Arts

Arts & Life
10:08 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Palestinians Celebrate Culture Through Dabke Dance

Al Hannouneh Society Dancers perform dabke, a popular folk dance performed at Arab weddings.
Tasnim Shamma

A flavor of Palestinian culture was on stage last weekend at Queen University.  A dozen dancers from the Palestinian territories and Jordan were in Charlotte to perform a traditional folk dance called dabke. The performance was part of an eight-city U.S. tour. 


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Local News
4:23 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Romare Bearden Park Opens In Uptown Charlotte

Boulders at Romare Bearden Park came from Mount Airy, N.C.
Duncan McFadyen WFAE

Starting Friday, people will have a new place to spend time outside in Uptown Charlotte.

The 5-acre park on South Church Street has been under construction for two years. The county had hoped to open it back in June, but rain slowed things down. Over 150 days of it. The weather has been more cooperative this week, though. Workers have been busy planting shrubs, pushing around wheelbarrows full of mulch, and caulking between stones in the sidewalks.

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Local News
11:53 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

A South Charlotte Church Gets A New Organ With A Rich History

The new organ's console.
Duncan McFadyen WFAE

Providence United Methodist Church in south Charlotte has a new organ. That isn’t extraordinary news in itself. But the new organ is actually extraordinary. 


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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Ethan Uslan And I Love Lucy

Ethan Uslan's passion is old ragtime music and it's his mission to keep it alive. He performs live on the show in our Spirit Square studio.
Tim Ross

Part One: Ragtime Piano Player Ethan Uslan. Ethan Uslan is a throwback musician with a modern mission. Ethan plays old time ragtime piano tunes and he also provides a live score for silent movies. Ethan's music and film tastes are from yesteryear but he's on a mission to bring this sound and style to modern audiences. Uslan is the subject of a new documentary film and he has concerts scheduled throughout the area. Ethan Uslan comes back for another music filled visit, when Charlotte Talks.

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CAJA
10:51 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Charlotte's Other Concert Venue: Your Living Room

The crowd listens closely during a concert at Judy Mace's home. "I just wanted the chance to hear concerts ina place where people were really listening and respectful of the musicians," says Mace.
Credit Briana Duggan

Many music venues go to lengths to give their space that cozy, homey feel. And then, there’s the real thing. A living room or garage may be smaller than your typical concert hall, but house concerts can often be more lucrative for musicians.

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Local News
2:23 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

New Take On Collecting Gives Donors A 'Taste' Of Local Art

Charlotte artist Sharon Dowell is one of nine participating in the new Community Supported Art program where people can buy a 'share' and get surprise boxes of original art.
Credit Julie Rose

A new take on art collecting launched in Charlotte Tuesday morning with the Community Supported Arts program.  It's a spin on a long-standing tradition in farm-fresh produce courtesy of the Arts and Science Council.


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Local News
9:51 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Arts Funding Task Force Turns To Government

Cultural Life Task Force
Credit Carolina PR

As a group of community and cultural leaders works to find an answer to Charlotte's crumbling arts funding system, they're looking to individual donors, corporations and the government.

On Monday, the Cultural Life Task Force heard from city and county administrators, including the budget director of Mecklenburg County. His message: Don’t expect the county to give more.


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CAJA
4:06 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

New Exhibit To Boost Mint's Randolph Road Location

The work of American painter Richard Caton Woodville (including this self-portrait) is on display at the Mint Museum Randolph beginning June 28.
Julie Rose

While much of Charlotte's fine art focus is Uptown with the city's new museum complex, officials at the Mint are shifting their attention back to their roots. The first major painting exhibit to come to the Mint's original home on Randolph Road in more than six years opens this weekend.


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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri June 28, 2013

The Kinseys And The Kinsey Collection

Bernard and Shirley Kinsey

Bernard and Shirley Kinsey are more than just art collectors. They own one of the largest and most diverse private collections of African American artifacts and artwork in the world. Their wide-ranging collection examines 400 years of the African-American experience from nineteenth-century slave documents and an early copy of the Emancipation Proclamation to letters written by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and works by artists Romare Bearden and Henry O. Tanner. Now, in honor of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Kinseys have brought their passion for art and history to Charlotte where their collection will be on exhibition at the Harvey B. Gantt Center. We'll talk with Bernard and Shirley Kinsey and their son Khalil about their collection, their philanthropic vision and what they hope new generations will learn from four centuries of African American art, history and culture, when Charlotte Talks.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Arts Task Force And Animal 'Grossology'

Blood suckers, slime makers and vomit munchers. Discovery Place has a summertime exhibit sure to grab your kids . . . and probably make you gag. We go inside "Grossology" on the next Charlotte Talks. But first, we sit down with some people on a mission to make sure the city's museums and cultural institutions – like Discovery Place – have stable financial future. Government grants and workplace giving have declined so dramatically in recent years that Charlotte's arts leaders are sounding the alarm. They've formed a task force to come up with solutions. We talk to the co-chairs of that task force, when Charlotte Talks.

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