’s local arts scene going? Contributor Greg Lacour reports.


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Local News
10:06 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Pigs Race For Oreos At Cabarrus County Fair

Hammy Faye Bacon won a full Oreo cookie after winning first place in the Robinson's Racing Pigs event at the Cabarrus County Fair.
Tasnim Shamma

More than 80,000 visitors are expected to visit the Cabarrus County Fair this week. It's been an attraction in the county for more than 60 years. 

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Local News
10:33 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Leann Rimes Takes Pride In Perseverance

Singer Leann Rimes exploded onto the country music scene in 1996 at the age of 13 with the hit "Blue." Now  31, she’s had 13 No. 1 singles, won two Grammy awards, and has sold millions of albums. Her latest album is called Spitfire, and she is the star of a reality show on VH1 with her husband called Leann and Eddie. She performs this Sunday at the Charlotte Pride Festival, and spoke to WFAE Morning Edition host Kevin Kniestedt.


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Arts & Life
3:46 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Artist Finds Inspiration At Walmart

"big Jif", by Brendan O'Connell
Credit Courtesy of Brendan O'Connell

Imagine you’re walking through your neighborhood Walmart and somewhere between the pet supplies and check-out lines, you run across a 40-something guy with a painting easel that's propped up on a shopping cart. That was the scene in Charlotte this week at the Walmart on Wilkinson Boulevard. Contemporary artist Brendan O'Connell, wearing jeans and an un-tucked pinstripe shirt, was hanging out in the produce section. The paint was drying on his rendition of a cluster of bananas.   

O’Connell has been dubbed “Walmart’s Warhol,” he's been on the Colbert Report and he was featured in Time Magazine as “America’s Brand Painter.” WFAE's Mark Rumsey caught up with O’Connell and chatted with him about his Walmart live painting sessions and his vision for everyday art in America today.


Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Mon August 4, 2014

The Bacon Brothers: Kevin And Michael Bacon

You certainly know Kevin Bacon as an actor, but he is also one-half of a musical duo called The Bacon Brothers. Kevin and his brother Michael have been singing and playing together since they were kids and doing so professionally since the mid-90s. Their act has finally arrived in Charlotte with music that has been described by The New Yorker as "sharply executed rock that has a blue-collar, rootsy edge."

The Bacon Brothers will perform tonight (August 4, 2014) at 7:30 at McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square. Details here. 

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Local News
5:25 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Arts And Science Council Cuts CMS Field Trip Program

Credit Thomas Bus Company

CMS students won’t be going to the museums this year, at least not on the Arts and Science Council’s dime, and a fund-raising shortfall is the culprit.

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